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4 Day Isle of Skye and Highland's Tour

Join us on this magical tour to the land of the faeries passing through some of the most majestic scenery in the whole of Scotland. This is a small group guaranteed tour (no larger than 16 persons). This is the tour to escape the hustle and bustle of city life as we embark on a spectacular journey through the Scottish wilderness learning about the area's unique culture and history along the way.

This is also a fantastic tour for those interested in the Outlander series and the Jacobite era of Scottish history as we visit very important landmarks associated with this time such as Culloden Battlefield and Glenfinnan. You can add on a 1 day Outlander Filming locations tour with us if you are fans of the show.


Highlights

  • Glencoe
  • Loch Ness
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • the beautiful Isle of Skye
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • And more....

Itinerary

Day 1

Pick up from outside the Parish Halls Building on 266 George Street in Glasgow at 7am. We will then make our way for the Fort William Train Station for those taking the Jacobite Steam Train (only available on the summer timetable). On the journey to Fort William we will pass some beautiful sites such as Loch Lomond, Loch Tulla and Glencoe. There will be rest stop opportunities on the journey and great chances to get some fantastic photographs too. 

Once at Fort William, we will drop our guests taking the train ride off at the station and depart with our guests who are not taking the train ride along the same journey to Mallaig. This is what will happen during the winter months with all of our guests too unless the Jacobite is operating on the date of travel in the winter (they have some festive dates).  On this journey both the train guests and those who wish to stay with us will see the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Monument in the distance as well as the impressive Loch Nam Uamh. Once in Mallaig, we will meet up with everyone once again and have some free time to enjoy a spot of lunch and have a stroll around this picturesque seaside town (lunch not included) before taking the ferry to Skye. 

Once on Skye, we will make our way to your accommodation. We prefer to stay in the Broadford area but Skye books up very quickly so an early booking is advisable. (accommodation not included but we can assist in booking this for you, please inquire and remember to give us your room requirements ie twin room / double and ensuite preferences.) Once we have dropped you off at your accommodation, this day will end and it is a perfect chance to relax and prepare yourself for the next couple of days touring.

 

Day 2

Depart accommodation early (pick up times will be announced the day before as we may have to do several pick ups due to the group being scattered at various establishments) and make our way to Dunvegan Castle (entrance fee not included and only available during the Summer timetable) and enjoy a visit to this impressive castle and gardens, the ancestral home to the Chiefs of the Clan MacLeod. 

We will then make our way for the Talisker Whisky Distillery where you will have time for a tasting and a walk around their exhibition centre and shop. (The price of the tasting is not included in the tour). We will then have some lunch at the famous Oyster Shack nearby or you are free to pick up a sandwich or similar if seafood does not appeal to you (lunch not included). After lunch, we will continue onto Neist Point, one of the most scenic viewpoints on the island and on a clear day you can enjoy views over to the isles. On the return, we will stop at the Fairy Pools which does require an element of walking (around 20 minutes down and then again on the way back). If mobility is an issue, you are welcome to stay with the vehicle and have a wee walk to the first waterfall with beautiful views of Glenbrittle and the Black Cuillins.

We will then return back to your accommodation where the day will end. 

 

Day 3   

Check out of your accommodation at a time to be defined and enjoy a morning tour of Skye. On this trip you will see delights such as the Old Man of Storr, Lealt Falls, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing. If there is time, we will also make a trip to the Fairy Glen and Uig where you will have the opportunity to visit the brewery. 

We will then make our way into Portree where you can have some free time to explore this harbour town and enjoy some lunch (not included). 

After Portree, we will continue our journey towards Inverness going over the Skye Bridge. On this journey, we will make photo and rest stops at Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Shiel and Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. 

You will then check into your Inverness accommodation at which point this day of touring will end. 

 

Day 4

Check out of accommodation and pick up at a time to be defined prior to the day. We will then make our way for the Clansman Pontoon where you will catch a Loch Ness Cruise to Urquhart Castle. This is a 30 minute Loch Cruise which includes full commentary on board. You will arrive at the pontoon at Urquhart Castle where you can enjoy an hour visit at this ruin of a once formidable fortress in the Highlands. (Loch cruise and entrance to castle not included however you purchase both together at the cruise ticket booth).

After our visit to the Loch, we will make the journey to the Culloden Battlefield, where you can enjoy a light lunch (not included) and a tour of the battlefield provided by ourselves. Afterwards, we will visit the nearby Clava Cairns - a group of 3 - 4000 year old burial cairns and standing stones.

We will then continue our journey back to Glasgow, making a stop at the Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry for a comfort break and refreshments.

We will arrive back at 266 George Street in Glasgow for around 8pm where the tour will end.

We will say our goodbyes, toast your honour and haste ye back again!

7 Day Sea and Land tour - Scottish Whisky, castles, Sea Lochs and ancient kingdoms

Scottish Whisky, castles, Sea Lochs and ancient kingdoms Tour

7 day sailing tour, in a private sailing yacht with skipper and hostess


5 Days on a yacht on the West Coast of Scotland visiting the Island on the West Coast of Scotland as well as Whisky Distilleries and a canal.

2 Days by road visiting amazing places such as Glencoe, Loch Lomond, The Drovers Inn, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Vaults and more. 

Day 1

Pickup from airport or accommodation with complimentary transfer to Largs Marina where the yacht is berthed.
In the afternoon we depart from Largs yacht haven (35 minutes transfer from Glasgow airport) and sail to Rothesay on the nearby island of Bute. Dinner ashore in a local restaurant.

Day 2
Visit historic Rothesay castle or Mount Stuart House, then sail through the stunningly beautiful Kyles of Bute to Loch Ranza, landing there to visit the famous Arran Distillery. Take a tour of the distillery, then sail north to the iconic Scottish west coast fishing village of Tarbert, dining ashore in one of Scotland’s finest seafood restaurants, Starfish.


Day 3
Sail up loch Fyne to Ardrishaig and the start of the Crinan Canal. Described as Britain’s most beautiful shortcut, built over 200 years ago. We navigate its locks as far as the pretty village of Cairnbaan, mooring there for the night and dining ashore at the Cairnbaan Hotel – again, well known for its local seafood.

Day 4
Your yacht completes its transit of the Crinan Canal, while our guests spend a few hours ashore visiting Dunadd hill fort, considered the foundation stone of the Kingdom of the Scots. Place your foot in the footprint carved into the rock, an ancient symbol of the union of the king with his land. Re-board the yacht at Crinan, then lock out of the Canal. Depending on the weather and tides, your skipper will then either
- sail out with you to visit the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool – the 3rd largest in the world - returning to Crinan overnight to dine in the rightly-famous Crinan Hotel; or
- sail south to Jura, mooring in Craighouse bay and guiding you ashore to visit the Isle of Jura distillery, later enjoying a casual meal in the Jura Hotel.

Day 5
Set sail north through more stunning Hebridean scenery to the west highland capital of Oban, mooring overnight at the Oban marina. Dine ashore at one of Oban’s many fine restaurants, then a final night aboard the yacht before being collected in the morning by Slainte Scotland Tours.

Day 6
Morning pickup by Slainte Scotland for a tour.
First stop is Oban Distillery for a tour and coffee. The tour then sets off to Glencoe, one of the most scenic routes in Scotland. We make our way to the Drovers Inn (pub of the year 1705) for lunch before we hug the western shores of Loch Lomond back to your accommodation.

Day 7
Pickup from accommodation and depart for Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Vaults, Royal Mile and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Lunch at Deacon Brodies. Dropoff at accommodation or airport as required.


Costs:
Up to 4 £6050
Up to 6 £7050


Includes:
Complimentary Airport Transfers
Yacht hire
Skipper & hostess
Harbour dues
Diesel and gas
Crinan canal fees
Tea, coffee, breakfasts, and light lunches aboard the yacht
Bedding and towels aboard the yacht
Water and snacks on road journeys


Optionals and extras:
£45 Hire of sailing jacket, trousers & boots – per person
£4.50 Entry to Rothesay Castle – per person
£30 Taxi to and from Mountstuart for 4
£11.50 Entry to Mountstuart and tour – per person
£7.50 Tour Lochranza distillery – per person
£150 Hire of bus and driver/guide to visit Dunadd (c 5 miles from the canal)
£Free Jura distillery tour
£? Dinner ashore each evening
£? Accommodation overnight on day 6


The purchase of visitor or temporary passes will make your visits to attractions easier and cheaper. These can be obtained from Historic Scotland, National Trust for Scotland and Visit Britain. You can view these yourself and we are happy to advise closer to the time. They are planning new passes in year 2016 and they have not yet been defined. Full information might be possible closer to the time.
http://www.nts.org.uk
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
http://www.visitbritain.com/en/EN/

Important Notes on the Tour, please read:
This tour involves yachts and open water. By its very nature this tour has higher risk factor and is more demanding than most land based tours. Anyone joining us on this tour accepts the higher risks, the needs to be fairly mobile and fit and understand that you will be sleeping most nights in a yacht. The accommodation in the yacht is similar to that of a medium-sized caravan.
Guests are asked to bear in mind that as storage space is limited on a sailing yacht, they should limit the amount of luggage they each bring aboard, to one soft kitbag type holdall per person. Slainte Scotland will if need be retain other items of luggage for you while you are on board the yacht, and return those to you at the end of the sailing tour.

For your safety and enjoyment we also need to add the following conditions:
- On the yacht the skipper has the final say
- The tour may have to change at any time due to weather and sea circumstances
- Behaviour at sea and on boarding the yacht will be evaluated by the skipper continuously. The skipper has the discretion to not allow unacceptable or dangerous behaviour and may stop the tour if he fears for the safety of the guests, crew or any bystanders.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SKIPPERED CHARTERS AND YACHT TOURS
1. A non-refundable deposit of 20% is payable to Slainte Scotland (Clyde Coast Tourism Ltd) on booking the tour. The booking is not confirmed until the booking deposit has been paid.

2. The balance of the tour fee must be paid to Slainte Scotland (Clyde Coast Tourism Ltd) 28 days before the tour is due to commence. If the tour is booked within one calendar month of the start of the tour period, the full amount of the tour fee is due with the booking. To cancel, written notice must be received at least 60 days before the tour otherwise the full balance of the fee remains payable.

3. No age limit is rigidly imposed, however guests should satisfy themselves that they and those they intend to sail on the yacht during their tour (the "charter party") are all reasonably fit and likely to be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of being on a sailing yacht at sea (tight and steep stairs, smaller bunks, low doorways, floors slippery when wet).

4. The yachts are provided with full safety gear as specified by the MCA, including liferafts, flares, harness lines and adult-sized lifejackets. Should however the charter party include children for whom adult-sized lifejackets would be too large, then it will be the guests' responsibility to ensure that those children are each provided with - and required to wear at all times when on the yacht - suitably sized lifejackets or buoyancy aids. Waterproof sailing clothing is not provided with the yacht but may be hired separately.

5. The guests are deemed to understand and accept that sailing can be dangerous and has certain inherent risks, including the risk of injury or death.

6. The yachts are fully insured against accidents and carry third party liability insurance, but responsibility is not accepted for any personal accidents, damage or losses that are due to the negligence of members of the charter party. Any unnecessary damage and/or losses attributed by the skipper to carelessness on the part of members of the charter party will be charged at replacement price; and if not paid by them then recovered from the guests, who are in any event strongly recommended to arrange appropriate insurance cover for cancellation, injury and personal liability. For some skippered charters a refundable security deposit may also be payable by the guests; deductions may be made from this deposit, to allow full or partial recovery of any such damage and/or losses.

7. Damage to a charter party member’s personal property during the charter will not be the responsibility of Slainte Scotland (Clyde Coast Tourism Ltd), or the yacht owner, or their servants or agents. Nor will Slainte Scotland (Clyde Coast Tourism Ltd), the yacht owner or their servants or agents be liable for any other loss, injury or damage which may arise as a result of the normally accepted risks of sailing in a small yacht.

8. The tour charter contract will be subject to the Law of Scotland.

Links:
http://www.sailawayscotland.co.uk/index.php/bavaria-cruiser-46
http://www.victoriahotelbute.com/dining.html
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_238
http://www.mountstuart.com/
http://www.arranwhisky.com/content/arran-distillery
http://www.starfishtarbert.com/
https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/canals/crinan-canal/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/scottishhistory/darkages/trails_darkages_gaels.shtml

The Crinan Canal Pictures were taken from Wikipedia and can be found here:
Crinan Canal on WikiPedia

5 day Outlander Tour with Special Guests

Slainte Scotland Tours Introduce:

Scotland Outlander Inspired Tour with Special Guests!

Price: £595 per person. (up to 30 persons on this tour). This includes guided transport, bottled water, entrance fees and snacks. It excludes, unless otherwise specified, meals and accommodation. For August dates there is a price reduction for those not taking the transfer from Birmingham. 

Dates:

  • 23rd July 2018 - 27th July 2018. DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF BROCHURE BY CLICKING HERE
  • 13th August 2018 - 17th August 2018. - This is the for a tour and transfer after the Starfury event in Birmingham. The guide on the day will also be James McKinlay opposed to Catriona Stevenson. James was also in S3 of the show and is one of our superstar guides. Please ask for the full brochure for this date directly by contacting us.

 

Please note that you will need at least 4 nights accommodation in Glasgow (including the last night) and 1 night in Inverness. Accommodation is not included in the price, however, please see the suggested accommodation in the attached PDF.

Why Choose This Tour:

Apart from the fact that we have some fantastic guests on each touring day of this trip, our company is run by fans of the show and books. Catriona Stevenson, who will be your guide for the duration in July, has been leading Outlander tours for nearly 2 years and was a supporting actor in season 2 (and 4).

She was also lucky enough to be a part of a behind the scenes studio tour and although there will be no spoilers, she has held the Duke of Sandringham’s head in her hands and not to mention Sam’s and Tobias’s swords.

For the August (Birmingham Starfury Transfer), your guide will be James McKinlay. James is also a fantastic guide (check his reviews on TripAdvisor) and has filmed in S3 (and 4). He is a great resource for history, locations and behind the scenes knowledge too. 

Highlights of the Outlander inspired tour:

Special Guests:
Àdhamh Ó Broin
2 of the men from Paca
Scott Kyle and Fraser Murdoch
Gillebride MacMillan

Places We Visit:
Culloden
Blackness Castle (Fort William)
Midhope Castle (Lallybroch)
Glencoe
Kilchurn Castle
Auchindrain Highland Farm Township
And Much More!!!

 

Q & A's

1)

Q: How many people are on this tour?

A: There is a maximum of 30 persons on this tour.

2)

Q: Is accommodation in Glasgow and Inverness included?

A: No, accommodation is not included, we feel it makes it easier for people to book their own accommodation and to a suitable budget. We have a number of suggestions in the attached PDF.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF BROCHURE BY CLICKING HERE

Whisky Tour by Yacht charter on the West Coast of Scotland

An amazing 7 day whisky tour by yacht on the West Coast of Scotland. This is a great tour for people who love to be on the sea and who love whisky. The tour takes you on an amazing voyage and you are bound to see a lot of marine life, spectacular scenic beauty and some great sailing. To top this exerience you will visit a number of distilleries and Islands. A truly remarkable whisky tour your!

 

Whisky by water tour Itinerary

 

Saturday
We set out from Largs Marina aiming for Ardrishaig, the eastern gateway of the Crinan Canal. Our course takes us around the south point of Bute and then heads northwards into Loch Fyne, past Tarbert and on to the Ardrishaig Sea Lock. We pass through the first few locks before stopping at Cairnbaan for the night to enjoy dinner at the hotel.


Sunday
Coffee and french toast in the cockpit whilst waiting for the Cairnbaan road bridge to be opened, then on through the remaining locks, passing pretty cottages, wild flowers and waving to passers-by on the tow path before being lowered into the colourful Crinan Basin with its array of vessels and ‘wee lighthouse’. A favourable tide and handy north-westerly should allow us to set course for Craighouse, home to our first distillery on the Isle of Jura. By early evening we sail into the bay and pick up a mooring for the night, looking forward to our trip ashore in the morning.


Monday
Having enjoyed our tour of the distillery and sampled the local delights it is time to leave Craighouse and plot a course to Islay. It might be blowing quite fresh breeze from the northwest and we make our way down the Sound of Jura, navigating outside the Ardbeg islands while catching tantalising views of 3 more distilleries between the rocky outcrops. We head for Port Ellen towards the southern end of the island, where we berth in its small marina and enjoy a hot shower.


Tuesday
We awoke to the light drumming of rain on the coach roof so lingered over breakfast in the hope it would dry up before we ventured ashore. Luck was on our side so we hired a couple of bikes then pedalled up the winding coastal road to Ardbeg distillery. Before long we could see the iconic rooftops of the distillery and were soon sampling some of its delights. On the way back to the boat we got another distillery under our belts, this time Lagavulin where we enjoyed the tour and another wee taster. The evening was spent enjoying a meal ashore and trying one or two other malts from some of the many other Islay distilleries which we hadn’t quite managed to visit that day!


Wednesday
After checking weather and tides, it was time to leave Islay and punch our way towards the Mull of Kintyre and on to our next stop at Campbeltown. Passing inside Sanda island we can be treated to an impressive display of diving gannets, later possibly spotting some porpoises just off the entrance to Campbeltown Loch. Once at the head of the loch we berthed in the marina before heading ashore for dinner.


Thursday
Suitably refreshed after a good night’s sleep we head to Springbank, distillery number 4. After our tour we topup on more solid supplies before motoring back down the loch and out into a sparkling Kilbrannan sound. Heading north, our next anchorage is Lochranza on the Isle of Arran.


Friday
On our final day we go ashore to visit the Isle of Arran distillery. Lunch aboard under the dramatic Arran skyline before setting a course for home. We arrive back at Largs in the early evening with just enough energy left to pack up our gear and tidy the boat. At this point our charter clients would perhaps enjoy their last crew meal together before handing the yacht back the following morning, but for us it was fish & chips then home to curl up on the couch with a wee dram and thank our charterers for coming up with such a great cruise – Cheers!

This tour is run by SailAway Scotland. Please follow this link to see more:
Sailaway Scotland Yacht Charter Ltd
www.sailawayscotland.co.uk

Islay Whisky tour Video


If you would like to join us on Islay for a wonderful Islay Whisky tour, please click HERE