Discover the mystical side of Scotland - where rocky coastlines and rolling clouds meet a history built upon legends, whisky, and clans. Experience the culture of Scotland with a bagpipe lesson from an expert piper. Walk in the footsteps of Scottish ancestors with a guided tour of a Highland farm township. Settle into a secluded luxury hotel along the waterfront in Islay. Taste the “water of life” at a local distillery. Explore the fields of the Clan of McGregor with an off-road vehicle adventure and your own personal kilted guide. Steeped in lore and woven through royal heritage, experience the country’s isles as a true Scottish local.
|June 10, 2023||from $4,799 CAD||Per Person|
|1||Sat Jun 10||Glasgow, Scotland|
|2||Sun Jun 11||Glasgow, Scotland|
|3||Mon Jun 12||Glasgow - Loch Lomond - Auchindrain - Loch Melfort|
|4||Tue Jun 13||Loch Melfort - Oban - Loch Melfort|
|5||Wed Jun 14||Loch Melfort - Isle of Mull - Isle of Iona - Loch Melfort|
|6||Thu Jun 15||Loch Melfort - Glencoe - Loch Ness - Inverness|
|7||Fri Jun 16||Inverness|
|8||Sat Jun 17||Inverness - Blair Atholl - Dundee|
|9||Sun Jun 18||Dundee - Edinburgh|
|10||Mon Jun 19||Edinburgh|
|11||Tue Jun 20||Edinburgh - Tour Ends|
Day 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – Tour Begins
Welcome to Glasgow, a cultural trove of art, music, and history. Get ready to experience the eclectic architecture, friendly locals (Glaswegians), and rich traditions that make this city such a fascinating place. Settle into your hotel before joining your fellow travelers this evening for dinner.
Day 2 – Glasgow
Soak in the rich culture of Glasgow. Join a local guide on a walking and coach tour that leads you through historic George Square and the beautiful Beaux-Arts style architecture that surrounds it; to Provands Lordship—the oldest surviving house in the city; the medieval Glasgow Cathedral; prestigious Blythswood Square; and the futuristic-looking Science Centre. After lunch on your own in central Glasgow, it’s your choice! View one of Europe’s great art collections at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery -OR- see the city’s fabulous technology and transport collections at the Riverside Museum, situated on the banks of the River Clyde.
Day 3 – Glasgow – Loch Lomond – Auchindrain – Loch Melfort
Leave the city behind, traveling along sloping fields and rolling clouds to arrive in Loch Lomond. Visit a family-run farm with spectacular views of the lake and surrounding hills. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration and enjoy Scottish snacks before departing for Luss. Explore this quaint lakeside village of stone cottages and bright flowers, then enjoy lunch on your own before jumping back on the bus to Auchindrain. Learn about Scotland’s rural history during a guided tour of this well-preserved farm township that dates back to the 16th century. Continue to Loch Melfort and settle into your hotel for the next three nights. Take in a stunning view of the ocean from your room before wandering the grounds, home to friendly Highland cows and neighboring the National Trust’s Arduaine Gardens.
Day 4 – Loch Melfort – Oban – Loch Melfort
This morning, put on your comfy shoes and embark on a guided walking tour of historic Oban. Learn why the town is considered the “Gateway to the Isles,” uncover the history of the iconic McCaig’s Tower, and find out what’s buried under the North Pier as you traverse the scenic harborside town with a local expert. Afterwards, enjoy some free time, perhaps exploring Oban’s food stalls and seeing for yourself why it’s considered the seafood capital of Scotland. Return to your hotel in Loch Melfort to relax and spend the remainder of the day as you please.
Day 5 – Loch Melfort – Isle of Mull – Isle of Iona – Loch Melfort
It’s time to island hop. Take the ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull, a picturesque island that is the largest of the Inner Hebridean Islands. Continue to the Isle of Iona, one of Western Europe’s oldest Christian religious centers. Journey to Iona Abbey on foot and enjoy free time to explore the tranquility of the grounds on your own before returning to Mull and back to your hotel in Loch Melfort.
Day 6 – Loch Melfort – Glencoe – Loch Ness – Inverness
Geological wonders await you in the Highlands. Head to the National Nature Reserve in Glencoe and stop at the visitor center to learn about the spectacular Glencoe mountain range, then walk the trails and experience this unique landscape for yourself. After lunch, continue on to Loch Ness. Wander the ruins of the legendary Urquhart Castle and imagine all that transpired inside the walls of this 13th-century medieval fortress. Afterwards, travel to Inverness, capital of the highlands, to settle in to your hotel for the night.
Day 7 – Inverness
Head out on the water and cruise Moray Firth, traveling up the Beauly Firth to the Caledonian Canal and then back out as far as Munlochy Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, porpoises, seals, and numerous shore birds along the way. Continue to Culloden Battlefield, where in 1746, a half hour battle changed the course of Scotland’s history. Experience the 360º battle-immersion theater at the visitor center, and see artifacts from the conflict. Later this afternoon, return to Inverness, and have some time at leisure to explore.
Day 8 – Inverness – Blair Atholl – Dundee
Immerse yourself in history today at Blair Castle & Gardens, the ancestral home of Clan Murray. Explore the ornate 18th century interiors and wander the nine acres of walled gardens where you may spot a peacock roaming free. After lunch, continue to Bamff Ecotourism. Meet the owners of this tranquil estate and learn why they’re helping to reintroduce the wild beaver population to Scotland. Continue on to Dundee, an up-and-coming city on the banks of the River Tay.
Day 9 Dundee – Edinburgh
This morning, it’s your choice! Visit Discovery Point, home to the RRS Discovery, the ship that took Scott and Shackleton to Antarctica in 1901 -OR- get inspired at the V&A Dundee, Scotland’s highly acclaimed design museum. This afternoon, enjoy a whisky tasting tour at a distillery built on an old monastery. Your day ends in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh.
Day 10 – Edinburgh
Start the morning with an impact moment and get a local’s perspective with a guide from Invisible Cities, a social enterprise that trains people affected by homelessness to become tour guides of their own city. After your tour, visit Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps you’ll take a stroll among the Georgian architecture of the New Town or journey to Leith for a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Gather in the evening for a whisky-inspired farewell dinner highlighting the flavors of Scotland and toast to your Scottish explorations.
Day 11 – Edinburgh – Tour Ends
Wish Scotland a fond farewell as you depart for home.
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