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Scottish Dream

  • 2019 Scottish Dream – 8 Days/7 Nights
Starts Glasgow
Ends Edinburgh
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
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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 28th, July 31st, August 2nd, August 4th, August 7th, August 9th, August 11th, August 14th, August 16th and August 18th departures
  • Immerse yourself in farm life at Leault Farm to see how a farmer works with highly-skilled dogs to herd sheep.

Trip Highlights:


  • Blair Athol Distillery


  • Blair Castle


  • Culloden Battlefield


  • Edinburgh Castle

  • Cruise on Loch Lomond

  • Inveraray Castle


  • Isle of Skye


  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum


  • St Andrews

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh

Hotels:

  • Radisson Blu Hotel or Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow (1 night)
  • Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (1 night)
  • Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn (1 night)
  • Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (2 nights)
  • Macdonald Holyrood Hotel or Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)

Hotels

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Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish

Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish Description:

This hotel nestles on the side of a peninsula reaching into Loch Leven at the foot of Glencoe. This friendly, modern hotel offers everything for an ideal vacation – spacious bedrooms with loch and mountain-views in a relaxed atmosphere. Bedrooms are modern and comfortable, with breathtaking views. The Lochside Restaurant offers a hearty Scottish breakfast every morning and the best of Scottish produce. Guest can enjoy Wi-Fi access throughout their stay, as well as the leisure center with pool, hydro seat, bio-sauna and exercise room.

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh Description:

This sleek, modern hotel features 156 rooms furnished to the highest standard with triple-glazed windows to offer a quiet, peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city. The stylish Steak and Grill restaurant and cozy Piano Lounge serves only the finest locally-sourced Scottish cuisine. Unwind at the swimming pool, gym and spa. It is located close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament, within easy walking distance of the shops and pubs along the Royal Mile.

Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow

Description:

The historic and stylish Hilton Grosvenor Hotel is located in Glasgow’s West End overlooking the Botanic Gardens. The interior is elegant and sleek with calming muted tones, and is a perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Description:

Stay at this modern city centre hotel in Glasgow.  The rooms are calming with a muted tonal palette and small pops of color.  There is also on on site gym, swimming pool, restaurant and bar should you choose to dine there on your down.

Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn

Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn Description:

This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hotel since 1951. It recently has undergone extensive refurbishments to ensure a comfortable stay. All 56 guest rooms have been modernized while retaining the traditional ambience. This imposing building is set on 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, bordering the Moray Firth on the North Sea and overlooks the Nairn Golf Course.

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry Description:

Originally opened in Victorian times, the Atholl Palace Hotel retains many features of a traditional large country house, with relaxing public areas. The historic nature of the hotel means that every bedroom is unique, with quirky original features, outstanding views and furnishings of the highest standards. The Verandah Restaurant is famed for its stunning views and its quality cuisine, using the very best of local produce. The Stag’s Head bar offers a wide range of malt whiskies. The hotel is located in spacious gardens and is within a 15-minute walk of the town of Pitlochry.

Itinerary

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SCOTTISH DREAM 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018.

Day 1GLASGOW CITY TOUR

Tour begins at 2:30 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Set out on a tour of central Glasgow’s highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding. Visit extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink.

Day 2LOCH LOMOND CRUISE & INVERARAY CASTLE

Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Browse around the town of Inveraray and have lunch on your own before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in the “Downton Abbey” series. Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven. (B, D)

Day 3ROAD TO THE ISLES & ISLE OF SKYE

Take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Isle of Skye and Visit the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Keep your camera handy as you travel the shores of Loch Ness on your way to Nairn. (B, D)

Day 4CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD & SHEEPDOG TRIALS

A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre where the British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly named Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the moorland and the visitor center. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 5BLAIR CASTLE & WHISKY TASTING

Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the gardens, hotel museum, or browsing around Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 6GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS

Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This majestic building is filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse through the medieval town. In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing. (B, D)

Day 7EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR

Explore Edinburgh to compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. July 28 to August 18 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 8TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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