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Bonnie Scotland

Featuring Islands, Highlands and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
On this delightful tour we will feast on the history and beauty of Scotland’s monuments, cathedrals, abbeys, castles and artistic treasures - all set in the awesome rugged landscape that this land is known for. 
We begin in the capital city - Edinburgh, where we will stroll on Princes Street and attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Then we journey through the untamed Scottish Highlands and Islands. En route we visit tragic battlefields, picturesque harbour towns and fairytale castles, view the wild and rugged landscape of Caithness and the west coast, travel along the Great Glen, sail to the Orkney Islands to admire its picture book landscape and visit 2 of the largest Hebrides Islands - Skye and Mull. Along the way we learn about turbulent battles, the complex history of the Scottish Monarchy and the fascinating world of Scotland’s famous poets and writers. We will also enjoy some wonderful cultural events unique to Scotland. By the end of this tour you will have discovered why the Scots are so proud of their heritage, leaving you with cherished memories of the country and its people!          

Tour Highlights:

   • Royal Yacht Brittania
   • The mysterious and infamous Loch Ness
   • Islands of Orkney, Skye, Mull and Iona
   • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 
   • St. Andrew’s - Scotland’s world famous Home of Golf
   • Culloden Battlefield
   • Dunrobin Castle
   • Inverewe Gardens
   • Stirling Castle 
   • The Trossachs

* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Itinerary / Excursions

We depart for Glasgow (non-stop from Toronto).
We arrive and transfer to our hotel in central Edinburgh for time to relax before our Welcome Dinner.
Our welcoming city guide takes us through the ‘Old’ and ‘New” towns (combined they now have UNESCO World Heritage status). We will visit the Royal Yacht Britannia - home to the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, (they sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world on this yacht). This evening we attend the Edinburgh Tattoo.
Our first stop is St Andrews, home to the famous golf course and University. During our walking tour we see the ruins of St. Andrews cathedral, the castle and a glimpse into the campus grounds. You will have free time to enjoy the ancient town. This afternoon we travel into the hills of the highlands as we make our way to the city of Inverness.
A day of breathtaking scenery as we make our way to the remote north. We stop at Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1745. We also visit Dunrobin Castle - perched on a high terrace above walled gardens, with fairytale spires and turrets, this castle rises above the North Sea like a picture from a storybook. We overnight near Wick.
We drive to the northernmost tip of Scotland and board a ferry for the short crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands. Our local guide will show us the the Italian Chapel, the Ring of Brodgar (Orkney's Stonehenge) and Kirkwall - the island capital with a Viking flavour and red sandstone cathedral. We ferry back to the mainland. Tonight is an evening of Scottish entertainment.
Few places in the world match the mountains, moors and beaches of Scotland’s northwest coast. We first visit Smoo Caves, Britain’s largest limestone cave, then continue to the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool.
We continue along the coast, taking in the spectacular vistas of the Summer Isles, and arrive at Inverewe Gardens. This world-famous historic garden is a lush, tropical oasis perched on a peninsula on Loch Ewe amid rugged landscape. Later we arrive in the Highland village of Drumnadrochit for a 3-night stay.
Today we explore the magical Isle of Skye - the largest of the Inner Hebrides islands, and home to some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes. After crossing the Skye Bridge, we stop in the quaint town of Broadford, then proceed to the Trotternish Peninsula to view Kilt Rock - a 90 metre basalt column that looks like a pleated kilt. Our final stop is the picture-postcard harbour town of Portree. There will be free time to explore and try the best fish & chips in Scotland!
Our exporation of Loch Ness begins at Fort Augustus, where we see the ladder locks of the Caledonian Canal. After a visit of the Clansman Centre we take in the spectacular views as we circumnavigate the Loch. A highlight will be our narrated Jacobite Cruise that will take us to the 1000-year-old Urquhart Castle, considered the greatest castle in the Highlands. Before returning to the hotel, we enjoy a delicious meal at the local Inn.
A day of spectacular scenery as we drive along the Great Glen, stopping at Spean Bridge to visit the Commando Memorial and hopefully see the top of Ben Nevis. Making our way along the Road to the Isles, we arrive in the thriving port of Mallaig and board our ferry to Tobermory - the picture-perfect main town on the Isle of Mull, and then proceed to our hotel for a 2-night stay.
We enjoy the scenic drive past rugged mountains, dramatic sea lochs and small villages until we board a ferry to the sacred island of Iona. Known as the “cradle of Christianity”, this wee island attracts thousands of pilgrims each year, not only for religion, but also for the unspoiled nature and tranquil atmosphere.
We sail back to the mainland and make our way through Glen Coe - Scotland’s most famous and scenic glen. We’ll visit Stirling Castle - once a residence of the Stewart Kings and Queens and one of Scotland’s most historically important sites. After our visit we proceed to our centrally located hotel in Glasgow for our final 3 nights.
Glasgow is renowned for its culture, prize-winning Victorian architecture and the friendliness of its people. Our city tour will show us the City Chambers, Central Station, University of Glasgow, and Glasgow Cathedral. We end at the River Clyde, most notably known for shipbuilding, and visit the Clyde Distillery, where we’ll taste their famous Lowland-style Single Malt Whisky and learn about Glasgow's history and its bonds with the whisky industry.
A day at leisure. Glasgow is home to some of Scotland’s best cultural attractions, with many museums, galleries and unique shops (next to London’s West End Glasgow is considered the second largest retail centre in the UK). This evening, we enjoy our Farewell Dinner and raise a glass to cheer ‘Slainte’ to this brilliant tour of Scotland.
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