Scotland - 14 Days
16th - 29th April 2017 (sold out)
14th March - 28th March 2018
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Cost for this tour is $5955 per person based on double occupancy. A single supplement of $725 can be arranged.
small group (six to 10 people) tour of Scotland will start and finish
in the magnificent city of Edinburgh.
This small-group tour was designed for flexibility. We can change the order of events to accommodate variable weather conditions just as we can accommodate your interests and energy levels to provide opportunities for adventure and exploration in addition to those described below. Accordingly, no activity is mandatory; you may opt out of any activity at any time. We'll travel in a comfortable, spacious mini-bus that will allow us to reach hidden treasures you won't experience on larger tours.
All of your breakfasts, two picnic or pub lunches and five of your dinners are included. All tolls, fees and admissions are also included -- this means you aren't paying extra for any of the excursions we make or sites we visit as you would on other tours. For dinners on your own, we are happy to provide recommendations and transportation as necessary. You must arrange for your own transportation to our first and last hotels in Edinburgh, but we are happy to answer any questions you have in advance of the tour.
Day 1: Welcome to Edinburgh
We'll meet this afternoon in our centrally located hotel in Edinburgh to get an overview of the tour - and acquainted with each other - before taking an evening stroll through the city to a great restaurant for our first evening meal together
Day 2: Scotland's Capital
Today begins with an energetic walking tour of the city of Edinburgh, taking in the Royal Mile, the Old City, Blackfriars, Holyrood and of course, the castle. The afternoon will be free to enjoy your own adventures amongst the hustle and bustle of Scotland's capital city.
Day 3: Let's Head North and West
On day three, we'll board our vehicle/s and head north and west and across the heart of Scotland. Our first stop will entail a visit to Stirling Castle, which is often referred to as "The Gateway to the Highlands". William Wallace was a bit of a hero around here, so we'll make a point of visiting the iconic Wallace Memorial as we travel. After lunch and a beautiful drive through the mountains we'll arrive in Oban on the west coast, in the area of Argyll and Bute. Oban is a lovely fishing community, and we'll be staying in a quintessentially Scottish guest house hotel here for the next three nights.
Day 4: Oban, Mull and Iona
Today we'll explore some of Scotland's famous islands and rugged coastline. We'll take a trip to the Isle of Mull and observe some of the local flora and fauna: sea otters playing amongst the rocks, perhaps, or Golden Eagles hunting their prey from the sky. If we're lucky, we'll spot Red Deer roaming the hills. After a short ferry crossing, we'll explore the Isle of Iona. This is a beautiful and historic place. Many say it's the birthplace of Christianity within the British Isles, and its ancient abbey stands testimony to this fact. If the tides are in our favour, we'll attempt a sea crossing to Fingal's Cave. Upon our return from Iona, we'll head back for a lovely evening in Oban.
Day 5: Argyle and Bute ... and the Ancients !
With our walking shoes on, we head further down the enchanting Argyle and Bute Peninsula. Our forefathers await us. The small village of Kilmartin has a story to tell, and we will examine the evidence left behind by our ancestors. Standing stones, burial mounds, ancient fortresses and Templar Knights abound in this forgotten valley. Upon our return to Oban we'll enjoy dinner together on the waterfront.
Day 6: You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Low Road......
A bright start this morning will shortly see us in the Highlands of Scotland with the famous Glencoe beckoning before us. After a tour of this impressive site, we drive to Spean Bridge using a portion of General Wade's Road. The Highbridge Skirmish was the first action of the Jacobite Rebellion, and it took place here. Its also the original home of the British Commandos that were raised and trained here during WW2. Onto Invergarry where we'll take a look at Invergarry Castle before heading on through the Kyle of Lochalsh and onto the Isle of Skye, where we will embark on a ferry for a short trip over to the small Isle of Raasay where we will relax for the next two evenings.
Day 7: Walking And Touring Around Raasay and Skye
Today is effectively a free day when you can get your breath back. However, for those who wish to hike or just go for a gentle stroll in the mountains, we will provide transport and our guide will escort you. Otherwise you'd probably enjoy a gentle and lazy day visiting this small island. Tonight is an evening of relaxation, so enjoy a meal and a drink looking at the gorgeous view presented from our hotel.
Day 8: Coastal Drive to Ullapool
Spectacular views and wonderful stories will prevail today, as we drive north along the Western Coast of Scotland to Ullapool. We'll skirt the edge of Loch Carron as we head up towards Achnasheen. This is a gorgeous part of Scotland, and we'll have plenty of time to stop and enjoy the surrounding panoramas. Ullapool is a small town that packs a big punch. Nestled on the shores of Loch Broom, we'll make this our home for two nights.
Day 9: The Hills of Ross-shire
Today we have another chance to get into the beautiful mountains of Scotland, this time in Ross-shire. We'll walk into the hills and search out a small mountain top loch or tarn, and take a fishing rod with us. Here your guide will give you an insight into the local passion for fishing. We'll also provide a picnic lunch with which to enjoy the views. Upon our return to Ullapool, we'll all have dinner together and talk about our day's adventures over a glass or two of Scotch whisky.
Day 10: Across the Highlands to Loch Ness and Inverness
This morning a lovely drive will take us to Inverness. A whiskey distillery is on the agenda after which you'll be free for lunch before boarding a boat that will take us for a cruise on the world-famous Loch Ness. Yes, we will go monster hunting! One of the great sights to behold on the loch is the stunningly evocative Urquhart Castle which is steeped in history and dates back to the 13th century. Tonight we'll eat and stay in a splendid country house hotel near Inverness.
Day 11: The Three 'C's - Culloden, Clava Cairns and Cawdor
A short drive this morning will take us to the infamous battlefield of Culloden, where in 1746 a bloody massacre took place. We'll explain the intricacies of Scottish clan history to you and visit the museum and site. Afterwards we'll visit the Clava Cairns and explore Scotlands pre-history. The Cairns are a collection of Neolithic remains and tombs that help to illustrate how our forefathers lived. A good lunch and we'll head towards Cawdor to visit the castle made famous in William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Upon our return to Inverness, you'll be free to enjoy dinner in one of the city's many fine restaurants.
Day 12: Sheep Dogs, Bronze Age Villages and Distilleries
A drive across the Cairngorm Mountains today will enable us to visit some working sheepdogs, and discover how they live, work and are trained. Also on our itinerary is a visit to the Crannog Centre, to learn more about the Bronze Age in the British Isles. This time we'll discover how people worked and lived up here in the mountains. Finally, what better way to round out the day than to visit another whisky distillery and sample some of their delightful products. Tonight we'll be staying in the delightful small town of Pitlochrie.
Day 13: Return to Edinburgh
This morning we will follow in the footsteps of some notable visitors of the past, including William Wordsworth, Queen Victoria, Felix Mendelssohn and JMW Turner as we wander around the magnificent designed landscape of The Hermitage in Perthshire. After lunch we'll take a walk through Dunkeld and will embark on the last leg of our epic journey through the Highlands of Scotland. Upon arrival back in Edinburgh, we'll enjoy a great meal together where we can reminisce about the adventures we've shared and enjoyed.
Day 14: Tour Ends After Breakfast. Slainte!
We'll have breakfast together before saying our goodbyes and heading home or making connections to other destinations - wherever your travel plans may take you.
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Here is a map of the tour route. By clicking on the image you will find a downloadable version.