DAY 1 - ARRIVE EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)
On arrival, relax and explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a Scotish light meal and drinks.
Welcome Reception Hotel: Hilton
DAY 2 - EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE
This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.
DAY 3 - EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS)
Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village built of distinctive grey local stone, on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Full Breakfast/ Dinner Hotel: Highlander
DAY 4 - ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLANDS EXCURSION
This morning travel to the coast and take a ferry over the sea to Skye from Mallaig to Armadale. Drive up the Sleat Peninsula and admire the spectacular vista before stopping for time to have lunch. Cross over a road bridge to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle back on the mainland. Continue your journey past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands, Visit the battlefield of Culloden, was where the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 took place and the royal House of Stuart was fijnally defeated. Later return to your hotel.
Full Breakfast/ Dinner
DAY 5 - SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – GLENCOE – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS)
Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous brutal massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song (“Ye’ll tak’ the high road, and I’ll tak’ the low road…”), towards the lively city of Glasgow.
Full Breakfast Hotel: Radisson Blu
DAY 6 - GLASGOW ORIENTATION AND STIRLING CASTLE EXCURSION
Start your day with an orientation of Glasgow including the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. You'll also visit St. Mungo's Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city. Enjoy some free time to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the ‘Stirling Heads' and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Cultural Insight into whisky making with a visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a ‘wee dram'. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard.
Full Breakfast/ Be My Guest Dining
DAY 7 - DEPART GLASGOW
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
# WHAT'S ALWAYS INCLUDED
- Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling
- Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye and Clan Donald Centre, Glasgow Cathedral and Stirling Castle
- View the 18th green at St Andrews, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe
- 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).
- Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival
- Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Bonnie Scotland awaits you. See the impressive sights of Edinburgh and St. Andrews, the home of golf on the Best of Scotland Guided Tours. Admire Culloden Moor and the magnificent Isle of Skye. Gaze at the UK’s highest peak and the proud heritage of Glasgow. Top it off with a dram o’ whisky and a yard of your favourite tartan!
- Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation