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Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Start your tour of Scotland with a guided tour of a LF Whisky Distillery in Glengoyne, where you hear about the ancient art of converting barley, water, and yeast into a heart-warming liquor. Then, visit Stirling Castle, a great symbol of Scottish independence and favored residence of Scotland’s kings and queens. Back in vibrant Glasgow, an orientation drive takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares built by wealthy tobacco barons.
Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 131 km
Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, and head through wild Rannoch Moor, scenic Glen Coe, and lovely Loch Linnhe to reach Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Pass Loch Ness en route to Culloden, and look for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster. At Culloden Visitor Center, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Spend the night in Inverness, the Highland capital.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi / 286 km
Today’s main highlights are the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry; St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 326 km
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” as well as the “Old Town.” Visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the iconic Stone of Destiny, used to inaugurate monarchs for centuries, and take in the fantastic views over the city. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect residence for glittering state visits and family vacations, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today is yours to discover the Scottish capital at your own pace. Alternatively, you could join an optional Outlander excursion, taking in sights and places featured in the popular TV series. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Maldron Hotel Glasgow is a brand new centrally located hotel in Glasgow offering 300 brand new bedrooms and Grain & Grill Restaurant with dishes prepared from fresh, local produce. It is in walking distance to theatres, shops, restaurants/bars, and sightseeing attractions. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and offer all the modern amenities.
Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel. Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city's numerous pubs and restaurants.
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh is the newest edition to the Scottish capital, combining heritage and style with an innovative design and locally inspired furnishings. The hotel has a prime location, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street and Waverley Station. Spacious, modern hotel rooms include quality amenities, such as a selection of in-room entertainment, plush bedding, and a work desk. Meals are served in The Lantern Room and the lobby offers an innovative and sophisticated space for working and relaxing.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.