Come to know Scotland... From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles drenched in history, Scotland’s treasures are diverse and compelling. Explore the regal city of Edinburgh. Learn the secrets of making Scotch whisky during a tour and tasting at a typical distillery. Marvel at the magnificent landscape of the Highlands and Islands.
NOTE: Tour prices are Land Only rates based on per person double occupancy. Please call for triple or child occupancy rates. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking.
Arrive in Glasgow. Meet your tour director at the Jurys Inn Glasgow at 2:30pm for an introductory tour of central Glasgow. See the main attractions of Glasgow including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding. Chat with your tour director and your fellow travelers with a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel.[D]
Depart Glasgow and drive north along the banks of Loch Lomond with views of Ben Lomond and other Highland peaks. Embark on a short cruise to admire panoramic views of the Highlands. Browse around the town of Inveraray before visiting Inveraray Castle, the imposing Campbell family home built between 1746 and 1789. Journey across mysterious Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the coast.[B][D]
Head north via Fort William and take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. At Mallaig board a ferry to the Isle of Skye, sometimes called the “Misty Isle” due to the hazy weather brought by the Atlantic breezes. Visit the Clan Donald
Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the Lords of the Isles and the most powerful clan of the Isle of Skye. Discover some of the island by coach before crossing the bridge to return to the mainland, stopping for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Then drive along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness, famous for its monster. Continue to your hotel in Nairn, a manor house property set in spacious grounds near the North Sea.
Learn about the battle where British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Leault Farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Drive south through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manorstyle hotel near Pitlochry.[B][D]
A short drive will bring you to Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating back to 1269, the castle has been transformed through the
ages, from a strong medieval fortress to a Victorian castle in the baronial style. Visit Blair Athol Distillery to learn about the simple ingredients and many steps involved in whisky making. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This is a majestic building filled with contrasting priceless artifacts and homely furnishings. Drive across the modern Tay Bridge to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a panoramic tour. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, and enjoy a Scottish Evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing.[B][D]
This morning, view the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” and the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile,
on a sightseeing tour. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle where you can see historic buildings and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh. Balance of day free.
Spend the day on an independent hop-on hop-off bus tour of Edinburgh; there are a number of different routes that you may choose to explore distinct areas of the city. Also enjoy a walking tour around parts of the city’s historic areas – you will have a selection of different tours and routes. Overnight at hotel.[B]
Tour ends following breakfast. Transfer to airport for return flight.[B]