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Scottish Lochs & Castles

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

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • 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.

Trip Highlights:

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

Dining Experiences

  • 7  breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D), 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 Edinburgh, Edinburgh (2 nights)

Hotels

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Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel, Glasgow

Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel, Glasgow Description:

The 4-star Novotel Glasgow Centre is located in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Glasgow, making getting around town easy. Guests can rejuvenate after busy city days in the state-of-the-art fitness centre, or relax completely in the sauna and stream room. All rooms are furnished to a high standard with style and comfort in mind. Guests are invited to dine in the restaurant, which offers internationally-inspired cuisine in luxurious yet laid-back surroundings. The bar is open daily for those looking to unwind with a drink – excellent beers, wines and cocktails are available. The hotel is conveniently located at 181 Pitt Street, G2 4DT, Glasgow, making it the perfect choice for sightseeing and exploring the Victorian port city.

The Moorings Hotel, Fort William

The Moorings Hotel, Fort William Description:

When CIE Tours’ guests visit The Moorings Hotel, conveniently located at Gorey Pier, St Martin, Jersey, JE3 6EW, they could not be closer to all of the amazing attractions in the area. In addition, all fifteen guest bedrooms have all the modern amenities, including satellite television, radio, trouser press, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, and direct dial telephones. The intimate atmosphere of The Moorings Hotel and restaurant is complemented by the stylish furnishings and décor that provides the ideal venue for all diners. The finest selection of wines from around the world are available to enjoy. Location, ambience coupled with attentive service is all that you would expect from a small intimate hotel.

Macdonald Highlands Hotel, Aviemore

Macdonald Highlands Hotel,  Aviemore Description:

CIE Tours is proud to partner with the Macdonald Highlands Hotel, a relaxing, stylish 4-star hotel situated in the very heart of  Macdonald Aviemore Resort at Aviemore, Inverness-shire, PH22 1PN. Boasting 149 luxurious rooms and their signature Aspects Restaurant, this hotel is ideal for all leisure travelers.

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

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Description:

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh is 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.

Itinerary

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2019 SCOTTISH LOCHS & CASTLES TOUR 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D:Dinner

Day 1GLASGOW & 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. (D)

Day 2STIRLING 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. (B, D)

Day 3HIGHLAND TRAIN RIDE & LOCH NESS CRUISE

Travel along the scenic shores of Loch Linnhe. Board a local train for a ride through some of Scotland's most picturesque scenery, including crossing the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct. Stop for free time in the fishing port of Mallaig with an included lunch. 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. (B, D)

Day 4SHEEPDOG 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. (B, D)

Day 5HIGHLAND 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. (B, D)

Day 6BOAT 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. (B, D)

Day 7EDINBURGH 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. (B)

Day 8TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH 

Your programs ends after breakfast. (B)

Dates and Prices

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All prices listed below are per person, double-occupancy. If you would prefer a single room, there is a single-room supplement of US $630

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Friday Sep 20, 2019 from Glasgow Friday Sep 27, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2559 Guaranteed Call to book

6 Reviews


Customer: Mr. Brandon Goldberg

Date: 08/15/2019

Vacation:
Everything from CIE was perfect. Wonderful staff, accommodations and tours.

Customer: Paula Donita Miller

Date: 08/15/2019

Vacation:
Yes, would definitely recommend CIE Tours to friends and family. Absolutely loved our tour director, Regine Schweiss and bus driver, David. Loved Scotland and all the sites and hotels where we stayed. However, we were disappointed when the train ride (Harry Potter steam) was substituted, especially since I booked this trip in March and trip was scheduled for July. These tickets should have been reserved. Also I would suggest more time in St. Andrews and possibly eliminating the cruise on the Firth on Forth. There is so much to see in St Andrews and we felt rushed.

Customer: Jeffrey David Ansite

Date: 08/15/2019

Vacation:
The booking agents were very friendly and easy to work with. Everything was extremely well organized.

Customer: Marsha Diane Lane

Date: 06/05/2019

Vacation:
I spoke to several different booking agents throughout the entire process, and I was impressed with how patient and helpful each one of them were. Sometimes I got conflicting information as I asked questions about redeeming the trip insurance for my deceased husband, but again, each one was helpful and extremely patient. Kudos to your staff!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/26/2019

Vacation:
purchased air travel thru CIE ,they said I could not get comfort seating or return flight. poor seats and stuck at JFK for over ten hours.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
No problems

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