Scotland History and Scenery - 10 Day Tour
Experience Scotland like never before on this 10-day small group tour of Edinburgh and the highlands. The tour will take you through Scotland’s exciting past while standing in awe of the country’s most iconic landscapes. We will combine history, culture, wildlife, and natural beauty to see Scotland at its absolute best. With a perfect blend of guided tours and free time, you will have plenty of time to explore without being rushed and missing out on something beautiful.
Tour Questions? Contact Jack at (314)-503-7979 or [email protected]
Tour Dates: September 3rd-12th, 2020. 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: $3,850 per person + airfare
- A small, friendly group of just 15 – less than half the size of most tour groups
- 9 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
- 9 full breakfasts and 4 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
- Admission to Urquhart Castle
- 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
- Tour of the splendid mansion of Callendar House
- Cruise of Loch Lommond, Scotland’s longest loch
- Admission to Inveraray Castle
- Tips and taxes on items include
- Meet and greet service with group transfer to Edinburgh hotel
- Departure transfer from Edinburgh hotel to airport
- Flight bags, ticket wallets, and portfolio of travel documents
Thurs, September 3rd: Edinburgh Arrival
Land at Edinburgh Airport, complete customs and immigration 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.
Fri, September 4th: 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. 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 stop 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. Tonight, we 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.
Sat, September 5th: Stirling Castle and 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 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, we drive to Inverness and check into your hotel. You may wish to relax or freshen up before dining on your own.
Sun, September 6th: Inverness and Culloden Field
Today, enjoy some time to shop at Johnston of Elgin. In the afternoon, we head to Culloden Moor and tour the famous battlefield. 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.
Mon, September 7th: Loch Ness Cruise
Departing Inverness, travel into Fort Augustus so you can take a boat ride on the famous Loch Ness. This excursion will give you the opportunity to enjoy the lovely scneery and keep an eye out for the infamous Loch Ness monster, or ‘Nessie’. Stop to visit Urquhart Castle, which is the ruins of what was once the largest castle in Scotland. The castle is situation on a scenic promontory where many sightings of Nessie have been reported. Next, continue on 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 existed as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries. Transfer to your hotel in Isle of Skye and settle into your room before dining with the group in the hotel restaurant.
Tue, September 8th: Isle of Skye Sightseeing
After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour to see the highlights of Skye. Stop in the town of Portree for a look around before continuing on for photos of Kilt Rock. Next, drive into Carbost so you can visit Talisker Distillery, 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. Return to your hotel in time to dine with your fellow travelers in the hotel restaurant.
Wed, September 9th: Dunvegan Castle
Today, we drive to 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 and continue into the town of Luss. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and settle in to enjoy some free time before dining with the group in the hotel restaurant.
Thurs, September 10th: Callender House
This morning, enjoy scenic views as you drive along the shore of Loch Lommond. We then set off on an orientation tour to see the highlights of the quaint village, Orchy Bridge. Next, travel into Falkirk and stop to visit the Callendar House, a stunning 14th century house visited by people such as Queen Victoria, Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and even Oliver Cromwell. Return to your hotel in Luss, where the remainder of the day is free for independent activities and dining.
Fri, September 11th: Loch Lommond
Leaving Luss, set off on an orientation tour of the Trossachs area. Continue into Inveraray and stop to visit Inveraray Castle, home of the 12th Duke of Argyll. Tour the elaborately decorated castle, which contains an armory, many historic relics, and a portrait collection. Next, travel to the celebrated Loch Lommond, Scotland’s longest loch and setting of one of Scotland’s most iconic songs. Embark on a cruise of the loch to witness wonderful views and the burial place of the Chiefs of Clan MacGregor. Continue on to visit the Loch Lommond Birds of Prey Center with over thirty birds of prey and owls. Transfer to your hotel back to the bustling city of Edinburgh and spend the rest of the day leisure for independent sightseeing, shopping, dining, and pub time.
Sat, September 12th: Depart Edinburgh
All to soon your vacation has to its final day. 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 in September with average temperatures ranging from 61 as a high during the day, and a low of 50 in the evenings. However, the country is known to get warmer spells this time of year so being prepared with lighter gear is recommended.
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.
$3,850 per person
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