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Scottish Clans & Castles

  • 2020 Scottish Clans & Castles – 11 Days/10 Nights
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55 reviews
Starts Glasgow
Ends Edinburgh
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theater, and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 30 to August 20 departures.
  • Go behind the scenes at one of Scotland’s famous distilleries for a tour and a tasting.
  • Discover 800 years of history as you explore Dunvegan Castle – home to Clan MacLeod for 30 generations.

Trip Highlights:

  • Brodie Castle
  • Palace of the Holyroodhouse
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor centre
  • Doune Castle
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • Stirling Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • 10 breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D) including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh.

Hotels:

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

Hotels

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Malmaison Glasgow, Glasgow

Malmaison Glasgow, Glasgow Description:

Just around the corner from Glasgow Central train station and popular Sauchiehall Street, Malmaison Glasgow is right in the heart of the city. This boutique hotel, formerly a Greek Orthodox Church, features 72 bedrooms and suites are carefully designed for modern comfort. Located on site are the Chez Mal restaurant in the vaulted basent, and the recently refurbished Chez Mal Bar.

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

2020 SCOTTISH CLANS & CASTLES – 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS / 16 MEALS

Day 1: Glasgow Arrival & City Tour
Tour begins at 2:00 PM at your hotel. Enjoy a Glasgow city tour to see George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvingrove Park, and Glasgow University all featured in the popular TV series “Outlander.” Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Day 2: Stirling Castle & Doune Castle
Visit Stirling Castle, a mighty stronghold that dominates the surrounding plain, before some free time on your own for lunch. Visit the 14th-century Duone Castle, with its 100-foot-high gatehouse and well-preserved great hall. The formidable structure has been used as a film location for many productions, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Next, head to a whisky distillery for a sampling, then go back to Glasgow to dine at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 3: Glencoe & 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 woolen mill and continue your journey north to the romantic Eilean Donan Castle.
(B, D)

Day 4: Isle 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 5: Armadale Castle & Scenic Train Ride
Visit the ruins of Armadale Castle, a country house that was home to the MacDonalds. The house was abandoned a century ago but the gardens are still beautifully maintained.Embark on a ferry ride to Mallaig and transfer to a train for a ride through some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery. Travel from Fort William to your hotel in Inverness.
(B, D)

Day 6: Loch 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 a walking tour before dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 7: Johnstons of Elgin & Brodie Castle
Tour Johnstons of Elgin to discover the history and craftsmanship behind their fine woolens, then enjoy some free time for lunch. Explore 16th-century Brodie Castle, with its fairytale towers and turrets set on spacious grounds. The house contains fine furnishings, a collection of paintings, and a library with over 6,000 volumes. Return to Inverness and enjoy a free evening and dinner on your own.
(B)

Day 8: Sheepdogs & Culross Walk
Immerse yourself in farm life and enjoy a demonstration of dogs obeying 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 your hotel near Edinburgh for a Scottish evening with a farewell dinner and traditional entertainment.
(B, D)

Day 9: Edinburgh 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 30 to August 20 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
(B)

Day 10: Independent Day in Edinburgh
Spend the day on an independent Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour of Edinburgh. Enjoy a walking tour around parts of the city’s historic areas where you will have a selection of tours and routes. You will receive a taxi voucher to travel from your hotel to the city center, as well as a voucher to visit Edinburgh Castle where you may explore the historic buildings with great views of the city.
(B)

Day 11: Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Your program ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

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Thursday Apr 2, 2020 from Glasgow Sunday Apr 12, 2020 to Edinburgh 11 Days $2949 Book Now
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55 Reviews


Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
We loved everything about our tour. The hotels were wonderful, the food was great, the weather cooperated and out guide Graham was a delight. He was so knowledgeable about the areas we visited and the history of the clans. Would not think twice about booking with them again.

Customer: Mrs. Pamela Huckabay Byrd

Date: 11/11/2018

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

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 10/25/2019

Vacation:
CIE is a wonderfully professional tour company. We We enjoyed almost everything about our clans and castles tour in Scotland.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/25/2019

Vacation:
Our booking went very smoothly.

Customer: Josee Marsillo

Date: 09/23/2019

Vacation:
Pour notre première fois avec un tour organisé nous avons adorer . Peter notre guide , a l'écoute sympathique, gentil, drôle. Il nous informait et divertissait en même temps sur le pays, l'histoire, économie et politique…. Contrairement au dire nous ne sommes jamais senti précipité pour le temps. Frank notre chauffeur AH! oui quel chauffeur patient, aidant, gentil et très bon conducteur conduire dans ses route avec moutons et touriste sur le chemin! On a eu une gamme d'hôtel choisit par la CIE tour. Pas les plus luxueuse(excepté pour la dernière hôtel) mais très confortable avec très bon service et délicieuse nourriture. Merci a Peter, Frank et CIE tour. A bientôt Josée et Robert (Montréal)

Customer: Raymond Wallace Westgarth

Date: 09/21/2019

Vacation:
The accomadations were not good except for the norton house

Customer: Mrs. Karen A. Nyman

Date: 09/18/2019

Vacation:
Booking was handled through my travel agent and no problems were encountered.

Customer: David Jones Hull

Date: 08/27/2019

Vacation:
The strong point was the tour director and bus driver. I would give them 4 stars. The overall tour was designed to our expectations other than the hotels. The only hotel worth giving a 4 star was the Norton House which is the caliber we were expecting all along. The hotel in Inverness was also nice. The food in both locations was very good. The Dryman hotel was very poor due to food and running water supply. I would drop this location from the tour. Due to our experience in hotels we would not recommend CIE Tours to anyone.

Customer: Jon Wilson Christian

Date: 08/23/2019

Vacation:
Easy booking. Excellent tour guide and driver

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/23/2019

Vacation:
Very good.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/21/2019

Vacation:
Excellent tour guide and driver!!

Customer: Jeanne Roberson

Date: 08/22/2019

Vacation:
Booking online was simple enough and when I called into the company, they answered my questions thoroughly. However, their response to emails was awful, and I called in after several emails almost every time I had a question for them. They did follow through on their promotions offered online and were helpful in finding the best deal for us.

Customer: Mrs. Patricia Ann Maynor

Date: 08/20/2019

Vacation:
Very well organized

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/17/2019

Vacation:
Tour director was terrific. She was knowledgeable. Tour was a nice mix of small places and cities and many fabulous castles. Tattoo in Edinburgh was fabulous.

Customer: John David Johnson

Date: 08/15/2019

Vacation:
Our Guide Fran and our driver Desmond made this trip memorable for us. The entire group felt like family by the end of our tour. Fran was very knowledgeable and we could not have had a better guide. These two people are fantastic. Our accommodations were excellent, the meals were excellent, and the sites that we visited were awesome. My party had a truly fantastic time. Except for our flights which were horrible, our time in Scotland was wonderful. I would truly recommend CIE tours to anyone. Thank you for the wonderful trip of a lifetime. Pastor John Johnson

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/13/2019

Vacation:
This is Jo Ann Rimpau. I was very disappointed with the train ride. I thought we would ride the first class coach. You need to think about people with breathing problems. Our stay at the Balcamara was horrible. We were put in this tiny room. Bonnie’s room literally had a overpowering smell. The shower could not be regulated. You either scald yourself or had a cold shower.

Customer: Mrs. Nancy Hancock Sharby

Date: 07/20/2019

Vacation:
The booking service was easy and went smoothly

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/01/2019

Vacation:
The booking service was good. Ross did an excellent job of working with us to make sure we got the trip we wanted.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/30/2019

Vacation:
We just returned from our CIE Scotland Tour and could not be happier. We booked with Vacations to Go --- Zane Boone was excellent and assisted us with just the right tour to see Scotland. CIE Tours was a Superb choice. They really know Ireland, Scotland and England. We had an excellent tour guide - Di and an excellent & safe driver. We started outside Glasgow, went North and then East ending our 12 day tour in Edinburgh. It was a Superb Tour.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/27/2019

Vacation:
Choice of hotels needs improvement

Customer: Mr. Craig Steven Simmons

Date: 06/27/2019

Vacation:
The tour guide Di was fanrastic, as was the coach driver Nevil.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/27/2019

Vacation:
The first travel agent assigned ended up being very hard to contact and did not respond to a number of email. I had to call the NJ office and plead for someone to take my reservation

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/26/2019

Vacation:
Booking service was very easy and the personnel were very helpful.

Customer: Mrs. Donna Sherry Pearson

Date: 06/24/2019

Vacation:
The tour guide Fran was the best! She was so full of knowledge and so pleasant.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/20/2019

Vacation:
We never had any problems and the people who helped us were great. I thought we were going to have problems when the first travel agency went bankrupt but there wasn't one glitch.

Customer: Ms. Lynn Marie Poole

Date: 06/19/2019

Vacation:
Airline ticketing/seat selection was difficult.

Customer: Beth Ann Woolcock

Date: 06/19/2019

Vacation:
Our guide was an absolute doll and so knowledgeable about Scotland and its history. The driver was excellent and very personable. It was a plus that most meals were included. Itinerary was generally good with some exceptions.

Customer: Pamela Christine Oneil

Date: 06/18/2019

Vacation:
Had a great trip with my dad and sister, but my dad would have preferred his own bedroom. You had a sharing one room with 3 adults. Also, could we have a preference of either 1st class, business or coach and were are seats are? We are over 6 feet tall and the flight there and back we were squished.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/12/2019

Vacation:
My tour guide was extraordinary and the bus driver was skilled and friendly The hotels were “quaint” and food was okay

Customer: Mr. Walter Craft Iii

Date: 06/01/2019

Vacation:
Excellent tour guides and drivers kept us on schedule and provided interesting facts about various locations. Food was great, as were most hotels. which went out of their way to meet our wishes.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/01/2019

Vacation:
We booked via travel counsellors who suggested the Clans & Castles tour after reviewing our interests, the booking was easy and our tour was wonderful.

Customer: Pamela Sue Schuckers

Date: 05/29/2019

Vacation:
Very experienced and competent booking personnel. Made the booking stress free. Our driver Sam and our tour director Anita were the best. They went above and beyond what was expected of them. Made very good friends with everyone on the bus.

Customer: Krystal Adrain Webster

Date: 05/28/2019

Vacation:
I would of given this tour 5 stars but we were told before I booked the trip that we would be traveling by train over the highland bridge used in Harry Porter... not the steam train but a different train same route. Once we got on the tour we ere informed that we would not be following this path by a totally different one. I was most disappointed. Also some of the hotels we stayed in were not the best. No hot water in one of them!!

Customer: Jacqueline Lee Duty

Date: 05/28/2019

Vacation:
CIE Tours was so well organized! Everything was taken care of from the time we arrived at the airport till the time we sadly had to leave. Our tour guide Graham was so nice and thoughtful and so informative about everything about Scotland.

Customer: Bridget Aldridge

Date: 05/26/2019

Vacation:
We were on the Clans and Castles tour; Graham Bruce was our tour guide. Graham was on top of everything and provided a lot of interesting information throughout our travels, including the origins of our surnames. Barry drove the coach and we felt completely safe. From the moment our plane landed until we were back at the departure - Graham and Barry ensured we had an excellent experience. I loved the quirky hotels in the highlands and beautiful views they provided. This experience exceeded my expectations - thank you for the wonderful memories!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/26/2019

Vacation:
The travel agency we went through we're great.

Customer: Carol Rose Mckinley

Date: 01/21/2019

Vacation:
Your booking service was excellent. So sad I had to leave early. Next trip will be different.

Customer: Mrs. Vicky Mary Burton

Date: 12/23/2018

Vacation:
I would book again, just want an upgraded accommodations, especially Balmacara. Staff there and good was good.

Customer: William Edward Finigan

Date: 11/14/2018

Vacation:
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.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/12/2018

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

Customer: Mr. John Marshall Hillier

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
Very efficient and delivered just what they said they would.

Customer: Donald Duane Double

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
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.

Customer: Maureen Ann Mcgettigan

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
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

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
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.

Customer: Kirby Alyssa Lampe

Date: 11/10/2018

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

Customer: Dr. Henry Ficke

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
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!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
We booked through a travel agent.

Customer: Thalia White Greer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
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!

Customer: Mr. Roger Allen Donald

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
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

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
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.

Customer: Jill Diane Mcnenly

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The majority of the food served on our Scottish Clans & Castles tour was horrible. The last 3 meals we skipped and ate out on our own. Such a shame because everything else was great.

Customer: Mr. Brian Kevin Wiggins

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Very hard to get someone in person after initial booking online

Customer: Ms. Linda Karen Urbantke Crawford

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
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.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/23/2018

Vacation:
They could have mentioned how much walking was involved. And the hotel we stayed in the second and third nights (I have wiped it from my mind) was terrible -no or little hot water, unacceptable rooms, no phones in the rooms, etc. not quality at all.

Customer: Philip Salvatore Calbi

Date: 05/23/2018

Vacation:
I don't remember. It seemed fine.

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