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Ring of Brodgar - Orkney

Historic Scotland

Some of the tour’s sights.

scoTish crown jewels

PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

ROBERT THE BRUCE

SCONE PALACE

Cawdor Castle, Nairn

Glenmorangie whisky

aberdeen scotland

This tour traces the history of Scotland from Neolithic Orkney to the modern parliament and discussions on whether Scotland will reach out for full independence from Great Britain. This tour is often operated in conjunction with one of the many Highland Games or related to a specific Clan Gathering. Sections of the tour can be operated in isolation, especially the Orkney section which is of specific interest to those of Scandinavian origin and can be extended to include Shetland.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Edinburgh Arrival

Arrive at Edinburgh or Glasgow airport: meet your Scottish tour manager and your private deluxe motor coach for the transfer to central Edinburgh. A panoramic sightseeing tour will let you catch your first glimpses of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Princes Street. Overnight Edinburgh

 

Day 2 – Edinburgh

A full day in the city exploring the city from a historical perspective. Visit Edinburgh Castle to see The Scottish Crown Jewels and The Stone of Destiny and visit The National Museum of Scotland, home to many collections including those associated with Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, Bonnie Prince Charlie and even Dolly the Sheep. In the afternoon a visit is arranged inside the Scottish Parliament. Overnight Edinburgh

 

Day 3 – Edinburgh

Today has been described by some as Royal Edinburgh. Begin with a visit inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse, still a royal residence and has been used by a succession of monarchs including famously, Mary Queen of Scots. Our day continues to nearby Leith to visit the current Queens last private vessel, HMY Royal Yacht Britannia. Nearby we also visit the site of the Battle of Bannockburn with its 13th century associations with Robert the Bruce. Overnight Edinburgh

 

Day 4 – St Andrews

After breakfast cross the Firth of Forth into the ancient Kingdom of Fife, a visit is include to Dunfermline Abbey where Robert the Bruce was eventually crowned and then to St Andrews. This small city is the home of golf and it is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met. Overnight Perth

 

Day 5 – Scone & The Grampians

Our day begins with a visit to Scone Palace. Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the original home of the celebrated Stone of Scone - also known as the Stone of Destiny. Our journey north into the Highlands now begins in earnest. Pause in the pleasant town of Pitlochry and then visit Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. We are now in The Grampian Mountain Range and will travel through the glens to the city of Inverness. Overnight Inverness

 

Day 6 – Culloden & Fort George

A full day excursion north and east of Inverness shows us some great Highland Scenery and more. Begin with the Culloden visitor centre and with the onsite guides discover more about this decisive and surprisingly short battle that ended the rebellion of 1745. Pause to explore the town of Nairn, recently in the top 5 best places in the world to visit according to Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet, do you agree? Experience it and have an opinion! Reaching the coast you can try a spot of dolphin spotting from the vantage point at Fort George on the Moray Firth. This fort was built after Culloden to subdue The Highlands and never saw a shot fired in anger. It is, however, one of the most outstanding artillery fortifications in Europe. Overnight Inverness

 

Day 7 – Caithness & The Castle of Mey

Crossing The Black Isle, pause for a guided tour of The Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery - who are the Men of Tain? Reaching the far north of Scotland a visit is planned to the remote Castle of Mey. The castle was built in the 16th century as a home for the Earls of Caithness but is more famous now as the old home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The cafe is also excellent and a great place to get snack before a short ferry ride across The Pentland Firth to the main island on Orkney, confusingly called Mainland. Overnight Kirkwall

 

Day 8 – Neolithic Orkney

An additional local guide joins us for the day to explore the heart of Neolithic (Also known as the Stone Age and is roughly older than 2700BC) Orkney and some more modern day history as well. Visits will be made to Skara Brae (Stone Age village), Maes Howe (world famous Stone Age tomb) The Ring of Brodgar (Stone Age). More modern history is discussed by learning about the scuttling of World War 1 ships at Scapa Flow, The Churchill Barriers and the wonderful Italian Chapel built by Italian prisoners of war. Overnight Kirkwall

 

Day 9 – Aberdeen

An early breakfast this morning so the morning ferry back to mainland Scotland can be caught. Our route south takes us through Elgin, Speyside and Moray - our destination today being the Granite City of Aberdeen. Overnight Aberdeen

 

Day 10 – Montrose & Arbroath

Following the coast, pause for a photo of the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle and in the small busy town of Montrose. Staying with the coast arrive in Arbroath, home of the smokie which has to be tried but also a visit is planned to Arbroath Abbey. The Abbey was built in 1178 but it is best known now for what is known as The Declaration of Arbroath written on 6th April 1320. In effect this is the first declaration of independence of anywhere in the world and of course refers to Scotland but the words have meaning for many. Overnight Edinburghl

 

Day 11 – Edinburgh

Day at leisure in Edinburgh for shopping and sightseeing.

Overnight Edinburgh

 

Day 12 – Departure

An executive motorcoach is provided for the transfer to the airport.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary

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