Day 1 – USA – Edinburgh
Depart USA for overnight flight to Scotland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.
Day 2 – Edinburgh
Arrive at Edinburgh Airport where you will find your way to your accommodation at The Apex Waterloo Place, a luxury city centre boutique hotel situated at the east end of Princes Street. Overnight Apex Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Day 3 – Edinburgh
Spend today exploring the capital. There’s no better way to find out about Edinburgh’s majestic and inspiring history than by a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Each tour is tailor-made to offer a distinctive and entertaining experience and provide a great introduction to Scotland’s Capital City. At the bottom of the famous Royal Mile is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the Queen in Scotland. The palace was home to Mary Queen of Scots for six years and houses beautiful tapestries and paintings. Travel up the Royal Mile and through the Old Town past The Scottish Parliament building, stop to visit Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal Skye Terrier who remained by his master’s grave for fourteen years. At the top of the Royal Mile and overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the New Town is Edinburgh Castle, (included). In 1566 Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in the royal palace within the castle and the tiny bed-closet still survives. Most importantly to Scots, in 1996 the Stone of Destiny, Scotland’s coronation stone, was placed in the Crown Room alongside the nation’s Crown Jewels, (the Honours of Scotland), following its return from Westminster after a space of 800 years. You may wish to visit the National Museum of Scotland to explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history all under one ROOF or St Giles’ Cathedral, the historic City Church of Edinburgh with its famed crown spire. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen). You may alternatively wish to spend some time in Edinburgh’s many shops on the Royal Mile or go upmarket at Harvey Nichols, Stella McCartney, Prada and Gucci to name but a few, on St Andrews Square. Just a short walk across St Andrews Square takes you to Jenners, Edinburgh’s original department store – a magnet for fashion lovers since 1838. The obvious choice is Princes Street, the perfect mix of shopping and sightseeing but if you are looking for something unique then try the West End and Stockbridge. Overnight Apex Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Day 4 – Edinburgh – Inverness
Today you will depart for your tour of the Highlands. Travel north over the Forth Road Bridge to reach Perth and Scone Palace the crowning place of Scottish crieff
Kings, now the cherished family home of the Earl of Mansfield. In the extensive grounds of Scone Palace there is a replica of the Stone of Destiny and the chapel on Moot Hill where the coronations took place. CONTINUE north to Edradour Distillery, the smallest and last of the original farm distilleries in Scotland, for a short tour and tasting. Through the Highland resort town of Pitlochry, built on Victorian tourism and nestled amongst the mountains of Highland Perthshire. Weather dependent, travel a short distance to Queens View, generally believed to be named after Queen Victoria who took tea here in 1866, the viewpoint actually commemorates Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce who ruled Scotland between 1306 and 1329. The stunning view across Loch Tummel to the Munro, Schiehallion is one of the most famous in Scotland. The final stop here is the House of Bruar, nestling at the side of the famous Bruar Falls, for a variety of shopping opportunities in Scotland’s most prestigious country store. There is glasgow
also an extensive range of Scottish foods for the gourmet and a fabulous ‘country kitchen’ restaurant. Your route takes you through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park and over the Drumochter Pass, (1500ft above sea level), to your overnight accommodation at The New Drumossie Hotel, a stunning listed art deco building, located 10 minutes from the centre of Inverness and positioned in 9 acres of manicured private grounds. You can relax and enjoy dinner in the restaurant which has been awarded 2 prestigious AA Rosettes in recognition of the quality of its food and service and serves the finest Scottish cuisine sourced from the surrounding area. Overnight at Inverness – Dinner included.
Day 5 – Inverness
This morning you will travel the short distance to the Clansman Harbor for 1000hrs for a 2 hour Jacobite Freedom Cruise, (included), to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the loch and sail the deepest part using the Jacobite sonar then alight at Urquhart Castle where you will have the chance to explore for an hour before cruising back up the loch to the Clansman Harbour. Returning to land travel through Inverness towards Nairn to visit Cawdor Castle which dates from the late 14th century and was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor. The ancient medieval tower was built around the legendary holly-tree and is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Campbell family to this day. You may enjoy afternoon tea with some home baking in the Courtyard Café. Round off today with a visit to Culloden Battlefield where the last hand-to-hand battle was fought on British soil which takes on a whole new meaning with the opening of an exciting new visitor centre and interactive exhibition. The battlefield itself is now restored to as close as possible that marched on by the two sides on that fateful day. Overnight at Inverness
Day 6 – Inverness – Crieff
This morning you will travel to Perthshire down the Great Glen to Fort Augustus on the southern tip of Loch Ness, stopping to marvel at Thomas Telford’s feat of engineering. The flight of 5 locks transport sailing vessels and boats from Loch Ness at the north end into the Caledonian Canal. Continue south stopping briefly at The Commando Memorial dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. It overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle. Unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, it has become one of Scotland’s best-known monuments, both as a war memorial and for its stunning views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr. CONTINUE through Fort William, passing Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain towards Rannoch Moor and Glencoe stopping at the visitors centre to view some of the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere. Travel over Rannoch Moor then turn towards Loch Awe and Inveraray, a picturesque small town on the banks of Loch Fyne where you can visit Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll, with beautifully preserved interiors spanning many generations of Campbells. The Castle is a remarkable and unique piece of architecture featuring four imposing French influenced conical spires surmounting the stone castellated towers. Make your escape around Loch Long and through some breathtaking scenery to reach Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater lake in the UK. You will stop to take in the beauty of this area before travelling onwards to reach Crieff and your overnight accommodation at Knock Castle Hotel located on the western edge of the historic Perthshire market town of Crieff with panoramic views of beautiful woodlands and the Perthshire hills. Overnight Knock Castle, Crieff – Dinner included
Day 7 – Crieff – Glasgow
This morning you will travel south to Stirling, once known as the ‘Key to Scotland’, with its imposing position in the centre of the country, stopping at Stirling Castle, (included), and the Wallace Monument a 220 foot high tower perched high on the Abbey Craig around where Wallace camped before his heroic battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, built in 1869 to commemorate William “Braveheart” Wallace. From the ramparts you can see the Wallace Monument, perched high on the Abbey Craig around where Wallace camped before his heroic battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, built in 1869 to commemorate Scotland’s hero. Travel through the trendy west end of Glasgow to Gilmorehill taking photo stops at Glasgow University, the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities, and Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery which houses one of Europe’s great civic art collections and is the most popular free to enter visitor attraction in Scotland, and the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside London. This is your final stop before reaching your overnight accommodation at The Carlton George Hotel, a premier hotel based in the heart of the city of Glasgow near George Square which is within walking distance of fabulous shopping, numerous cultural attractions, and many restaurants. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Glasgow perhaps taking a visit to The Willow Tea Rooms around the corner in Buchanan Street, visiting Glasgow Cathedral, the Provand’s Lordship, built in 1471 and the oldest remaining HOUSE IN Glasgow, or indeed returning to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Overnight at Glasgow.
Day 8 – Glasgow-Glasgow Airport
This morning we make our way to Glasgow Airport for our flight onwards. In the true Scottish tradition we wish you a “Safe Home”.
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