Scottish Highlands Islands and Cities - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

13 days

from $3595 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"I enjoyed every minute"
William , Jul 2014

This diminutive country has a surprising abundance 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… experiencing the historic settings of Diane Gabaldon's best-selling Outlander books. Clashing swords and ferocious battle cries almost palpable, you stand on the atmospheric fields of Culloden hearing about this devastating battle – the last fought on British soil.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
BHLD

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE EDINBURGH (3 NIGHTS)

    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

  • 2.

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, your Local Specialist 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

  • 3.

    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

  • 4.

    EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – GLAMIS CASTLE – PITLOCHRY

    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. Later arrive in Pitlochry on the banks of the River Tummel which is known as the gateway to the Highlands. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Fishers

  • 5.

    PITLOCHRY – CULLODEN – INVERNESS

    This morning, gain a Cultural Insight into whisky distilling by visiting a local distillery for a tour and a ‘wee dram'. Travel through untamed Scottish landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains. Visit the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746. Lately, the site has featured in Diane Gabaldon's fictional novel 'Outlander'. Arrive later in Inverness.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Thistle

  • 6.

    INVERNESS – LOCH NESS – THURSO (2 NIGHTS)

    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

  • 7.

    ORKNEY ISLANDS EXCURSION

    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

  • 8.

    THURSO – ULLAPOOL – ISLE OF SKYE

    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

    Dunolie/Kings Arms

  • 9.

    ISLE OF SKYE – BALLACHULISH (2 NIGHTS)

    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/Isle of Glencoe/The Columba

  • 10.

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

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 11.

    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, before arriving in Glasgow. Your orientation tour 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

    Hotel

    Holiday Inn Theatreland/Radisson Blu

  • 12.

    STIRLING CASTLE AND BANNOCKBURN EXCURSION

    This morning enjoy free time to explore Glasgow. Enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working Scottish farm with your companions and Travel Director. Later enjoy a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads making your way to nearby Bannockburn – the site of the famous battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 13.

    DEPART GLASGOW

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

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

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What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

Dining

  • 12 full breakfasts.
    6 dinners (including Welcome Reception and 5 three course dinners).
    1 Farewell Lunch (Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry to the Orkney Isles and return.
  • Ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona.
  • Ferry from Skye to Mallaig.
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival.
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Edinburgh

  • Rosslyn Chapel

    Adult Price: £17.00 We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. You’ll also visit one of Scotland's most unusual 15th century buildings, famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'.
  • Royal Yacht Britannia

    Adult Price: £16.00 You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.
  • Dinner And Ghost Walk

    Adult Price: £38.00 Work up an appetite discovering some of Edinburgh's most haunted places with your Local Specialist, who’ll share ghoulish tales before you enjoy a three course meal in a local restaurant.
  • Scottish Show With Dinner

    Adult Price: £54.00 Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.

Scottish Highlands

  • Cawdor Dinner Evening

    Adult Price: £36.00 Join us for dinner at a traditional country pub in the charming village of Cawdor, home to Shakespeare's Macbeth.
  • Isle Of Skye Drive With The Trotternish Peninsula

    Adult Price: £13.50 An opportunity to travel around the Trotternish Peninsula with your Local Specialist. You’ll hear about life on this remote inner Hebridean island and discover its stories and legends. You’ll also see the Old Man of Storr, the red and black Cuillin mountains, Kilt Rock and the graveyard where Flora McDonald is buried.
  • Jacobite Steam Railway

    Adult Price: £39.00 Take one of the world’s most spectacular steam train rides across the Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter movies. You’ll enjoy beautiful coastal and mountain scenery as you relax on this once in a lifetime journey.
  • Highland Farm Experience

    Adult Price: £12.00 Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
  • Isle Of Skye Drive

    Adult Price: £13.00 An opportunity to travel around the Isle of Skye with your Local Specialist. You’ll hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean Island and discover its stories and legends.
  • Ballachulish Dinner and Drive

    Adult Price: £35.00 Enjoy a scenic drive on Loch Linnhe for dinner.

Glasgow

  • Glasgow City Evening

    Adult Price: £34.00 You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.

LOCH LOMOND

  • Loch Lomond Boat Trip

    Adult Price: £12.50 Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.
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