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Get lost in the narrow lanes of Edinburgh - the Scottish capital with a mystical air that combines ancient heritage with the verve of a modern city. Spend your day at leisure delving into its rich history and embracing the warm culture of the Scots, before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks..
Join your Local Specialist this morning for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city. Ascend Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, which watches over the surrounding city from its elevated vantage point. Stroll through the Old Town along the Royal Mile and see the stunning Palace of Holyroodhouse before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the city's festive atmosphere.
HighlightsEdinburgh Castle, Royal Mile
Tread in the footsteps of the world's golfing greats and head to St. Andrews en route to the glorious Scottish Highlands. A scenic drive takes us north and across the Firth of Tay, past the city of Dundee to Pitlochry. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore its river-side setting or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cosy dinner at our hotel.
HighlightsInverness, Highland Folk Museum
The tragic battlefield of Culloden is our first stop on this full-day sightseeing exploration through the Scottish Highlands “over the sea to Skye” and back. We pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising, then proceed to Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness keeping a keen eye out for our ever-elusive ‘Nessie’. The soul-stirring sight of Eilean Donan Castle is our last stop on the mainland before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye and continue our scenic drive across the enchanting Sleat Peninsula. Later, we return to the Scottish Highlands and our accommodation for the night.
HighlightsIsle of Skye
Our first stop today sees us commemorate World War II history at the Commando Memorial near Fort William, from which we admire spectacular views of Britain's highest peak - Ben Nevis. We journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains that lie just beyond Glencoe to see the "Glen of the Weeping". Here we remember the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred in 1692. Continuing towards the River Clyde, we arrive at our final stop for the day - Glasgow.
HotelHilton Garden Inn City Centre
HighlightsGlencoe, Glasgow, Ben Nevis
Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Begin your day seeing Glasgow's iconic sights. Enjoy views of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the centre of shipbuilding. Journey to Stirling, to see its hilltop fortress, which stands as a symbol of national pride. Stirling Castle was once the seat of Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots. View the Wallace Monument from the castle walls, paying tribute to the Scottish hero who fought for Scotland's independence. Later, we 'Dive Into Culture' at Glengoyne Whisky Distillery and enjoy a wee dram before joining the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard to 'Connect With Locals' over a home-cooked Be My Guest Dinner, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes.
MealsBreakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
The rugged beauty and warmth of Scotland's people forever in your memories, we enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before wishing them and your Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
- 6 breakfasts
- 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Hand-picked Trip Highlights
- VIP entry to many sights
- CITY TOUR in Edinburgh
- ORIENTATION of Glasgow and Stirling
- VISIT Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle
- VIEW the 18th green at St Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, People's Palace and Winter Gardens and George Square in Glasgow
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Hilton Garden Inn City Centre
*Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Excludes departures in December and March. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. **Save up to 5% with Early Payment Discount (EPD) on the land portion of 2019/2020 Europe Autumn, Winter and Spring trips, Best of Scotland and Irish Highlights, when booked and paid in full by August 29, 2019. Savings not valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Not combinable with other promotional offers but may be combined with most brochure discounts. CST#2084503-20