2020 Tour Details
Famous for its historic castles, fascinating and often bloody history, breath-taking scenery, lively cities, charming villages, and the legendary Loch Ness monster, Scotland fills visitors with a sense of magic and delight. On this Scotland tour you’ll get an introduction to this enchanting country, starting with a guided tour of a whiskey distillery north of Glasgow and ending in fascinating Edinburgh. In between, you’ll experience some of Scotland’s most scenic areas and fascinating sights. Stunning scenery awaits you on this tour. You’ll cruise along pretty islands on picturesque Loch Lomond, and follow the “Road to the Isles,” with its breath-taking hills, green woodlands, and spectacular beaches. You’ll visit the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery, be on the lookout for the mysterious Loch Ness monster in the Highlands, and drive through Cairngorms National Park, with its sub-arctic mountains and varied wildlife. Learn about Scotland’s fascinating history and visit one of the most famous battle sites, the Culloden Visitor Centre, where you’ll learn about the battle in 1746 when Bonnie Prince Charles was defeated. For those wanting to follow in the footsteps of royalty, this Scotland tour offers Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century, once residence of Scottish monarchs, and today home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. You’ll also board and tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years. This is just one of the out-of-the-ordinary, fascinating experiences offered by Globus on this fun-filled, exciting Scotland vacation.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner; orientation drive
Cruise the loch
Guided tour of the whisky distillery
Visit Stirling Castle
Take pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaduct
Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry
Visit the battle site’s visitor center
Visit the 18th-century planned Highland village
Coffee, shortbread and a private guided tour of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield’s stately home
Practice at the Golf Center
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle, visit the former Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour.Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.Notes:
- August 2 through August 23 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included
- May 17 through September 20 Sunday Departures-overnight at Columba Hotel (F) in Inverness instead of Isle of Skye.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Forth Road Bridge
- Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
Motorcoach; Loch Lomond cruise; ferry to the Isle of Skye.
Meals & Itinerary
Full Scottish breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Glasgow and a dinner at a local restaurant in Edinburgh
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
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.
Day 2 GLASGOW. LOCH LOMOND & STIRLING EXCURSION
Beautiful Loch Lomond is your first destination today, and a CRUISE past pretty islands brings you from Luss to the picturesque village of Balmaha. Then, enjoy a guided tour of a WHISKY DISTILLERY, where you hear about the ancient art of converting barley, water, and yeast into a heart-warming liquor. Next, visit STIRLING CASTLE, a great symbol of Scottish independence and favored residence of Scotland’s kings and queens. Back in vibrant Glasgow, take an orientation drive to see the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares built by wealthy tobacco barons.Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 131 km
Day 3 GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–GLENFINNAN–ISLE OF SKYE.*
A day of striking scenery. Follow dramatic mountain ranges and idyllic lochs as you proceed via the awe-inspiring expanse of Rannoch Moor, scenic Glen Coe, Fort William, and the “Road to the Isles” to Glenfinnan. Take photographs of the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films. At Mallaig, board your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and famous for its dramatic landscapes. Before dinner tonight, why not join an optional excursion that includes a visit to a local pub?Today’s Distance: 167 mi / 269 km
Day 4 ISLE OF SKYE*–CULLODEN MOOR–TOMINTOUL–ABERDEEN
Return to the mainland this morning and trace the shores of Loch Ness on your way to the CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, where you hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, enjoy more spectacular Highland scenery as you drive into the Cairngorms National Park to stop at Tomintoul, the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, before arriving at your overnight destination—Aberdeen.Today’s Distance: 200 mi / 322 km
Day 5 ABERDEEN–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH
In contrast to the valleys and rolling hills of the past days, today you’ll travel along the shores of the North Sea and through rich, fertile, and wide-open farmland to Perth for a special visit to SCONE PALACE, the stately home of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield. During your welcome over COFFEE and SHORTBREAD, hear about the crowning of Scottish kings, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, then join a tour of the Murray family home. Plenty of time later to explore the palace grounds. On to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, has given us the rules of golfing. A fun inclusion is the opportunity to hit a few balls at the ST. ANDREWS GOLF PRACTICE CENTRE. Cross the mighty Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh and tonight, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.Today’s Distance: 172 mi / 277 km
Day 6 EDINBURGH
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. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this exceptional evening. For departure numbers August 2 through August 23, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.
Day 7 EDINBURGH
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Isle of Skye
Eilean Donan Castle and Pub Visit
Surrounded by mountains and three lochs, it's easy to appreciate why Eilean Donan is Scotland's most photographed landmark. Enjoy an in-depth visit of the iconic castle, followed by a drink at a charming local pub!
Price Range: $
Scottish Night with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis
A festive evening of authentic Scottish food, fun, entertainment, and the inimitable Ceremony of the Haggis awaits on this memorable evening excursion in the heart of Edinburgh.
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