Christmas 2019 in Scottish Castle
An exclusive MCLEANSCOTLAND west coast Christmas tour, fully guided. A splendid west coast tour with history, beaches, sightseeing, drams and castles.
Sun 22 December Our tour starts today in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Once aboard with a welcome dram, we head to the west coast, through stunning scenery to Glencoe, infamous for the massacre. We take in the breathtaking views before moving on to buy lunch at the Clachaig Inn, Glencoe village. It is world famous for its’ sign at reception; No Hawkers or Campbells, free time for food & drink, before heading to Oban, the seafood capital of the world. Overnight here, with so many excellent restaurants on hand, we will be sure to give you our suggestions and can make any pre dinner booking on your behalf.
Mon 23 December After your first fully cooked Scottish breakfast we take some free time, walk along the piers, to the beach or the distillery? Then we drive a few miles or to the Island of Seil; free time to wander around before meeting again. Then on to The Oyster Bar & Restaurant, family run overlooking the village square of this historic village. They serve a variety of regionally sourced Scottish Real Ales, Malt Whisky’s and wines. The menu is seasonal and primarily seafood based, with ingredients fresh and locally sourced. This afternoon we return to Oban for another night.
Tue 24 December Christmas Eve After breakfast we head south to Kilmartin Glen, home to historic monuments, 5000 year old standing stones and burial cairns. Moving along to Stonefield Castle, your home for the next three days & nights. On arrival enjoy mulled wine & homemade shortbreads. Christmas starts today!
Wed 25 December, Christmas Day Welcome to a Scottish Christmas 8am – 10am breakfast is served, hot and cold delights, juices tea’s and coffee’s. Each guests receives a Christmas present. We then head out on a scenic drive – bring your boots – a wee bit of history as we head on a thirty mile scenic single track road, hugging the coast on the Knapdale peninsula between Tarbert and Lochgilphead – deserted beaches, hidden coves and a fascinating array of wildlife. Half way along the route; The Kilberry Sculptured Stones – early Christian grave-slabs to late-medieval cross fragments, including the medieval Kilberry Cross, a broken cross-shaft. Most of the stones were placed in a purpose-built shelter in 1951. The cross joined them in 1997. We follow the road along scenic single tracks, stopping as we need, until back on the main route some 8 miles from our castle. At 12.30 – 1pm you are welcome to a glass of bubbly before a 5 course Christmas lunch! After lunch and maybe a drink or two, we drive a couple of miles along to tarbert harbour for some walking and free time. Tarbert Castle High on a hill overlooking Tarbert harbour stand the ruins of this striking medieval fortress, associated with King Robert Bruce. We do not know when the first castle was erected, but in 1325 Bruce repaired and extended an existing castle. In the early 16th century, it was the base for a pirate named Alan-nan-Sop Maclean, who raided throughout Argyll and across to Ireland, by the 18th century, it was to fall into ruin. Back at Stonefield, this evening features a Scottish themed finger buffet, see you later in the bar.
Thu 26 December, Boxing Day Breakfast from 9am – 11am. After breakfast we take an hour and a half drive south to The Mull of Kintyre. The ancient cradle of Scotland, it is here in the fifth century AD that Fergus Mór Mac Eirc and the Scoti from Ireland came to establish the kingdom of Dál Riata (Dalriada) and to give our country its’ name – Scotland. The Mull of Kintyre is a beautiful area of rugged cliffs and coastline on the North Atlantic, with secluded and often deserted, golden sandy beaches, the many palm trees growing out in the open often amaze guests. The Antrim coast (Northern Ireland) is only 12 miles away, and then further past Rathlin Island to the western Hebridean islands of Islay, Jura, Cara and Gigha. We shall of course be taking a packed lunch with us and, don’t forget a few good drams! We wind our way back well in time for a glass of bubbly before a 5 course tasting menu at 7.30. Enjoy your final night here, sadly we leave tomorrow.
Fri 27 December Breakfast is served 8 – 10am. We pack up and head back to Edinburgh or Glasgow, obviously on a scenic route once more. Your final night here is in the city of your departure.
EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISABLE. A more in depth itinerary will be posted nearer the time. £1095 per person sharing, based on a group of 6. £1345 per person sharing, on 4 guests.