scotland departures 2019

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2019 Scottish Clans and Castles | 10 days/9 nights Arrive in Glasgow, Depart from Edinburgh $2,999 per person sharing Single travelers welcome! Thursday Aug 29, 2019 - Saturday Sept 7, 2019 from Glasgow to Edinburgh

 

ITINERARY

Day 1

GLASGOW ARRIVAL & DOUNE CASTLE

Tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Drymen hotel, 20 miles north of Glasgow. 

Visit Doune Castle, which has been featured in “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander.” 

Enjoy free time in Callander and a drive through the Trossachs region, often called “Scotland in Miniature” as all aspects of delightful Scottish scenery are found here. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. 

Dinner included.


Day 2

STIRLING CASTLE & BANNOCKBURN VISITOR CENTER

Visit Stirling Castle, a mighty stronghold that dominates the surrounding plain, before some free time on your own for lunch. Tour the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre to learn about medieval weapons and armour, walk the real battlefield where Scottish King Robert the Bruce defeated English troops, and enjoy a thrilling 3D battle show. 

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 3

GLENCOE & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

Head into the majestic Highlands and journey by Loch Lomond, across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Stop for photo opportunities along the route. Treat yourself to Scottish goods at a woollen mill and continue your journey north to the romantic Eilean Donan Castle.

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 4

ISLE OF SKYE & DUNVEGAN CASTLE

Explore the Isle of Skye and learn the history of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Travel to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Admire the Trotternish Peninsula as you travel to Kilt Rock, a 200-foot-high sea cliff with huge, vertical basalt columns. Visit Flora MacDonald’s grave in Kilmuir Graveyard and stop in Portree for free time.  

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 5

CLAN DONALD CENTRE & STEAM TRAIN RIDE

Discover the history of the Lords of the Isles at the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle. Embark on a ferry ride to Mallaig and transfer to a steam train for a ride through some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery. The Jacobite Steam Train crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was featured in some of the Harry Potter movies. Travel from Fort William to your hotel in Inverness. 

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 6

LOCH NESS CRUISE & URQUHART CASTLE

Photo opportunities await as you visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle, and embark on a cruise of Loch Ness. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to discover how British Government forces defeated the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie, ending the Jacobite rising. Return to Inverness for dinner and an evening walking tour. 

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 7

WHISKY TASTING & BRODIE CASTLE

See where many Speyside distilleries are based close to the pure water of the River Spey. . Tour Glen Grant Distillery and sample a "wee dram of whisky." Tour Johnstons of Elgin to discover the history and craftsmanship behind their fine woollens. Explore 16th-century Brodie Castle, set in spacious grounds with its fairytale towers and turrets. The house contains fine furnishings, a collection of paintings, and a library with over 6,000 volumes. Return to Inverness and relax before dinner at your hotel. 

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 8

SHEEPDOGS & CULROSS WALK

Immerse yourself in farm life and enjoy a demonstration where dogs obey commands to round up sheep. In Pitlochry, explore and have lunch independently. Continue to Culross for a walking tour around the charming 16th-century town, recently used as a filming location for “Outlander.” Highlights include the Town House, Culross Palace, and the remains of Culross Abbey. Enjoy free time in Culross before heading to Edinburgh for a Scottish evening with a farewell dinner and traditional entertainment. 

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 9

EDINBURGH TOUR & PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

In Edinburgh, see how the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town are in stark contrast to the Georgian mansions of the 200-year-old New Town. Tour the impressive Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen, and walk through the majestically furnished chambers. The rest of the day is free. July 25th to August 15th departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle Esplanade.

Breakfast


Day 10

TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH

Your program ends after breakfast.