Scotland and the Edinburgh Tattoo

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The Quintessential Scottish Experience - Complete with Bagpipes!

Scotland’s rich history delves as deep as its towering rocks soar high. Every stone speaks a story of fierce pride and bravery, from the heather on the hillsides to the keystones in ancient archways. Feel Scotland’s spirit in its moors and monuments, in its isles and spires, and in its friendly people and powerful music.

End your tour on a high note at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo! Spectacular displays from almost a thousand performers – pipers, drummers, singers, and dancers – keep the Tattoo fresh, exciting, and alive for the faithful fans who return every year.

 

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Highlights include:

  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Ferry to Isle of Bute
  • Mount Stuart House & Gardens
  • Falkirk Wheel
  • Kelpies
  • The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
  • Doune Castle
  • St Andrews
  • Lindores Abbey & Distillery
  • Guided tour of Glencoe Forest
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Ferry to Isle of Skye
  • Flora MacDonald Grave
  • Free time in Portree
  • Fairy Pools
  • Tour of West Coast Highlands
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Clava Cairns
  • Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
  • The Scottish Crannog Centre
  • Free time in Pitlochry
  • Guided tour of Edinburgh
  • Free time in Edinburgh
  • Dumfries House

DAY 1 & 2 – Overnight flight to Glasgow, Dumfries House

Upon your arrival at Glasgow Airport, you will be met by your Tour Director. Travel south of Glasgow to Dumfries House. This Palladian country house in Ayrshire is noted for being one of the few houses with much of its original 18th-century furniture still present. You will have a guided tour of the house, enjoy lunch on the property and have time to explore the grounds. Not to be missed is the beautifully restored walled garden.

A short drive takes you to your hotel in Ayrshire. Get to know your fellow travelers over an included dinner at the hotel. Piersland Hotel, Ayrshire (L, D)

DAY 3 – Ferry to Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart House & Gardens

This morning you will take a ferry to the Isle of Bute. It is an island in the Firth of Clyde, divided in two by the Highland Boundary Fault.  Here you will have a guided tour of  Mount Stuart. The original house was built in 1719 but rebuilt following a fire in 1877. Enjoy free time to explore the gardens, a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry. Afterward, take the return ferry to the mainland. Piersland Hotel, Ayrshire (B, D)

DAY 4 – Falkirk Wheel, Kelpies, Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Doune Castle

Today travel into the heart of what was Industrial Scotland. Start your day with a photo stop at the Falkirk Wheel. Marvel at this perfectly balanced structure – the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. Your next stop is The Kelpies. The name reflects the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 100 horses. 

The Battle of Bannockburn Center is situated at one of the most important historic sites in Scotland. During your visit, you will experience medieval combat like never-before.  The parkland around the center allow visitors to appreciate the battleground and commemorative monuments.

Your day of touring continues with a visit to the 13th century Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold. Today the castle has taken on new life. Parts of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed at Doune Castle and it has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of the movie. Recently Doune Castle has been used as Castle Leoch for Outlander series. Crieff Hydro Hotel (B, D)

DAY 5 – St. Andrews, Lindores Abbey & Distillery

Today you will visit one of Europe’s finest towns, St. Andrews. It is a place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort and the world’s home of golf.  Enjoy free time exploring the cobbled streets, the ruined castle and abbey, or walking the west sands and watching the golfers tee off at the Royal and Ancient.

This afternoon you will visit Lindores Abbey & Distillery, founded in 1191. Helen & Drew the now “Custodian of Lindores” look forward to welcoming visitors to Lindores and share its history with whisky-lovers from around the world. Crieff Hydro Hotel (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – Killin, Rannock Moore, Glen Coe Forest

Journey along Loch Tay, the largest loch in Perthshire and one of the deepest in Scotland. Enjoy the view as loch is flanked by the impressive bulk of the Ben Lawers mountain range. At the end of the Loch you will come to Killin and the beautiful Falls of Dochart, which can be viewed from the village’s bridge.  The Breadalbane Folklore Center is found nearby, where you can learn more about the history and mythology of Breadalbane. 

You will then cross the Great Moor of Rannoch, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe, as you travel to Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous and most scenic glen. Glencoe is also Scotland’s most historic glen, and it was recently voted as Scotland’s most romantic glen. Stroll the Glencoe Forrest with a local guide and learn all about the important reforestation and ecology of the area. Loch Melfort Hotel, Oban (B, D)

DAY 7 – Jacobite Steam Train, Ferry to Skye

All Aboard! This morning you leave Fort William aboard the Jacobite Steam Train.  The Jacobite runs 41 miles, passing through an area of great scenic beauty, and it is the route shown in the Harry Potter films!

You arrive in the sea port town of Mallaig in time for lunch. Fish and Chips are a local favorite. After lunch, a short ferry ride takes you to the beautiful Isle of Skye. It is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. It’s renowned for its natural beauty and offers plenty of wildlife, history, geology, mind-blowing scenery and hillwalking. The Cuillin mountain range is the most outstanding feature on Skye and the peaks are visible from all over the islands. Your hotel here on Skye is situated in the middle of these gems. Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye (B, D)

DAY 8 – Tour Skye, Kilt Rock, Quaraing, Flora MacDonald's Grave, Free Time in Portree

This morning, tour the island by coach, taking in amazing geological marvels: the Old Man of Storr, the astounding sea cliff of Kilt Rock and the breathtaking landslip formation of the Quiraing. Visit the grave of Flora MacDonald, a Jacobite heroine, who in June 1746, at the age of 24, helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape the island.

Enjoy some free time in the island’s capital, Portree. It has a picturesque, pastel cottage-lined harbour, some interesting shops and lots of lovely restaurants.

This afternoon enjoy a hike into the hills to visit the Fairy Pools. They are a natural waterfall phenomenon in Glen Brittle. The vivid blues and greens of the pools suggest an unnatural origin. Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye (B, D)

DAY 9 – Sheldaig, Ullapool, Oykel Bridge, Achnagairn Castle

The Highlands’ starkly beautiful west coast is the finest part of Scotland. Serrated by fjord-like sea lochs, the long coastline is scattered with windswept white-sand beaches, cliff-girt headlands, and rugged mountains sweeping up from the shoreline. This is the least populated part of Britain, with yawning tracts of moorland and desolate peat bog between crofting settlements. Ullapool itself, a picturesque and bustling fishing town from where ferries leave for the Outer Hebrides. Enjoy this stunning scenery as you journey to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Jury’s Inn, Inverness (B, D)

DAY 10 – Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Pitlochry

After breakfast, travel the short distance to The Culloden Battlefield Experience. Find out more about the events leading up to, during and after the Battle of Culloden. With over 1,200 dead in just one hour, Culloden was a short but bloody battle – the last to be fought on British soil. The site has been restored to as close as possible to that seen by the forces on that fateful day in April 1746.

On a gravel terrace above
 the River Nairn stands one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric monuments. The Clava Cairns make up an ancient cemetery, which is dominated by a line of three cairns enclosed by stone circles. Throughout four millennia, the Clava Cairns have been regarded as a special place.

This afternoon spend time traveling along Loch Ness. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined and is the largest body of water in the Great Glen. It is best known for alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, known affectionately as “Nessie”.

Your day's outing includes a stop at Urquhart Castle. Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history awaits you at the Castle. A taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage, and is where the MacDonald Lords of the Isles struggled with the Crown for power. Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (B, D)

DAY 11 – Crannog Centre, Pitlochry

This morning revisit Loch Tay at The Scottish Crannog Centre. At this site there is a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling. This authentic recreation is based on the excavation evidence from the 2,500 year old site of ‘Oakbank Crannog’, one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay.

This afternoon the bustling town of Pitlochry, gateway to the Highlands is yours to explore with plenty of free time. It’s a popular town with great scenery and home to Scotland’s smallest distillery. It benefits from a lovely setting on the River Tummel, backed by Ben Vrackie. Visit Pitlochry Power Station and Dam which has the unusual attraction of a salmon ladder. Why not pop into Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest distillery, for an intimate tour and a 'wee dram.'  Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (B, D)

DAY 12 – Guided tour of Edinburgh

This morning brings you to hilly Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. The city has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town, with gardens and neoclassical buildings. It’s home to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park with sweeping views from its peak. Looming over the city is hilltop Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Enjoy learning about the history of this fascinating ancient town on a guided tour. Novotel Hotel, Edinburgh (B, D)

DAY 13 – Free Day in Edinburgh, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Today you have the whole day to take in the sights and sounds of this fascinating city. The town comes alive during festival time with many plays and concerts going on, some right in the middle of the street.  Edinburgh has a great shopping area, lots of historical sights, museums and of course the Castle all within easy walking from your hotel.

This evening the “HIGHLIGHT” of your tour it the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit Edinburgh Castle, almost a thousand musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform on the cobbled Esplanade. This unforgettable spectacle is brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as a lone piper, spot-lit high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament. Fireworks, a mass chorus of Auld Lang Syne from the audience bring the curtain down on a truly memorable night’s entertainment. Novotel Hotel, Edinburgh (B, D)

DAY 14 – Return Flight Home

Begin your journey home today. Flights can depart from Edinburgh or if departing from Glasgow, airport transportation may be available, ask for details. (B)

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Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Glasgow by 11am via GLA


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Depart from Edinburgh after anytime via EDI


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Deposit: $ 800.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 90 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation charges: 91+ days: $500, 90-61 days: 50%, 60-46: 75%, 45-31 days: 75%, non-refundable 30 days prior to departure. *Airport transportation may be available for those wishing to depart from Glasgow, ask for details.

Your Tour Includes:
Motorcoach transportation
Meals as indicated in itinerary: (12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 12 Dinners)
All highlights listed
Tour Director
All taxes 

Itinerary

DAY 1 & 2 – Overnight flight to Glasgow, Dumfries House

Upon your arrival at Glasgow Airport, you will be met by your Tour Director. Travel south of Glasgow to Dumfries House. This Palladian country house in Ayrshire is noted for being one of the few houses with much of its original 18th-century furniture still present. You will have a guided tour of the house, enjoy lunch on the property and have time to explore the grounds. Not to be missed is the beautifully restored walled garden.

A short drive takes you to your hotel in Ayrshire. Get to know your fellow travelers over an included dinner at the hotel. Piersland Hotel, Ayrshire (L, D)

DAY 3 – Ferry to Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart House & Gardens

This morning you will take a ferry to the Isle of Bute. It is an island in the Firth of Clyde, divided in two by the Highland Boundary Fault.  Here you will have a guided tour of  Mount Stuart. The original house was built in 1719 but rebuilt following a fire in 1877. Enjoy free time to explore the gardens, a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry. Afterward, take the return ferry to the mainland. Piersland Hotel, Ayrshire (B, D)

DAY 4 – Falkirk Wheel, Kelpies, Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Doune Castle

Today travel into the heart of what was Industrial Scotland. Start your day with a photo stop at the Falkirk Wheel. Marvel at this perfectly balanced structure – the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. Your next stop is The Kelpies. The name reflects the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 100 horses. 

The Battle of Bannockburn Center is situated at one of the most important historic sites in Scotland. During your visit, you will experience medieval combat like never-before.  The parkland around the center allow visitors to appreciate the battleground and commemorative monuments.

Your day of touring continues with a visit to the 13th century Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold. Today the castle has taken on new life. Parts of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed at Doune Castle and it has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of the movie. Recently Doune Castle has been used as Castle Leoch for Outlander series. Crieff Hydro Hotel (B, D)

DAY 5 – St. Andrews, Lindores Abbey & Distillery

Today you will visit one of Europe’s finest towns, St. Andrews. It is a place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort and the world’s home of golf.  Enjoy free time exploring the cobbled streets, the ruined castle and abbey, or walking the west sands and watching the golfers tee off at the Royal and Ancient.

This afternoon you will visit Lindores Abbey & Distillery, founded in 1191. Helen & Drew the now “Custodian of Lindores” look forward to welcoming visitors to Lindores and share its history with whisky-lovers from around the world. Crieff Hydro Hotel (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – Killin, Rannock Moore, Glen Coe Forest

Journey along Loch Tay, the largest loch in Perthshire and one of the deepest in Scotland. Enjoy the view as loch is flanked by the impressive bulk of the Ben Lawers mountain range. At the end of the Loch you will come to Killin and the beautiful Falls of Dochart, which can be viewed from the village’s bridge.  The Breadalbane Folklore Center is found nearby, where you can learn more about the history and mythology of Breadalbane. 

You will then cross the Great Moor of Rannoch, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe, as you travel to Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous and most scenic glen. Glencoe is also Scotland’s most historic glen, and it was recently voted as Scotland’s most romantic glen. Stroll the Glencoe Forrest with a local guide and learn all about the important reforestation and ecology of the area. Loch Melfort Hotel, Oban (B, D)

DAY 7 – Jacobite Steam Train, Ferry to Skye

All Aboard! This morning you leave Fort William aboard the Jacobite Steam Train.  The Jacobite runs 41 miles, passing through an area of great scenic beauty, and it is the route shown in the Harry Potter films!

You arrive in the sea port town of Mallaig in time for lunch. Fish and Chips are a local favorite. After lunch, a short ferry ride takes you to the beautiful Isle of Skye. It is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. It’s renowned for its natural beauty and offers plenty of wildlife, history, geology, mind-blowing scenery and hillwalking. The Cuillin mountain range is the most outstanding feature on Skye and the peaks are visible from all over the islands. Your hotel here on Skye is situated in the middle of these gems. Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye (B, D)

DAY 8 – Tour Skye, Kilt Rock, Quaraing, Flora MacDonald's Grave, Free Time in Portree

This morning, tour the island by coach, taking in amazing geological marvels: the Old Man of Storr, the astounding sea cliff of Kilt Rock and the breathtaking landslip formation of the Quiraing. Visit the grave of Flora MacDonald, a Jacobite heroine, who in June 1746, at the age of 24, helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape the island.

Enjoy some free time in the island’s capital, Portree. It has a picturesque, pastel cottage-lined harbour, some interesting shops and lots of lovely restaurants.

This afternoon enjoy a hike into the hills to visit the Fairy Pools. They are a natural waterfall phenomenon in Glen Brittle. The vivid blues and greens of the pools suggest an unnatural origin. Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye (B, D)

DAY 9 – Sheldaig, Ullapool, Oykel Bridge, Achnagairn Castle

The Highlands’ starkly beautiful west coast is the finest part of Scotland. Serrated by fjord-like sea lochs, the long coastline is scattered with windswept white-sand beaches, cliff-girt headlands, and rugged mountains sweeping up from the shoreline. This is the least populated part of Britain, with yawning tracts of moorland and desolate peat bog between crofting settlements. Ullapool itself, a picturesque and bustling fishing town from where ferries leave for the Outer Hebrides. Enjoy this stunning scenery as you journey to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Jury’s Inn, Inverness (B, D)

DAY 10 – Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Pitlochry

After breakfast, travel the short distance to The Culloden Battlefield Experience. Find out more about the events leading up to, during and after the Battle of Culloden. With over 1,200 dead in just one hour, Culloden was a short but bloody battle – the last to be fought on British soil. The site has been restored to as close as possible to that seen by the forces on that fateful day in April 1746.

On a gravel terrace above
 the River Nairn stands one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric monuments. The Clava Cairns make up an ancient cemetery, which is dominated by a line of three cairns enclosed by stone circles. Throughout four millennia, the Clava Cairns have been regarded as a special place.

This afternoon spend time traveling along Loch Ness. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined and is the largest body of water in the Great Glen. It is best known for alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, known affectionately as “Nessie”.

Your day's outing includes a stop at Urquhart Castle. Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history awaits you at the Castle. A taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage, and is where the MacDonald Lords of the Isles struggled with the Crown for power. Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (B, D)

DAY 11 – Crannog Centre, Pitlochry

This morning revisit Loch Tay at The Scottish Crannog Centre. At this site there is a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling. This authentic recreation is based on the excavation evidence from the 2,500 year old site of ‘Oakbank Crannog’, one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay.

This afternoon the bustling town of Pitlochry, gateway to the Highlands is yours to explore with plenty of free time. It’s a popular town with great scenery and home to Scotland’s smallest distillery. It benefits from a lovely setting on the River Tummel, backed by Ben Vrackie. Visit Pitlochry Power Station and Dam which has the unusual attraction of a salmon ladder. Why not pop into Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest distillery, for an intimate tour and a 'wee dram.'  Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (B, D)

DAY 12 – Guided tour of Edinburgh

This morning brings you to hilly Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. The city has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town, with gardens and neoclassical buildings. It’s home to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park with sweeping views from its peak. Looming over the city is hilltop Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Enjoy learning about the history of this fascinating ancient town on a guided tour. Novotel Hotel, Edinburgh (B, D)

DAY 13 – Free Day in Edinburgh, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Today you have the whole day to take in the sights and sounds of this fascinating city. The town comes alive during festival time with many plays and concerts going on, some right in the middle of the street.  Edinburgh has a great shopping area, lots of historical sights, museums and of course the Castle all within easy walking from your hotel.

This evening the “HIGHLIGHT” of your tour it the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit Edinburgh Castle, almost a thousand musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform on the cobbled Esplanade. This unforgettable spectacle is brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as a lone piper, spot-lit high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament. Fireworks, a mass chorus of Auld Lang Syne from the audience bring the curtain down on a truly memorable night’s entertainment. Novotel Hotel, Edinburgh (B, D)

DAY 14 – Return Flight Home

Begin your journey home today. Flights can depart from Edinburgh or if departing from Glasgow, airport transportation may be available, ask for details. (B)

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Inclusions

Your Tour Includes:
Motorcoach transportation
Meals as indicated in itinerary: (12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 12 Dinners)
All highlights listed
Tour Director
All taxes 



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