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Country Roads of Scotland

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $2,850 per person
Eilean Donan Castle

Countries Visited

Scotland ...more Scotland

Locations Visited

Edinburgh, St Andrews, Inverness, Pitlochry, Wick, Thurso, Ballachulish, Fort William, Glasgow ...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
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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

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Service
It was very easy and our girl Tess was very informative and answered all our questions.
Vacation
Good weather most of the time. Packed lots of interesting locations in a short time.
Glenn Ellin
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Service
All Insight tour guides were excellent, local people who really knew what they were talking about. It was obvious that Michael Doughty worked hard to make everything right; he never got upset when something wasn't perfect.
Vacation
Surely received that which we paid for. My GET representative, Alicia, was also excellent.
Judith Hoover
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Service
The tour itself was excellent. The booking of travel was not so good. Our seating was not scheduled and we ended up sitting far back in the airplane. We also had very long times in the airport. We were not impressed with the flight scheduling.
Vacation
We loved everything that was on the plan but would have enjoyed going to Rosslynn Chapel when we were in Edinburgh. All the tours from there were 6 hours and we could not squeeze it in when we arrived at 9 in the morning because of having to wait until 11 for the transport to the hotel. All the scenery in Northern Scotland was fabulous. Especially appreciated Skara Brae.
Michelle Schultz
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Service
Booking and follow up were easy and straight forward
Vacation
Really enjoyed it. Wished that I had a little bit more time in each location but don't know what I would have cut out to have this time. Tarryn was a wonderful guide.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Service
Easy to reach my travel consultant who was pleasant and knowledgeable. Had a bit of confusion on whether to book airline through GET or on my own but it worked out.
Vacation
Almost all of the trip was wonderful and more than met my expectations. The hotel in Thurso was subpar with old and worn décor, a huge bathroom with mostly empty space and a shower too small to even close the door easily. I get that there's little to choose from in Thurso but this was a miserable experience topped off by a hairdryer that caught fire when used. Their food, however, was excellent; some of the best of all the hotels we stayed in and the people were very nice.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We ae sorry to hear about the conditions at the Thurso hotel. You are correct, there are not a lot of options in that area but we still strive to provide comfortable and quality accommodations for all trips. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Kathleen Mcmanus
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Service
Only one hour hour was provided for lunch and to visit places of interest in the towns.We were told to buy a take out, sandwiches wrapped in plastic etc., buy a drink and try to find a place to sit and eat, even when it was raining. Not enough time to eat in a pub and visit the town. When asked for an extra half hour, the tour director made a very sarcastic comment.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize that the schedule for this trip left you feeling rushed. The Travel Directors do need to stick to a somewhat tight schedule in order for the daily sightseeing to be completed on time. We will share your feedback with our team, however, in hopes they can make some improvements.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Vacation
On one occasion our hotel room was so hot we had to get fans and leave the door to the hall open. We could not open the window very much and the bathroom, extremely small, was almost a sauna. The tour director, although very sarcastic to myself and my partner, was very knowledgeable except she made an error on an occasion and when told, in private, about the error, her reply again was sarcastic! The bus drivers were great as were the city guides. In Edinburgh, the Royal Yacht Britannia, was not offered as an excursion! We chose to omit the ghost tour for this icon of history!
Warren Sarasin
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Service
Knowable and helpful.
Vacation
Sites were amazing. Great locations and good tours with knowledgeable guides. Our tour director, Rory was great. He was knowledgeable, helpful and had a great personality. Our driver, Arthur, was more than your average driver. He maneuvered the narrow roads easily and carefully. We always felt safe. Lodging mostly good; food average. Some hotel rooms were too small to get around easily for average sized people. Breakfasts were predictable and not very tasty. Over cooked in steam trays! The hotels should be asked to do better. Dinners were better. Side trip meals were good.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Service
The entire trip was well coordinated, fun and interesting. The Travel Director, Melissa Baggley, was amazing. There were no issue and we had a splendid time. GET travel team were great at making our reservations and answering our questions along the way.
Vacation
The trip was amazing! Well coordinated, fun and very interesting. Melissa Baggley, Travel Director was amazing and a joy. Her knowledge and professionalism made the trip! Would definitely recommend Country Roads for a true flavor of Scotland!
Trusted Customer
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
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.
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