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Island Escapes & Scottish Island Gardens

Isle of Bute

Mon 29 Aug to Fri 2 Sept 2022: A 5 Day Coach Holiday Island Escapes and Scottish Island Gardens with Johnsons Coaches

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Monday 29th August to Friday 2nd September 2022


Be it spring, summer or autumn, the Scottish Islands are a joy to explore with their colourful gardens on display throughout the seasons. Our island garden tour is designed for those who not only appreciate gardens but also for those who wish to visit the beauty of Scotland’s West Coast & two of its most tranquil of islands.


Look What's Included:

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ seating

  • 4 nights half board

  • A minimum of 2 nights entertainment

  • All Ferry Crossings highlighted

  • Entry to Mount Stuart

  • Entry to Achamore Gardens

  • Guided tour of Kilmun Church with light refreshments

  • Entrance to Benmore Botanic Gardens


Not included: All lunches


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We journey north through the Borders to Glasgow before making our way to Gourock for the 20-minute crossing to Dunoon for our 4-night stay at the Esplanade Hotel.


A short but beautiful drive over the Kyles of Bute to catch the short crossing from Colintraive to the Isle of Bute. Free time in the Victorian seaside town of Rothesay, the islands capital. Afterwards, the coastal drive to Mount Stuart - a 19th-century neo-gothic mansion with extravagant interiors and over 300 acres of landscaped gardens with a wide selection of native and exotic flora.


A rare opportunity to visit the magical Island of Gigha. We hop on the ferry for the short crossing of Loch Fyne from Portavadie to Tarbert. Travel south along the Mull of Kintyre coastline to catch the short ferry crossing to the unspoilt Isle of Gigha – 7 miles long and 1 mile wide, with sandy beaches, clear green seas and an increasing population of 165. We include entry to Achamore Gardens - 50 acres of natural woodland, large walled garden & pond area with many rare plants. After visiting the vantage points on the islands, a soup and sandwich lunch is provided, before re-tracing our steps back to Dunoon. Although a long day, this will be one that will be well worth the experience!


Join us for a late morning drive along the peninsula to visit delightful Kilmun Church, where we can discover the Argyll Mausoleum, dating from 1790 that houses the remains of the Dukes and Earls of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell, and their families. Our guided tour includes interactive screening and light refreshments. We continue through wonderful scenery to visit beautiful Benmore Botanic Gardens in its magnificent mountain setting. It is an enchanting garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery.


After breakfast we leave and head for home.

Your Hotel


3* The Esplanade Hotel

Ideally situated in Dunoon on the West Bay Promenade, this beautiful 3-star hotel has spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde. The hotel restaurant offers a varied menu including a selection of traditional Scottish dishes. The hotel also has a sun terrace and provides entertainment most evenings.


Mobility Grade: 3 – Resort and Hotel: Generally level. Hotel has steps and slopes in some corridors to access some bedrooms. Lift serves most floors.


Duration, Departure Dates & Price

Mon 29 Aug - Fri 2 Sep 2022

4 Nights


Luxury Traveller


Departs 7.30am

Returns 7.00pm



Single Room: £50

Holiday Insurance: £31


Deposit: £75 per person for all coach holidays in Britain, payable at time of booking. 


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