Arrive Edinburgh, Scotland
You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, the venue for the Ryder Cup in 2014 and located in the stunning Perthshire countryside. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for cocktails and a welcome dinner at the hotel.
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 Championship, the world’s oldest professional golf tournament. 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/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 the area and animals with a park ranger, before continuing to Inverness for dinner at a local restaurant.
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, 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.
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.
Glasgow | The Arts of a City
Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which houses one of Europe's great art collections. 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.
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, exploring this captivating city that is steeped in history.
Edinburgh | Magnificent Military Tattoo
Begin your day with a private, before-hours visit to mighty Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy the unique opportunity to explore this monument without the usual crowds, and then set out on a city tour that ends with a visit to Holyrood Palace. Enjoy lunch and your afternoon at leisure. Later, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is a prelude to the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. From your premium grandstand seat, watch magnificent performances that symbolize Scottish culture and history and its influence around the world.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.