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Scotland: Edinburgh & the Highlands (2017)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 9 | From: $6,795
Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh, Scotland
You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, the venue for the Ryder Cup in 2014, in the stunning Perthshire countryside. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for cocktails and a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Gleneagles Hotel | Meals: D
Day 2: St. Andrews | The Home of Golf
Journey to the lovely coastal town of St. Andrews, regarded as the home of golf and site of the Open, the world’s oldest professional golf championship. Enjoy a walking tour that includes the picturesque ruins of the castle and cathedral, as well as the opportunity to walk on the Old Course, followed by time for lunch at leisure. Continue to Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, childhood home of the Queen Mother and, legend has it, one of the most haunted castles in Britain. Enjoy a tour and a stroll through its beautiful gardens before returning to Gleneagles for an evening at leisure.
Gleneagles Hotel | Meals: B
Day 3: Gleneagles/Inverness | The Stone of Scone
Travel north to Scone Palace, home to the “Stone of Scone” or the “Stone of Destiny” — a block of red sandstone once used in the coronation of Scotland’s monarchs. Drive through Cairngorms National Park, home to the United Kingdom’s only freely grazing reindeer herd. Enjoy a light lunch at Rothiemurchus, a family estate in the heart of the forest surrounded by lands filled with wildlife. Afterward, set out to view wildlife with a park ranger before continuing to Inverness for dinner at a local restaurant.
Culloden House | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Inverness | Highlands, History & Whisky Tasting
Today, explore the famous Johnson’s Cashmere Mill, and then stop at Speyside Cooperage, where you discover the ancient art of barrel making. Learn how coopers shape, shave and char oak casks for use in the whisky industry, and then enjoy lunch. Next, tour the Glenlivet Distillery and indulge in a tasting of its fine single-malt Scotch whiskies. Cap your day with a visit to Culloden Moor, the historic battlesite where the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746. Tonight, celebrate Scottish tradition at your hotel, starting as the resident bagpipe player pipes you into dinner.
Culloden House | Meals: B L D
Day 5: Great Glen | Lochs, Mountains & Battlefields
Drive along the River Ness to Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster. Enjoy a cruise of the loch, to the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Disembark and proceed through the Great Glen past Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland. Pass Fort Augustus, Fort William and Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the highland MacDonalds by the lowland Campbells. Continue to Glasgow.
Hotel du Vin | Meals: B D
Day 6: Glasgow | The Arts of a City
On the outskirts of stylish Glasgow, explore Pollok Park and the Burrell Collection, home to a fine civic art collection. Enjoy lunch at a classic Arts & Crafts style cafe, before visiting the Glasgow School of Art, which the innovative Glasgow-born architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh redesigned. Now considered a masterpiece, it is a prime example of his eclectic approach to architecture.
Hotel du Vin | Meals: B L
Day 7: Stirling/Edinburgh | Legacy of Braveheart
Journey to Stirling, home to the National Wallace Monument, and Stirling Castle, where, in 1297, William Wallace (Braveheart) defeated invaders from England. Enjoy lunch at a local pub, and then proceed to Edinburgh, where you check in to your hotel and spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure.
The Balmoral | Meals: B L
Day 8: Edinburgh | Private Visit to Holyrood Palace
Begin your day with a private, before-hours visit to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland (subject to cancellation in the event of an official function). Toast your special visit with a glass of Champagne, and then set out on a city tour that includes Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy lunch and your afternoon at leisure. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
The Balmoral | Meals: B D
Day 9: Depart Edinburgh
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart
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