Key Features
Tour type: Coach Tour
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Group size: Full sightseeing programme - no extra excursion costs!
Starting: Drymen
Ending: Edinburgh
Tour Highlights
  1. Day 1 Glasgow Arrival and Loch Katrine Cruise

    Arrive in Scotland in Glasgow this morning and travel to your hotel, peacefully located 20 miles North of the city in the village of Drymen close to Loch Lomond (airport transfers available). Meet your tour director at 3:00pm and set out for a short drive through part of the Trossachs National Park, often called "The Highlands in Miniature" before boarding the steamboat "Sir Walter Scott" to embark on a scenic cruise on Loch Katrine. Later return to your hotel and relax for a time before joining your tour director and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner.

    Overnight: The Winnock Hotel, near Glasgow

    Meals: Dinner included

  2. Day 2 Isle of Bute and Mount Stuart House

    Today, we are headed off to the Isle of Bute via ferry. We will first be taking the scenic highland route and over the mountain pass of “Rest & Be Thankful”. We then visit the opulent Victorian manor at Mount Stuart House, built in the late 1870s for the 3rd Marquess of Bute, an incredibly wealthy coal baron of the era; we discover the highly decorated chambers and many Victorian comforts and innovations of the time. Finally, we spend some time in Rothesay, the main town on the island before returning to the mainland and to your hotel in time for dinner.

    Overnight: The Winnock Hotel, near Glasgow

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  3. Day 3 Loch Lomond and Eilean Donan Castle

    Leaving the Lowlands, we travel along the "bonny banks" of Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty then through the deep valley of Glen Coe, notorious for the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. We pass through port town of Fort William and stop at the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, which offers selection of quality Scottish products. We then continue north to visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle; constructed at the meeting point of three lochs and with parts dating back to the 13th century it is an undoubted icon of Scotland. Check in to your charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh.

    Overnight: Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  4. Day 4 Isle of Skye and Dunvegan Castle

    Today is dedicated to exploring the majestic Isle of Skye; first we uncover its strong connections with Bonnie Prince Charlie who fled to the island after his defeat at Culloden Moor. We'll visit Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years and the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. View priceless family heirlooms and stroll through the elegant formal gardens. Later we stop in the isle's main town of Portree to see the brightly-painted houses that cluster around the harbour. Return to your hotel for free time before dinner.

    Overnight: Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  5. Day 5 Inverewe Gardens and Ullapool

    Today we enjoy a journey of spectacular highland scenery as we make our way north along the west coast to visit Inverewe Gardens. Created in the 1800s, Inverewe spans more than 50 acres and is set on a remote headland; the gardens provide a lush sub-tropical oasis of diverse trees and shrubs which thrive due to the warm currents of the Gulf-Stream, and which contrast dramatically with the surrounding rugged highland landscapes. Later we continue to Ullapool, a charming fishing and ferry port perched high on the far north-west coast; we enjoy a brief drive around the town before checking-in to your hotel.

    Overnight: Royal Hotel, Ullapool

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  6. Day 6 The Far Northern Highlands and John O' Groats

    Our exploration of the far northern Highlands continues as we journey through one of Scotland's most sparsely-populated regions; see barren landscapes of bog tracts, moors, heather-strewn hills, rugged mountains and dramatic coastline. We learn about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the USA, Australia and elsewhere. We continue to John O' Groats the most northerly point on the British mainland before taking the nearby ferry to Orkney - we enjoy our evening meal as we travel on board the ferry.

    Overnight: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall, Isle of Orkney

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (on board ferry) included

  7. Day 7 Isle of Orkney and Skara Brae

    Today we discover the enchanting Isle of Orkney and a host of historic and pre-historic sites. Firstly, we make our way to the fascinating Skara Brae an excavated village dating back more than a 5,000 years and view the stunning Ring of Brodgar, a circle of prehistoric standing stones pre-dating Stonehenge. Then we explore more recent history as we drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines and see the Italian Chapel constructed by Italian prisoners of war. By afternoon we return to Kirkwall to see 12th century St. Magnus Cathedral and enjoy some free-time and evening at leisure to dine independently.

    Overnight: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall, Isle of Orkney

    Meals: Breakfast included

  8. Day 8 Dunrobin Castle and Inverness

    Returning by ferry to the Scottish mainland we make our way South through the remote landscapes of Caithness with views of off-shore sea-stacks and coastal cliffs. We visit Dunrobin Castle, a stately house, whose elegant, turreted structure resembles a glorious French Chatueau; wander the stunning interiors of the house including the dining room, music room and library each housing an array of priceless artefacts and view the beautiful manicured gardens. Later we continue south to our hotel in the heart of Inverness, Capital of the Highlands.

    Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  9. Day 9 Urquhart Castle and Culloden Battlefield

    Enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness to visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle; once Scotland's largest castle it was mostly destroyed in the Jacobite wars but today offers a perfect look-out point for Nessie. Later we stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746; walk around the moor and see monuments to the various regiments who lost men during the battle. After a photo-stop at the Clava Cairns stone-circle which inspired the Outlander books we return to Inverness for free-time for a stroll along the River Ness before dinner at your hotel.

    Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  10. Day 10 Sheepdog Trials and Whisky Tasting

    Making our way South we pass through the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains to Leault Farm where we see traditional farming methods first-hand as the farmer and his dogs herd their flocks of sheep in a demonstration of skill. We then pass south to Pitlochry to visit Blair Athol Distillery, Scotland's smallest, which is set in a picturesque location outside the town; we see how whisky is distilled and enjoy a tasting a wee dram at the end of the tour. Later we make our way to Edinburgh, the Scottish capital where we dine at a Scottish evening with local specialties and enjoy an exciting show with bagpipes, story-telling, music and dance before checking in to our central hotel.

    Overnight: Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (at your Scottish evening) included

  11. Day 11 Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh City Tour

    This morning, discover Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour; we see the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian "New Town" and walk along part of the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city where rambling, medieval houses reach 11 storeys tall. We end our tour at the imposing Castle where we gain panoramic city views and can wander the historic buildings to see the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore and dine independently in the city. On departures from July 28 to August 13 we'll also enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which takes place on the Castle esplanade.

    Overnight: Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  12. Day 12 Tour Ends in Edinburgh

    Today our programme ends after taking a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. You are then free to return to the airport for a return flight to your home nation, to continue to explore Edinburgh independently or to make your way to the nearby railway station to embark on your onward travel within Scotland or England.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique experiences

  • Enjoy cruises on Loch Katrine and Loch Ness
  • Visit the Isle of Arran and Isle of Skye
  • See Eilean Donan Castle
  • Experience the scenic highland NC500 Route
  • Stay two nights on the Isle of Orkney
  • Visit the 5000 year old village of Skara Brae
  • Watch sheep-dog trials on a highland farm
  • Enjoy a Scottish evening in Edinburgh

What's included

  • 11 nights hotel accommodation, as detailed on itinerary
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • All transportation by luxury motor-coach
  • The services of your professional tour director
  • Ferry crossings to the Isles of Arran and Orkney
  • 9 x evening dinners including: 1 x Scottish evening in Edinburgh and 8 x table d'hote dinners at your hotels per the itinerary
  • Complimentary welcome drink on the first day of your tour
  • Full Sightseeing tour programme and admissions to include:
    • Loch Katrine Steamboat Cruise
    • Mount Stuart House
    • Spean Bridge Woollen Mill
    • Eilean Donan Castle
    • Dunvegan Castle
    • Kilt Rock
    • Inverewe Gardens
    • John O’ Groats
    • Skara Brae
    • Ring of Brodgar
    • Magnus Cathedral
    • Italian Chapel
    • Dunrobin Castle
    • Urquhart Castle
    • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
    • Sheepdog trials at Leault Farm
    • Distillery Tour and Whisky Tasting
    • Edinburgh Castle.
    • Tickets for the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (selected July/August departures, please see pricing tab)
  • Personal headsets for walking tours
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack

Tour feature

  • This tour includes a complete sightseeing programme - there are no unexpected costs for extra excursions during your tour!

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
  • Rail travel to Glasgow prior to your tour (from any other Britain destination).
  • Onward rail travel from Edinburgh after your tour.
  • Airport transfers.

Departure Dates 2017/18

We have 2018 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a quotation.

Pricing 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£) for approximate costs in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however are subject to change.
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