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UK: Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 1 - Overview

June 18 - 28, 2019
11 Days / 10 Nights 

Tour starts in Edinburgh and ends in Glasgow

$4,260 per person/ double occupancy
$1,180 optional single supplement
$392 additional night (single or double), includes airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes


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Despite its small size, Scotland presents an abundance of experiences within its compact territory. Whether it is a solitary moment of rest on a heather-clad hillside or exploring the narrow medieval alleys of Edinburgh's Old Town, the experience of touring Scotland is permeated by romance and legend. Scotland is filled with timeless landscapes and conjures images of desolate castles, evocative highlands, rugged coastline and prehistoric spiritual sites, yet it exudes a suave sense of confidence and sophistication. This feisty and colorful country goes well beyond kilts, bagpipes, whisky and golf, and offers sights and experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. Edinburgh has an elegant mix of sweeping Georgian crescents and steepled medieval tenements guarded by its brooding, eponymous castle, mixed in with the hip music and arts scene. The dramatic, wind-swept Scottish Highlands enchant with wild mountain scenery of the looming granite peaks standing sentinel above the untamed glens and cold, sparkling seas washing against the soft white beaches, where the passage of time goes completely unnoticed. Otters and orcas frolic in the Moray Firth, where small fishing villages huddle under steep cliffs, salmon swim upriver to breed, and the majestic sea eagles soar high above the remote islands. During the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands tour, we'll indulge with an in-depth discovery of this land rich in lore, scenery and culture. We'll be finding Scotland’s magic, as we explore Edinburgh, tour castles, palaces and villages lost in time, enjoy the rugged beauty of the Highlands, learn about the legacy of its clans, and explore its historic treasures. We'll tour the mysterious prehistoric sites in the Orkney Islands, take an easy hike in the dramatic Glencoe, a haven for both artists and adventurers, take a cruise on Loch Ness, and explore the evocative Isle of Skye. We'll stay at a luxury historical hotel in Edinburgh, at a lovingly restored manor house in Inverness and then in a small hotel on the Caledonian Canal in Fort William. We'll enjoy freshly shucked oysters, the Aberdeen Angus beef, the smoked salmon from Dumfries & Galloway, and the peerless malt whiskies, as we connect with new, like-minded friends and create lifelong memories.

  • We'll stay at an upscale, historic hotel in Edinburgh, a manor house hotel in Inverness, a boutique hotel in Fort William and a Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport;
  • We'll discover Edinburgh's highlights: Edinburgh Castle, the Hollyrood Palace, the Georgian New Town and the medieval Old Town;
  • We'll tour several castles throughout Scotland: Edinburgh Castle, Doune Castle, Blair Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle, Falkland Palace and Inveraray Castle - each one different and each bringing us closer to the soul of Scotland;
  • We'll explore the evocative towns of St. Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife and Oban in Argyll and Bute;
  • We'll travel through the spectacular Scottish Highlands and take an easy hike among the heather clad hills in Glencoe;
  • We'll examine the prehistoric, spiritual monuments of Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar in the Orkney Islands;
  • We'll stroll through frozen in time villages and past stunning waterfalls on the Isle of Skye;
  • We'll tour the notorious Culloden Moor, where in 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie's dream of capturing the Crown came to an end;
  • We'll cruise the dark and mysterious Loch Ness;
  • We'll take a mountain gondola to the Ben Nevis range;
  • We'll ride the Jacobite Steam Train, one of the great railway journeys of the world;
  • We'll tour the seaside Oban with its famous whisky distillery;
  • We'll dine at fine restaurants, allowing for the fullest appreciation of Scottish cuisine.
  • 3 nights at the upscale Principal Hotel in Edinburgh, 3 nights at the historic Culloden House Hotel in Inverness, 3 nights at the boutique The Moorings Hotel in Fort William, and 1 night at Holiday Inn at Glasgow Airport;
  • 10 hotel breakfasts, 1 fine dining lunch, 8 gourmet a la carte dinners, including drinks - traditional or vegetarian menu;
  • All transportation in Scotland, with a private luxury bus and a driver/guide;
  • Round trip flight and/or ferry to Orkney Island (depending on schedule);
  • Blue Badge certified Scottish guides at multiple sights throughout the tour;
  • A professional tour director;
  • All sightseeing fees and admissions to all sights mentioned in the itinerary;
  • All activities and tours mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Private airport transfers on arrival;
  • All guides', drivers' and restaurant gratuities.

Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, additional accommodations, early hotel check-in, optional travel insurance, meals not included in the itinerary, optional tour director gratuities, optional activities not included in the itinerary, porterage, telephone charges, room service, mini bar charges, laundry, personal expenses.
The cost does not include airfare.

  • Edinburgh with Edinburgh Castle, Hollyrood Palace
  • Doune Castle, Blair Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle, Inveraray Castle
  • St. Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife
  • Falkland Palace
  • The notorious Culloden Moor
  • The Orkney Islands' archeologcal sites, including Skara Brae
  • The Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness cruise and wildlife watching cruise in Mallaig
  • Mountain gondola to Ben Nevis
  • Scottish Highlands and hiking in Glencoe
  • Riding the Jacobite Steam Train, one of the greatest railway journeys in the world
  • The seaside town of Oban 
  • Scottish whisky tasting at Ben Nevis Distillery
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including signature Scotland experiences
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to other groups
  • Orkney Islands excursion
  • Accommodation in upscale, perfectly located hotels, including a manor house
  • Upscale a la carte dining, including drinks
  • Knowledgeable and passionate private guides
  • An experienced tour director
  • Private, comfortable transportation
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • No forced shopping

I had a great time on the tour and felt that I really got to experience Scotland and all aspects of that country! I enjoyed the Orkney Islands, the different castles, Isle of Skye, and really liked our time in Edinburgh. The tour information book was very organized and helpful. This trip was organized well and it was nice to have a spacious bus such that we were not cramped when traveling every day. Food was also great! It was also nice to travel with a great group of women! – Madeline from Michigan

The Scotland tour was amazing – so many wonderful memories! First rate experience! – Janet from Florida

Best trip ever! I have traveled extensively but not with this group, and I loved Scotland and felt that I saw the best of Scotland. Loved the ladies on my tour as we experienced this beautiful country together. – Betty from Alabama

I absolutely loved the tour! Sights and Soul Travels left no stone unturned on the Scotland itinerary. I saw all that Scotland had to offer and then some! This tour was honestly the absolute best way to see Scotland. My tour group was a fantastic group of like-minded women who, in a very short period of time, became fast friends and traveling soul/sole sisters! I like to take one big trip a year and would travel again with Sights and Soul Tours in a heartbeat! Thank you for the extensive, well thought out itinerary and the opportunity to go outside the normal well-travelled sights! – Kermala from Michigan

I loved Skara Brae, Culloden, the hike through Glencoe, and Holyrood Castle. Each experience was very special for different reasons. I must add that finding a new friend amongst the ladies, with whom to travel in the future, was an unexpected bonus. – Kim from Ontario, Canada

Scotland was beautiful and we had sunny days! It relaxes me just to close my eye and go back there now. – Diane from Iowa

Marta really took care of all aspects of the tour – I didn’t have to worry or think about logistics. Mike and Peter were absolutely delightful too.  I would also like to point out that your office team is not only professional but communicated very well by providing excellent customer service. I arrived early and stayed late for the tour and April worked hard on arranging the additional days at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Thank you!
Susan from Washington

I  really enjoyed just about everything. I really liked staying at Culloden House and having dinner the three evenings we had there.
Dona from Illinois

This was my fourth trip with Sights and Soul – all have been great but this one was probably my favorite – I love Scotland, and this was a great way to return!
Megan from Texas
Outstanding vistas, locations, experiences, and group.  One of the best travel experiences (and I travel a lot). Great job! I knew none of the group before the trip and feel that I made great new friends, what an interesting group of women! Teresa was outstanding, and I hope to travel with her in the future.  
Anne from New Jersey
The group was wonderful. The landscape and scenery was breathtaking.  The hike was probably my favorite activity but all was so terrific, it’s impossible to choose.  Teresa was soooo wonderful! She made the trip extraordinary. She handled everything, even rough patches, with ease. Made everyone feel special. Don’t do anything differently! Love the small group, all women experience! Overall, there’s nothing like traveling with Sights and Soul.
Sydney from Alabama

First experience with an all-women travel group. I was favorably impressed. It was great! Lots to see and do every day. Great accommodations and wonderful food. Well organized, ran smoothly, plenty of variety in activities. Marta and Peter did a great job. Peter is certainly a wonderful ambassador for Scotland!
Cathy from Ontario

I loved the magical, mystical beauty of Scotland: the beautiful Eilean Donan castle, the hike through the Weeping Glen, and the Isle of Skye! It was an experience I shall always remember. Marta was a wonderful tour leader, always prepared, respectful, she really listened to us. Peter, the driver/guide was great fun and informative.
Gene from Virginia

Excellent tour! Really enjoyed every aspect of it, especially Inverness, Orkney Island, Oban.
Karen from New Hampshire

The tour was a full and interesting exploration of Scottish history with beautiful landscapes, consistently delicious meals, and very good company.
Kathleen from Maryland

The tour gave an excellent overview of this beautiful country. The women were great. Our bus driver, Peter, was fantastic. He was so knowledgeable and greatly enhanced our appreciation of Scotland. Marta is an excellent tour leader, who kept us informed about each day’s activities.
Annika from Illinois

I felt that I saw the best Scotland has to offer with a great group of interesting & intelligent ladies. I have memories for a lifetime. Love Sights & Soul!
Mia from California

I love traveling with you because I know you will choose some of the best sightseeing and food experiences for us, and I trust your choices in hotels. I know I will get a good overview of a destination. It’s a pleasure to learn from local guides who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Jan from Illinois

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