Best of Scotland Summer 2020

Best of Scotland Summer 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Travel from Scotland's literary capital, Edinburgh to Glasgow, the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe, as your quest takes you past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands.

Day 1 - Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)
Get lost in the narrow lanes of Edinburgh - the Scottish capital with a mystical air that combines ancient heritage with the verve of a modern city. Spend your day at leisure delving into its rich history and embracing the warm culture of the Scots, before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks.
Accommodation: Novotel Centre/Apex Haymarket
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Join your 'Local Specialist' this morning for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city. Ascend Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, which watches over the surrounding city from its elevated vantage point. Stroll through the Old Town along the Royal Mile and see the stunning Palace of Holyroodhouse before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the city's festive atmosphere. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)
Tread in the footsteps of the world's golfing greats and head to St. Andrews en route to the glorious Scottish Highlands. A scenic drive takes us north and across the Firth of Tay, past the city of Dundee to Pitlochry. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore its river-side setting or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cosy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.
Accommodation: Laggan Gaskmore/Carrbridge
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Culloden, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye Excursion
Continue your journey to the tragic battlefield of Culloden. Pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising, then journey past Scotland's infamous Loch Ness. The rugged beauty of Eilean Donan Castle will leave you speechless before you continue your journey to the coast and cross to the Isle of Skye. Heather-clad peaks provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive across the Sleat Peninsula. Indulge in some free time for lunch before boarding your ferry in Armadale and crossing to Mallaig, back on the mainland.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights)
Our first stop today sees us commemorate World War II history at the Commando Memorial near Fort William, from which we admire spectacular views of Britain's highest peak - Ben Nevis. We journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains that lie just beyond Glencoe to see the 'Glen of Weeping'. Here we remember the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred in 1692. Continuing towards the River Clyde, we arrive at our final stop for the day - Glasgow.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion
Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Begin your day seeing Glasgow's iconic sights. Enjoy views of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the centre of shipbuilding. Journey to Stirling, to see its hilltop fortress, which stands as a symbol of national pride. Stirling Castle was once the seat of Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots. View the Wallace Monument from the castle walls, paying tribute to the Scottish hero who fought for Scotland's independence. Later, we 'Dive Into Culture' at Glengoyne Whisky Distillery and enjoy a wee dram before joining the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard to 'Connect With Locals' over a home-cooked Farewell 'Be My Guest' dinner, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Depart Glasgow
The rugged beauty and warmth of Scotland's people forever in your memories, we enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before wishing them and your Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Glasgow and Stirling
  • VISIT Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle
  • VIEW the 18th green at St Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, People's Palace and Winter Gardens and George Square in Glasgow

Dining Highlights

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Question: Do you have 2020 dates for Scotland?

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

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Ratings based off 30 reviews . Currently showing 9 reviews with comments only.
By Georgiana O on Sep 26, 2019

It would be best if they included several of the optional tours as standard part of the package. For example Rosalind Chapelle and Blair castle

By Antoniette S on Sep 01, 2019

It was nice to know of optional tours before leaving on vacation to allow for extra money to be set aside. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and very approachable and friendly. Mason was very helpful and returned calls quickly. Very professional.

By Wayne N on Sep 30, 2018

We had a wonderful trip including an excellent tour director and bus driver.

By Holvin R on Sep 23, 2018

Our tour guide Malcom was excellent. Born and raised in Scotland, he was very knowledgeable not only of the complex history of his country, but gave us a glimpse of the present daily life there. He was very attentive to our needs. And whenever the ever changing weather of the Highlands dampened plan A, he always had a very good plan B up his sleeve. I will most likely want him back as my guide for my next trip to Scotland. There is so much more to explore. Nigel, our bus driver, showed us his remarkable skill, driving us through those oh so very narrow roads up in the Highlands! Another highlight for me was to experience a shepherd farm. I can't remember the shepherd's name but to see him work with 15 plus dogs and the sheep was very interesting. The meal at the Ladard farm was also a remarkable experience. I found the people in Scotland very warm, friendly and honestly polite. My only little disappointment was that we didn't get to go in to see the Holyroodhouse, which was listed as one of the places we were going to see. We only drove around it. I was looking forward to walking this iconic site. Everything else was fantastic!

By Edward G on Aug 09, 2018

Booking agent was wonderful and assisted us in every issue; she went out of her way to make it a memorible and pleasant trip.

By Robin M on Aug 05, 2018

Rachel was our tour director and was wonderful. She offered so many tips and facts as we were on the bus. It made those long drives bearable. I would gladly book another trip with her as the director.

By Amy W on Apr 21, 2018

Kate was excellent..very knowledgeable, personale and would love to travel with her again. Ian a fabulous bus driver!

By Janine M on Sep 24, 2017

The trip was fabulous and included everything we wanted to see! The price was a great value.

By Debra P on Aug 06, 2017

Everything was smooth and professional. The group was friendly and fun to be with . The trip was a wonderful experience and I will definitely refer Trafalgar and Affordable Tours to everyone!


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