From its historical castles to its stunning landscapes and from its exciting cities to its charming, small towns, Scotland has it all. On this comprehensive Scotland tour, you’ll overnight in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Mull. Along the way, you’ll visit some of its historical castles; witness its unspoiled, breathtaking scenery; experience its cities and some of its small towns; learn about its fascinating history; and much more.</BR></BR>Scotland is known for its many castles, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit Stirling Castle, the favored residence of Scottish kings and queens; Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century and home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; Cawdor Castle, the romantic, fairytale castle dating back to the 14th century; and Dunrobin Castle, where you’ll visit the formal gardens. Scotland is also known for its interesting and often bloody history, and you’ll have an opportunity to visit some of its historical sights. On the Orkney Islands, visit Skara Brae, with remains from a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village. Learn about 13 centuries of clan history at the Museum of the Isles on the Isle of Skye. Hear about the famous battle in 1314 at the Bannockburn Visitor Centre and the battle in 1746 at the Culloden Visitor Centre.</BR></BR>Of course, no vacation to Scotland is complete without seeing the amazing scenery. Throughout this Scotland tour, sit back and enjoy as you witness Scotland at its best—the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery and miles of yellow sandy beaches on Scotland’s northern coast; the waterfalls and jagged, dark peaks on the Isle of Skye; the inspiring hills, green woodlands, and spectacular beaches on the “Road to the Isles”; and much more—while being escorted by an expert Tour Director who will bring Scotland to life with in-depth knowledge of its history, customs, stories, and secrets.
GLASGOW Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner GLENGOYNE Guided tour of the whisky distillery;STIRLING Visit Stirling CastleBANNOCKBURN Visit the innovative visitor centre commemorating Robert the Bruce’s victoryEDINBURGH Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood PalaceABBOTSFORD Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s houseMELROSE Visit the abbeyST. ANDREWSVisit the home of golf INVERNESS Visit the Highland capital; CULLODEN MOORVisit the battle site’s visitor centerCAWDOR Visit the castle and gardensDUNROBIN Visit the castle, [LF] see a falconry displayJOHN O’GROATSTake the ferry to and from the Orkney IslandsORKNEY ISLANDSBoard a local coach for a driver-guide commentary and visits to the Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel, Skara Brae and Skaill House, and Kirkwall; visit the Orkney Brewery and [LF] enjoy lunch at the Tasting Hall caféULLAPOOL [LF] Fish & chips lunchISLE OF SKYEVisit the Museum of Island Life and the Museum of the IslesARMADALE–MALLAIGCross the Sound of Sleat by ferry GLENFINNANTake pictures of the monumentLOCHALINE–FISHNISHTake the ferry to the Isle of MullISLE OF MULLVisit TobermoryISLE OF IONATake the ferry to the island and visit the center of Celtic ChristianityCRAIGNURE–OBAN Take the ferry back to the Scottish mainlandLOCH LOMOND Take photographs of this stunning beauty spot
Full Scottish breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 9 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow
NOTE:Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures on August 6, 13 & 20
Motorcoach; ferries to/from the Orkney Islands, the Isles of Skye, Mull, and Iona. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.