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Best of Scotland 2014

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Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, ScotlandEilean Donan CastleLoch NessSt Andrews Golf Course
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Eilean Donan Castle
Loch Ness
St Andrews Golf Course
  • Duration: 7 Days
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  • Brochure: At Leisure 2014
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    Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: The urban hubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Legends and lochs. Castles and country. This leisurely look at Scotland covers the essentials – but still has time to stop for a 'wee dram' or two. It's Insider moments like… being greeted by the father and son farmers of a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard, as they approach in traditional dress. Hearing them recount the stories of Rob Roy MacGregor, the outlaw and hero who roamed this region, they share their contagious energy, Scottish pride and homespun dishes, eaten as you hunker down together in their barn. An active farmstead, every experience is slightly different; one day you could be playing with sheepdogs, the next helping them feed new-born lambs.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical Scottish pub meal and drinks.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Novotel City Centre

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 2

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an optional experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore/Macdonalds Four Seasons

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  • Day 4

    ISLE OF SKYE AND SCENIC HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

    Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 5

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – GLENCOE – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS)

    Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, 'Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow. This afternoon visit St. Mungo's Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city. Your orientation tour of Glasgow also includes magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Glasgow

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 6

    STIRLING CASTLE EXCURSION

    Enjoy some free time this morning in Glasgow to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the 'Stirling Heads' and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Local Speciality visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a 'wee dram'. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 7

    DEPART GLASGOW

    After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Farewell dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch. Admire the picturesque Scottish scenery as your hosts serve traditional Scottish cuisine and wine. The perfect way to end your trip!
  • Local Expert in Edinburgh.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and tasting.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Edinburgh.
  • Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling.
  • Visit Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye and Clan Donald Centre, Glasgow Cathedral and Stirling Castle.
  • View the 18th hole at St Andrews, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe.

Dining

  • 6 full breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 2 three course dinners and Be My Guest Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival.
  • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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