From its historical castles to its stunning landscapes and from its exciting cities to its charming, small towns, Scotland has it all. On this comprehensive Scotland tour, you’ll overnight in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Mull. Along the way, you’ll visit some of its historical castles; witness its unspoiled, breath-taking scenery; experience its cities and some of its small towns; learn about its fascinating history; and much more.Scotland is known for its many castles, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century and home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; Brodie Castle, with its outstanding art collection and magnificent library; and Dunrobin Castle, where you’ll also visit the formal gardens. Scotland is also known for its interesting and often bloody history, and you’ll have an opportunity to visit some of its historical sights. On the Orkney Islands, visit Skara Brae, with remains from a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village. Learn about 13 centuries of clan history at the Museum of the Isles on the Isle of Skye. Outlander fans will be treated to visits of two prominent sites: Linlithgow Palace, and the Royal Burgh of Culross, once a port city on the River Forth.Of course, no vacation to Scotland is complete without seeing the amazing scenery. Throughout this Scotland tour, sit back and enjoy as you witness Scotland at its best—the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery and miles of yellow sandy beaches on Scotland’s northern coast; the waterfalls and jagged, dark peaks on the Isle of Skye; the inspiring hills, green woodlands, and spectacular beaches on the “Road to the Isles”; and much more—while being escorted by an expert Tour Director who will bring Scotland to life with in-depth knowledge of its history, customs, stories, and secrets.
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| GLASGOW||Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner|
| FALKIRK||See the world’s largest equine sculptures|
| ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS||Guided tour of the 17th-century village|
| LINLITHGOW||Visit the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots|
| EDINBURGH||Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (excluding August and other occasional dates)|
| ABBOTSFORD||Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house|
| MELROSE||Visit the abbey|
| ST. ANDREWS||Visit the home of golf|
| INVERNESS||Visit the Highland capital|
| CLAVA CAIRNS||Visit the sacred prehistoric site|
| CULLODEN MOOR||Visit the battle site’s visitor center|
| BRODIE||Visit the castle|
| ROSS-SHIRE||[LF] Guided tour of the whisky distillery|
| DUNROBIN||Visit the castle and gardens|
| JOHN O’GROATS||Take the ferry to and from the Orkney Islands|
| ORKNEY ISLANDS||Board a local coach for a driver-guide commentary and visit the Churchill Barriers, Skara Brae and Skaill House, and Kirkwall; visit the [LF] Orkney Brewery and enjoy lunch at the Tasting Hall café|
| ULLAPOOL||[LF] Fish & chips lunch|
| ISLE OF SKYE||Visit the Museum of Island Life and the Museum of the Isles|
| ARMADALE–MALLAIG||Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry; glenfinnan Take pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaduct; lochaline–fishnish Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull|
| GLENFINNAN||Take pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaduct|
| LOCHALINE–FISHNISH||Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull|
| ISLE OF MULL||Visit Tobermory|
| ISLE OF IONA||Take the ferry to the island and visit the center of Celtic Christianity|
| CRAIGNURE–OBAN||Take the ferry back to the Scottish mainland|
| LOCH LOMOND||Take photographs of this stunning spot|
Headsets throughout the tour.Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- August 8, 15 & 22 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included
Motorcoach; ferries to/from the Orkney Islands, the Isles of Skye, Mull, and Iona.
Full Scottish breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 9 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow
Day 1 ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.
Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel with the rest of the day free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel Dinner
Day 2 GLASGOW–FALKIRK–ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS– LINLITHGOW–EDINBURGH.
Start your grand tour of Scotland with a visit to The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world. Then, discover two prominent sites featured in the popular TV series Outlander. At the ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS, follow your Local Guide through the charming, peaceful streets, which were once full of the hustle and bustle of a thriving 17th-century port on the Forth River. Then, take a short drive to the town of Linlithgow and visit the stunning LINLITHGOW PALACE ruins, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and where Outlander’s Jamie Fraser was incarcerated. On to Edinburgh, your base for the next three nights. Later, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 74 mi / 119 km Breakfast
Day 3 EDINBURGH.
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). After time on your own in Edinburgh, why not take an optional excursion to Rosslyn Chapel, made world-famous by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, and also one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings Breakfast
Day 4 EDINBURGH. ABBOTSFORD EXCURSION.
Today’s excursion brings you into parts of the Scottish Lowlands and Border Counties. Drive through rolling hills and leafy valleys to ABBOTSFORD HOUSE and enjoy a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s home. It contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor, as well as an extensive library with over 9,000 rare volumes. Then, visit Melrose Abbey, the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. This afternoon, join a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers August 8, August 15, August 22, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Today’s Distance: 80 mi / 129 km (B) Breakfast
Day 5 EDINBURGH–ST. ANDREWS–PITLOCHRY–INVERNESS.
Travel over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews. Cross the Firth of Tay and from Dundee, head into the Highlands with a lunch stop in the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park to Inverness, the Highland capital, where you spend the next two nights.
Today’s Distance: 200 mi / 325 km (B,D) Breakfast Dinner
Day 6 INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION.
Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. Stop first at CLAVA CAIRNS, featured in the Outlander series and one of Scotland’s most sacred prehistoric sites. See its three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, visit BRODIE CASTLE, the ancestral home of Clan Brodie, with an outstanding art collection and magnificent library. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation for this afternoon would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch.
Today’s Distance: 45 mi / 70 km Breakfast
Day 7 INVERNESS–THURSO.
Continue an unforgettable journey with a guided tour of a [LF] WHISKY DISTILLERY. Then, follow the coast road to majestic DUNROBIN CASTLE, perched on a high terrace above walled gardens and for centuries the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Overnight in Thurso, the most northerly town on Britain’s mainland. Before dinner, you may choose to join an optional excursion to a local pub.
Today’s Distance: 109 mi / 176 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 8 THURSO. EXCURSION TO THE ORKNEY ISLANDS.
A fascinating day full of adventure. At John o’Groats, board a FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands, where a local coach and driver-guide await you. Cross the four Churchill Barriers and overlook Scapa Flow, where the German fleet scuttled itself in World War I. After a light LUNCH at the Tasting Hall café, take a guided tour of the award-winning [LF] ORKNEY BREWERY and sample the local ale. Then, head for SKARA BRAE, where you see the fascinating remains of a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village and visit SKAILL HOUSE. Yet more highlights: the Ring of Brodgar, the Orkneys’ Stonehenge, and Kirkwall, the small and picturesque island capital. Return to the mainland by FERRY in the late afternoon.
Today’s Distance: 119 mi / 191 km BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 9 THURSO–ULLAPOOL–ISLE OF SKYE.
A day to sit back and enjoy the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery, some of the finest in Britain. The northern coast is lined with miles of yellow-sand beaches and pristine estuaries, and the hills and mountains take on a purple hue as the summer progresses. This is Scotland at its best! Drive to the quaint fishing port of Ullapool, where you enjoy a traditional [LF] FISH & CHIPS lunch at a local restaurant. Late-afternoon arrival on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye.
Today’s Distance: 219 mi / 353 km BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 10 ISLE OF SKYE.
Striking landscapes, unusual rock formations, and dramatic waterfalls will capture your attention on your drive around the Trotternish Peninsula. Visit the thatch-roofed cottages at the MUSEUM OF ISLAND LIFE, close to the last resting place of Highland heroine Flora MacDonald. Then, follow the spectacular coast route, before stopping for free time in the picturesque island capital of Portree. On the way back to Broadford, take in the views of the jagged and dark peaks of the Cuillin Hills.
Today’s Distance: 100 mi / 161 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 11 ISLE OF SKYE–GLENFINNAN–ISLE OF MULL.
Call at Armadale Castle for a visit to its MUSEUM OF THE ISLES and insight into 13 centuries of Clan Donald history before boarding your FERRY at Armadale to cross the Sound of Sleat. Rejoin the mainland at Mallaig and follow the “Road to the Isles.” Stop at Glenfinnan with its viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films, then take the FERRY to the Isle of Mull, to conclude your day with a visit to the quaint island capital of Tobermory.
Today’s Distance: 135 mi / 217 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 12 ISLE OF MULL. IONA EXCURSION.
A leisurely day to relax and enjoy the best of Scotland’s western isles. Drive across Mull to visit the beautiful and fascinating Isle of Iona. Time to visit the ABBEY and explore the religious settlement before returning to your hotel in the early afternoon.
Today’s Distance: 72 mi / 116 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 13 ISLE OF MULL–INVERARAY–GLASGOW.
Your final island FERRY crossing brings you to Oban. Then, over the Pass of Brander and from Inveraray to the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond. Back in Glasgow this afternoon, an orientation drive takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. Time for last-minute shopping before enjoying a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 108 mi / 174 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 14 GLASGOW.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
Cambridge Street Glasgow United Kingdom
DoubleTree by Hilton - Glasgow is a luxury hotel in Glasgow City Centre. It is ideally located for the Central Train Station and for all the sights and special events that make Glasgow so unique. The hotel is within a short distance of the fashionable boutiques and restaurants of Princes Square, the roar of Hampden Park for football or music events and the 'Armadillo' for concerts.
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
North Bridge Edinburgh United Kingdom
The grand, classically designed Carlton has an excellent central location just off the Royal Mile and is equidistant between the castle and Holyrood Palace. With 189 spacious air-cooling rooms, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the city. It offers the elegant Bridge Restaurant, a cocktail bar, a fitness suite with Techno gym equipment, swimming pool, sauna, steam room spa, and a squash court.
Mercure Inverness Hotel
33 Church Street Inverness United Kingdom
Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel. Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city's numerous pubs and restaurants.
St Clair Hotel
Sinclair Street Thurso-Caithness United Kingdom
Unpack and relax in your room. All 34 rooms are freshly decorated and have the essential direct dial telephone, television with Freeview, hairdryer, hospitality tray and en suite shower rooms with complimentary toiletries.
Broadford Isle of Skye United Kingdom
The Dunollie Hotel is set by the serene waterside of Broadford Bay, at the foot of the mountains that lead to the famous Cuillin Hills. With 84 en suite bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, it is perfectly placed to explore an area rich in history.
Isle Of Mull Hotel
Craignure-Isle Of Mull United Kingdom
Situated on the crescent Craignure Bay, you will find the breathtaking Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa. With its convenient location to the ferry terminal, the hotel is situated in the perfect place; central while still giving you the feeling of being a million miles away from it all. With panoramic sea views, extensive spa facilities and Sheallach-Na-Mara restaurant.
Radisson Blu Glasgow
301 Argyle St. Glasgow United Kingdom
Offering Free high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout, the hotel compromises 250 rooms with complimentary amenities like iPod docking stations, bathrobes and slippers. Collage Restaurant, two stylish bars, access to LA Fitness and a first floor dedicated solely to meetings and events round out the offerings. Glaswegian hospitality and Radisson Blu service standards blend to offer guests a memorable, upscale stay.