SPRING IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
Saturday, 14 May - Wednesday, 18 May, 2022.
Staying at the SALUTATION HOTEL, which is situated in the heart of the historic city of PERTH, and is one of the oldest hotels in Scotland, with all modern facilities.The hotel is central and is minutes from the River and the pedestrianised shopping area It has 84 bedrooms all with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant is on the first floor, and is light and airy with a view onto the main street. We are booked in for help yourself Scottish Breakfast, and help yourself Carvery style Evening Dinner with 3 courses with 3 choices per course, jugs of water on the table and tea and coffee afterwards. The Hotel has a lift. There is a bar and it is situated on the ground floor. This time of year in the Scottish Highlands, SPRING is at its most glorious, with the flowers and trees at their best.
SATURDAY - We travel via the motorways, making a comfort stop at TEBAY SERVICES, one of the nicest services, we make a further comfort stop at HAMBLETON SERVICES, then continue on our journey to
PERTH, and the 3 STAR SALUTATION HOTEL.
On arrival at the hotel, you can enjoy a cup of Tea or Coffee and biscuits served in the bar, whilst your luggage is taken to your room.
Evening dinner in the Hotel Restaurant.
SUNDAY - Breakfast in the restaurant and we meet the coach, after breakfast and set off on our days excursions, first stopping at SCONE PALACE.
The Palace has an exciting and colourful history as one of Scotland’s most important stately homes.
It has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Kings of Scotland. It houses The Stone of Scone, also known as Stone of Destiny which was last used for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Poised above the River Tay, Scone Palace overlooks north to the highlands with the Grampians as a backdrop.
You tour the palace at your own speed and there are guides available in each room to answer any questions you might have about the Palace.
After you have explored the Palace, make a visit to the gardens as they are as splendid as the Palace itself, look out for the Red Squirrels, also you will have time to visit the café and the shop.
From here we travel through the Scottish Highlands to GLENTURRET WHISKEY DISTILLERY, home of the FAMOUS GROUSE WHISKEY, Scotland’s oldest working distillery.
Established in 1775 it was the first distillery drawn towards the soft and pure waters of Turrett Burn, with a genuine reverence for tradition.
Although the rest of the whiskey world has moved away from the traditional mushing by hand and cutting by eye as vital components of the whiskey making process, they maintain and continue with both these traditions, their idea of progress is stick to what they, Scotland’s oldest distillery have always done best, making Scotch Whiskey by the traditional way.
After the tour you will be able to sample their finest whiskeys.
From here we return to our Hotel.
MONDAY - Breakfast in the restaurant, and we meet the coach, after breakfast for a day excursions in the Scottish Highlands, our first visit will be to PITLOCHRY, where you can breathe in the fresh clean Scottish air, alongside the refreshing greenery of the forests.
We drop you in the coach park and you can explore Pitlochry at your leisure. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, plus fabulous shops.
For those who are interested, and it is well worth a visit just a 10 minute walk from the coach park is PITLOCHRY DAM CENTRE AND SALMON LADDER, which opened in January, 2017 and tells the story of the amazing engineering feats that first brought hydro electricity to the Highlands in 1950. Situated on the banks of the River Tummel which was dammed flooding the then Highland games field to form Loch Faskally, the centre features a gift shop and café with jaw dropping views of Pitlochry Dam and Loch Faskally.
You can walk over the Dam and at the far end you will find the Salmon Ladder which was built so the salmon could return to their native river to spawn, as access was cut off by the dam.
From Pitlochry, we travel the short distance to the famous QUEENS VIEW AND VISITORS CENTRE, which lies at the eastern edge of Loch Tummel. This is one of the most photographed areas in Scotland, Queen Victoria said it was named after her when she visited in 1866.
The centre has a fabulous view point and also a Café. From here we return to our Hotel.
TUESDAY - Breakfast in the restaurant, and we meet the coach, after breakfast for a day excursions to DUNDEE, known as Scotland's hottest (or at least sunniest!) city, Dundee, is a dynamic and compact city that's becoming a modern wonder. Not only is it a UNESCO City of Design, but it's home to the
V & A Dundee, the world's only V & A museum outside of London.
We drop you on the Waterfront by the River Tay, and you have the option of visiting DISCOVERY POINT, step aboard RRS DISCOVERY the ship that took Scott and Shackleton on their first expedition to Antartica, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their triumphs.
It is a fascinating tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.
Entrance price is not included in our price, and is about £8.00 per person, and is well worth a visit.
They have a gift shop and café.
Alternatively you can visit the VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, which is next door and is fondly known as the V & A, this was finished in 2018 and has a café and gift shop, or you can walk to the towns shopping area, which will take about 10 minutes.
We meet the coach later in the day to return to our Hotel.
WEDNESDAY - Full breakfast and we meet the coach for our return journey home. Our first stop will be at MOFFAT, FAMOUS FOR THE STATUE OF THE RAM , see if you can spot what is missing.
This vibrant, bustling town has many shops, cafes and restaurants, and we park in the coach park at the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, which also has a café. We continue our journey home making a short stop at a Services, when Rob will give you estimated arrival home times.
PRICE PER PERSON: £424.00 in Twin, Double Rooms.
SINGLE ROOMS: £488.00.
Price includes ALL day excursions, NO HIDDEN EXTRAS. Bookings are taken over the telephone, followed by £50.00 per person deposit. With final payment 6 weeks prior to departure date.
INSURANCE: We suggest you take out your own insurance.
STOCKPORT Regent House, Heaton Lane, STOCKPORT at 7.15 a.m
HYDE Opposite Hyde Town Hall, Greenfield Street, HYDE at 7.35 a.m.
DUKINFIELD Bus Stop Opposite Dukinfield Town Hall, King Street, DUKINFIELD at 7.45 a.m.
ASHTON Prince of Orange Pub, Wellington Road North, ASHTON at 7.50 a.m.
OLDHAM Bus layby opposite Queen Elizabeth Hall, Rochdale Road, OLDHAM at 8.10 a.m.
SHAW Shaw Library, corner Farrow Street and Westway, SHAW at 8.30 a.m.
ROCHDALE Town Hall, ROCHDALE at 8.50 a.m.
BURY The Art Picture House, opposite Bus Station, BURY at 9.10 a.m.