Day 1: Your vacation starts when the tour director and driver collects your party at Glasgow international Airport (Time to be arranged). We will head from there to the quaint little village called Queensferry nestled underneath the two spectacular Forth Bridges. We have time here for a coffee break and photo opportunities. We then head of 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 was also the resting place of the great Scottish hero Robert the Bruce. After a short lunch next to the Abbey we head of on the road to Perth, where we then take the road to one of Scotland's most famous town's called Pitlochry which is reputed to be the centre of Scotland. Here we can have some afternoon tea and do some shopping, 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 have a relaxing day today, visiting most of the local attractions in this area i.e. Dunkeld once the religious capital of Scotland and also Edradour the smallest distillery in Scotland. We will also visit Kinloch Rannoch and the Famous Queen's View reputed to be the finest in Scotland and before returning to the hotel for the 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 passing Kingussie, and stopping at Avimore the Skiing capital of Scotland for a coffee break and then on to the famous city of Inverness. Here we will visit numerous attractions, before heading for our overnight hotel in Inverness.
Day 4: Today we head for Loch Ness and hopefully we might come across the Loch Ness Monster and also visit the famous Urquhart castle, near Drumnadrochit, where the monster has been spotted most times. Sometimes it is possible to have a sail on Loch Ness if you have the courage. We also 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: Today we leave Inverness behind and we head of to the west coast of Wester Ross for our two night stay in the village of Kyle of Lochalsh, where we have time to visit the Isle of Skye.
Day 6: Today is the 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 continue 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: After breakfast, we Leave Oban, and head for the historical town of St Andrews, and our overnight stay, where you will have sufficient time to shop, and check out 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, the discerning shoppers paradise, is best explored on foot; The combination of Medieval, Edwardian and Victorian leafy streets forming one of the most attractive towns in Britain.
Day 10: 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, and at the top of the monument you can view the fantastic panorama, of the winding of The River Forth, and the flatlands of the Forth Valley. We make our way to Stirling Castle, and visit the regimental museum. We have lunch in Stirling before heading for Auld Reekie (Edinburgh).
Day 11: Retail Therapy and Tattoo Day.
Day 12: We leave Edinburgh behind and 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 Loch Lomond.
Day 13: 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 14: 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 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.
- Price 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.
This tour costs: $380 Per person, Per Day
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