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Scotland's Highlands, Islands & Cities

Rugged Scottish Highlands
14 Days from $2,858 per person

Scotland's arresting natural beauty and centuries-old heritage are the highlights of this adventure that will see you visit the isles of Skye and Mull, the Orkney Islands and the beauty of Loch Ness. 

View the remarkably intact ruins of Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, and see Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a true Scottish welcome with local specialties.
    hotel:Novotel City Center
  3. This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.
  4. This morning view the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey as well as the neighbouring Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, before following the River Tweed back to Edinburgh.
  5. Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Visit Glamis Castle, former home of the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, and the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and free time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. Later arrive in Dundee, a waterfront city in the Tay Estuary which is the UK's first UNESCO City of Design?
    hotel:Apex City Quay
  6. This morning, gain a Cultural Insight into whisky distilling by visiting a local distillery for a tour and a ‘wee dram'. Travel through untamed Scottish landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains. Visit the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746. Lately, the site has featured in Diane Gabaldon's fictional novel 'Outlander'. Arrive later in Inverness.
    hotel:The Columba
  7. Admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster, en route to visit Dunrobin Castle. Dunrobin Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland and resembles a French château with its towering conical spires. Stroll through the formal gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):FB, D
  8. Visit John O'Groats, then take the ferry from Gills Bay across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defense to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow during World War II. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and walk through the remains of the famous Neolithic village. See the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar en route to visit Viking Kirkwall before crossing the sea back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):FB, D
  9. Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning north west coastline. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ullapool. View the impressive Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Kings Arms
  10. Enjoy a scenic drive to take your ferry from the Isle of Skye to Mallaig. See the Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films. At Fort William, see Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, in all its glory before arriving in Ballachulish for the next two nights.
  11. Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the remote island to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval abbey, and the ancient burial ground of many Scottish Kings at Rèilig Odhrain. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):FB, D
  12. This morning, travel south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalized in the well-known Scottish song, before arriving in Glasgow. Your orientation tour includes views of the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry, as well as a visit to St. Mungo's Cathedral.
    hotel:Vacation Inn Theatreland
  13. This morning enjoy a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads making your way to nearby Bannockburn – the site of the famous battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. Enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working Scottish farm with your companions and Travel Director and after you'll have free time to further explore Glasgow.
    meal(s):FB, BG
  14. Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful vacation draws to a close. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Join the Wood family at their 15th century historical farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish dinner, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes

Cultural Insight

  • Enjoy a whisky tour and tasting at a local distillery

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Edinburgh

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Dundee, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Stirling, Glasgow
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, the battlefield of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow, Stirling Castle
  • View Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th green at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe
  • See Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, the Battlefield at Bannockburn
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
7 May 17 20 May 17 checkmark $3,175$2,858pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,175 $2,858 pp
14 May 17 27 May 17 $3,175$2,858pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,175 $2,858 pp
28 May 17 10 Jun 17 checkmark $3,175$2,858pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,175 $2,858 pp
11 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 checkmark $3,175$2,858pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,175 $2,858 pp
18 Jun 17 1 Jul 17 $3,175$2,858pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,175 $2,858 pp
2 Jul 17 15 Jul 17 checkmark $3,275$2,948pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,275 $2,948 pp
16 Jul 17 29 Jul 17 $3,275$2,948pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,275 $2,948 pp
30 Jul 17 12 Aug 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
asterisk 4 Aug 17 17 Aug 17 checkmark $3,550$3,195pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,550 $3,195 pp
asterisk 6 Aug 17 19 Aug 17 checkmark $3,550pp
$3,550 pp
asterisk 11 Aug 17 24 Aug 17 checkmark $3,550$3,195pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,550 $3,195 pp
asterisk 13 Aug 17 26 Aug 17 checkmark $3,550$3,195pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,550 $3,195 pp
asterisk 18 Aug 17 31 Aug 17 $3,550$3,195pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,550 $3,195 pp
asterisk 20 Aug 17 2 Sep 17 checkmark $3,550$3,195pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,550 $3,195 pp
3 Sep 17 16 Sep 17 checkmark $3,175$2,858pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,175 $2,858 pp
10 Sep 17 23 Sep 17 checkmark $3,175$2,858pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,175 $2,858 pp

Edinburgh Military Tattoo, August 4-26, 2017: Tattoo tickets are included for tours that visit Edinburgh during these dates.

 Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $540 p.p.

Triple Discount: $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $92 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival to Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9:00 am, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7:00 am and 9:00 am.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Scotland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Scotland.

  • The currency in Scotland is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some pounds for when you first arrive in Scotland, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Scotland’s culture is based on the country’s rich and colorful past, with a long-standing passion for festivals, myths, bagpipes, art, castles, and literature.  Highlights to explore include the city of Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Glasgow, and Stirling Castle.

  • Food and drink in Scotland goes far beyond haggis, porridge, and whiskey.  Other specialties to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake.  For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.

  • The weather in Scotland is mild, moist, and quickly changeable. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List

  • Tipping is less common in Scotland than in the U.S. When dining in a restaurant, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave a tip of 5-10 percent.  Leave your gratuity on the table rather than adding it to your credit card receipt to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend £2.50 per person/per day for your driver and £4.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 pounds per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.


  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Friday, August 26, 2016
Scotland's Highlands, Islands and Cities
Service rating : The guide and driver let me relax and enjoy myself.
Product : Good balance of destinations. The optional events were worthwhile.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August and is included on six departures in 2017:

August 4, August 6, August 11, August 13, August 18 and August 20.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry.  In 2017 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 4th to August 26th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world. 

Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!

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