large7 resized EVENTS 2013 large8 resized EVENTS 2013 large9 resized EVENTS 2013 IMG 0643 resized EVENTS 2013 IMG 1541 resized EVENTS 2013 IMG 1545 resized EVENTS 2013 IMG 1535 resized EVENTS 2013 IMG 1275 resized EVENTS 2013 IMG 1305 resized EVENTS 2013 IMG 0635 resized EVENTS 2013 IMG 1487 resized EVENTS 2013 STELVIO UP resized EVENTS 2013 NO COMPETITION resized EVENTS 2013 FURKA PASS 2 resized EVENTS 2013 FRANKS SPYDER resized EVENTS 2013 LE MONTRACHET resized EVENTS 2013 ROAD TO KINLOCHEWE1 resized EVENTS 2013 SASSOLUNGO FROM ALPENROYAL resized EVENTS 2013

ROAD TO KINLOCHEWE 300x225 EVENTS 2013

THE AMARI HIGHLAND TOUR, JUNE 14TH – 16TH 2013:

With our in-depth knowledge of the Highlands, this 3 day, 2 night tour of the finest scenery in Britain will be a cracker.

June 14th
Am:
We meet and start at Amari Supercar dealership in Preston, giving our tour group an opportunity to mix and discuss what fun lies ahead for the next couple of days. Joining the M6, we head north to God’s country! The traffic disappears as we head over the Shap summit and we flow through the M74 through the Border country.
Once past Glasgow, the roads narrow by Loch Lomond and we pause at The Boathouse on the shores of Loch Lomond for lunch.

Pm:
Up the twisting road past Tarbet, the road soon opens out and onto the first taste of Highland driving through Glencoe. Flashing over the long straights at Rannoch Moor we see the Sentinel of Glencoe, the mountain called the Buchaille, which guards its smaller brethren, the Three Sisters, from the east end of the Glen. Through the gorge, mountains rise sharply on either side of the road, making a spine-shivering panorama with the memories of the murders visited upon the MacDonalds by the Campbell Clan. We will take photos of the Lost Valley where cattle and men hiked to ‘disappear’ from view. On the north side of the glen is the classic knife edge ridge walk of the Aonach Eagach with its spiky rock pinnacles beckoning.
Over the Ballachulish bridge, we are 30 minutes away from Glenfinnan, home to the Jacobite monument of Prince Charlie and its stunning position at the head of Loch Shiel. As a backdrop, we see the curved Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films and the Hogwart Express.
Our night at the Glenfinnan House Hotel will give a true flavour of Scottish life as we used to know it. A classic Laird’s house on the shores of Loch Shiel, a Highland welcome, good food, a lively bar with impromptu music and a late licence!

June 15th:
Am:
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, the morning heralds the start of the unofficial Ardnamuchan TT, running for 15 miles parallel to the route of one of the top ten train journeys in the world. We veer off at Kinlochailort and head towards Glenuig and the Moidart peninsula, with views out to the islands of Eigg and Muck.
A visit to Acharacle is not the same without a detour to the jaw-dropping location and aspect of Castle Tioram. A wander round the huge ruin and we head back out to Salen, Strontian and the final TT blast up to Ardgour. We will sit in the short queue for the Corran ferry and have the craic with the car mad ferrymen on our 5 minute trip over to Nether Lochaber. A 15 minute trip to the acclaimed Loch Leven Seafood restaurant for lunch (vegetarians are amply catered for as well).

Pm:
On past the majesty of Ben Nevis, we skirt round its satellite ridges and head east through the quiet and fast roads east to the nature reserve of Creagh Meagidh and on to the imposing view across Loch Laggan of Ardverikie, one of the finest private houses in Scotland and host to the ‘Monarch of the Glen’. The single track road turns right over to the Dalwhinnie distillery, one of the highest in Scotland, and worthy of a tour.
South down the A9, we exit right after 45 minutes to Aberfeldy and Menzies Castle, and come out on the topside of the silvery Loch Tay. We enjoy its stunning views all the way to Killin and the Falls of Dochart. Onwards to Tom Lewis’s new venture, the Mhor84 hotel at Balquhidder. Probably the most enthusiastic hotel owner on earth, he has produced another cracker of a hotel, with an earthier feel but with the vital ingredients of another lively bar and great food! The rooms are small but comfortable, but we are not here to sleep! After a great final night to the tour, we will sadly say goodbye to the Highlands as we wander back south, our minds full of great memories of the flying visit to the Highlands of Scotland!

BOOKING: The cost for the tour is £645.00 per person. To secure your place on the tour a deposit of £250 is required with the balance payable 4 weeks before the commencement of the tour. Above costs include vat.

INCLUDED: 2 nights, breakfast, lunch and dinner included. A lead car with tour guide, a folder showing all routes, stopovers and lunch stops and licensed long range walkie talkies. (Room upgrades are available).

NOT INCLUDED: Drinks, fuel, single person supplements.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Any booking is deemed acceptance of the terms and conditions, so please read them before signing up.

Amari Highland Tour June 2013
pixel EVENTS 2013

 

THE EUROPEAN TOUR, 1ST TO 9TH SEPT:

This year, we have selected a fantastic route taking in some of the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps in a whirlwind of 9 days and 8 nights, ending up with the octane-fuelled thrill of the Nurburgring, all the while staying at minimum 4 star hotels which we have selected for their gastronomic reputations.First off, we leave the Eurotunnel and  head for the quiet and fast country roads in the Bourgogne countryside. We stay in the famous village of Puligny-Montrachet, kicking off the tour with a great gastro experience, no doubt accompanied by some awesome local wines. The next morning we launch into the Rhone and Provence Alps to stay at the foot of the highest paved road in Europe, the Col de la Bonette, with a late afternoon burn to the top and back again for another great meal.  We continue the Alpine theme the next day heading to the Col de L’Iseran, after a brief flirtation over the Italian border. After topping out, we head back to Italy and eventually drop down to our hotel on the shores of Lago Maggiore, with the Italian Alps as an inspiring backdrop.The amazing Furka pass beckons the next day, after a picturesque drive from Brig. After the thrills of one of the finest passes in Europe,  we  head for the San Bernadino pass and the way to St Moritz. The next day its the Stelvio with its awesome hairpins. After lunching at the top on such local specialities as ‘donkey delights’!, we ease our way down again and head for the spectacular Dolomite region. Impossibly high peaks such as the Sassolungo stride into view, along with the green valley of the Selva di Val Gardena. Our hotel here is the Alpenroyal, a place to which you will undoubtedly want to return. 

A rest day looms, with local climbing, walking, and helicopter rides available, or exploring the region in your own car. Whatever you do, you will love this area. Our final day in Italy sees us heading through the Dolomites and onto the Grossglockner pass via Lienz, before our penultimate night in Kitzbuhel.For the final day, we travel to the Nurburgring for the Saturday public session at the Nordschleife. This is, of course, entirely optional! Driving it is a huge adrenalin rush, but its also a fascinating place to watch and hear the thrill-seekers.  Staying at Sabine’s hotel that night, we have our farewell dinner at the famous Pistenklause restaurant!  It will be a fond goodbye to a great tour, whose friendships and memories will linger for years to come.

BOOKING:  The cost for the tour is £1999.00 per driver. The cost for a passenger is £1924.00. To secure your place on the tour a deposit of £499 is required with the balance payable 6 weeks before the commencement of the tour. Above costs include vat.

INCLUDED: 8 nights sharing in a standard double/twin room in a minimum 4 star hotel, dinners and breakfasts all  included.  Return journey in Euyrotunnel. A lead and a support car with tour guide, a presentation folder showing all routes, stopovers and lunch stops and licensed long range walkie talkies. (Room upgrades are available).

NOT INCLUDED: Lunches, drinks, fuel, European car and breakdown insurance.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Any booking is deemed acceptance of the terms and conditions, so please read them before signing up.

European Tour Sept 2013
pixel EVENTS 2013

SKYE BRIDGE 300x225 EVENTS 2013

THE HIGHLAND TOUR, OCT 18TH – 21ST 2013:

With Mike’s in-depth knowledge of the Highlands, this 4 day, 3 night tour of the finest scenery in Britain will be a cracker.

We meet and start in the Lake District at one of Colin’s 5 star award winning luxury hotels for breakfast, the Howbeck in Windermere, giving our tour group an opportunity to mix and discuss what fun lies ahead for the next few days. Then it’s off through some stunning Lake District mountain scenery and into Scotland, lunching on the banks of Loch Lomond. On through Glencoe and over the Corran ferry, we do the first part of the unofficial Ardnamurchan TT, a sublime mix of quiet and fast A roads and scenic single tracks, we spend our first night on the shores of Loch Shiel at the Glenfinnan Hotel, with the probability of a lively local bar and the possibility of some live music.
The second day sees us finish the TT, driving up past lochs, through mountainous glens and over the stunning back road on the south side of Loch Ness. In through Inverness’s back door to rattle a few windows and then away up to the intimate Oystercatcher at Portmahomack for a seafood spectacular. We then head cross-country to treat ourselves to the Achnasheen straights, eye-blinkingly long and eye-wateringly fast, making our way down to the Skye Bridge and our night at the Sligachan Hotel, a great base for exploring the Cuillin mountain range. If time allows, we pay a quick visit to the Talisker distillery, offering one of the more peaty malts, and home to a special whisky, if memory serves me correctly, the smoking Talisker 100, but I can’t guarantee the memory!
The next day after a proper climber’s breakfast, we go back over the Skye Bridge, zip up the road by Loch Cluanie, flanked by the Five Sisters on the north side and about Nine Brothers on the south, mountains that is. Down to Spean Bridge we travel over to Laggan, up to Aviemore and then into the Cairngorms and over the Tomintoul High Road, the highest tarmacked road in the UK (featured recently in ‘evo’ mag). Down to the banks of Loch Tay, we detour up the beautiful Glen Lyon road and over to the idiosyncratic Mhor84 Hotel for a few last beers and a boisterous dinner, no doubt!! We ease our way home on the Monday!!!

BOOKING: The cost for the tour is a remarkable£165.00 per person, sharing a twin or double room, or a single person supplement of £40 on top. Breakfast included at Glenfinnan and Sligachan, dinner included at Glenfinnan, all other meals, lunches and drinks not included. Above costs include vat.

To secure your place on the tour please email either Mike or Colin at www.gtcartours@hotmail.co.uk. As we are doing this as a recce for a future run of 3 star tours, this is at cost price, but places are strictly limited and on a first come, first served basis. Please note we are receiving payment for this tour by Bacs, not Paypal, so email for our bank details.

PS: Cars already booked include 3 Audi R8’s, 1 Jaguar XKR, 1 Porsche Boxster, 1 Cayman S. Should be fun!!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Any booking is deemed acceptance of the terms and conditions, so please read them before signing up.