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SCOTLAND

 

Day 1

 

After your arrival at the airport you will meet your local guide, who will welcome you to Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

 

Edinburgh has been the Capital of Scotland since the 15th Century and stands proudly on seven hills creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan city. You will visit the Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, as well as the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end.

 

Your guide will tell you all about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. You will also walk along the Royal Mile which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House.

 

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Edinburgh.

 

DAY 2

 

After a hearty Scottish breakfast you will meet your guide at the lobby of the hotel. You will start your morning programme with the visit of Blackness Castle.

 

Enjoying stunning views over the Firth of Forth, Blackness Castle was known as the “ship that never sailed” for its boat-like shape. Built in the 1400s for Sir George Chrichton, Admiral of Scotland, its walls contain clues to its many guises from a jail to an ammunitions depot.

 

Your next visit will be Linlithgow Palace. This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and a welcome stopping place for the royal court when travelling between Edinburgh and Stirling castles. You will explore the magnificent ruins set in the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel, and see the elaborate fountain that once reputedly flowed with wine for Bonnie Prince Charlie.

 

Before returning to Edinburgh, you will stop at the tiny, rustic town of Culross.

 

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Edinburgh.

 

DAY 3

 

You will leave Edinburgh today after breakfast. Your first destination is Stirling Castle.

 

The volcanic crag that dominates Stirling was probably fortified from ancient times, but the importance of Stirling Castle as a royal residence peaked in the 16th century.

 

Around 1500, James IV added new buildings including the vast Great Hall. The elegant Chapel Royal was commissioned by James VI in 1594. But the heart of Stirling Castle is the spectacular Palace, commissioned by James V in the 1530s. Its exuberant design drew on the fashions of the European Renaissance to proclaim James’ power and sophistication.

 

Doune Castle, set amid the beautiful Stirlingshire, is the next stop. No stranger to the TV screen, Doune Castle also made appearances in the TV series Outlander, Monty Python, the Holy Grail and more recently, Game of Thrones. The castle boasts an impressive great hall and kitchen tower and was once used as a Jacobite prison.  

 

The final destination is Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, renowned for its culture, stunning architecture and fantastic shopping. Your guide will escort you on a nice walk through the city centre, which has countless impressive Victorian structures, and also to Pollok Park, the 146 hectares of parkland right in the middle of Glasgow.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Glasgow.

 

DAY 4

 

After Breakfast you will depart to Hunterstone Mansion in West Kilbride is still the home of the Hunter Clan.

 

The wild Scotland comes after this.

 

You will travel to Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater loch in Scotland (24.5 miles long), which lies on the Highland Boundary Fault. The loch has more than 30 islands, the largest of which is Inchmurrin. From here you will travel to Oban, known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ and the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’.

 

The town itself lies in a crescent occupying the hills surrounding Oban Bay and its most outstanding feature is the McCaig’s Tower, the coliseum lookalike which stands above the town, with spectacular views over the town itself and onto the neighbouring islands. You will also visit the Oban Distillery.

 

Nestled right in the heart of the town beneath the steep cliff that overlooks Oban, it is easily recognizable by its tall chimney. Built in 1794, this is one of Scotland’s oldest sources of single malt Scotch whisky. A strong drink will certainly not harm you and besides, isn’t whiskey called the “water of life”? It is also your first opportunity to find out for yourself what goes best with whiskey: water, soda, ginger ale, cola, Red Bull or simply more whisky?

 

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Oban.

 

DAY 5

 

Your discovery trip continues after Breakfast. After departing Oban you will stop at Fort William. Fort William’s setting is dramatic, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, and under the mighty hulk of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

 

The next stop is the most famous Scottish location – Loch Ness, home of the famous “Nessie”, the monster believed to live in the lake, and which has been hunted for 81 years. A short boat cruise will take over the lake to the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle, which overlooks the mysterious waters of Loch Ness. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage and has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in the United Kingdom’s history.

 

The day ends in Inverness, one of Scotland’s seven cities, sitting on the banks of the River Ness. Perched picturesquely above the river, Inverness Castle looms above the Gothic Town House in the High Street and dominates the horizon.  Below the castle, the medieval Church Street is home to the town’s oldest-surviving buildings.

 

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Inverness.

 

DAY 6

 

After a hearty Scottish breakfast, you will depart to Clava Cairns, the Bronze Age cemetery complex is located close to Culloden Battlefield and comprises passage graves and standing stones in a beautiful setting.

 

From here you will go to Newtonmore, home of the Highland Folk Museum. The Highland Folk Museum exhibits authentic 18th century buildings that have been reconstructed with great historical accuracy. The area was therefore a perfect location for the filming of many scenes in Outlander. By Lunch you will reach Pitlochry, an enchanting little town surrounded by mountains. After a pleasant lunch break and a stroll through its charming streets you will visit the Edradour Distillery, located directly in Pitlochry and Scotland’s smallest distillery. Finally your tour takes you to Perth, where you will stop for the day.

 

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Perth.

 

DAY 7

 

Soon after breakfast you will depart to Falkland in Fife. Your next destination is Aberdour Castle & Gardens. This splendid ruin on the Fife Coast was the luxurious Renaissance home of Regent Morton, once Scotland’s most powerful men. Built in the 1100s it is one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland. The spectacular walled gardens and dovecot are really worth exploring.

 

Finally you reach Edinburgh for your last night in Scotland.

 

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Edinburgh.

 

DAY 8

 

Escorted transfer to Edinburgh Airport and your onwards journey.

 

 

 

 

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