Highlands & Islands
14 Day Package
This vacation is our most complete vacation to Scotland, totaling 14 days.
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This vacation is our most complete vacation to Scotland, totaling 14 days.
|2016 - 2017|
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Price Includes: All motor coach and land transportation, sightseeing, admissions, services of tour director and driver, lodging, meals as specified in tour itinerary, taxes, gratuities to bellhops and waiters at included meals.
Not Included: Cost of obtaining passports or visas, laundry, meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in the itinerary, travel insurance, gratuity to guide, driver, communication charges, & excess baggage fees. Port charges and gratuities to crew are not included on cruises.
Deposit Required: $300 per person will reserve your place. A $100 service fee will be charged for cancellation at any time in addition to our normal payment and cancellation policy.
Day 1: Arrival in Glasgow, Scotland
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland's largest city. Before tonight's welcome dinner join your tour director and traveling companions for a toast to happy touring with a congenial group. (D)
Day 2: Glasgow-Carlisle
Start your grand tour of Scotland with interesting Lowland sights: Scottish poet ROBERT BURNS' BIRTHPLACE and MUSEUM at Alloway; Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Step over the border for a guided visit to CARLISLE CASTLE, which has guarded England's frontier with Scotland since the 11th century. It is here that Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in 1568. Overnight nearby. (FB, D)
Day 3: Carlisle-Edinburgh
First follow a section of Hadrian's Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes. Vistas of wild Northumberland National Park on the way back over the Scottish border, then glimpses of the house of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Jedburgh and Melrose Abbey ruins. Finally a highlight visit to Sir Walter Scott's ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, where Dame Jean Maxwell-Scott often guides our tours herself. Overnight in Edinburgh, the "Prince of Cities." A unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which for the Queen was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. Instead for tour numbers from Aug 4 through Aug 26 tickets are included tonight for a performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO: a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands, which takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (FB)
Day 4: Edinburgh
Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and famous scientists, inventors and novelists. In the "Old Town", drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE, the Queen's official Scottish residence. The afternoon is free to enjoy this "Prince of Cities" at your own pace. Tonight don't miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (FB)
Day 5: Edinburgh-Aberdeen
Over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, has given us the rules of golfing. Cross the Firth of Tay to Dundee and visit splendid GLAMIS CASTLE, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and birthplace of the late Princess Margaret. A pleasant drive this afternoon brings you to the city of Aberdeen for an orientation drive in this east coast fishing port whose prosperity has soared with the development of the North Sea oil and gas fields. (FB,D)
Day 6: Aberdeen-Inverness
Trace the salmon-rich River Dee on the way to Ballater, where the royal coats of arms denote those shops supplying the royal household. Drive through heather-clad moors to the lovely Spey Valley for a guided visit to a WHISKY DISTILLERY, where you learn about the ancient art of converting barley, water and yeast into a heart-warming liquor. Overnight in Inverness, the Highland capital. Why not consider an optional visit to the Loch Ness Experience and an evening cruise? (FB,D)
Day 7: Inverness-Wick
At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE hear about the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scottish clans. Continue an unforgettable journey through spectacular scenery to the remote northernmost part of Scotland. Follow the coast road to majestic DUNROBIN CASTLE, originally built in 1275 and for centuries the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Visit the formal gardens overlooking the North Sea and tour the castle's opulent interior. Also enjoy a fascinating FALCONRY DISPLAY. On arrival at the tiny port of Wick there's still time to call at the renowned CAITHNESS GLASS FACTORY. Before dinner you may want to join your tour director for an optional excursion to a nearby village with a chance to meet the locals. (FB,D)
Day 8: Wick. Excursion to the Orkney Islands
A fascinating day full of adventure. Via Dunnet Head, the northernmost point on the British mainland, and past the late Queen Mother's Castle of Mey you head for John O'Groats. Board a ferry for the 45-minute crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands, where a local coach and knowledgeable driver-guide await you. Cross the four Churchill Barriers and overlook Scapa Flow, where the German fleet scuttled itself in World War I. Visit the ITALIAN CHAPEL, built by prisoners of war in 1943 from scrap metal, concrete, and other materials, then head for SKARA BRAE, part of the Orkney World Heritage Site, where you see the fascinating remains of a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village, and visit SKAILL HOUSE. Yet more highlights: the Ring of Brodgar, the Orkneys' Stonehenge, and finally Kirkwall, the small and picturesque island capital with a distinct Viking flavor and impressive red sandstone cathedral. Return to the mainland by ferry in the late afternoon. (FB,D)
Day 9: Wick-Isle of Skye
A day to sit back and enjoy the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery, some of the finest in Britain. The region is remote and the roads are single track and somewhat uneven. The northern coast is lined with miles of yellow sandy beaches and pretty estuaries. Heading inland, the hills and mountains take on a purple hue as the summer progresses, mists create an eerie atmosphere, and the glens and lochs form a picture-book landscape. This is Scotland at its best! Make a lunch stop in the quaint fishing port of Ullapool, and it's an early evening arrival on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye. (FB,D)
Day 10: Isle of Skye
A full day on Skye to absorb the breathtaking scenery of this spectacular and history-steeped isle. Explore Portree, the tiny island capital, then visit remote DUNVEGAN CASTLE, seat of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod since 1200, and learn of connections with Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald. Take in the views of the Cuillin Hills on the way back to Broadford. (FB,D)
Day 11: Isle of Skye-Isle of Mull
Call at the Clan Donald Centre for a visit to its MUSEUM OF THE ISLES and an insight into 13 centuries of clan history before boarding your ferry at Armadale to sail across the Sound of Sleat. Rejoin the mainland at Mallaig and follow the "Road to the Isles," pausing at Glenfinnan, the scene of the raising of Bonnie Prince Charlie's standard in 1745; then follow the shores of lovely Loch Linnhe. The final leg of the day's journey includes the ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish on the Isle of Mull, where the next two nights are spent. (FB,D)
Day 12: Isle of Mull. Iona Excursion
A leisurely day to relax and enjoy the best of the Scottish western isles. Drive across Mull for a visit to the beautiful and fascinating Isle of Iona. This is the burial place of many Scottish kings and chiefs, including Macbeth. And it is here that in 563 AD. St. Columba established one of the earliest Christian monasteries in the British Isles. Time to visit the CATHEDRAL and explore the religious settlement before returning to the hotel early afternoon. Later, enjoy the drive up to Tobermory for a visit to the quaint island capital. To complete your Mull experience, take the optional visit to Torosay Castle, where the Laird conducts you through his ancient home. (FB,D)
Day 13: Isle of Mull-Glasgow
The final island ferry crossing brings you this morning to Oban. Then over the Pass of Brander, and from Inveraray follow the road known as "Rest and be thankful" to the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond, the most famous loch of all. Back in Glasgow this afternoon your orientation city tour takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares built by the wealthy tobacco barons. Time for last-minute shopping, then look forward to a farewell drinks reception and dinner with the companions of a great tour at a smart Glasgow city restaurant. (FB,D)
Day 14: Home
Your homebound flight arrives the same day. (FB)