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Scottish Isles & Glens

Experience the “real Scotland” as you journey off the beaten track to explore the northernmost part of the Highlands.

Stone bridge leading to brightly lit castle/
Urquhart Castle beside Loch Ness in Scotland/

Urquhart Castle

View over a Scottish loch to grassy hills/
Waves breaking against a beach covered with flat stones/
Deserted sandy beach on the Isle of Skye /

Isle of Skye

Day 1: Glasgow Arrival & Lock Katrine Cruise
Your first hotel will be in the village of Drymen, 20 miles north of Glasgow. Here you will meet your tour director at 2:00pm and your holiday will begin. After check in you will drive through part of the stunning Trossachs and take a cruise on board the steamboat “Sir Walter Scott” on Loch Katrine. The rest of the day is free for you to relax in your hotel before joining with your tour director for a welcome drink and then dinner. (D)

Day 2: Isle of Arran & Whisky Distillery
Today you will take a ferry ride from Ardossan to the Isle of Arran, one of the most southerly Scottish Islands. The northern half of the island belongs to the Highlands with its rugged mountains and the south has the softer landscape of the Lowlands. Visit the Isle of Arran Distillery to see how Whisky is distilled and sample some of the finished product. Enjoy lunch in Blackwaterfoot and spend some time at the Home Farm Visitor Centre before returning to your hotel for dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Loch Lomond & Eilean Donan Castle
Visit the famous and beautiful Loch Lomond today and then travel through the valley of Glen Coe, known for the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Continue your journey through Fort William and visit the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, where you will find a selection of quality Scottish goods. Next, visit Eilean Donan Castle and then check in to your hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh. (B, D)

Day 4: Isle of Skye & Dunvegan Castle
Today you will explore the Isle of Skye and then travel to Dunvegan Castle to see the priceless family heirlooms and walk through the beautiful gardens. You will then enjoy a short stop in Portree for a look around the bay and then return to your hotel before dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Inverewe Gardens & Ullapool
Take a drive along the west coast to visit Inverewe Gardens, where the haven of trees and shrubs was created from 50 acres of bleak headland in 1862. Then head to Ullapool, a fishing and ferry port built in 1788, and enjoy a short drive around the town before checking into your next hotel. (B, D)

Day 6: Highland Scenery & Isle of Orkney
Travel through one of Scotland’s most sparsely-populated regions with huge tracts of bogland, rugged mountains and coastline. Here you will see remote hamlets and vast areas of open land. Then continue on to the most northern place on the British mainland; John O’Groats, and take a ferry to the Isle of Orkney with dinner on board. Your next hotel will be in Kirkwall. (B, D)

Day 7: Kirkwall & Skara Brae
Visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae and see the

remains of

dwellings. Then view the Ring of Brodgar, a circle of tall, prehistoric standing stones. You will then be able to drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines and see the Italian Chapel, with its elaborate paintings. See the 12th century St Magnus Cathedral back in Kirkwall before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 8: Dunrobin Castle & Inverness
Return to the mainland by ferry and visit Dunrobin Castle further down the east coast, dating back to 1275 and renovated in the mid-1800’s. Enjoy a falconry display in the gardens with trained birds of prey. Your next hotel will be located in the centre of Inverness. (B, D)

Day 9: Urquhart Castle & Culloden Battlefield
Visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle which was once Scotland’s largest castle, destroyed in the Jacobite wars. Next visit Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre before enjoying a walk around the moor to see the monuments. Return to Inverness to spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B, D)

Day 10: Sheepdog Trials & St Andrews
Drive past the stunning landscapes of the Cairngorm Mountains to visit Leault Farm where the intelligent dogs round up the sheep. Then head south to St Andrews, on the east coast. St Andrews is known for its University which is Scotland’s oldest and also where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied. Next drive to Edinburgh for a Scottish themed dinner and entertainment before checking in to your Edinburgh hotel. (B, D)

Day 11: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. See its many wide streets and elegant mansions with some of the houses reaching 11 stories tall. Tour Edinburgh Castle and enjoy panoramic views of the city. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure. (B)

Day 12: Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Enjoy a final breakfast before departing for home. (B)

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