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Scottish Isles & Glens

  • 2019 Scottish Isles & Glens – 12 Days/11 Nights
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 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 27th, July 29th, August 3rd, August 5th, August 10th and August 12th departures.
  • Relax and enjoy dinner on board a ferry as you cruise to the Orkney islands.

Trip Highlights:

  • Dunrobin Castle

  • Inverewe Gardens


  • Isle of Skye


  • Loch Ness Cruise

  • Mount Stuart House

  • Ring of Brodgar


  • Skara Brae


  • Urquhart Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • 11 breakfasts and 9 dinners including a fun Scottish evening in Edinburgh with traditional songs, stories and dancing.

Hotels:

  • Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel, Glasgow (2 nights)
  • Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochlash (2 nights)
  • The Royal Hotel, Ullapool (1 night)
  • Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel, Inverness (2 nights)
  • Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh (3 nights)

Hotels

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Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh

Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh Description:

This contemporary hotel is a 7-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, which can be viewed from some of the guest rooms. Sophisticated yet casual rooms have designer toiletries, free WiFi and 42-inch flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee-making equipment. A brasserie offers breakfast, lunch and evening meals, plus city views, and private dining is available at a rooftop restaurant with castle views. Other amenities include an indoor pool and fitness suite. The Grassmarket hosts an excellent collection of pubs and restaurants of many types.

Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel, Glasgow

Description:

Treat yourself to a contemporary comfort at family-friendly Novotel Glasgow Centre hotel, ideally located in the heart of the vibrant city centre. Your spacious room with free WiFi will let you stretch out and work or relax, and full-length windows will get your day off to a bright start at the hot breakfast buffet. Work out with city views in the state-of-the-art fitness centre at Novotel.

Columba Hotel, Inverness

Columba Hotel, Inverness Description:

Opened in 1881, this grand historic hotel combines contemporary style and amenities with traditional comfort. Each room features excellent modern facilities including movies, music, radio on demand, and free high-speed wireless internet access. There is a traditional roast meal restaurant with a range of hot, cold and grilled options. This hotel is in a great location in the heart of Inverness, with splendid views of the Ness River and Inverness Castle.

Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall

Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall Description:

This family-run hotel is in a classic Victorian building on Kirkwall Harbour. Rooms are modern and sophisticated, with flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, tea and coffeemaking equipment, and upscale bedding; many have harbor views. Full Scottish breakfast is included, and there’s a restaurant serving locally sourced fare, plus a casual sports bar with a pool table, darts and light menu.

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.

The Royal Hotel, Ullapool

The Royal Hotel, Ullapool Description:

This property was originally a 19th century coaching inn and has undergone many renovations to create a warm and welcoming oasis of comfort, set in a wonderful scenic area. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet with a wide range of foods in the stylish restaurant, which is also the setting for dinner with fresh produce and seafood. Relax in the cocktail bar or the Waterfront Bar, which also serves snacks. The hotel offers 55 rooms, half of which boast breathtaking views over Loch Broom and the rugged mountain landscapes beyond.

Itinerary

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Scottish Isles & Glens 2019 12 days/11 nights / 19 meals

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 Arrival

Tour begins 3:00 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Take a tour around the city. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2Isle of Bute & Mount Stuart House

Ferry to the Isle of Bute for stunning island scenery and a guided tour of the 19th-century Mount Stuart House. Spend some time in Rothesay, the main town on the island. Enjoy free time before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3Loch Lomond & Eilean Donan Castle

Travel along the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Journey through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful regions. Travel through Fort William and stop at a woollen mill for refreshments and shop for Scottish goods. Visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle before heading to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 4Isle of Skye & Dunvegan Castle

Explore the Isle of Skye and its associations with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Tour Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and former stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod. Stop in picturesque Portree with its brightly painted houses clustered around the bay. Later, enjoy a photo opportunity or two, featuring the spectacular Kilt Rock. Enjoy free time before dinner. (B, D)

Day 5Inverewe Gardens & Ullapool

Take in the Highland scenery as you head to Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of tropical trees and shrubs has been created. Continue to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port. Check in to your hotel near the harbor. (B, D)

Day 6Highland Scenery & Orkney

Admire the rugged mountains, coastline, and vast areas of open land of the sparsely populated northernmost section of the Highlands. Learn about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the United States, Australia, and other countries. Take advantage of the many photo opportunities at Kylesku. Continue to Scrabster on the northern coast of Scotland and take a ferry to the Orkney, enjoying dinner on board. (B, D)

Day 7Orkney Sights & Skara Brae

Discover Orkney, starting with a drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines. Next, explore the tiny Italian Chapel, with its elaborate paintings. Travel on to the Ring of Brodgar, a Neolithic henge and stone circle that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Skara Brae to see the well-preserved 5,000-year-old village dwellings and return to Kirkwall to see St. Magnus Cathedral. Enjoy free time in the afternoon and evening to browse around the town and dine independently. (B)

Day 8Dunrobin Castle & Inverness

Board a ferry back to the mainland and head to Dunrobin Castle, dating to 1275 and renovated in the mid-1800s. With 189 rooms, this is the largest castle in northern Scotland. Stop for photo opportunities amidst its scenic hills. Continue south to Inverness, the principal town in the Highlands. (B, D)

Day 9Urquhart Castle & Culloden Battlefield

Keep your camera handy as you visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle and cruise on Loch Ness. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict that led to the end of the clan system in Scotland. Walk around the moor and see monuments to the various regiments who lost men. Stop at Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial place with a circle of standing stones that inspired the “Outlander” books. Return to Inverness with time to relax, shop, or walk alongside the river. (B, D)

Day 10 Sheep Herding & Whisky Tasting

Immerse yourself in farm life and watch as skilled dogs round up sheep. Enjoy lunch on your own in the Victorian town of Pitlochry. Visit Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is produced and enjoy a tasting. Enjoy the evening at your leisure in Edinburgh. (B)

Day 11Edinburgh Castle & Traditional Scottish Dinner

Discover Edinburgh’s highlights including the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” and the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Stone of Scone and the Scottish Crown Jewels. Enjoy a festive Scottish dinner with lively, traditional entertainment to follow. The July 27 to August 12 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B, D)

Day 12Tour ends In Edinburgh

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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