A Journey Through North West Scotland

10 - 18 May 2021
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Take in the sweeping history and breathtaking landscapes of Scotland's north and west, from Edinburgh to Inverness and down along the spectacular North Coast 500 road to Gairloch and Skye. This short tour encompasses Scotland at its most dramatic and historic. You will also stay in some distinctive hotels, including some magnificent settings.

Sample local whisky, learn about the Enlightenment and medical history of Edinburgh, visit the mighty Forth Railway Bridge - a marvel of Victorian engineering - and travel via the spectacular Cairngorms, Loch Ness and the haunting battleground at Culloden. Visit Loch Ewe and learn about its naval history and the Arctic convoys and see the magnificent gardens at Inverewe. Meet the Lady Laird and tour the beautiful gardens at Attadale House. Visit Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to Skye, with a visit to Talisker Distillery, and take some beautiful walks, including to the Fairy Glen at Uig. Return to Edinburgh via one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world, across the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Fort William, before travelling back to Edinburgh via the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of Glencoe, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Dr Anne MacAlister

Dr Anne MacAlister

Dr Anne MacAlister was a GP in Lanarkshire in Scotland for over 30 years. She has an interest in all alternative medicine with special interest and post graduate training in homoeopathy, acupuncture and hypnotherapy. Anne works as a doctor at a number of rock concerts and has traveled extensively to China, Tibet, India, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Australia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Alaska, USA, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and throughout Europe. An experienced and popular tour leader, Anne has led many tours through South America and Asia and has now retired from her GP practice to focus more on travelling.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1 Edinburgh (Mon, 10 May) Arrive Edinburgh and transfer to the Ten Hills Place Hotel, which is owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and in the Surgeons Quarter.Take a tour of the superb Scotch Whisky Experience, which immerses you in the whisky making process, including sampling a dram, before dinner with whisky pairings for starter and dessert.
  • Day 2: Edinburgh (Tues, 11 May) By special arrangement we will have a guided walking tour of Old Town Edinburgh and the historic buildings of the University of Edinburgh with historian Sheila Szatkowski, author of Enlightenment Edinburgh. The tour will explore sites associated with philosophers David Hume and Adam Smith, along with medics and scientists such as Joseph Black, Joseph Lister and Sophia Jex Blake. Take an escorted tour with Michael Crumplin, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and a college guide to Surgeons Hall, home to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Wohl Pathology Museum, the History of Surgery Museum and the Dental Collection. The Surgeon’s Hall Museums were opened to the public in 1832, making them one of the oldest museums in Scotland.
  • Day 3: Edinburgh / Inverness  (Wed, 12 May) Drive to Inverness. Visit the Forth Railway Bridge and learn of the building of this great bridge and the Tay Bridge disaster. Continue to Inverness via the Cairngorms, Loch Ness and haunting Culloden Moor, site of the tragic Battle of Culloden of 1746, with expert battlefield guide, Ian Deveney. Overnight and dinner at the Glen Mhor Hotel.
  • Day 4: Inverness / Gairloch (Thurs, 13 May) Drive to the lovely fishing town of Ullapool, nestled on the shores of Lochbroom. Take a scenic drive along the coast to the great house and wonderful botanic gardens at Inverewe. Travel to Loch Ewe and learn of its important naval history and the Arctic convoys. It was of great strategic importance in World War II because it is north-facing (and therefore protected from westerly winds), plus being less exposed to air attack than the base at Scapa Flow. Meet with a member of the Russian Arctic Convoy Project and learn of its history. Continue to Gairloch through magnificent scenery and check into the beautiful Myrtle Bank Hotel. Enjoy dinner at its acclaimed restaurant.
  • Day 5: Gairloch (Fri, 14 May) Meet with the Lady Laird, Joanna MacPherson, one of a new breed of lady landowners challenging tradition in Scotland, and take a specialist guided tour of the gardens at Attadale House. Lunch at Attadale House. Return via a scenic route to the Myrtle Bank Hotel and at leisure.
  • Day 6: Gairloch / Skye (Sat, 15 May) Visit Eilean Donan Castle in its spectacular loch-side setting. Cross the Kyle of Lochalsh to Skye and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 7: Skye (Sun, 16 May) Explore the breathtakingly beautiful island of Skye, including beautiful walks and a visit to the Fairy Glen at Uig. Visit the Apothecaries Tower, a wonderful tower folly with panoramic views of Portree and the harbour, and Talisker Distillery for a tour with a dram.
  • Day 8: Edinburgh (Mon, 17 May) Drive to Armadale and take the ferry to Mallaig.* Take one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world across the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Fort William (luggage goes by bus). Drive via Glencoe, Loch Lomond, across the Trossachs National Park and onto Edinburgh. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening.
  • Day 9: Edinburgh (Tues, 18 May) Depart Edinburgh or take the optional Edinburgh extension (see below).

* Pending confirmation of ferry timetable

Edinburgh extension:

  • Day 9: Edinburgh (Tues, 18 May) Depart by coach for panoramic tour of the city, passing by the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the monarch in Scotland, Holyrood Park, the Scottish Parliament and the medieval Royal Mile. Continuing through the 18th century Georgian streets of the New Town, the panoramic tour ends at Edinburgh Castle. Dating back to the 11th century, the castle is home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the famous Stone of Destiny. After an orientation tour there will be time to explore the castle and its museums before departing for the National Museum of Scotland for lunch. In the afternoon visit the National Museum of Scotland with its diverse collections, before dinner at the Witchery restaurant.
  • Day 10: Edinburgh (Wed, 19 May) Depart Edinburgh.

Tour cost

£1,980 per person sharing

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