05 Days - Scottish Highlands

05 Days - Scottish Highlands

Scotland and Lake District

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Experience the Largest National Park in the UK, with amazing views and visiting the Pennines' southernmost hills is the glorious Peak District National Park. The Ancient villages and market towns are scenically set in the landscape, and the splendid views of England’s largest lake in the heart of the Lake District are not to be missed.

 

Peace of Mind Policy

 

If you book a package tour holiday with us and within 7 days of departure there is FCDO advice against travel or a quarantine in the UK or destination countries, then we will give you the following simple options to choose from:

 

1. FULL Refund

2. FREE date Change

 

 

Early Bird Offer

 

Book 8 weeks in advance and get £20 OFF per adult and child.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Nevis Range* with entrance

  • Glasgow City Tour covering Glasgow Cathedral, Main Square & University of Glasgow

  • Edinburgh City Tour covering the Royal Mile and entrance to Edinburgh Castle

  • View the famous Neptune staircase & Commando Memorial

  • View the Forth Road Bridge

  • Photo Stop at Falkirk Wheel

  • The Kelpies

  • Lochness

  • Free day in Inverness City

  • Caringorms National Park

  • Scottish Distillery

 

Price Includes

  • Return Transportation by deluxe AC vehicle from selected pick up point

  • 4 Nights accomodation in a 3/4 Star Hotel

  • 4 Indian Dinners

  • Entrance & sightseeing as mentioned in the Tour Highlights

  • All tips and service charges

  • Premium service of a Star Tours Representative

 

The Star Difference

 

Selected pick ups available nationwide

Tips and service charge included

Premium service of a Star Tours Representive

 

Pick Up Points

 

Departure Point

Time

Wembley (HA9 6LL)

06:30 hrs

Toddington Services (LU5 6HR)

07:15 hrs

Newport Pagnell (MK16 8DS)

07:25 hrs

Watford Gap Services (NN6 7UZ)

07:50 hrs

Corley Services (CV7 8NR)

08:30 hrs

Stafford Services (ST15 0EU)

10:10 hrs

Keele Services (ST5 5HG)

10:35 hrs

Knutsford Services (WA16 0TL)

11:15 hrs

Glasgow Cathedral (G4 0QZ)

16:00 hrs


Please Note: All pick ups are Northbound Services and all drops will be Southbound Services.

Pick ups are subject to availability and change.

 

Additional Excursions

 

Excursions

Adult

Child

Infant

Loch Lomond

£10

£6(5 - 15 Years)

£0

(0-4Years)

Isle Of Skye Day Excursion

£55

£55

(3-15 years)

£35

(0-2Years)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

Lake District - Windermere - Glasgow

This morning we head towards the magnificent Lake District National Park in Cumbria, with its numerous lakes and home to stunning views and woodlands be sure to be mesmerised with the natural beauty that has recently been named as a World Heritage Site. We travel to Windermere where you can enjoy free time on the lake. After lunch depart for Glasgow. Upon arrival in Glasgow we will visit Glasgow Cathedral, which is one of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. If the Cathedral is open when we reach, we will go inside to see this fantastic medieval building.

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Day 2

Glasgow - Loch Lomond - Fort William - Loch Ness

After our breakfast, we board the coach and make our way towards the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, which is where Loch Lomond is situated.

On arrival at Loch Lomond, why not enjoy an optional boat cruise; here appreciate the picturesque views of the highlands, whilst indulging in a warm cup of tea or coffee. The Loch Lomond or "Lake of the Elms" is a freshwater Scottish loch which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault, often considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands.

We then make our way along the scenic route towards Fort William, to visit the Nevis Range. On arrival, we take a cable car (subject to operation) to Aonach Mòr on the Nevis range. Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, it is a popular mountain destination.

We will also stop today at the Commando Memorial, which is a Category A listed monument in Lochaber, Scotland, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. We will also visit the Neptune's staircase, which is a flight of eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. This amazing feat of engineering raises the canal by 19m over a quarter of a mile of continuous masonry and takes around 90 minutes for a boat to travel up or down the locks. Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock flight in Scotland.

Continuing our journey, enjoy the spectacular view of Loch Ness. It is over 22 miles long and over 227 m deep, is most famous for its sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie.

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Day 3

Isle of Skye / Inverness

Today you can either enjoy free time in the mesmerising city of Inverness. Here you can appreciate the flourishing culinary scene, explore the Victorian Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre. You can also admire Inverness Castle and St Andrew's Cathedral, and stroll along the banks of the River Ness

Alternatively you can take an optional day excursion on a smaller vehicle to visit the beautiful Isle of Skye. Many of the beauty spots are not accessible by a full size coach, hence you will travel in smaller vehicles for a full days sightseeing.

Scotland's largest island, the Isle of Skye is a pocket of wilderness jutting off the coast of the West Highlands. The area is a treat for nature lovers, with its dramatic sea cliffs, windswept valleys, and glittering lochs

For the Isle of Skye excursion, we will start our drive through dramatic Highland scenery to the west coast and Eilean Donan Castle. Where you will have free time to enjoy the astounding views.
Then we will cross over the sea and onto the Isle of Skye. - via the famous "Skye Bridge". You will continue travelling up the island's East coast through the stunning Red Cuillin Mountains to Sligachan, where you stop for a photo of the clear mountain waters.
Arriving in the town of Portree, you have free time to explore the "capital" of The Isle of Skye.
You will then travel towards some of the most famous scenery of the island at the Trotternish Peninsula. The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing which are all unforgettably breathtaking.

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Day 4

Cairngorms national park - Loch Morlich - Scottish Distillery - Falkirk - Kelpies

Today drive through Cairngorms national park, UK's largest national park and has the highest range of mountains, we will be making a stop on route at Loch Morlich. A stunning beach, in the beautiful settings of the Cairngorms and Glenmore Forest.

Loch Morlich enjoys one of the finest settings of any loch in the country. It is surrounded by forests and fringed by beaches, with the stunning backdrop of the often snow-clad peaks of the northern Cairngorms.

Continuing our journey we will drive to the town of Stirling which has a backdrop of Stirling castle, enjoy free time for lunch and exploring. Then visit a Whiskey Distillery, learn more about the traditional art of whisky distilling on our guided tour, followed by a tasting. Later visit Falkirk Wheel which is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Then, we visit The Kelpies: 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting Kelpies. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.

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Day 5

Edinburgh - Edinburgh Castle - Forth Road

After breakfast drive to Edinburgh and visit the famous Edinburgh Castle with its fine state apartments and ancient Scottish crown jewels. Descend the hill and cross the Royal Mile to see St Giles' Cathedral and its crown shaped spire. You will also have the opportunity to see Calton Hill, National monument of Scotland, Nelson Monument, Scottish National Gallery, Scottish Parliament and the Hollyrood Palace Continuing the journey, we view the Forth Road Bridge to enjoy a spectacular view of the Forth Rail Bridge. After early lunch board your coach and depart for your journey back to London.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

2022 USD Dates & Prices

 

Tour Code: UKSH

Departure Dates

Adult

Child

(2-11 Years)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

Scotland

Edinburgh

Sterling

U. K.

UTC + 0

230V,

50Hz

+44

 

Additional Excursions

 

Loch Lomond – From the Loch admire the breath-taking beauty & wealth of history, legend and folklore whilst on board a boat sailing through the Loch.

 

Currency

 

In Scotland the currency you will require will be Pounds (GBP/Sterling). Star Tours’ advices passengers to exchange any spending money for their holiday before they actually travel. Whilst on tour it is very inconvenient to change money and most places we will be visiting will not have ATM machines or accept credit/debit cards.

 

We also advice our passengers to keep some change in coins on them whilst on tour as using toilets in many parts of Scotland is not free.

 

Distances

 

An important point to note whilst on a touring holiday is that some long journeys are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city.

 

It is advisable passengers carry necessities that they may need for the day such as water, dry snacks, cameras etc. with them in their hand luggage.

 

For this tour it should be noted that the travel times are extensive on this tour.

 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel, and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yogurt.

 

Passengers can choose from different diets, including vegetarian, Jain or non-vegetarian (Halal will not always be available) meals. Passengers should advice their tour representative of their preferred diet on the day one. The meals are pre-set buffet and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with Tap Water only.

Lunches are usually vegetarian only and are provided outdoors at a service station/rest area where limited or no seating is available. Lunch is served in a picnic style buffet arrangement. Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour representative if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details, as Scotland is part of the UK there are no advisories for people travelling from the UK.

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

USA Residents

United Kingdom

 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer / kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hair dryer etc, as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini bar, or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s).

 

Other Advisories

 

High Altitude

 

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

 

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern. Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack. Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

 

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and a good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not to stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude. Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude. Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

 

Departure Point

Time

Wembley (HA9 6LL)

06:30 hrs

Toddington Services (LU5 6HR)

07:15 hrs

Newport Pagnell (MK16 8DS)

07:25 hrs

Watford Gap Services (NN6 7UZ)

07:50 hrs

Corley Services (CV7 8NR)

08:30 hrs

Stafford Services (ST15 0EU)

10:10 hrs

Keele Services (ST5 5HG)

10:35 hrs

Knutsford Services (WA16 0TL)

11:15 hrs

Glasgow Cathedral (G4 0QZ)

16:00 hrs


Passengers should arrive at their pick-up point no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Your pick-up point, address and time will be stated on your invoice. If you have selected a pick-up time outside of Wembley then you will be confirmed your pick-up time.

 

Note :-

Pick-up will be Northbound Services and drop-off will be at Southbound Services.

 

Visa Details

 

You do not require Schengen visas for this tour, however if you hold a non EU passport then you will require UK Visa. Please consult the British Embassy in your country of residence.

 

Weather

 

Passengers can be well prepared by ensuring they are carrying appropriate clothing, footwear and accessories. Passengers should also be aware that during the winter months most of the sightseeing will be in the dark as, in Scotland, the day becomes dark very early during winter. Passengers should consult with Star Tours at the time of booking if they are unsure.

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept light weight manual wheelchairs for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the coach.  It is also essential that a family member is also on the tour to push their wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed. It should be noted Ben Nevis is not fully accessible for a wheelchair user. Some part of Edinburgh will have cobbled streets, which may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Corley Services M6 Corley Services M6, Between Junction 3 & 4
CV7 8NR
Glasgow Cathedral Glasgow Cathedral (Pick Up Only)
Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0QZ
Keele Services M6 Keele Services M6 (Pick Up Only)
Between Junction 15 & 16, ST5 5HG
Knutsford Services M6 Knutsford Services M6, Between Junction 18 & 19,
WA16 0TL
Newport Pagnell - M1 Newport Pagnell Services - M1,
Between Junction 14 & 15, Milton Keynes, MK16 8DS
Other Want a different Pick Up & Drop
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Southall Southall ,58 - 78 High Street (outside Lidl),
Southall UB1 3DB
Stafford Services M6 Stafford Services M6, Between Junction 14 - 15,
Staffordshire, ST15 OEU
Toddington Services M1 Toddington Services M1, Between Junction 11 & 12,
Bedfordshire, LU5 6HR
Watford Gap Services - M1 Watford Gap Services - M1,
Between Junction 16-17, Northamptonshire, NN6 7UZ
Wembley Wembley
Star Tours, 312 - 314 Harrow Rd, Wembley, HA9 6LL

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