On the Trail of a Scottish Tradition
– Discover the proud and ancient cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow
– Visit the Harris Tweed and Paisley Museums and the Scottish Wool Centre
– Picturesque castles; the wild, romantic landscapes of the Outer Hebrides
– Beauty to take your breath away…
– Specialist shops for quilters and a wide choice of evening activities in Edinburgh, with the possibility of an evening in the company of Scottish quilters.
On this tour, fascinating for quilters and non-quilters alike, through the Borders and North-West of Scotland you will find intellectual and spiritual stimulus. Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town, the wide Highland landscapes and flower-filled castle gardens are an eye opener.
The wind and weather beaten shorelines of the Outer Hebrides, as well as the small, romantic fishing villages, the fairytale lochs and the peaks of the Cuillin Hills will reveal why this is reckoned to be the most beautiful region in the whole of North-Western Europe. Among the other highlights of your tour are sightseeing tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh and a demonstration of Tweed manufacture.
On this tour an unbelievable wealth of delightful sights and experiences awaits you, ranging from the exciting to the spectacular, but without giving you the feeling that you have no time to yourself.
In the past, as a fitting climax to the holiday, we have arranged an evening hosted by a Scottish quilters’ group on the last evening of the tour. We would try if possible to make a similar arrangement for you.
An experienced tour guide who has lived in Scotland for many years will accompany you.
The tour itinerary can be adapted to meet particular group requirements.
Day 1: Arrival Edinburgh Airport.
Short city tour and a visit to the textile collection in the Royal Scottish Museum. After dinner you have the opportunity to make your own exploration of the medieval Old Town of Edinburgh.
We visit Melrose Abbey, the imposing ruins of a 12th century Cistercian foundation, and then drive on to Hawick where we can see an admirable exhibition illustrating the history of the famous Borders woollen industry. If time permits we can, in the afternoon, take some short walks in the idyllic Yarrow and Tweed valleys.
Today there is the first specialist shop for quilters! Then the castles of Stirling and Blair Atholl await your discovery. The latter houses a fine collection of historic textiles. En route you will certainly want to photograph the famous Forth Rail Bridge.
Today we encounter the breathtaking landscapes of the Central Highlands. Optionally we can stop at a whisky distillery. Then on to one of Scotland’s most significant prehistoric sites – Clava Cairns stone circles and tombs. In the afternoon, on a stroll in most beautiful surroundings, we will, with any luck, watch migrating salmon fearlessly leaping a raging waterfall. Finally we drive on to reach the west coast where we take ship for the Outer Hebrides.
In the Outer Hebrides we find not only in one of the most intriguing landscapes of North-West Europe, but at the same time we are at the centre of the Harris Tweed industry. We explore the island of Lewis on a leisurely day’s excursion. We will certainly see some rare species of seabirds.
Today the islands of Harris and Skye feature in the programme. At Tarbert in the island of Harris we pay a visit to the Harris Tweed Weaving and Knitting exhibition. With its lonely lochs in fairytale glens and the breathtaking Cuillin Hills, considered to be the most spectacular in Great Britain, the Isle of Skye constitutes another highlight of the tour.
Today’s eventful journey, with its many opportunities for stretching your legs and photography, takes us on through the Western Highlands. Later we reach Glencoe, the “glen of weeping”, the scene in 1692 of one of Scottish history’s most treacherous and bloody deeds. You will learn more of this horrific story on the spot. The route over the rolling expanse of wild, romantic Rannoch Moor promises unforgettable impressions of the highland landscape. And so on to our destination, Edinburgh.
A day’s outing brings us to Glasgow and its surroundings. In Paisley Museum and Art Galleries we admire a display of world famous Paisley shawls. Afterwards we explore Glasgow by bus and on foot. The evening in Edinburgh offers a wide choice of activities any one of which would perfectly round off your tour.
In the morning there may be time for a shopping trip or for a wander round Edinburgh. Finally transfer to the airport.
Your friendly tour guide will be delighted to share his/her enthusiasm for the country, its land, culture and people with you.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
The walking tour price includes all visits, guides, entry fees, ferries and transfers as detailed in the programme; transport by modern coach or minibus; experienced tour guide; eight nights in very good small hotels with en-suite rooms and full Scottish breakfast, eight three course dinners; airport transfers, luggage transfer, maps as required and welcoming drink.
HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN BOOK:
Book through your travel agent or, of course, book direct with Rob Roy Tours. Arrival may be by air, rail or private car.
booking directly with Rob Roy Tours:
Price on enquiry
special rates for small groups
If you have any questions, simply give us a call on 0044-(0)1620-890 908.
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