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Overview
All Tours departing from Edinburgh Schedule: Mondays (06/04/20-26/10/20) The Isle of Arran is nicknamed ‘Scotland in miniature’. It’s called this because it contains everything everyone loves about Scotland in 452 square kilometers. You find stags frolicking through forests, a castle dramatically perched on the side of a river, and all the delicious seafood and whisky you could want. So join this tour and begin with an adventure through the land of Robert Burns, before discovering all the delights of this small but bountiful island.
Detailed Itinerary

You travel west past Glasgow and the Whitelee Wind Farm, Europe’s largest wind farm.

You then leave the modern landscapes, and travel into Ayrshire to visit the 18th century Culzean Castle. Here you have time to enjoy its dramatic cliff top setting, beautiful architecture, and elegant living spaces. You can also have lunch in the cafe or a picnic in the beautiful castle grounds.

Travelling towards Robert Burns’ birthplace you discover the places from his poems and songs. You stop at the visitor centre in Alloway, where you have the opportunity to find out more about this remarkable man.

You continue to Ardrossan where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Arran. You’re dropped off at your accommodation in Brodick.

Arran is alive with wildlife, mountains, beaches, pubs, and restaurants. There are many options of how you can spend your time on the island, depending on the weather and your group's interest; your driver guide will arrange the best day out for you.

You may explore the mountainous north of the island, some of Arran’s, best beaches, Lochranza Castle, and the Arran Distillery.

Arran is also home to many stone circles dating from the Neolithic period and the early Bronze Age. You visit Machrie Moor and its six stone circles; and after exploring this area you travel south through the harbour villages of Blackwaterfoot.

Travelling back to Brodick you see The Holy Isle across the water, owned by the Samye Ling Buddhist Community.

You may make a stop at the Arran Cheese shop, a family owned business that’s now famous all over the world.

At Brodick we find Brodick Castle, and situated in the shadow of this imposing red sandstone castle is Arran Brewery. This microbrewery blends naturally with its stunning surroundings, combining the island’s unique water with the finest local ingredients. You can sample this ale in many of the local pubs and restaurants; a perfect way to round off your day!

Today you return to the mainland on the ferry running between Lochranza and Claonaig. This short 30 minute crossing takes you onto the Kintyre Peninsula.

You travel along the coastal road to the charming fishing village of Tarbert. The village sits on the narrowest strip of land between the two bodies of water, forming a natural harbour.

From Tarbert you follow Loch Fyne toward the whitewashed village of Inveraray, where you have free time to explore and have lunch. After lunch you continue over the ‘The Rest and be Thankful’ mountain pass. From here it’s a short drive to Luss and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond before returning to Edinburgh.

Inclusions

All rates are inclusive of Breakfast unless stated otherwise.
Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
Air conditioning as standard
The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Exclusions

Entry fees to visitor attractions
Optional activities
Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Departures every Monday

All Tours departing from Edinburgh

Departs - Check-in closes at 08.15 (tour departs at 08.30) - Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
10.00 - Parish Hall, 266 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QX
Returns - 19.15

Hotel Accommodation can be upgraded to 3 star on request

No children under 5 years old are permitted, except with special permission

Restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person

Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes

Trip Highlights

Culzean Castle- Robert Burns Country- Brodick and Brodick Castle- Isle of Arran Distillery- Machrie Moor stone circles- Kintyre Peninsula-, Loch Lomond

Departure Period

01 Jun, 2020 to 30 Sep, 2020
AUD 800 P P twin share
AUD 902 P P single

01 Oct, 2020 to 26 Oct, 2020
AUD 758 P P twin share
AUD 861 P P single

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