Tour Overview

From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles layered in history, Scotland awaits. Explore the regal city of Edinburgh. Put a modern twist on Scottish cuisine during an interactive cooking class. See the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland’s greatest events. Stop in St. Andrews, home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. Take a cruise on famed Loch Ness. Visit a local family on their farm and meet their sheepdogs. Visit Dunrobin Castle. Explore the Orkney Islands’ ancient Skara Brae. Marvel at the stunning Isle of Skye. Sample Scotch whisky on a distillery tour. Learn how to play the bagpipes and enjoy dinner at the National Piping Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant. Discover a land of rolling green Highlands, friendly sheepdogs, and smooth Scotch whisky.

Highlights

  • iconEnjoy an interactive cooking experience at one of Edinburgh's premier culinary institutions.
  • iconSee the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland’s greatest events.
  • iconVisit magnificent Edinburgh Castle, a stone fortress perched high above the city.
  • iconVisit a working farm and meet a shepherd and his sheepdogs.
  • iconLearn the art of producing Scotch whisky during a distillery tour and tasting.
  • iconExplore the legendary Isle of Skye while soaking up the dramatic views.
  • iconExperience the Orkney Islands during a full-day guided excursion.
  • iconDiscover the remains of a Neolithic village at Skara Brae.
  • iconReflect at Culloden Battlefield, the site of the half-hour battle that changed history.

Places You'll See

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Edinburgh, Scotland - Tour Begins

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Radisson Blu

Meals: Dinner

Your tour opens in Edinburgh, Scotland’s stunning capital city. This evening, give traditional Scottish ingredients a modern twist. Enjoy a lively and interactive cooking experience at one of Scotland’s premier culinary institutions. Later, with a “wee dram” in hand, toast the beginning of a wonderful journey.

icon Day 2 : Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Radisson Blu

Meals: Breakfast

Today it’s your choice! Choose to get acquainted with this regal capital on a locally guided panoramic city tour, exploring both the Old and New Towns before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse,* the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary Queen of Scots -OR- for a different perspective you may join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot; descend into the city’s vast underground vaults and uncover a world unchanged since the 18th century. Both choices include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. Later this evening, take your seat at the spectacular, world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland's greatest events.

icon Day 3 : Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Pitlochry - Inveness

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Best Western Palace Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf. See the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town. Discover its Old World appeal as you explore this popular resort town on your own. Visit a family-run farm set in the heart of the Highlands. See sheepdogs at work while surrounded by the mountain wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy an overnight stay in Inverness, capital of the Highlands.

icon Day 4 : Inverness - Thurso

Location: Inverness

Accommodation: Castletown Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will visit Culloden Battlefield. On this spot in April 1746, a half-hour battle changed the course of Scotland’s history. Next, make a stop at the majestic Dunrobin Castle** which dates back to the 1300s. Later, take in the breathtaking views as you drive along the windswept cliffs of Scotland’s east coast. Travel off the beaten path to Thurso, one of Scotland’s most remote towns on the North Coast. Embrace the rustic environment of the Scottish Highlands as you settle in for your 2-night stay.

icon Day 5 : Thurso - Orkney Islands - Thurso

Location: Thurso

Accommodation: Castletown Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Grab your windbreaker – it’s time for an adventure on the Orkney Islands.*** Ferry to this former Viking stronghold off the northernmost coast of Scotland, where artists admire the ever-changing clouds rolling across the sky like a time-lapse at double speed. On the crossing, feel the wind in your hair as you view the abundant bird life and, if you are lucky, porpoises and seals. A local guide introduces this ethereal place that very few visitors to Scotland get to experience. Visit Skara Brae and discover the remains of a Neolithic village built at the same time as the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Continue on toward the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar, reported to be older than Stonehenge. Make your way through the town of Viking Kirkwall before returning to the mainland.

icon Day 6 : Thurso - Loch Ness - Ballachulish

Location: Thurso

Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

As you make your way back from the northern coast, journey through unspoiled landscapes through the Highlands. Enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness, one of Britain’s most scenic bodies of water. Keep your eyes open – you never know when Nessie will appear! After your cruise, visit the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle. Travel through the Great Glen, famous for its many lochs (lakes), before arriving at your remote countryside hotel situated on lovely Loch Linnhe.

icon Day 7 : Ballachulish - Isle of Skye - Ballachulish

Location: Ballachulish

Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a stunning drive along the “Road to the Isles” and over the Skye Bridge to the legendary Isle of Skye, also known in poetry and song as Eilean a' Cheò (The Misty Isle). Enjoy dramatic views of the Sound of Sleat. Then, visit Armadale Castle & Gardens**** and the Museum of the Isles to learn about island life and the history of Skye. Conclude your visit with views of the isle from yet another vantage point during a ferry crossing back to the mainland. Returning to Ballachulish along the same road, see Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.

icon Day 8 : Ballachulish - Glencoe - Glasgow

Location: Ballachulish

Accommodation: Hilton

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day with a breathtaking drive in the heart of Scotland, passing through Glencoe and crossing Rannoch Moor. Arrive at one of Scotland’s renowned whisky distilleries. Taste and see for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world’s finest. This evening, visit the National Piping Centre to learn about the Great Highland Bagpipe. After a demonstration and lesson with a renowned piper, it’s your chance to give it a go! Then, join your fellow travelers for a joyous farewell dinner at the Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant and toast the end to your Scottish adventure.

icon Day 9 : Glasgow - Tour Ends

Location: Glasgow

Meals: Breakfast

Your tour of Scotland comes to a close today.

Experiences

  • Visit a working farm and meet a shepherd and his sheepdogs.
  • Reflect at Culloden Battlefield, the site of the half-hour battle that changed history.
  • Discover the remains of a Neolithic village at Skara Brae.
  • See the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland’s greatest events.

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Dates & Availability

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Monday Aug 09, 2021

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Tuesday Aug 10, 2021

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Sunday Aug 15, 2021

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Tuesday Aug 17, 2021

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