Just been on a tour with Highland Heritage - Best of Scotland 5 days/4nights.
You have to remember that day 1 and day 5 are travelling to and from the venue so really you get a 3 day tour, but we did stop at Gretna Green for lunch in each direction.
Transport: coach comfortable, driver good and fun and interesting, but he had a day off one day and we got another driver who bounced us about and played loud, irritating music quite a lot of the time, so I suppose it depends who you get.
Day 1: Seil Island: not much there but is pretty and has a large gift shop which we were delivered straight into. The journey included a walk over the Atlantic - a stone bridge over the sea and stops for photographs.Oban: large town, interesting things to see and plenty of restaurants for lunch.
Day 2: Mallaig: lovely fishing village and lunch there - restaurants expensive. Views of the islands of Skye,Rum and Egg. Stopped at a gift shop outside Fort William, would have preferred to see the town. Went through Glencoe and had nice photostops of stunning mountains of the Three Sisters. Stopped for a while at Glenfinnan, with nice views and an impressive statue/tower.
Day 3: Out at 7.45 am to Edinburgh. Went straight to the Royal Yacht Brittania, there for nearly three hours. Very interesting, but packed, cafe very expensive - soup and a sandwich £15.00.
Then back to Tyndrum by about 5.00 pm, so a day mostly travelling - though mostly entertained by our excellent driver.
Overall: seemed to stop at places outside towns where there was a cafe and or gift shop. All seemed very expensive - at one place a small bottle of water was £2.90. We were itching to see the towns.
Tyndrum: The Royal is near the Ben Doran and they are similar hotels, the Ben Doran looked newer, but we didn't go in. The scenery is beautiful but there is a busy main road through the villge Tyndrum has a cafe/restaurant which looked good but expensive, a grotty pub called Paddy's which we went in once and two shops: The Green Welly: expensive and Brodies: cheaper but smaller. The Tourist Information and another shop open only during the day so we never got in, rather daft seeing as most people are not there during the day.
Decor: dated, needs a revamp, seems very dark.
Bar, pleasant nice views limited beer choice. Nightly entertainment - didn't stay for any but others said they enjoyed them.
Rooms:spacious and with flat screen TV's. Reasonably OK but need redecorating, seems very 1980's. The bathroom had a great shower but the walls are covered in a sort of green formica which should be ripped out and re-tiled.The bedhead and the mirror had thick dust on them otherwise very clean.
Good breakfast with juice or cereal or porridge, then either kippers or bacon+eggs+sausage+ either mushrooms or beans. Plenty of toast and bread, tea or coffee.
Dinner: soup or something else each day (pate/smoked duck) a main usually a roast or something else eg smoked mackerel salad). Vegetarians have one option, they didn't tell you on the menu what it was, just brought it, so take it or leave it.
Staff: wonderful, attentive, courteous, smiling and efficient.
Overall: an enjoyable stay, would have preferred to see real Scotland rather than gift shops in some instances but given the price, we paid £172, very good value for money
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