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Welcome to Scotland! You will be met at the airport by your chauffeur and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, take a sightseeing tour to introduce you to this wonderful city. See the New Town, dating back to the 18th century; the Old Town, dominated by the castle; the Royal Mile, as High Street is called; and Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official Edinburgh home. Next is a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle, perched high atop a dormant volcano. You can see the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg, the Great Hall, and more. Afterward, your evening is free.
Brendan suggestion: During August, add a day in Edinburgh and attend a performance of the world-famous Military Tattoo: After a day at leisure, head to the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade for an unforgettable evening. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a not-tobe-missed spectacle, with bands, musicians, and other performers from around the world. This extravaganza is an explosion of music, marching, and excitement! You’ll have a grandstand seat for this sell-out show (2019 performance dates: Aug 2-24, Fri-Sat).
Sample HotelThe Scotsman
HighlightsNew Town, Old Town, Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle
Drive to St. Andrews, a mecca for golfers. It is also home of one of the world’s oldest universities, and it was here that Prince William and Kate Middleton met. At your leisure, continue traveling north, stopping in your choice of towns along the way. In Perth, you can visit Branklyn Garden or Scone Palace. Maybe take a break in Pitlochry and tour the Blair Atholl Distillery. Finally, continue your drive to Inverness, the capital of Highlands. Perhaps browse through the Victorian Market before heading to your hotel.
Brendan suggestion: Extend your trip by at least two days to include a visit to the Orkney Islands. Travel to Thurso, than take the ferry to Orkney. Visit the Ring of Brodgar, a stone circle older than the pyramids of Egypt; Skara Brae, a Stone Age village; and Maes Howe, a pre-historic burial mound with Viking carved graffiti on its walls. You’ll overnight at a B&B or Moderate First Class hotel. Return to mainland Scotland the next day.
Sample HotelKingsmills Hotel
HighlightsSt. Andrews, Perth, Branklyn Garden , Scone Palace, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl Distillery, Inverness, Victorian Market
Head to Loch Ness, where you’ll see the ruins of Urquhart Castle and perhaps spot the famous monster, Nessie. Continue through rolling Highland scenery to Loch Alsh. Stop for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle, then cross the Skye Bridge to the scenic Isle of Skye. You might want to visit Dunvegan Castle to hear about 13 centuries of Clan history or the Talisker Whisky Distillery to learn the secrets of making the “water of life.” Your evening is free. Be sure to step out tonight and look into the star-filled sky. With some of the darkest night skies in Europe, star gazers of all interests will be mesmerized by the twinkling canopy above.
Sample HotelDuisdale House Hotel
HighlightsLoch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Loch Alsh, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Dunvegan Castle, Talisker Whisky Distillery
With a leisurely morning, you might want to visit the Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles. There’s time to explore and to stroll through the extensive gardens before taking the ferry to Mallaig. This afternoon, board the Jacobite Steam Train, considered one of the greatest rail trips in the world. As you travel through the stunning countryside, watch for the Glenfinnan Viaduct, well known to Harry Potter fans familiar with the “Hogwarts Express.” Disembark in Fort William and continue through Glencoe and on across Rob Roy country to Trossachs National Park and sparkling Loch Lomond.
Sample HotelLoch Lomond Arms Hotel
HighlightsArmadale Castle Gardens, Museum of the Isles, Mallaig, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Fort William, Glencoe, Trossachs National Park , Loch Lomond
Start the day with a cruise on majestic Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest loch, taking in the spectacular scenery. Then travel to Glasgow, set on the River Clyde. Your private chauffeur will take you on a city tour including a visit to St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Continue to see the unique Falkirk Wheel, a remarkable boatlift that can carry eight boats at a time in a single trip. Next on the agenda is Stirling Castle. This impressive edifice was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Visit the castle, watch as costumed performers bring its history to life, see the Stirling Heads, and stroll through the gardens. At your leisure, return to Edinburgh.
Sample HotelThe Scotsman
HighlightsGlasgow, River Clyde, St. Mungo’s Cathedral, Falkirk Wheel, Stirling Castle, Stirling Heads, Edinburgh
Your private chauffeur will take you to the airport, where it’s time to bid farewell to Scotland, as your vacation ends.
Dedicated, private chauffeur, serving as your local expert through the duration of your trip
Private Mercedes vehicle with WiFi for your group of any size
Your selection of hand-selected accommodations from B&B’s to castles, manors and hotels
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Your choice of pre-organized sightseeing. Plan your days with your chauffeur at your own pace.
Full breakfast included daily
*Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. CST#2084503-20