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Short Tour of Scotland

Monday, October 09, 2006

DAY 1

Collect group of four from Glasgow, Prestwick Airport at 1345.

First stop at the Green Welly, Tyndrum for a break and some refreshments.

Then to Glencoe, one of Scotland's most famous and atmospheric Glens. Unfortunately, we are a little late for the main Vistor Centre

However, we drive into the village and visit the Glencoe & North Lorn Folk Museum. This proves very worthwhile. The museum is situated in an 18th century thatched croft house in the main street. It contains a large variety of artefacts reflecting life in the past and is open until 1730.

At about 1730 we move on, up to Glenfinnan but stopping at Onich for some photo opportunities and then a little later at Ben Nevis for some more pics.

On to Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745 and raised his standard in his, ultimately, doomed attempt to reclaim the crowns of England and Scotland. After more photo opps we move on along the Road to the Isles to the busy little fishing village of Mallaig where we avail of overnight accommodation at the very pleasant Sea View. Here there are four friendly cats. Nice, hot porridge on offer at breakfast. Overall, good value 3 star accommodation and close to the harbour for connection to the ferry.

The day's weather was mixed; some heavy rain intermixed with dry spells.

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DAY 2

0830 start to connect with ferry to Isle of Skye. Journey takes about 30 mins. Weather a little cold and the sea choppy, but the journey not uncomfortable. At Ardvasar we disembark and drive along the West Coast of Skye to Skumulus stopping for photos at Eilean Iarmain and then head West to Kyle of Lochalsh across the famous Skye Bridge.

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First stop at the famous-and very photo-genic- Eilean Donan Castle. This was rebuilt during 1912-1932 and has featured in numerous films, inlcluding James Bond. Spent about 1 hour visiting the castle and availing of photo opps. Weather a little cold but dry.

We drive on through the Great Glen to the famous Loch Ness, arriving at Castle Urquhart about 2 hours later. Weather improves-dry and clear-which makes for good photo opps at this stunning location on Loch Ness.

After an hour or so, we move on up to Inverness, capital of the Highlands, and a very pleasant city in its own right. As time is tight we pay short visits to:

Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil in 1746 (where Bonnie Prince Charlie suffered his final defeat); and

the Bronze Age Clava Cairns.

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Then long drive down the A9 to Edinburgh stopping for refreshment at the popular town of Pitlochry

Our journey to Edinburgh takes us over the famous Forth Road Bridge.

Late in the evening we arrive at the designated hotel and exchange find farewells with two guests. Then on to Glasgow to take the final two guest to their accommodation and final find farewells.

A lot of sites packed into a long day!

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