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Scenic Scotland with Edinburgh

Discover historic Edinburgh, learn about the game of golf and Scotch whisky before setting out to travel around one of the most scenic places in the world, the Scottish Highlands, from the Isle of Skye to Loch Ness, Glencoe and to Loch Lomond.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Edinburgh Arrival

Arrive in Edinburgh, capital of Scotland since the 15th century and one of the world's finest cities. Meet with your tour guide at the airport and on the way to the hotel and check-in get your first views of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site, the medieval Old Town, Royal Mile and the Georgian New Town, all overlooked by Edinburgh Castle. Later visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Overnight Edinburgh

 

Day 2 – Edinburgh

This morning visit the medieval fortress that is Edinburgh Castle, built on an extinct volcano in the centre of Edinburgh. Within the Castle see collections of weapons and armour, visit the Royal apartments and the room where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to the boy who was to become King James VI of Scotland and James 1 of England. Take in the magnificent views across the old and new towns from the battlements and watch the traditional firing of the One O'clock Gun. This evening enjoy a traditional Scottish banquet to the accompaniment of Bagpipers, Ceilidh Dancers and a local Scottish band. Overnight Edinburgh

 

Day 3 – Edinburgh

A tour of HMY Royal Yacht Britannia, permanently moored at Leith after decades of service to the Queen and Royal family, is on the agenda for today. Britannia sailed over one million miles, 968 official voyages, and accompanied the Royals on many of their most memorable state tours. In the afternoon visit Rosslyn Chapel, built in the 15th Century and well known for centuries for its carvings in particular but now perhaps more famous for its association with Dan Brown and his book The Da Vinci Code. Overnight Edinburgh

 

Day 4 – Whisky and Golf

Enjoy a short excursion to St Andrews the home of golf, this morning and visit the Golf Museum to learn about the story of British golf from its origins in the Middle Ages through to the present day. Return to Edinburgh and at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre enjoy a guided tour and tutored whisky tasting of 4 single malt whiskies from the main whisky producing regions. Overnight Edinburgh

 

Day 5 – Perthshire and Fort William

Visit a Scottish Bagpipes workshop this morning and see how these extraordinary musical instruments are made before leaving Edinburgh behind and heading for Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. En route enjoy the wild beauty of the surrounding landscape. Overnight Fort William area

 

Day 6 – Isle of Skye

 

Travel the Road to the isles and take a ferry over the sea to Skye for a full day excursion around the island including Dunvegan Castle and time in the Portree. The Cuillin Mountains need to be seen to be believed. The journey can be enhanced by a steam train ride on The Jacobite Express that jourenys over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Harry Potter fan anybody? Overnight Fort William area

 

Day 7 – Scottish Highlands

Continue with your knowledgeable and passionate guide travelling the Scottish Highlands over heather covered mountains and sparkling streams. Look out for eagles, deer and hairy coos and a take a cruise on Loch Nesss for a spot of Nessie hunting perhaps? Overnight Fort William area

 

Day 8 – Glencoe to Glasgow

Leave Fort William and head south through the spectacular scenery of Glencoe steeped in 5000 years of history and most famous for a tragic night in February 1692 - the Glencoe Massacre. Visit Glencoe Village in Upper Carnoch to see the monument to the fallen MacDonald's before visiting the Glencoe Visitor Centre where "Living on The Edge" explores the landscape, wildlife and history of this special place. Continue south to Loch Lomond for a cruise amidst the wonderful scenery then visit a real Scottish Smokehouse where they only use Scottish salmon of course. Overnight Glasgow

 

Day 9 – Glasgow

Start the day with a tour of Kelvingrove Museum which for generations of Glaswegians has deep and personal significance. Time is then at personal leisure to visit the shops, Sauchiehall Street and the Buchanan Galleries to name but two areas, for those last purchases and souvenirs. A farewell dinner in a local Glasgow restaurant ends the day. Overnight Glasgow.

 

Day 10 – Departure

An executive motor coach is provided for the transfer to the airport.

 

 

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary

Our tours are tailor made to the exact specifications of the group planner. Please contact us for your custom quotation and itinerary.

Some of the tour’s sights.

EDINBURGH CASTLE

HOLYROODHOUSE

ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

ST ANDREWS GOLF

ISLE OF SKYE

GLENCOE

GLASGOW

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