Places of Interest
The details below are intended as a general guide only. For specific tour details, first check Availability and then follow the link from the Tour Description.
Isle of Arran
is just a short ferry crossing from the mainland. Its history dates back as far as the Stone Age, perhaps as far as 7000BC and evidence of this can still be seen around the island in the stone circles on Machrie Moor – some as high as five metres. Arran is known as ‘Scotland in miniature’; the fault line divides the island into two contrasting regions – the rocky and mountainous north and lush, green pastures of the south, just like the mainland. Just 20 miles long by 10 miles wide, every village and area around the island has its own charm and personality, from the coastal port of Brodick, the yachting and boating capital of Lamlash and the tranquillity of Kildonan to the white cottages at Corrie, the mountainous backdrop of Lochranza and the beautiful sandy bay of Sannox.
one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, has in recent years earned a reputation as a centre of style and vitality, set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture and fascinating attractions. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, the best shopping in the United Kingdom outside London and the most vibrant and exciting nightlife in Scotland.
is an historic town at the head of the Clyde Valley in the heart of Lanarkshire. Hamilton Mausoleum is on the grounds of the now-demolished Hamilton Palace and is the resting place of the Hamilton family. The mausoleum has the longest-lasting echo of any building in the world. Low Parks Museum is the oldest surviving building in Hamilton and is now a five-star visitor attraction detailing the history of South Lanarkshire. Two miles from the town centre lies Chatelherault Country Park, home to the ruins of Cadzow Castle and a former hunting lodge, which due to sand quarrying is now known for its lopsided floors.
located in the heart of Ayrshire, has much to offer the visitor. The town centre is well-known for its wide range of independent niche shops which, combined with many of the familiar high street stores, offers a great retail mix. Bank Street is a charming cobbled street in the historic core, with the elegant John Finnie Street boasting one of the best examples of provincial Victorian architecture in Scotland. Kilmarnock is home to the largest Burns monument in Scotland, the famous Laigh Milton Viaduct and The historic Kilmarnock and Troon Railway.
is a popular seaside town complete with a charming sea front, splendid esplanade and long sandy beach. The town centre offers excellent shopping facilities and counts well-known high street stores alongside a wide range of interesting, individually owned shops. Ayr Racecourse, dating back to the 16th century, runs many Flat and National Hunt meetings throughout the year and is particularly famous as the venue of the Scottish Grand National, the Ayrshire Handicap and the Ayr Gold Cup.