Scottish Highlands & Islands
From its historical castles to its stunning landscapes and from its exciting cities to its charming, small towns, Scotland has it all. On this comprehensive Scotland tour, you’ll overnight in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Mull. Along the way, you’ll visit some of its historical castles; witness its unspoiled, breathtaking scenery; experience its cities and some of its small towns; learn about its fascinating history; and much more.Scotland is known for its many castles, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century and home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; Brodie Castle, with its outstanding art collection and magnificent library; and Dunrobin Castle, where you’ll also visit the formal gardens. Scotland is also known for its interesting and often bloody history, and you’ll have an opportunity to visit some of its historical sights. On the Orkney Islands, visit Skara Brae, with remains from a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village. Learn about 13 centuries of clan history at the Museum of the Isles on the Isle of Skye. Outlander fans will be treated to visits of two prominent sites: Doune Castle, with its striking 100-foot-high gatehouse, and the Royal Burgh of Culross, once a port city on the River Forth.Of course, no vacation to Scotland is complete without seeing the amazing scenery. Throughout this Scotland tour, sit back and enjoy as you witness Scotland at its best-the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery and miles of yellow sandy beaches on Scotland’s northern coast; the waterfalls and jagged, dark peaks on the Isle of Skye; the inspiring hills, green woodlands, and spectacular beaches on the “Road to the Isles”; and much more-while being escorted by an expert Tour Director who will bring Scotland to life with in-depth knowledge of its history, customs, stories, and secrets.
GLASGOW Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner DOUNE CASTLEExplore the 14th-century strongholdROYAL BURGH OF CULROSSGuided tour of the 17th-century villageEDINBURGHGuided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood PalaceABBOTSFORDGuided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s houseMELROSEVisit the abbeyST. ANDREWSVisit the home of golfINVERNESSVisit the Highland capitalCLAVA CAIRNSVisit the sacred prehistoric siteCULLODEN MOORVisit the battle site’s visitor centerBRODIEVisit the castleGLENMORANGIE[LF] Guided tour of the whisky distilleryDUNROBINVisit the castle and gardens JOHN O’GROATSTake the ferry to and from the Orkney IslandsORKNEY ISLANDSBoard a local coach for a driver-guide commentary and visits to the Churchill Barriers, Skara Brae and Skaill House, and Kirkwall; visit the Orkney Brewery and enjoy lunch at the Tasting Hall caféULLAPOOL[LF] Fish & chips lunchISLE OF SKYE Visit the Museum of Island Life and the Museum of the IslesARMADALE–MALLAIGCross the Sound of Sleat by ferryGLENFINNANTake pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaductLOCHALINE–FISHNISHTake the ferry to the Isle of MullISLE OF MULL Visit TobermoryISLE OF IONATake the ferry to the island and visit the center of Celtic ChristianityCRAIGNURE–OBAN Take the ferry back to the Scottish mainlandLOCH LOMONDTake photographs of this stunning spot
Glasgow – Doune Castle – Royal Burgh Of Culross – Edinburgh
Edinburgh. Abbotsford Excursion
Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Inverness.
Inverness. Highlands Excursion
Inverness – Thurso
Thurso. Excursion To The Orkney Islands
Thurso – Durness – Ullapool – Isle Of Skye
Isle Of Skye
Isle Of Skye – Glenfinnan – Isle Of Mull
Isle Of Mull. Iona Excursion
Isle Of Mull – Inveraray – Glasgow