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Tours of Scotland in the Silent Sports Car:

The Hebridean Isles
The Far North West
Northern Lochs and Glens
Royal Deeside, Castles and Distilleries
Breathtaking Borders
Rhododendron Ramblings
Central Scotland
Your Tour

Tours of Scotland in the Silent Sports Car

On the following pages we describe some suggested week-long tours through different parts of Scotland. These tours, as proposed or adapted to suit our clients' wishes, are available from early April to mid-October. 

They cover some of the most beautiful parts of this country and can be linked with various activities, such as golfing, walking, visits to historic houses, castles or gardens, genealogical research or simply relaxing in and exploring one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of the world.


The West Coast of Argyll

The long sweeping road bordering the still loch with The Cobbler to the right gives no hint of the long ascent to come. Was it just an hour ago that we were at Glasgow airport, crowds rushing, some snatching a moment to gaze at elegance of a byegone age, returned after 60 years to wait silently for further service? What a thrill to climb aboard, and to settle into the comfortable seats, to survey the world from a new perspective behind the long bonnet crowned by the winged "B"! Soon we were crossing the Clyde and travelling the banks of Loch Lomond, with the hills standing in grandeur across the water.



Will we all make the top of the pass that now comes into view? The pace slackens only imperceptibly as the gradient increases. Traces of the old road appear with its history of automotive hill-climbs. Without hesitation or a pause to Rest and be Thankful, we are soon heading down to Loch Fyne, pride in our unique and graceful motor cars swelling as we inhale the glorious fresh air of the Highlands. 
Pure air, pure water, pure bliss. We relax, soaking up the sheer grandeur of the hills reflected in the lochs, the tall trees of Ardkinglas, the octagonal roofed kirk of Cairndow, Dunderave Castle perched on the headland, and now in the distance the white Georgian houses of Inverary. 


So begins seven glorious days of peace and comfort, safe in the civilized world of the Scottish Highlands, enjoying sensory overload from sights, tastes, sounds and experiences. How many times in the next six days would we hear the words "Aye, they don't make them like that any more" wistfully spoken as we make our leisurely way through Argyll,exploring landscape, gardens, history, people and culture; relaxing in the comfort of the Silent Sports Car and the warm West Coast welcome. As we sip our drinks before dinner on our final night together, we look out over the loch to the hills tinged by the setting sun and murmur to ourselves "It is well with my soul".

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The Hebridean Isles

Starting from Glasgow Airport and finishing at Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, (or vice versa) this tour is definitely for those who will relish the joys of travelling as much as the arriving. The travelling will be in the comfort and style of our Bentleys and the variety of scenery through which we travel will delight you. 
The arrival will be at wonderful hotels and restaurants such as the Three Chimneys on Skye, with its international reputation for its cuisine.



This tour is replete with wonderful tastes of the west coast of Scotland. From Glasgow we travel via Loch Lomond, Loch Long and Loch Fyne to Loch Awe. Then a ferry from Oban will take us to the Isle of Mull and an opportunity to visit Iona where Columba brought Celtic Christianity across from Ireland, the unspoilt island of Ulva or Staffa, made famous by Mendelssohn in his Fingal's Cave overture. From the colourful port of Tobermory, another ferry takes us to the renowned Ardnamurchan peninsula and the glorious coast of Moidart with views west to the small isles of Rhum, Muck and Eigg. Crossing from the fishing village of Mallaig to Skye, we skirt the dramatic Cuillin Hills with their jagged ridges and drive north to Portree and Dunvegan before crossing the Minch to the Outer Hebrides. We will explore Harris and Lewis before reaching Stornoway. 

On the way, there will be plenty of stops for enjoying the scenery through which we travel. Castles such as Duart and Torosay on Mull, or Dunvegan on Skye will be mixed with a Monument to the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 at Glenfinnan, the Talisker distillery and the Callanish pre-historic standing stones. The contrasts of scenery will be matched by the contrasts of the way of life, from the bustle of a modern airport in Glasgow to the remote and unhurried life on Harris or Lewis and strong tradition of Sabbath observance. You will be loathe to leave, and will long to return.

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The Far North West

From the modern to the ancient in an hour and a half: We landed at Inverness Airport. We could see the Bentleys waiting for us, and quite a stir they were causing too! Proceeding in a surprisingly less-than-sedate manner, we were soon crossing the Kessock Bridge with Inverness and the Moray Firth below.

Turning west after Garve, we relished the long sweeping curves of the road to Achnasheen, and then our first taste of single track road, down to Kinlochewe. Glimpses of Loch Maree whetted the appetite for more, but we were headed west again, under the bulk of Beinn Eighe and past the ramparts of Liathach, two of the Torridon giants in the mountain wilderness of the North West. Dropping down to Loch Torridon, and skirting its edge, we passed through the gates of the hotel and up to the welcoming entrance. Our breath was literally taken away with the beauty of the place: the Loch below, 
Ben Alligin beyond, the view out to sea, the woods, the hills, the imposing sandstone mansion where we would be staying, and last, but not least, the five Bentleys glinting in the sun.

This was just the beginning: What a week! Tours to Applecross around the coast, with views of Skye, then across the Bealach na Ba, or Pass of the Cattle, with the Bentleys taking the steep ascent and descent in their stride; Plockton with its sub-tropical climate and sheltered harbour; The Isle of Skye itself, with the Cuillins and the Talisker distillery; north to Loch Maree and its islands with the Caledonian Forest, undisturbed for centuries; the gardens at Inverewe, laid out in the 19th Century. 


After this, we moved further north still, to stay at the Summer Isles Hotel at Achiltibuie, watching the sunset as we ate dinner, exploring the Hydroponicum, walking along the Kirkaig Burn until Suilven and Canisp rose majestically before us. On the final night at Glenmorangie House we sampled the amber liquid of Tain by the log fire, wishing this week would never end!

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Northern Lochs and Glens

There are many places in the Highlands where the air is fresh, the water of the burns is so clear you just want to drink it, the silence is deafening, the views are varied and always beautiful. The strange thing is that these places are not so remote that they require long and arduous treks to reach them. Many of them are to be found within easy reach of Inverness on good roads, but you just need to know where to go. Most people do not know these places, which is why they remain to be enjoyed by the few who do. It is to these unspoiled places of peace and tranquillity, of great beauty and majesty, that we will transport you in our Silent Sports Cars. Such places demand the very best from those privileged to access their delights.

We will expect you to want to stop frequently, to drink in the surroundings, to admire the variety of our Highland Wilderness, whether it is the deep blue waters of the lochs, the weeping fronds of the silver birches or the magnificent sculpture of a Scots Pine shaped by the wind and rain of many years, the purple heather on the hills, the Highland Cows, the soaring of a Golden Eagle or the hunting dive of an Osprey, or the proud Stag. The hand of Man sits lightly on such places, with delightful old stone buildings, whether castle, cottage, church or hall, often complementing rather than interrupting this wild beauty.

This landscape holds long memories, too: Battles fought, monsters sought, culture and civilisation wrought. As you travel with us through this evocative and captivating land, you can learn its history or perhaps understand the process of making whisky and sample the product. With the finest hospitality provided by Culloden House Hotel, near Inverness, there will always be a place to relax on your return from Glen Affric, Strathconon, Cromarty, Speyside, Loch Ness, the fishing villages of the North East Coast or the castles of Aberdeenshire. 

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Royal Deeside, Castles and Distilleries

Queen Victoria had a great love for Scotland. From all of Scotland, she chose Balmoral and the Deeside area as her home in the Highlands. But even without such a royal preference to guide us, the delights of Deeside would draw most informed and discerning travellers. The dramatic high plateau of the Cairngorms to the north and the slightly lower group of mountains stretching from the Pass of Glenshee to the sea on the south, encapsulate a valley of great natural beauty. Scots Pine forests, open moor, tumbling waters crossed by magical iron suspension bridges and worthy stone-arched ones, the crags of Lochnagar reflected in the still waters of Loch Muick, genteel towns and villages, open roads with sweeping bends, all these and more lure us back in our Bentleys. And with one of our motor cars having once been owned by Princess Diana's father, no wonder they feel in their element!


We are thrilled to have discovered a beautiful country house hotel for our base, just half an hour from Aberdeen Airport, but close to the Deeside town of Banchory. Raemoir House is set in its private grounds at the end of a sweeping drive, with a pitch and put course on the front lawns between the lovely mature pines and beech trees. It boasts some fine spacious bedrooms furnished tastefully with antiques, but also with all modern facilities. Its kitchen produces food of a quality to match its surroundings. Here is a place to unwind, to sit and contemplate, to breathe deeply, to ingest peace and recover balance in your life.

From Raemoir, we can explore the castles and country houses of Aberdeenshire and Angus. Not much further and we are at the River Spey with its distilleries, or the coast of Moray or Banff and Buchan with its fishing villages. With Aberdeen within half an hour, the shops and other facilities of a large city are also in easy reach. There are plenty of opportunities for active pursuits, such as hillwalking, golf, fishing or shooting. The choices are almost boundless in this area and we will be on hand to advise and help plan tours that fit in with your particular interests.

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Breathtaking Borders

The Borders of Scotland, both around the Tweed in the east and Dumfries and Galloway in the west, is an area of Scotland less frequented but yet it offers a superb character and many places of interest to explore. This area therefore fits well with our philosophy of touring at a moderate pace and searching out secret places of beauty and tranquillity.

The River Tweed is one of Scotland's finest salmon rivers. Combine this with fertile farm land and a strategic location between Scotland and England, and it is little wonder that there is a distinct flavour of discreet wealth in much of the countryside that forms its banks. Floors Castle at Kelso has been home to the Dukes of Roxburghe for many generations. With its fairy tale towers and spires, it is faintly reminiscent of Oxford or Cambridge. Set above the Tweed in its mature gardens, with a fabulous collection of antiques and paintings, you will enter into a world of privilege and beauty, and we will provide fitting transport for such a journey. 

Kelso itself is a pleasant market town and nearby in the Roxburghe estate is a wonderful house that will provide a base for further exploration. Thirlestane Castle, by Lauder, Sir Walter Scott's house at Abbotsford and his favourite view point above the Tweed looking over the river to the Eildon Hills, together with his last resting place at Dryburgh Abbey are all within easy reach. Further east lies Mellerstain House, Coldstream and Berwick on Tweed. 

Heading west, to Dumfries and Galloway, brings forest walks, gardens, bookshops, beaches, abbeys and a choice of superb hotels. Those of a golfing persuasion will head for Turnberry. Others may seek out the delightful Knockinaam Lodge at Portpatrick, situated by the sea in its own 30 acre grounds, where Churchill met Eisenhower towards the end of World War II. Those interested in Robert Burns will want to visit Soutter Johnnie's cottage at Kirkoswald. Others will relish the Adam splendour of Culzean Castle high of the cliffs, looking out to Arran and Ailsa Craig. Our small group tours allow complete flexibility to cater for all interests, with a wealth of attractions to take your breath away.

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Rhododendron Ramblings

The mild climate of the west coast of Scotland, warmed by the Gulf Stream, is well known for supporting magnificent gardens with wonderful collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, established over many years. For lovers of horticulture what better than to combine visits to the very best West Coast gardens with elegant and luxurious hotels and travel by Derby Bentley in comfort and silence through magnificent scenery along uncluttered roads. Mid-May to early June is a most exquisite time to visit the West of Scotland, with good weather normally predominating and spring in full bloom. As the rhododendron flowering season is short, we give priority to tours for this purpose during this period of the year. Early booking is advised.

We will normally be based at the Ardanaiseig Hotel, an Edwardian mansion at the end of a long private drive on the banks of Loch Awe, looking over to Ben Cruachan. Ardanaiseig has its own gardens full of rhododendrons and is within easy reach of many of the other gardens. These will normally include Crarae Glen, Achamore Gardens on Gigha, Arduaine, Younger's Botanic Garden at Benmore and Ardkinglass woodland garden. We have also discovered a little known and very remote rhododendron collection on a private estate, accessible only by train from the West Highland Line and entailing a 4 mile walk amidst stunning mountain scenery beside a loch: a special treat in store for those able to meet the physical challenge! A foray north to Inverewe Gardens, established on the
shores of Loch Ewe by Osgood Mackenzie from 1862 and now maintained by The National Trust for Scotland allows a tour through the spectacular scenery of the West Coast and a stay at the Torridon House Hotel, a hidden gem overlooking the Loch and the giant Torridon hills.

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Central Scotland

Many will be keen to visit Edinburgh, Scotland's capital with its famous castle, its Georgian New Town, the Palace of Holyrood and the new Museum of Scotland and Scottish Parliament, the Forth Bridges and the Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith. Equally, Glasgow offers the Burrell Collection at Pollock Country Park, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the best shopping centre outside London. Stirling lies within an hour of both cities, with its castle and historical associations with Wallace and Bruce. We have selected for our bases luxurious hotels just outside the main cities, such as Cameron House on the banks of Loch Lomond and Dalhousie Castle outside Edinburgh. 

Just north of Glasgow lie Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, soon to be designated a National Park and an area of outstanding natural beauty. We can spend an afternoon cruising Loch Katrine on a steamer. Similarly, within an hour south of Edinburgh we reach the Tweed, with the romantic Floors and Thirlestane Castles, the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey and many associations with Sir Walter Scott. On the way we can visit on the way a cabinet makers' workshop, producing the finest contemporary Scottish furniture, examples of which will be found in museums in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In the midst of the rush of the big cities, you will experience the calm and comfort of travel in our Silent Sports Cars with a carefully considered itinerary, prepared in full consultation with yourselves.

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Your Tour

We tailor each tour to your individual requirements and itineraries, just as our cars were originally designed and hand-built to the specification of their first owners.

Our silent sports cars are also available for

  • Golf Tours
  • Corporate Hospitality Events
  • Weddings
  • Special Anniversaries
  • VIP Transport

We invite you to contact Neill Fraser at On the Road in Scotland's base north of Glasgow and overlooking Loch Lomond to discuss further your particular requirements.



Fill in our Interests and Requirements Form or contact Neil Fraser direct:


On the Road in Scotland
Lomond Lodge
Killearn
West Stirlingshire G63 9NJ
Scotland

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