Scottish Clans and Castles (10 days / 9 nights / 17 meals)

Scottish Clans and Castles (10 days / 9 nights / 17 meals)

Travel at a leisurely pace to absorb history and experience gentle lake cruises, dramatic scenery, iconic Harry Potter movie locations, steam train ride and sheepdog trials. Castles galore!

ALL your sightseeing, hotels, and attraction entries are covered AND you get a full breakfast every day (except day 1) plus 8 dinners! Tour operator (CIE Tours) have over 85 years experience and guaranteed departures. 

Please contact us for more information and to book: sales@britishtips.com or 021 975 2047

Starts in Glasgow and ends in Edinburgh.


Rates vary according to dates. Please contact us for more information.

2018 price per person* April- October 2018

R38 772 – R40 846 INCLUDES all hotels 3* & 4* and  17 meals

Because the tour includes so much, it’s great value for money!

*Prices  valid until 31 October 2018, and are subject to continued availability and major currency fluctuation.

Single supplement applies.
Children 8 – 18 years pay 90% of adult rate; children under 8 years not permitted (consider a self-drive tour!).


Highlights – ALL included (see below for full itinerary)

  • Doune Castle (featured in Game of Thrones and Outlander)
  • Free time in Callandar
  • Stirling Castle
  • Bannockburn Visitor Center (including 3D battle show)
  • Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Kilt Rock
  • Kilmuir Graveyard
  • Free time in Portree
  • Armadale Castle and Clan Donald Center
  • Ferry ride to Mallaig
  • Steam train from Mallaig (crosses the Glenfinnan viaduct)
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Center
  • Clava Cairns
  • Inverness walking tour
  • Whisky tasting in Speyside
  • Brodie Castle
  • Working farm and sheepdog demonstration
  • Free time in Pitlochry
  • Culross walking tour
  • Edinburgh festive Scottish evening
  • Edinburgh tour
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • (NOTE: On 26 July to 16 August departures, tour will visit the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)

Includes:

“No optional extras” policy

  • Breakfasts: 9
  • Dinner: 8
  • Welcome drink
  • Entry to attractions
  • Free wi-fi on the coach
  • Daily sightseeing and entry to attractions
  • Document wallet, backpack, luggage tags
  • All on-tour transport including ferries and shuttles
  • Local tour guide’s services
  • Local taxes, hotel service charges, suitcase handling (1 per person)


Does not include:

  • Certain meals and drinks
  • Shopping
  • Flights


On the coach

  • Breaks at approximately 2-hour intervals to stretch your legs, take photos, etc.
  • Seats are rotated daily so all passengers have a chance to sit at the front of the coach.
  • Seat belts must be worn.
  • Emergency toilets are available on the coaches but cannot be used while coach is in motion. Frequent bathroom breaks are included in the itinerary.


Need to know

  • Clothing: comfortable and casual – remember to pack comfortable walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket.
  • Luggage: 1 piece of luggage + 1 carry-on
  • Money: Most components are prepaid. You may need money for lunches and dinners when there is an evening at your leisure. You will also need money for shopping. We recommend carrying small denominations, and use credit or ATM cards (most towns have ATMs).
  • Currency: Northern Ireland and Britrain: Pound Sterling £  | Southern Ireland (Republic of Ireland): Euro €
  • Tipping: It is customary to tip your driver and guide at the end of the tour. Feel free to contact us for more info.


Full itinerary

Day 1: Glasgow arrival and Doune Castle
Tour begins at 3:00 pm, Drymen hotel, 20 miles (30km) north of Glasgow Airport. Your first castle visit is to Doune Castle, which has been featured in “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander.” Enjoy free time in Callandar 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.
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Day 2: Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Visitor Centre
Today you’ll visit Stirling Castle, a mighty stronghold that dominates the surrounding plain. Tour the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Center to learn about the medieval weapons and armor, walk the real battlefield where Scottish King Robert the Bruce defeated English troops, then enjoy a thrilling 3D battle show.
B, D

Day 3: Glen Coe and Eilean Donan Castle
Head up into the majestic Highlands and journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Treat yourself to Scottish goods at a woollen mill and continue your journey north to 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 and Dubvegan Castle
Explore the Isle of Skye and its Bonnie Prince Charlie associations. Travel to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Admire the Trotternish Peninsula as you travel to visit Kilt Rock, a 200 foot (60m) high sea cliff with huge, vertical basalt columns. Visit Flora Macdonald’s grave in Kilmuir Graveyard and stop in Portree for free time.
B, D

Day 5: Clan Donald Center and Steam Train Ride
Discover the history of the Lords of the Isles at the Clan Donald Center at Armadale Castle. Embark on a ferry ride to Mallaig and transfer to a steam train for a ride through some of Scotland’s picturesque scenery. The steam train crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct, which was featured in some of the Harry Potter movies. Travel from Fort William to Inverness.
B, D

Day 6: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle
Keep your camera handy as you embark on a cruise of Loch Ness. Photo opportunities await as you approach the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Center to discover how British Government forces defeated the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie on 16th April 1746. This conflict was the end of the clan system in Scotland. Stop for photos at Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial place with a circle of standing stones that inspired the “Outlander” books. Return to Inverness for dinner and a gentle walking tour.
B, D

Day 7: Whisky Tasting and Brodie Castle
See where many distilleries are based close to the pure water of the River Spey as you travel through part of the Speyside region. Visit a distillery to tour the facilities and sample a “wee dram.” 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 in your hotel.
B, D

Day 8: Sheepdogs and Culross Walk
Immerse yourself in farm life and enjoy a sheepdog demonstration, where dogs obey commands to round up sheep. In Pitlochry, browse and have lunch independently. Continue to Culross for a walking tour around the charming 16th century town. Highlights include the 1626 Town House with its 1783 tower, Culross Palace and on the hillside are the remains of Culross Abbey. Enjoy free time in Culross before heading to Edinburgh where a festive Scottish Evening with dinner and entertainment awaits.
B, D

Day 9: Edinburgh Tour and Palace Of Holyroodhouse
Discover the old and new towns of 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 balance of the day is free. On July 26 to August 16 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle esplanade.
B

Day 10: Tour ends in Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

 

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