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Scotland

Scottish Dream

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March — October

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Check out many “must-sees” on this good-value tour of the highlights, staying in great locations – it’s an ideal trip for first-timers.

AUTHENTIC LOCAL EXPERIENCES

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 31, 2022 - August 21, 2022 departures.
  • Immerse yourself in farm life to see how a farmer works with highly-skilled dogs to herd sheep.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Blair Castle
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Isle of Skye Highlights
  • St Andrews
  • Scottish Evening*

HOTELS

  • Hilton Glasgow, Glasgow (1)
  • Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish or Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish (1)
  • Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn (1)
  • Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (2)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa, near Edinburgh (2)

ITINERARY

Day 1: Glasgow Tour & Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of central Glasgow’s highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once important for shipbuilding. Visit the extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink. Your evening is free to dine independently.

Day 2: Loch Lomond Cruise & Inveraray Castle

Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Browse around the town of Inveraray and have lunch on your own before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in “Downton Abbey”. Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven. (B, D)

Day 3: Isle of Skye & Loch Ness

Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit Armadale Castle, a romantic ruin surrounded by magnificent gardens. Back on the mainland, travel along the shores of Loch Ness. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set on spacious grounds near the North Sea. (B, D)

Day 4: Culloden Battlefield & Sheepdog Trials 

A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield where the British government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the battlefield and the visitor center. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 5: Blair Castle & Whisky Tasting | Pitlochry

Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria’s famous stay led to the creation of Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the hotel gardens and museum or browsing around Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 6: Glamis Castle, St Andrews & Scottish Evening*

Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This majestic building is filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse around the medieval town. Head to your hotel near Edinburgh, where you will enjoy a Scottish evening with traditional food, music, and dancing. July 31, 2022 - August 21, 2022 departures enjoy enjoy an evening free to explore and dine independently. (B, D*)

Day 7: Edinburgh Castle & Edinburgh Panoramic Tour

Explore Edinburgh to compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of the city. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. July 31, 2022 - August 21, 2022 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 8: Tour Ends in Edinburgh   

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

*Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner.

COVID-19 information

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Contact details

CIE Tours
10 Park Place
Suite 510
Morristown
NJ
USA
07960
Starting
Glasgow
Length
8
Days
Transport
Coach Driver guide Small coach
Type
Large Group (31+) Medium Group (17-30) Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Ancestry Architecture Castles History Landscapes Whisky

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Tour company information

CIE Tours

The premier tour operator for Scotland, CIE Tours offers fully inclusive and expertly guided tours from coach tours to small group travel and highly curated private itineraries. Over its 86‐year history, CIE Tours has earned a reputation for excellence rooted in its signature Irish hospitality, the genuine warmth and expertise of its guides and hosts, and a talent for fostering lasting friendships. CIE Tours makes it easy for travelers to immerse themselves with exclusive access, authentic experiences, and in‐depth knowledge that, in the spirit of Celtic heritage, often begins with a story.

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Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

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