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Scotland Tearooms, Pubs and Castles July Discovery Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): Scotland  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3795 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3795 US Dollar (USD)

Features Include:
-Bradford's Tearoom Glasgow
-Shopping Sauchiehall Street Glasgow
-Glasgow Cathedral
-Open Top Bus Tour Of Glasgow
-Loch Katrine Cruise
-Brig O' Turk Tearoom
-Stirling Castle,
-Dunblane Cathedral
-Doune Castle
-Lion and Unicorn Pub Outing
-Drummond Castle Gardens
-Dunkeld Cathedral
-Katie's Tearoom
-Queen's View
-Castle Menzies
-Blair Castle
-Pitlochry Festival Theatre,
-Dunfermline Palace and Abbey
-Linlithgow Palace
-Edinburgh Castle
-Open Top Bus Tour Of Edinburgh
-Shopping on Royal Mile & Princes Street
-Scottish Dinner & Show.

Small intimate tour of Glasgow, Edinburgh, The Scottish Highland and Countryside. Each tour is designed to accommodate only 8-10 people for a more personal experience to allow you to get the most
of our Scottish holiday. Keeping the tour size small gives us the opportunity to veer from the beaten track and to take advantage of accommodations, restaurants and sightseeing venues that would not be available to larger groups. You may find yourself staying in a delightful city guesthouse, a small country house hotel, a comfortable farmhouse and an old coaching Inn all in the same visit. Our goal is to show you the real Scots people and some of the wonderful sights to be sen all over this beautiful country. You will not be rushed from venue to venue and we spend as little
time on the coach as possible.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 - July 1st - You will be met at the Glasgow International Airport and our adventure begins in Glasgow, the architectural capitol of the United Kingdom and Scotland's largest city with the afternoon free to explore the city before we gather for a Welcoming Dinner at Two Fat Ladies Restaurant in Glasgow. Get a good nights rest for the full day ahead tomorrow! Overnight Glasgow. (L,D)

Day 2 - After a leisurely full Scottish breakfast you will tour the city aboard an Open Top Tour Bus complete with tour guide. Highlights of the tour will be Glasgow's amazing architecture, University of Glasgow, George Square and The Glasgow Cathedral. Afternoon Tea at Bradford's Tearoom on Sauchiehall Street before an afternoon free for shopping. This afternoon you will want to visit Glasgow's City Chambers Building. The City Chambers is truly and architectural delight in the grandest Victorian Style and the tour is wonderful. This evening will be out to Pub Dinner and a Performance at King's Theatre. Overnight Glasgow. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Today we make our way out of the city and into The Trossachs, an area of outstanding natural beauty. A Cruise up Loch Katrine on the steamship SS Sir Walter Scott is an essential part of any day in the Trossachs. The Steamer leaves from the lovely little Trossachs pier and sails to Stronachlacher at the other end of Loch Katrine. After the cruise we head further into The Trossachs for Afternoon Tea at a Victorian Country Home. Then off to the wee village of Callander for an afternoon free for shopping and exploring one of the more picturesque villages of Scotland. Dinner on you own tonight. Overnight Trossachs. (B,L)

Day 4 - After a full Scots breakfast we will visit Doune and Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle and famous for Monty Python's The Holy Grail. Next it is on to Dunblane and Dunblane Cathedral. The first church was established her by St. Blane in the year 600 and the current cathedral dates from the 12th century. After Lunch at The Tearoom in Stirling we visit Stirling Castle, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here and the Great Hall and Chapel Royal are wonderful highlights. This evening we will be out to Pub Dinner at The Lion and Unicorn in Thornhill. Overnight The Trossachs. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - This morning our journey takes us north to Highland Village of Pitlochry where we will spend the next 2 nights. Pitlochry is one of the most delightful highland villages in Scotland. On the way we will stop in Crieff at the Stuart Crystal Shop and also at the Caithness Glass Factory. Afternoon Tea in Perth at the Huntingtower Castle Hotel. This afternoon we visit Dunkeld Cathedral tranquilly residing on the banks of the River Tay. Afternoon and Evening Free to enjoy all the lovely shops and many fine restaurants in Pitlochry. Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 6 - After breakfast we will drive to The Queen's View named after Robert The Bruce's wife Isabel but made popular by Queen Victoria. This is one of the most breathtaking sights in Scotland and will become a favorite of yours. You can't stop here without Visiting the Tearoom and having a piece of millionaires shortbread! Next we visit Castle Menzies, a fine 16th century mansion house visited by Bonny Prince Charlie on his way to Culloden in 1746. This afternoon we visit Blair Atholl and Blair Castle. Bonnie Prince Charlie spent 2 days here in this 700 year old rambling, turreted castle with over 32 rooms open to the public. This evening's highlight will be Moulin Inn Pub Dinner and a Performance at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre! Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - This morning we leave the Highlands behind on the way to Perth and Scone Palace, the home of the Earls of Mansfield. Once the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland's history. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone, Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in Scotland's crown. We will lunch at the Angus Tearoom on Kirriemuir before visiting Glamis and Glamis Castle, the childhood home of The Queen Mother and the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Glamis is also reported to be the most haunted castle in Scotland and is a true fairy tale castle! Dinner and Overnight Kingdom of Fife. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Today we'll enjoy a day of sightseeing in and around St. Andrews. Sightseeing will include St. Andrews Castle and Cathedral. The Castle was the former Bishops' Palace, the residence of the Archbishops of St Andrews. The Cathedral itself dates from around 1160, and was consecrated in the presence of Robert the Bruce in July 1318. From here we journey to Falkland and will have Lunch at Kind Kyttock's Tearoom before a visit to Falkland Palace. The Royal Palace of Falkland was the country residence of Stuart Kings and Queens when they hunted deer and wild boar in the Fife forest. Mary, Queen of Scots spent some of the happiest days of her tragic life here. Dinner and Overnight Kingdom of Fife. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - This mornings journey will take us south toward Edinburgh but not before stopping in Dunfermline and visiting Dunfermline Palace and Abbey. Dunfermline was once the capitol of Scotland and the palace was the birthplace of Charles I. King Robert the Bruce is laid to rest under the pulpit in the cathedral. This afternoon will find us stopping in Linlithgow to visit Linlithgow Palace birth place of Mary Queen of Scots and also home to The Church of St. Michaels. We will Lunch at The Four Mary's Pub prior to visiting the Palace. The rest of the afternoon and evening free for shopping on Princes Street and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 10 - After breakfast you will take in the sights of Scotland's Capitol City aboard an Open Top Tour Bus where on your way about the city you will see Holyrood Palace, Grey Friar's Bobby and Deacon Brodie's. Edinburgh Castle is a must stop as is The Royal Mile. You will have entrance tickets for both the Castle and Holyrood Palace. After an afternoon of taking in Princes Street we will gather for a Farewell Dinner and a Scottish Evening for our last night in Scotland. The evening is complete with Highland dances, song, bagpipes and of course...the dreaded Haggis. Overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 11 - July 11th - Today we make our way back to Glasgow Airport after saying a fond farewell to this lovely city. (B)

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Only available July 1st-23rd.
Tour includes all accommodation, full Scottish breakfast each morning. All lunches and dinners listed in itinerary. Porterage of one suitcase per person. Motorcoach travel including tour guide.
Knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any entrance fees. All taxes and service charges.