Clan MacNeil Tour 2018

The Application Date for this Tour has passed
This Itinerary & Cost Schedule includes Amendments up to 31st October 2017
taking account of the slightly lower numbers than expected participating, and adding confirmed 2018 Ferry Timings


Saturday 28th July 2018
Overnight transatlantic flights from the USA into Edinburgh International Airport.

Sunday 29th July 2018
You arrive at Edinburgh International Airport where you are met by a representative of “Silver Skye Tours”. He/she will arrange your transfer downtown to the Apex Grassmarket Hotel in the historic Old Town, a short walk to the historic Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. You stay for one night at the Apex Hotel where Breakfasts are included in the Package Costs.

Monday 30th July 2018
Your coach will meet you at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel at 09:00. You head north out of town over the Forth Road Bridge and north through the Perth to visit Scone Palace where Scottish Monarchs were crowned in years long gone. North again to the Pitlochry area the coach will drop those in town who would like to visit the small shops and the Heather Gems Factory & Store while the rest of the Group will tour the Edradour Single Malt Whisky Distillery. North again you reach the village of Blair Atholl where you visit Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Continuing north you drive through the Cairngorms National Park towards Inverness, you visit the Culloden Battlefield & Memorial. The day ends in Inverness where you stay for two nights at the Premier Inn where Breakfasts are included in the Package Costs.

Tuesday 31st July 2018
Your coach will meet you at the Premier Inn at 09:30. You have a day trip into Speyside. You will start by heading eastwards along the Moray Coast to tour the "Johnston’s of Elgin" Cashmere Mill. Plenty time for shopping before heading for the Speyside Whisky production area. There you visit the Glenfiddich Distillery and the Speyside Cooperage before making your way westwards to tour Ballindalloch Castle. From there you head back to Inverness.

Wednesday 1st August 2018
Your coach will meet you at the Premier Inn at 09:30. You drive south into the Great Glen and to the village of Drumnadrochit. There you visit Urquhart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness, and the Award-Winning Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition where the story of the area and, yes, the notorious Monster legend are told in a series of science based Audio/Visual Presentations which allow visitors to come to their own conclusions as to whether there is, or was, something in the Loch ! Continuing south along the shore of the Loch you reach Invermoriston where you turn northwest through Glen Shiel to the village of Dornie where the option exists to visit Eilean Donan Castle, home of the Clan Macrae. North from Dornie you cross the bridge on to the Isle of Skye. You drive north on the Island through Broadford and the Cuillin Mountain area to the main town of Portree where you stay for two nights at the Portree Hotel. Breakfasts are included in the Package Costs.

Thursday 2nd August 2018
Our plan today is to use minibuses to take you on a tour of the Isle of Skye. The smaller vehicles will allow you to travel routes that the large coach couldn’t negotiate. The minibuses will meet you at the Portree Hotel at 09:00/09.30 . They will work independently to avoid you driving in convoy but, inevitably, you will be at the same place at the same time on occasions. You will head north from Portree on the Trotternish Peninsula. You will pass the Old Man of Storr area, the Falls of Leallt and the Kilt Rock Viewpoint on to the north coast. There you will visit the Museum of Island Life and the Kilmuir Graveyard last resting place of Flora MacDonald. Heading west through Uig you visit the Waternish Peninsula before arriving at the town of Dunvegan. There you visit Dunvegan Castle, ancestral home of the Chiefs of the Clan McLeod for over 850 years. From there it’s back to Portree for the rest of the afternoon. If anyone has specific interest they would like catered for on the Isle of Skye instead of a bus tour, they are invited to make contact and let us know. Options might include hiking, a wildlife boat trip, a tour of the Talisker Single Malt Whisky Distillery and fishing.

Friday 3rd August 2018
Your coach will meet you at the Portree/Royal Hotel at 08:00. You drive north to the port of Uig from where you take the 09:30 ferry to Lochmaddy on the Isle of North Uist where you are scheduled to arrive at 11:15. From there you drive south through Benbecula to Lochboisdale in South Uist. You continue south to the coast driving across the causeway to the Isle of Eriskay. From there you take the 16:35 ferry to the Isle of Barra where you are scheduled to arrive at 17:15. On Barra you drive to Castlebay where you stay for three nights at either the Castlebay Hotel or the Craigard Hotel. Breakfasts are included in the Package Costs.

Saturday 4th August 2018
A day on the Isle of Barra, There will be a tour around the Island visiting sites of your choice on the way.

Sunday 5th August 2018
A second full day on the Isle of Barra spending time in Castlebay and visiting Kisimul Castle.

Monday 6th August 2018
You make your way to the ferry terminal in Castlebay from where you take the 07:55 ferry to Oban back on the mainland where you are scheduled to arrive at 12:40. There you check in to stay for two nights at the Perle Hotel (formerly the Caledonian Hotel) where Breakfasts are included in the Package Costs. The rest of the day is free time for Group Members in Oban. 

Tuesday 7th August 2018
Today Group Members will make a Day Trip to the Isle of Iona. The ferry terminal is no more than 100 yards from the hotel so we leave group members to walk to the terminal and board the ferry as foot passengers. You take the 09:50 ferry from Oban to Craignure on the Isle of Mull where you are scheduled to arrive at 10:40. You then board your bus and drive south to the village of Fionnphort. From there you take the small passenger ferry to the Isle of Iona. We estimate your arrival on Iona about 11:50. About 15:00/3.00pm you make your way to the pier in Iona and take the ferry back to Fionnphort. From there the bus will return to Craignure from where you take the 17:05 ferry back to Oban. You are scheduled to arrive back in Oban at 17:55.

Wednesday 8th August 2018
Your coach will meet you at the Perle Hotel at 09:00. You leave Oban driving northeast stopping at the viewpoint above Castle Stalker and the Ballachulish Bridge into the mountainous scenery of Glencoe. There will be a stop at the Glencoe Visitor Centre and a further stop for photographs in the Glen. South from there through Crianlarich and the Trossachs to the Stirling area where, if time permits, you'll have the opportunity of visiting Stirling Castle. From there you head east back to Edinburgh where you stay for two nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Royal Mile where Breakfasts are included in the Package Costs. In the evening you make your way to Edinburgh Castle where you attend the 21:00 performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

Thursday 9th August 2018
This is a free day in Edinburgh

Friday 10th August 2018
Transfers are available from the Radisson Hotel to Edinburgh International Airport for flights home.

Optional Services

a] “Silver Skye Tours” will be available to act for any member[s] of your Group in extending the above tour by adding two, three or four additional days in Edinburgh prior to the base Itinerary commencing. We would encourage Guests wanting additional nights in Edinburgh to book their tour as soon as possible so we can add required room/nights to the main group booking.

b] “Silver Skye Tours” will act for any member[s] of your Group wishing to add a personal extension of whatever length to the base Tour Itinerary anywhere in the UK and Ireland before and/or after the Clan Tour.

c] In the event that any prospective Members of the Tour Group have problems arranging sufficient time away from work/personal commitments to facilitate their participation in the whole tour, “Silver Skye Tours” would be willing to design a customised Tour Package for such persons that will enable them to join the main tour a few days late and/or depart a few days early.

d] “Silver Skye Tours” would be willing to accept deferred payments to facilitate the participation of members of the Clan MacNeill in this Tour. Our norm for this service is that Guests participating would pay a standard 10% Deposit when booking (more if they choose), with the balance being divided into 12 monthly payments; 9 monthly payments are to be made by Credit Card from 1st November 2017 to 1st July 2018, no payments in August 2018 and September 2018, then 3 payments from October 2018 through to December 2018. Arrangements for Guests opting for this offer would be kept confidential between themselves and Alex Hood from “Silver Skye Tours”.

e] It’s the aim of “Silver Skye Tours” facilitate participation in this Tour by as many members of the Clan MacNeill as possible. If prospective Group Members have “any” personal needs or concerns they would like addressed, they’re invited to contact Alex Hood on his personal email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss requirements. Please register your interest in joining the Tour Group. We can discuss how to make it happen for you without the slightest obligation on you to accept. We do not do “hard sell” but we will do everything in our power to assist whether your problems are financial, mobility, medical or literally anything else. All such conversations will be in total confidence between you and Alex Hood from “Silver Skye Tours.”

Package Costs

The cost of the above package of arrangements is
£2,501.oo (GB Pounds) per person for Guests sharing Double occupancy of a room


The Package Costs include

The Cost includes van or taxi Transfers from Edinburgh International Airport to the Apex Grassmarket Hotel on Sunday 29th July 2018. One of our Team will be on duty at the Airport throughout that day and another will be at the Hotel during the day ensuring there are no problems with rooms/baggage etc. Those of you adding additional nights in Edinburgh prior to the main Tour Itinerary commencing will receive the same services on whatever date you arrive in the City.

The cost includes all accommodation detailed above. It includes all meals highlighted in blue in the above Itinerary but, please note, while we would expect hot tea and coffee to be available at all meals, and fruit juice to be served at Breakfasts, the Package Costs do not include alcoholic drinks or sodas taken with those meals unless they are included as part of a set menu.

The cost includes travel on a comfortable modern Coach from your departure from the Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh on Sunday 29th July 2018 through to your arrival at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh on Friday 18th August 2017. 

The cost includes your transfer from the Radisson Blu Hotel to either Waverley Train Station or Edinburgh International Airport on Friday 10th August 2018. Once we know departure details nearer the time, we will work out whether your transfer will be by taxi, one of our vans, or by a bus for a large group transfer. 

The costs includes your entrance charges (where applicable) to :

Edinburgh Castle (self-visit – you will be given an entry pass)
Heather Gems Factory & Store (Free Admission)
Blair Castle
Culloden Battlefield & Memorial
‘Johnstons of Elgin’ Cashmere Mill Tour
Glenfiddich Distillery Tour
Speyside Cooperage
Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
Eilean Donan Castle
Museum of Island Life
Kilmuir Graveyard (Free Admission)
Dunvegan Castle
Kisimul Castle
Iona Abbey
Stirling Castle (if time permits)

The cost includes all ferry charges on the following services :
      Uig (Isle of Skye) to Lochmaddy (Isle of North Uist) on Friday 3rd August 2018
      Isle of Eriskay to Isle of Barra on Friday 3rd August 2018
      Castlebay (Isle of Barra) to Oban (Mainland) on Monday 6th August 2018
      Oban (Mainland) to Craignure (Isle of Mull) on Tuesday 7th August 2018
     [Passengers Only] Fionnphort (Isle of Mull) to Isle of Iona on Tuesday 7th August 2018
     [Passengers Only] Isle of Iona to Fionnphort (Isle of Mull) on Tuesday 7th August 2018
      Craignure (Isle of Mull) to Opna (Mainland on Tuesday 7th August 2018

The cost includes a ticket for every Group Member to the performance of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Wednesday 8th August 2018.

The cost includes a folder of daily tour notes for each family, couple or solo traveler.

The cost includes the use of the “Silver Skye Tours” 24 hour Help Line throughout your vacation in Scotland. This number will be given to you prior to departure from the USA in order that friends and family can use it should urgent contact be required with you during your trip.

The cost includes all Scottish and UK Government taxes at 20%. Please note this is the only tax which will be charged on the various parts of your Package. In Scotland, and throughout the UK, there are NO local Sales Taxes or Hotel Room Taxes which exist in many other Countries. Please Note : There is no suggestion that this tax rate will change between now and the start of your tour but, should any change be made to the rate, the Package Costs may have to be amended to include the appropriate tax rate.

The Package Costs do not include

The Package Costs do NOT include your travel arrangements in and out of Scotland.

Travel Insurance

Both deposits and final balance Payments made for our Vacation Packages are non-refundable. We therefore strongly recommend when booking a vacation, whether it be with "Silver Skye" or indeed with any other Tour Operator, that you take out Travel Insurance at that time covering against cancellation for any and all reasons. We further recommend that the content of your Package is explained to Insurers in order that all risks during your trip are covered by your Policy. We particularly recommend that anyone intending to take part in Sporting Activities during a "Silver Skye" vacation ensures they are covered for injury and loss during such participation.

In Scotland and the rest of the UK, where a three hour flight can take you to literally dozens of other countries, there's a vast multitude of Travel Insurance policies for sale. Unfortunately, insurance regulations in the UK prevent Silver Skye, or any other Tour Operator, selling these policies to Guests from other Countries coming into the UK for their vacations. We have tried to find a way around this system but without success. What we suggest therefore is that you search on the Internet under "Trip Insurance" and/or "Travel Insurance" and you'll find a number of policies which can be bought online. Many of our Guests also find that the Agent from whom they purchased their flights can supply good local insurance advice.





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