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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 Coastline, Scotland

Fishing Villages of East Neuk and historic St Andrews

This morning we depart Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, and 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 Glen Clova, our base for the night and where we enjoy our first dinner together.

accommodationAccommodation: Glen Clova Hotel (or similar), Angus - dinner included.

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

DAY TWO

Glamis Castle, the Highlands and Culloden Moor

Our first stop today is the fairy-tale castle and Glamis Castle; an elegant manor of storybook turrets, armour-lined halls and opulent interiors set amidst manicured lawns. Glamis Castle is historically fascinating as it is handsome and we'll unravel its mysteries. Once the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother we'll hear wartime tales and see the settings of legends such where a nobleman is said to have played cards with the devil and the stomping ground of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Later we pass through the Awe-inspiring Cairngorm Mountains and in to the Highlands true where we stop at 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. Finally, we make our way to our Highland retreat where we enjoy dinner together.

accommodationAccommodation: Central Inverness Hotel – Columba Hotel or similar - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Glamis Castle, Cairngorm Mountains an 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 as we make the short Highland drive to the town of Inverness, known as the capital of the Highlands. After an introduction to the city the day is all yours to explore and sight-see at leisure. You could stroll along the banks of the River Ness, 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: Central Inverness Hotel – Columba Hotel or similar.

attractionsHighlights: Inverness, the Mercat Cross and St Andrews Cathedral.

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 pass directly across the Scottish Highlands towards Scotland's beautiful West Coast. Arriving at the Kyle of Lochalsh we enjoy a seafood lunch experience prepared with the finest local produce. By afternoon we 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. Our final journey today 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 - seafood lunch experience.

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

DAY FIVE

The Isle of Skye and Talisker Distillery

A Scottish Journey tour - Whisky tasting

A Wee Dram of Whisky!

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 the charming harbour town of Portree before making our way to the renowned Talisker Malt Whisky Distillery; here we'll tour the only distillery (the only one on the island), hear about the making of Whisky and how this particular malt became world-famous. And of course we'll sample a wee dram ourselves! Later we return to our hotel in the South of the island.

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

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

DAY SIX

Glenfinnan, Big Ben 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 pass along the unspoilt Ardnamurchan peninsula before boarding the ferry to cross to the Isle of Mull and our Inner Hebridean base for two nights.

accommodationAccommodation: Western Isles Hotel, Isle of Mull.

attractionsHighlights: Fort William, Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Oban.

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 make our way back over remote landscapes to explore 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, Isle of Mull – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Isle of Mull, foot-passenger ferry to the Isle of Iona and Duart Castle.

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. It was here that the Wars of Independence were fought and won and three centuries of monarchs ruled long before Edinburgh became the nation's most important city. Here we wander through the old town and enter the spectacular cliff-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, Lochh 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 Scotland's most enigmatic castles from Glamis to Stirling
  • Enjoy a taste of traditional Scottish Whisky at the Isle of Skye's only distillery
  • Travel along the back roads of 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 driver/guide companion
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 4 x evening meals
  • 1 x seafood lunch experience
  • Inverness Walking Tour
  • Ferries to Mull and Iona
  • Entrance fees/ admissions included:
    • Glamis Castle
    • Culloden Visitor Centre
    • Talisker Whisky Distillery tour
    • Iona Abbey
    • 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 2017

START DAY
(in Edinburgh)
END DAY
(in Edinburgh)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Sun 03 Sep, 2017 Sun 10 Sep, 2017 Limited availability £ 2,015
Thu 07 Sep, 2017 Thu 14 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 2,015
Sun 10 Sep, 2017 Sun 17 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 2,015
Thu 14 Sep, 2017 Thu 21 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 2,015
Sun 17 Sep, 2017 Sun 24 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 2,015
Sun 24 Sep, 2017 Sun 01 Oct, 2017 Fully booked £ 2,015
Thu 28 Sep, 2017 Thu 05 Oct, 2017 Fully booked £ 2,015
Sun 01 Oct, 2017 Sun 08 Oct, 2017 Limited availability £ 1,945

Single Supplement: £270 April/Oct, £300 May-September.

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.

arrow2018 DEPARTURES AND PRICING

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