Day 01, Saturday: U.S. to Scotland. Depart U.S. on our
overnight flight to Glasgow.
Day 02, Sunday: Glasgow City Tour. Arrive in Glasgow Airport
where your tour director or representative will greet you. Complimentary group
transfers depart Glasgow Airport at 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 noon. Passengers
arriving later will transfer to the hotel at their own expense. Your hotel is
centrally located within easy reach of major attractions and the shops of
Buchanan Street. At 2:30 pm take a coach tour to see the main attractions of
Glasgow including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow
Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding. Visit extensive
collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, originally opened in 1901 and
recently refurbished. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a
welcome drink before dinner.
Day 03, Monday: Loch Lomond Cruise & Inveraray Castle.
Depart Glasgow and drive north along the banks of Loch Lomond with views of Ben
Lomond and other Highland peaks. At Tarbet embark on a short cruise to
appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of this famous loch and admire panoramic
views. Then travel across the mountain pass of "Rest and Be Thankful" to visit
Inveraray Castle. This imposing Campbell family home with four conical spires
was built between 1746 and 1789. A guided tour will reveal the history of the
family and region as you view the magnificent Armoury Hall and many fine rooms
with tapestries, porcelains and portraits. Browse around the nearby town,
planned by the Campbell family. Then journey across mysterious Rannoch Moor and
through Glen Coe, a spectacular glen made famous by the Campbells' massacre of
the Clan Macdonald in 1692 to Ballachulish on the coast.
Day 04, Tuesday: Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Center. This
morning head north via Fort William and take the "Road to the Isles" through
some of Scotland's loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan
Monument. At Mallaig cross by ferry to the Isle of Skye, sometimes called the
Misty Isle. Visit the Clan Donald Centre to discover the history of the Clan
Donald, Lords of the Isles and the most powerful clan of the Isle of Skye. Drive
through part of the island and return to the mainland by bridge, stopping for
photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Then drive along the beautiful
shores of Loch Ness, famous for
its monster. Pause to view the huge ruins of Urquhart Castle before continuing
to your hotel in the center of Inverness.
Day 05, Wednesday: Sheepdog Trials & Culloden
Battlefield. Enjoy a leisurely day of discovery in the lovely
countryside and majestic Highland scenery. Just south of Aviemore visit Leault
Farm where dogs herd sheep and ducks through various obstacles. Learn how each
dog responds to individual whistles and see seasonal activities with collie
puppies, newborn lambs or sheep-shearing. Drive to Culloden Moor to tour the
Visitor Centre. Walk around the battlefield where, on 16th April 1746, British
Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in just one
hour and ended hopes of restoring the Jacobite Stuarts to the British throne.
Return to Inverness to visit a kiltmaker and learn about the traditions of
Scottish attire. After dinner enjoy a special ceilidh, traditional Scottish
entertainment with singers, a piper and Highland dancers in your hotel.
Day 06, Thursday: Glenfiddich Whisky Distillery & Royal
Deeside. Drive through pleasant farming country into the gentle rolling
hills of the Speyside region, where many of Scotland's famous distilleries are
located. Tour the Glenfiddich Distillery to see how barley and water are
combined to create the "Water of Life" and enjoy a tasting. Travel through the
lovely scenery of Aberdeenshire with gentle hills and farms into Royal Deeside,
an area that came into favor with Queen Victoria during the 19th century. Near
the village of Banchory stop at the Falls of Feugh, a charming tea shop, which
is popular with local people. Sample afternoon tea with delicious freshly-baked
scones and enjoy a talk on bagpipes, fishing or other aspects of Highland life.
Continue to Blairs to your elegant 19th century mansion in time for dinner.
Day 07, Friday: St. Andrews & Coast of Fife. Travel
south through the lush countryside of Aberdeenshire and cross the modern Tay
Bridge to St. Andrews, the "Home of Golf." See the famous Royal and Ancient
Clubhouse and the Old Course and enjoy free time to visit the British Golf
Museum or browse through the medieval town with its cathedral and castle. Take
the coastal route south passing the picturesque "East Neuk" fishing villages.
Stop in Anstruther for a walk around the harborside and cobbled streets with
quaint houses. While fishing is no longer the main industry, the towns retain an
old-world charm. Continue south into Edinburgh and check in to your hotel in the
New Town. In the evening take a tour of Edinburgh's hidden gems before sitting
down to some wholesome Italian food at a waterside restaurant in Leith.
Day 08, Saturday: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour. This
morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. Compare and contrast the wide
streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old "New Town" with the
narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of
the city. See Princes Street, the main shopping thoroughfare that separates the
two areas. Learn about many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers.
Finish your tour at the imposing Edinburgh Castle where you can see historic
buildings and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh. The balance of the day is free
for independent exploring, shopping and dining. On July 30 to August 20
departures enjoy the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
Day 09, Sunday: Depart
Edinburgh Airport or Extend our Stay. If you are on a 9-day tour, our vacation
ends with a group transfer to arrive at Edinburgh Airport by 6:30 am or 9:00 am.
This will allow you plenty of time for check-in procedures and duty-free shopping
before boarding the aircraft for our return to the United States. A transfer to
Glasgow Airport will be provided on request at a cost of $75 per person. If you
have booked our 10-day tour, spend an additional day in Edinburgh on our own. As
our open-top bus tour pass is valid for 24 hours, you may continue to use it in
the morning. Then take a shuttle bus transfer to Edinburgh Airport on following day.
(Note: Transfer to Glasgow Airport can also be arranged for $75 per