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Scotland

SCOTLAND

June 1 to June 14, 2025

Learn about the history, culture and crafts as we travel from Edinburgh through the Scottish Highlands

 

This will be the only time this tour is offered and will run with a minimum of 10 travelers and a maximum of 14.

This small group tour has it all – history, culture and a small task of the local crafts. We will spend time in Edinburgh before we head towards the Scottish Highlands traveling along Loch Lomond to Glencoe.  Along the way we will take in the incredible scenery, visit castles and historical sites.  Since this is a small group, we have the opportunity to visit some special places and not be rushed from one location to another so that you can immerse yourself in this wonderful country and culture.  The goal for each traveler is to have an experience, so while our days will be filled with things to do and sites to see, we still travel at a leisurely pace.

 

We have our own personal driver and guide with us during the entire tour and will travel in a comfortable “Sprinter” type of van. Discover breathtaking sights with a knowledgeable guide and a dedicated driver who will share their love of the country as well as provide engaging stories about the history and culture of the region. 

 

Relax knowing that every detail is taken care of and your accommodations and activities have been handpicked to make this tour an amazing experience.  

 

NOTE:  this tour is packed with a lot of daily activities and should be considered a moderately activity level.  There will be days you will need to be able to walk 2 – 3 miles over cobblestones and uneven terrain. This tour is not for those with mobility and limited walking issues or major health issues.

 

Includes*:

  • Lodging

  • Most meals (see itinerary) 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 2 Dinners

  • Group ground transportation upon arrival from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh hotel. 

  • Daily tours with local guide and private van with our own driver.

  • Admissions to museums, castles, churches and archaeological sites.

Overview

Dates: June 1 to 14, 2025

Duration: 14 days, 12 nights lodging

Price:

  • $6200 per person (double occupancy) 2 people in one room

  • $xxxx   Single Supplement 

Notes:

  • Begins and ends at the Edinburgh Airport

  • Limited to 14 people and will run with a minimum of 10 people.  

ITINERARY

Sunday, June 1         Depart USA for your overnight flight to Edinburgh

 

Monday, June 2 (D)    

Arrive in Edinburgh.  Transportstion from Edinburgh Airport to the hotel in Edinburgh

Welcome to Edinburgh, capital of Scotland. On your arrival day, prepare for a journey filled with history, architecture and culture. Start by strolling along the famous Royal Mile, a street connecting Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  At your own pace, explore quaint shops, pubs and street performers along the way. Indulge in traditional Scottish cuisine or relax in Princes Street Gardens, enjoying the city’s beauty. We will meet at 6 pm in the hotel lobby for an initial meet and greet before we head out for our GROUP DINNER.   Dinner included.  Overnight in Edinburgh.

 

Tuesday, June 3 (B)

There is no better way to see this iconic location than through the eyes of someone who calls it home.  Prepare to experience Edinburgh like no one else and create unique memories in the city of a thousand tales.  Highlights of the day are:  Royal Mile with St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle where we explore the historic fortress perched on Castle Rock, marveling at the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny while enjoying panoramic city views.  Then on to Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.  Experience the charm of Duddingstone – one of Edinburgh’s oldest neighborhood’s with some buildings dating back to the 12th century.  Tour the elegant former Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht, discovering luxurious cabins, the Royal Deck Team Room and the yacht’s fascinating history.  Lunch along the way and balance of the day is free.  Dinner on your own.  Overnight in Edinburgh.

 

Wednesday, June 4 (B)

Journey through Templar History and Literary Legacies: A Scottish Exploration.  Embark on a captivating journey, following Templar Knights and Cistercian monks, immersing in Scottish literary history and exploring grand stately homes, culminating in a visit to UNESCO listed New Lanark.  Today’s highlights include the Rosslyn Chapel steeped in Templar history and adorned with intricate carvings.  Wander through the ruins of Melrose Abbey, an ancient Cistercian monastery with a rich history.  We will explore Abbotsford House, the home of Scottish authors, delving into the literary legacy and grandeur of Abbotsford House.  We will conclude our journey at New Lanark, a historic industrial village showcasing a blend of heritage and innovation.  Dinner on your own.  Overnight in Edinburgh.

 

Thursday, June 5 (B,L)

Today we embark on a journey beyond the historic center of Edinburgh, venturing into the majestic Highlands with glimpses of iconic Braveheart locations along the way.  Highlights today include – The monumental Kelpies, the iconic equine sculputure standing as guardians to the Forth and Clyde Canal.  Then on to explore the Stirling Castle, a formidable fortress with a rich Scottish history.  Of course we need to visit the Wallace Monument, commemorating the legendary Scottish hero William Wallace.  We will immerse ourselves in the breathtaking beauty of Loch Lomond, the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain.  Today our travels conclude with the awe-inspiring landscapes of Glencoe, a valley of dramatic beauty and historical significance in the Scottish Highlands.  Dinner on your own.  Overnight in Glencoe.

 

Friday, June 6 (B,L)

Our experience today takes us through stunning Scottish landscapes on our way to Isle of Skye. Today we will immerse in the historic charm of Fort William and view Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles.  Next a stop at the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct that was made famous by the Harry Potter films.  We will have time to explore the scenic coastal town of Mallaig before boarding the ferry which will take us to Isle of Skye where we will conclude today’s journey.  Dinner on your own.  Overnight on Isle of Skye.

 

Saturday, June 7 (B,L)

Today is all about the whiskey and crafts on the Isle of Skye. The colorful buildings and stunning waterfront of the charming harbor town of Portree. As we make our way around Isle of Skye today, we will stop at the Skye Loom Weavers, a small weaving and sewing business that uses a bicycle pedal-powered loom to weave a variety of woolen products including scarves, blankets and  throws.  Journey into the past as we explore the historic walls of Dunvegan Castle and Gardens with it’s tales of ancient clans and rich heritage of the MacLeod clan who have called this castle home for centuries.  Dunvegan Castle Seal Trips - One of the most popular things to do at Dunvegan is their seal trips. The 25-minute boat ride gets you up close to witness the playful Loch Dunvegan seal colony. Trips cost £12 (with a castle ticket) and advanced booking is not necessary

 

Neist Point Lighthouse

 

A visit to the Talisker Distillery and taste the distinct flavors of Talisker’s renowned Scotch whiskey.  Time permitting, we will experience the craftsmanship at Torabhaigh Distillery known for their unique expressions.

 

Dinner on our own.  Overnight on Isle of Skye.

 

 

Sunday, June 8 (B,L)

Today we will have time to discover the treasures Isle of Skye holds.  We will stop at Kilt Rock and take in the dramatic cliffs and the cascading waterfall, then on for a hike to the towering rock formation of Old Man of Storr with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Then we will step into the world of Highland living at The Museum of Island Life where you can gain a deeper understanding of the island’s unique culture, traditions and way of life. 

 

Ulg Pottery

 

At the Fairy Pools, a series of crystal-clear cascading waterfalls, we take a moment to relish in the serenity and beauty of this mystical place. 

 

Siligachan Bridge -

Dinner on your own.  Overnight on Isle of Skye.

 

 

Monday, June 9 (B,L)

On the schedule today are castles and finding Nessie.  Begin our day with the enchanting Eilean Donan Castle, a picturesque Scottish landmark. Visit the historic Urquhardt Castle, perched on the shores of Loch Ness showcasing centuries of Scottish history.  Loch Ness Center to learn about the legendary Loch Ness, famed for its mysterious depths and mythical creature tales followed up with a boat ride on Loch Ness. 

Dinner on your own.  Overnight in Inverness

 

Tuesday, June 10 (B,L)

Culledon House, Cullendon Moor, Calava Cairns, Fort George.    

Dinner on your own.  Overnight in Inverness

 

Wednesday, June 11 (B,L,D)

Knockando Wool Mill (tour), then Moray Coast = Troup Head Nature Preserve (puffins), Cullen (lunch), Port Knockie (Bow Fiddle Rock), Findhorn (beach walk). 

Final Group Dinner.  Overnight in Inverness

Thursday, June 12 (B,L)

Cairngorms National Park, Working Sheepdog demo, Highland Folk Museum, Doune Castle (Outlander), Forth Bridges Viewpoint, Midhope Castle (Lallybroch)

Dinner on own.  Overnight night at Edinburgh Airport Hotel

Friday, June 13 (B)

Tour ends and travelers return home

 

B - Breakfast 

L - Lunch - includes non-alcoholic beverages

D – Dinner – includes non-alcoholic beverages

*Excludes:

  • Airfare

  • Travel insurance

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Meals not included in itinerary

  • Tips to the driver and guide

  • Transportation on final day at Edinburgh Airport hotel

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal purchases

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