Best of Scotland Preview 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: 8 Days
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  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Bonnie Scotland awaits you. See the impressive sights of Edinburgh and St. Andrews, the home of golf. Admire Culloden Moor and the magnificent Isle of Skye. Gaze at the UK’s highest peak and the proud heritage of Glasgow. Top it off with a dram o’ whisky and a yard of your favourite tartan!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to Edinburgh.

  • Day 2

    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)

  • Day 3

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, your expert Local Guide 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 Holyrood House 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 4

    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 excursion to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 5

    ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

    Travel via the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands,taking the Skye Bridge, with its views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles. Discover the history of the Kingdom of the Isles, trace your genealogy, or explore the gardens before returning to Mallaig by ferry. View Loch Ness en route back to your hotel. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6

    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 the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    STIRLING CASTLE EXCURSION

    Enjoy some free time this morning 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 Farewell Be My Guest Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard.


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

  • Day 8

    GLASGOW - USA

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


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialty Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland’s most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and tasting.
  • 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 Guide in Edinburgh.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • EdinburghSightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle.
  • St. AndrewsView the 18th hole on the Old Course.
  • Eilean Donan CastleView this majestic castle.
  • Isle of SkyeVisit the beautiful Isle of Skye and the Clan Donald Centre.
  • GlencoeSee Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping.
  • GlasgowVisit Glasgow Cathedral and see George Square on your orientation tour.
  • Stirling CastleVisit the castle to explore the great hall and see the Stirling Heads.

Dining

  • 6 full breakfasts.

  • 4 evening meals including:
  • Welcome Pub Reception in Edinburgh, which includes traditional Scottish Fare and Welcome Drinks.
  • 2 three-course dinners.
  • Be My Guest Farewell Dinner near Glasgow at Loch Ard.

Travel Highlights

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

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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