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Scottish Clans & Castles

  • 2019 Scottish Clans & Castles 10 day/9 night tour
Starts Glasgow
Ends Edinburgh
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 25 to August 15 departures.
  • Go behind the scenes at one of Scotland’s famous distilleries for a tour and a tasting
  • Experience the stunning scenery of the Highlands during a steam train ride across the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Trip Highlights:

  • Brodie Castle
  • Clan Donald Centre
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
  • Doune Castle
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • Stirling Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • 9  breakfasts (B) and 8 dinners (D)including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh.

Hotels:

  • The Winnock Hotel, Drymen (2 nights)
  • Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh (2 nights)
  • Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness (3 nights)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa, near Edinburgh (2 nights)

Hotels

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The Winnock Hotel, Loch Lomond

The Winnock Hotel,  Loch Lomond Description:

Picture yourself soaking up the atmosphere of this 18th century Inn near Loch Lomond, sitting beside the roaring log fire whilst planning your day’s exploration of the surrounding beautiful Trossachs countryside with many castles, gardens and city attractions within easy reach.

Balmacara Hotel, Kyle of Lochalsh

Balmacara Hotel, Kyle of Lochalsh Description:

This traditional Highland hotel is beautifully located on scenic Loch Alsh, with views of the Isle of Skye and the hills of Wester Ross. All rooms are tastefully decorated, and many enjoy stunning views. A delicious full English breakfast is served in the 1930s-style coffee lounge. The hotel is close to the Isle of Skye Bridge and Eilean Donan Castle.

Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness

Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness Description:

This hotel is located on the banks of the River Ness, a 3-minute walk from Inverness city centre. Accommodation is divided between four charming Victorian townhouses, with many rooms offering wonderful views across the river to the cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. Nico’s Seafood & Grill House offers a variety of local, fresh and seasonal dishes. Drinks, including an extensive whisky collection, are served in the bar. Free Wi-Fi is provided.

Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh Description:

This Victorian mansion was built in 1840 on 55 Acres of parkland and gardens. The hotel offers 83 luxury bedrooms with satellite TV/DVD player and a minibar. Ushers Restaurant offers fine dining and specialty wines in elegant surroundings. The Brasserie offers traditional British cuisine, and The Glass Lounge serves classic cocktails and afternoon teas. Guests can relax in the sauna, steam room or hydrotherapy pool in the luxurious spa. Edinburgh is a 20 minute drive, and Edinburgh Airport is 3 miles away.

Itinerary

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2019 SCOTTISH CLANS & CASTLES 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1GLASGOW ARRIVAL & DOUNE CASTLE

Tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Drymen hotel, 20 miles north of Glasgow. Visit Doune Castle, which has been featured in “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander.” Enjoy free time in Callander and a drive through the Trossachs region, often called “Scotland in Miniature” as all aspects of delightful Scottish scenery are found here. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2STIRLING CASTLE & BANNOCKBURN VISITOR CENTER

Visit Stirling Castle, a mighty stronghold that dominates the surrounding plain, before some free time on your own for lunch. Tour the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre to learn about medieval weapons and armour, walk the real battlefield where Scottish King Robert the Bruce defeated English troops, and enjoy a thrilling 3D battle show. (B, D)

Day 3GLENCOE & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

Head into the majestic Highlands and journey by Loch Lomond, across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Stop for photo opportunities along the route. Treat yourself to Scottish goods at a woollen mill and continue your journey north to the romantic Eilean Donan Castle. (B, D)

Day 4ISLE OF SKYE & DUNVEGAN CASTLE

Explore the Isle of Skye and learn the history of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Travel to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Admire the Trotternish Peninsula as you travel to Kilt Rock, a 200-foot-high sea cliff with huge, vertical basalt columns. Visit Flora MacDonald’s grave in Kilmuir Graveyard and stop in Portree for free time. (B, D)

Day 5CLAN DONALD CENTRE & STEAM TRAIN RIDE

Discover the history of the Lords of the Isles at the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle. Embark on a ferry ride to Mallaig and transfer to a steam train for a ride through some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery. The Jacobite Steam Train crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was featured in some of the Harry Potter movies. Travel from Fort William to your hotel in Inverness. (B, D)

Day 6LOCH NESS CRUISE & URQUHART CASTLE

Photo opportunities await as you visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle, and embark on a cruise of Loch Ness. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to discover how British Government forces defeated the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie, ending the Jacobite rising. Return to Inverness for dinner and an evening walking tour. (B, D)

Day 7WHISKY TASTING & BRODIE CASTLE

See where many Speyside distilleries are based close to the pure water of the River Spey. . Tour Glen Grant Distillery and sample a "wee dram of whisky." Tour Johnstons of Elgin to discover the history and craftsmanship behind their fine woollens. Explore 16th-century Brodie Castle, set in spacious grounds with its fairytale towers and turrets. The house contains fine furnishings, a collection of paintings, and a library with over 6,000 volumes. Return to Inverness and relax before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 8SHEEPDOGS & CULROSS WALK

Immerse yourself in farm life and enjoy a demonstration where dogs obey commands to round up sheep. In Pitlochry, explore and have lunch independently. Continue to Culross for a walking tour around the charming 16th-century town, recently used as a filming location for “Outlander.” Highlights include the Town House, Culross Palace, and the remains of Culross Abbey. Enjoy free time in Culross before heading to Edinburgh for a Scottish evening with a farewell dinner and traditional entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9EDINBURGH TOUR & PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

In Edinburgh, see how the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town are in stark contrast to the Georgian mansions of the 200-year-old New Town. Tour the impressive Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen, and walk through the majestically furnished chambers. The rest of the day is free. July 25th to August 15th departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 10TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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19 Reviews


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Di and John were excellent tour guide and driver! Well organized and good variety. I would have skipped the WhiskeyDistillery (boring) All other sites interesting, Hotels were varied but were good.

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Very easy to book the trip as well as pay for it.

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Loved so many things. Military Tatoo was the best. Whiskey tasting,sheep farm,castles, and the Jacobite train were all amazing.

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Very efficient and delivered just what they said they would.

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Ease of booking online. Able to get price with flight included or not. If any difficulty with the booking, very easy to call and talk to a representative of CIE who was very courteous and accommodating.

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Its very difficult to get through to your company. They said that there would be approx. 30 people on the bus but there was 42 people - way too many. You need more operators & more accurate information. However, due to Graham Bruce, it was a wonderful trip

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Some of the hotels were a bit different in the way they were built and their fixtures. However the itinerary and the guide were terrific.

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Love, love, love Graham! Our time in Scotland was simply amazing! Hated to leave the beautiful country and lovely people.

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My representative Jameson was excellent, since it was my first time booking a trip to Scotland with CIE I had many questions, Jameson was there to answer them all!

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We booked through a travel agent.

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Booking with CIE was one of the easiest booking experiences I have ever had. Every time I called with requests, payments, or questions they were friendly, and knowledgeable . Each call was followed with an email detailing the contents of our discussion. This was my second tour with CIE and I would definitely recommend!

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It was a very well run tour some of the hotels are a little run down you need elevators in guest houses being 79 and expecting me to walk up three flights of stairs is no good I had to be moved to the first floor. That brings up the fact that you don't understand the market ,you have more people like myself that are older I just booked another tour ti Ireland with CIE TOURS

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Would definitely go with CIE again. Great guide, meals, bus driver. I liked staying in most locations for more than 1 night. Variety of excursions and sights to see was exceptional. Hotels were good...liked staying in some older , quaint inns to get the feel of the place. One negative...need more time in Edinburgh and a hotel closer to the center of town. Also more free time in places like Pitlochry.

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Very hard to get someone in person after initial booking online

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We had terrific guides and bus drivers. The schedule and activities were all interesting and timed well for our energy level. Most of the hotels were fine. It was hot and most didn't have AC, but all the hotels met our needs. The one in Inverness was particularly lovely.

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