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Classic Scotland Tour

Classic Scotland Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: First Class Hotels

Start Date: 7 Nigths / 8 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

Starting in Scotland’s sophisticated capital, Edinburgh, this tour travels north through some of the most stunning scenery in the world from picturesque mountains to peaceful lochs and glens. Accommodation can be to your choice and include a castle.

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Edinburgh has many highlights and after discovering these we will travel in a circular direction to visit the unparalled Highlands and one of the outstanding islands. Tours are flexible.

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Why not create your own tour? As with all our tours the attractions you see will take account of your interests and can be adapted to what you want to see. So, if you want to see places not on the list below, just let us know. Complete our enquiry form to find out more »


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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh Introduction Tour

Day 1: Edinburgh Introduction Tour

From the airport, your guide will collect you and introduce you to the history and sites of EDINBURGH. The heart of the city is a World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful cityscapes anywhere. Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and you can relax whilst we drive through the city streets. Staring at the OLD TOWN, a medieval city with the complicated street pattern and bustling cultural scene we will pass Arthur’s Seat and the Scottish Parliament. One of the best views of the city can be had from Carlton Park before passing Princes Street to the Georgian NEW TOWN and its award winning architecture.

Day 2: Castle - Royal Mile - Holyroodhouse

Day 2: Castle - Royal Mile - Holyroodhouse

Today, we will take a stroll down the ROYAL MILE. At the top is Edinburgh CASTLE. This most famous of Scottish castles dates from the C12th. You will see the CROWN JEWELS of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. Walking down the Royal Mile we will explore its numerous alleys and legends. Half way is ST GILES Cathedral. Often referred to as the “Cradle of Presbyterianism” it was John Knox’s church in the reformation. At the bottom, the Palace of HOLYROODHOUSE is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots it was the setting for the most dramatic parts of her reign.

Day 3: Linlithgow - Stirling Castle

Day 3: Linlithgow - Stirling Castle

To the west is the ancient burgh of LINLITHGOW. Linlithgow Palace is the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Built in the C15th, the palace is perfectly positioned besides the loch. STIRLING was named a city in 2002 and the CASTLE was once the residence of the Scottish Kings. Here some of the country’s most famous warriors lived and fought including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The exquisite architecture and cobbled streets of the Old Town are testament to Scotland’s past. Within the old town is ARGYLL'S LODGING – the most complete surviving example of a C17th town house in Scotland.

Day 4: Scone - Dunkeld - Blair Castle

Day 4: Scone - Dunkeld - Blair Castle

Once the crowning palace of the kings of the Scots, SCONE PALACE occupies a unique position in the country’s history. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery it is the rightful home of the Stone of Scone – the Stone of Destiny. DUNKELD is a little town and the original seat of the kingdom of the Picts. Scotland’s first king, Kenneth McAlpin, built a stone church here. This later became the centre of Christianity. Lastly, we will visit BLAIR CASTLE, a classic castle and a major stately home. The seat of the Murray family, the castle has vast collections of weapons, paintings and furniture.

Day 5: Cairngorms - Distillery - Cawdor

Day 5: Cairngorms - Distillery - Cawdor

You are now in the Scottish Highlands and this morning we will travel through the CAIRNGORMS. These mountains are the largest area of arctic landscape in the UK and home to 25% of Britain’s flora and fauna. Close-by is World’s highest concentration of WHISKY DISTILLERIES including famous names like Macallan, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. Discovering the process is very interesting and we can take a whisky distillery tour. CAWDOR Castle is magical place. Made famous by Shakespeare as Macbeth's home, it is a fairly tale castle over 600 years old. Today, it is a family home with three gardens.

Day 6: Culloden - Loch Ness - Eilean Donan

Day 6: Culloden - Loch Ness - Eilean Donan

The Battle of Culloden is arguably the most important battle in Scotland’s history. In 1745, Jacobites – mainly highland Scots rose up against the government in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s claim to the throne. After a series of conflicts the final battle took place at Culloden where the Jacobites were defeated. Taking the road to INVERNESS then down the west side of Loch Ness. From one of the many viewpoints, there are many boats to seek out the monster. On the road to Skye Bridge is probably the most scenic in Britain. On the way is EILEAN DONAN – the most photographed castle on the planet and an icon of Scotland.

Day 7: Isle of Skye - Steam Train

Day 7: Isle of Skye - Steam Train

The ISLE OF SKYE is the most breathtaking of the Scottish Islands. The jagged ridge of the Cuillin Hills, dominate the western part of the island but there are many tiny villages, bays and inlets to explore towards the east. The FERRY to the mainland inspired the Skye Boat Song, a traditional folk song recalling Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape from Culloden. During the summer months, the JACOBITE STEAM RAILWAY runs from the port here to Fort William. This is one of the great railway journeys of the world and has come prominence as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter Movies.

Day 8: Glen Coe - Loch Lomond - Glasgow

Day 8: Glen Coe - Loch Lomond - Glasgow

GLEN COE is a dramatic ice worn valleys and scene of the conflict between the Campbells and the MacDonalds. LOCH LOMOND is a huge body of water and is a focal point for wildlife and water sports. GLASGOW has many elegant streets with outstanding Victorian architecture. It was known as the second city of the British Empire with many wealthy traders and merchants. At the east end of the new city is the CATHEDRAL – a wonderful example of gothic architecture. Overlooking the Cathedral is Glasgow Necropolis which is essentially a graveyard to the rich and famous of Victorian Scotland.

EXTENTIONS - Any number of days

EXTENTIONS - Any number of days

• ST ANDREWS CITY AND GOLF COURSE
• BALMORAL CASTLE
• ABERDEEN
• ROBERT BURNS
• ORKNEY, SHETLAND, ISLAY AND ANY OF THE SCOTTISH ISLANDS
• HADRIAN’S WALL
• A WHISKY TRAIL BASED TOUR
• CLAN HISTORY AND FAMILY HISTORY


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