Classic Europe

Description

Where: Scottish Highlands

How Long: 7 Days

Each year we run a European tour in which participants drive their own vehicles. The tour is non competitive and open to any vehicle, classic or modern. Previous tours have included visits to Croatia, Romania, Portugal and Italy.

Tour Operator: Classic Car Journeys
Available: 15th September -20th September 2017

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For the first time, next year’s tour remains in the UK with a fabulous tour of the highlands of Scotland. Full details are on the Itinerary page.

The trip will take in some of Scotland’s finest scenery. There are parts of the tour that are so remote and wild you will find it hard to believe you are still in the British Isles. Broadly we will be travelling a circular route, up the middle and down the west coast.

Unlike continental Europe it is fair to say that many of the roads are not ‘fast’, however you will not be disappointed with the choice of route. As you can imagine we are avoiding main roads. Having said that the road surfaces are good and where we are on single track roads there a numerous very wide passing spaces with excellent visibility.

September 15th to 21st

Friday 15th September
The tour begins in Crieff in a smart 4 star hotel. The hotel is one of the largest leisure facilities in Scotland and offers a whole range of outdoor and indoor activities. Perhaps you might like to arrive on Friday afternoon and take part in an activity. Have a look at the website here for a list. Crieff is just north of Sterling and a very good visit is Stirling Castle. We’re not doing it on the event but did do it on the recce. It’s an excellent tour (about 2 hours) with loads of parking. Also within range is Edinburgh so you could easily spend a night there on the way north. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner in a private dining room.

Saturday 16th September
We start our trip heading south, calling into Drummond Castle renowned for having the finest terraced gardens in Scotland. Next it’s south past Sterling and on to Falkirk where we will call in for coffee at the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift. Nearby, if you fancy it you can visit The Kelpies, the worlds largest equine structures – 100ft high steel horses’ heads. We then head west towards the Trossachs and over Dukes Pass before making our way past several lochs on a lovely route back to Crieff stopping at a site where with luck we may see some leaping salmon. We are staying two nights in the same hotel. In the evening we will pay a visit to a local distillery and then it’s a free evening to either dine in the hotel or at one of the local restaurants.

Sunday 17th September
We leave Crieff and head towards Perth where you’ll have a choice of visits. Either to Stanley Mills – a huge water powered cotton mill which closed after 200 years in 1989 and is now an industrial heritage site – or to Scone Palace, one of Scotland’s most important stately homes and for many years the crowning place of Kings of Scotland. From there we head north through the Cairngorm National Park on a stunning route before heading west to finish in Fort Augustus on the southern tip of Loch Ness. We’re staying in a 4 star hotel and we will all dine in the hotel.

Monday 18th September
We start the day with a drive along the northern side of Loch Ness before heading north, avoiding Inverness. Next we take a north westerly route towards the top of Scotland and then turn south, down the west coast probably stopping at Ullapool for a late lunch. In the afternoon we pass Loch Ewe, the gathering place in WW2 for the the Russian convoys. There is still much evidence of it’s military past including a whole complex of concrete barracks and gun emplacements. Just nearby are the gardens of Inverewe, now run by the National Trust and featuring many exotic plants from across the globe. Our overnight stop is inland at a large coaching inn where we will dine in the hotel.

Tuesday 19th September
We head back towards the west coast on a wild road towards Applecross before heading over Bealach Na Ba which boasts the greatest ascent of any road in the UK rising from sea level to over 2000ft and often referred to as one of Scotland’s most spectacular drives. At lunchtime there will be an opportunity to visit, Eilean Donan Castle, Scotlands most photographed landmark. By mid afternoon we will cross on to the Isle of Skye where the route takes you past some of Skye’s notable landmarks including the beautiful Quiraing pass where the energetic can park at the top and do the Quiraing walk (6.8kms and 2 hours). Our hotel, on the southern end of Skye is another large coaching inn. We will have dinner in the hotel.

Wednesday 20th September
In the morning we are booked on the first ferry from the south of the island across to the main land. Then it’s a lovely drive passing the viaduct featured in Harry Potter and then on to Fort William. We take a stop at Neptune’s Staircase, the longest staircase lock in the UK, and then it’s on to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. After a lunch stop in Fort William we head south through the wild and bleak Glencoe, perhaps stopping to take a ride on the chairlift, before reaching our final destination in a 5 star hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond. If you wish before dinner you have the option to take a flight in a float plane from the hotels jetty before returning for our final dinner.

Thursday 21st September
After a leisurely breakfast you are free to begin the journey home.