12 Day Enchanting Scotland

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12 Day Enchanting Scotland
Hilton Glasgow Glasgow
Isle of Mull Hotel Mull
The Kings Arms Hotel Isle of Skye
Norseman Hotel Wick, Caithness
St. Clair Hotel Thurso, Caithness
Station Hotel Thurso, Caithness
Morlich Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore
The Principal Edinburgh George Street Edinburgh

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. We can spend two to three hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Hotels in Scotland often encompass the traditional style of the region. You can expect small rooms with low lighting and limited access to electrical outlets. Rooms may lack amenities, including air-conditioning, microwaves, refrigerators, in-room safe, and luggage racks. Meals in Scotland will often take place at your hotel. The food served is local to the region with limited variety. Many hotels have limited restaurant staff and therefore meals can take longer than expected. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Scotland
Depart for Scotland

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Glasgow
Arrive in the vibrant port city of Glasgow, an emerging center of new and stylish sophistication; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this friendly city on your own. This evening, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm if possible
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Cruise Loch Lomond, Inveraray Castle, Isle of Mull
A scenic drive this morning takes you to the “bonnie banks” of storied Loch Lomond. Here, board a cruise on this lake renowned for its natural beauty, history, and serenity. Enjoy spectacular views of fjord-like landscapes, mysterious islands, and picturesque villages before returning to shore. Stop for a relaxing lunch on your own in the pristine surroundings before visiting fairytale Inveraray Castle, dominating the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s. This ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll is strikingly set against the ruggedness of the highland scenery. Tour the enchanting interior highlighted by magnificent French tapestries and priceless art collections. Walk through the exquisitely manicured gardens before continuing to your hotel on the Isle of Mull for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Isle of Mull
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Isle of Mull, Iona Abbey
On the peaceful Isle of Mull, the second largest of the Inner Hebrides, view magnificent sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, bright rose-pink granite mountains rising from emerald seas. In Tobermory, shops and restaurants are painted in different bright colors giving the town a unique character. View the famous clock tower before proceeding to the windswept Isle of Iona, birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. Here, visit the 800-year-old reconstructed Iona Abbey, spiritual center of the island, where it is believed that monks created the remarkable illuminated Book of Kells. Time to view the museum’s treasures and the Romanesque chapel that marks the burial place of Scotland’s Kings before time on your own. Return to the Isle of Mull in time for dinner
Overnight: Isle of Mull
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Travel to Fort William, Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye
Depart the Isle of Mull on board the Oban ferry, enjoying thrilling views from the promenade deck on the short crossing. Upon landfall travel north to Fort William. Nestled on the shores of Loch Linnhe, admire the magnificent panoramas from this town situated at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak and the lush Glen Nevis Valley. Braveheart, Rob Roy, and the Harry Potter series were filmed here! Drive on the Road to the Isles through spectacular scenery and pass by Glenfinnan, a hamlet in the Highlands of Scotland, site of the 1745 Jacobite rising. Arrive in the port of Mallaig and take the ferry to Armadale. Here, visit the Museum of the Isles and learn about the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan. Afterward, continue the Isle of Skye and enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Skye Museum of Island Life, Flora MacDonald’s Monument, Dunvegan Castle, Portree
After breakfast this morning, head to northern Skye's best attraction: The Skye Museum of Island Life. Go back in time and get an insight into island life in the late 1800s. After, walk behind the museum to Kilmuir Cemetery. Here, pay your respects to Flora MacDonald’s Memorial, a woman famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape, after his defeat at the battle of Culloden in 1746. Continue your tour with a visit to Dunvegan Castle, built in the 13th century, on a basalt rock in a bucolic loch side location. It is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Later, proceed to Portree, the main town of Skye with its picturesque harbor and brightly colored houses, for lunch on your own and some leisure time in this delightful town. After this beautiful day, dinner awaits you at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Village of Ullapool
Depart the Isle of Sky and drive through spectacular scenery to the quaint fishing village of Ullapool in the North West Highlands nestled on the picturesque shores of Loch Broom, a popular holiday getaway. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant for some traditional Scottish fare. Perhaps, this is the perfect place to enjoy a fish and chips lunch! Afterward, take a tour of the town before continuing the drive to your hotel where dinner awaits you this evening
Overnight: Thurso or Wick
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Orkney Islands
Board a ferry this morning from the coastal village of John O'Groats to Kirkwall, the capital of the spellbinding Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Scotland with a unique culture and history. The islands encompass mysterious Neolithic sites, tall sandstone cliffs, and seal colonies. The first stop is to the ancient settlement of Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old preserved village. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue driving across the Churchill barriers created during WWII to deter submarines, view the ornate Italian Chapel, constructed by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Return to your hotel in time for dinner
Overnight: Thurso or Wick
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Whisky Distillery & Tasting, Dunrobin Castle, Aviemore
This morning, tour a local whiskey distillery and attend a lecture about whisky making along with tasting of this Scottish delight. Afterward, travel to Dunrobin Castle, dating back to 1275, with over 190 rooms - the largest castle in northern Scotland! Tour the regal castle, its rooms with valuable artifacts and a library with over 10,000 volumes. In the castle gardens, see an interesting demonstration of falconry by these well-trained birds of prey. Linger to enjoy the castle grounds before proceeding to your hotel in the resort town of Aviemore within magnificent Cairngorms National Park. Savor dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Aviemore
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - St Andrews, Glamis Castle
Sightseeing begins in Glamis Castle, childhood home of the Queen-Mother; visit this well-preserved ancient Scottish castle with its literary connections to Shakespeare's Macbeth. Despite local legends of mysterious monsters and ghosts, the castle is still home to the Lyon family. Continue to the town of St Andrews, renowned for its famous golf course and the University where Prince William studied. Proceed to Edinburgh and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Edinburgh City Tour, Farewell Dinner
This morning join a local guide for a city tour of historic Edinburgh. The route will take you past the Scottish Parliament, the Museum of Scotland, the Royal Mile, Georgian New Town and Princes Street. Also included is a visit to Edinburgh Castle where you can see the Crown Room, St. Margaret's Chapel, and much more! The balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to Scotland, your Tour Manager and your newfound friends at a lively Scottish Dinner
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Depart Scotland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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