12 Day Scottish Highlands & Glens

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



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, Monday - Depart for Scotland
Depart to Glasgow, Scotland

DAY 2, Tuesday - 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
* For the 16th May departure please note that due to the Edinburgh Marathon, the Edinburgh city tour might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Glasgow City Tour
Today’s tour of Glasgow reveals views of this 1400-year-old city with its rich and diverse history. View the splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture before continuing to magnificent George Square and the bustling River Clyde, the center of the city’s famed shipbuilding industry. Stop at timeless St. Mungo's Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city before time to discover this spirited city on your own. Or, join the optional tour to Stirling Castle and the Bannockburn Monument. Visit historic Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important in Scotland. Next, continue south of Stirling to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn. In the evening, discover Glasgow’s rollicking pubs and nightlife on your own
Optional: Stirling Castle with Bannockburn (PM)
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, 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 5, 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 6, Saturday - Travel to Fort William, Village of Ullapool
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 through spectacular scenery to the quaint fishing village of Ullapool in the North West Highlands nestled on the picturesque shores of Lochbroom, a popular holiday getaway. Tonight, dinner together in Ullapool
Overnight: Ullapool
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sudnay - Coastal Drive, Castle & Gardens of Mey, Thurso
The panoramic drive along the spectacular coast winds via the town of Durness, the most northwesterly point on the British mainland with its dramatic rocky coastlines, pristine beaches, and turquoise waters. Upon arrival at the Castle and Gardens of Mey, with its isolated charm, you’re welcomed by a feast of turrets topped by honey colored stones. The former home of the Queen Mother, and still visited today by the royal family, this isolated castle looks out over the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Visit the castle’s interior designed by the Queen Mum and the unique and romantic walled gardens that she personally restored to one of the most beautiful in Scotland. At the Visitor Center, time for lunch with the group. Next, on to Thurso for overnight. Dinner together recaps a lovely day
Overnight: Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Orkney Islands
Board a ferry this morning from the coastal village of John O’Groats to Burwick, a village on the island of South Ronaldsay in the spellbinding Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Scotland with a unique history and culture. The islands encompass mysterious Neolithic sites, tall sandstone cliffs, and seal colonies. Drive across the Churchill barriers created during WWII to deter submarines; view the ornate Italian Chapel, constructed by Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War. Enjoy lunch with the group. Continue via Kirkwall and stop at the ancient settlement of Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old preserved village. Then return to Thurso in time for dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Whisky Distillery, Dunrobin Castle, Aviemore
Learn the many steps involved in whisky making on your behind-the-scenes tour of a local whiskey distillery. Visit the facilities, listen to enlightening lectures and sample a “dram” of this definitive brew. Afterward, on to Dunrobin Castle, dating back to 1275, with over 190 rooms - the largest castle in northern Scotland. View the regal rooms, priceless artifacts, and library with over 10,000 volumes. Arrive at the hotel in Aviemore for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Aviemore
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Blair Castle, St Andrews, Edinburgh
A day of outstanding scenery on the drive to fairytale Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl settled in the dramatic landscape of the highlands. Tour the stately rooms displaying priceless treasures before a walk in the Georgian-designed gardens. The drive continues to the charming town of St Andrews, celebrated for its golf courses and internationally renowned St Andrews University, where Prince William and Catherine studied. Then, it’s on to dramatic Edinburgh, the country’s capital city with its exquisite Georgian and Victorian architecture
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Thursday - Discover Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s rich heritage is revealed today on a tour of this historic and stately capital, built on seven hills. Pass the elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” on your way to the Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament at the foot of the Royal Mile. Admire regal Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Afterward, visit splendid Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city; view Scotland’s magnificent crown jewels, St. Margaret’s Chapel and the Stone of Destiny, returned from London after 700 years. After stunning panoramic views from its ramparts, return to the center of the city for leisure time to explore this endlessly fascinating city on your own. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to Scotland and your newfound friends at a local restaurant
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Scotland
Depart to Glasgow, Scotland

DAY 2, Friday - 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, Saturday - Glasgow City Tour
Today’s tour of Glasgow reveals views of this 1400-year-old city with its rich and diverse history. View the splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture before continuing to magnificent George Square and the bustling River Clyde, the center of the city’s famed shipbuilding industry. Stop at timeless St. Mungo's Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city before time to discover this spirited city on your own. Or, join the optional tour to Stirling Castle and the Bannockburn Monument. Visit historic Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important in Scotland. Next, continue south of Stirling to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn. In the evening, discover Glasgow’s rollicking pubs and nightlife on your own
Optional: Stirling Castle with Bannockburn (PM)
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - 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 5, Monday - 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 6, Tuesday - Travel to Fort William, Village of Ullapool
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 through spectacular scenery to the quaint fishing village of Ullapool in the North West Highlands nestled on the picturesque shores of Lochbroom, a popular holiday getaway. Tonight, dinner together in Ullapool
Overnight: Ullapool
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Coastal Drive, Castle & Gardens of Mey, Thurso
The panoramic drive along the spectacular coast winds via the town of Durness, the most northwesterly point on the British mainland with its dramatic rocky coastlines, pristine beaches, and turquoise waters. Upon arrival at the Castle and Gardens of Mey, with its isolated charm, you’re welcomed by a feast of turrets topped by honey colored stones. The former home of the Queen Mother, and still visited today by the royal family, this isolated castle looks out over the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Visit the castle’s interior designed by the Queen Mum and the unique and romantic walled gardens that she personally restored to one of the most beautiful in Scotland. At the Visitor Center, time for lunch with the group. Next, on to Thurso for overnight. Dinner together recaps a lovely day
Overnight: Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Orkney Islands
Board a ferry this morning from the coastal village of John O’Groats to Burwick, a village on the island of South Ronaldsay in the spellbinding Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Scotland with a unique history and culture. The islands encompass mysterious Neolithic sites, tall sandstone cliffs, and seal colonies. Drive across the Churchill barriers created during WWII to deter submarines; view the ornate Italian Chapel, constructed by Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War. Enjoy lunch with the group. Continue via Kirkwall and stop at the ancient settlement of Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old preserved village. Then return to Thurso in time for dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Whisky Distillery, Dunrobin Castle, Aviemore
Learn the many steps involved in whisky making on your behind-the-scenes tour of a local whiskey distillery. Visit the facilities, listen to enlightening lectures and sample a “dram” of this definitive brew. Afterward, on to Dunrobin Castle, dating back to 1275, with over 190 rooms - the largest castle in northern Scotland. View the regal rooms, priceless artifacts, and library with over 10,000 volumes. Arrive at the hotel in Aviemore for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Aviemore
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Blair Castle, St Andrews, Edinburgh
A day of outstanding scenery on the drive to fairytale Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl settled in the dramatic landscape of the highlands. Tour the stately rooms displaying priceless treasures before a walk in the Georgian-designed gardens. The drive continues to the charming town of St Andrews, celebrated for its golf courses and internationally renowned St Andrews University, where Prince William and Catherine studied. Then, it’s on to dramatic Edinburgh, the country’s capital city with its exquisite Georgian and Victorian architecture
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Discover Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s rich heritage is revealed today on a tour of this historic and stately capital, built on seven hills. Pass the elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” on your way to the Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament at the foot of the Royal Mile. Admire regal Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Afterward, visit splendid Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city; view Scotland’s magnificent crown jewels, St. Margaret’s Chapel and the Stone of Destiny, returned from London after 700 years. After stunning panoramic views from its ramparts, return to the center of the city for leisure time to explore this endlessly fascinating city on your own. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to Scotland and your newfound friends at a local restaurant
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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Optional Tours

Late morning departure for a visit to historic Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important in Scotland. Explore the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel, the Great Hall, the Great Kitchen and more as you are transported back into the height of Scottish art and culture in the 16th century. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling Castle to revel in the castle's grandeur. Next continue south of Stirling to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the English forces during the Wars of Independence. Visit the Bannockburn Monument, with a statue of Robert the Bruce and a memorial cairn. The monuments were made to commemorate the thousands of men who fought and died during the battle. Enjoy a walk through the battlefield before heading back to Glasgow.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #3 01 Apr 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $90.00
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Late morning departure for a visit to historic Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important in Scotland. Explore the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel, the Great Hall, the Great Kitchen and more as you are transported back into the height of Scottish art and culture in the 16th century. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling Castle to revel in the castle's grandeur. Next continue south of Stirling to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the English forces during the Wars of Independence. Visit the Bannockburn Monument, with a statue of Robert the Bruce and a memorial cairn. The monuments were made to commemorate the thousands of men who fought and died during the battle. Enjoy a walk through the battlefield before heading back to Glasgow.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #3 01 Apr 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $90.00
Historic Stirling Castle with Bannockburn Monument (PM) Thumbnail