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Culzean Castle

Our fantastic tour of the majestic Lowlands and lochs of the southwest of Scotland

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COOS & CASTLES OF SCOTLAND

 

3 – 7 July 2022

Sunday - Thursday

5 Days

From £539

 

Our fantastic tour of the majestic Lowlands and lochs of the southwest takes in mulls, beautiful gardens, castles and forests as we discover the stunning landscapes of the area, as well as ‘Brig ‘o Doon’ at the Robert Burns Museum.

 

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

 

Logan Botanic Gardens   |   Castle Kennedy Gardens   |   Portpatrick   |    Robert Burns Birthplace   |   Culzean Castle  |    Galloway Forest Park   |    High Airyolland Farm   |  Guided Highland Cows Experience   |   Sheep Shearing Demonstration

 

DAY ONE – Arrival

We depart from your home and travel north to the Scottish Lowlands arriving with time to relax before dinner this evening.

 

DAY TWO – Logan Botanic Gardens & Castle Kennedy Gardens

We start the day with sightseeing in Portpatrick, a picture-postcard harbour on the Mull of Galloway with superb views over the Solway Firth to Ireland and the Isle of Man. After a short stop, we head to Logan Botanic Gardens, Scotland’s most exotic garden. Due to the location’s almost subtropical climate, we can explore fascinating plant treasures from South/Central America, Southern Africa, and Australasia.

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon we visit delightful Castle Kennedy Gardens, one of Scotland’s hidden treasures, and home to a historical collection of Rhododendrons, Championship Trees, and rare species. Set in 75 acres around the ruins of Castle Kennedy surrounded by the White and Black Lochs, the lily pond is a remarkable sight!

 

DAY THREE – Robert Burns Birthplace & Culzean Castle

This morning we enjoy a scenic sightseeing drive hugging Loch Ryan’s eastern shore then up the Firth of Clyde coast with views of Ailsa Craig offshore, finally cutting inland to Ayr. While there we visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum dedicated to Scotland’s favourite son and his unique writing.

In the afternoon we visit magnificent Culzean Castle, former seat of the Kennedy Clan and cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Gardens, beaches, and a stunning cliff top setting are sure to impress even before we set foot inside where we will find a magnificent oval staircase and a fine collection of paintings.

 

DAY FOUR – Galloway Forest Park & Kitchen Coos and Ewe

This morning we journey inland to Galloway Forest Park for a short stop at the Red Deer Range – look out for the Red and Roe deer and the birds of prey patrolling the skies. We continue to Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, overlooking the loch of the same name, the perfect spot for refreshments and free time for lunch. As we stroll and take in the lovely views, keep an eye out for the waterfowl who live here.

 

In the afternoon we head to Kitchen Coos & Ewes at High Airyolland Farm for a guided experience of Highland Cows (coos) in their natural environment. After our tour of the farm in our passenger trailer, we return for a sheep shearing demonstration and enjoy a cream tea in the farmhouse kitchen before we return to our hotel.

 

DAY FIVE – Departure

After breakfast this morning we leave our hotel and make our journey home with comfort stops en route.

 

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Luxury coach travel

  • Home pick-up

  • 4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

  • Tea/coffee after dinner each evening

  • Admission to Logan Botanic Garden

  • Admission to Castle Kennedy Gardens

  • Admissionto Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

  • Admission to Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Guided Tour Deluxe Big Bus Coo Tour with Cream Tea.

 

NORTH WEST CASTLE HOTEL, STRANRAER

The 19th-century North West Castle Hotel is a fine country house hotel, located across the road from the shores of Loch Ryan, just a 10 minute walk to the centre of Stranraer. All 72 spacious bedrooms are comfortable and equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The large, incredibly grand dining room offers views across the loch and the wood panelled bar has plenty of comfortable seating. There are also three lounge areas. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, a sauna, spa bath and gym, as well as its own indoor curling rink, which frequently hosts curling events throughout the year.

DAY ONE

We depart from your home and travel north to the Scottish Lowlands arriving with time to relax before dinner this evening.

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DAY TWO

We start the day with sightseeing in Portpatrick, a picture-postcard harbour on the Mull of Galloway with superb views over the Solway Firth to Ireland and the Isle of Man. After a short stop, we head to Logan Botanic Gardens, Scotland's most exotic garden. Due to the location's almost subtropical climate, we can explore fascinating plant treasures from South/Central America, Southern Africa, and Australasia.
In the afternoon we visit delightful Castle Kennedy Gardens, one of Scotland's hidden treasures, and home to a historical collection of Rhododendrons, Championship Trees, and rare species. Set in 75 acres around the ruins of Castle Kennedy surrounded by the White and Black Lochs, the lily pond is a remarkable sight!

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DAY THREE

This morning we enjoy a scenic sightseeing drive hugging Loch Ryan's eastern shore then up the Firth of Clyde coast with views of Ailsa Craig offshore, finally cutting inland to Ayr. While there we visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum dedicated to Scotland's favourite son and his unique writing.
In the afternoon we visit magnificent Culzean Castle, former seat of the Kennedy Clan and cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Gardens, beaches, and a stunning cliff top setting are sure to impress even before we set foot inside where we will find a magnificent oval staircase and a fine collection of paintings.

B, D

DAY FOUR

This morning we journey inland to Galloway Forest Park for a short stop at the Red Deer Range - look out for the Red and Roe deer and the birds of prey patrolling the skies. We continue to Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, overlooking the loch of the same name, the perfect spot for refreshments and free time for lunch. As we stroll and take in the lovely views, keep an eye out for the waterfowl who live here.
In the afternoon we head to Kitchen Coos & Ewes at High Airyolland Farm for a guided experience of Highland Cows (coos) in their natural environment. After our tour of the farm in our passenger trailer, we return for a sheep shearing demonstration and enjoy a cream tea in the farmhouse kitchen before we return to our hotel.

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DAY FIVE

After breakfast this morning we leave our hotel and make our journey home with comfort stops en route.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

Luxury coach travel

Home pick-up

4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Tea/coffee after dinner each evening

Admission to Logan Botanic Garden

Admission to Castle Kennedy Gardens

Admissionto Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Admission to Culzean Castle & Country Park

Guided Tour Deluxe Big Bus Coo Tour with Cream Tea.

 

NORTH WEST CASTLE HOTEL, STRANRAER

The 19th-century North West Castle Hotel is a fine country house hotel, located across the road from the shores of Loch Ryan, just a 10 minute walk to the centre of Stranraer. All 72 spacious bedrooms are comfortable and equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The large, incredibly grand dining room offers views across the loch and the wood panelled bar has plenty of comfortable seating. There are also three lounge areas. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, a sauna, spa bath and gym, as well as its own indoor curling rink, which frequently hosts curling events throughout the year.

 

Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited. If no single supplement applies this is limited to the tour single room allocation and therefore additional cost may apply.  Prices displayed are per person unless otherwise stated. If door-to-door pick-up is included there may be additional charges for out of area. Itineraries and hotel inclusions may be subject to change. Covid-19 restrictions may apply.

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