Here’s a Thing!

Well, Here’s a Thing, Autumn in the region of Morbihan (56) France.

It is like being at the end of a rainbow, where giant trees of the forests swaying gentle in the changing breezes. Deciduous forests decide its time to drop their leaves and making the surrounding country side just a pleasure to behold.

See for your self: –

The dew covered gold, yellow, burgundy and brown leaves glistening in the Autumn sunlight. This gives the appearance of the ground being covered in golden snow, through which your shoes slip.

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Here’s a Thing, a visit to this part of Europe is a must for all as it offers undulating expanses of countryside, well wooded and cris-crossed with rivers.

Medieval towns and villages dotted across the land, just waiting for you to pull up a chair and sip a glass of wine or coffee.

Visit the Chateau’s, admire the towns architecture of the past, the colours, flowers, road bridges across the water ways, canal locks and wildlife. See the variation in cattle breeds – Charolais, Montbeliarde, Limousin all of which are  contributing to the Classic local cheeses you will experience as we motor through this green land.

Enjoy Rural France: –

Europe Driving Holidays, takes you on a personal driving trip through the region of Morbihan, France, visiting Josselin and its Castle set on the high bank of the L’Oust canal, the magical city of Vannes with its inset harbour.

La Gacilly, stop over

Here’s a Thing with Vannes with its cobbled streets that are lined with ‘up market’ little shops.

The city walls and portcullis entry towers portray foreboding and where the air is filled with the faint smells of crepes, baguettes and Yver Rocher perfume, all adding to a delightful day.

Your trip, to name a few – will take in Saint Malo’s old town, Mont St. Michel with its island Chateau, Rochefort-en-Terre, Pontivy, Malestroit and La Baule set in a sandy cove on the Atlantic coast.

Here’s a Thing, your next holiday may open your eyes, let us design (free) your Wow! holiday to suit your budget and regional locations. See EuropeDriving.com  and ask!

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TEN YEARS ON

TVR TUSCAN S (manufactured 2004)

 

The TVR factory were in 2004 busy producing the highly stylized unique Tuscan’s for discerning sports car customers and road runners of the period.

These ultra special cars were eye candy compared to the usual European continental super sports cars, seen as different, as they were just that. Often seen, compared and written about through the many media outlets as a rare, fast and British straight six sports car harbouring no IT frills only a well presented, engineered and aero dynamically vehicle that captured many hearts

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We have just revisited the TVR Tuscan S now ten years on – Arriving from Australia to take a 3000-mile tour including Kirkcudbright, Scotland, Oxford, England, Dijon France, Verbannia, Italy, St Moritz and Interlaken Switzerland, Reims, Lille France and back through Folkestone to Needham Markets in a TVR Tuscan S.

Driving the well presented metallic Balearic Blue Tuscan S off the forecourt of Kerridge’s Sports Cars in Needham Markets, after having a real teaching lesson on how to enter and exit the car plus the other secrets of the Tuscan, we were confident on at least being able to get in the car.

Starting our journey that would put the Tuscan through all manner of weather and road conditions on this autumn drive we headed North along the A17 and 52 with clear skies to our first stop over in Harrogate, Yorkshire. This initial run enabled me to slowly get used to the handling of this supercar – bluntly it comes across as an eager, yet frisky racehorse that once you have hold of the reins and show who is boss, performs as all good sports cars are expected.

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A real drivers car, the Tuscan goes where you place it on the road, corner hugging with confidence. After a day under the Autumn sun after sight-seeing Harrogate and Knasborough we set off for the Scottish Low Lands around the Solway Firth, straight up the M1 and left through Dumfries to the small harbour and artist town of Kirkcudbright, a fishing town with an eagerness for the twenty first century. Staying in a well recommended Hotel in town we spent four days navigating, touring and exploring this lovely area of the Scottish Lowlands, enjoying both country and its uncluttered roads which we recommend as well worth a visit in a Tuscan.

We transverse and crossed the many minor roads along the A147 through Castle Douglas, New Abbey and beyond stopping at the Steamships Pub on the banks of the Solway Firth, whether mud or water, the area is an artist’s delight. The TVR loved the twisty turning roads with no uncontrollable rear end step outs in the wet, the 245 x 19” tires took some altering to get the ride and grip as required ensuring the tires held their own giving a remarkable drive.

Our next destination was south to Hadrian’s Wall, a wish I have had for many years, the sun was out again but the roads damp along the A447 to Hexham. Stopping and walking sections of this magnificent structure enabled one to imagine the lonely, cold and isolated life of a Roman guard back in AD140.  I have always wondered where all the stones to create the walled fields of Upper Middle England, my guess is that as Hadrian’s Wall used to be at least 3 meters high and now only one third the height numerous stones have been borrowed!

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Staying in the renown Langley Castle that night, saw us up early on a clear day and what a drive we had, the A646 is a magnificent drivers road well sealed, great corners, up and over the Pennines to Penrith (at the end I nearly turned around to do a rerun – great road with no traffic) At times we had morning clouds below us being blown along the valley’s, the majestic views from the top of the Pennines were photographic, then on to Keswick in the Lake District.  The Tuscan showed it’s worth on these great drivers road as with a flip of the throttle when over 4000rpm and the car digs in and like a Greyhound rockets along barking through the rev’s with its hair standing exhaust note from the clat exhaust, a sound and road to be enjoyed.

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From the Lake District, we made our way to Oxford for an overnight stop then the following morning a run down to Folkestone Eurotunnel car carrying station, some 40 minutes later and the Balearic Blue S was nose down, tail up and transiting the fast drive through France to Dijon. The faster the Tuscan went the better road holding characteristics were felt from its road hugging spoilers and aerodynamic styling. The Tuscan at the best of times is not very often seen, let alone in Continental Europe, we hooked onto the rear of a local, low flying 6 litre Mercedes coupe and were soon at our destination of Darcy Square, Dijon and the Sofitel Hotel which is always a good stop over as both Dijon and the Hotel have hidden treats to offer.

Surprisingly the Tuscan has a gigantic boot for a sports car. The designers from the start always wanted the Tuscan to be a long distance tourer for two, having space and comfort. The boot  comfortably fitting two large brown leather holdall type cases, wicker picnic basket, computer case, brown leather brief case, two thick driving jackets, all tools, necessary French ‘must have’ kit and ancillary items, Targa, roof and rear windscreen with room to spare, beats the Austin Healey days of serious packing planning.   With the top off the next day we drove to Verbania on Lake Maggiore Italy, cutting across country with little traffic, the Eastern French and Swiss roads were a drivers dream. I could not wait to hit the mountain passes within the Alps, sweeping down the B roads of the mountain above Monteux to join the A147 through and over the Sequin Pass then down the other side to Verbania and our destination once again being the Ancora Hotel situated on the water front. As the weather changed we used the what seemed crude windscreen washers mounted on the wipers, surprisingly worked really well for the whole of our journey. With now very wet roads we drove with experienced caution feeling the rear end wanting to step out of line as the acceleration is very responsive.

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Spending the next few sunny autumn days around the Italian Lakes and various mountain passes we really came to both know this Tuscan S, which provided braking confidence and security with its 230mm twin, multi holed and ventilated discs’ brakes. It’s makers certainly gave the market a car to enjoy with the throaty exhaust note not only on the acceleration but with de acceleration comes a howl and crackle that develops from the high lift cams, through the twin exhaust pipes which is enhanced by the canyons and high sided roads of the Alps districts. The gear shift and position of the lever is both smooth, not fast, but firm and comfortable, at times the exhaust note sounds as though there should be a sixth gear but belief me it is not needed on this rocket ship with acceleration still at 0-60mph @ 3.8 sec’s and a turn of speed surpassing 185mph.

Our return route took us from the Italian lakes to St Moritz with Autumn now clearly here, the trees of changing colours made each day a visual delight as hillside and valley’s were sparkling burnt Orange as the sun dances across swathes of woodlands.

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All through Italy and Switzerland many car enthusiasts enquired as to the maker of car, where it was made and ’was its Batman’s car’, there is no doubt the wind tunnel tested smooth and curvy appearance still catches the eye. From St Moritz, next stop over being Arosa reminding me of my Swiss Alpes Rallye days, then Interlaken, again across snow covered Alps, twisting and turning up and down the passes – what fun to be, again across snow covered Alps, twisting and turning up and down the passes – what fun to feel the front end turn light as powering out of second gear corners up steep inclines, gives one the feeling of taking off.

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Leaving Interlaken we tracked across Switzerland and France heading for Reims in Champaign country. Along B roads we drove some great stretches of road to ourselves passing through canyons, alongside wide running streams, through forests and over carpets of Golden fallen leaves that cover the entire road ways, what different country side is on display when compared with that of the Australian and Papua New Guinea that I was used to.

We found the two-tone bucket seats very comfortable for the long distance and yet body hugging through corners, leg room with the straight six engine could not be faulted so with our GPS unit nicely placed between the all alloy consul and the audio pod the drivers position offered all day comfort.  The design and colour scheme used within the car were well chosen being off white and blue. From the leather steering wheel, all alloy fittings and leather and velour door, the cab fit out again offering genuine style and interest with the self empting ashtray (that no longer takes ash) After a long day’s drive and wet afternoon the visit to the Cathedral in Reims and the then Champagne was a nice finish to the day.

The following day it was off to Lille and chocolates in the old town,

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again keeping off the motorways, for a change we zipped across central France in style and comfort, falling across the many WW1 remembrance sites in the Somme region.

Well by now we had used the air conditioners which work very well once you master the nicely melded alloy twist knobs that match the window openers. It was now the turn of the heater and demisters – again the controls and shark mouth like apertures providing well directed warm air where necessary and we did not experience any misting of windows.

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Arriving back in England after such an experience in a car that still holds its own a decade after its manufacture, a true future Classic car. Other than checking the tires and refueling the Tuscan S was truly a treat to drive, an exceptional touring car. 9/10 marks and I look forward to further tests.

 

 

ITALIAN CRUISE EXTENSION

Cruise – Bari to Rome

We collect you from your Cruise and drive you on a 7 day holiday extension, taking you from your Adriatic cruise, Bari to Rome airport for your return flight to Australia.

This cruise extension holiday meets you in Bari, Italy then take you south to Brindisi and onto Taranto during day one. We track across to Salerno on the west coast of Italy via Potenza before arriving on the Amalfi Coast. We stay on the rugged Amalfi coast for a few days visiting Salerno, catching a ferry to the Isle of Capri, visiting its famous Blue Grotto. Leaving the Amalfi coast with its many potters we visit Sorrento prior to arriving at Pompeii then onto the Historic city of Naples. Staying in Naples we also visit Mt Vesuvius and explore the city before driving north through Montecassino and the Simbruini National Park, arriving at our destination in Rome.

Considered one of the best coast road trips through Europe, EuropeDriving Holidays are able to take single travellers or small groups of up to 8 travellers on this real country Extension trip taking in Southern Italy.

Other cruise Extension Trips from:-

Barcelona; Marseilles; Monaco; Genoa; Rome; Venice; Southampton; Dublin; Belfast and Amsterdam.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES

* Centrally located Luxury hotels each night.

* Twin share accommodation (single rooms available).

* Meals including 7 X Breakfasts.

* Premium single or group travel in suitable vehicle, with good luggage capability.

* Driver/guide, all fuel, tolls and parking fees.

PRICES EXCLUDE: Airfares; passport fees; beverages; laundry; lunch; gratuities; telephone calls; souvenirs and items of a personal nature.

From – Bari Port to Rome Airport

2017 COSTINGS –

TRAVELERS TRIP;     FROM £ 1,375.00 p/p

 

DARK PAST TOUR

Dark Past tour of England.

Come visit some of Britain’s interesting past, our Tour – the Dark Past, finds us not far from the Thetford Forest and the passing woodland wild flowers, we take you to the green landscape of Norfolk and the Grimes Caves, where beneath the Lunar landscape there are thousands of Prehistoric Flint mines. Flint honed out of the chalk underground by these early miners, using nothing more than bone Antler picks and human hands, deep and wide pits reveal layers of quality Black Flint. The much sort after stone known as Flint, after shaping, was used as the main cutting tool of the era and a worthy commodity to on sell. 5000 years ago man ventured for possibly the first time beneath the ground in search of a natural resource instead of gathering above ground resources.

Hellfire caves

We find ourselves on the Dark Past tour outside the Hellfire Caves, the source of the infamous Hellfire Club. Set between Windsor Castle and Oxford University we cross the Chiltern Hills formed from natural Chalk. Here we find the past residence of the Dashwoods, who in years past employed locals to tunnel beneath their local hillside using the chalk to recover the road to London. The tunnel designed with elaborate twists and turns, offers a possible in site to the ‘Hellfire Club’ where we understand that Debauchery was held in the underground Banqueting Hall and other rituals took place in the Inner Temple.

This fascinating visit is part of the 2016/17 Dark Past EuropeDriving Tour of the United Kingdom, to enquire further contact on info@EuropeDriving.com for 7, 10 or 14 day holidays from £ 230.00 each per day.

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Cruise or River Extension Holidays

‘We Drive You’

 

We can meet you in a quality sports car with luggage space and fully cater for your holiday including; Luxury accommodation, either twin share or single room in Castles, Chateau’s or Quality country hotels. Meals that cater for breakfast, summer lunches, morning and afternoon local tea/coffee locations, al fresco or ala carte evening dining, exclusive location visits, a friend and knowledgeable driver, guide, fuel, all tolls and parking. We meet you and do the rest!

See the real Europe and not just the major cities, meld with local life, exploring medieval architecture, wineries, quaint villages, market squares, in field picnic’s, relaxing glass of bubbly under the shady trees, evening shows, while seeing all the key sights that may include Cinque Terre Coast, Tuscany, Florence, Italian Lakes, Bellagio, The Alps, Geneva, Dijon and Auxerre arriving ten days later at CDG Airport for your return flight to Australia.

Now that sounds like a holiday!

Tours are available from;-

Civitavecchia, Rome; Genoa; Venice; Monaco; Marseilles; Barcelona; Basel; Cologne; Porto; Vienna or Southampton to either Paris or London.

From as little as £ 230.00 p/person day we extend your holiday across country and not left alone on a bus or train to your own devises, we enabling you to enjoy a total luxury Extension holidays package both on and off the water with a real personalized holiday of a lifetime.

Example, showing Overview, Itinerary and route map pages:-

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Contact www.EuropeDriving.com or your travel agent and ask about ‘We Drive’ EuropeDriving Holidays. Make your holiday one cut above the rest that you will be telling your friends about on your return.

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Across Loch Lomond

Float Plane Loch Lomond, Scotland

Float Plane Loch Lomond, Scotland

We are there for you, driving you in style and comfort to another day on your holiday, from the banks of Loch Lomond we have you boarding on time in the Canary Yellow float plane. Your day started with breakfast on the terrace, a short boat trip on the waters before a picnic lunch on the grassy banks of the Loch all in view of audience of local water birds.

Strapped in, we are thundering across the Loch waters gaining speed and height before leaving contact with the water and up above the surrounding hills, mountains and across Balmaha for an hour’s flight across Scotland in the blazing sun.

Landing in time to visit the Tartan House where a spread of Scottish colour is on display with articles from kilts to scarfs to consider for mementos from your Scottish holiday, back for a well earned Sundowner. The evenings are long and mild as we revisit our days activities and tomorrows adventures of the Trossachs Trail, Doune Castle, Lake Katrine and more outside on the terrace at Cameron House.

Another day in a EuropeDriving Holiday through Scotland.

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7 Day Trip

Day 1

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Arrive in Milan a/m Collect
We meet at the airport at the exit from customs making our way to our vehicle.
Drive to Rapallo via Genoa.
Heading South West we get used to Italy driving to the Old Port City of Genoa. Stopping in this ancient city we have time to spend visiting this great shipping Port before continuing our drive south, along the Ligurian Sea coast road to Santa Margherita with its lively fishing port. Time is available to explore this colourful town and enjoy a glass of wine and meal at the well-known Skippers restaurant.
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DAY 2

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Drive to Portofino.
A short drive from St. Margherita and we arrive in Portofino an Internationally known Italian fishing village where cruise boats call in, Cat Walk fashion shows take over the village from time to time to televise the latest fashions. We visit the mountain top castle along with the many quality shops and restaurants.
Drive onto Monterosso Al Mare.
We continue our drive south from Portofino along the Cinque Terre coast to the small hill top town of Monterosso. This town offers you the experience of pebble beaches, cobbled streets with bars, cafes and restaurants are tucked into the hillside among st the busy shops making this town a worthy stop over.
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DAY 3

Pastel shades of Italy.

Pastel shades of Italy.

Drive to Riomaggiore.
Leaving Montorosso we drive the winding roads of the Cinque Terre coast along to Riomaggiore which is set on a hill side yet within a crave creating a unique fishing village with its multi coloured pastel homes. From here we can catch a boat around the coast line to visit a neighboring village of Corniglia which sits on the pastel blue sea of the Mediterranean.
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DAY 4

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Drive to Pisa.
We leave the Cinque Terre coast travelling south to the famous leaning tower of Pisa. Here we find both museums, cathedral and the opportunity to climb inside the Tower to reach the bells at the top. This monument has all facilities including a market square offering numerous products.
We leave Pisa and drive north to the Old Walled City of Lucca.
Drive to Lucca
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DAY 5

Cinque Terre coast driven to the waters edge.

Explore Lucca Town.
This walled city has typical cobbled streets and a long list of historic spots worthy of a visit. Restaurants and cafes along with art galleries abound around most corners of this interesting city enabling a pleasant day exploring the city’s history before a well earn’t glass of wine overlooking the city Piazza.
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DAY 6

Holidays through Rome
Drive to Sienna
We drive south east through the renown Tuscan country side towards Sienna passing vineyards and small villages on the way. Reaching this religiously rich town we are able to spend some time exploring the town and its rich history before lunch.
Drive to Florence
Leaving Sienna we track north through the Tuscan countryside to the magical city of Florence with its inspirational live-able bridges which makes interesting photos if captured on a good night with its lights blazing.
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DAY 7

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Explore City of Florence.
We spend the morning visiting the famous food and leather markets or the Cathedrals of this old magical city. Time is short as we leave mid-afternoon.
Drive to Milan airport late p/m departure.
Driving north we bypass Milan city and arrive at the international airport ready for your evening departure.

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England Tour for GBP1,375.00 7 Days


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Staying in Luxury Hotels as we travel through the country from Cornwall to Hadrian’s Wall with wild flowers adding colour and admiration, this Small Group tour offers you a real taste of England with the Lake District, Moors, Downs, Cotswolds a country offering unique opportunities to experience real English life.

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Enjoy and experience Royal history, Ancient Castles, Medieval Towns, Museums, exploring the colourful Pubs, Battlefields, Walking trails, Golf or any other activity that suits your taste. There are the University Cities of Oxford and Cambridge, Heritage gardens, Forests and woods with native flowers, Antique shows and auctions to visit. There is the traditional Tea and Scones or a local hot Beer to add to the Ploughman’s lunch or a diner in the Savoy, adding to your dream trip. We can visit canal boats, stay in castles and sap up the green treed country side.

Request an Itinerary for a week’s trip.

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With weather offering both sunny and drizzle filled days England offers you all, considered the most desirable land on a Summers Day. With the Royal household, bobby’s with black hats, double decker buses and red phone boxes being all specific English quirks. Enjoy the atmosphere, enjoy your holiday in privacy without having to follow a bus tour time tables, be independent and comfortable with a guided tour by EuropeDriving Holidays.

Ask about how we can fit your budget.

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Ireland Tour for GBP 1,650.00 7 Days

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Staying in Luxury Hotels as we travel the coast, this Small Group tour offers you a real taste of Irish life with Lakes, fjords and mountainous country offering unique opportunities to experience the real Ireland. Emerald green, white sheep and moss covered trees greet you on this eye opening tour of Ireland.

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Driving through both coastal and inland villages and towns, exploring the colourful Pubs of Ireland with their global reputation as being friendly and welcoming ports of call. We can ride horses across the beach, boat along the Fjords, visit and explore the magic Giants Causeway, Ashford Castle and hidden Manor houses with their comfortable decor and crackling open fires. Then for the brave, there is Sea Weed Baths available for a leisurely relaxing hour or surfing off the Irish West coast.  Request an Itinerary for a week’s trip.

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With weather offering both sunny and drizzle filled days Ireland offers you all, you can experience the notorious Peat Bogs of Ireland offer you the opportunity to dig and dry Peat ready for the fire. Mist covered mornings will have you sipping at something warm while trying your hand at Trout fishing. Visit Tipperary, Galway and Waterford with its history in Glass. Enjoy the atmosphere, enjoy your holiday in privacy without having to follow a bus tour time tables, be independent and comfortable with a guided tour by EuropeDriving Holidays. Ask about how we can fit your budget.

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Contact us now and see how EuropeDriving can put you in a dream holiday can put you in a dream Irish holiday together with destinations and budgets to suits you, starting from A$3,500.00p/week.

 

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Scottish Tour for GBP 2,330.00 7 Days

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Staying in Luxury Hotels or Inn’s, this Small Group tour offers you a real taste of Scotland with Loch’s and mountainous country providing unique opportunities to experience the real Scotland. Heather and wild flowers covering the country side while silent fishermen are seen along the waterways, while we drive exploring the regions we hope to see an old Stag appear.
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Visit the local villages, explore Stirling or Doune Castle where the Monty Python episodes were filmed, Pony trekking, Kayaking, Trout Fishing, farm visits, boating on the Loch’s in pursuit of the famous monsters of the deep. We visit tartan factories, Malt Whiskey distilleries, hidden harbours, Rob Roy and William Wallace country along the Trossachs Trail. The rolling Scottish country side offers peace and tranquillity while providing new destinations to explore each day.  Request an Itinerary for a weeks trip.

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Spend the evening enjoying a local beverage under the Old Oak Tree, talking about the day’s activities or visiting the local Inn’s enjoying the atmosphere, enjoy your holiday in privacy without having to follow a bus tour time tables, be independent and comfortable with a guided tour by EuropeDriving Holidays. Ask about how we can fit your budget.

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Contact us now and see how EuropeDriving can put you in a dream holiday together with destinations and budgets to suits you, starting from A$3,500.00p/week.

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