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Scottish Clans & Castles

OCT 2-12, 2019 $3374 per person with JFK flights

Scotland Escorted Tour
Scottish Clans & Castles
Superior First Class Hotels 

The best of Scotland travel for singles and solos - our most comprehensive tour - islands, highlands and cities, too. The focus of this Scotland trip is on the history and scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Travel at a leisurely pace to absorb history and experience gentle lake cruises, the dramatic scenery of the Isle of Skye, Harry Potter movie locations and a train ride along the Road to the Isles. See lots of castles of different styles and sample whisky in a Speyside distillery. 10 Day Scottish Clans & Castles, an amazing Scottland vacation to remember! 
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  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dancewith reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 25 to August 15 departures.
  • Go behind the scenes at one of Scotland’s famous distilleries for a tour and a tasting
  • Experience the stunning scenery of the Highlands during a steam train ride across the Glenfinnan Viaduc



Day 1: Glasgow City Tour

Your Scottland vacation starts at 3:00 pm at your hotel in Drymen, 20 miles north of Glasgow Airport. The Victorian city of Glasgow is built mainly of red sandstone, but its history goes back to the 6th century.  Meet your tour director and drive a short distance to embark on a cruise aboard the historic steamboat “Sir Walter Scott” to view the natural beauty of Loch Katrine and get some fresh air after your journey. Return to your hotel where you’ll have free time to rest and relax. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers about your Scotland package tour  with a welcome drink before sitting down to dinner in your hotel (D).
Stirling CastleDay 2: Loch Katrine Cruise & Stirling Castle
Drive north into the Trossachs region, often called “Scotland in Miniature” as all aspects of Scottish scenery are found here. Embark on a short cruise aboard a steamboat to view the natural beauty of Loch Katrine. Continue your drive through the Trossachs and on to Stirling. Walk through the various chambers and halls of Stirling Castle, associated with “Braveheart” William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scots. A local guide will fill you in on these notable people and their roles in Scottish history. Return to your hotel in good time for dinner. (B, D)
Day 3: Glen Coe & Eilean Donan Castle
Today head up into the Highlands as you drive north. Journey across mysterious Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, a spectacular glen made famous by the Campbells’ massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Stop at Spean Bridge Woollen Mill and drive alongside some the long, narrow lakes in the Great Glen. Continue your drive north to visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle. The first fortified castle was built in the 13th century, rebuilt several times and partially ruined in 1719. Check in to your charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh. (B, D)
Day 4: Isle of Skye & Museum of Island Life
Today cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge to explore this lovely island, sometimes called the “Misty Isle”. It has many strong associations with Bonnie Prince Charlie as he fled here after his defeat at Culloden Moor. Drive to the north and along the Trotternish Peninsula to view Kilt Rock, a sea cliff with vertical basalt columns that look like a giant kilt. Visit the Museum of Island Life to see what daily living conditions were like on the island years ago. The museum is housed in a group of thatched cottages. Stop in Portree for free time and admire brightly-painted houses that cluster around a large bay. Return to your hotel for free time before dinner. (B, D)
Royal Highland ShowDay 5: Clan Donald Centre & Steam Train Ride
Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the Lords of the Isles and the most powerful clan of the Isle of Skye. Take a ferry to Mallaig on the mainland and transfer to the Jacobite steam train for a ride through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery. The rails run alongside the “Road to the Isles” so you may view Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument, another reminder of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The train crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct was featured in some of the Harry Potter movies. Reboard your coach at Fort William and drive to Inverness.
(B, D)
Day 6: Urquhart Castle & Culloden Battlefield
Enjoy a real highlight of your Scotland trip as you embark on a cruise into Loch Ness to view the scenery from the water and perhaps spot “Nessie.” Visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle which was destroyed in Jacobite wars. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Learn about the battle which took place on 16th April 1746 when British Government forces defeated the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie, in just one hour. The Visitor Centre shows the background to this bloody battle and you can walk around the moorland to see various monuments commemorating troops. Return to Inverness in time to relax and, after dinner, take a gentle walking tour with a local guide. (B, D)
Day 7: Brodie Castle & Whisky Tasting
Visit Brodie Castle, a 16th century tower house with fairytale towers and turrets that is set in spacious grounds. The house contains fine furnishings as well as a collection of paintings and the library houses over 6,000 volumes. Drive through part of the Speyside region, where many distilleries are based close to sources of pure water from the River Spey. Visit Glenfiddich Distillery to learn about the simple ingredients and many steps involved in whisky making. Tour the facilities and sample a “wee dram” at the end of the tour. Return to Inverness and enjoy some free time for a stroll along the River Ness in front of your hotel. (B, D)
Day 8: Sheepdogs & St Andrews
Drive south through majestic Highland scenery to Leault Farm where dogs herd sheep through various obstacles. Drive south through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains and stop for a look around the town of Pitlochry. Drive to the east coast to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course and enjoy free time to browse in golf specialty stores or through the medieval town with its ruined cathedral and castle. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and enjoy a Scottish Evening with dinner and lively singing, story-telling and step-dancing. (B, D)
ST. AndrewsDay 9: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
This morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. Compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. See Princes Street, the main shopping thoroughfare that separates the two areas. Learn about many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers. Finish your tour at the impressive Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of The Queen, and walk through the majestically furnished chambers. The balance of the day is free. (B)
Day 10: Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner 

Hotels:
Superior First Class
The Winnock Hotel Drymen near Glasgow (2 nights)
The Balmacara Hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh (2 nights)
Glen Mhor Hotel Inverness (3 nights)
Norton House Hotel & Spa Edinburgh (2 nights)
Tour Includes:
Sightseeing by luxury coach
Professional tour director
9 nights in hotels listed
Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
8 dinners (D) including
- Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
- 7 table d'hote dinners
Welcome get-together drink
Tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh
Loch Katrine steamboat cruise & Loch Ness scenic cruise
Ferry from the Isle of Skye
Jacobite steam train ride
Walking tour of Inverness
Glenfiddich Distillery whisky tasting and tour
Sheepdog trials at Leault Farm

Visits and admissions to Stirling Castle, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, Eilean Donan Castle, Kilt Rock, Museum of Island Life, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Brodie Castle, St Andrews, Palace of Holyroodhouse
Headsets for walking tours
Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

$3374 per person with JFK flights; single supplement $1175

Travel insurance recommended $220

Deposit now: $500 plus airfare ($1000) if you want to protect your air price) + Travel Insurance. Full payment due 95 days before departure.

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