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The Isle of Bute and The Cowal Peninsula

Leave ❱ Sun 09 Aug 2020

❰ Return Sat 15 Aug 2020

Half Board

Tour Price: £649.00
Single Supplement: £94.00

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The Isle of Bute and The Cowal Peninsula

For such a compact island, Bute has some extraordinarily varied landscapes.  From the lush, fertile and rolling hills of the island's heart to the craggy, heather-covered moorlands of the north and the delightful sandy beaches around the coastline.  A stay on the Isle of Bute allows wonderful excursions around the island and north onto the scenic Cowal Peninsula.  The island's main town of Rothesay retains much of its Victorian splendor and the grade A listed Pavilion re-opens in 2019 as a cultural centre.  Nearby is the breathtaking gothic mansion of Mount Stuart one of several unmissable and inclusive visits.

Sunday - Day 1

After your home pick up you will meet up with your fellow travellers as we head to the north west and to the Hallmark in Preston for an overnight stay.  Throughout the journey we will make suitable comfort and refreshment stops as we aim to arrive at the Hallmark Hotel in Preston  hotel late for check-in late afternoon.

Monday - Day 2

We cross the border into Scotland and make a stop at the Devil's Porridge Museum near to Gretna.  It is a fascinating, informative and interactive Musuem where we discover the remarkable story of the 'Greatest Munitions Factory on earth' and the extraordinary lives of the Gretna Girls during World War One.  We then take the 35 minute ferry crossing to the Isle of Bute, and then to the nearby Glenburn Hotel, a grand and elegent choice for your stay, set in a prime position atop delightful terraced gardens.  It commands fabulous views overlooking Rothesay Bay and the Cowal Peninsula.

Tuesday - Day 3

This morning we visit Mount Stuart - a 19th century country manor house with extensive gardens on the Isle of Bute.  The spectacular Gothic house was the ancestral home of the Marquess of Bute.  Mount Stuart is an award-winning attraction featuring magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture and design together with contemporary craftsmanship, surrounded by 300 acres of gloriously maintained grounds and gardens.    Afterwards we take a round the island drive taking in some lovely views throughout including the mountains of the nearby Isle of Arran.

Wednesday - Day 4

A day at leisure in our host resort of Rothesay, a very traditional town with signs of its Victorian heritage including a splendid Victorian frontage cradling the romantic Rothesay Bay.  Dominating the shoreline amongst the glorious esplanade gardens is the refurbished Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, a unique 1920s circular structure of cast iron and glass, now incorporating a cinema, theatre and many interactive displays.  You can also explore the impressive Rothesay Castle, its dungeons, thick outer walls and grand hall which are all now fully restored. Just behind it sits the fascinating Bute Museum.

Thursday - Day 5

We journey to the north of the Island to take the short ferry crossing to Colintraive on the Cowal Peninsula.  We continue north through some wonderful scenery to Inverary where a fascinating visit awaits to the town's former Jail, which is now a popular visitor attraction.  Step back in time to a 19th century prison and experience what life was like for real men, women and children (some young as 7) who were locked up here.  Explore the atmospheric historic buildings at your leisure and meet the costumed characters who animate the past in this unique living museum.

Friday - Day 6

Time to leave the Isle of Bute behind as we head to the nearby Rothesay ferry terminal for the 35 minute crossing back to the Weymss Bay and the Scottish mainland.  We then travel through the south of Scotland to Gretna where we visit the visitors centre and world famous Blacksmiths shop where we discover the history and the experience the magic of anvil weddings and runaway romance in the museum and exhibition.  We then conclude our day's travelling as we cross the border back into England and head to the Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland for an overnight stay.

Saturday - Day 7

We leave the hotel after our breakfast and continue our journey south, making a stop in the city of Worcester.  At its centre is a magnificent cathedral, perched along the riverbank, dominating the skyline for miles around.  The cathedral is one of the loveliest in England and dates back to Norman times.  A short walk from the cathedral takes you to the famous Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum and adjoining factory.  Nearby, you can wander along medieval Friar Street, full of restaurants and bars nestled within original timber buildings.  We rejoin the coach and conclude our journey back home.

Hotel Information

Your Hotels

Our first and final night of the tour will be spent at The Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland, just off the M6 motorway and a few miles south of the town of Preston.  All of the hotels 93 bedrooms are en-suite and have flat screen TV, hospitality tray, hairdryer, iron and ironing board.  Our main hotel is at The Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay, a grand and elegant hotel commanding fabulous views overlooking Rothesay Bay and the Cowal Peninsula.  The hotel has 119 en-suite bedrooms, flat screen television, telephone, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.  

 

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Additional Information

  • Home pick up and drop off
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at the Hallmark Hotel, Preston Leyland
  • 4 nights’ accommodation at the Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay 
  • Return ferry crossing from Weymess Bay to Rothesay, Isle of Bute
  • Visit to The Devil's Porridge Museum
  • Visit to Mount Stuart
  • Leisure Day in Rothesay
  • Tour of the Cowal Peninsula
  • Visit to Inverary Jail
  • Visit to Gretna Green
  • Visit to Worcester
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About Our Tours

We have been operating tours and mini breaks around the U.K. and abroad for a number of years, and by far the most popular innovation that we have introduced in recent years, is to offer a virtually door to door service. Picking up as near as practically possible to your home in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire means you don’t have to worry about getting your luggage to the coach, and avoids the additional cost of having to use taxis.

By using our small fleet of mini-buses, we are able to keep the pick-up time to a minimum and get you on your tour coach and on your way as soon as possible. This way your holiday starts on the first morning. Once your holiday is over we will collect you again from the coach park and return you home.

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