Scottish Highland Treasures and Lowland Cultures

Scottish Highland Treasures and Lowland Cultures

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Scottish Highland Treasures and Lowland Cultures

10 Days Starting and ending in Edinburgh EH12 9DN, UK

Visiting: St Andrews, Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh, Portree, Loch Ness, Isle of Arran, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Tour operator:

Global Dream Travel

Tour code:

GDTEU2407

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 12

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-85

Special diets catered:

MeatVegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Luxury

From:
$4108
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NB: Prices correct on 23-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

On this spectacular Scottish Journey of a Lifetime you will experience the best of both Highland Scenery and Lowland Sophistication. Edinburgh being an outdoor museum with thousands of years of history and the Highlands offering majestic mountains, rugged handsomeness, winding rivers and enjoyable personalities, you are bound to fall in love with Bonnie Scotland's natural offerings. Scotland is one of Europe's top culinary destinations with the freshest seafood, tasty beverages and fresh, local baking to sample and savour. From the art historian to the passive lover of the bagpipes and kilts, Scotland always overdelivers with unique cultural and topographical delights.

Highlights

  • Visit the historic town of St Andrew's

  • Enter the Cairngorms National Park, the largest in the UK

  • Explore areas of Scotland not known by many tourists

  • Immerse yourself in the nature and scenery of the Isle of Skye

  • Enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness

Places You'll See

Cawdor Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Cawdor Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Explore St Andrews

Location: St Andrews

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Meet and Greet at Edinburgh International Airport with local
driver/guide. Transfer to our luxury touring vehicle. Depart North to
St. Andrews across the Firth of Forth and see the three most famous
bridges in Scotland. Arrive in 90 minutes to the famous town of St.
Andrews with it’s 600 year old University, Ruined Cathedral, Castle,
Holy Trinity Church. Lunch. Have a walk and learn about the
Scottish Reformation. See the Royal and Ancient Club and Old
Course Golf location. Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery and note the
location of the filming of Chariots of Fire. Free time to explore the
town. Continue North to Angus and Overnight in Angus.

Day 2 : Head To The Highlands

Location: Inverness

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit Glamis Castle, the Queen Mother’s childhood home. Enjoy a
guided tour here with incredibly interesting commentary of the
interior of this Castle. See the dungeon and learn of the ghost, as well
as the fancy bedrooms and dining hall. Continue north to on the A9
through Pitlochry and enter the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy Lunch in
Pitlochry, walk to the Dam and see the Salmon Ladder. Experience the
complimentary access Museum exploring the construction of the
Hydro-electric Dam. Visit a Highlands Single Malt Distillery and
Enjoy a guided tour and tasting. Enter into the Cairngorms National
Park, the largest in the UK. Check into your hotel in Inverness x2
nights. Dinner.

Day 3 : Explore The Inverness Area

Location: Inverness

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a walk in the center of Inverness along the
banks of the River Ness. See the Cathedral, City Hall and more.
Explore the nearby Cawdor Castle, lunch here (Shakespear’s
Macbeth). There are lovely gardens and it’s a wonderful visit.
Continue to Outlander sights and visit the famous Culloden Battle
Site where the Jacobites fought the Redcoats in the rising led by
Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk the Battlefield and see the weapons used
during this very European Battle ending Highland Resistance to
Royalist rule of Scotland. Return to your Highland Hotel. Dinner.

Day 4 : Off The Beaten Track

Location: Kyle of Lochalsh

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Depart for Achnasheen and explore and area of
Scotland in pristine condition not known by many tourists. Have
refreshments at Achnasheen Lodge - a 19th century hunting lodge -
along the way. This is a very Scottish place with Tartan Interiors and
fantastically Scottish furnishings. Continue to Kinlochewe and
Shieldaig. Have lunch here. Explore the most incredible views on a
hidden coastal road going up into the mountains. Enjoy the views of
the Western Isles from Bealach na Ba. See Appelcross and learn the
local history, understand the Clan system and daily lives of the locals
in this remote and rugged landscape. Overnight x2 at Kyle of Lochalsh
on the Atlantic Ocean. Dinner locally.

Day 5 : Enjoy The Isle Of Skye

Location: Portree

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue to Isle of Skye. Explore Portree with free
time at the port for photos of the multicolored, bright homes. Enjoy
views over the harbor from a place that only we take our clients.
Continue North to Flora MacDonald’s grave (she saved Bonnie Prince
Charlie after Culloden). Enjoy the scenery here and enjoy Kilt Rock,
Waterfalls and learn of the dinosaur history in the area. Lunch.
Continue to Sligachan and Return to Kyle of Lochalsh. Dinner.

Day 6 : Cruise On Loch Ness

Location: Loch Ness

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Depart for Fort Augustus. Take a Cruise on
Loch Ness. Free time to enjoy the Caledonian Canal and the fantastic
series of locks on the Canal. Depart for Fort William. Lunch. Head
south to Glencoe and enjoy marvelous views of the 3 Sisters Peaks and
Ski Resort. Cross Rannoch Mor Peat Bog, enter Loch Lomond and the
Trossachs National Park. Overnight in the Glasgow Area. Dinner.

Day 7 : Isle Of Arran Visit

Location: Isle of Arran

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a sailing on the water and a day on the Isle of
Arran. Visit Brodick Castle and hope to see some Heelin Coos. Lunch
on the Island and continue exploring with a leisurely drive with photo
stops around the North of the Island Return across the Firth of Clyde
to Ardrossan. Dinner.

Day 8 : Explore Glasgow

Location: Glasgow

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

See Glasgow Cathedral, St. Mungos, Kelvingrove,
University of Glasgow, Necropolis, St. George’s Square, River Clyde
and other famous landmarks in the city. Free time to explore the
museum at Kelvingrove. Lunch in the Kelvingrove Area. Explore the
Transport Museum (building designed by Zaha Haddid Architects).
This is one of the best museums in the UK and it’s also free to enter.
Free time in central Glasgow. Return to Hotel. Dinner.

Day 9 : Explore Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Depart for Stirling Castle and visit the legendary
location of the Battles of Stirling and Bannockburn. Continue to
Linlithgow and see the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Visit
Hopetoun House (associated with Outlander and more), a fabulous
Period Home and Mansion in a superb location near to Edinburgh.
Enjoy a late lunch in Edinburgh. Panoramic City Tour of the city
encompassing UNESCO Old and New Town. See Edinburgh Castle,
Princes Street Gardens, Hogwarts Castle (a local private high school),
the famous Palace of Holyrood House (official Residence of HRH the
King), Greyfriars Bobby, Greyfriars Cemetery from Harry Potter,
Edinburgh University, statue of Sir Walter Scot and a lot more. Free
time in Edinburgh on the Royal Mile. Dinner in central Edinburgh.
Overnight in Edinburgh City Centre x1.

Day 10 : Departure

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your departure.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4* Minimum on a Bed & Breakfast Basis

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Fully Guided

  • Transport

    Luxury touring vehicle

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

  • Personal shopping items / souvenirs

Accommodation

All accommodations are minimum 4* standard on a Bed and Breakfast basis

Check out our Q&As

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the tipping policy?

    This is always at the travellers discretion however we recommend a minimum of $20 per person per day

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Minimum of 4*

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes

  • Company Instant Book

    Yes

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    CZK and EUR

  • What is the maximum group size?

    12

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    N/A as the minimum is 2

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    No but we would recommend no more than one suitcase and one item of hand luggage per person

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Check depending on your nationality

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    No

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    The co-founders joined forces in early 2023, so we have been trading for over 3 years. With our combined experience, we have been operating tours for over 25 years which has enabled us to deliver the trip of a lifetime for so many of our travellers.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes you can, and whilst we may be able to provide assistance in transportation to meet the group this may come at an additional cost to you.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You can change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the start of your trip for free, however after this time it is down to suppliers as to whether or not you get a full refund. We will always endeavor to get as much back to you as possible but we cannot guarantee a full refund after this point

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Absolutely - we select accommodations that are a minimum of 4* standard so ensure the comfort and safety for our travellers. In some remote areas (e.g the Scottish Highlands, safaris etc.) where this isn't always available, we carefully select local lodges or bed and breakfasts which adhere to our high standards.

Reviews of this operator

James Laviolette  

Perfectly planned trip Scotland/Ireland 2023

14-Apr-2023

Perfectly planned trip. It was my retirement trip with my wife and Conor did an amazing job from start to finish. We went to two cities in Scotland then flew to Dublin and rented a car for 2 weeks. We had an amazing time. Conor texted us everyday to see how we were getting along and to make suggestions for sights to see and good places to eat. We are forever grateful.

Susan Osgood  

Outstanding experience!

05-May-2023

Just returning from an amazing Ecuadorian vacation (Quito and Galapagos Islands), beautifully orchestrated by GDT. They mastered the details - accommodations, meals, activities, local guides - all top notch. I have nothing negative to say. Being a less experienced traveler, GDT's care in planning, ease of availability, and passion for sharing the best of our world, at your pace, instilled confidence. Yes, you can be a world traveler, too! I highly recommend GDT, and will definitely use them again on my next excursion.

Therese Zimmer-Farid  

Above & Beyond our wildest dreams!

13-Mar-2023

Global Dream Travel made our vacation amazing! Conor & Adam were top of the line from the very beginning with the logistics, research and planning the itinerary to include every experience we were hoping to have. What we didn't expect were all the extras that came from Global Dream Travel (Conor & Adam's) long time experience, connections and going above and beyond our wildest dreams! If we did this on our own it would have taken a lot of research and time to have a good trip. With Global Dream Travel and very little work on our end, we had an EXCEPTIONAL trip. There were sights and experiences we never could have even known existed without their expertise. For example; enjoying an elegant lunch in a castle, on top of a mountain, overlooking a pristine Lake and the Alps as a backdrop! This is just one of the countless surprises we encountered as well as the continued help and guidance navigating a foreign country with all the nuances one can never fully account for. Global dream travel did all of this seamlessly and with ease, laughter, no worries and complete and utter enjoyment. Thank you so much for a dream come true! We cannot wait for our next dream vacation with you!

Jan Zimmer  

You don’t have to worry about anything. They have plans in place and you just enjoy the experience

06-Apr-2023

Global Dream Travel gave me the best experience of my life! I’ve never been to Europe and I can’t say enough positive things to express how wonderful it was. We had tour guides at each country to give historical and current information. That was all prearranged for us. Hotels were also prearranged and were outstanding! To say this was a trip of a lifetime is an understatement. Without Global Dream Travel, it would have been ok but stressful getting to and from places. Finding hotels and places of interest, restaurants, getting to and from airport was all taken care of. We didn’t have concerns about anything. I will never travel without Global Dream Travel planning our dream trip!! Thank you Conor! We had the best time.

Howard Shempp  

The people of Ireland were the high point.

13-Sep-2022

Overall we saw and experienced a lot of Ireland in our recent two week tour. We were able to meet many people as Conor, our guide and driver engaged them in conversation and enhanced our experience even further. He placed us in hotels that were all 4 star or better. In each overnight stop the restaurants recommended were very high quality. His experience showed in so many ways. We were in the more crowded venues before the tour buses showed up and always seemed to be one step ahead of the crowds. We were given lots of free time to explore towns and villages on our own and the schedule allowed flexibility and selection of the venues to be visited. Unusual in tour we never felt rushed, he was very sensitive to our needs and changed plans quickly if we wanted to see something not on the schedule. The tour vehicle was small for our group but it did allow us to get into some sites easier. The follow up after the tour was amazing. He helped us in our travel plans when the airlines went down and was there before during and after the tour when we needed help. Highly recommend this company.

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  • Low Deposit

    Global Dream Travel requires a minimum deposit of 100% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 180 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of global dream travel charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • Flexible Booking Available

    Change your dates for free up until 60 days prior to departure

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