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SCOTLAND THE BEAUTIFUL - 2020  Tour Itinerary Download
12 Day tour
June 29th – July 10th

DATE   ACTIVITY
Day 1 (Mon 29 June)   Edinburgh
Our tour starts in Scotland’s majestic capital, Edinburgh. Stroll the Royal Mile past 12th century St Giles’ Cathedral and up to Castle Hill where Edinburgh’s ancient castle sits. In the opposite direction, we head down to Canongate Kirk and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Scottish residence. For those wondering, there’ll always be time to stop for a wee dram at the Scotch Whisky Experience. In the afternoon, we head to Rosslyn Chapel with its extraordinary and extensive carvings popularized in The Da Vinci Code. Return to Edinburgh.
Day 2 (Tues 30 June)   St Andrews
Morning visit to St Andrews. Explore this old city that boasts the oldest golf course in the world as well as an ancient university and cathedral. There might even be an opportunity for a round of mini-golf in the shadow of the famous club house. For lunch, we head to the genteel city of Perth before heading to the town of Falkland. Optional visit to Falkland Palace, once the 15th century hunting lodge for James IV of Scotland. Return to Edinburgh. Evening at leisure.
Day 3 (Wed 1 July)   Falkirk & Stirling
Day trip to the town of Falkirk to see the Falkirk Wheel and the gigantic Kelpies sculpture. From here, we make our way to the beautiful town of Stirling with its famous castle and the nearby National Wallace Monument dedicated to William “Braveheart” Wallace who defeated the English here in 1297. Return to Edinburgh. Evening at leisure.
Day 4 (Thu 2 July)   Inverness
After breakfast, we depart Edinburgh and dedicate the rest of the day to castles and whisky. Enjoy a very full day of wonderful sights on our journey to Inverness, capital of the Scottish Highlands. From Edinburgh, we visit pretty Pitlochry and take a dram at Edradour Distillery. Then, we venture deep into the stunning Cairngorm National Park to finally be rewarded with a dram or two at The Glenlivet distillery. After a full day, we arrive at Inverness.
Day 5 (Fri 3 July)   Culloden
No visit to Inverness is complete without a visit to Culloden Moor, scene of the disastrous 1746 Jacobite uprising against the British Redcoats. The visitor centre is optional but a walk upon the moor itself is a must. From here, we visit the mysterious and ancient Clava Cairns. Return to Inverness. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 6 (Sat 4 July)   Kyle of Localsh
Our journey today takes us from Inverness to the shores of notorious Loch Ness for some Nessie spotting. Then it’s on to Urquhart Castle on the loch’s edge. From here we continue on the picturesque road towards Kyle of Localsh, passing the Five Sisters of Kintail and stopping at Eilean Donan Castle, arguably the most photographed of Scottish castles.
Day 7 (Sun 5 July)   Isle of Skye
Full day to explore the spectacular beauty of the Isle of Skye. We follow the road to pretty Portree, the capital of this misty island. From here, other sites include The Storr, Kilt Rock, among others. Return to Kyle of Localsh.
Day 8 (Mon 6 July)   Fort WilliamAfter breakfast, we depart Kyle of Localsh and head for Fort William. Opportunity to visit the Jacobite Museum.
Day 9 (Tues 7 July)   Fort William
Day at leisure in Fort William. Spend the day exploring the town, strolling along Loch Linnhe or take the opportunity to board the Jacobite Steam Train that runs through beautiful scenery from Fort William, over the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig. For Harry Potter enthusiasts, this is the Hogwart’s Express.
Day 10 (Wed 8 July)   Glencoe and Glasgow
Our journey today takes us through the magnificent and moody Glencoe Valley before travelling down the banks of Loch Lomond and on to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. In the past, Glasgow has been voted a European city of Culture as well as a City of Architecture and Design.
Day 11 (Thu 9 July)   Glasgow
Full day to explore the sights of Glasgow including Kelvingrove Park, St Mungo’s Cathedral, the Barras Market, the vibrant street art or some last minute shopping in Buchanan Street.
Day 12 (Fri 10 July)   Glasgow
Tour concludes after breakfast.


PRICE: $4100

Price includes:

  • quality twin-share B&B accommodation
  • all coach transfers
  • experienced guides

Please note that price does NOT include airfare.