A Scottish Journey 2024

A Scottish Journey 2024

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A Scottish Journey 2024

10 Days Starting and ending in Edinburgh

Visiting: Edinburgh, Cairngorms National Park, Inverness, Skye, Isle of Mull

Tour operator:

Blue-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BSJEE4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Whisky Tasting

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Tour Overview

Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic castles and quaint villages. Infamous battles and gripping legends. This small-group Scottish Journey takes us from coastal cities to Hebridean islands, seeking out one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerising history and undeniable charm. You'll also enjoy and uncover the intricacies behind Scottish whisky culture with a tasting experience.

Highlights

  • Spend days touring the breathtaking Isle of Skye and Isle of Mull

  • Uncover the intricacies behind Scottish whisky culture with a tasting experience

  • Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Culloden Battlefield

  • Savour time exploring the magnificent Cairngorms National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1: Edinburgh (Scotland)

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Malmaison Edinburgh City (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Majestic landscapes, rich cultural heritage and imagination-firing stories: Scotland delivers on every level. After meeting the group at our hotel, we’ll get to know each other over a delicious welcome meal.

Day 2: Edinburgh – St Andrews – Cairngorms National Park – Cairngorms Region

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: The Lodge on the Loch (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, it's time to board the mini-coach and take to the scenic route. Now the journey begins! We’ll admire the historic fishing villages speckled along the east coast before our first port of call: St Andrews. This small town has a big reputation for world-class golf, as well as a prestigious university – the third oldest in the English-speaking world. Following a spot of lunch, we’ll catch our first glimpse of the otherworldly Cairngorms National Park before settling into our accommodation for the evening.

Day 3: Cairngorms Region

Location: Cairngorms National Park

Accommodation: The Lodge on the Loch (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Prepare to travel back to the 16th century this morning as we stop in at stately Crathes Castle. Soaring turrets, intricately painted ceilings and enchanting manicured gardens await at this characteristically Scottish tower house. After an included lunch, we’ll follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria as we explore the Royal Deeside area – said to have captivated the queen during her 1848 visit. Later, we’ll have the evening at our leisure.

Day 4: Cairngorms Region – Cairngorms National Park – Inverness

Location: Inverness

Accommodation: The Kingsmills Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our day will begin in dramatic fashion this morning as we explore the stunning surrounds of Cairngorms National Park – heading to viewpoints specially chosen by our in-the-know Tour Leader. Then, truly authentic Scottish experiences await. We’ll stop at the open-air Highland Folk Museum, used as the filming location for the TV series Outlander. Following that, we’ll traverse to Inverness, the welcoming capital of the Highlands. And tonight, we’ll come together to share stories of the day’s adventures over an included meal.

Day 5: Inverness

Location: Inverness

Accommodation: The Kingsmills Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After this morning’s orientation tour, a lesson in Scotch whisky awaits. We’ll uncover the centuries-old legends and complex processes behind turning malted barley into ‘liquid gold’ – sampling a dram or two while we’re at it. Later, the city is your oyster. Visit Inverness Cathedral, explore the charming Victorian Market or simply hunt down a good pub to relax in. What you do this afternoon is completely up to you! For dinner tonight, why not take advantage of the array of local eateries filled with character and delicious Scottish fare.

Day 6: Inverness – Culloden, Loch Ness And Plockton – Isle Of Skye

Location: Skye

Accommodation: Duisdale House Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our path will lead us eastwards this morning as we make our way to the atmospheric Culloden Battlefield. Here we’ll immerse ourselves in the fascinating history of the Highlands and gain a unique insight into the battle that took place on this vast moorland. Next, there’s a chance to spot the elusive Nessie in mysterious Loch Ness – binoculars recommended! Following our monster hunt, we’ll pay a visit to the quaint village of Plockton, where painted cottages cluster around a picturesque bay. After strolling the harbour and observing the passing yachts, we’ll continue on to our final destination of the day: the breathtaking Isle of Skye. At our hotel, we’ll share the excitement for tomorrow’s adventures over an included dinner.

Day 7: Isle Of Skye

Location: Skye

Accommodation: Duisdale House Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sensational landscapes, rare wildlife and imagination-firing history – the Isle of Skye delivers on every level. This is North Highland scenery on a grand scale! We’ll spend the day taking in the island’s unique geology and jaw-dropping scenery – including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr. After a full day of exploring, we’ll have the evening free to dine at our leisure or relax in our idyllic surrounds.

Day 8: Isle Of Skye – Isle Of Mull

Location: Isle of Mull

Accommodation: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we’ll continue our journey through soul-stirring Scottish scenery before taking a short ferry ride over to the breathtaking Isle of Mull. Here, the evening will be yours to spend as you please.

Day 9: Isle Of Mull – Isle Of Iona – Isle Of Mull

Location: Isle of Mull

Accommodation: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The best way to explore the bewitching Hebrides is by island hopping – so today, we’ll do just that. From Mull’s little village of Fionnphort, we’ll set sail to Iona: where a medieval abbey and revered pilgrimage site await us. After returning to our hotel on Mull, we’ll toast to our Scottish journey with a final dinner together.

Day 10: Isle Of Mull – Stirling – Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

Meals Included: Breakfast

Back to the mainland we go. It’s been a tour that’s delved deep into Scotland’s heritage, so it’s only right that we finish with a stop in historic Stirling. A drive through the Old Town will bring us to the magnificent hilltop castle, one of Scotland’s most impressive and significant monuments. Here, we’ll spend some time exploring the castle’s many rooms and soaking up the sweeping views from atop the castle walls. What better way to round off our tour before returning to Edinburgh?

What's Included

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

  • Accommodation

    9 nights in hand-picked accommodation

  • Meals

    9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    GBP pound sterling

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 people

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, you will be accompanied by an experienced tour leader

  • Will we avoid large groups of people?

    We’re very eager to explore with you in the future, however avoiding large crowds at popular attractions and locations will be challenging. Our Blue-Roads tours deliver unique travel experiences that naturally visit lesser-known destinations – providing our guests with exclusive access to local experiences and charming, hand-picked accommodation. This means we are able to provide an unforgettable travel experience for our guests whilst avoiding larger crowds whenever possible.

  • Will I have to wear a mask whilst on my tour?

    Some personal protective equipment (such as a mask or gloves) may be required for particular destinations and attractions. However, we will provide details before your tour departure so you are prepared according to your destination of travel. To ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests, failure to comply with Blue-Roads policies and government regulations could result in your removal from your tour.

  • How many people will be on my tour?

    At Blue-Roads Touring, we specialize in small group tours with a maximum capacity of 18 people (average group size of 14 people). This small group element is one of the key reasons people choose to travel with us. Traveling in smaller groups means our Blue-Roads Tour Leaders can provide a more personalized traveling experience to every one of our guests.

  • What if I start to feel unwell on my tour?

    Let your Tour Leader know as soon as possible. Feeling unwell on a tour can happen and our Tour Leaders are already trained on appropriate actions to take if this occurs. Before we return to the road, all Blue-Roads Tour Leaders will receive additional training specific to coronavirus safety – ensuring they're prepared as possible to focus on your wellbeing.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Maureen H  

A Scottish Journey 2024

06-Jun-2019

The guiding was comprehensive, informative and flexible. We learnt a lot about the ecology, history and people of Scotland. The bus was comfortable and clean. We really enjoyed all the different styles of hotels we stayed in and the food service was amazing. Thank you for the extra evening meal which we enjoyed at Duisdale House Hotel. My interests lie with flora and fauna along with history and old architecture. I was suitably impressed with everything we stopped to see. The only slightly down point of the journey, which relates to personal preferences, was the lunch stop at the Waterside Seafood Restaurant. Yes it was supposed to be a taste experience and it was, but the meal needed to include more food without a smoked flavour. I think this would have enabled a better appreciation of the smoked flavours. The one thing that I felt was missing was a balance to the history, ecology and amazing food and accommodation - a arts/musical experience. Could you please consider including a music and dance experience (as in try it out) in the future? We were very,very satisfied with out trip.

Ian G  

A Scottish Journey 2024

28-Aug-2019

Value for money both tour and accommodation.

Neville S  

A Scottish Journey 2024

03-Jun-2019

We saw breathtaking views with very few tourists around because early in season. Tom Mcgiver was very knowledgeable about the history which was of interest to us. He was very humorous. But may need to work on his jokes?? Only 5 people on the tour so was very easy to know everyone and all blended well. Thoroughly recommend these tours

Anonymous  

A Scottish Journey 2024

29-Jul-2019

Sharyn E  

A Scottish Journey 2024

28-Dec-2019

Good value for the money spent

Anonymous  

A Scottish Journey 2024

03-Jun-2019

Overall very good Days a little too long and hence unable to enjoy interesting hotels

Anonymous  

A Scottish Journey 2024

22-Jul-2019

Isle of Skye and Isle of Mull, were fabulous. Scenery throughout spectacular.

Justine C  

A Scottish Journey 2024

20-Jul-2019

Lovely places to visit, places we stayed were lovely.

Anonymous  

A Scottish Journey 2024

28-Dec-2019

Did not enjoy this trip/ tour al all. Only one star but really should be no star

Robyn G  

A Scottish Journey 2024

23-Dec-2019

Have already just done so but your site seems not to like it

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