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Scottish Lochs & Castles

  • 2019 Scottish Lochs & Castles – 8 Days/7 Nights
Starts Glasgow
Ends Edinburgh
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Enjoy a fun, fast speedboat ride to see the famous landmarks with a unique perspective from Glasgow’s Clyde River
  • Take a breathtaking journey on the Jacobite Steam Train featured in Harry Potter movies
  • Come face to face with Britain’s largest land mammal, the Red Deer, at Highland Safaris

Trip Highlights:

  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Sheepdog demonstration
  • Stirling Castle
  • Blair Castle

Dining Experiences

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 6 dinners, including a traditional Scottish evening in Edinburgh

Hotels:

  • Novotel Glasgow Centre, Glasgow (1 night)
  • The Moorings Hotel, Fort William (1 night)
  • Macdonald Highlands Hotel, Aviemore (1 night)
  • Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (2 nights)
  • Hotel Indigo York Place, Edinburgh (2 nights)

Hotels

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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.

The Moorings Hotel, Fort William

The Moorings Hotel, Fort William Description:

Located in the Scottish Highlands, The Moorings Hotel is sits next to the Caledonian Canal and near the famous Neptune’s staircase. You can see fantastic views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, and can take in scenery along the canal or on the Great Glen Way. This hotel offers a warm, Scottish welcome to all who stay here, and has individually designed rooms.

Macdonald Highlands Hotel, Aviemore

Description:

Macdonald Highlands Hotel is a relaxing, stylish 4-star hotel situated in the very heart of Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Boasting 149 luxurious rooms and our signature Aspects Restaurant,  our Highlands Hotel is ideal for those travelling for business or leisure. With direct access to Aviemore Activity Centre you don’t need to venture far if you’re looking for extra activities during your stay.

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.

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Description:

This modern and colorfully decorated hotel in central Edinburgh is located near the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.

Itinerary

2019 SCOTTISH LOCHS & CASTLES TOUR 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Day 1: GLASGOW, SPEEDBOAT & TALL SHIP
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Tour central Glasgow like never before to see famous landmarks with the wind blowing your hair on a speedboat tour along the River Clyde. See red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, and Glasgow Cathedral. Continue by stepping back in time as you board a Tall Ship with massive masts and sails. Enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and fellow travelers before dinner at your hotel.
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Day 2: STIRLING CASTLE & TROSSACHS
Drive to the historic Stirling Castle, once home to Mary, Queen of Scots, for a History Hunters Tour that brings the castle to life with many interactive displays for the whole family. Enjoy lunch at the castle before embarking on a scenic drive through Trossachs National Park and Glencoe before arriving at your hotel in Ballachulish. The remainder of the day is free to relax or enjoy the hotel facilities before dinner.
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Day 3: HIGHLAND TRAIN RIDE & NAIRN
Travel along the scenic shores of Loch Linnhe. Board the Jacobite Steam Train for a ride through some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery, including crossing the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was featured in some of the Harry Potter movies. Stop for free time in the fishing port of Mallaig. Continue your drive along the banks of Loch Ness to Nairn and check into your hotel for dinner.
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Day 4: LOCH NESS CRUISE & SHEEPDOG DEMONSTRATION
Embark on a cruise on Loch Ness to admire enchanting scenic views and perhaps spot the famous monster before arriving at Urquhart Castle. Visit the ruins of what was once the largest castle in Scotland, then continue your journey through majestic Highland scenery to Aviemore. Visit Leault Farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel past the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. Enjoy a Treasure Hunt on the historic grounds of Atholl Palace Hotel, and spend some free time before a BBQ dinner at the hotel.
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Day 5: BLAIR CASTLE & HIGHLAND SAFARIS
An interactive nature experience with Highland Safaris will introduce you to the local wildlife and habitat of the region. At the Red Deer Encounter learn about Britain’s largest native land mammal. You will have an opportunity to pet, feed, and photograph the experience and take a trail into the forest with a ranger. After lunch encounter 700 years of history at Blair Castle, the only castle in Britain with a private army. Take a garden tour with the hotel gardener and touch a massive Redwood Tree before dining at your hotel this evening.
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Day 6: ST ANDREWS & ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA
Tour the medieval town of St Andrews, the “Home of Golf” and see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course, then savour a traditional Scottish morning tea, cakes and sandwiches. Continue to Edinburgh and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, a former floating home of The Queen. Learn about the history of Royal Yachts and see exhibits and photographs of Britannia’s intriguing history. Enjoy a Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing.
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Day 7: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR 
Explore Edinburgh on a panoramic sightseeing tour. Compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “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. This afternoon is all about choice: discover the city independently, take a guided hike up to Arthurs Seat for stunning views of the capital city and surrounding countryside, or experience Dynamic Earth Natural History Museum to learn the story of our planet. After dinner in a local restaurant, enjoy a walking ghost tour to explore spooky hidden courtyards and gardens that bring Edinburgh’s glorious past to life. The August departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
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Day 8: TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH 
Your tour ends after breakfast.
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Friday Apr 19, 2019 from Glasgow Friday Apr 26, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days $1949 Book Now
Wednesday May 22, 2019 from Glasgow Wednesday May 29, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2649 Guaranteed Small Group Book Now
Wednesday Jun 26, 2019 from Glasgow Wednesday Jul 3, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2549 Book Now
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Friday Aug 2, 2019 from Glasgow Friday Aug 9, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2689 Tattoo Book Now
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Friday Sep 20, 2019 from Glasgow Friday Sep 27, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2559 Book Now
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