Scenic Scotland a Women-Only Tour

Scenic Scotland a Women-Only Tour

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Scenic Scotland a Women-Only Tour

8 Days Starting in Glasgow and ending in Edinburgh

Visiting: Glasgow, Oban, Isle of Mull, Inverness, Edinburgh

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

XBSCON20

Specialist Group:

Women Only

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

From:
$4750
$4173 Operator discount: -$380 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$197 -12%

NB: Prices correct on 18-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Lands so diverse they will leave you spellbound; Scotland is a sight to see. Over this 8-day women-only tour, appreciate the country’s natural beauty on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Dundreggan Rewilding Center with a conservation expert. Savor another MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience over morning tea over at Ardgowan House with Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart. In Edinburgh, meet the Piper to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh since 2006 and Julie Hill, the only woman ever to have won the International Sheepdog Championship. Commemorate your small group women-only tour making your own Scottish handbag and delve into the history of Scottish royals at Stirling and Edinburgh Castle.

Highlights

  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise.

  • Learn the fascinating process of Scottish whisky production at a local distillery and malting facility at Glen Ord Distillery.

  • Stirling Castle: Delve into the insights of Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important Castles in Scotland dating back to the 13th century.

  • Edinburgh: Create your very own Islander Harris Tweed® Handbag in an Islander Edinburgh Handbag Workshop.

  • Meet Louise, Piper to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh since 2006, for a demonstration and bagpipe workshop.

  • Inverness: Visit Dundreggan Rewilding Center to learn about the reintroduction of native species and conservation efforts.

  • Ardgowan House: Join Sir Ludovic for a tour of his family home, Ardgowan Estate, and savor a traditional Scottish tea.

  • Isle of Mull: Embark on a day trip to the Isles of Mull and Iona, exploring the sights and insights of the Scottish Highlands.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Glasgow

Location: Glasgow

Accommodation: Voco Grand Central

Accommodation Name: Voco Grand Central

Meals Included: Dinner

Glasgow, the undisputed capital of Scottish culture, offers endless opportunities for the curious traveler. As Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow boasts more than 20 museums and art galleries that may tempt you upon arrival. After you meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers, celebrate your first night of your Scotland women-only tour over a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Day 2: Glasgow Sightseeing

Location: Glasgow

Accommodation: Voco Grand Central

Accommodation Name: Voco Grand Central

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Embark on an orientation drive with your Travel Director who reveals Glasgow’s grand public buildings including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral. The morning continues with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Ardgowan House where Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart welcomes you to his family castle set on a 10,000-acre coastal estate. Not only will you dine with a Baronet, your host will even be involved in the food preparation. Work up an appetite walking amid the beech trees while learning about the Shaw Stewart family. Then return to the castle for a sumptuous afternoon tea of finger sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients, freshly baked scones, cream, jam and cakes.

Day 3: Travel On To Oban

Location: Glasgow, Oban

Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel, Glencoe., Isle of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Center.

Accommodation Name: Ballachulish Hotel or Isle of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Center

Meals Included: Breakfast

Rising above the River Forth, Stirling Castle is a symbol of Scottish national pride and was once home to Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots. Explore the castle’s halls, chapels and bedrooms, see the famous 'Stirling Heads' and admire views of the poignant Wallace Monument and battlefield of Stirling Bridge. After a morning exploring the lives of royals, arrive in scenic Scotland’s Loch Lomond for an Optional Cruise and Lunch on the ‘Queen of Scottish Lochs’ according to historian and novelist Sir Walter Scott. The evening finds you in Oban, a renowned seafood capital of Scotland, where you can opt to sample the local fare over a Seafood Dinner.

Day 4: Oban

Location: Oban, Isle of Mull, Oban

Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel, Glencoe., Isle of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Center.

Accommodation Name: Ballachulish Hotel or Isle of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Scotland conjures up images of green highlands and wind-whipped seas. Encounter them for yourself today on a ferry from Oban to Craignure, the main ferry port on the Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Then make your way to the Isle of Iona for a visit to Iona Abbey, where it is rumoured the Book of Kells was made. Before returning to Oban, view Rèilig Odhrain, the final resting place of many Scottish kings.

Day 5: To The Highland Capital Of Inverness

Location: Oban, Inverness

Accommodation: Dornoch Station Hotel, Pentahotel Inverness.

Accommodation Name: Pentahotel Inverness or Dornoch Station Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Take your Scotland tour to a deeper level at a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Dundreggan, home to a pristine and fragile ecosystem, at Dundreggan Rewilding Center. Meet a conservation expert to learn about the ecology of the Highlands and the connection between nature and regenerating the Gaelic cultural heritage. After an illuminating morning, the afternoon finds you tailoring your time with an Insight Choice between a relaxing Loch Ness Cruise and a tour of Glen Ord Distillery.

Day 6: Blair Castle And Edinburgh

Location: Inverness, Edinburgh

Accommodation: Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

Accommodation Name: Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

Meals Included: Breakfast

Blair Castle is a treasure trove of history and fine 18th-century interiors. Join an Optional Experience to learn about its seven centuries as home to the Atholl family, through both turbulent and peaceful times. Even the gardens surrounding Blair Castle, featuring a nine-acre walled garden, wooded grove, gothic folly, kirk ruin and extensive deer park, will have you slowing your pace and reflecting on the castle’s past. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, where you could opt to experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu Georgian hall for Scottish dining, live music and Ceilidhs, traditional Scottish Barn Dances.

Day 7: Edinburgh Castle And Orientation

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

Accommodation Name: Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Edinburgh offers endless possibilities for the curious traveler. Discover the sights and insights of the city with your Local Expert as you travel along Princes Street to see the ornate Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Georgian facades of New Town, and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the Old Town. Your Local Expert then guides you inside the walls of Edinburgh Castle for sights and insights into the lives of the royals. Discover the local arts and culture over an Islander Edinburgh Handbag Workshop, making your own handbag. Before dinner enjoy a demonstration and bagpipe playing workshop by Louise the Piper, who piped for the Prince and Princess of Wales. To complete your Scotland trip, dine on an unforgettable dinner joined by sheepdog herding champion, Julie Hill.

Day 8: Depart Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

Meals Included: Breakfast

It’s time to close the chapter on a memorable Scotland tour. We bid our newfound friends and Travel Director a fond farewell.

What's Included

  • Meals Included

    7 Breakfasts (B), 4 Dinners (D), and 1 Lunch (L) are included, offering a taste of local Scottish cuisine.

  • Unique Experiences

    Choose between two carefully selected activities to tailor your travel experience. Enjoy a Loch Ness cruise, delve into the history at Stirling Castle, create your own Harris Tweed Handbag in Edinburgh, and more.

  • Accommodations

    Stay in comfortable hotels throughout the tour, including Voco Grand Central, Ballachulish Hotel or Isle of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Center, Pentahotel Inverness or Dornoch Station Hotel, and Virgin Hotels Edinburgh.

  • Transportation

    Travel comfortably with high-speed ferry transfers, an air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with onboard washroom, and airport transfers if your flights align with the itinerary start and end dates.

  • Expert Guides

    Benefit from the knowledge of Local Experts and a Travel Director, enhancing your journey with fascinating insights and efficient navigation.

  • Additional Inclusions

    Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi in coaches and hotels, personal radio headsets for tours, luggage handling to your hotel rooms, and all tips for hotel and restaurant staff.

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered.

    Some dinners and lunches will be at your own expense.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional activities mentioned are not included in the tour price.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and souvenirs are not included.

  • Additional Nights

    Pre and post-tour accommodation and any associated transfers are not included.

Mode of Transport

If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Accommodation

Hotels included in this tour are Voco Grand Central, Ballachulish Hotel or Isle of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Center (dependent on departure date), Pentahotel Inverness or Dornoch Station Hotel (dependent on departure date), and Virgin Hotels Edinburgh.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are there any specific highlights in Edinburgh included in the tour?

    Yes, specific highlights in Edinburgh include an Islander Edinburgh Handbag Workshop, a bagpipe lesson and demonstration, a visit to Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, and an exploration of the city with a Local Expert.

  • Are there any meals included in the Scenic Scotland a Women-Only Tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 4 dinners (D), 7 breakfasts (B), and 1 lunch (L).

  • What are the countries visited on the Scenic Scotland a Women-Only Tour?

    The countries visited on the Scenic Scotland a Women-Only Tour are Scotland and the United Kingdom.

  • What is the ending location of the tour?

    The ending location of the tour is Edinburgh.

  • What is the starting location of the tour?

    The starting location of the tour is Glasgow.

  • Is there a choice of activities included in the tour?

    Yes, there is a choice between two carefully selected activities included in the tour.

  • What type of accommodations are included in the tour?

    The accommodations included in the tour are Voco Grand Central, Ballachulish Hotel or Isle of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Center (dependent on departure date), Pentahotel Inverness or Dornoch Station Hotel (dependent on departure date), and Virgin Hotels Edinburgh.

  • What are the highlights of the Scenic Scotland a Women-Only Tour?

    The highlights of the Scenic Scotland a Women-Only Tour include 4 dinners, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, a choice between two activities, a Loch Ness cruise, a visit to Glen Ord Distillery, high-speed ferry transfers, complimentary Wi-Fi, personal radio headsets, bag carrying service, Insight Flourish local specialties, included hotel and restaurant tips, and visits to Stirling Castle, Edinburgh for a handbag workshop, a bagpipe lesson, sheepdog training demonstration, Dundreggan Rewilding Center, Ardgowan House, Glasgow's grand public buildings, Isle of Mull and Iona, and Edinburgh Castle.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

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

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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