Bonny Scotland – a land of unique beauty; the highlands, heather, and spirit will stay in your heart forever. This classic tour explores the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands. Discover castles, watch skilled sheepdogs and cruise Loch Lomond. Stay in elegant manor house hotels, including the special Atholl Palace Hotel. See Edinburgh Tattoo in August..
ALL your sightseeing, hotels, and attraction entries are covered AND you get a full breakfast every day (except day 1) plus 6 dinners! Tour operator (CIE Tours) have over 85 years experience and guaranteed departures.
Please contact us for more information and to book: firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 975 2047
Weekly departures. 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
R46 112 – R54 780 INCLUDES all hotels 3* & 4* and 13 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)
- Glasgow city highlights tour
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- Loch Lomond cruise
- Explore Inveraray
- Inveraray Castle (featured in Downton Abbey)
- Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe
- Ferry to Isle of Skye
- Armadale Castle and Clan Donald Center
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
- Working farm and sheepdog demonstration
- Blair Castle
- Blair Athol Distillery tour and distillery
- Free time to explore Pitlochry
- Glamis Castle (as featured in Shakespeare’s MacBeth)
- St Andrews (home to the oldest golfcourse in the world)
- Edinburgh festive Scottish evening
- Explore Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Castle
- (NOTE: On 26 July to 16 August departures, tour will visit the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)
“No optional extras” policy
- Dinner: 6
- 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
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.
Day 1: Glasgow City Tour
Tour begins at 2:30 pm, Glasgow hotel. Set out on a tour of central Glasgow’s highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding. Visit extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director and fellow travellers over a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel.
Day 2: Loch Lomond Cruise and Inveraray Castle
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views of the Highlands. Browse around the town of Inveraray before taking a guide tour of Inveraray Castle which you may recognize from the Downton Abbey series. Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the coast.
Day 3: Road To The Isles and Isle Of Skye
Take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Board a ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle. Discover the history of the Lords of the Isles and the most powerful clan of the Isle of Skye. Return to the mainland, stopping for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Keep your camera handy as you travel the shores of Loch Ness on your way to Nairn.
Day 4: Culloden Battlefield and Sheepdog Trials
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre where the British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly named Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the moorland and the Visitor Centre which explains how events led to the conflict ending the clan system in Scotland. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
Day 5: Blair Castle and Whisky Tasting
Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and how Queen Victoria’s famous stay led to the creation of Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a whisky making tour and a sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the gardens, hotel museum and other facilities or browse around the town of Pitlochry.
Day 6: Glamis Castle and St Andrews
Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This is a majestic building filled with priceless artefacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf”, to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse through the medieval town. In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing.
Day 7: Edinburgh Castle and City Tour
Explore Edinburgh to 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. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping and dining. On July 29 to August 19 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle esplanade.
Day 8: Tour Ends In Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast.