Day 1: Your vacation starts when the tour driver collects your party at either Glasgow or Edinburgh international Airport. Our first port of call is the quaint little village called Queensferry nestled underneath the two spectacular Forth Bridges. Here we break for a coffee break and holiday photo opportunities. We then head off to Dunfermline, Scotland's ancient capital for more than 500 years, and we will visit one of the most important Abbey's in Scotland, where most of the Scottish King's and Queen's were crowned and which was also the resting place of the great Scottish hero Robert the Bruce. After stopping for lunch we head we head off on the road to Perth, which leads us on the road to one of Scotland's most famous town's called Pitlochry which is reputed to be the centre of Scotland. Here we stop for afternoon tea, before we head of up into the Highlands for our first overnight stop at our Highland Hotel.
Day 2: After a full Scottish breakfast, we will be visiting most of the local attractions surrounding the Dunkeld area once the religious capital of Scotland. We will visit Edradour the smallest distillery in Scotland. After which we may also visit Kinloch Rannoch and the Famous Queen's View reputed to be the finest in Scotland. Before returning to the hotel for your evening meal we will visit the heart of Scotland a place called Fortingall where the oldest living yew tree still stands and is over 3,000 years old.
Day 3: After a hearty Scottish Breakfast we head north on our Scotland tour to the Highland capital of Inverness (famous for the Loch Ness Monster) passing Kingussie, and stopping at Aviemore the Skiing capital of Scotland at the foot of the Cairngorms. This little village is a little holiday paradise where we will stop to have a break before heading on to the famous city of Inverness. Here we will visit some of the wonderful hidden gems of Scotland, before heading for our overnight hotel in Inverness.
Day 4: Today we head for Loch Ness and hopefully if we are very lucky we will come across the Loch Ness Monster. We will also visit the famous Urquhart castle, near Drumnadrochit, where the monster has been spotted several times. Sometimes it is possible to have a sail on Loch Ness if you have the courage. We will then visit the Loch Ness Visitor Centre for lunch before heading for the Culloden Battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the dreaded English in the year 1745.
Day 5: Leaving Inverness behind we head off to the west coast of Wester Ross for our two night stay in the village of Kyle of Lochalsh, this is the beginning of our visit to the Isle of Skye. Where you will tour Dunvegan Castle and if time permits Armadale Castle and Gardens as well as the many other hidden gems Scotland keeps secret. Returning to your highland hotel for dinner.
Day 6: Today is a highlight for scenery where we visit the tiny village of Applecross and the road to get there is probably the most spectacular in Scotland. This is a particularly rugged area of the Western Highlands, red peaks rise above a land of moors and hundreds of lochs. Several nature reserves protect the areas wildlife and terrain. Traditions of life are retained in the crofting and fishing villages that lie along the shores of the sea lochs and currents, of the North Atlantic drift, which allows exotic plants to flourish. In the village of Applecross, St Maelrubha built a monastery in this bay in AD 672, declaring it a sanctuary, for all fugitives. Until the new road was built in the 1970s, this was one of the most inaccessible areas of mainland Britain. We will also pass through the village of Shieldaig, which was originally founded by the admiralty, in 1800 when Britain was short of seamen. It was intended as a nursery for rovers, and grants were offered to entice people to live there. Roads from the village, provide stunning views of the Highlands.
Day 7: After a hearty breakfast we leave the Kyle's of Lochalsh and head south for the west coast town of Oban. During this journey we will stop at the famous Eilean Donan Castle where the movie Braveheart was filmed. We then continue on our journey to Invergarry and from there to Fort Augustus at the bottom of Loch Ness. We continue to Spean Bridge for lunch. We then move south through Fort William, Ballachulish and then to our two night stay in Oban which is the Gateway to the Isles and the Capital of the West Highlands. Oban clusters around the busy port, ever active with fishing and leisure craft, as well as the ferries bound for Mull, Coll, Tiree and Iona. McCaigs Tower or folly surveys the picturesque bay.
Day 8: After breakfast we get on board the ferry which will take us to the Island of Mull one of Scotland's largest and most spectacular islands, with its abundance of wildlife, walking routes, beauty spots and heritage. We can also make a pilgrimage to the Holy Isle of Iona, the Birthplace of Christianity and the burial place of Scotland's early Kings and also visit the sacred Abbey with its ancient Celtic crosses.
Day 9: We are now on our way to the county of Argyll and Bute, perhaps the best kept secret as Scotland's area of outstanding beauty, with rugged hills and scenic lochs. We will visit the woodland wonders of Benmore Gardens, which is famous for its giant redwood trees and Japanese gardens. If time permits we will visit the most accessible of Argyll's islands called the Isle of Bute, which is just a short ferry crossing from Colintraive on the Cowal Peninsula. There are many reasons to visit this beautiful island, but one of Butes most popular attractions is the splendid Victorian palace of Mount Stuart House. Set in 300 acres of magnificent landscaped gardens, The Ancestral home of the Marquesses of Bute features a dazzling marble interior and a remarkable collections of furniture and art.
Day 10: The Bonnie Bonnie Banks, immortalized in song and verse about the Queen of Scotland's Lochs. Here to is the home of Scotland's First National Park, we will visit Loch Lomond's shore's and National Park Visitor Centre at Balloch. The seasons may change, but the areas beauty is constant all year and your hardest decision is not whether to come, but when. The 100 acre site also features retail outlets and restaurants, slipways, beaches, picnic areas and the restored steamer "Maid of the Loch".
Day 11: Today we head for Ayrshire, perhaps best known as the birthplace of World renowned poet Robert Burns, to whom homage is paid at Burns suppers around the world every January the 25th, Ayrshire is also the birthplace of Open golf with two Open Championship Courses and a myriad of facilities for the expert and beginner alike. Ayrshire is steeped in history dating back to the very dawn of civilization. From the Viking attacks of the early middle ages to the magnificence of Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast - The area has its own story to tell. It is no accident that Ayrshire's heroes include William Wallace, the worlds first freedom fighter, the remarkable King Robert the Bruce and the peoples poet Robert Burns. The Vikings made regular raids on the Ayrshire coast until they were finally defeated at the battle of Largs in 1263. Vikingar is an award winning attraction in Largs which brings the story to life with the aid of multimedia technology and exhibitions. After a full day in Ayrshire we head for Glasgow.
Day 12: After breakfast, we head for the historical town of St Andrews, and our overnight stay, where you will have sufficient time to shop, and investigate the famous golf links. Once the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland, St Andrews is now better known as "the home of golf" and is home to Scotland's oldest university. St Andrew's, is the discerning shoppers paradise. The combination of Medieval, Edwardian and Victorian leafy streets forming one of the most attractive towns in Britain
Day 13: We leave St Andrews behind and make our way to Stirling, passing, Alva, Menstrie and the famous Ochil Hills and have a stop of at the great Scottish hero, William Wallace's monument, at the top of the monument you can view the fantastic panorama, of the windings of The River Forth, and the flatlands of the Forth Valley. We then make our way to Stirling Castle, and visit the regimental museum. We will then head for “Auld Reekie” more commonly know as Edinburgh for our evening meal and overnight.
Day 14: After breakfast we explore for Edinburgh where the Old Town and New town have been listed since 1995 as World Heritage Sites. Visiting Edinburgh Castle, with over 1000 years of history on the rock on which the Castle stands this is one of the most famous Castles in Britain. From here we can reach the Royal Mile for any special presents you wish to take home with you before visiting the Rossalyn Chaple, recently made famous by "The Da vinci Code", however equally holding a wealth of history of its own.
Day 15: We take you back to the Airport for your connecting flight. (Glasgow or Edinburgh) Should any require train connections this will also be taken care of, depending on departure times.
- On your tour of Scotland you may experience some Scottish Food.
- During Your Scotland vacation, you will be staying in quality hotels, and be provided with dinner, bed and breakfast every day, you are also provided with an eight seats Luxury people carrier, with your own personal driver/tour guide.
- Excludes: flights, personal insurance, tips, meals other than stated or entry to attractions other than stated.
- Please be advised this itinerary can be altered to suit the clients wishes, this is only a suggestion. Due to the variable weather conditions in Scotland the itinerary may be adjusted to suit.
- On your tour of Scotland you may experience some Scottish Food.
This tour costs: $380 Per person, Per Day.
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