Royal Highland Christmas - Ex London
Day 1: 23rd December It’s time to get Christmas underway and say goodbye to the Big Smoke as we leave London by coach and head north to Bonnie Scotland! Arriving in Edinburgh in the early evening, you'll have the chance to check out a few of the city’s most famous landmarks and perhaps a pub or two. Tonight is the legendary HAGGiS Welcome Party to get the festivities started. Accommodation is in a city centre hostel, right in the heart of the action. Day 2: Christmas Eve We leave Scotland's capital and head past the capital of Stirling, home to legends such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and scene of many of Scotland’s most famous and bloody battles in the Wars of Independence. Our route north takes us through dramatic Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’ and site of the massacre of 1692. From here, we follow Loch Ness and hunt for the monster, then further north to our magnificent accommodation in a plush Highland Hotel in Inverness, Capital of the Highlands. Once frequented by Royalty, the hotel can boast Queen Victoria as a past guest. Tonight it’s the HAGGiS welcome party! Day 3: Christmas Day Christmas Day will never be the same again. Depending on the unpredictable Highland winter weather we may head to a wee town on the coast called Dornoch and take in the fresh sea air to fight off any remaining hangovers or head inland in search of a site for a battle of our very own….with snowballs! A few snow-angel and snowman building attempts will set us up for the slap-up Christmas feast awaiting our return to the hotel. After loads of grub and wine you can grab a partner and work off some of your Christmas indulgencies with traditional Scottish Ceilidh dancing in ‘The Wallace Ballroom’ with its classic furnishings, antique portraits, works of art and glorious crystal chandeliers. Day 4: 26th December We leave Inverness and head to sweeping and eerie Culloden, sight of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite uprising. Heading south we make our way to Dunkeld with its mighty cathedral in Macbeth country before crossing the Forth Road Bridge on our return to Edinburgh. Day 5: 27th December Bid a fond farewell to Scotland as we take the coach back to London. Swap contact details, catch up on all the gossip from your trip and say a last goodbye to your crew. We’ll have plenty of DVD’s and music to help pass the journey.