From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles rich in history, Scotland awaits. Put a modern twist on Scottish cuisine during an interactive cooking class. See the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland's greatest events. Explore the regal city of Edinburgh. Visit a local family on their farm and meet their sheepdogs. Stop at Dunrobin Castle. Explore the Orkney Islands' ancient Skara Brae. Take a cruise on famed Loch Ness. Marvel at the stunning Isle of Skye. Sample Scotch whisky during a distillery tour. Learn how to play the bagpipes and enjoy dinner at the National Piping Centre's farm-to-table restaurant. Discover a land of rolling green Highlands, friendly sheepdogs, and smooth Scotch whisky.
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- Offer valid through 3/31/2023
- 10 Days
|Day 1||Edinburgh||An overnight flight transports you to a country of stunning landscapes, lively cities and stirring history.|
|Day 2||Edinburgh||Your tour opens in Edinburgh, Scotland's stunning capital city. This evening, give traditional Scottish ingredients a modern twist. Enjoy a lively and interactive cooking experience at one of Scotland's premier culinary institutions. Later, with a 'wee dram' in hand, toast the beginning of a wonderful journey.|
|Day 3||Edinburgh||Today visit Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. Then, it's your choice! Choose to get acquainted with this regal capital on a locally guided tour of the Old and New Town via coach -OR- for a different perspective you may join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot. Later this evening, take your seat at the spectacular, world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland's greatest events.|
|Day 4||Edinburgh||Travel to Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town. Discover its Old World appeal as you explore this popular resort town on your own. Visit a family-run farm set in the heart of the Highlands. See sheepdogs at work while surrounded by the mountain wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy an overnight stay in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.|
|Day 5||Inverness||Today you will visit the majestic Dunrobin Castle* which dates back to the 1300s. The castle is built in the style of a French chAteau and is home to the Duke of Sutherland. Later, take in the breathtaking views as you drive along the windswept cliffs of Scotland's east coast. Travel off the beaten path to Thurso, one of Scotland's most remote towns on the North Coast. Embrace the rustic environment of the Scottish Highlands as you settle in for your 2-night stay.|
|Day 6||Thurso||Grab your windbreaker - it's time for an adventure on the Orkney Islands.** Ferry to this former Viking stronghold off the northernmost coast of Scotland, where artists admire the ever-changing clouds rolling across the sky like a time-lapse at double speed. On the crossing, feel the wind in your hair as you view the abundant bird life and, if you are lucky, porpoises and seals. A local guide introduces this ethereal place that very few visitors to Scotland get to experience. Visit Skara Brae and discover the remains of a Neolithic village built at the same time as the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Continue on toward the prehistoric Standing Stones of Stennes, reported to be older than Stonehenge. Make your way through the town of Viking Kirkwall before returning to the mainland.|
|Day 7||Thurso||As you make your way back from the northern coast, journey through unspoiled landscapes through the Highlands. Enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness, one of Britain's most scenic bodies of water. Keep your eyes open - you never know when Nessie will appear! After your cruise, visit the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle. Travel through the Great Glen, famous for its many lochs (lakes), before arriving at your remote countryside hotel situated on lovely Loch Linnhe.|
|Day 8||Ballachulish||Take a stunning drive along the 'Road to the Isles' past Eilean Donan Castle and over the Skye Bridge to the legendary Isle of Skye, also known in poetry and song as Eilean a' CheO (The Misty Isle). Enjoy dramatic views of the Cuillin Hills. Then, visit Armadale Castle and Gardens*** and the Museum of the Isles to learn about island life and the history of Skye. Conclude your visit with views of the isle from yet another vantage point during a ferry crossing back to the mainland to Mallaig. Returning to Ballachulish along the same road, pass through Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.|
|Day 9||Ballachulish||Today travel to Fort William where you visit one of Scotland's renowned whisky distilleries. Taste and see for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world's finest. Continue to Loch Lomond, located in the Trossachs National Park, with its breathtaking scenery, before arriving in the Victorian city of Glasgow. This evening, visit the National Piping Centre to learn about the Great Highland Bagpipe. After a demonstration and lesson with a renowned piper, it's your chance to give it a go! Then, join your fellow travelers for a joyous farewell dinner at the Centre's farm-to-table restaurant and toast the end to your Scottish adventure.|
|Day 10||Glasgow||Your tour of Scotland comes to a close today.|
- Radisson Blu - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Best Western Palace Hotel - Inverness, United Kingdom
- Castletown Hotel - Thurso, United Kingdom
- Ballachulish Hotel - Ballachulish, Scotland
- Maldron Hotel - Glasgow, Scotland
- * NOTE: Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.