Experience the Largest National Park in the UK, with amazing views and visiting the Pennines’ southernmost hills is the glorious Peak District National Park. The Ancient villages and market towns are scenically set in the landscape, and the splendid views of England’s largest lake in the heart of the Lake District are not to be missed.
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This morning we head towards the magnificent Lake District National Park in Cumbria, with its numerous lakes and home to stunning views and woodlands be sure to be mesmerised with the natural beauty that has recently been named as a World Heritage Site. We travel to Windermere where you can enjoy free time on the lake. After lunch depart for Glasgow. Upon arrival in Glasgow we will visit Glasgow Cathedral, which is one of Scotland’s most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact.
After our breakfast, we board the coach and make our way towards the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, which is where Loch Lomond is situated.
On arrival at Loch Lomond, why not enjoy an optional boat cruise; here appreciate the picturesque views of the highlands, whilst indulging in a warm cup of tea or coffee. The Loch Lomond or “Lake of the Elms” is a freshwater Scottish loch which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault, often considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands.
We then make our way along the scenic route towards Fort William, to visit the Nevis Range. On arrival, we take a cable car (subject to operation) to Aonach Mòr on the Nevis range. Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, it is a popular mountain destination.
We will also stop today at the Commando Memorial, which is a Category A listed monument in Lochaber, Scotland, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. We will also visit the Neptune’s staircase, which is a flight of eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. This amazing feat of engineering raises the canal by 19m over a quarter of a mile of continuous masonry and takes around 90 minutes for a boat to travel up or down the locks. Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock flight in Scotland.
Continuing our journey, enjoy the spectacular view of Loch Ness. It is over 22 miles long and over 227 m deep, is most famous for its sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie.
Today you can either enjoy free time in the mesmerizing city of Inverness. You can appreciate the flourishing culinary scene and explore the Victorian Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre. You can also admire Inverness Castle and St Andrew’s Cathedral, and stroll along the banks of the River Ness
Alternatively, you can take an optional day excursion on the coach to visit the beautiful Isle of Skye. Many of the beauty spots are amazing and provide great photo ops.
Scotland’s largest island, the Isle of Skye is a pocket of wilderness jutting off the coast of the West Highlands. The area is a treat for nature lovers, with its dramatic sea cliffs, windswept valleys, and glittering lochs
For the Isle of Skye excursion, we will start our drive through dramatic Highland scenery to the west coast and Eilean Donan Castle. Where you will have free time to enjoy the astounding views.
Then we will cross over the sea and onto the Isle of Skye. – via the famous “Skye Bridge”. You will continue traveling up the island’s East coast through the stunning Red Cuillin Mountains to Sligachan, where you stop for a photo of the clear mountain waters.
Arriving in the town of Portree, you have free time to explore the “capital” of The Isle of Skye.
You will then travel towards some of the most famous scenery of the island at the Trotternish Peninsula. The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing are all breathtaking.
Today drive through Cairngorms national park, UK’s largest national park and has the highest range of mountains, we will be making a stop on route at Loch Morlich. A stunning beach, in the beautiful settings of the Cairngorms and Glenmore Forest.
Loch Morlich enjoys one of the finest settings of any loch in the country. It is surrounded by forests and fringed by beaches, with the stunning backdrop of the often snow-clad peaks of the northern Cairngorms.
Continuing our journey we will drive to the town of Stirling which has a backdrop of Stirling castle, and enjoy free time for lunch and exploring. Then visit a Whiskey Distillery, and learn more about the traditional art of whisky distilling on our guided tour, followed by a tasting. Later visit Falkirk Wheel which is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Then, we visit The Kelpies: 30-meter-high horse-head sculptures depicting Kelpies. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The Kelpies are a monument to horse-powered heritage across Scotland.
After breakfast drives to Edinburgh and visits the famous Edinburgh Castle with its fine state apartments and ancient Scottish crown jewels. Descend the hill and cross the Royal Mile to see St Giles’ Cathedral and its crown-shaped spire. You will also have the opportunity to see Calton Hill, the National monument of Scotland, Nelson Monument, Scottish National Gallery, Scottish Parliament, and the Hollyrood Palace Continuing the journey, we view the Forth Road Bridge to enjoy a spectacular view of the Forth Rail Bridge. After early lunch boards your coach and departs for your journey back to London.