Day One: Fly to Scotland
Fly to Glasgow airport. Our Tour Manager will meet you at the airport, and a coach will be waiting to transfer you to your first hotel. Check in, and then spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Day Two: Included Isle of Arran tour
Today, we head to Ardrossan for the 55-minute ferry crossing to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Visit historic Brodick Castle, the ancient seat of the Duke of Hamilton, which houses a superb collection of silver, porcelain and paintings, and stroll the castle's gardens.
Alternatively, stay on the coach and enjoy a tour of the island's lovely, ever-varying landscape of mountains and lochs, rolling hills and meadows. Look out for seal colonies and birdlife as we head north along the coast road to the ruins of Lochranza Castle and follow Arran's western coast, past scenic villages and stunning views across to the Mull of Kintyre, to the southernmost tip of the island.
Day Three: Included Isle of Bute tour
This morning we'll head to Wemyss Bay where we'll board the ferry for the 35-minute crossing to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Our destination here will be Mount Stuart House. The first Scottish home to be built with electric lighting, central heating, a telephone and a lift - and quite possibly the first house in the world to have a heated indoor swimming pool - Mount Stuart shot to fame in April 2016 when a new copy of Shakespeare's First Folio was found tucked away in the house's library.
In the afternoon we'll head north to Inveraray. After a short ferry crossing, we'll follow the Argyll coast along the Kyles of Bute and past the rocky slopes of the Arrochar Alps, over Rest And Be Thankful Pass and on, to the shores of Loch Fyne.
Day Four: Day at leisure
Spend a leisurely day exploring Inveraray, or making the most of the hotel's facilities.
One of the oldest planned towns in Scotland, Inveraray was rebuilt in the mid-1700s by the 3rd Duke of Argyll (after the original village was demolished to make more space for his castle). Why not visit its famous Jail, the Maritime Museum housed in the Arctic Penguin, a 1911 iron schooner, or Inverary Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell?
Day Five: Included tour of Oban
This morning, we head to the bustling resort of Oban, gateway to the islands of the Inner Hebrides. Stroll along the esplanade or, if you've got the energy, climb up Battery Hill to McCraig's Tower. On a clear day, the views of the Islands of Kerrera and Mull are well worth it.
Later, we'll board the ferry for the 40-minute crossing to Mull and make our way to the Isle of Mull Hotel, our base for the next two nights.
Day Six: Included Isle of Mull and Iona tours
Today we'll head west, along the Ross of Mull, to Fionnphort for the ferry crossing (as foot passengers) to the sacred Isle of Iona. A holy site since St Columba landed there in A.D.56, the island's monastery is still a place of pilgrimage, and is also the burial place of many early Scottish kings. Follow the pilgrim path up the slight rise, through the pretty cottages and ruined nunnery, to the Abbey itself. After time to explore, we'll return to Mull and head to the principle town of Tobermory. Wander along the waterfront, past its distinctive, colourful buildings, and explore the town's little arts and crafts shops.
Day Seven: From Tobermory to Fort William and Newtonmore
After breakfast, we'll head to Fishnish Pier for the ferry crossing Lochaline before continuing the scenic journey across the Morvern Peninsula to Liddesdale and onward across the bottom of Loch Linnhe on another short ferry ride, up to Fort William and on to Newtonmore, in the Spey Valley, for our final night's stay.
Day Eight: Fly home from Scotland
Bid farewell to Scotland, today, as we transfer you to Inverness for your flight home.