Travel from Scotland's literary capital, Edinburgh to Glasgow, the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe, as your quest takes you past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands.
ORIENTATION of Glasgow
VIEW the 18th green at St Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, Necropolis and George Square in Glasgow
VISIT Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Glagow Cathedral, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle
First Class Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Hand-picked Trip Highlights
Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)
Get lost in the narrow lanes of Edinburgh - the Scottish capital with a mystical air that combines ancient heritage with the verve of a modern city. Spend your day at leisure delving into its rich history and embracing the warm culture of the Scots, before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks.
Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Join your 'Local Specialist' this morning for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city. Ascend Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, which watches over the surrounding city from its elevated vantage point. Stroll through the Old Town along the Royal Mile and see the stunning Palace of Holyroodhouse before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the city's festive atmosphere.
Edinburgh �� St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)
Tread in the footsteps of the world's golfing greats and head to St. Andrews en route to the glorious Scottish Highlands. A scenic drive takes us north and across the Firth of Tay, past the city of Dundee to Pitlochry. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore its river-side setting. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cosy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.
Culloden, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye Excursion
Our first stop today sees us commemorate World War II history at the Commando Memorial near Fort William, from which we admire spectacular views of Britain's highest peak - Ben Nevis. Follow the Great Glen towards Fort Augustus where we stop to view Loch ness, keeping a keen eye out for the elusive 'Nessie'. The soul-stirring sight of Eilean Donan Castle is our last stop on the mainland before we cross the bridge to the isle of Skye. The tragic battlefield of Culloden will be our final stop of the day, where we pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising. Later, we return to the Scottish Highlands and our accommodation for the night.
Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights)
Visit Fort William on the banks of Loch Linnie, before we journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains that lie just beyond Glencoe to see the 'Glen of Weeping'. Here we remember the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred in 1692. Continuing towards the River Clyde, we arrive at our final stop for the day - Glasgow. Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Enjoy views of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the centre of shipbuilding.
Stirling Castle Excursion
Journey to Stirling, to see its hilltop fortress, which stands as a symbol of national pride. Stirling Castle was once the seat of Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots. View the Wallace Monument from the castle walls, paying tribute to the Scottish hero who fought for Scotland's independence. Later, join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard to 'Connect With Locals' over a home-cooked Farewell 'Be My Guest' lunch, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes. Then head to Glengoyne whisky distillery. Here we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and learn how whisky is made, followed by a chance to sample a wee dram.
With the rugged beauty and warmth of Scotland's people forever in your memories, we enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before wishing them and your Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available.