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Scotland's Highlands Islands and Cities

13 Days 1 Country 24 Cities

Explore Scotland's contrasts, from the serenity and beauty of the Scottish Highlands to the buzz of Glasgow.

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About this trip

Scotland's arresting natural beauty and centuries-old heritage are the highlights of this adventure that will see you visit the isles of Skye and Mull, the Orkney Islands and the beauty of Loch Ness. View the remarkably intact ruins of Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, and see Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: BHLD

12 Nights

accommodation

18 Meals
  • 12 full breakfasts

  • 5 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Edinburgh

    • Orientation of Dundee, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow

    • See Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and 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 Cathedral in Glasgow and Stirling Castle


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 full breakfasts

    • 5 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Ferry to the Orkney Isles and return

    • Ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona

    • Ferry from Skye to Mallaig

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival

    • 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


Scotland's Highlands Islands and Cities

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Day 1

Arrive Edinburgh (3 Nights)

Day 2

Edinburgh Sightseeing

Day 3

Excursion to The Borders

Day 4

Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Glamis Castle – Dundee

Day 5

Dundee – Pitlochry – Culloden – Inverness

Day 6

Inverness – Loch Ness – Thurso (2 Nights)

Day 7

Orkney Islands Excursion

Day 8

Thurso – Ullapool – Isle of Skye

Day 9

Isle of Skye – Ballachulish (2 Nights)

Day 10

Mull and Iona Excursion

Day 11

Ballachulish – Glasgow (2 Nights)

Day 12

Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Excursion

Day 13

Depart Glasgow

Day 1

Arrive Edinburgh (3 Nights) Day 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 true Scottish welcome with local specialties.

Hotel

Novotel City Centre

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Novotel City Centre

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Edinburgh Sightseeing Day 2 - Edinburgh Sightseeing

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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Rosslyn Chapel

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'.

Adult Price: £17.50

Royal Yacht Britannia

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.

Adult Price: £16.50

Dinner And Ghost Walk

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.

Adult Price: £39.00

Day 2

Day 3

Excursion to The Borders Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Scottish Show With Dinner

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.

Adult Price: £54.00

Day 3

Day 4

Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Glamis Castle – Dundee Day 4 - Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Glamis Castle – Dundee

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 Dundee, a waterfront city in the Tay Estuary which is the UK's first UNESCO City of Design?

Hotel

Apex City Quay

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Apex City Quay

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Dundee – Pitlochry – Culloden – Inverness Day 5 - Dundee – 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.

Hotel

The Columba

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

The Columba

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Highland Farm Experience

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.

Adult Price: £13.00

Cawdor Dinner Evening

Join us for dinner at a traditional country pub in the charming village of Cawdor, home to Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Adult Price: £37.00

Day 5

Day 6

Inverness – Loch Ness – Thurso (2 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Royal

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Royal

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Loch Ness Cruise

Sailing from Clansman Hotel, you'll experience a scenic one-hour cruise on Scotland's most famous waterway, Loch Ness. View beautiful Urquhart Castle from the lake while enjoying tea or coffee. The management regrets to inform you that Nessie sightings are not guaranteed!

Adult Price: £23.00

Day 6

Day 7

Orkney Islands Excursion Day 7 - Orkney Islands Excursion

Visit John O'Groats, then take the ferry from Gills Bay 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 look down on the remains of the famous Neolithic village. Wander freely round the standing stones of Ring of Brodgar, before a final photo stop at Kirkwall cathedral and the ferry back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

Thurso – Ullapool – Isle of Skye Day 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.

Hotel

Kings Arms

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Kings Arms

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Isle Of Skye Drive

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.

Adult Price: £13.50

Day 8

Day 9

Isle of Skye – Ballachulish (2 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Ballachulish

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Ballachulish

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Jacobite Steam Railway

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.

Adult Price: £40.00

Ballachulish Dinner and Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive on Loch Linnhe for dinner.

Adult Price: £36.00

Day 9

Day 10

Mull and Iona Excursion Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

Ballachulish – Glasgow (2 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Holiday Inn Theatreland

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Holiday Inn Theatreland

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Glasgow City Evening

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.

Adult Price: £34.00

Doune Castle

Enjoy a visit to this famous castle, featured in film and television shows such as Monty Python, Outlander, and Game of Thrones.

Adult Price: £24.00

Day 11

Day 12

Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Excursion Day 12 - Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Excursion

This morning 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. Enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working Scottish farm with your companions and Travel Director and after you'll have free time to further explore Glasgow.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 12

Day 13

Depart Glasgow Day 13 - Depart Glasgow

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

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 13

Available Departures

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    Join the Wood family at their 15th century historical farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish dinner, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy a whisky tour and tasting at a local distillery

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Edinburgh

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Edinburgh

    • Orientation of Dundee, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow

    • See Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and 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 Cathedral in Glasgow and Stirling Castle


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 full breakfasts

    • 5 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Ferry to the Orkney Isles and return

    • Ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona

    • Ferry from Skye to Mallaig

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival

    • 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


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  • Guest Service Rating from 60 Reviews

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    saw alot of scotland and the tour guide and bus driver were excellent

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    Service rating : The tour director was very professional,knew her Scottish history,advised us well in advance of sleeping arrangements,shopping opportunities,and eating establishments.She kept us to a time table that was extensive /exciting and the scenery was absolutely breath taking at

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    Service rating : Best experience of my life, Kate Allen was amazing and Declan Fay is an amazing driver.. I never felt more comfortable.. Fantasmic..Product : All the best places in Scotland are in this trip.. Edinburgh was my favorite and I would love to live there now that I've been there....

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    Service rating : Good enough to take the trip again... Excellent guide and experience. Nice accommodations and great food...Product : Good Sampler Platter... makes you want to go back and try it all again.

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    Service rating : Everything is really well organised. Kate Allen our tour guide, was a very experienced and knowledgeable lady who made the tour both informative and interesting.Product : Excellent value for money. Safe way to travel when travelling solo.

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    • Calling all Outlander fans! Similar to our 'Scottish Highlands, Islands and Cities' trip but with a 'Jamie Fraser' twist, Trafalgar presents the 'Highlander Trail inspired by Outlander' trip code BHOD.
    • Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. In July and August, accommodation on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodation on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.
    • Edinburgh Tattoo 04-26 August 2017: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh to departures 05 August, 07 August, 12 August, 14 August, 19 August and 21 August 2017.
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