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Best of Scotland Summer 2018 tour

Best of Scotland Summer 2018

Trafalgar Premier
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4.5 . Great
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
7 days
From: $ 1,825 $ 261 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • City tour in Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling
  • View the 18th green at St Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, People's Palace and Winter Gardens and George Square in Glasgow
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle

Short Description

The land of the ancients - cliff-top castles, standing stones and Rob Roy. Travel from Scotland's literary capital, Edinburgh, to feisty Glasgow, the heart and home of golf, St. Andrews, and the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe, as your quest takes you past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and Glengoyne Whisky Distillery for a well-deserved wee dram.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Edinburgh
End City Glasgow

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Get lost among the enchanting cobbled lanes of Edinburgh - the quirky Scottish capital with a mystical air that combines ancient heritage with the verve of a modern city. Spend your day at leisure exploring 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. Welcome Reception

Day 2: Edinburgh Sightseeing

Join your Local Specialist this morning for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city. Ascend Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, watching imposingly over the surrounding cityscape. Meander through the picturesque Old Town along the Royal Mile and see the stunning Palace of Holyroodhouse before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the city's charming atmosphere. If your travel dates coincide with the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the magnificent Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Full Breakfast

Day 3: Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

Tread in the footsteps of the world's golfing greats and head to St. Andrews, the home of golf en route to the glorious Scottish Highlands. A scenic drive brings us north and across the Dundee Firth to the picturesque village of Pitlochry. Spend your afternoon rambling through the village's charming river-side setting, browse its woollen crafts or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end over a cosy dinner at our hotel sharing tales of the day with our fellow travellers. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highlands Excursion

Meandering to the coast, we arrive in Mallaig where we'll board our ferry and cross to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Heather-clad peaks provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive around the breathtaking Sleat Peninsula where we will have some free time to enjoy lunch before crossing a road bridge back to the mainland. The rugged beauty of Eilean Donan Castle will leave you speechless before you continue your journey past the lochs and glens of the Highlands to the tragic battlefield of Culloden. Pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the fierce final battle of the Jacobite Uprising before returning to your hotel this evening. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights)

Our first stop today sees us commemorate World War II history at the Commando Memorial near Fort William, where we admire spectacular views of Britain's highest peak - Ben Nevis. We journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains that lie just beyond the quaint village of Glencoe to see the "Glen of the Weeping" and remember the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred in 1692. Continuing towards the River Clyde, we arrive in our final stop for the day - Glasgow. Full Breakfast

Day 6: Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion

Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your fascinating orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Begin your day seeing Glasgow's iconic sights. Enjoy views of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the epicentre of shipbuilding. Spend some time at leisure before we travel to visit the hilltop fortress of Stirling Castle. Today a symbol of national pride, the royal residence 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, we indulge in a Cultural Insight at Glengoyne Whisky Distillery and enjoy a wee dram before we join the Wood family at their 15th century historical farms on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Be My Guest Farewell Dinner, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-taping Ceilidh tunes. Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 7: Depart Glasgow

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. Conditions apply. Full Breakfast

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Best of Scotland Summer 2018

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We saw everything that we wanted to see. And lucky for us the weather was perfect!

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The various places we visited were great and the tour director had a great deal of knowledge to share with the group. The group itself was wonderful a lot of great and caring people.
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The experiences are wonderful memories! Some of the extras were amazing add on's and we were so glad we signed up for them.

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Nice pace of travel and choice of sites to visit

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Fun and safe trip. Country beautiful.

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Generally good value for the money. Loved the hotel in the highlands but would have liked to have spent more time there rather then just using it as bed for the night.
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Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

  • Crowne Plaza

Additional Information

  • 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)
  • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Meals Included

  • 6 full breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
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