Secret Islands & Waterways

Secret Islands & Waterways

A great Scottish break that features a boat trip on the Maid of the Forth, a day out to the Isle of Arran and Brodick Castle, plus a relaxing boat cruise exploring Loch Lomond.

A great Scottish break based at the ever-popular Winnock Hotel at Drymen, near tranquil Loch Lomond. this tour features some wonderful inclusions with a boat trip on the Maid of the Forth passing under the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge to Inchcolm Island, a day out to the Isle of Arran and Brodick Castle, plus a relaxing boat cruise exploring the secret islands and narrows of Loch Lomond, the single largest expanse of fresh water in Great Britain.



This charming old family run hotel takes centre stage on the green in the conservation village of Drymen near Loch Lomond. Sensitively extended and refurbished it retains its traditional bars and log fires and offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. Facilities include the Merlin restaurant with its exposed brickwork and original beams, plus the cosy Ptarmigan bar and lounge. All bedrooms feature satellite TV, telephone and tea / coffee tray. Please note there is no lift but ground floor rooms are available.



  • We enjoy a cruise on the ‘Maid of the Forth’ passing underneath the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge where you can get unique close up views of this magnificent piece of Victorian Engineering. The Maid' then passes close to Hound Point Oil Terminal where you can see huge super tankers, then docks at Inchcolm Island where there will be time to explore the 12th century abbey and the interesting wartime fortifications. On the return journey the skipper will highlight any wildlife that can be seen.


  • We take the Calmac ferry across to the wonderful Isle of Arran. On arrival we have a tour of the island to see the granite peaks and deep valleys in the north and the sandy bays around the coast and the heather-clad moorlands in the south. We then spend some time in Brodick, the island’s capital and have an included visit to Brodick Castle.


  • We head to Balloch for a two hour cruise exploring the Loch’s abundance of wildlife, rich history and spectacular natural beauty. The cruise will take us past Cameron House Hotel and the renowned Loch Lomond Golf Course, continuing onwards through the narrows to magnificent Ben Lomond and the historic village of Luss before returning along the west shore of the loch.



  • Four nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast

  • Cruise on the Maid of the Forth to Inchcolm Island

  • Return ferry crossings to the Isle of Arran

  • Entrance to Brodrick Castle

  • Cruise on Loch Lomond

  • Two nights' entertainment

  • Return travel by luxury coach

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Abergele Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Bangor, Nelson Pub Bangor, Bus Stop Opposite Nelson Pub
Bangor, Pontio Centre Bangor, Pontio Centre Bus Stop
Bethel Bethel, Primary School Bus Stop
Bontnewydd Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop
Bryngwran Bryngwran, School Entrance
Caergeiliog Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub
Caernarfon, Campbell Road Caernarfon, Bus Stop Bottom of Campbell Road
Caernarfon, Leisure Cent. Caernarfon, Bus Stop opposite Leisure Centre
Caernarfon, Morrisons Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Y Glyn Caernarfon, Y Glyn Bethel Road
Chester Chester, Holiday Inn South Hotel Bus Stop
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop
Criccieth, Medical Centre Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop
Deganwy Deganwy, Railway Station Bus Stop
Ewloe Ewloe, Outside St David's Park Hotel
Gaerwen Gaerwen, Stermat Car Park
Gwalchmai Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock
Halkyn Halkyn, Outside Billy Jeans
(Springfield Hotel Return Drop Off Point)
Holyhead Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance
Llanberis, Maes Padarn Llanberis, Bus Stop Opposite Maes Padarn
Llanberis, Spar Llanberis, Outside Spar Shop
Llandegai Llandegai, Penrhyn Castle Entrance
Llandudno Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park Bus Stop
Llandudno Jct. New Road Llandudno Junction, New Road Bus Stop
Llanfairfechan Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop
Llanfairpwll Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park
Llangefni Llangefni, Church Street Bus Stop
Llanrug Llanrug, Arvonia Garage
Menai Bridge Menai Bridge, Library Bus Stop
Northop Northop, Red Lion Pub Bus Stop
Old Colwyn Old Colwyn, Church Walks Bus Stop
Opposite The Plough Inn
Penmaenmawr Penmaenmawr, Llys Clwyd Bus Stop (Opposite Spar)
Penrhyn Bay Penrhyn Bay, Post Office
Penygroes Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel)
Porthmadog Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop
Pwllheli Pwllheli, Bus Station
Rhos on Sea, Cayley Arms Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Cayley Arms
Rhos on Sea, Hickorys Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Hickorys Restaurant
St. Asaph St. Asaph, Bus Stop Outside Petrol Station
Valley Valley, Opposite Valley Hotel
Wrexham, Northbound Wrexham, Taxi Stand King Street
(Taxi Feeder Service)
Y Felinheli, St. Marys Y Felinheli, St Mary's Church Bus Stop
Y Felinheli, Victoria Y Felinheli, Victoria Hotel Bus Stop

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