Tuesday: A full day excursion to the Isle of Bute, sailing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay. We enjoy a scenic tour of the island with a stop at Mount Stuart, an outstanding and fl amboyant Victorian Gothic style mansion with beautiful gardens.
Wednesday: After breakfast we take the ferry across the Clyde to Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula. Here we visit the Benmore Botanic Gardens, dramatically set in the mountains of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Highlights include the great Redwood Avenue, the Formal Garden and the Chilean Rainforest Glade. Leaving the gardens we enjoy a scenic drive this afternoon, taking us along the shores of Loch Eck and Loch Fyne, over ‘The Rest be Thankful’ pass to the shores of Loch Lomond with a brief stop at Luss before continuing on to our hotel.
Thursday: This morning we travel to Falkirk for a fascinating ride on the Falkirk Wheel. Built to commemorate the Millennium and at the same time link the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. We then continue on to South Queensferry
Friday: Our homeward journey will be via motorways. With suitable stops along the way we hope to be back in Essex early evening.
Please read the itinerary carefully before deciding if this tour will be suitable for you: 1) The first and last days have early starts and long periods, around 3 hours at a time on the coach. 2) There are steps and uneven surfaces to contend with at both garden visits as well as steps on the ferries, boat cruise and Falkirk Wheel. 3) Some bedrooms in the hotel are a long walk from reception.
The Radstone Hotel, Larkhill, is a 3 star luxury, stylish hotel, set in extensive grounds with commanding views of the Clyde Valley. All the bedrooms are en-suite and offer free WiFi, smart TV, telephone, hospitality tray, hairdryer and ironing facilities. The hotel has a lift.
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