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Scotland Castles, Loch Ness and Whisky Trails

Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Fort William
9 Days
  • Our in country expert says
    Walk in the footsteps of legendary characters and explore the romance and tragedies that have forged this proud nation. This tour features the royal capital city of Edinburgh and the majestic Scottish Highlands - a feast of natural beauty and historic castles.

     

    Day
    01
    Edinburgh
    Welcome to Scotland! You will be meet your driver on arrival at Edinburgh airport and be escorted directly to your city center hotel. After an introduction to the city, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
    Day
    02
    Edinburgh
    Your guide will meet you at your hotel for your tour of the highlights of Scotland’s capital city, starting with a visit to Queen Elizabeth’s Palace of Holyrood, once home of Mary Queen of Scots. Continue with a tour of the 1000 year old Edinburgh castle – a World Heritage site which still dominates the city.  Enjoy a “Taste of Scotland” lunch before an introduction to the World of Whisky with tastings. Time at leisure for you to explore the Royal Mile or the Scottish National Gallery of Art.
    Day
    03
    Edinburgh
    Your driver will take you out of town to the home of an award-winning chef for a private, hands-on experience of creating a number of popular, tasty Scottish dishes (not haggis!) in her kitchen. Enjoy your recently made delicacies over lunch around the table. Return to Edinburgh to explore at your leisure.
    Day
    04
    Pitlochry
    After breakfast, your tour heads into the mountains for a day of adventure with a Highland Land-Rover safari and a red deer and barn owl encounter. Your kilted safari ranger will share his passion for Scotland’s nature, culture and history. Surrounded by the magnificent wild and mountainous countryside, the rest of the day is spent relaxing with a glass of whisky at a premier Scotch distillery with a private tour and tastings before checking into your castle.
    Day
    05
    Pitlochry
    Your day starts with a private tour of the 700 year old Blair Castle, where you will hear tales of adventures, triumphs and disasters which stay at the heart of Scottish history. Afterwards enjoy a light lunch on board of a heritage train, as you steam through the Spey Valley Scotch whisky trail. Continue with a visit to a traditional sheep farm for a demonstration of shepherding skills using local breed dogs.
    Day
    06
    Fort William
    After breakfast, you will head into the mountains to Loch Ness and join a short lake cruise where you may spot the elusive monster. Pass by Britain’s largest mountain before reaching the west coast and the beautiful town of Fort William.
    Day
    07
    Fort William
    Your drive today will take you through remote and beautiful Scottish natural countryside. Catch the ferry to the picturesque Isle of Mull and onto the spiritual island of St Iona. It is said that St. Columba arrived here to bring Christianity to the heathen Scots in AD 563. Visit the Abbey and Nunnery. Return via ferry to Fort William.
    Day
    08
    Edinburgh
    Travel south through Glencoe, across mountains and along the shores of Loch Lomond. You will reach Rob Roy (Highlander) country to visit Stirling Castle and the Bannockburn battlefield of Brave-heart legend before returning to Edinburgh.
    Day
    09
    Departure
    After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to Edinburgh airport.

    Inclusion
    • Meal plans as indicated on the itinerary
    • All nights in a first class hotel
    • Entrances to sightseeings and excursions as per the itinerary
    Exclusion
    • Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks, laundry bills, lunch etc.
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