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UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland 2022 
Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 3
Itinerary 
TOUR MAP 

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DATES & COST 

August 12 - 22, 2022
11 Days / 10 Nights 

Tour starts in Edinburgh and ends in Glasgow

$4,880 per person/ double occupancy
$1,380 optional single supplement
$440 additional night (single or double), includes airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 

This tour may be combined with Imperial Russia tour to Russia (August 3 - 11, 2022)


THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

This tour starts at 4:00PM on Friday, August 12, 2022 in Edinburgh.
Please assure that your flight arrives before 1:00PM.

Day 1: Introductory Tour of Edinburgh  

Welcome to Bonnie Scotland! After a private transfer from the airport and checking into our upscale hotel in Edinburgh's New Town, our Scottish adventure will start with a privately guided introductory tour of Edinburgh. The inspiring capital of Scotland is a historic and cosmopolitan city with a wonderfully striking setting: perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which rise from the flat landscape of the Lothians and sheltered by the Firth of Forth shoreline to the north. Along the historical sights, we'll also see a modern, dynamic capital, where international festivals attract the world's leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and upscale restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist. 'Edinburgh,' said writer Robert Louis Stevenson, 'is what Paris ought to be'. In the evening, we'll enjoy a leisurely welcome dinner, where we'll have a chance to get to know other members of our group.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

Day 2: Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse  

After a full Scottish breakfast, we'll set out to explore Edinburgh up close. We'll start with the Edinburgh Castle, the most famous and complex of all Scottish castles. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV in 1510; and the Half Moon Battery in the late 16th century. Afterwards, we'll take a guided walk down Edinburgh's Royal Mile, stopping to learn about the Witches' Well, the Camera Obscura, St. Gile's Cathedral, the Lothian Chambers, the Mercat Cross, Adam Smith, John Knox, the Canongate Kirk, and the Scottish Parliament. After a short break for lunch, we'll continue to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where we'll tour the State Apartments and the evocative ruins of the Holyrood Abbey. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, today the State Apartments are used regularly by Her Majesty The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining. In the evening, we'll enjoy an elegant dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

Day 3: St. Andrews and Falkland Palace  

This morning, we'll venture out of Edinburgh, and after crossing the Firth of Forth over the marvel of modern engineering, the Queensferry Cossing, we'll journey into the Kingdom of Fife. Our first stop will be the town of St. Andrews, known as the birthplace of golf, but also for its hauntingly beautiful ruins of the 13th century castle and for Scotland’s oldest university. Afterwards, we'll continue to the delightful village of Falkland to visit the Falkland Palace, the country residence of the Stuart Kings and Queens with the oldest Royal Tennis Court dating from 1539. We'll return to Edinburgh in the late afternoon, and the evening will be free to pursue our individual interests in the lively city of Edinburgh.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

Day 4: Edinburgh to Inverness via Doune Castle, Blair Castle and Culloden Moor  

Today, we'll leave the city and travel north, crossing the iconic Scottish Highlands landscapes, dotted with castles and ancient keeps and with the backdrop of the Cairngorm Mountains which rise 4,000 feet towards the sky and awe with their striking vistas and spectacular rugged peaks. Our first stop will be the Doune Castle, featured in Monty Python and in the Outlander miniseries. We will then continue through the heart of Highland Perthshire to the colorful Victorian town of Pitlochry, where we'll tour the unique, all-white Blair Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Atholl, the only clan allowed to have its private army, the Atholl Highlanders. After some free time to soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque place, we'll continue through the Drumochter Pass, following the main route through the Highlands since the pre-medieval times. Right before reaching Inverness, we'll stop at the notorious Culloden Moor. It was here in 1746 that Bonnie Prince Charlie's dream of capturing the Crown for the Stuart dynasty came to a bloody end, as his Jacobite army was defeated by the government troops in the battle that changed the Highlands forever. In the late afternoon, we'll arrive at Culloden House Hotel, our home for the next 3 nights, just in time for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Culloden House, Inverness

Day 5: Archaeological Treasure Trail at Orkney Islands  

After breakfast today, we'll drive the short distance to Inverness airport and board our flight to Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. Nestled in near solitude at the northern tip of the UK, the Orkneys are brimming with tales of piracy, ancient spiritual sites and high drama on the High Seas. We'll enjoy a private tour of this fascinating island, traveling along the rugged extremes of Scotland’s northern coastline. The tour's highlights will include the magnificent, 5,000 year-old Viking tomb of Maeshowe, the Ring of Brodgar stone circle of 27 megaliths, the Standing Stones of Stenness and the dramatic Yesnaby Cliffs. But the one site on the Orkneys' Neolithic Treasure Trail that truly captures the imagination is Skara Brae. Older than ancient Greece, Stonehenge and even the Pyramids, and uncovered by a storm in 1850, it is one of the best preserved groups of Stone Age houses anywhere, revealing stone furniture, hearths and drains that present a remarkable picture of Neolithic life. In the afternoon, we'll fly back to Inverness over the Pentland Firth, and we'll have some free time to relax before dinner at the renowned hotel's restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Culloden House, Inverness

Day 6: Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness 

Today, we'll journey into the Great Glen, which was formed millions of years ago, resulting in an impressive landscape of lochs and mountains. We'll travel along the shores of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for its legendary monster, until we reach Urquhart Castle which dominates a rocky promontory jutting into Loch Ness. Once one of Scotland's largest castles, connected with the history of powerful clans, today the imposing ruins command splendid views of the famous loch. After touring the castle, we'll enjoy the quaint town of Fort August and a relaxing cruise on Loch Ness's dark, enigmatic waters. In the afternoon, we'll return to Culloden House and have some unstructured time to relax and enjoy the idyllic majesty of the impressive woodland and private walled gardens surrounding the ivy-clad manor house, before meeting in the evening for another exquisite dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Culloden House, Inverness

Day 7: Isle of Skye, Jacobite Steam Train  

This morning, we'll leave Inverness and travel to the iconic Isle of Skye, famous for its dramatic mountain scenery, picturesque seascapes and its compelling prehistoric past. First, we'll journey past the Five Sisters mountain range until we reach the Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most magical sights. After a tour of the castle, we'll cross "over the sea to Skye” by way of the road bridge. As we traverse the island with its jugged Cuilin ridges dropping to the gentle white of soft beaches, and see how the inlets, bays and islands create a complex pattern with the sea, and we'll be able to appreciate the essence of Skye, a place where time means nothing and beneath every footstep lie millennia of history. We'll take a ferry from Armdale to the picturesque fishing village of Mallaig, where we'll board the Jacobite Steam Train to travel through the stunning scenery of the Western Highlands. The train ride will take us past some impressive extremes: Britain’s highest mountain, deepest loch and the shortest river on one of the great railway journeys of the world. We'll disembark in Fort William and continue to our boutique hotel, located on the scenic shores of the Loch Linnhe, and our home for the next 2 nights.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hollytree Hotel, Kentallen

Day 8: Glencoe, Ben Nevis  

After a full Scottish breakfast, we'll set out for Glencoe, also known as the Weeping Glen, the most famous of all Scottish Glens. We'll start with a short drive, stopping at several viewpoints, before making our descent into the glen, where the mountain grandeur that surrounds it offers not only an exciting scenery, but also an insight into its fascinating history. It is most known for the massacre of the resident MacDonald Clan by Campbell troops in 1692, and the story that led to this infamous act is truly captivating. From the spectacular Three Sisters viewpoint, we'll set out for an easy hike among the high mountain peaks, past placid lakes, rushing rivers and waterfalls that create a mystical feel of being free and one with nature. We'll then continue, following the Caledonian Canal to Fort William, sitting in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. To fully appreciate the grandeur of this imposing mountain range, we'll take a mountain gondola up to the summit for some spectacular, 180-degree views. We will return to the hotel in the afternoon and enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hollytree Hotel, Kentallen

Day 9: Oban, Inveraray Castle, Whisky Distillery  

This morning, we'll leave the Western Highlands and travel to Glasgow. As we journey south, we'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Falls of Lora, then pass Castle Stalker, the ancient seat of the Stewarts of Appin, which sits on its own little islet overlooking the Isle of Lismore. Soon, we'll make our descent into the fishing town of Oban, the gateway to the Hebrides. We'll explore this picturesque seaside town, overlooking an attractive horseshoe bay, and tour the famous Oban Whisky Distillery and enjoy lunch at an elegant seafood restaurant. As we continue our journey southwards, we'll to admire the spectacular ruins of Kilchurn Castle, majestically situated on Loch Awe, and beautifully framed by mountains, before arriving in the town of Inveraray, with its white-washed Georgian houses and views across the shores of Loch Fyne. We'll visit Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, featured in the British series Downton Abbey. In the afternoon, we'll travel along the banks of Loch Lomond, famous for the tranquil beauty of its wooded shores and islands until we reach Glasgow in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Carlton George Hotel, Glasgow

Day 10: Glasgow  

Today, we'll set out for a panoramic city tour of Glasgow, once a major center of the Scottish Enlightenment, growing from the eighteenth century as a main hub of transatlantic trade. Today, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, voted the "world's friendliest city", and features a diverse blend of stately Victorian buildings and modern industrial architecture, much of it designed by the beloved Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We'll explore Glasgow's most iconic sights, including the medieval Glasgow Cathedral, the alleged church of the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, as well as the Glasgow Green, a park first established in the 15th century that now hosts music festivals, sporting events, and features the famous sites of Nelson's Monument and the People's Palace. Our tour will end at the renowned Kelkingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where we'll be able to appreciate works by the Old Masters, the French Impressionists, and the Scottish Colourists, set against the stunning North Gothic architecture. The afternoon will be free to explore Glasgow at leisure, and in the evening we'll enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our time in Scotland.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Carlton George Hotel, Glasgow

Day 11: Glasgow Airport - Departures  

After breakfast today, we'll say good-bye to Bonnie Scotland, as we leave to take our flights back home. We will arrange for your airport transfer in accordance with your flight's departure time. Depending on when you leave, you may have some free time in the morning to further explore the city, before your private transfer to the airport.
Meals: Breakfast

The tour ends after breakfast on Monday, August 22, 2022 in Glasgow.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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