Authentic Local Experiences:
- Enjoy reserved seats for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 2 – 16 departures.
- Experience all stages of the whisky making process and sample a wee dram.
- Experience the beauty of Loch Ness as you relax on a cruise of this famous body of water.
- 7 breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D) plus afternoon tea, including farewell dinner in Edinburgh.
- Cawdor Castle
- Edinburgh Castle
- Glamis Castle
- Loch Ness Cruise
- St Andrews Castle & Cathedral
- Stirling Castle
- Urquhart Castle
- DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro | Dunblane (2 nights)
- Achnagairn Estate or Kingsmills Hotel or Ness Walk | Inverness (2 nights)
- Old Course Hotel | St Andrews (1 night)
- Kimpton Charlotte Square | Edinburgh (2 nights)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane
Close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow and 15 minutes from historic Stirling, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro provides a great retreat in a convenient location at Perth Road, Dunblane, FK15 0HG. Set within 10 acres of private grounds, this hotel combines Victorian style with contemporary comfort and a warm DoubleTree welcome with their famous chocolate chip cookie. CIE Tours’ guests will enjoy features like Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, a fitness room, a sauna, a steam room and a whirlpool. Indulge in a memorable meal at the hotel’s restaurant The Kailyard by Nick Nairn, with signature cuisine. This Dunblane restaurant specializes in seasonal local produce and stunning, simple dishes in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere.
Achnagairn Estate Castle Hotel, Inverness
Built in 1812 on a site occupied since the 1600’s, this luxe castle hotel set on 30 acres is 8.7 miles from Inverness Castle and 15.3 miles from Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. The chic, modern rooms are located in the castle or in separate lodges. All combine designer details with original features, and have en suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi; some offer in-room whirlpool baths and 4-poster beds. There are also cottages on the grounds.
Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
At the renowned St Andrews’ golf course, this sophisticated golf and spa resort is an 11-minute walk from the British Golf Museum and 1.3 miles from St Andrews Botanic Garden. Refined rooms range in style from elegant to contemporary, and come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Some have balconies and/or views over the golf course. Suites add living areas, additional bathrooms and/or kitchenettes.
Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, the Kimpton Charlotte Square — formerly the Principal Charlotte Square — consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site. Regional winners of both Brand Hotel of the Year and Style Hotel of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Hotel Awards, the hotel has undergone a multi-million restoration and refurbishment. All of the bedrooms and suites have been given a smart, new look, inspired by the golden age of travel and a genuine sense of Scottish hospitality.
2019 SCOTTISH SUPREME 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / 13 MEALS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1ARRIVAL IN DUNBLANE
Your tour starts with a traditional Scottish afternoon tea in your hotel in Dunblane, 40 miles north of Glasgow. Your beautifully restored Victorian-style hotel is set on 10 acres of private grounds and offers an indoor pool, fitness room, sauna, steam room and whirlpool. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink before dinner. (D)
Day 2STIRLING CASTLE AND THE TROSSACHS
Travel to the historic town of Stirling to visit Stirling Castle. Captured in the 13th century from the English by William Wallace and then by Robert the Bruce, Stirling Castle has featured largely throughout Scottish history. Drive through the stunning scenery of the Trossachs National Park before returning to your hotel for some leisure time before dinner. (B, D)
Day 3URQUHART CASTLE & LOCH NESS CRUISE
Drive across the haunting Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places. Drive along the scenic shore of Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle, once the largest in Scotland. Leave the castle and embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to admire enchanting scenic views. Continue north to Inverness and check into your castle estate hotel. (B, D)
Day 4CAWDOR CASTLE & GLENFIDDICH WHISKEY TASTING
Discover the beauty of Cawdor Castle with its extensive gardens. This has been a family home for over 600 years and is the reputed place of the murder of Duncan, Thane of Cawdor, immortalized in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth.” Visit Johnstons of Elgin to discover the 220-year-old story of Scottish innovation and luxury, and learn how local craftspeople have collaborated with generations of herding communities from Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Australia and Peru to create the finest woolen and cashmere cloth and accessories. Next up is a visit to the Glenfiddich whisky distillery and experience all stages of the whisky-making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing – ending with a wee dram to sample. Enjoy leisure time before joining your group for dinner at your castle hotel’s fine restaurant. (B, D)
Day 5GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS
Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This is a majestic building filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings, and you’ll enjoy a special tour. Drive across the Tay Bridge to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” Upon arrival check into the world-famous Old Course Hotel and enjoy some free time to settle in before dining with your fellow travelers. (B, D)
Day 6ST ANDREWS & EDINBURGH
Embark on a guided walking tour to see the highlights of St Andrews, including the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the British Golf Museum. Visit St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral, which has been a site of worship since the 8th century. See the collection of medieval sculpture, carved stones, and other relics. Or you may choose to enjoy a morning off in St Andrews for golfing or a spa visit. Drive across the Forth Bridge into Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital city. Enjoy dinner on your own in the city. (B)
Day 7EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore Edinburgh on a 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. Visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle where you can see historic buildings and enjoy splendid views of city of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring and shopping. Spend the evening enjoying a farewell dinner. On August 2 – 16 departures experience the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B, D)
Day 8TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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|Friday Sep 27, 2019 from Dunblane||Friday Oct 4, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$2690||Guaranteed Small Group||Call to book|