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Scottish Lochs & Castles

  • 2020 Scottish Lochs & Castles – 8 Days/7 Nights
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Enjoy reserved seats for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 14 departure.
  • Find out how to storm a castle and fire a cannonball at Stirling Castle.
  • 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
  • Highland Safaris
  • Riverside Transport Museum

Dining Experiences

  • 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) 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 York Place, 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

2020 SCOTTISH LOCHS & CASTLES – 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS /14 MEALS

Day 1: Glasgow & Riverside Transport Museum
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 important for shipbuilding. Explore historic trains, ships, cars and motorbikes at the interactive Riverside Transport Museum. Enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and fellow travelers before dinner at your hotel.
(D)

Day 2: Stirling Castle & Trossachs
Drive to historic Stirling Castle, the childhood home of some of the most famous people in Scottish history. Hear tales of Mary, Queen of Scots, and William Wallace – then see how to storm a castle and fire a cannonball. Visit Bannockburn Heritage Centre and learn about the battle fought against the English in 1314, the most celebrated in Scottish history. Embark on a scenic drive through the lochs and wooded glens of the Trossachs National Park and Glencoe before arriving at your hotel in Fort William. Enjoy dinner with your group in the evening.
(B, D)

Day 3: Loch Ness Cruise and Highland Games
Travel along the Caledonian Canal, constructed in the 19th century, to Loch Ness where you’ll embark on a short cruise to admire enchanting scenic views – see if you spot “Nessie”, the legendary monster said to dwell in the lake. Next, have fun participating in a mini Highland Games, as you playfully compete in traditional Scottish fun. Your hotel tonight is in Aviemore.
(B, D)

Day 4: Sheepdog Demonstration & Blair Castle
Continue your journey through majestic Highland scenery. Visit a farm to see trained dogs hard at work herding sheep. View the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains as you travel to magnificent Blair Castle, the 700-year-old home of the Atholl family; the furnishings of the castle give a unique glimpse into Scottish history. Travel on to the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry, a gracious manor-style hotel.
(B, D)

Day 5: Highland Sarfaris & Pitlochry
An interactive nature experience with Highland Safaris will introduce you to the local wildlife and habitat of the region. At the Red Deer and Barn Owl Encounter, learn about Britain’s largest native land mammal. You will have an opportunity to pet, feed, and photograph the animals and go 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, L, D)

Day 6: Boat Cruise & Scottish Evening
Drive to St Andrews, known as the “Home of Golf,” to 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 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. Then enjoy an independent afternoon. You’ll have a voucher for your choice of walking tours to explore the city.  August 14 departure tour enjoys the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
(B)

Day 8: Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2020 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2019

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All prices listed below are per person, double-occupancy.
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Friday Apr 17, 2020 from Friday Apr 24, 2020 to 8 Days $1869 Book Now
Wednesday May 20, 2020 from Wednesday May 27, 2020 to 8 Days $2559 Guaranteed Small Group Book Now
Wednesday Jul 8, 2020 from Wednesday Jul 15, 2020 to 8 Days $2899 Small Group Book Now
Friday Sep 18, 2020 from Friday Sep 25, 2020 to 8 Days $2479 Guaranteed Book Now

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

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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.

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Date: 11/08/2018

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