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Hotel
Single £ 1,979.00
Twin £ 1,649.00

All prices are per person

Child fare: 90% of the adult rate
Child reduction applies to children aged 8 to 18 inclusive on the basis
that they travel with an adult.

We regret that children under the age of 8 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
£1,649-£2,199

Tour ends in Edinburgh after breakfast on day 13.

Tour Type: Premium Escorted Tour


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Dates of Operation

Fridays
03 April to 02 October, 2015
Sundays
07 & 21 June, 2015
05 & 19 July, 2015
02, 09 & 16 August, 2015
06 & 20 September, 2015

Departure Information

Check In: 14:00
Departs: 14:30
Returns: 9:00

From: Menzies Hotel, 27 Washington Street, Glasgow, G3 8AZ

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What's included

• First Class hotel accommodation includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• 12 full Scottish breakfasts
• 9 table d’hôte dinners
• Scottish Highland Evening with entertainment
• Edinburgh Restaurant dinner
• Welcome get-together drink
• Visits and admissions to Glasgow Cathedral, Iona Abbey, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Dunvegan Castle, Inverewe Gardens, Caithness Horizons, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, St. Magnus Cathedral, Italian Chapel, Dunrobin Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Fort George and Edinburgh Castle
• Loch Lomond Scenic Cruise
• Sheep dog trials in the Highlands
• Tours of Edinburgh and Glasgow
• Ferries to the Isles of Mull & Iona; Isle of Skye and Orkney Islands
• Oban Malt Whisky Distillery tour and tasting
• Edinburgh ghost walking tour
• Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and a washroom onboard
• The services of a professional Tour Director
• Tickets are included for the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 25 July to 10 August departures
• Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 13
• All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

What's NOT included

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

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Scottish Isles and Glens

from Glasgow

Highlights: Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, Oban, Isles of Mull and Iona,Road to the Isles, Isle of Skye, Dunvegan Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Inverewe Gardens, Durness, Thurso, Orkney Islands, Skara Brae, John O’Groats, Dunrobin Castle, Inverness, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Culloden Moor, The Whisky Trail, Pitlochry, Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle.

Let this comprehensive tour of Scotland introduce you to the delights of historic Edinburgh; vibrant Glasgow; the ancient Orkneys and scenic Skye. You'll visit castles, gardens, battlefields and even a whisky distillery. What better way is there to explore Scotland?

Day One
Glasgow Arrival & City Tour

Your tour starts at Glasgow Airport with group transfers to your hotel at 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 noon. Passengers arriving later will transfer to the hotel at their own expense.

At 2:30 pm take a coach tour to see Glasgow's main attractions and visit Glasgow Cathedral, dating from the 12th century. Chat with your tour director and travel companions about your itinerary over a welcome drink before dinner.

Hotel: Menzies Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)

Day Two
Loch Lomond & Glen Coe

Travel into the Highlands as you drive alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond and embark on a short cruise to admire the scenery all around. Drive to the town of Inveraray, a planned Georgian town and spend some time there to look around. Continue your drive to Oban on the west coast and visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample some at the end of the tour.

Hotel: Caledonian Hotel, Oban (or similar) (2 nights)

Day Three
Isles of Mull & Iona

Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull, which is one of the most beautiful of the Hebrides. After a scenic drive across the mountains of Mull take another short ferry ride to the peaceful Isle of Iona, the burial place of many Scottish kings. Visit Iona Abbey, where St. Columba founded Scotland's first Christian settlement in the 6th century. It is the burial place of many Scottish Kings and forms an active ecumenical community today. Then enjoy some free time before returning to Oban by coach and ferry.

Day Four
"Road to the Isles” & Clan Donald Centre

Travel the scenic "Road to the Isles” passing Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument. Cross by ferry to the Isle of Skye, often called the "Misty Isle” due to the showers that drift across the mountains. Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the clans of the region. Cross back to the mainland by bridge to your charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh.

Hotel: Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh (or similar) (2 nights)

Day Five
Isle of Skye & Dunvegan Castle

Today explore more of the Isle of Skye and Bonnie Prince Charlie associations. Travel to Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years, making it the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. View priceless family heirlooms and stroll through formal gardens. Stop in Portree where brightly-painted houses cluster around a large bay. Return to your hotel for free time before dinner.

Day Six
Eilean Donan Castle & Inverewe Gardens

Tour and take photos of the romantic Eilean Donan Castle. Enjoy more Highland scenery as you drive to Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of trees and shrubs was created from 50 acres of bleak headland in 1862. The varied plantings thrive due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Travel to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port that was built in 1788, and check in to your hotel.

Hotel: Royal Hotel, Ullapool (or similar)

Day Seven
Highland Scenery & Durness

Today explore a remote Highland area with huge tracts of bogland, rugged mountains and coastline. Stop in Durness, one of Scotland's most remote hamlets and learn about the 18th and 19th century Highland Clearances. Stop in Bettyhill, a village built in 1814 to replace crofts destroyed by the Clearances and continue to Thurso. Visit Caithness Horizons Museum and check in to your hotel.

Hotel: Pentland Hotel, Thurso (or similar) (2 nights)

Day Eight
Isle of Orkney & Skara Brae

Take a ferry ride from the mainland to explore the largest island of Orkney. Visit Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old village, to see remains of houses. View the Ring of Brodgar, a circle of prehistoric standing stones and see 12th century St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. Drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to German submarines out and see the Italian Chapel, built from two Nissan huts with elaborate paintings. Return to the mainland by ferry.

Day Nine
John o' Groats & Dunrobin Castle

Drive along the coast to John o' Groats, the most northerly village on the British mainland. Visit Dunrobin Castle, dating to 1275 but renovated in the mid-1800's. With 189 rooms this is the largest mansion in northern Scotland. Watch a demonstration of falconry in the castle gardens to see trained birds of prey. Continue south to your hotel in Nairn, located on the Moray Firth.

Hotel: The Newton Hotel, Nairn (or similar) (2 nights)

Day Ten
Urquhart Castle & Culloden

Drive along the shores of Loch Ness to visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle. Stop at the Culloden Visitor Centre for a walk around the moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Visit the vast ramparts at Fort George, planned in 1747 as an English army base. A Scottish Highland evening in your hotel will feature haggis, traditional foods and lively bagpipe music and dance.

Day Eleven
Sheepdog Trials & St Andrews

Drive south past the majestic Cairngorm Mountains to Leault Farm where dogs herd sheep through various obstacles. Travel south through mountainous countryside and to the east coast to St Andrews, the "Home of Golf.” Enjoy free time to visit the British Golf Museum or browse through the medieval town with its cathedral and castle. Drive south into Edinburgh and after dinner at a popular restaurant join a local guide for a fun ghost walking tour.

Hotel: Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)

Day Twelve
Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

This morning discover Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. See the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian "New Town” and walk along part of the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Finish your tour at the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see historic buildings and for views of Edinburgh. On July 25 to August 10 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

Day Thirteen
Tour Ends

Our tour ends with a short transfer to Edinburgh Airport.


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