Scotland History and Scenic Tour
This 9 day private guided tour will take you through Scotland’s historic and exciting past while experiencing the country’s iconic landscapes.
We will seamlessly combine history, culture, wildlife, and natural beauty with the perfect mix of guided tours and free time.
Tour Questions? Contact Jack at (314)-503-7979 or [email protected]
Tour Dates: September 3rd-11th, 2019. Unless you are already in Europe before the tour, members will fly out on the 2nd to arrive in Edinburgh on the 3rd. More on arrival information below under flights and extended stays.
Pricing: $3,145 per person + airfare
- A small, friendly group of just 15 – less than half the size of most tour groups
- 8 nights luxury accommodation (based on double room rates, single room supplement $619)
- Full-time services of tour host Jack Baumann who has traveled Scotland on 12 separate trips.
- All transportation by luxury motor coach with driver and tour director
- Personal Guidester custom travel guide that will help you explore in your free time
- Arrival transfer from airport to Edinburgh hotel
- All your breakfasts and half your dinners
- Private walking tour of Edinburgh old town where you will learn about Scotland’s history and visit some of the city’s greatest treasures.
- Private tour of historic Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument where you will learn about the famous rebellion that led to Scotland’s independence.
- Guided Tour of Dalwhinnie Distillery where you will learn about Scottish whiskey making with tasting included
- Loch Ness Cruise where you will cruise the lovely lake enjoying gorgeous scenery and learning about the famous Loch Ness Monster
- Tour of Culloden Field where the last great battle for Scottish independence was fought
- Visit the majestic Eilean Donan Castle
- Admission to Dunvegan Castle on the breathtaking Isle of Skye
- Visit the splendid mansion of Callendar House
- Tips and taxes on items included
- Flight bags, ticket wallets, and portfolio of travel documents
- Meet and greet service with group transfer to Edinburgh hotel
Mon, Sep-02 DEPART THE UNITED STATES
Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meal service as you travel to start your vacation.
Tue, Sep-03 EDINBURGH ARRIVAL
Land at Edinburgh Airport, complete customs and immigration formalities before meeting your local guide, who will welcome you to Scotland. Next, set off on a guided tour of Edinburgh to see some of the city’s magnificent highlights. During your tour, you will travel through the Old Town and of course along the Royal Mile. If time permits, you will also see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. Giles Cathedral and even the National Museum of Scotland. Stop for a guided tour of the imposing Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on volcanic rock. Transfer to your nearby hotel, check in and settle into your room. Enjoy the remainder of the day free to sightsee, shop and dine on your own.
Wed, Sep-04 EDINBURGH AT LEISURE
Spend much of the day free to explore Edinburgh, where you will have a wide variety of activities to choose from. This is where your personal Guidester guide will be invaluable which includes the city’s top attractions, local dining, and entertainment. For example, you may wish to visit the Scottish Storytelling Center, which is a vibrant arts venue with live Scottish storytelling. You also may want to visit the John Knox House established in 1470, making it the oldest medieval building in Edinburgh. Then you may want to spot into Doctor’s pub for an authentic Scottish dish and a pint. Finally, you could stop at the Tartan Weaving Mill to see the inside of a working Scottish mill. Before you leave, you can even dress up in ancient Scottish costume and have your photo taken. Tonight, head to a unique Scottish venue, for dinner followed by a traditional Scottish ceilidh. The night includes lively music, dancing and of course the ceremonial Haggis.
Thu, Sep-05 STIRLING CASTLE & DALWHINNIE DISTILLERY
Leaving Edinburgh, drive to the historic town of Stirling to visit Stirling Castle. Captured from the English in 1297 by William Wallace and again in 1314 by Robert the Bruce, Stirling Castle has been featured largely throughout Scottish history. Next, visit the National Wallace Monument to learn about William Wallace, “Braveheart,” who struggled for Scottish independence 700 years ago. Also, climb the tower for a panoramic view of Stirling. Continue on to visit the Dalwhinnie Distillery, which will give you an opportunity to sample the ‘Gentle Spirit’ of the glen. Watch the distillers at work as they harness the snow-fed waters of the Allt an t’Sluic. After your visit, drive to Inverness and check into your hotel. You may wish to relax or freshen up before dining on your own.
HOTEL: GLEN MHOR HOTEL, INVERNESS
Fri, Sep-06 CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE
Today, enjoy some time to shop at Johnston of Elgin. In the afternoon, head to Culloden Moor and tour the Visitor Centre. Walk around the battlefield where, on April 16, 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. The brutal measures imposed after the battle signaled the end of the distinctive Highland way of life and culture. Return to Inverness, where you can sightsee, shop, and dine on your own.
HOTEL: GLEN MHOR HOTEL, INVERNESS
Sat, Sep-07 LOCH NESS CRUISE
After breakfast, enjoy a one-hour circular cruise from Clansman Harbour across the mysterious waters of Loch Ness with breathtaking views of Urquhart Castle. Savor the loch’s facts and legends with the onboard audio and don’t forget to look out for Nessie with help from the onboard sonar! Continue on to visit Spean Bridge Woollen Mills, which offers a wide selection of Scottish products. Then travel via Fort William en route to Ballachulish. Upon arrival check into your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
DINNER & HOTEL: BALLACHULISH HOTEL, BALLACHULISH
Sun, Sep-08 EILEAN DONAN & ISLE OF SKYE
Depart Ballachulish and motor a short distance to visit the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic images of Scotland. Eilean Donan is situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and is surrounded by some majestic scenery. Next, travel via the scenic Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye. Enjoy a panoramic drive of a section of the isle, including through Portree. Then stop to view Kilt Rock sea cliff, which is said to look like a kilt and also the home to Mealt Falls. Finally, head to Carbost so you can visit Talisker, the only distillery on the misty Isle of Skye. Enjoy a complimentary dram before your tour and take time to gaze upon the dramatic Cuillins across the waters of Loch Harport. Afterward, drive to Edinbane and check into your hotel. You may wish to relax in your room before an independent dinner.
Mon, Sep-09 DUNVEGAN CASTLE
This morning, visit Dunvegan Castle, which has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. It is unique in Scotland as it is the only house of such antiquity to have retained its family throughout the centuries. Then visit the charming fairy pools near Glenbrittle that attract visitors from all over the world. Continue on to visit Armadale Castle, which was once home to the MacDonald’s chief as early as the seventeenth century. After your visit, travel via ferry to Mallaig before driving to Ballachulish. After checking in to your hotel, you will have some time freshen up before dinner with your group.
DINNER & HOTEL: BALLACHULISH HOTEL, BALLACHULISH
Tue, Sep-10 GLENCOE & EDINBURGH
Motor a short distance to visit the Glencoe Visitor Centre, where you will explore the landscape, wildlife, and history of this special place. Also, learn about the conservation issues that face the region both past and present. Next, set off on a panoramic drive along Loch Lomond, which is renowned in song and also for the unsurpassed beauty of its natural surroundings. Then, drive into Falkirk so you can visit the Callendar House. Many famous people have stayed at the Callendar House such as Queen Victoria, Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and even Oliver Cromwell. Travel via Bridge of Orchy to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Once you have checked into your hotel, you are free for individual pursuits and dining.
Wed, Sep-11 RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES
Transfer to Edinburgh Airport in good time to check in for your flight. You may do some last minute shopping at the duty-free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying across the Atlantic Ocean back home!
You will need a valid passport. We recommend renewing or applying for your passport well in advance of travel due to higher wait times for passports in 2019. Passport MUST be valid six months after your final return date. You can find detailed instructions on how to renew or apply for your passport online here through the State Department.
You will want to pack for cooler weather, but be ready for sunny days as well. A thick wind coat is advised. Scotland does sees its share of rain so rain gear is highly recommended. Comfortable walking shoes is a must as there will be a lot of walking. Hiking boots recommended.
Scotland in the fall begins to cool down with average temperatures ranging from 61 as a high during the day, and a low of 50 in the evenings.
This tour does not include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you. Tour will officially begin September 3rd, 2019 and end September 11th, 2019.
Some members may elect to add a pre or post stay to the tour. We are happy to work with you to accommodate an additional stay in Scotland or wider Europe.
You are welcome to come a day or two early before the tour start date. This will allow you to recover from jet lag as well as spend more time exploring Edinburgh.
$3,145 per person + airfare
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