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Country Roads of Scotland

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $3,175 per person
Eilean Donan Castle

Countries Visited

Scotland

Locations Visited

Edinburgh, St Andrews, Inverness, Pitlochry, Wick, Thurso, Ballachulish, Fo… more Edinburgh, St Andrews, Inverness, Pitlochry, Wick, Thurso, Ballachulish, Fort William, Glasgow
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Edinburgh.

    Welcome to Scotland - land of legends and romance, from the great cultural cities in the south, to the dramatic mountains and misty lochs of the Highlands. On arrival at Edinburgh airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00. Then the rest of the day is yours to relax before joining your Travel Director at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner with wine. On select departures, you will also attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh.
  2. Day 2 Edinburgh, The Capital of Culture.

    Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial, then wander the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Georgian facades. In the Old Town, visit Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland’s Crown Jewels, the Honours of Scotland. At the bottom of the Royal Mile stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure; why not visit the art treasures in the National Gallery?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh.
  3. Day 3 To St. Andrews and the Highland Capital of Inverness.

    Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and journey to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course, home of golf since its creation in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed? Alternately, wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton meeting her Prince Charming began. Cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Continue via Blair Atholl and pass the Grampian Mountains on the way to the sparkling Spey Valley. Stop at Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, one of the only occupied castles in Scotland, inhabited by the same family since the 16th century. As guests of the castle you will be treated to an authentic Farm-to-Table experience, in the tradition of a Scottish Tea and Scones. Continue to Inverness, where your luxury hotel is set within four acres of manicured grounds offering the very best in Highland hospitality.(Breakfast / Afternoon Tea / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
    hotel Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.
  4. Day 4 Culloden, Loch Ness and on to Thurso.

    See Culloden Moor in the morning, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was crushed in 1746. Visit the Culloden Visitor Centre before continuing along the shores of Loch Ness. Keep your eyes peeled for the legendary monster! Next, follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of this national drink.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Pentland Hotel, Thurso.
  5. Day 5 A Day in the Orkney Islands.

    Start the day by driving to the most northern point of the British mainland, John O’Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands where the countryside is breathtakingly majestic and the tranquility supports a quieter pace of life. Here the hardy locals say they live ‘below the wind and above the water.’ Your Local Expert accompanies you as you visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners during World War II. Return to your Thurso hotel for dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Pentland Hotel, Thurso.
  6. Day 6 Over the Sea to Skye.

    Travel through stunning, pristine landscapes along the northern coast with its white sandy beaches, and further inland to misty valleys and glens, lochs and rushing waters. Then it’s ‘Over the Sea to Skye,’ the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. On the way to Broadford, hear romantic tales of how young Flora MacDonald helped rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie to see the dramatic Cuillin Hills.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Dunollie Hotel, Broadford, Isle of Skye.
  7. Day 7 Through the Scottish Highlands to Glencoe.

    Explore this wild and beautiful island on your own, before crossing to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Stop for a photo at remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial where there is a fine view of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. You'll enjoy more spectacular scenery en route to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. In the evening, enjoy market-fresh Scottish ingredients and wine as you get together with your newfound friends for a sumptuous Celebration Dinner. Don't be surprised if, by the end of the evening, you're 'Toasting to the Lassies' or singing 'Auld Lang Syne'.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Ballachulish Hotel/Isles of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Centre.
  8. Day 8 Along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond to Glasgow.

    Spend time around peaceful Loch Lomond, ‘Queen of Scottish Lochs’ according to Sir Walter Scott and the largest in Great Britain. Perhaps experience the beauty and tranquillity of the loch with an optional cruise before continuing to Glasgow? An orientation drive through the city will show you the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Then the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore as you wish.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Glasgow - City Centre Theatreland.
  9. Day 9 Depart Glasgow.

    Your travels come to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Glasgow airport at 07:00 and 09:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Ballindalloch: Visit one of the few remaining inhabited castle's of Scotland and enjoy Farm-to-Table cuisine with Scottish Tea and Scones.
  • Wick: Whisky's are known for their distinctive flavours, often bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.
  • Glencoe: Your adventure culminates with a wonderful Celebration Dinner. Enjoy the best Highland hospitality and market-fresh ingredients accompanied by delicious wine or beer.
  • Dining Summery: 8 Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 4 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Orkney Isles: Across the windswept Orkney Islands lie relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy. Join a Local Expert for a fascinating journey into its history.

Stay in Style

  • Highland Hotels: Hotels in the Highlands area are mainly traditional and much simpler in style, typical of the region.
  • Inverness: Originally the mansion of a prominent local family, today the Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury accommodation in the heart of the Highlands. Renovated with contemporary rooms, the hotel is well-known for it's impeccable hospitality.
  • Thurso: Centrally located in the heart of Thurso, the Peatland Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome from staff.
  • Isle of Skye: Boasting an incredible location by Broadford Bay, The Dunollie Hotel is set at the base of outstanding mountains.
  • Ballachulish: Ballachulish Hotel offers spectacular views over the bay of Oban and the islands of the west coast of Scotland. This hotel is set in some outstanding scenery which can be used for picturesque walks.
  • Ballachulish: The Isles of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Centre is a modern hotel located at the foot of Glencoe on the side of a peninsula.
  • Glasgow: Holiday Inn Glasgow - City Centre Theatreland is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Glasgow, just a few minutes from the Royal Concert Hall. It offers bright, elegant rooms.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert within the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland's City of Culture. Explore the city as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and take in the scenery around you as you hear about the beauty and history behind Inverness.
  • Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Loch Ness: Drive along the shores in search of the legendary monster.
  • John O'Groats: Visit Britain’s most northerly, yet tiny, mainland village.
  • Isle of Skye: See the dramatic Cuillin Hills and stay in pretty Broadford.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Glencoe: Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of this Highland village on Loch Leven.
  • Loch Lomond: Enjoy time to explore the beautiful 'Queen of Scottish Lochs'.
  • Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
  • Scenic Drives: Scottish countryside is some of the most majestic in the world. Admire the beauty of the Grampian Mountains, the North West Highlands, Skye, the Valley of Glencoe and Loch Lomond.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Edinburgh Tattoo
Price Discount Availability Price
  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August.

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 2019 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 2nd to August 24th, 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!

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's old town as never seen before! We'll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.
Adult Price: £27

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!
Adult Price: £60

Thurso

An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history await you in the warm atmosphere of a centuries-old Highland hostelry
Adult Price: £25

Skye

Isle Of Skye Tour

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a local expert. Hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean island, steeped in myth and legend. While touring the 'Isle of Mist' see the Old Man of Storr, the red and black Cuillin Mountains and picturesque Portree, the largest town on the Island. This is an opportunity not to be missed.
Adult Price: £15

Loch Lomond

Lake Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise around picturesque Loch Lomond - the largest stretch of inland water to be found in the British Isles. Settle with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the flawless natural beauty, while all the history and legend is brought to life by on-board commentary.
Adult Price: £15

Glasgow

Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night.
Adult Price: £40

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Independent Reviews
Cheryl Werth
Travel date: Monday, July 1, 2019
Service
I would highly recommend GET to friends and family in fact I already have. The booking experience was very easy and well organized. Whenever we had a question we call the 1 800 number and had our question answered promptly. All the service people had excellent detailed answers and were very friendly and nice. If they didn't have an answer they immediately transferred us to someone else who answered our questions. Great help for novice travelers like us.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words and recommendations. We appreciate your business and confidence in our team.
Monday, July 1, 2019
Vacation
We went on the England, Ireland , Scotland, and Wales Explorer trip not the country road of Scotland tour.
James Castle
Travel date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Service
Brain was very helpful
Vacation
The trip was very enjoyable, the country side was great, I only had one problem, I signed up for the Liverpool Trip along with 17 other people and we were told that that was not enough. Then we asked David about that he Hesitated and come up with a number of 24, so ok, but he did not ask if ww would then like to join the rest of the group that was taking the boat & train trip.
Martin Morisky
Travel date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Service
I made my reservations directly through GET and the process was fairly easy. The two reps that I dealt with were courteous and professional. I did write to GET just before the trip and asked if 110 watt outlets were available at any of our hotels. I was told that the outlets were not available and that I should bring a power converter. As it turned out, just about all of the hotels had a 110 outlet in the bathroom that was sufficient to recharge the battery on my camera.
Vacation
We saw about as much as one can see in the allotted time. The pace is demanding, but necessary, in seeing what we saw and to avoid the crowds. David Parry is an excellent tour guide and his running commentary made the trip very interesting and, at times, amusing. He has great knowledge that he is willing to share, concerning the attractions visited. And our coach driver, Adrian, proved himself a skilled driver in getting us from place to place in a timely and safe manner. Very courteous. The trip was full of variety. One day we are visiting a stud farm, another taking a steam train ride, another visiting a castle, etc. Accommodations were fair to good with the exception of Inverness. The room at Inverness was a disappointment. David tried to explain that good hotels in Inverness were difficult to book. The hotel's pictures on the internet look pretty good.. why were we not able to stay in those rooms? When Insight provided the dinners, the food was generally good(again the exception was Inverness where the meal was fair and the service slow). Dave made some good recommendations when we were on our own for dinner. All in all, a good trip.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Service
The booking was easy and Daniel our booking agent was effective. Our trip was Britian and Ireland Explorer. England,Scotland,Wales,and Ireland. Daniel did make the air travel arrangements also. Because London was on our own to visit we should have arrived a day earlier or stayed an extra day or left on a later flight out.
Vacation
Did NOT Country roads of Scotland
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Service
GET Travel operated by Insight Vacations was exceptional! First and foremost, our Tour Guide, Michael Doughty was outstanding! Michael made us laugh, was filled with historical details regarding the areas we were visiting and made everyone feel like one big happy family. Steve, our driver, did a superb job maneuvering along those narrow country roads! The itinerary was perfect especially the Orkney Islands and the Tour Guide for that day's trip. The Isle of Skye was again another treat including the Tour Guide. I would not change a thing about the trip except the hotel Dunollie in Broadford which we found less than satisfactory.
Vacation
We were constantly on the go, and therefore, felt we got our moneys worth. Another big part again in feeling that way was our Tour Guide, Michael Doughty! Well worth the cost!
Nancy Zellner
Travel date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Service
Wonderful! Melissa Baggley was a great tour director and Paul was a great driver. Terrific personalities. Great attention to deatil.
Vacation
Awesome. Life changing. Loved every minute and didn't want it to end.
Diana Smith
Travel date: Monday, September 24, 2018
Service
This was a great tour. From the first time I called the office to inquire all the way thru' to the end, everyone was efficient, friendly, kind (when I asked dumb questions), & helpful. Not only was I sent a complete itinerary before the tour started, but was also sent an electrical adaptor! And it worked! The tour was terrific, the bus was comfortable, as were the hotels; the food was really good; the tour guides were exceptional. All in all I really enjoyed the trip & have no complaints at all about the staff, the booking, the trip, or anything else.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We couldn't be happier to see how much you enjoyed the trip and our top notch service. THank you for your business and for sharing the wonderful photos!
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation
Good value for money. And they give an AARP discount!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Service
The locations and the information we received about our stops was very well done. Questions had answers and the choices of locations we visited was excellent. I was very moved at Culloden.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write and sharing your beautiful photos of Scotland! We hope to se eyou again very soon!
Friday, September 14, 2018
Vacation
Great trip - travel director, Ronnie was excellent.
Char and Ralph
Travel date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Service
Ronnie was an excellent tour guide, and he had plenty of wonderful ideas and suggestions to add wonderful memories to our trip. He also told us what to expect at hotels we were coming to as well as what to expect at various stops along the way which helped each stop to be efficiently experienced fully. From the moment we booked with Randy at GET to we said our farewells to Ronnie, the trip was seamless, relaxing and very enjoyable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We couldn't ask for better feedback! How absolutely wonderful that you had such an incredible time through Scotland! We're very happy to have helped make your trip extra special and seamless. Our Travel Directors and Specialists love hearing that our guests felt taken care of and special throughout their entire travel experience. Thank you so much for your comments, we'll be sure to pass them onto the team.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Vacation
We loved the Military Tattoo as well as all the informative, memorable, moving experiences along the Country Roads route.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
Service
Well, any questions I asked were answered immediately. So there are knowledgeable people that you speak to. Excellent tour director and driver. I recommend GET to everyone. Very professional. Can't say enough.
Vacation
It was everything I expected and more. Truly Country Roads and everyone in the bus sang John Denver's song as we hobbled down the one laner. What fun and how beautiful.
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