Scottish Highlands & Islands


  • 14 days

  • Europe

  • Comfortable pace

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From its historical castles to its stunning landscapes and from its exciting cities to its charming, small towns, Scotland has it all. On this comprehensive Scotland tour, you’ll overnight in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Mull. Along the way, you’ll visit some of its historical castles; witness its unspoiled, breath-taking scenery; experience its cities and some of its small towns; learn about its fascinating history; and much more.

Scotland is known for its many castles, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century and home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; Brodie Castle, with its outstanding art collection and magnificent library; and Dunrobin Castle, where you’ll also visit the formal gardens. Scotland is also known for its interesting and often bloody history, and you’ll have an opportunity to visit some of its historical sights. On the Orkney Islands, visit Skara Brae, with remains from a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village. Learn about 13 centuries of clan history at the Museum of the Isles on the Isle of Skye. Outlander fans will be treated to visits of two prominent sites: Linlithgow Palace, and the Royal Burgh of Culross, once a port city on the River Forth.

Of course, no vacation to Scotland is complete without seeing the amazing scenery. Throughout this Scotland tour, sit back and enjoy as you witness Scotland at its best—the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery and miles of yellow sandy beaches on Scotland’s northern coast; the waterfalls and jagged, dark peaks on the Isle of Skye; the inspiring hills, green woodlands, and spectacular beaches on the “Road to the Isles”; and much more—while being escorted by an expert Tour Director who will bring Scotland to life with in-depth knowledge of its history, customs, stories, and secrets.

Highlights

GLASGOW Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner

FALKIRK See the world’s largest equine sculptures

ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS Guided tour of the 17th-century village

LINLITHGOW Visit the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

EDINBURGH Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (excluding August and other occasional dates)

ABBOTSFORD Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house

MELROSE Visit the abbey

ST. ANDREWS Visit the home of golf

INVERNESS Visit the Highland capital

CLAVA CAIRNS Visit the sacred prehistoric site

CULLODEN MOOR Visit the battle site’s visitor center

BRODIE Visit the castle

ROSS-SHIRE Guided tour of the whisky distillery

DUNROBIN Visit the castle and gardens

JOHN O’GROATS Take the ferry to and from the Orkney Islands

ORKNEY ISLANDS Board a local coach for a driver-guide commentary and visit the Churchill Barriers, Skara Brae and Skaill House, and Kirkwall; visit the Orkney Brewery and enjoy lunch at the Tasting Hall café

ULLAPOOL Fish & chips lunch

ISLE OF SKYE Visit the Museum of Island Life and the Museum of the Isles

ARMADALE–MALLAIG Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry; glenfinnan Take pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaduct; lochaline–fishnish Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull

GLENFINNAN Take pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaduct

LOCHALINE–FISHNISH Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull

ISLE OF MULL Visit Tobermory

ISLE OF IONA Take the ferry to the island and visit the center of Celtic Christianity

CRAIGNURE–OBAN Take the ferry back to the Scottish mainland

LOCH LOMOND Take photographs of this stunning spot

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners

ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Day
1

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel with the rest of the day free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

GLASGOW–FALKIRK–ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS– LINLITHGOW–EDINBURGH

Day
2

Start your grand tour of Scotland with a visit to The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world. Then, discover two prominent sites featured in the popular TV series Outlander. At the ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS, follow your Local Guide through the charming, peaceful streets, which were once full of the hustle and bustle of a thriving 17th-century port on the Forth River. Then, take a short drive to the town of Linlithgow and visit the stunning LINLITHGOW PALACE ruins, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and where Outlander’s Jamie Fraser was incarcerated. On to Edinburgh, your base for the next three nights. Later, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 74 mi / 119 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EDINBURGH.

Day
3

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). After time on your own in Edinburgh, why not take an optional excursion to Rosslyn Chapel, made world-famous by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, and also one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EDINBURGH. ABBOTSFORD EXCURSION

Day
4

Today’s excursion brings you into parts of the Scottish Lowlands and Border Counties. Drive through rolling hills and leafy valleys to ABBOTSFORD HOUSE and enjoy a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s home. It contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor, as well as an extensive library with over 9,000 rare volumes. Then, visit Melrose Abbey, the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. This afternoon, join a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers August 8, August 15, August 22, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Today’s Distance: 80 mi / 129 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EDINBURGH–ST. ANDREWS–PITLOCHRY–INVERNESS

Day
5

Travel over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews. Cross the Firth of Tay and from Dundee, head into the Highlands with a lunch stop in the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park to Inverness, the Highland capital, where you spend the next two nights.
Today’s Distance: 200 mi / 325 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION.

Day
6

Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. Stop first at CLAVA CAIRNS, featured in the Outlander series and one of Scotland’s most sacred prehistoric sites. See its three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, visit BRODIE CASTLE, the ancestral home of Clan Brodie, with an outstanding art collection and magnificent library. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation for this afternoon would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch.
Today’s Distance: 45 mi / 70 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

INVERNESS–THURSO

Day
7

Continue an unforgettable journey with a guided tour of a LF WHISKY DISTILLERY. Then, follow the coast road to majestic DUNROBIN CASTLE, perched on a high terrace above walled gardens and for centuries the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Overnight in Thurso, the most northerly town on Britain’s mainland. Before dinner, you may choose to join an optional excursion to a local pub.
Today’s Distance: 109 mi / 176 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

THURSO. EXCURSION TO THE ORKNEY ISLANDS

Day
8

A fascinating day full of adventure. At John o’Groats, board a FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands, where a local coach and driver-guide await you. Cross the four Churchill Barriers and overlook Scapa Flow, where the German fleet scuttled itself in World War I. After a light LUNCH at the Tasting Hall café, take a guided tour of the award-winning LF ORKNEY BREWERY and sample the local ale. Then, head for SKARA BRAE, where you see the fascinating remains of a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village and visit SKAILL HOUSE. Yet more highlights: the Ring of Brodgar, the Orkneys’ Stonehenge, and Kirkwall, the small and picturesque island capital. Return to the mainland by FERRY in the late afternoon.
Today’s Distance: 119 mi / 191 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

THURSO–ULLAPOOL–ISLE OF SKYE

Day
9

A day to sit back and enjoy the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery, some of the finest in Britain. The northern coast is lined with miles of yellow-sand beaches and pristine estuaries, and the hills and mountains take on a purple hue as the summer progresses. This is Scotland at its best! Drive to the quaint fishing port of Ullapool, where you enjoy a traditional LF FISH & CHIPS lunch at a local restaurant. Late-afternoon arrival on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye.
Today’s Distance: 219 mi / 353 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

ISLE OF SKYE

Day
10

Striking landscapes, unusual rock formations, and dramatic waterfalls will capture your attention on your drive around the Trotternish Peninsula. Visit the thatch-roofed cottages at the MUSEUM OF ISLAND LIFE, close to the last resting place of Highland heroine Flora MacDonald. Then, follow the spectacular coast route, before stopping for free time in the picturesque island capital of Portree. On the way back to Broadford, take in the views of the jagged and dark peaks of the Cuillin Hills.
Today’s Distance: 100 mi / 161 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ISLE OF SKYE–GLENFINNAN–ISLE OF MULL

Day
11

Call at Armadale Castle for a visit to its MUSEUM OF THE ISLES and insight into 13 centuries of Clan Donald history before boarding your FERRY at Armadale to cross the Sound of Sleat. Rejoin the mainland at Mallaig and follow the “Road to the Isles.” Stop at Glenfinnan with its viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films, then take the FERRY to the Isle of Mull, to conclude your day with a visit to the quaint island capital of Tobermory.
Today’s Distance: 135 mi / 217 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ISLE OF MULL. IONA EXCURSION

Day
12

A leisurely day to relax and enjoy the best of Scotland’s western isles. Drive across Mull to visit the beautiful and fascinating Isle of Iona. Time to visit the ABBEY and explore the religious settlement before returning to your hotel in the early afternoon.
Today’s Distance: 72 mi / 116 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ISLE OF MULL–INVERARAY–GLASGOW

Day
13

Your final island FERRY crossing brings you to Oban. Then, over the Pass of Brander and from Inveraray to the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond. Back in Glasgow this afternoon, an orientation drive takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. Time for last-minute shopping before enjoying a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 108 mi / 174 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

GLASGOW

Day
14

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Departures 8, 15 & 22 August 2020 – Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included.

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  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Headset
  • All port taxes

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  • Selected meals
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