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Scottish Highlands Islands and Cities 2014

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Arthur's SeatEilean Donan CastleScapa Flow
Arthur's Seat
Eilean Donan Castle
Scapa Flow
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This diminutive country has a surprising fund of castles, cities and culture, all sewn into a patchwork of brooding highlands and undisturbed islands, like Orkney, Skye and Mull. It's Insider moments like… taking a walk through Edinburgh Castle with a local character, no doubt dressed in the obligatory tartan. You'll go behind the castle's much-seen scenes, substituting the obvious for the obscure on this one-of-a-kind walk. Just the start of your castle encounters, Dunrobin, Eilean Donan, Glamis and Stirling castles appear on the horizon as you travel from highlands to lochs and along the Whisky Trail, dipping into a history of smugglers, Scottish kings and scotch – and into Glenlivet for a tasting.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


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

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Novotel City Centre

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    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


    This morning view the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey as well as the neighbouring Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, before following the River Tweed back to Edinburgh.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Visit Glamis Castle, former home of the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, and the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and free time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. Dine tonight at your hotel in Aberdeen.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Park Inn

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Follow the River Dee through untamed Scottish landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains to join the Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside. More than half of Scotland's whisky distilleries are located along the River Spey. Visit Glenlivet distillery to witness the production of this Local Speciality and to sample a 'wee dram'. See the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746. Arrive later in Inverness.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Thistle

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster, en route to visit Dunrobin Castle. Dunrobin Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland and resembles a French château with its towering conical spires. Stroll through the formal gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Royal Hotel Thurso

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    From the north eastern tip of the British Isles, John O'Groats, take the ferry across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defence to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow during World War II. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and walk through the remains of the famous Neolithic village. See the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar en route to visit Viking Kirkwall before crossing the sea back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 8


    Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning north west coastline. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ullapool. View the impressive Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Kings Arms

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Enjoy a scenic drive to take your ferry from the isle of Skye to Mallaig. See the Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films. At Fort William, see Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, in all its glory before arriving in Ballachulish for the next two nights.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ballachulish/Isles of Glencoe/Caledonian Hotel Oban

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the remote island to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval abbey, and the ancient burial ground of many Scottish Kings at Rèilig Odhrain. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 11


    This morning, travel 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. Arrive in the Trossachs National Park for a Be My Guest lunch on a working Scottish farm. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry, as well as a visit to St Mungo's Cathedral.

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

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    Enjoy a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads before making your way to nearby Bannockburn – the site of the famous Battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner in Glasgow.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 13


    Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful holiday draws to a close. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy lunch at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch in the Trossachs National Park. Take in the picturesque scenery before your hosts serve a traditional Scottish home-cooked lunch in their historic barn.
  • 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 Glenlivet whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Edinburgh.
  • Orientation of Aberdeen, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow.
  • Visit Glamis Castle, the battlefield of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Battlefield.
  • View Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th hole at St Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe.


  • 12 full breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 5 three course dinners and 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.
  • Ferry to the Orkney Isles and return.
  • Ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona.
  • Ferry from Skye to Mallaig.
  • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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