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Robert Burns and the Scottish Isles

  • Craigmore, the Isle of Bute, Argyll ©VisitScotland-All rights reserved

    Craigmore, the Isle of Bute, Argyll ©VisitScotland-All rights reserved
  • Isle of Bute, Argyll, Scotland - Sailing On The Kyles Of Bute © VisitScotland, Paul Tomkins

    Isle of Bute, Argyll, Scotland - Sailing On The Kyles Of Bute © VisitScotland, Paul Tomkins EXPIRES 3.12.2021
5 day tour
From £295 per person - minimum 25 persons

On this new Scottish Isles tour, discover the peaceful havens of the Isle of Bute and the Isle of Arran, visit Culzean Castle, Brodick Castle and Mount Stuart, and visit the birthplace of poet Robert Burns.


April-October 2020

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to Ayrshire and your hotel

Day 2

Culzean Castle and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

A morning visit to Culzean Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. A private tour will be followed by time to explore the extensive grounds. In the afternoon we visit the birthplace of the poet Robert ‘Robbie’ Burns. We’ll see the cottage where he was born, and the Brig o’ Doon, the original 15th century bridge which provided the setting for Tam o’ Shanter, one of Burns’


Day 3

Isle of Arran, Brodick Castle and a whisky tasting

This morning we take the ferry from Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran. We head to the north of the island and the Isle of Arran Distillery for a tour and whisky tasting. A tour of the island, including a stop-off for lunch, brings us to Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park. The interior of the imposing 800-year-old castle is renowned for its collections of period furniture, silverware, porcelain, paintings and sporting trophies. After time to explore the gardens we take the ferry back to Ardrossan.

Day 4

Isle of Bute and Mount Stuart

Today we take the ferry to visit the delightful Isle of Bute. We visit Mount Stuart for a private tour of the 19th century country manor house, one of Scotland’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic mansions. After the tour there’s free time to explore some of the 300 acres of gloriously maintained grounds and gardens.

Day 5

Travel home

Featured hotel – Recently inspected by Greatdays staff

Riverside Lodge Hotel (formerly Hallmark Hotel), Irvine ****

Located on the outskirts of Irvine, Ayrshire, the 4* Riverside Hotel Irvine is ideally located to explore the scenery and visitor attractions of Scotland’s West Coast. The fresh and airy rooms feature tea and coffee facilities, en suite bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. Rooms also offer TVs with Freeview and a work desk. There is no lift but there are ample ground floor rooms and on site coach parking. The contemporary Brasserie style restaurant serves a cosmopolitan menu and a selection of world wines. The spacious Lounge Bar offers large armchairs and comfortable sofas, and serves light snacks and classic cocktails.


Optional extras

Extend the tour by a day and visit Loch Lomond, including a circular cruise from Tarbet. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a choice of three costumed guided tours, an opportunity to see rare historical artefacts, and a unique one-hour ‘Burns Supper’.

The details are as follows:-

  • 2 course Burns Supper experience in The Red Room
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Poetry recital
  • Admission to the Burns Cottage
  • Whisky toast
  • Admission to the Museum

(For a price of £21.00 pp)

All itineraries can be tailored to suit your specific requirements


5 days
2020 dates  from £295.00 per person


All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with a free place in a single room, both are based on a minimum 35 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Picture is for illustrative purposes only.

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