Authentic Local Experiences:
- Take a breathtaking journey on the Jacobite Steam Train featured in the Harry Potter movies
- Come face to face with Britain’s largest land mammal, the Red Deer, at Highland Safaris
- Reserved seats for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 2 – 16 departures.
- Jacobite Steam Cruise
- Loch Ness Cruise
- Sheepdog demonstration
- Stirling Castle
- Blair Castle
- 7 hot breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D), including a traditional Scottish evening in Edinburgh
- 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 Edinburgh, Edinburgh (2 nights)
Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel, Glasgow
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
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
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
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 York Place, Edinburgh
CIE Tours is proud to partner with the Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, located at 51 – 59 YORK PLACE, Edinburgh, a stylish boutique hotel with 60 individually designed guest rooms. With supremely comfortable beds, rainfall showers and stocked mini-bars, the spacious rooms are the perfect haven after a busy day shopping and sight-seeing. The Turquoise Thistle Restaurant, Bar & Lounge features contemporary thistle prints and a striking modern artwork of the local landmark Arthur’s Seat, which was commissioned specially for the hotel.
2019 SCOTTISH LOCHS & CASTLES TOUR 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
Day 1: GLASGOW & TALL SHIP
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Glasgow hotel with a panoramic tour of central Glasgow including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding. On the River Clyde, climb aboard a Victorian tall ship. Enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and fellow travelers before dinner at your hotel.
Day 2: STIRLING CASTLE & TROSSACHS
Drive to the historic Stirling Castle, once home to Mary, Queen of Scots. Learn about the castle’s history and enjoy the many interactive displays. Embark on a scenic drive through Trossachs National Park and Glencoe before arriving at your hotel in Fort William. Enjoy dinner with your group in the evening.
Day 3: HIGHLAND TRAIN RIDE & LOCH NESS CRUISE
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 to Loch Ness, where you’ll embark on a short cruise to admire enchanting scenic views and perhaps spot the famous monster. Your hotel tonight is in Aviemore.
Day 4: SHEEPDOG DEMONSTRATION & BLAIR CASTLE
Continue your journey through majestic Highland scenery. Visit a farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel past the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to the magnificent Blair Castle, the 700-year-old home of the Atholl family. Travel on to the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry, a gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
Day 5: HIGHLAND SAFARIS & PITLOCHRY
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 animals and take a trail into the forest with a ranger. Have lunch there before enjoying a free afternoon in Pitlochry, a bustling resort town. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
Day 6: BOAT CRUISE & SCOTTISH EVENING
Drive to St Andrews, known as the “Home of Golf”, and enjoy some free time. On your way to Edinburgh stop off for a relaxing boat cruise on the Firth of Forth, admiring the beautiful panoramic views of the Edinburgh skyline and the Three Bridges. Later, enjoy a Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing.
Day 7: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore Edinburgh with a guide. 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. August 2 and 16 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
Day 8: TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Your programs ends after breakfast.
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|Friday Apr 19, 2019 from Glasgow||Friday Apr 26, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$1949||Guaranteed||Book Now|
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