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The following is a suggested self-drive itinerary. A personalised, escorted tour is also available.

DAY 1 –

Arrive Glasgow

Collect car at Glasgow Airport

Car provided via catswhiskerstours

Drive to Wemyss Bay

Connect with ferry to Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Ferry runs at 45 min intervals. No booking required. Cost: about GBP39.00 return (1 car two pax).


Arrive at Rothesay


Overnight at
Cannon House Hotel

Double room with en-suite and four poster bed available

See Bute with catswhiskerstours

DAY 2

Isle of Bute

Visit many and varied places of interest including:

Mount Stuart

Rothesay Castle

Overnight at same hotel.


DAY 3

Isle of Bute

Bute Museum

Castle Gallery

Overnight at same hotel.

DAY 4

Isle of Bute

Rothesay Golf Club

Rothesay Sea Front

Overnight at same hotel.

Golf on Bute with catswhiskerstours

DAY 5

Ferry to Wemyss Bay at about 0945 (times of sailings to be confirmed).

Drive to Ardrossan

19 miles/32Km

Ferry to Brodick, Arran (about 1230) Cost about GBP69.00 return.

Isle of Arran

Overnight at Belvedere Guest House, Brodick. Tel: 44-1770 302397.

Explore Arran including:

Brodick Castle

Distillery

Lochranza

Enjoy Arran with catswhiskerstours


DAY 6

Isle of Arran

Goat Fell

Kings Caves

Overnight at same hotel.


DAY 7

Isle of Arran

Machrie Moor

Glenashdale Falls

Overnight at same hotel.

See the best of Arran with catswhiskerstours


DAY 8

Isle of Arran

Coastal Way

Golf

Overnight at same hotel.

Golf Arran with catswhiskerstours

DAY 9

Ferry from Brodick to Ardrossan (about 0900)


Golf at Turnberry

(Ailsa) in afternoon.

Overnight at Malin Court 4 star, Small Hotel)

Golf Turnberry with catswhiskerstours

DAY 10

Golf at Royal Troon


Drive to North Berwick

105 miles/ 170Km. About 2 hours driving time.


Overnight at Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa.

DAY 11

Golf at North Berwick West, Muirfield, Gullane #1, and Dunbar.


Stay at Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa.

Enjoy North Berwick with catswhiskerstours

DAY 12


Check out of Macdonald Marine Hotel.

To Glasgow for return flight

ILLUSTRATIVE SELF-DRIVE ITINERARY-SCOTLAND


Day 1:

Arrive Glasgow Prestwick: 2.30pm.

Collect Ford Mondeo motor car.

Drive north to Luss

On the shores of Loch Lomond


Distance: 100km Driving Time: About 1hr 15 mins


Overnight at Bed & Breakfast in Luss.


Day 2: Monday, December 4th.2006

Drive to the busy fishing village of Mallaig

via:


Glencoe

This is one of the most famous and atmospheric of all Scottish Glens.


Ben Nevis

This is Scotland’s highest mountain.


Glenfinnan


At Mallaig catch ferry to Ardvasar,
Isle of Skye

See the best of Scotland with catswhiskerstours

Ferry journey approximately 30 minutes.


Overnight at Eilean Iarmain Hotel

Stay in standard room with evening dinner included.


Distance: 200km Driving Time: About 3 hours


Day 3: Tuesday, December 5th. 2006


Tour of Skye including a visit to Dunvegan Castle

Distance: 140km Driving Time: About 2 hours 15 mins


Overnight at Eilean Iarmain Hotel

Stay in standard room with dinner included.

See the magnificient Isle of Skye with catswhiskerstours

Day 4: Wednesday, December 6th.2006

Over Skye Bridge


to
Inverness

capital of the Highlands via:


Eilean Donan Castle


Castle Urquhart


Loch Ness


Distance: 140km Driving Time: About 2 hrs 30 mins


Overnight at Castle Stuart

Dinner included.

See the best of Scotland’s castles with catswhiskerstours

Day 5: Thursday, December 7th. 2006

To Dunkeld, Perthshire


Via


Aviemore


Pitlochry


Edradour Distillery (free tours)


The Hermitage


Distance: 165km Driving Time: About 2 hrs 30 mins

Overnight at Hatton Grange B&B

Visit Dunkeld and Perthshire’s Big Tree country with catswhiskerstours

Day 6: Friday, December 8th.2006

To the ancient city of St. Andrews


Via


Stirling Castle


Distance: 160km Time: about 2 hrs 15 mins.

Overnight at Inn in or near to St. Andrews.

Enjoy the home of Golf with catswhiskerstours

Day 7: Saturday, December 9th. 2006

To Edinburgh

Via


East Neuk http://www.scotland-flavour.co.uk/east-neuk.html


Rosslyn Chapel http://www.rosslynchapel.org.uk/


Distance: 135 km Driving Time: About 2 hours


Overnight at the Retreat Castle Hotel

See the best of Edinburgh with catswhiskerstours

Day 8: Sunday, December 10th.2006


To Glasgow Prestwick airport via


New Lanark World Heritage Site

Return Rental Car and depart Prestwick 1500.


Distance: 140km Driving Time: About 2 hours

Enjoy Scotland with catswhiskerstours

DAY 1

Collect group of four from Glasgow, Prestwick Airport at 1345.

First stop at the Green Welly, Tyndrum for a break and some refreshments.

Then to Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most famous and atmospheric Glens. Unfortunately, we are a little late for the main Vistor Centre

However, we drive into the village and visit the Glencoe & North Lorn Folk Museum. This proves very worthwhile. The museum is situated in an 18th century thatched croft house in the main street. It contains a large variety of artefacts reflecting life in the past and is open until 1730.

At about 1730 we move on, up to Glenfinnan but stopping at Onich for some photo opportunities and then a little later at Ben Nevis for some more pics.

On to Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745 and raised his standard in his, ultimately, doomed attempt to reclaim the crowns of England and Scotland. After more photo opps we move on along the Road to the Isles to the busy little fishing village of Mallaig where we avail of overnight accommodation at the very pleasant Sea View. Here there are four friendly cats. Nice, hot porridge on offer at breakfast. Overall, good value 3 star accommodation and close to the harbour for connection to the ferry.

The day’s weather was mixed; some heavy rain intermixed with dry spells.

Visit interesting Scotland with catswhiskerstours.

DAY 2

0830 start to connect with ferry to Isle of Skye. Journey takes about 30 mins. Weather a little cold and the sea choppy, but the journey not uncomfortable. At Ardvasar we disembark and drive along the West Coast of Skye to Skumulus stopping for photos at Eilean Iarmain and then head West to Kyle of Lochalsh across the famous Skye Bridge.

Visit Skye with catswhiskerstours

First stop at the famous-and very photo-genic- Eilean Donan Castle. This was rebuilt during 1912-1932 and has featured in numerous films, inlcluding James Bond. Spent about 1 hour visiting the castle and availing of photo opps. Weather a little cold but dry.

We drive on through the Great Glen to the famous Loch Ness, arriving at Castle Urquhart about 2 hours later. Weather improves-dry and clear-which makes for good photo opps at this stunning location on Loch Ness.

After an hour or so, we move on up to Inverness, capital of the Highlands, and a very pleasant city in its own right. As time is tight we pay short visits to:

Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil in 1746 (where Bonnie Prince Charlie suffered his final defeat); and

the Bronze Age Clava Cairns.

Visit Scotland’s heritage with catswhiskerstours

Then long drive down the A9 to Edinburgh stopping for refreshment at the popular town of Pitlochry

Our journey to Edinburgh takes us over the famous Forth Road Bridge.

Late in the evening we arrive at the designated hotel and exchange find farewells with two guests. Then on to Glasgow to take the final two guest to their accommodation and final find farewells.

A lot of sites packed into a long day!

Visit Scotland’s sites with catswhiskerstours