Ben Doran Summer 5 Days
- Arrival Day
- Kyles of Bute & Inveraray
- Oban & Lorne
- Glen Coe & Loch Ness
- Departure Day
Kyles of Bute & Inveraray
Today we head to south Argyll to the pretty little village of Tighnabruaich. Here, off the main tourist routes, we stop on the coast road for a breath-taking vista across the Kyles of Bute and can see over the Isle of Bute and across to Arran. We then follow the shores of Loch Fyne to Inveraray, with its beautiful lochside setting and many attractions. You may wish to visit the castle, seat of the Duke of Argyll, or perhaps the famous Jail Museum to get a taste of prison life in days gone by. There are plenty of shops and eateries to sample as you wander the main street.
Oban & Lorne
After breakfast we head back to the coast, arriving at the shores of Loch Etive. We cross the Falls of Lora by the Connel bridge. The falls are created at this narrow point by a lip of rock left behind by the last ice age that holds back the huge body of water in the loch, until the tide turns and the water all rushes out again. We make a circuit around inner Loch Creran, the next sea loch north of Loch Etive, before heading back to Connel and into the busy port of Oban. Gateway to the numerous Hebridean Isles, Oban is also known for its seafood and cafes. You may also wish to visit the War & Peace Museum which is run by volunteers or take a tour of Oban Distillery (with a wee dram of course!) or climb to McCaigs Tower or Pulpit Hill for wonderful views over the Bay and beyond.
Glen Coe & Loch Ness
We head north from Tyndrum, stopping at the Black Mount to look back at the majestic landscape of mountains and lochs that we have just left behind. Then on over the wilds of Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe the reach the coast at Loch Linnhe. We follow the coast towards Fort William and Spean Bridge. After a brief stop, we follow the Great Glen (the huge geological fault line that splits the Highlands in two) and the route of the Caledonian Canal to reach the head of Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. Here you may wish to take a guided cruise on the loch to search for Nessie, or just watch boats navigate the canal locks. After lunch we head back with a stop at the Commando memorial above Spean Bridge, affording views towards Ben Nevis and the Mamore mountains.
Your tour includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and excursions as stated.
Excursions may take place in a different order to those stated above.