This Gathering midi coach tour has a limited availability of 24 guests. The tour has been extended by one day and upgraded to staying at the Western Isles Hotel.
Tuesday 20 June Arrive into Glasgow (ideally) or Edinburgh Airport. If Edinburgh you need to make your own way to Glasgow, drop off your luggage and explore the city. Overnight in Glasgow at the lovely The George Hotel, George Square, city centre. This is the very centre of the city, so much to see and do during the day. Then the evening- complimentary spirits and beers in your room and in the VIP lounge, top floor. Early evening we have a meet and greet with LIZ & PAUL enjoy a beer or wine with nibbles. Meet the other members of the coach party, start to make new friends, a good first night! THE HOTEL is located next to Glasgow Queen Street Rail Station and just 50 yards from Buchanan Street’s shops, this hotel has an airport bus stop directly outside. With a rooftop restaurant and wonderful views across Glasgow’s skyline, the hotel offers luxury rooms with complimentary minibars and also in the rooms free decanters of vodka, gin and whisky. Right next door (hidden connecting door) is the wonderful Waxy O’Conner’s Irish pub, 6 unique bars set over 3 floors, which are joined by a maze of passageway
Wednesday 21 June after your first fully cooked Scottish breakfast we load up and head north over the River Clyde, past Loch Lomond (time for photos and rest room) then through the mountains and glens (Rest and be Thankful) and on to the quaint wee town of Inveraray (HQ to Clan Campbell so we won’t be stopping). We arrive in Kilmartin Glen, where you can see 5000 year old burial cairns, we take a break at the village pub, for soup & sandwiches (included), drinks are your own problem! Please remember there is no wc on the coach. Finally we reach Oban and for those who wish, Oban Distillery (own expense). We’ll have a couple of hours free to enjoy the town before taking the 4pm ferry to Mull. A 45 minute sail to Craignure, going right past Duart Castle. Then up to Tobermory and check in to The Western Isles Hotel. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, great food and wine for those in need and an amazing location overlooking Tobermory Bay.
Thursday 22 June A flexible day. For those who wish to join us, our coach will be taking a short morning trip to visit the Maclean witches’ graves at Pennygown Graveyeard, near Salen – a ruined chapel, of early 13th century. The building may already have been derelict at this period, although the earliest evidence of its condition dates from 1787 when it was shown as ‘an old kirk’ on a map of Torosay parish. The chapel is constructed of rubble masonry with freestone dressings. Within the chapel, erected on a modern base, is the lower part of a cross shaft 1.33m high above ground. On the front there has been a crucifix and below this a large plant scroll terminates in a griffin. The decoration on the back is dominated by a figure of the Virgin and Child in high relief. This cross (which is also scheduled) dates between 1500 and 1560. We return to Tobermory around 1130. At noon we have included a boat trip – takes approx 1.5 to 2 hours and hopefully see some sea life, birds and other wildlife. This gives you free time to explore Tobermory afterwards, maybe tour the distillery (would need to booked and paid extra), see the Maclean section of Mull Museum and of course collect your welcome packs and tickets for the Maclean Gathering events.
Friday 23 June We travel to the holy isle of Iona today. On Iona you will see the Maclean’s Cross, the Street of the Dead (Scottish kings buried here), the abbey, chapel and other Celtic crosses. The incompleted Book of Kells was started here, due to Viking raids it was moved to Dublin – ironic as Dublin was a Viking capital! Take sturdy walking shoes and rainproof jacket. Iona is a self guided walk. on passengers only, return to your hotel early evening. There will be events organised by the clan this evening. A great day out.
Saturday 24 June The Gathering events at Duart Castle. We drive you there for the clan opening walk and bring you home again. This evening free for any clan events you may wish to book in advance, usually the Chief’s ball in Tobermory. This is what you are here for, meet all the other world wide Maclean’s who have travelled, meet the chief, all the events at the castle today are arranged by the clan council. Until we arrive, we have not really any ideas what will be there, but usually food and drink outlets are available. Please adhere to the departure time as we cannot linger for late comers. The road back to Tob will be extremely busy. We do suggest, as with every day, you pre book dinners, as Tob is not a big place, best book to avoid disappointment. Overnight Tobermory.
Sunday 25 June We leave Mull on the morning ferry to Oban, then through the infamous Glencoe and the wild and desolate Rannoch Moor, a courtesy stop at The Green Welly Shop, Tyndrum, on to Edinburgh where your driver and guides leave. We will be stopping en route. Overnight Edinburgh, the Victorian Braid Hills Hotel with distinctive corner towers, stained glass windows and original ornate ceiling cornicing. Just 8 minutes from the city centre the hotel is in a quieter part of the city. Deluxe Rooms with views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Enjoy the capital. THE HOTEL Panoramic Edinburgh views at this 19th-century hotel.Bright and traditionally furnished, all rooms include a en suite bathroom. Rooms also feature satellite TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. Most rooms boast lovely views across Edinburgh. The Buckstone Bistro serves drinks, pub food, and afternoon tea with scones. There is also a conservatory offering scenic Edinburgh views with a summer terrace. The Allermuir Restaurant provides fine Scottish dining. A Scottish breakfast is served every morning. Edinburgh Airport is a 20-minute taxi ride.
Monday 26 June Final day and night in Edinburgh. The day is totally yours. Try the Edinburgh City Hop on Hop off Tour. With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops at 24 locations and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Edinburgh. You can hop on and off as many times as you like aboard this open top double decker bus. Tour highlights include the Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyrood House, the historic Royal Mile and Our Dynamic Earth. For those feeling adventurous, you can even climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano with the best views of the whole city. We’ll give you plenty of recommendations where to eat, shop, visit etc.
Tuesday 27 June Your final Scottish breakfast before your flight home. For those of you returning home from Glasgow you will need to get to Glasgow Airport during the day, ready for your flight on Wednesday. We are happy to help with train bookings but please not this is not included , nor accommodation at Glasgow Airport. Airport transfers are not included as the coach leaves on Sunday.
This tour is £1495 per person sharing. Single supplement £870. For ALL tours there is a non refundable deposit of £500 per person. Full balance will be required 6 months prior. Minimum age 9 years old, sharing, price on application.
The Clan Maclean Gathering do not have an official tour operator/partner. MCLEANSCOTLAND are wholly independent and have been offering tours for the Maclean Gatherings for 25 years. Paul is a life member of Clan Maclean.