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Country Roads of Scotland

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From the great capital of Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands and Skye, you'll travel through 8,000 years of history and a rich cultural heritage, while the drama and variety of Scotland's natural features never fails to impress.

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From the great capital of Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands and Skye, you'll travel through 8,000 years of history and a rich cultural heritage, while the drama and variety of Scotland's natural features never fails to impress.

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. 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 & 13:00. Then the rest of the day is yours to relax before joining your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception - a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. On selected 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.

    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Malmaison, Edinburgh.
  3. Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial, then tour the 18th century New Town with its classical Adam façades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland's crown jewels. 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?

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Malmaison, Edinburgh
  4. 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.

    meal(s):BB, AT, D
    hotel:Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.
  5. See Culloden Moor in the morning, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746. Visit the Culloden Visitor Center before continuing along the shores of Loch Ness. Keep your eyes peeled for the 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. Your hotel for the next two nights is in the town of Thurso, which looks out over the Pentland Firth towards the Old Man of Hoy.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Pentland Hotel, Thurso.
  6. 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 was born and bred on the islands and 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.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Pentland Hotel, Thurso.
  7. Travel through stunning and 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.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Dunollie Hotel, Broadford.
  8. 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'.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Ballachulish/Isles of Glencoe Hotel
  9. Spend time on peaceful Loch Lomond, ‘Queen of Scottish Lochs' 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 shows you the city's 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.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Holiday Inn Theatreland, Glasgow.
  10. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Glasgow Airport at 07:00 & 09:00.

    meal(s):BB
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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 $650 p.p.

Triple Room Supplement: from $100

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $98 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 4 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

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.
  • See the Scott Memorial and wander the New Town. Then walk with a Local Expert within the walls of the majestic castle
    perched on its rock, to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.

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. 

Highlands:

  • Amid the stunning scenery of a real working Highland farm, watch as Neil Ross' sheepdogs are put through their paces and meet the collie pups.
  • At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

Orkney Isles:

  • Enjoy a fascinating excursion of discovery with a Local Expert, born and bred on the islands. Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.

Isle of Skye:

  • See the dramatic Cullin Hills and stay in pretty Broadford. 

Glasgow:

  • See the civic buildings and St. Mungo's Cathedral on your orientation of the city. 
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Reviews

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Sylvia Saurer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : I was very happy with everything...Ronnie, tour guide was wonderful. It was a whirlwind tour....would have liked to spend more time as an add on to beginning or end of tour, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad you loved Scotland and had a wonderful time on your vacation! Thanks for sharing your experience.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Vacation : I've taken many European tours but we saw so much in such a short time, you really treated us with so much of the history, culture and scenery.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Larry Farner
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : It was an excellent trip with one exception, perhaps a little more free time in the villages. Here is an idea, a box lunch on the bus that we can eat for lunch then have more time to actually visit a village rather than consume most of the time ordering and eating lunch!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Great suggestions! We will be sure to share them with the Quality and Planning teams fro future trips.  THank you so much for taking the time to write.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Vacation : Please see my earlier comment relating to more time in villages by offering box lunches on the bus thus allowing more time to visit.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Lynda Ficili
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and well prepared! Our large bags were handled from the time we landed until the day we left. Our itinerary was tight but allowed us to see sooooo much! I will tour with you again and recommend you to others.
Vacation : Itinerary was awesome...staff was super!
Monday, May 14, 2018
Charlene Saurer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : My mother and I had a wonderful time on the Country Roads of Scotland trip with Ronnie McCorrisken. He was knowledgeable and very receptive to questions. I feel as though I got a crash-course on Scotish history during this tour. Scotland is beautiful and the people there are very kind, and helpful. I plan to return.
Vacation : Wonderful tour of Scotland by coach.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Prompt to answer the phone call's when I had questions. Polite to help me with payments for the trip.
Vacation : Our first coach trip! Made stops on tour that were a waste of time, need to rethink the flow of the trip. Felt rushed most of the stops maybe need to add one more day to the trip to afford more time. A few more castles would have been a nice addition.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Arranged transportation making it easy for us to fly out and fly back with enough time to make connections.
Vacation : Bus tour was run with excellent drivers and knowledgeable tour directors. Felt we had plenty of time at all the stops for an over view of what we were looking at.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Judith Douglas
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Our tour director Tarryn L. was the best! I had forgotten one of my important medicines at home and got sick. She took charge and knew what to do. A hospital gave me a substitute in the same family of meds and I was much better in 2 days. She also didn't run but walked slow enough for all of us oldsters to keep up. The itinerary was great. It covered so much of Scotland and were impressed with the hotels, restaurants, and excursions offered. One sour note was we had to pay for the Farewell Dinner which I believe should have been included in our tour price. The bus drivers were professional and great drivers.
Vacation : We had much to choose from and made some wonderful purchases.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Patricia Berry
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : They were clear in the plan for the trip. I liked that they gave us printed copies of important travel documents. I had no difficulties but they were very responsive by email and phone when I had questions.
Vacation : I liked that all lodging and two for the most part two meals a day were covered. Nice that I didn't have to worry about this. I felt it was good value for what I paid for.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Esther Knapicius
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Prior to the trip there were issues with the hotels. When that was finally sorted the hotels were not what was stated on the beautiful catalog. This is my first trip with this type of tour. So needles to say a little worried. I arrived to the first hotel 6 hours ahead of the first meeting up with the tour. The time on the handout stated 1730, or 5:30PM. Happened to be in the pub with a beer waiting for the clock and wondeing where folks would meet. Noted that the hotel staff had fixed a section up with balloons, so thought perchance it with there. But then noted another bunch of people at about 4:45 PM were starting to gather in another area. But as it was too early I dismissed that. Come around 5:20PM I decided to go to see what that 4:45PM group was about, and discovered it was my group. But the meeting time had changed to 5PM and a sign of that had been posted somewhere but under --some other name "INSIGHT". Like--who is INSIGHT, even if I saw such a sign, which actually never did, It would not have caught my attention. So I am now ****** that I am late for the information. And wondering if this is a sign of things to come. Also another couple showed up, and others not knowing the time changed to start at 5PM. Half way through our meal -some how it is found out that we are to leave for a event. Now we who just found out are in a rush to get ready. The next day, by surprise was told there was a group picture at the Castle. But had been to the Castle already, wanted to go to the Gardens, not on the tour. Had that been spelled out in the handout I could have switched things. So the week went, the tour guide seems very knowledgeable . God's country of which I am there to view has nothing to do with your control. And was wonderful to see. Some of the Inns were "beautiful" two were not, of which trip adviser will be told. The bus was lovely. The driver great. It was an active trip. Saw a lot of neat stuff. Would have liked more foodie experience . For the most part, my husband and I travel on our own, we never use tour groups. This was the first for me. Would I use this company again, maybe. but only in a place I would not want to drive in, or go alone.
Vacation : Yes, this area is wonderful, would recommend it to all to see. Beautiful . Would love to go back and stay a bit in a few places . One day. But the world is so vast.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The trip was well planned and interesting. The Tattoo was well worth the trip, and the itinerary was good.
Vacation : The Royal Yacht Britannia was interesting, the Tattoo was well worth the trip, we loved seeing the castles, and the evening of Scots-Gaelic culture was a lot of fun.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to review your trip. The Edinburgh Tattoo is an amazing festival and we're thrilled you got to experience it. We look forward to helping you plan your next great adventure. 
Friday, August 25, 2017
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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 24 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.

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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

Rosslyn Chapel

Adult Price: £18.00

Enjoy a drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll discover the inside story about Rosslyn Chapel, famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and more recently: 'The Da Vinci Code'.

Edinburgh

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Adult Price: £60.00

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!

Edinburgh

Royal Yacht Britannia

Adult Price: £23.00

This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Thurso

Castle Of Mey

Adult Price: £20.00

Visit the much loved holiday home where the late Queen Mother spent many happy summers for nearly 50 years. Spectacularly set on the Caithness Coast with views across the Pentland Firth, Britain's most northerly castle is very much a family home and offers a rare glimpse into the relaxed Royal lifestyle away from the public eye. Your tour takes in the Queen Mother's bedroom, library, drawing room, Princess Margaret's room and kitchens. Of special interest are the greenhouses and the old fashioned shrub roses and climbers of the Shell Garden, where she loved to sit in the afternoon with her dogs.

Thurso

An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

Adult Price: £25.00

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

Skye

Isle Of Skye Tour

Adult Price: £15.00

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.

Loch Lomond

Lake Cruise

Adult Price: £15.00

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.

Glasgow

Glasgow Dinner

Adult Price: £37.00

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.This meal may be offered as a lunch.

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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 2018 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 3rd to August 25th, 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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