Scotland and Highlands
Meet at our campsite in the midlands which will provide a good meeting point for all our travellers and an ideal starting point for the start of our trip north.
After a good nights sleep you will now head north into Scotland. A long drive today but worth getting across the border and onwards to Edinburgh.
Free day in Edinburgh. Situated to the north of the city on the Firth of Forth, the site provides easy access to Edinburgh, Europe`s festival capital and most beautiful city. In this unique historic setting, you can visit the castle which clings dramatically to the rock, (home to the Scottish Crown Jewels), walk down the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, (the Queen`s official Scottish residence), or enjoy the green expanse of Princes Street Gardens. It is an historic setting - yet Edinburgh is a friendly, modern, cosmopolitan city which has something for everyone all year round.
Nearby Attractions: Edinburgh Zoo, Deep Sea World, Edinburgh Festival, Whisky Heritage Centre, Holyroodhouse
Edinburgh to Inverness. Heading north today toward Inverness and our site will be quite close to Culloden Moor
A gently sloping site, sheltered on one side by a belt of trees and facing a glorious view over the Naim Valley, and approximately a mile from the famous Culloden battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated and Scottish history was rewritten. The site is about six miles from the town of Inverness, with its excellent shopping facilities and is centrally situated for touring some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland including Loch Ness, Black Isle, Moray Coast and the Whisky Trails in the Spey Valley. Don`t miss Glen Aifric - you`ll see its magnificent scenery best on foot and maybe even spot some deer.
Nearby Attractions: Naim, Loch Ness, Cawdor Castle, Landmark Heritage & Adventure Park, Fort George, The Black Isle
Day Six (seasonal)
Inverness to John O’ Groats. Right up now at the very tip of the Scottish mainland and looking across to the Isle of Orkney, Viking territory. While relaxing here for the day and admiring the stunning coastline and the marvellous volcanic rock formations such as the Duncansby Stacks.
Day Seven (seasonal)
Takes us on the ferry to the isle of Orkney which is situated to the north of the mainland. Stunning, harsh landscape and the islanders are very proud of their Viking heritage. Take the chance while here to visit the ancient Neolithic site of Scara Brae and transport yourself back in time 5’000 years and discover how ancient Britons lived.
Day Eight (seasonal)
Free day in Orkney
Today we take the ferry back to the mainland and will travel along the very north of the highlands along the coast, heading westwards along some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer. Stopping for the night near the village of Durness where there is always a friendly little pub to grab a bite of dinner.
A very short 90 minute drive today to the town of Ullapool which is just south of Durness and park up so we can explore and enjoy all the natural wildlife that surrounds you in this remote area.
We travel south to Onich, one of the loveliest sites in scenic terms: it is, quite literally, breathtaking. You'll spend a day or two acclimatising to all this natural beauty and trying out your fishing rod on the loch before you even want to explore. When you do, you could try a visit to Ben Nevis. You can take a cable car to the upper terminal (2,300ft) of the Aonach Mor Mountain, for fabulous views of the whole mountain range, the Great Glen and the islands of Skye and Rhum, and take a guided mountain walk if you wish. On another day, visit Glencoe - you'll find it eery and exciting and everyone should know the story behind the famous Massacre, still legendary after three centuries. You can also take the ferry for a very short hop across to Ardgour and grab a very tasty pub lunch in one of the little quayside pubs there.
Nearby Attractions: Ben Nevis, Seal Island, Aonach Mor Mountain
Free day in Onich
Heading south today and back into England, a 4 hour drive ahead of us but a stop for some lunch on route to break the journey. Stopping in the afternoon near the town of Keswick in the English lake district and Shire county of Cumbria. A stunning market town with a market since 1276 and the nearby Fawe Park was the setting used by Beatrix Potter for The Tales of Benjamin Bunny. Also just two miles outside Keswick are the fascinating standing stones of Castlerigg which is another outstanding example of Neolithic Britain and its stone circles.
Free day in Keswick
Keswick to Warwickshire. Heading south yet again we now head into Shakespeare country and head toward Stratford upon Avon the home of the bard himself. We will park near the town itself so quite an easy drive in should you wish to visit the birthplace of Shakespeare or indeed the very church where he is buried. Here we will park up at our campsite for one last farewell group dinner together before turning in.
End of tour this morning where we will say our goodbyes and depart before lunch.