Island Hopscotch 2021

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Glasgow where you will be warmly welcomed by your own private Drumscot Driver. From the vibrant city enjoy the majestic Scottish landscape as you travel along the banks of Loch Lomond, cross Rannoch Moor and journey through the brooding pass of Glencoe.

The Nevis Mountain Range dominates the sky line as you travel through Fort William and Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie mustered the Jacobite Army and into the tranquil solitude of the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Even in Scotland there are few places which are as uninhabited. It is almost an island itself.

Cross the Sound of Mull by ferry and arrive in the colourful, picture postcard town of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

Stay for 2 nights at Glengorm Castle. Relax in the grandeur of this country retreat overlooking the Atlantic with views from Tiree and Coll all the way to the Outer Hebrides.

Day 2

Take a Wildlife Tour and spot some of the Island’s famed eagles, dolphins or otters with the help of a local expert. Enjoy a spot of shell seeking on the white sands of Calgary Bay, one of Scotland's most beautiful beaches and stroll through the woods to find the contemporary artwork and sculptures of Calgary Art in Nature.

Stay overnight at Glengorm Castle.

Day 3

Travel to the south of the island and take the ferry from Fionnphort to Iona where St Columba first landed on Scottish soil in 563 AD and began the Celtic Church. Linger in the Abbey and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.

On to Staffa and the world-famous Fingal’s Cave, a geological phenomenon which inspired Mendelssohn, Sir Walter Scott and Keats to name a few and home to puffins who nest here in their thousands in the summer months.

Stay overnight at Tiroran House, a gem of a country house hotel tucked away on the shore of Loch Scridain.

Day 4

Take the ferry to the Highland town of Oban on the mainland.

Visit the picturesque ruin of Kilchurn Castle on the banks of Loch Awe before arriving at Inverary. The imposing Castle and Gardens are home to the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the powerful Clan Campbell of Massacre of Glencoe fame and who fought on the Government side in the Jacobite Rebellion.

Learn about torture, death and damnation 1820 style at Inverary Jail and catch a glimpse at what life was like for a Highlander in times gone by at Auchendrain Open Air Museum.

Stay overnight at the Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa, an idyllic hotel overlooking Loch Fyne itself with views stretching to the Cowal Hills.

Day 5

A drive down the banks of Loch Fyne takes you south to the ferry to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran where the Isle of Arran Distillery nestles below the high mountains. Take a guided tour and learn about the ancient craft which produces the malt and sample a dram.

Visit Brodick Castle which dates back to 5th Century and was briefly occupied by Oliver Cromwell.

Stay for 2 nights at the luxurious Auchrannie Resort, located in Brodick, home of ASPA, Scotland's first island destination spa.

Day 6

Explore the Isle of Arran, often referred to as ‘Scotland in miniature’ because it has it all: rugged mountains, beautiful coastline, fertile meadows and prehistoric ruins.

The Isle of Arran Heritage Museum is a good starting point and will give you an insight into past times in the relative isolation of this island.

Visit the Torrylinn Creamery, home of Isle of Arran Cheese which continues to craft cheese by hand using time honoured methods.

Take a short walk to the standing stones and stone circles of Machrie Moor, dating back to Neolithic and early Bronze Age times and shrouded in ancient folklore.

Stay overnight at Auchrannie Resort.

Day 7

Cross over to the mainland and travel back to Glasgow.

Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to see the city’s fine British and European art collection. Enjoy the magnitude of the Burrell Collection, an eclectic mix of artefacts acquired by the shipping magnet, Sir William Burrell.

Learn what makes Glaswegians tick at The Peoples Palace, a magnificent folk museum next to the Winter Gardens. Stay overnight at Hotel du Vin Glasgow, One Devonshire Gardens an elegant, luxurious retreat in Glasgow’s West End.

Day 8

Depart Homeward Bound.

COST PER PERSON based on 4 people travelling: £2098 UK POUNDS
(approx $2811 USD based on £1 = $1.34 USD)

What’s included:

  • 7 nights accommodation sharing double room and full Scottish Breakfast
  • Dinner on Day 3
  • Ferry crossing to and from Mull, to Staffa and Iona and to Arran
  • Chauffer Driven Transportation throughout

What’s not included:

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer on day of departure
  • Dinners on Day 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7
  • Lunches
  • Admissions (relatively small costs) to Castles, museums and Whisky Distilleries etc for ease of flexibility of the tour

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