Scenic Scotland

Scenic Scotland

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Scenic Scotland

8 Days Starting in Glasgow and ending in Edinburgh

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

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

BSCOZN20

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Tour Overview

Lands so diverse they will leave you spellbound; Scotland is a sight to see. Appreciate the country’s natural beauty over a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Dundreggan Rewilding Center with a conservation expert who illuminates the ecology of the Highlands. Savor another MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience over morning tea over at Ardgowan House with Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart. And delve into the history of Scottish royals at Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle.

Highlights

  • 4 Dinner (D)

  • 7 Breakfast (B)

  • 1 Lunch (L)

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities

  • 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. Glen Ord Distillery was founded in 1838 and has been a major distillery since the mid-1960s and is the perfect place to get an in-depth look at this Scottish drop, complete with a ‘wee dram’ to compete your visit.

  • : 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.

  • : High-speed ferry transfers from Athens to Mykonos and Santorini. Ferry schedules and the availability of high-speed ferries may be affected by adverse weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Porterage is not available on ferries.

  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

  • : Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

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Day 1: Welcome To Glasgow

Location: Glasgow

Accommodation: 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 tour over a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Day 2: Glasgow Sightseeing

Location: Glasgow

Accommodation: 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Centuries old history and a massive structure rising above the River Forth – Stirling Castle, a symbol of Scottish national pride and once home to Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots, awaits your discovery. Explore its halls, chapels and bedrooms, see the famous 'Stirling Heads' and admire the poignant Wallace Monument and battlefield of Stirling Bridge from its 16th-century walls. 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 the resort town and seafood capital of Scotland, Oban, 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.

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. Your curiosity will be piqued on this tiny island that has been a vibrant center of Christian worship. It’s even rumoured that the Book of Kells was made at Iona Abbey. 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.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

Full of curiosities, Blair Castle is a treasure trove of history and fine 18th century interiors. Join an Optional Experience to learn how it has been home to the Atholl family for over seven centuries with a history of both turbulent and peaceful times. Even the gardens surrounding Blair Castle, featuring a nine-acre walled garden, wooded grove, and extensive deer park, will have you 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, and live music.

Day 7: Edinburgh Castle And Orientation

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: 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 the sights and insights into the lives of the royals. With the afternoon free, you are at leisure to continue exploring as you wish. Stroll past the charming buildings on the Edinburgh Mile or join an Optional Experience of Royal Edinburgh with a Local Expert who brings its ancient stories to life. To complete your Scotland trip, dine on an unforgettable Celebration Dinner.

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

From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination. On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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  • 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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