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Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, ScotlandEilean Donan CastleScapa FlowSt Andrews Golf Course
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Eilean Donan Castle
Scapa Flow
St Andrews Golf Course
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Style: Great Britain and Ireland Regionals
  • Description: Step back in time with this epic tour. Pagan monuments, Roman ruins, majestic cathedrals, medieval castles, geological wonders, famous universities, Highland glens, historic cities and majestic scenery will grip your imagination!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to Edinburgh.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE EDINBURGH (3 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 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

    EXCURSION TO THE BORDERS

    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 5

    EDINBURGH - ST. ANDREWS - GLAMIS CASTLE - ABERDEEN

    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)

  • Day 6

    ABERDEEN - SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

    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 Whisky Trail along the River Spey. Visit Glenlivet distillery to witness the production of this Local Speciality and to sample a ‘wee dram’.Tonight, at your hotel in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, enjoy a traditional Highlight Dinner including the ‘piping in of the haggis’!


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

    Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Aviemore Highlands (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 7

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS - LOCH NESS - THURSO (2 NIGHTS)

    See the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army was defeated in 1746, and 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)

  • Day 8

    ORKNEY ISLANDS EXCURSION

    From the northernmost point of the British mainland, John O’Groats, take the ferry across the North Sea to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay.See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defence to protect 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 pre-historic Ring of Brodgar en route to Viking Kirkwall before crossing the sea back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 9

    THURSO - ISLE OF SKYE

    Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning northern coastline before moving inland to view the Falls of Shin, famous for its spectacular views of the waterfalls and leaping salmon. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ullapool before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10

    ISLE OF SKYE - BALLACHULISH (2 NIGHTS)

    After a leisurely morning in Portree, travel back to the mainland. Stop for views of renowned Eilean Donan Castle, before continuing through Glen Sheil and along the shores of Loch Cluanie to Fort William, where you see Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in all its glory. Dine this evening at your hotel in Ballachulish.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 11

    MULL AND IONA EXCURSION

    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, Rèilig Odhrain, burial place of many Scottish Kings. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 12

    BALLACHULISH - GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS)

    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 lunch)

  • Day 13

    LOWLAND EXCURSION

    In Alloway, birthplace of Scotland’s greatest poet - Robbie Burns, view his monument and the famous Brig O’Doon. Visit Culzean Castle, a beautiful neoclassical mansion situated on the brink of the Firth of Clyde; its clifftop position offers exquisite views of the Ayrshire coast. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner in Glasgow.


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

  • Day 14

    GLASGOW - USA

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


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialty Visit Glenlivet whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting.
  • Be My Guest Enjoy dinner 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 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.
  • JedburghView the Jedburgh Abbey ruins.
  • St. AndrewsView the 18th hole on the Old Course.
  • Glamis CastleVisit the childhood home of the Queen Mother.
  • CullodenVisit the famous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the English.
  • Dunrobin CastleVisit Dunrobin Castle and formal gardens. Ancestral home to the Dukes of Sutherland.
  • John O'GroatsVisit the most northern point of Britain.
  • South Ronaldsay (Orkney)Overlook Scapa Flow, one of the world’s largest natural harbours, and visit the Italian Chapel.
  • Skara Brae (Orkney)See the remains of the neolithic village.
  • UllapoolVisit the pretty fishing town of Ullapool on Loch Broom.
  • Isle of SkyeVisit the beautiful Isle of Skye.
  • Kyle of LochalshView Eilean Donan Castle.
  • MullVisit the scenic Hebridean island of Mull.
  • IonaVisit this tiny island, burial place of Scottish Kings and Queens.
  • GlencoeSee Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping.
  • GlasgowVisit Glasgow Cathedral and view George Square on your orientation tour.
  • Culzean CastleVisit the clifftop castle, set in its own country park.
  • AllowaySee Robert Burns’ birthplace and Monument.

Dining

  • 12 full breakfasts.

  • Be My Guest Lunch in the Trossachs National Park.

  • 9 evening meals including:
  • Welcome Pub Reception in Edinburgh, which includes a traditional Scottish pub meal and welcome drinks.
  • 6 three-course dinners.
  • Highlight Dinner with whisky in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Glasgow.

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry to the Orkney Isles and return.
  • Ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • The services of a professional Travel Director
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel
  • Use of Trafalgar’s London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions
  • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing
  • A travel wallet with your documentation
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map
  • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip.

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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