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13 Day Scottish Isles & Glens


  • Tobermory Isle of Mull
  • Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry
  • Kirkwall Orkney Islands
  • Iona Abbey
  • Calgary Isle of Mull
  • Inverness Castle
  • Loch Lomond
  • Urquhart Castle Loch Ness

 

From £2340 Land Only

 

2018 - 13 Day Scottish Isles & Glens
3 Star Holiday - 12 Nights /22 Meals

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28 to August 13 departures.
  • Enjoy dinner on board a ferry as you cruise to the Isles of Orkney.
  • Board the classic and elegant steamship the Sir Walter Scott for a picturesque cruise of Loch Katrine.

Trip Highlights:

  • Inverewe Gardens
  • Isle of Orkney
  • John o’Groats
  • Kilt Rock
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Ring of Brodgar
  • Skara Brae
  • Urquhart Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • Nine dinners including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh

For further information and bookings please contact us:
E-mail:
  lesley@best-of-scotland.co.uk
Tel:  +44 (0)1592 752990
Fax:  +44 (0)1592 331680
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2018 SCOTTISH ISLES & GLENS 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

Day 1: GLASGOW ARRIVAL & LOCH KATRINE CRUISE
Tour begins 3:00 PM, Drymen hotel, located 20 miles (30 km) north of Glasgow. Set out for a short drive through part of the Trossachs, often called “The Highlands in Miniature”. Embark on the steamboat “Sir Walter Scott” for a short cruise on Loch Katrine to admire lovely scenery. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.
(D)

Day 2: ISLE OF BUTE & MOUNT STUART HOUSE
Journey across a scenic Highland route and over the mountain pass of “Rest & Be Thankful.” Ferry to the Isle of Bute for stunning island scenery. Take a guided tour of the highly-decorated chambers of Mount Stuart House, built in the late 1870s. See the many Victorian comforts that were highly innovative for the era. Spend some time in Rothesay, the main town on the island. Enjoy free time before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 3: LOCH LOMOND & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Journey through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Travel through Fort William and stop at a woollen mill for some refreshment and shopping for Scottish goods. Visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle before heading to your charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh.
(B, D)

Day 4: ISLE OF SKYE & DUNVEGAN CASTLE
Explore the Isle of Skye and its Bonnie Prince Charlie associations. Tour the oldest continuously inhabited castles in Scotland -- Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. View priceless family heirlooms and stroll through formal gardens. Stop in picturesque Portree with its brightly-painted houses clustered around the bay. Enjoy free time before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 5: INVEREWE GARDENS & ULLAPOOL
Take in the Highland scenery as you head to Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of trees and shrubs was created from 50 acres of bleak headland in 1862. The varied plantings thrive due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Continue to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port built in 1788.
(B, D)

Day 6: HIGHLAND SCENERY & ISLE OF ORKNEY
Admire the rugged mountains, coastline and vast areas of open land of the sparsely populated northernmost section of the Highlands. Learn about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the United States, Australia and other countries. Continue to John O’Groats, the most northern place on the British mainland and take a ferry to the Isles of Orkney, enjoying dinner on board.
(B, D)

Day 7: ORKNEY SIGHTS & SKARA BRAE
Today you’ll discover the Isles of Orkney starting with a drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines. Next, discover the charm of the tiny Italian Chapel, with its elaborate paintings. Visit Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old village with remains of dwellings and return to Kirkwall to see 12th century St. Magnus Cathedral. Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon and evening to browse around the town and dine independently.
(B)

Day 8: DUNROBIN CASTLE & INVERNESS
Ferry back to the mainland and head to Dunrobin Castle, dating to 1275 but renovated in the mid-1800s. With 189 rooms this is the largest mansion in northern Scotland. Explore chambers containing priceless artifacts, including the dining room, music room and library with over 10,000 volumes. Continue south to Inverness, the principal town in the Highlands.
(B, D)

Day 9: URQUHART CASTLE & CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD
Keep your camera handy as you cruise on Loch Ness to visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castles which was destroyed in Jacobite wars. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746, which ended the clan system in Scotland. Walk around the moor and see monuments to the various regiments who lost men. Stop for photos at Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial place with a circle of standing stones that inspired the “Outlander” books. Return to Inverness with time to relax, shop or walk alongside the river.
(B, D)

Day 10: SHEEPDOG TRIALS & WHISKY TASTING
Immerse yourself in farm life at a Cairngorm Mountains farm and watch as skilled dogs obey commands to round up sheep. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and enjoy a tasting at the end of the tour. Head to Edinburgh where a festive Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment awaits.
(B, D)

Day 11: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights including the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town”, and the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city where some houses reach 11 stories tall. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Stone of Scone and the Scottish Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free. On July 28 to August 13 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
(B)

Day 12: FREE DAY IN EDINBURGH
Spend the day on an independent hop-on hop-off bus tour of Edinburgh. Enjoy a walking tour around parts of the city’s historic areas – you will have a selection of different tours and routes from which to choose.
(B)

Day 13: TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; D: Dinner

Hotels:

  • The Winnock Hotel, Drymen, near Glasgow (2 nights)
  • Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh (2 nights)
  • The Royal Hotel, Ullapool (1 night)
  • Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel, Inverness (2 nights)
  • Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh (3 nights)

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28 to August 13 departures.
  • Enjoy dinner on board a ferry as you cruise to the Isles of Orkney.
  • Board the classic and elegant steamship the Sir Walter Scott for a picturesque cruise of Loch Katrine.

Trip Highlights:

  • Inverewe Gardens
  • Isle of Orkney
  • John o’Groats
  • Kilt Rock
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Ring of Brodgar
  • Skara Brae
  • Urquhart Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • Nine dinners including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh

All Tours Include:

  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Deluxe documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

13 days Glasgow to Edinburgh. Scotland
Start GLASGOW - End EDINBURGH

Single room supplement: £730

The prices are land only and per person sharing a twin room

2018
Saturday 14 April 2018 £2445
Saturday 28 April 2018 £2375
Saturday 5 May 2018 £2415
Saturday 19 May 2018 £2415
Saturday 26 May 2018 £2415
Saturday 2 June 2018 £2610
Saturday 9 June 2018 £2610
Monday 18 June 2018 £2610
Monday 2 July 2018 £2650
Saturday 14 July 2018 £2650
Monday 16 July 2018 £2650
Saturday 11 August 2018 £2905 Tattoo
Saturday 18 August 2018 £2825
Saturday 1 September 2018 £2650
Monday 3 September 2018 £2650
Saturday 15 September 2018 £2650
Monday 17 September 2018 £2650
Saturday 22 September 2018 £2650
Saturday 13 October 2018 £2340


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