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Hotel
Single £ 2,205.00
Twin £ 1,695.00

All prices are per person

Child* discount £170
*child rate apply from 5-17 years inclusive
We regret that children under the age of 5 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
£1,695-£2,205

Tour Type: Premium Escorted Tour


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Dates of Operation

Saturdays
02 May to 03 October, 2015

Mondays
08 & 22 June, 2015
06 & 20 July, 2015
03, 10, 17 & 31 August, 2015
14 & 28 September, 2015

Check in at your leisure
Check-in at your leisure between 14:00 – 16:00 hrs*
Your Edinburgh hotel accommodation will be confirmed at time of booking.

* Left luggage facilities are available at the hotel if you wish to check-in earlier.
Please note - your room may not be available until the standard check-in time.

Departure Information

Check In: 14:15
Departs: 14:30
Returns: 09:00

From: The Carlton Hotel or Crown Plaza - The Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh

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What's included

• First class hotel accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• Welcome drink and light informal meal with your Tour Director
• 8 full Scottish breakfasts
• 4 table d’hτte dinners
• Celebration dinner with wine in Glasgow
• Admission to Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Moor, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, and the Italian Chapel
• Sheep dog demonstration on a working Highland farm.
• Tour and tasting at Old Pulteney Whisky Distillery.
• Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 08 to 29 August departures
• All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
• Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
• Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and a washroom onboard
• Service charges and taxes

What's NOT included

• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your driver and guide

Product Code: IV 00187

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Country Roads of Scotland

from Edinburgh

Tour Highlights: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews, Kingdom of Fife, Blair Atholl, Culloden Moor, Inverness, Loch Ness, John O'Groats, Thurso, Orkney Islands, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills, Portree, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glen Coe, Loch Lomond and Glasgow

Welcome aboard our flagship tour. On this very special holiday you'll experience many aspects of Scotland - from the history of Edinburgh Castle to the scenic beauty of the Isle of Skye. Explore the Far North and enjoy the Victorian spleandour of Glasgow. This is one of the most comprehensive tours of Scotland available.

Day One
Welcome to Edinburgh (2 nights)

Welcome to Scotland - land of legend & romance, from the two great cultural cities in the south, to the dramatic mountains & misty lochs of the Highlands! On arrival at Edinburgh Airport, your airport transfer service leaves for the tour hotel at 09:00, 11:00 & 13:00. The rest of the day is yours to relax or start exploring Edinburgh. Perhaps take a stroll around the shops of Princes Street before joining your Tour Director & fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and light informal meal. In the evening, selected August departures attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes & drums, dance & display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Roxburghe/The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)

Day Two
Exploring Edinburgh

Join a local guide to see the highlights of 'Athens of the North'. Drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial, then tour the 18th century New Town with its classical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit majestic Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny & Scotland's glittering crown jewels. See the house where John Knox lived & St Giles' Cathedral, where he preached his fiery sermons. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Centre or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery.

Day Three
Edinburgh - St Andrews - The Highlands

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife & make your way to St Andrews, where golf was born on the Old Course in the 15th century. After some time to explore, cross the River Tay & drive to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap. Continue via Blair Atholl (whose castle is the home of Britain's only private army) then over the Grampian Mountains to the picturesque Cairngorm National Park where we will visit a working Highland Farm for a personal insight into the daily life of a shepherd and his iconic Scottish Border Collies. Continue to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands and your comfortable hotel. 

Hotel: Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness (or similar)

Day Four
The Highlands - Loch Ness - Thurso (2 nights)
Travel to Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746. Visit the informative Culloden Visitor Centre before driving along the shores of mysterious Loch Ness in search of the elusive monster. Now follow the rugged coast northwards to the fishing port of Wick. En route, hear an informative tutorial about the origins of Scotch Whisky then visit The Old Pultney Distillery. Here we'll learn about the production of our National drink followed by a wee dram. Stay in the town of Thurso that offers splendid views out over the Pentland Firth towards the "Old Man of Hoy".

Hotel: Station/St Clair Hotel, Thurso (or similar)

Day Five
The Orkney Islands

This morning drive to the most northerly town on the British mainland, John O’Groats, where you board a ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands where the locals live "below the wind and above the water! Sightseeing here includes visits to the prehistoric village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small Italian Chapel built by Italian prisioners of war during World War 2. Later head back to the mainland and our hotel in Thurso for dinner.

Day Six
Thurso - Isle of Skye

Through stunning & pristine landscapes along the northern coastline with its white sandy beaches, and further inland to misty valleys & glens, lochs & rushing waters. Then it's 'Over the Sea to Skye' the largest & most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. Hear romantic tales of young Flora MacDonald & how she helped to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie, who fled in disguise after his defeat at Culloden. See the island's most famous feature, the Cuillin Hills on your way to Skye's capital, Portree.

Hotel: Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye (or similar)

Day Seven
Isle of Skye - Glen Coe

Explore this wild and beautiful island before crossing to Kyle of Lochalsh. There's the chance for a photo at remote Eilean Donan Castle which, under a clear sky, offers a perfect reflection in its loch. On through Glen Morriston to reach the World War II Commando Memorial where there are views of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain. Stop for a wee while in the pleasant Highland town of Fort William. Back on board your coach, continue through through the Valley of Glen Coe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghostly cries of the massacred clansmen.

Tonight gather with your new found friends for a Grand Finale celebration meal. 


Hotel: Isles of Glencoe Hotel or Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish or Caledonian Hotel, Oban (or similar)

Day Eight
Glen Coe to Glasgow 
Drive along the "bonnie, bonnie banks" of Loch Lomond to reach Glasgow. An orientation drive shows you the city's grand public buildings this morning, including George Square and St Mungo's Cathedral. The afternoon is entirely at leisure for you to explore Glasgow on your own. 

Hotel: Glasgow Marriott Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)

Day Nine
Homeward Bound!


Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers depart for Glasgow Airport at 07:00 and 09:00 hrs.
 

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