Scotland is famed for its rugged and often harsh landscape so it’s no surprise that more and more visitors are undertaking coach trips each year. Luxurious and comfortable, coach trips are an excellent way to travel through Scotland’s beautiful scenery and ensure visitors experience the most of what Scotland has to offer. With a number of operators offering coach trips around Scotland, it’s important to choose a reputable and trusted coach operator. With nearly 35 years of experience Loch and Glens have a number of unique and exciting trips to cater to all your holiday needs. Here is a selection of their top 5 unique destinations off the beaten track:
The unspoilt Highlands of Scotland is home to a plethora of wildlife. From Grouse to Ospreys, Deer to Wild Cats; the Highlands has it all. Based in the quaint village of Pitlochry, a Highland Safari into the magnificent wilderness of Scotland’s mountainous glens is a unique way to experience this wildlife in its natural habitat. From the comfort of a Land Rover, your own personal and knowledgeable safari ranger will give you an identification sheet to help you interpret the surrounding natural heritage.
Described as one of the greatest railway journeys of the world, this two hour steam voyage will allow you to view the dramatic Scottish scenery as never before. Fans of Harry Potter will particularly enjoy travelling across the 21-arch viaduct at Glenfinnan, following in the tracks of the Hogwarts Express. With fantastic panoramas through the awe inspiring glens, your destination is the busy fishing port and ferry town of Mallaig with distant views of Skye and the Western Isles.
Visit the impressive World Heritage Site and cotton mill village of New Lanark in the Scottish Borders. Opened in 1785 and managed by the famous Utopian idealist Robert Owen, the village was an example of a progressive philosophy relating to education humane working practices, factory reform, garden cities and international partnerships. Today the mill is an impressive living and working community with visitor centre, restaurant and shop. Gain an insight into 18th century life and enjoy the fantastic views of the Falls of Clyde.
Don’t forget to pay a visit to the unforgettable Loch Katrine and take a cruise on the historic steamship, ‘Sir Walter Scott’ - the only remaining steam-powered, propeller-driven passenger ship still operating in the UK. As you travel, the tales and legends of the loch will be narrated by a member of the ship’s crew, and you will be struck by the beauty of the landscape, the very scenery which captured the imagination of Sir Walter Scott, inspiring him to write his poem “The Lady of the Lake.”
Gladstones Land is described as one of the most important 17th century tenement buildings to survive in Edinburgh. Fully restored and furnished by the Historic Trust of Scotland, the old tenement offers a unique insight into living conditions in the historic old town of Scotland’s capital. Completed in 1620, this was the home of a prosperous merchant and contains remarkable original painted ceilings. The reconstructed shop booth displays replicas of 17th-century goods and the first floor has been refurbished to show life in this period.