THE NATURE OF SCOTLAND – NATURAL HISTORY TOUR
Edinburgh Airport: by 12.30pm.
Inverness Airport: by 3.30pm.
Glasgow Airport: by 11.00am (plus additional transfer charges on arrival).
Aberdeen Airport: by 12.00am (plus additional transfer charges on arrival).
Edinburgh Airport: after 12am.
Aberdeen Airport: after 11am.
Glasgow Airport: after 2pm (plus additional transfer charges on departure day).
Inverness Airport after 12.30pm (plus additional transfer charges on departure day).
A stunning natural history discovery tour offering wonderful encounters with wildlife together with comfortable hotels and the intimacy of small groups.
On our guided natural history tours we introduce you to the fascinating flora and fauna of Scotland against a backdrop of unparalleled coastal scenery and high lonely moorland. You gain unique experiences in wildlife watching and encounter an unbelievably large variety of rare seabirds, plants and flowers as well as wild animals in one of the last true wildernesses of Europe.
It does not matter whether you are already really knowledgeable about natural history, or want to take a closer look at the hidden wonders of nature for the first time – seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills, puffins or fulmars (which can live for over 100 years) as well as seal colonies, dolphins or whales, and the rarest of plants like Primula Scotica, will enthuse expert and beginner alike.
Constantly changing views of nature lead you along towering cliffs with bizarre rock formations and caves, by way of isolated white beaches, picturesque green hills and through flower bedecked island valleys to the enchanting Highland world of mountain and waterfall. On our unique tour you don`t have to go for very long hikes, but you should have the wish, determination and fitness to spend long days in the open air.
You discover the Highlands, Central Scotland, the East, North and West coasts as well as the beautiful Orkney Islands and the Hebrides, the island highlights being the Orkneys, Hoy, Mull and Iona or Staffa. You find out about interesting eco-systems and the geology of Scotland. In addition the riches of a unique culture cannot be ignored, with so much evidence of 6000 years of eventful history all around; nor should the opportunities for getting to know the local people in relaxed and informal circumstances be forgotten.
You stay in good small hotels in comfort and with personal service. You enjoy generous breakfasts and very good three course dinners. In your small group or on your own initiative you discover whisky distilleries, castles and amazing landscaped gardens, the renowned abbey of Iona, a woollen mill and perhaps the most impressive stone circle in the world, sheepdog trials and much more.
The ever present influences of Scandinavian and Celtic life and the little fishing villages whose inhabitants and visitors alike let the world pass by quietly and timelessly each day add to the special charm of our unique tour.
Depending on the timing of the tour, you have the promise of wonderful and varied impressions: these include large breeding colonies of gannets, puffins and great skuas (known in Scotland as bonxies), to say nothing of the chances of seeing red and black throated divers, golden eagles, ospreys, sea eagles, dolphins and whales, herds of red deer, otters, mountain hares, incredibly luxuriant woods of rhododendrons, golden gorse, moorland plants such as bog myrtle, wild orchids and insectivorous plants, and rare ferns, as well as arctic/alpine ecosystems and the magical purple of heather covered hillsides.
Forget the myth that it always rains in Scotland! The mild, soft climate is influenced by the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Often a light breeze blows, and the summer temperatures are not too hot for pleasant walking or observing wildlife. In Scotland the summer daylight scarcely fades. The evening atmosphere is prolonged by an enchanting luminescence that only towards midnight fades slowly from an idyllic and spectacular sunset into a romantic half light.
Your friendly humorous guide, Richard, is our expert for wildlife tours. He always knows exactly where the wild things are and can identify every kind of bird, even if it looks to you no more than a black dot in the sky. For evening entertainment he may, as one possibility, get you into the swing of Scottish country dancing.
If you would like a detailed description of the tour complete with daily itinerary, please click here .
INCLUDED IN OUR TOUR PRICE:
8 nights in good mid-range small hotels, 3 star or equivalent, with en-suite rooms, 8 full Scottish breakfasts, 7 three course dinners with coffee, English speaking guide, all transfers, travel in modern coaches, rail travel, all ferry crossings: Mainland-Orkney, Orkney-Hoy, Hoy-Orkney, Orkney-Mainland, Mainland-Mull, Mull-Iona, Iona-Mull, Mull-Mainland, all entry fees according to programme, welcome drink.
HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN BOOK:
Exclusively and only direct with Rob Roy Tours. Arrival may be by air, rail or private car.
Telephone: 0044-(0)1620-890 908.
We will call back immediately!
This tour can ideally be booked in combination with our other walking and sightseeing tours. Please ask us for details.
DO YOU WANT TO EXTEND YOUR TOUR?
This holiday combines perfectly with the following tours:
“In the Heart of Scotland” (walking, culture and sport based on one centre, great value)
“Western Highlands – in the Footsteps of Rob Roy” – our classic tour
“Scotland in Style – Railway Adventure, 9 days” (guided or self-guided)