Bonnie Scotland

Featuring Islands, Highlands
and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tour Highlights

On this delightful tour of Scotland we will  feast on the history and beauty of its 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 admiring 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 Scottish Monarchy and the fascinating world of Scotland’s famous poets and writers, and 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
  • Loch Ness
  • Orkney Island and Isle of Skye
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • St. Andrew’s
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • The ‘Cradle of Christianity’ - the sacred island of Iona
  • Roberts Burns Cottage
  • Culzean Castle

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

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Glasgow (a non-stop, direct flight 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. After dinner we enjoy a Highlander Storytelling performance.
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 where we board a ferry for the short crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands. A local guide will show us the the Italian Chapel, the Ring of Brodgar (Orkney's Stonehenge) and Kirkwall - the small island capital with a Viking flavour and red sandstone cathedral. We ferry back to the mainland and return to our hotel. 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, enjoying the magnificent views of Lochs and mountains. We stop for a guided walk at Inverewe Gardens and Estate - an oasis of exotic plants, vibrant colour and history. Later we visit Eilean Donan, one of Scotland's most photographed castles, before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye.
Today we explore the Misty Isle of Skye, known for its natural beauty, history and wildlife. See the Cuillins Hills - a visual treat of shattered peaks and steep ridges. We enjoy some free time and a guided walk in the main town of Portree before heading back to the mainland. Later we arrive in Fort William for a 2-night stay.
Today we follow along parts of Scotland’s longest glen. The road along the Great Glen skirts the banks of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness, and is recognized as one of Britains’s Most Scenic Drives. We will spend time in Fort Augustus and visit Castle Urquhart, where we discover 1000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands. Before returning to our hotel we enjoy dinner at a local inn in the beautiful village of Drumnadrochit.
A day steeped in history and dazzling landscapes. We ferry over to the Isle of Mull and drive across this magical isle which seems untouched by the passage of time. Then we take a 5-minute ferry to Iona, known as "Scotland’s Cradle of Christianity" as it has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. lona Abbey is a celebrated burial place of early Scottish kings. We overnight on the Isle Of Mull.
We sail back to the lovely harbour town of Oban. Afternoon at leisure, possibly to visit the Oban Distillery.
We first stop at Glen Coe - one of Scotland’s most historic and scenic glens. Glencoe means ‘Valley of Weeping’, as this was the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. Next we enjoy a pub lunch in a cozy country Inn known for its superb food and micro-brewery. Then we visit Stirling Castle – a venue for many of Scotland’s historic events, with beautiful grounds and lovely rampart walks. Later we arrive in the Glasgow area for our last 2 nights.
This morning we follow the footsteps of Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet, visiting his family cottage and the famous Brig-O-Doon and Kirk made famous by his tale Tam O’Shanter. Later we visit Culzean Castle, situated on the cliff top with spectacular views of the sea and countryside. To end this glorious day we dine in a beautiful inn and enjoy a classic Scottish dinner.
Famed for shipbuilding and engineering, Glasgow is now one of Europe’s favorite tourist destinations. Our city tour will take us past some of its impressive Victorian architecture such as the City Chambers and Glasgow University, and the magnificent medieval Glasgow Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure, followed by our Farewell Dinner.
We fly non-stop to Toronto.

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