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Scotland: By Loch, By Land

Scotland: By Loch, By Land

Scotland is bustling with charm and structural landmarks, both new and old. Experience beauty by both land and loch as we venture through the Trossachs of Scotland to board the world’s oldest steamship, soak in the Forth Bridge Cruise and become awe-inspired by the Inveraray Castle.

Scotland: By Loch, By Land


Day-by-Day Highlights


Day 1 

Begin travels towards Scotland.

Relax back into your seat onboard the luxurious SwanTourer.

As our time onboard the SwanTourer for today comes to an end,

we will reach our overnight stay at the Samlesbury Hotel, Preston ****

a 14th century historic manor house which offers

many amenities to relax in including a bar and restaurant.


Day 2 

Awaken bright and early to board the SwanTourer once more

as we travel north from Preston to Aberfoyle in Scotland.

It’s here where we’ll find our hotel the Rob Roy Hotel ***

which is nestled elegantly within Soctland’s first national park,

and a five minutes walk away from Aberfoyle Golf Club.


Day 3 

Enjoy a scenic tour through the Trossachs of Scotland to Loch Katrine,

a scenic freshwater Loch where we will be boarding the Sir Walter Scott,

one of the oldest steamships in the world.

Whilst enjoying a cruise on the lake we will hear folk tales and legends of the Loch,

arousing the curiosity of all of those on board.



Day 4 

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel

before embarking towards two of Scotland’s top attractions,

the first of which being the majestic Kelpies,

towering an impressive 30 metres above the Forth & Clyde Canal.

These steel equine structures pay homage to the horsepower

which built industrial Scotland.

Nearby is the architectural masterpiece, the Falkirk Wheel,

another testament to Scotland’s proud heritage.



We will then board a boat to be raised 35 metres on the world’s only rotating boatlift.

All this before enjoying a spectacular sightseeing cruise

where we will cruise under all three Forth Bridges and down towards Inchcolm Island

on the Forth Bridge cruise, taking in the magnificent engineering of the Forth Bridge,

Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry crossing.


Day 5 

Next we will travel to Inveraray to visit Inveraray Castle,

an architectural marvel which is steeped in clan history.

Ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell.

Once we’ve explored the castle, we can enjoy some free time in the town of Inveraray

where you can enjoy the local shops and views across Loch Fyne.

All before returning to our hotel for some much needed rest.



Day 6 

Leave Aberfoyle and begin our return journey to Preston

with the memories of Scotland and its lochs still fresh in minds.

Relax as the world cruises past your window at a comfortable pace.

We will return to our overnight stay in the Samlesbury Hotel, Preston ****


Day 7 

Onward travels sees us saying goodbye to Preston

to continue onto the South West and surrounding areas.


What’s included in this Sapphire Tour…


• Travel through the Trossachs to Loch Katrine.

• Loch cruise on Loch Katrine on the Sir Walter Scott,

   one of the oldest steamships in the world.

• Visit to The Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel.

• Cruise up the Falkirk Wheel and on the Forth Bridge cruise.

• Visit to Inveraray Castle and free time in Inveraray.

• Excursions as detailed.

• 6 nights hotel stay on half board.

• Coach travel.


Rob Roy Hotel

Aberfoyle ***

Located within Scotland’s first national park, the Rob Roy Hotel features laid back rooms with en suites, tea and coffee making facilities and flat screen TVs. Guests can enjoy drinks over a game of pool in their cosy bar. The hotel has a lift.




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
Ashburton Ashburton - Eastern Road (B3352)
just past Glendinnings Office TQ13 7AP
Barnstaple Coach Depot Barnstaple-Coney Avenue EX328QJ.
Barnstaple Railway Barnstaple Railway Station - EX31 2AU
Bickington Garage Bickington - Opposite Garage EX31 2JG
Bideford/Kingsley Statue Bideford Kingsley Statue
Bishopsteignton Bishopsteignton - Bus stop outside Metro Motors
TQ14 9RL
Bodmin Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park
PL31 2LL
Braunton/opp George Hotel Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ
Bridgewater - Bus Station Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7
TA6 5PZ.
Bridgewater Services Bridgewater Services Coach Park - TA6 6TS
Bristol - Anchor Road Bristol - Anchor Road bus stop opposite @ Bristol
Buckfastleigh Buckfastleigh - Dart Garage Bus Shelter
on Dart Bridge Road, TQ11 0DZ
Bude Bude - TSB Bank
EX23 8JJ
Budleigh Salterton Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall
Cheltenham/ Golden Valley Cheltenham - Golden Valley Roundabout
outside KFC (Northbound tours only), GL51 6TA
Clyst St George Clyst St George - Bus stop by St George & Dragon
Hotel, EX3 0QJ
Cullompton Services Cullompton Services M5 Jct 28 EX15 1NS
Dawlish Dawlish - Piermont Place, EX7 9PH
East Budleigh East Budleigh, The Rolle Arms, EX9 7DL
Eastgate Shopping Centre Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bus stop(M32 Jct 2)
Exeter - Belgrave Road Exeter - Belgrave Road, Loading Bays at the back
of Vue Cinema, EX1 2AA
Exeter Services Exeter Services M5 coach park EX2 7HF
Exminster Exminster - Victory Hall
Exmouth Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema
Folly Gate Folly Gate EX20 3AH
Fraddon Services Fraddon Services - TR9 6NA
Fremington/New Inn Fremington New Inn EX31 2NT
Gordano Services M5 Gordano Services Coach bay - BS20 7XG
Hatherleigh Co-Op Hatherleigh Co -Op EX20 3HY
Holsworthy Holsworthy Bus Stop opposite Church - EX22 6HA
Ilfracombe Ilfracombe War memorial
EX34 8HB
Ivybridge Ivybridge,Bus stop on road outside Town Hall PL21
J27/M5 Services by Petrol Station
Kenton Kenton - Outside Roadean Restaurant A379
Kilkhampton Kilkhampton - Outside the Church
Kingskerswell /NewtonRd Kingskerswell - Bus stop just before Hospital
on Newton Road, opposite Bridge Retail Park
Kingskerswell Hare&Hounds Kingskerswell, just past Hare & Hounds Pub
on corner of Manor Gardens
Kingskerswell/ The Sloop Kingskerswell - Bus stop by The Sloop
Kingskerswell/Devon Motor Kingskerswell - opposite Devon Motor Homes
TQ12 5AT
Kingsteignton Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl
Knowstone Knowstone - Picnic Area
Launceston Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park
on Westgate
Liskeard Liskeard - The Parade
Lympstone Lympstone - The Saddlers, Exmouth Road
Meeth Meeth - The Bull and Dragon Public House EX20 3EP
Merton Merton Square, EX20
Merton Square Merton Square
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot,Railway Station TQ12 2BT
Newton Poppleford Newton Poppleford, St Luke's Church, EX10 0EG
North Tawton North Tawton Square
Okehampton Okehampton, West Bridge Bus Stop, EX20 1JZ
Paignton Paignton,Garfield Rd, by the Multi storey car park
Plymouth - Derrys Cross Plymouth - Derrys Cross bus bays
outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe, PL1 2TE
Plympton Plympton - Ridgeway Bus Stop near Co-op Store
Plymstock Broadway Plymstock Broadway - Opposite Lidl Store
by Broadway Car Park PL9 7AU
Preston Preston - Bus Shelter in between Conservative Club
and Baptist Church A3022
Redruth Redruth - Railway station, Redruth, TR15 2AB
Sedgemoor Services M5 N Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Northbound
Sedgemoor Services M5 S Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Southbound,
Self Drive Self Drive
Sidford Sidford - Green Close Bus Stop
Sidmouth, The Triangle Sidmouth, The Triangle, EX10 8PF
Sourton Cross Okehampton, Sourton Cross EX20 4LY
South Brent South Brent - Bus stop outside The London Inn Mews
on the B3372
South Molton/Square South Molton Square - EX36 3AB
St Austell St Austell - Railway Station, PL25 4LA
Starcross Starcross - Opposite Railway Station
Stibb Cross Stibb Cross Bus stop adjacent to the Old Union Inn
Taunton - Tower Street Taunton - Tower Street Bus Station
Taunton Deane Services N Taunton Deane Serv M5 Coach Pk Northbound TA3 7PF
Taunton Deane Services S Taunton Deane Serv Coach Park Southbound TA3 7PF
Tavistock Tavistock, Opposite/Outside the Bedford Hotel
Depending on which way the coach is coming from
Teignmouth Teignmouth - Eastcliff Coach Park
Tiverton Coach Station Tiverton Coach Station
Tiverton Shell J27/M5 Tiverton Shell Garage J27/M5
Torquay Torquay - Opposite the library on Lymington Road,
Torrington Torrington - back of Globe
Totnes Totnes - Bus layby opposite the Seven Stars Hotel
Truro Truro - Fairmantle Street coach park, TR1 2EQ
Wellington - Chelston Wellington - Chelston Business Park
outside Wellington Motors
Wellington - Conservative Wellington - Conservative Club, TA21 8QT
Whiddon Down Sevice area Whiddon Down Service Area Exeter Road EX20 2QT
Winkleigh Winkleigh Garage,Exeter Road, Winkleigh, EX19 8JJ
on A3124
Worle Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind
Parish Pump Pub
Yelland/Pottery Lane End Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31
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