A Coastal Adventure of Scotland with Fishing Villages, Fish and
Chips, Seaside Drives and Hidden Treasures
June 16th - July 2nd, 2023
Pre tour - June 15th - Arrive into Edinburgh International Airport and spend the day resting up and getting
adjusted to the time change here at our
Airport Accommodation. The tour will begin from here the following morning.

Day 1 - June 16th - This morning you will be met at our Edinburgh Airport Accommodation and we will
immediately head north to the
Kingdom of Fife and what is known as the East Neuk of Fife. We will cross the Firth of
Forth
and start our coastal drive through Dalgety Bay to Aberdour for our first stop at Aberdour Castle. The castle
has seen 500 years of noble living, serving as a residence to the powerful
Mortimer, Randolph and Douglas families.
Today, its ruined structures and roofed buildings show clearly how a medieval castle could be extended and adapted over
time. From here we make our way through
Burntisland and Kinghorn and then to Kirkcaldy for Lunch. After a wee
look around and a walk along the beach we head to
St. Monan's to visit St. Monan's Kirk. St. Monan was an Irish
missionary who, around 832, lived in a cell close to where a burn meets the sea and just by the present site of the
Old Kirk
which dates back to 1265. Our final stop of the day is in
Pittenweem to visit the Pittenweem Chocolate Company and
Cocoa Tree Café. Chocolatier Sophie Latinis
in addition to producing her own range, sources fine speciality
chocolates from Scotland, Belgium and around the world. The café is open all year round and is renowned for its
Indulgent
Hot Chocolates
. Our Welcoming Dinner is at our favourite place anywhere in the UK for fish and chips. Dinner and
Overnight Anstruther. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
Our first stop this morning is the village of Crail where charming cobbled streets tumble down to the miniature
harbour, which is sheltered by cliffs and surrounded by historic fishing cottages. There is plenty to explore here including a
heritage centre, galleries, local shops as well as delightful tearooms. Then we stop at a few beaches along the way to
St.
Andrews
including Kingbarns Beach, Red Beach and Salt Lake Beach. Once in St. Andrews we first stop for
Afternoon Tea. After tea we will visit the Swilcan Bridge on the Old Course and the Clubhouse before we visit the
ruins of
St. Andrews Cathedral, once the largest cathedral in Scotland. It was Consecrated in 1318 by King Robert
the Bruce,
having been begun in 1160 by Bishop Arnold. The work continued over the next 150 years with a few
mishaps along the way.
St Rule’s Church, the oldest building on site was built around 1130, as the first place of worship in
Scotland for the newly arrived
Augustinian Canons. The 100 foot tall St Rule’s Tower was a beacon for pilgrims
heading to the shrine of St Andrew, so it was fitting that St Rule’s became the headquarters of the Scottish Church. St.
Andrews is also well known for
Ice Cream at both Janetta's and Nardini's so you may want to have some while you
are looking around!
Dinner on your own in Anstruther. Overnight Anstruther. (B,L)

Day 3 -
This morning we travel north across the Kingdom of Fife and over the River Tay on the Tay Road Bridge to
Dundee. While here we will visit Discovery Point and the RRS Discovery. Here we will follow in the footsteps of
Captain Scott and his heroic team, the Heroes of the Ice who braved the harsh conditions of the Antarctic and hear
their stories first hand. We will explore the
Crews Quarters and the Officers Wardroom and discover the unique design
features of the first ship built for scientific research in Antarctica. We will learn about the first voyage of Discovery to the
most inhospitable place on the earth as we explore one of the most incredible ships ever built! You will then have some time
to explore
Dundee's Waterfront and find some lunch on your own. We then make our way just a short ways up the road
to one of the most delightful wee castle you will ever see,
Claypots Castle. This outstanding gem of Scottish architecture
built in the late 1500s and is perhaps the quirkiest castle in Scotland. Its most striking features are its elaborate elevations.
You will need to walk around it to fully appreciate the complex geometry of round towers, stair turrets and the crazy
corbelling of the attic rooms!
After a Tour of the Castle we make our way to our accommodation just along the coast.
Dinner and Overnight Carnoustie. (B,D)

Day 4 -
As we make our way further along the coast our first stop will be Arbroath Abbey, founded by William the
Lion
in 1178, in memory of Martyr Thomas Becket. Here we explore the origins of the most famous document in
Scottish history – the
Declaration of Arbroath. Scotland’s nobles swore their independence from England in this letter
to the Pope, sent from Arbroath Abbey in 1320. The abbey remained one of the nation’s grandest monasteries for almost
400 years and much later, the
Stone of Destiny had a starring role in Arbroath Abbey’s Story. We will Stop for
Lunch in Montrose
and then make our way to Dunnottar Castle, a spectacularly situated coastal castle with
breathtaking views. This dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress was the home of the
Earls Marischal, once one
of the most powerful families in Scotland. Steeped in history, this romantic and haunting ruin is a photographer’s paradise,
a history lover’s dream and an iconic tourist destination for visitors the world over.
Oliver Cromwell's Army laid siege to
the castle in 1652, but
The Honours of Scotland were smuggled out of the castle and taken to Kinneff Church, where
they remained until the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
Dinner and Overnight near Aberdeen. (B,L,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we make our way into Scotland's Granite City of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is a Major Port City
built where the
Rivers Dee and Don meet the North Sea. We will first have a tour of Fittie, focusing on the squares
and new stories around this once ancient community replaced by a planned village. Beginning on
Pocra Quay near the site
of the original
Block House, a stone fort first erected in the 15th century to protect the city from "English Invaders", we
follow the fall and rise of the fisher residents of the
Kirktoun of Futty. We then make our way further into the city for
Afternoon Tea at Almondine. After tea you will have some time to explore more of Aberdeen's hidden treasures before
making our way to
Stonehaven with its Picturesque Harbour and Stonehaven Sea Safaris. Get ready to see some
of the most dramatic coastline on the
East Coast of Scotland as this dramatic boat tour takes in Dunnottar Castle from
the sea and offers the chance to see
Puffins, Seals, Gulliemots, Razor Bills  and maybe even Dolphins! Once on land
we will take a walk on the promenade and you may want to stop and get an
Ice Cream at Aunt Betty’s. After exploring
Stonehaven thoroughly you will be able to find some dinner on your own.
Overnight near Aberdeen. (B,L)

Day 6 -
This morning we go inland for part of the day so that we can visit our Favourite Stone Circle anywhere in
Scotland. It is situated on a farm just outside of
Echt in Aberdeenshire. The stone circle remains today just as it looked
over 4000 years ago and has not been manicured or changed in any way! This is often a favourite stop on our tours as it is
so unique and such a magical experience. We then make our way to the coast again with a stop at
Forvie National
Nature Reserve
with some of the Largest Sand Dunes in Britain and one of Scotland's most dramatic stretches of
coast. The mud flats of the
Ythan Estuary provide a fast food refueling stop for many passing birds and the mouth of the
estuary is a year round
Hangout for Seals! We will have a Packed Picnic Lunch to enjoy on the beach while we
watch the summer acrobatics of
Diving Terns or the determined stabbing of the carrot-coloured beaks of Wading
Oystercatchers
. We then make our way through Cruden Bay to Longhaven Cliffs, a spectacular site of Pink and
Red Granite Cliffs
rising out of the sea! Longhaven Cliffs offers spectacular views of Seabird Colonies and natural
features such as
Sea Stacks, Caves and Arches. Seals can be spotted basking on the rocks below and in summer the
reserve blossoms with wildflowers! We then make our way to our accommodation to get settled in before dinner.
Dinner
and Overnight Peterhead. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
Before leaving Peterhead behind we will visit Keith Inch which is the Most Easterly Point of Mainland
Scotland
. From here we make our way along the coast with some delightful stops in hidden coastal villages along the way.
First however, we stop in
Fraserburgh, a major fishing port that lies at the far north east corner of Aberdeenshire and is
the
Biggest Shellfish Port in Europe! While here we will visit the First Ever Lighthouse Built in Scotland. It was
build at
Kinnaird Head and now forms part of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. It boasts the largest collections
of lighthouse equipment in the UK! Next, we visit the first of three of the most delightful fishing villages you will ever see!
Pennan is a tiny fishing hamlet just off the coast road, down a steep and hazardous hill. Consisting of little more than a
single row of whitewashed stone cottages tucked between a cliff and the sea, the village leapt into the limelight when the
British movie
Local Hero was filmed here in 1982. Next we visit Crovie whose residents frequently have their doorsteps
washed by the sea. Tucked against the steep cliffs, its so narrow that its residents have to park at one end of the village and
continue to their houses on foot! Next we visit
Gardenstown, another cliff-side village on the other side of Troup Head
from Pennan with a pub by the harbour where we will
Stop for Lunch. It also has a lovely beach, an 11th century chapel
nearby and a footpath along the cliffs to Crathie.
Dinner and Overnight Macduff. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
This morning we board a boat for a Puffin Cruises Wildlife Trip. On these trips you often see Bottlenose
Dolphins, Seals and Harbour Porpoise
and sometimes Minke Whale. The bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth
are the most northerly resident group of bottlenose dolphins in the world and a vital part of Scotland’s natural heritage. On
this
3 Hour Wildlife Trip we will sail to Troup Head which is home to 4,000 plus gannets and is the only gannet colony
in mainland Scotland. In Summer, approximately
22,000 Guillemots, 2,000 Razorbills, 15,000 pairs of Kittiwakes
and 2,000 Pairs of Fulmars
are present along with smaller numbers of Puffins and Sags as well as Seals. You will
have the added opportunity of seeing
Pennan, Crovie and Gardenstown from the water! This is a delightful trip with a
break for tea or coffee and cookies while enjoying the bird life at Troup Head. We will have Afternoon Tea in MacDuff before
visiting Duff House, intended as the chief seat of
William Duff, Lord Braco and later 1st Earl Fife. Architect William
Adam
rose to the challenge by designing an ambitious baroque mansion. Work began in 1735, with elaborate carved details
mostly produced in Adam’s own stoneworks in Queensferry. Work stopped in 1741, long before the interior was finished as
money ran short. Copies of Adam’s original plans for the house hang in the study. Then we return to our accommodation
and you will have some free time to explore Macduff and then find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Macduff. (B,L)

Day 9 -
Today we will take in more of the lovely coastal villages along the Moray Firth including my favourite and also
Mario's favourite. We first visit Portsoy,  a quite charming port village with an attractive uphill town centre with streets
winding down to the remarkable harbour. You can find well known local jewellery here made from
‘Portsoy Marble’,
which was once shipped to Versailles. Our next stop is at
Cullen, home to a Traditional Scottish Delicacy, Cullen
Skink
which is a smoked haddock chowder. There is a harbour and a long stretch of sandy beach with excellent coastal
walks to
Sunnyside Beach as well as the ruins of Findlater Castle. Next is Mario's favourite, Portknockie with its
amazing natural rock formation called
Bow Fiddle Rock. The village overlooks the Moray Firth and a harbour, and is a
great place to spot dolphins. Next is my favourite village,
Findochty at the eastern end of Spey Bay with a small, sandy
beach. We will
Stop for Pub Lunch before exploring this charming village that dates as far back as the 15th century! In
the 18th and 19th centuries Findochty expanded into a busy fishing port and today the harbour hosts small fishing craft and
pleasure boats, and is a great place to spot dolphins and porpoise. We will make a stop at
Spey Bay before our final village
of the day,
Buckie. Buckie is busy little town with its own large harbour and marina with stunning beaches with
spectacular long walks along the coast.
Dinner and Overnight Elgin. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we take in some of the delights of Elgin including Elgin Cathedral.  This superb ruin was perhaps
the most beautiful cathedral in Scotland and is Scotland's second largest cathedral behind St. Andrews and was known as

'The Lantern of the North'
. If suffered many mishaps and then was rebuilt only to see the Reformation in the
1500's
. Even in ruins, it is still one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Scotland with many wonderful treasures still to be
seen. We then visit the
Johnstons of Elgin, with a 220 year-old story of Scottish innovation and luxury, celebrating the
skills of our
Scottish Craftspeople and generations of herding communities from Mongolia, Afghanistan and Peru,
and of natural fibres reaching their full potential. After our visit we have
Afternoon Tea at the Ditsy Teacup in Elgin
before we drive a bit further up the road to
Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth. This is a lovely seaside village where we can
find some
Great Ice Cream before a stroll on the beach. On our return to Elgin we visit Duffus Castle, the medieval
stronghold of the
Moray Clan and one of Scotland’s finest Motte and Bailey Castles. The castle is situated on the Laich
of Moray
, a fertile plain that was once the swampy foreshore of Spynie Loch and the whole site is enclosed by a water-
filled ditch, which is more a mark of its boundary than it is a serious defensive measure.
Dinner on your own back in
Elgin. Overnight Elgin. (B,L)

Day 11 -
This morning we will stop at Forres to see the Sueno's Stone, a Pictish Stone that is the most remarkable
sculptured monument in Britain. It stands over 20 feet high and dates to the end of the first millennium AD. As we are in
the delightful village of Forres, we will take some time to explore as it is home to a number of craft shops and art galleries.
We cannot pass up the lovely beach at
Nairn, one of the sunniest and driest places in Scotland! We then travel down the
shores of
Loch Ness with a stop at Drumnadrochit. Located at the head of Urquhart Bay on the northern shore of
Loch Ness, the lovely village of Drumnadrochit is popular with
Loch Ness Monster Hunters! While we are here, we will
join the hunt on a
Loch Ness Cruise where we can see the Ruins of Urquhart Castle from the boat. After our cruise
we will
Stop for Lunch and then explore this wee village before we make our way to Invermoriston to see one of our
favourite bridges, the
Thomas Telford Bridge. Built in 1813, it crosses the spectacular River Moriston Falls. This
bridge used to form part of the main road between Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus but was replaced in the 1930s with
the new bridge used today. If time permits we will make a short stop in Fort Augustus before reaching Fort William.
Dinner and Overnight Fort William. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
This morning we will take in the 'Road to the Isles' with a stop at Glenfinnan which sits at the head of
mysterious and beautiful
Loch Shiel and is at the crossroads of four steep sided Glens. It was here that Prince Charles
Edward Stuart or 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'
as he came to be known, called for the local clansmen to assemble in August
1745 and raised the standard proclaiming the throne of Great Britain to rightfully belong to his family, the
Stewarts. We
will make a few more stops along the way at the picturesque
Lochailort, Arisaig and Morar before ending up in
Mallaig for Lunch. Amazing fish and chips to be had at our lunch stop as well! Mallaig is a busy fishing port and ferry
terminal with services to
Skye and the Small Isles.  Then you will board the Jacobite Steam Train(also known as
the Hogwart's Express)
for the journey back to Fort William. The train crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct
(a location made famous in the Harry Potter films)
which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. Once
back in Fort William you will have some tome to look around and then find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Fort
William. (B,L)

Day 13 -
Before leaving Fort William behind we will board the Souters Lass for a Loch Cruise departing from Fort
William Town Pier
. The cruise will sail on Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, surrounded by wonderful wildlife and unique
views of
Ben Nevis. While onboard we will receive a fascinating commentary throughout from our Skipper learning about
its history, wildlife, geology, industry and more. Often times you will see
Seals, Porpoise, Dolphins, a whole host of
birdlife. We will spend some time in
Fort William Town before taking Afternoon Tea at Inverlochy Castle before we
head further south to
Oban known as the Gateway to the Isles. At Ballachulish we will take a slight detour to
Glencoe. We will drive through the striking mountains of Glencoe with its assemblage of peaks, ridges and valleys which
rise up above the peat hags and scattered lochans. The waters which tumble from these high mountains give rise to a series
of spectacular waterfalls that gather initially at the
'Meeting of the Three Waters' to form the River Coe, the site of the
Glencoe Massacre. Against a backdrop of craggy peaks and the tumbling River Coe, the Glen offers some of Scotland's
most spectacular scenery but has also seen one of the most violent acts in
Scottish History when in 1692 the Clan
MacDonald
were massacred on this very spot! Then on to Oban to get checked in before you find dinner on your own.
Overnight Oban. (B,L)

Day 14 - This morning we take a Wildlife Sea Journey sailing across Oban Bay past Dunollie Castle and
Hutcheson's Monument on the Isle of Kerrera to the Seal Colony in the Firth of Lorne with open views of Mull
and Lismore.
Along the way there's an abundance of wildlife to spot with many sea birds such as White-Tailed Sea
Eagles, Common Cormorants
and many other species, and of course seals basking in their natural unspoiled
surroundings. You will also be able to see a local
Salmon Farm just behind Kerrera, and you might even see Otters and
maybe even
Dolphins - all set in the beautiful and stunning scenery of the Scottish West Coast. After our cruise we will
explore Oban before
Stopping for Lunch at our second favourite place in Scotland for fish and chips! This afternoon we
visit
Dunstaffnage Castle, one of Scotland’s Oldest Stone Castles. This mass of masonry guards the seaward
approach from the
Firth of Lorn to the Pass of Brander – and thereby the heart of Scotland and it still overawes
everyone! The castle was built around
1240 by Duncan MacDougall, son of Dubhgall, Lord of Lorn, and grandson
of the great
Somerled, King of the Isles. These were stirring times in Argyll, because of the struggle between the
Kingdom of Scotland and Norway for control of the Hebrides. The King of Scots won control of the region in 1266, but
Dunstaffnage continued to see plenty of action during the
Wars of Independence (1296–1356). King Robert the
Bruce
famously besieged the mighty fortress around 1308, after his victory over the MacDougalls at the Pass of
Brande
r. Dinner and Overnight Oban. (B,L,D)

Day 15 -
Today will be mostly about spectacular scenery as we make our way south through Kilmartin Glen through
Lochgilphead to Inveraray and then to Dunoon. Over 5000 Years of Human History can be traced across
Kilmartin Glen with at least
350 Ancient Monuments lying within six miles of the quiet village of Kilmartin. Of particular
interest are the earlier prehistoric monuments: chambered cairns, round cairns, cists, standing stones and rock carvings.
Near the village is a group of stones called
Nether Largie. We will visit Temple Wood and its stone circle with a cairn at
the centre. We will also visit
Nether Largie South Cairn, believed to have been built around 3000BC. We will also stop at
Dunadd, an Iron Age Fort which overlooks the Moine Mhor. Dunadd has a very special place in Scottish history as this
was the capital of the
Ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. Legend has it that the Stone of Destiny was used here in the
crowning of the first
Kings of Scotland. We will stop in Inveraray at the Loch Fyne Hotel for Afternoon Tea
followed by some time to explore this lovely wee village. There is
Legendary Ice Cream to be had here as well! Our final
stop is at
Cairndow to visit Ardkinglas House, generally considered to be the architect Sir Robert Lorimer’s
masterpiece. The house is still a much love family home and remains practically unaltered. We will have a tour of the house
and continue on our way around the peninsula.
Dinner and Overnight Dunoon. (B,L,D)

Day 16 -
This  morning we start our journey back to Edinburgh with a Short Ferry Trip from Dunoon to Gourock
and then make our way along the mighty
River Clyde. Our first stop is Newark Castle which for a long time lay hidden
behind the giant cranes and sheds of the
Clyde’s Great Shipyards. Only recently has it re-emerged to take its rightful
place in the townscape of
Port Glasgow. The land on which the castle is built was acquired by marriage in 1402 by a junior
branch of the
Maxwells, a powerful southern Scottish family. Sir Patrick Maxwell remodelled the castle, having become
laird in the 1580s. Sir Patrick’s handiwork is an E
ssay in Renaissance Architecture. Newark is among the best secular
buildings to survive from that period. We will stop for lunch before our final visit of the day and the tour is at
Falkirk and
Helix Park
to see the Scottish Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculptures. We will have a Guided Walking Tour
that takes us through the vision of artist
Andy Scott and how history and industry impacted on his designing of these
breath-taking sculptures. The pinnacle of the tour is that you get to experience a Kelpie from the inside, and see for yourself
the breathtaking engineering and design of the Kelpies.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,L,D)

Day 17 -
Return to the Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.
This tour is designed to accommodate only 12 people for a more personal experience to allow you to get the most of your
Scottish holiday. Keeping the tour size small gives us the opportunity to veer from the beaten path and take advantage of
accommodations, restaurants and sightseeing venues that would not be available to larger groups. You may find yourself
staying in a delightful city guest house, a small country house hotel, a comfortable farmhouse and an old coaching Inn all in
the same visit. We hope to show you the real Scots people and some of the wonderful sights to be seen all over this beautiful
country. You will not feel rushed and we spend as little time on the bus as possible.
Tour includes all 17 nights accommodation in 4 and 5 star Scottish Tourist Board Approved accommodations. Full Scottish
breakfast each morning, all meals listed in itinerary. (You will see that on most days were you are free for dinner we have
included an afternoon tea. These are very filling meals that will leave you well sated for much of the day. You may only
want soup and bread for dinner later). Porterage of one suitcase per person. Minibus travel including tour guide.
Knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any entrance fees. All taxes
and service charges.

$7995US per person. $995 single supplement.
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot on the tour.
Take us to the water and we will be happy! Some of our favourite days in life have
been spent exploring fishing villages, hidden coves and beaches and listening to the
waves lap against the shore. We have many coastal villages, coastlines and seascapes
that we love exploring, and we also have many favourite places to eat fish and chips,
have afternoon tea and enjoy great pub grub, so we decided to combine them into a
wonderful coastal adventure! There are so many amazing places to see and visit in
Scotland, but we wanted this tour to be all about the water. The North Sea, Moray
Forth, Loch Ness and all of the smaller bodies of water to include rivers, burns,
lochans, firths and kyles. Yes, take us to the water and we will be happy!
On this tour you will see: Kingdom of Fife, Aberdour Castle, St. Monan's Kirk,
Pittenweem Chocolate, Anstruther, St. Andrews, St. Andrews Old Course, St.
Andrews Cathedral, Dundee and the RRS Discovery at Discovery Point, Claypots
Castle, Arbroath Abbey, Dunnottar Castle, Tour of Aberdeen, Stonehaven and
Stonehaven Sea Safaris, Forvie National Nature Reserve, Longhaven Cliffs,
Peterhead, Keith Inch, Pennan, Crovie, Gardenstown, MacDuff and a Puffin Wildlife
Cruise, Moray Coast, Portsoy, Cullen, Portknockie and Bow Fiddle Rock, Findochty,
Buckie, Elgin and Elgin Cathedral, Lossiemouth, Duffus Castle, Foress and Sueno's
Stone, Nairn, Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness Cruise, Invermoriston
Bridge, Fort William, Jacobite Express Steam Train, Souter's Lass Loch Linnhe
Wildlife Cruise, Glencoe, Oban, Oban Wildlife Sea Journey, Dunstaffnage Castle,
Kilmartin Glen and the Kingdom of Dalriada, Dunadd Iron Age
Fort, Dunoon, Newark Castle, the Scottish Kelpies and more!
Deposits