Day 1: Arrive in Dunblane
Your tour starts with a traditional Scottish afternoon tea in your hotel in Dunblane, 40 miles north of Glasgow. Your beautifully restored Victorian-style hotel is set on 10 acres of private grounds and offers an indoor pool, fitness room, sauna, steam room and whirlpool. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink before dinner. (D))
Day 2: STIRLING CASTLE AND THE TROSSACHS
Travel to the historic town of Stirling to visit Stirling Castle. Captured in the 13th century from the English by William Wallace and then by Robert the Bruce, Stirling Castle has featured largely throughout Scottish history. Drive through the stunning scenery of The Trossachs National Park before returning to your hotel for some leisure time before dinner.(B, D)
Day 3: URQUHART CASTLE & LOCH NESS CRUISE
Drive across the haunting Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places. Drive along the scenic shore of Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle, once the largest in Scotland. Leave the castle and embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to admire enchanting scenic views. Continue north to Inverness and check into your castle hotel.(B, D)
Day 4: CAWDOR CASTLE & WHISKY TASTING
Visit Johnstons of Elgin to discover the 220-year-old story of Scottish innovation and luxury, and learn how local craftspeople have collaborated with generations of herding communities from Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Australia, and Peru to create the finest woolen and cashmere cloth and accessories. Next up is a visit to a Speyside distillery, to experience all stages of the whisky-making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing – ending with a wee dram to sample. Discover the beauty of Cawdor Castle with its extensive gardens. This has been a family home for over 600 years and is the reputed place of the murder of Duncan, Thane of Cawdor, immortalized in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth.” Enjoy leisure time before joining your group for dinner at your hotel, in the center of Inverness(B, D)
Day 5: GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS
Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This is a majestic building filled with priceless artefacts and furnishings. Drive across the Tay Bridge to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” Upon arrival check into your hotel and enjoy some free time to settle in before dining with your fellow travellers.(B, D)
Day 6: ST ANDREWS & EDINBURGH
Embark on a guided walking tour to see the highlights of St Andrews, including the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the British Golf Museum. Visit St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral, which occupies a worship site from the 8th century. See the collection of medieval sculpture, carved stones, and other relics. Drive across the Forth Bridge into Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital city. Enjoy dinner in an Edinburgh restaurant.(B, D)
Day 7: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
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. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle where you can see historic buildings and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping and dining. On August 7 and 14 departures. enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.(B)
Day 8: TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Your tour ends after breakfast.(B)
Authentic Local Experiences:
Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August August 7 and 14 departures..
With the help of an expert guide experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing – and sample a dram.
Experience the beauty of Loch Ness as you relax on a cruise of this famous body of water.
Cawdor Castle Edinburgh Castle Glamis Castle Loch Ness Cruise St Andrews Castle & Cathedral Stirling Castle Urquhart Castle
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