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Welcome to Scotland! Enjoy a private walking tour of Edinburgh with a Local Specialist, as you journey through the cobblestone streets and courtyards to take in the main sights of this wonderful city including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Later enjoy a visit to The Scotch Whisky Experience where you’ll sip like a true connoisseur, and sample four single malts.
Recommended Experiences: Private walking tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, The Scotch Whisky Experience
Sample HotelThe Balmoral
HighlightsEdinburgh, Edinburgh Castle
Journey to the Highlands today, first stop off at Glamis Castle home of the Earl of Strathmore. There are many stories and legends surrounding this Castle and it’s reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the British Isles. Birthplace of the Queen Mother and famous setting for Shakespear’s Macbeth. Later this evening and once you have settled into your hotel, join a whisky tasting session with a trained connoisseur. You will be introduced to a flight of whiskies comprising four specially selected drams.
Recommended Experiences: Inverness whisky tasting session, Glamis Castle
Sample HotelKingsmill Hotel
HighlightsGlamis Castle , Inverness
Spend a full day exploring Speyside, Scotland’s most famous whisky region to sample spirits and learn about the craft of creating this delicious concoction. Visit Benromach Distillery, and Cardhu Distillery, and its most famous whisky, Johnnie Walker Black Label. At Speyside cooperage, join an experienced former cooper on a VIP tour, see and hear first-hand the coopers at work and even try your hand at building on-site miniature barrels. Witness the firing/charring of the casks and end with a dram of 10-year-old single malt whisky.
Recommended Experiences: Benromach Distillery, Cardhu Distillery & Speyside Cooperage
Sample HotelKingsmill Hotel
HighlightsSpeyside, Benromach Distillery, Cardhu Distillery, Speyside Cooperage
Travel along the banks of Loch Ness. Stop at Eilean Donan Castle, the stunning 13th-century location where three lochs meet. Take in some of its majestic scenery before crossing the land bridge to the Isle of Skye.
Recommended Experience: Eilean Donan Castle
Sample HotelSkeabost Hotel
HighlightsLoch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to stunning Rona Harbor, taking in views of iconic Storr and Cullins along the way. Wildlife spotting opportunities are abundant throughout the trip. Rona has a resident seal colony. Enjoy a hearty seafood lunch. This is a truly special place.
Recommended Experiences: Cruise to Rona Harbor & Loch Lomond
Sample HotelSkeabost Hotel
HighlightsRona Harbor, Storr, Cullins
Take the ferry to Mallaig, a remote and relaxing location famous for its fishing port. Travel from Mallaig to Fort William taking in the stunning scenery for a grand exploration of lush greenery. All aboard! This afternoon, hop on 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 to the magnificent Inverlochy Castle.
Recommended Experience: Take the Jacobite Steam Train
Sample HotelInverlochy Castle
HighlightsMallaig, Fort William , Glenfinnan Viaduct
Travel through the valley of Glencoe. Enjoy a cruise on Loch Lomond to see castles and quaint villages. Take in the views and even look out for Nessie. Visit Glengoyne Distillery and delight in Whisky and Chocolate matching. You’ll have two drams, each matched to two hand-made chocolates. The Glengoyle 18-year-old and the 20-year-old are chosen for their flavor and intensity. The chocolates will be every bit as intense – and you’ll notice the flavors of each transform the palate. Then, onto Glasgow for an orientation tour and to take in the sights of St Mungo’s Cathedral and George’s Square.
Recommended Experiences: Blend whisky and chocolate at Glengoyle
Sample HotelDakota Glasgow
HighlightsGlencoe, Loch Lomond, Glengoyne Distillery, Glasgow, St. Mungo's Cathedral, George's Square
Your private chauffeur will take you to the airport, where it’s time to bid farewell to Scotland, as your vacation ends.
Please Note: If your visit is in August, you might want to attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a not-to-be-missed spectacle with bands, musicians, and other performers from around the world (August 6 to 28 2021).
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
For our full list of hand-selected accommodations please visit our hotel search
Your choice of pre-organized sightseeing. Plan your days with your chauffeur at your own pace.
Full breakfast included daily
*Trip USD Pricing for this itinerary is low $6431, mid $6994 and high $7473 based on the following effective from dates: Low - 02 January, Mid - 02 October, High - 04 July. Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. CST#2084503-20
^Trip CAD Pricing for this itinerary is low $9246, mid $9340 and high $9977 based on the following effective from dates: Low - 02 January, Mid - 02 October, High - 04 July. Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. All prices and itineraries are subject to change until all services have been confirmed and paid in full. For up to date pricing contact your Brendan Vacations Celtic Expert. BN#776064719 | TICO # R50025597 and W50025598