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Additional Information

12 Day Scottish Highlands & Glens 


 August 6, 2020 - August 17, 2020 


Price will be for tour only $3099.00 and with air from  Atlanta, GA will be $4299.  

 

Escorted Package Includes

Flights Atlanta, GA-Glasgow, Edinburgh-Atlanta, GA
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
10 nights accommodations

  • 2 nights Glasgow
  • 2 nights Oban
  • 1 night Ullapool

2 nights Thurso

1 night Aviemore

2 nights Edinburgh

Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates.
20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners with wine
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

Tour 1400-year-old Glasgow with its splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture.

Cruise on Loch Lomond, renowned for its natural beauty, history and serenity.

Visit fairytale Inveraray Castle strikingly set against the rugged highland scenery.

Spend time on the peaceful Isle of Mull with its jagged mountains rising from emerald seas.

On the windswept Isle of Iona visit the 800-year-old Iona Abbey, spiritual center of the island.

Travel to Fort William, fabulously situated at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak.

Visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, with its isolated charm, former home of the Queen Mother.

Ferry to the spellbinding Orkney Islands with mysterious Neolithic sites and sandstone cliffs.

A behind-the-scenes tour of a local whisky distillery with informative lectures and tastings.

Tour the regal rooms with priceless artifacts at Dunrobin Castle, the largest in northern Scotland.

At stunning Blair Castle, view irreplaceable treasures and walk in the Georgian-designed gardens.

A day of outstanding scenery en route to St Andrews, celebrated for its golf courses and famed university.

View Scotland’s crown jewels on a tour of stately Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Scotland
Depart to Glasgow, Scotland

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Glasgow
Arrive in the vibrant port city of Glasgow, an emerging center of new  and stylish sophistication; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day  is at leisure to get acquainted with this friendly city on your own.  This evening, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your  Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM followed by a Welcome Dinner. We  recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no  later than 4 PM if possible
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Glasgow City Tour
Today’s tour of Glasgow reveals views of this 1400-year-old city with  its rich and diverse history. View the splendid Victorian and Art  Nouveau architecture before continuing to magnificent George Square and  the bustling River Clyde, the center of the city’s famed shipbuilding  industry. Stop at timeless St. Mungo's Cathedral, dedicated to the  patron saint and founder of the city before time to discover this  spirited city on your own. Or, join the optional tour to Stirling Castle  and the Bannockburn Monument. Visit historic Stirling Castle, one of  the largest and most important in Scotland. Next, continue south of  Stirling to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn. In the evening,  discover Glasgow’s rollicking pubs and nightlife on your own
Optional: Stirling Castle with Bannockburn (PM)
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Cruise Loch Lomond, Inveraray Castle
A scenic drive this morning takes you to the “bonnie banks” of storied  Loch Lomond. Here, board a cruise on this lake renowned for its natural  beauty, history, and serenity. Enjoy spectacular views of fjord-like  landscapes, mysterious islands, and picturesque villages before  returning to shore. Stop for a relaxing lunch on your own in the  pristine surroundings before visiting fairytale Inveraray Castle,  dominating the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s. This ancestral home  of the Duke of Argyll is strikingly set against the ruggedness of the  highland scenery. Tour the enchanting interior highlighted by  magnificent French tapestries and priceless art collections. Walk  through the exquisitely manicured gardens before continuing to your  hotel in Oban for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Oban
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Isle of Mull, Iona Abbey
On the peaceful Isle of Mull, the second largest of the Inner Hebrides,  view magnificent sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, bright rose-pink  granite mountains rising from emerald seas. Proceed to the windswept  Isle of Iona, birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. Here, visit the  800-year-old reconstructed Iona Abbey, spiritual center of the island,  where it is believed that monks created the remarkable illuminated Book  of Kells. Time to view the museum’s treasures and the Romanesque chapel  that marks the burial place of Scotland’s kings before time on your own.  Return to your hotel for dinner
Overnight: Oban
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Travel to Fort William, Village of Ullapool
Travel north to Fort William, nestled on the shores of Loch Linnhe.  Admire the magnificent panoramas from this town situated at the foot of  Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak and the lush Glen Nevis Valley.  Braveheart, Rob Roy, and the Harry Potter series were filmed here! Drive  through spectacular scenery to the quaint fishing village of Ullapool  in the Northwest Highlands, nestled on the picturesque shores of  Lochbroom, a popular holiday getaway. Tonight, dinner together in  Ullapool
Overnight: Ullapool
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Scenic Drive, Castle & Gardens of Mey, Thurso
This morning, embark on a scenic drive through the countryside via Fort  Augustus and Invermoriston Falls to Castle of Mey. Upon arrival at the  Castle and Gardens of Mey*, with its isolated charm, you’re welcomed by a  feast of turrets topped by honey colored stones. This isolated castle  and former home of the Queen Mother, is still visited today by the Royal  Family. The castle offers stunning views across the Pentland Firth to  the Orkney Islands. Visit the castle’s interior designed by the Queen  Mum and the unique and romantic walled gardens that she personally  restored to one of the most beautiful in Scotland. At the Visitor  Center, time for lunch. Next, on to Thurso for overnight. Dinner  together recaps a lovely day
For Jul 23 & Oct 1 departures, Castle of Mey visit will be replaced by a sheepdog demonstration
Overnight: Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Orkney Islands
Board a ferry this morning from the coastal village of John O’Groats to  Burwick, a village on the island of South Ronaldsay in the spellbinding  Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Scotland with a unique  history and culture. The islands encompass mysterious Neolithic sites,  tall sandstone cliffs, and seal colonies. Drive across the Churchill  barriers created during WWII to deter submarines; view the ornate  Italian Chapel, constructed by Italian prisoners of war during the  Second World War. After lunch, continue via Kirkwall and stop at the  ancient settlement of Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old preserved village.  Then, return to Thurso in time for dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Whisky Distillery, Dunrobin Castle, Aviemore
Learn the many steps involved in whisky making on your  behind-the-scenes tour of a local whisky distillery. Visit the  facilities, listen to enlightening lectures and sample a “dram” of this  definitive brew. Afterward, on to Dunrobin Castle, dating back to 1275,  with over 190 rooms - the largest castle in northern Scotland. View the  regal rooms, priceless artifacts, and library with over 10,000 volumes.  Arrive at the hotel in Aviemore for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Aviemore
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Blair Castle, St Andrews, Edinburgh
A day of outstanding scenery on the drive to fairytale Blair Castle,  the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl settled in the  dramatic landscape of the highlands. Tour the stately rooms displaying  priceless treasures before a walk in the Georgian-designed gardens. The  drive continues to the charming town of St Andrews, celebrated for its  golf courses and internationally renowned St Andrews University, where  Prince William and Catherine studied. Then, it’s on to dramatic  Edinburgh, the country’s capital city with its exquisite Georgian and  Victorian architecture
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Discover Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s rich heritage is revealed today on a tour of this historic  and stately capital, built on seven hills. Pass the elegant mansions of  the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” on your way to the Museum of  Scotland and the Scottish Parliament at the foot of the Royal Mile.  Admire regal Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in  Scotland. Afterward, visit splendid Edinburgh Castle perched high above  the city; view Scotland’s magnificent crown jewels, St. Margaret’s  Chapel and the Stone of Destiny, returned from London after 700 years.  After stunning panoramic views from its ramparts, return to the center  of the city for leisure time to explore this endlessly fascinating city  on your own. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to Scotland and your newfound  friends at dinner in a local restaurant
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Scotland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast