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Argyll & Ardnamurchan Peninsula - Gateway to the Isles
4 Days 3 Nights
Loch Lomond - Luss - Glencoe - Ardgour - Lochailort - Ardnamurchan Peninsula - Glenfinnan - Fort William - Castle Stalker - Oban
 
Day 1: Loch Lomond, Luss, Glencoe, Ferry to Ardgour & Lochailort
Head west and onto the "bonny, bonny banks" of Loch Lomond - the largest area of fresh water in the country. The wee village of Luss makes an interesting stop here. Continue to Crianlarich and take a left turn through Tyndrum, over the bleak beauty of Rannoch Moor and into the infamous and haunting landscape of Glencoe. Cross over the Ballachulish Bridge and make your way down to the Corran Ferry. This is a very short crossing, costing £5.70 each way. On the other side at Ardgour you can make your way to Strontian then Lochailort where you are booked to stay for 3 nights.

Day 2 - 3: Flexible day on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula
Today you have the freedom to explore the wonderful, rugged landscape of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. It is a natural haven for wildlife and an area of exceptional tranquility and beauty. The ruins of the 14th Century Castle Tioram, the ancient seat of the Macdonalds of Clanranald, lie just to the South - and sit on a small islet by the shore, accessible via a sand spit - except at high tide! You can wander along the coast road, stopping at Glenborrodale to visit the Nature Reserve or drive right out to Sanna Point for a walk along the sandy beach with fine views of the Small Isles. One of the country's most scenic roads will take you out to Ardnamurchan Point where you will find the granite lighthouse, built in 1848 marking the most Westerly point on the British mainland. The road North will take you to Mallaig via the White Sands of Morar - a beautiful drive with plenty of places to stop for lunch or a walk. Mallaig is a picturesque fishing port and ferry terminal with excellent day trips over the sea to Skye and to the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna. You can take the car to Skye on the "Early Bird Saver", leaving on the first sailing of the day and returning to Mallaig on the last one (£28.50 return - only available Mon - Fri.). It is necessary to book this crossing. It is also possible to visit the Island of Mull, by taking the 5 minute car ferry from Lochaline.

Day 4: Glenfinnan, Fort William, Castle Stalker & Oban
Depart Lochailort and head East through Glenfinnan with its fine monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Cause, standing majestically at the head of Loch Sheil. Then head out onto the main road where you can visit Fort William - the second largest town in the Highlands after Inverness. Being the home to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, its appeal lies more in the surroundings rather than the town itself. Cross over the bridge at Ballachulish and travel down the shores of Loch Linnhe, through the wooded landscape of Appin. You will pass the well restored and picturesque Castle Stalker, set on an islet off the headland. It dates back to the early 16th century and was home of the Stewarts of Appin. You can take time to visit the town of Oban, before going through the Pass of Brander to Dalmally. A nice detour here is the single track road through Glen Orchy, running alongside cascading waterfalls from the River. You will meet the main road again at Tyndrum and can make your way back south via Callander and Stirling.

Departures: Any day

Tour includes:
- 3 nights Table d'hote Dinner Bed & Breakfast Lochailort Inn, Lochailort near Mallaig

Tour not included:
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Vehicle. Car Hire/Rental can be arranged by us from as little as $36.28 per day
- All items of a personal nature and phone calls
- Lunch and refreshments
- Entrance fees to visitor attractions


Important Information:

This tour is designed to start from lowland Scotland Edinburgh/Glasgow/Stirling/Perth), but could be started from northern England (with an early start!!) or even from central Scotland or Inverness. Mileages are approximate. The roads in the Highlands can be very hilly and many are single track. When calculating drive times, it's best to estimate your speed at no more than 40 mph.

Edinburgh / Glasgow - Luss : 45 miles / 27 miles
Luss - Glencoe : 69 miles
Glencoe - Corran Ferry : 10 miles
Ardgour - Lochailort : 40 miles
Lochailort - Fort William : 28 miles
Fort William - Oban : 49 miles
Oban - Dalmally / Tyndrum : 26 miles / 38 miles
Stirling - Edinburgh / Glasgow : 31 miles / 45 miles

Last Modified 08/05/03

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