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A SCOTTISH JOURNEY

Enjoy this comprehensive tour of Scotland, a captivating land of contrasts which is both aesthetically beautiful and historically fascinating. From Edinburgh to the remote islands of Skye and Mull, enjoy dramatic coastlines, towering mountains, shimmering lochs and heather covered highlands all richly peppered with castles, abbeys and ancient sites which tell the tale of Scotland's intriguing and often turbulent history.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
8 days / 7 nights

Regions visited:
Scotland

Start point:
Edinburgh

End point:
Edinburgh

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Maximum group size 18 passengers.

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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

A Scottish Journey - St Andrews Beach

St Andrew's Castle, Scotland

Fishing Villages and Historic St Andrews

Departing Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, we travel through the picturesque fishing communities of the East Neuk region to see brightly-hulled fishing boats and jumbles of fishermen's cottages. Our journey takes us to St Andrews, famed as the spiritual home of golf and more recently as the town where Prince William and Kate Middleton first met. We explore the medieval centre, with its narrow alleys and cobbled streets, which lead to the now ruined cathedral and the adjacent church of St Regulus. Later we continue north into the Cairngorm National Park and to the charming town of Ballater, our base for the night and where we enjoy our first dinner together.

accommodationAccommodation: Loch Kinord Hotel (or similar), Ballater - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Kingdom of Fife, St Andrews and the Cairngorm National Park.

DAY TWO

Cawdor Castle, the Highlands and Culloden Moor

This morning we continue North in to the scenic Scottish Highlands; our first destination is Cawdor Castle, an historic manor built around a 15th-century tower house, amidst picturesque manicured lawns and gardens. The castle's unique history holds connections to William Shakespeare's Macbeth. By afternoon we visit the mysterious standing stones at the Clava Cairns before making our way to Culloden Moor, site of the infamous Battle; at the visitor centre, which brings the battle vividly to life, we learn about the events that unfolded here and how it affected British history. Later we continue to Inverness our base for the next two nights.

accommodationAccommodation: Waterside Hotel (or similar), Inverness - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Cawdor Castle, Clava Cairns and Culloden Moor.

DAY THREE

Inverness, Capital of the Highlands

A Scottish Journey tour - Inverness

Inverness, Scotland

Following busy couple of days, today we enjoy a more relaxed affair; after a brief walking-tour the rest of your own to explore Inverness at your leisure. Known as the capital of the Highlands, and set on the banks of the river Ness, Inverness offers ample sightseeing and visitor opportunities; visit the Mercat Cross and St Andrews Cathedral, wander through the cobbled Old Town or climb to the hill-top Inverness Castle overlooking the town for your history-fix. The day wouldn't be complete without a spot of Highland shopping, perhaps picking up souvenirs in the Victorian Market hall.

accommodationAccommodation: Waterside Hotel (or similar), Inverness.

attractionsHighlights: Inverness and Inverness Castle.

DAY FOUR

Loch Ness, Seafood Lunch and Plockton Village

Today we embark on a journey of stunning natural beauty. Firstly, we travel along the rugged and mysterious shores of Loch Ness, the largest body of fresh water in Britain and known around the world for 'Nessie', the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Then we then cross the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands to visit the National Trust for Scotland Conservation Village of Plockton; nestling in a sheltered bay, Plockton is a traditional crofting and fishing community comprising of neatly painted cottages and a tiny harbour. In the Kyle of Lochalsh we enjoy a seafood lunch experience prepared with the finest local produce before our final journey which takes us over the Skye Bridge to the stunning Isle of Skye, our base for the next two nights.

accommodationAccommodation: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar), Isle of Skye .

attractionsHighlights: Loch Ness, Plockton village and the Kyle of Lochalsh.

DAY FIVE

The Isle of Skye

A Scottish Journey tour - Portree Bay

Portree, Isle of Skye

Today is devoted to exploring the Isle of Skye, renowned for its rugged scenery, abundant wildlife, unique history and some of Scotland's most startling geological features. During the day, we'll pass the imposing Cuillin Mountains, see the extraordinary Quiraing and tour part of the Trotternish Peninsula to see the famous Kilt Rock cliffs and the spectacular Old Man of Storr. Time-permitting we'll enjoy time in the charming harbour town of Portree, the island's principle town. Later we'll return to our hotel in the South of island to hear about the making of Whisky and how the local Skye malt became world-famous. What better way to round off the day than to sample a wee dram ourselves!

accommodationAccommodation: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar), Isle of Skye - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Isle of Skye, Kilt Rock cliffs and Portree.

DAY SIX

Glenfinnan, Ben Nevis and Fort William

This morning we cross by ferry from the Isle of Skye back to the Scottish mainland. The stunning Highland scenery pervades as we pass the sands of Mallaig and Morar on route to the village of Glenfinnan where 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' raised his standard in 1745. We'll enjoy views of the towering monument erected in his honour and famous Glenfinnnan Viaduct which was made famous when the Hogwarts Express passed over it in the Harry Potter movies. The onwards through soul-stirring Scottish scenery to see the other 'Big Ben' – Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest peak. It offers the perfect backdrop for our visit to the loch-side port town of Fort William, a town and area which is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Finally, we board the ferry to cross to the Isle of Mull and our Inner Hebridean base for two nights.

accommodationAccommodation: Western Isles Hotel (or similar), Isle of Mull.

attractionsHighlights: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Ben Nevis, Fort William and ferry to the Isle of Mull.

DAY SEVEN

Isle of Mull, Duart Castle and Iona and Iona Abbey

A Scottish Journey - Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey, Isle of Iona, Scotland

Today we make our way through enigmatic scenery to the Southern-most point of the Isle of Mull. From the charming village of Fionnphort, we take the foot-passenger ferry to the tiny Isle of Iona; this serene isle is home to Iona Abbey and Nunnery, one of Scotland's most sacred and historical sites, a popular pilgrimage destination and an ideal place to relax in the tangible history, natural beauty and tranquillity of this tiny island haven. Returning to Mull we take a glimpse inside the intriguing Macquarie's Mausoleum and visit the 13th century Duart Castle, dramatically perched on a cliff overlooking the rugged coast. This craggy castle is the oldest inhabited castle on the island. By evening we return to our island hotel for a farewell dinner together.

accommodationAccommodation: Western Isles Hotel (or similar), Isle of Mull – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Isle of Mull, Iona Abbey and Nunnery, Duart Castle and farewell dinner.

DAY EIGHT

Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Stirling Castle

Our final day sees us cross by ferry back to the mainland and the pretty harbour town of Oban. Then heading south we'll pass in to the scenic Trossachs National Park and along the "Bonny" banks of Loch Lomond, once the territory of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy. We then make our way to historic Stirling, known as the heritage-capital of Scotland. Here we wander through the old town and enter the hill-top castle, home to stunningly restored chapel and living quarters and with views of the towering Wallace monument visible in the distance. It's the perfect finale to our tour before we make the short journey back to Edinburgh where our tour ends.

attractionsHighlights: Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Stirling Castle.

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A Scottish Journey Tour - Scotland escorted small group tour

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE FEATURES

  • Explore some of Scotland's enigmatic castles in Cawdor and Stirling.
  • Enjoy an insight in to Scotland's "water of life" with a private whisky talk and tasting.
  • Travel Scotland's remote Highlands and Islands, home to some of the most dramatic highland scenery in the world.
  • Become an islander with two nights on both the striking Isles of Skye and Mull.
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights in charming accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver and separate tour leader
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 4 x evening meals
  • 1 x seafood lunch
  • Inverness Walking Tour
  • Whiskey talk and tasting on the Isle of Skye
  • All ferry crossings as required
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • St Andrews University
    • Cawdor Castle
    • Clava Cairns
    • Culloden Visitor Centre
    • Iona Abbey & Nunnery
    • Macquaries Mausoleum
    • Duart Castle
    • Stirling Castle
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh.
  • Rail travel to/from Edinburgh before/after your trip.
  • Airport transfers or transport to/from Edinburgh.

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PRICING

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING 2017

For 2017 departure dates and pricing please click here.

arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2018

START DAY
(in Edinburgh)
END DAY
(in Edinburgh)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 Sun 25 Mar, 2018   £ 2,519
Tue 03 Apr, 2018 Tue 10 Apr, 2018   £ 2,569
Thu 12 Apr, 2018 Thu 19 Apr, 2018   £ 2,569
Sun 22 Apr, 2018 Sun 29 Apr, 2018   £ 2,569
Tue 01 May, 2018 Tue 08 May, 2018   £ 2,619
Sun 06 May, 2018 Sun 13 May, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 10 May, 2018 Thu 17 May, 2018   £ 2,619
Sun 13 May, 2018 Sun 20 May, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Tue 15 May, 2018 Tue 22 May, 2018   £ 2,619
Thu 17 May, 2018 Thu 24 May, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 20 May, 2018 Sun 27 May, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 24 May, 2018 Thu 31 May, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 27 May, 2018 Sun 03 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 31 May, 2018 Thu 07 Jun, 2018   £ 2,619
Sun 03 Jun, 2018 Sun 10 Jun, 2018   £ 2,619
Thu 07 Jun, 2018 Thu 14 Jun, 2018   £ 2,619
Sun 10 Jun, 2018 Sun 17 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 14 Jun, 2018 Thu 21 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 17 Jun, 2018 Sun 24 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 21 Jun, 2018 Thu 28 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 24 Jun, 2018 Sun 01 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 28 Jun, 2018 Thu 05 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 01 Jul, 2018 Sun 08 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 08 Jul, 2018 Sun 15 Jul, 2018   £ 2,619
Thu 12 Jul, 2018 Thu 19 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 15 Jul, 2018 Sun 22 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 19 Jul, 2018 Thu 26 Jul, 2018   £ 2,619
Sun 22 Jul, 2018 Sun 29 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 26 Jul, 2018 Thu 02 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 29 Jul, 2018 Sun 05 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 05 Aug, 2018 Sun 12 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 09 Aug, 2018 Thu 16 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 12 Aug, 2018 Sun 19 Aug, 2018   £ 2,619
Thu 16 Aug, 2018 Thu 23 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 19 Aug, 2018 Sun 26 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 23 Aug, 2018 Thu 30 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 26 Aug, 2018 Sun 02 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 30 Aug, 2018 Thu 06 Sep, 2018   £ 2,619
Sun 02 Sep, 2018 Sun 09 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Tue 04 Sep, 2018 Tue 11 Sep, 2018   £ 2,619
Thu 06 Sep, 2018 Thu 13 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 09 Sep, 2018 Sun 16 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Thu 13 Sep, 2018 Thu 20 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 16 Sep, 2018 Sun 23 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 Sun 30 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Tue 25 Sep, 2018 Tue 02 Oct, 2018   £ 2,619
Thu 27 Sep, 2018 Thu 04 Oct, 2018 Guaranteed £ 2,619
Sun 30 Sep, 2018 Sun 07 Oct, 2018   £ 2,619
Sun 07 Oct, 2018 Sun 14 Oct, 2018   £ 2,569

Single Supplement: £400.

All tours commence at 8.30am in central Edinburgh on the Start Day and finish at around 5.30pm (approx) in central Edinburgh on the End Day.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.

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