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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Visit the isles of Skye and Mull, the Orkney Islands and witness the beauty of Loch Ness. View the ruins of Melrose Abbey and visit Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Day 1 - Arrive Glasgow (2 Nights)
Your epic journey across Scotland's highlands, islands and cities begins in feisty Glasgow. Spend your day exploring before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your turas through an unimaginably beautiful part of the world.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Theatreland
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Excursion
Enjoy an orientation tour that will see you view St. Mungo's Cathedral and George Square with its statues of Britain's famous sons and daughters. Mary, Queen of Scots and several Scottish kings and queens have made Stirling Castle their home over the centuries. Enjoy a visit to its grounds and delve into the history of this royal residence and fortress, besieged by Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 18th century. We'll visit the splendidly decorated Royal Palace of King James V and view the renowned Stirling Heads, before venturing to Bannockburn, where King Robert Bruce of Scotland defeated Edward II of England during the First War of Scottish Independence. Later, we 'Connect With Locals', joining the Wood family this afternoon for a memorable 'Be My Guest' lunch at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard, amidst tales of Rob Roy. This evening, we return to Glasgow for time at leisure to enjoy true Scottish hospitality.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 3 - Glasgow – Ballachulish (2 Nights)
We follow the banks of Loch Lomond as we head north into the Highlands. A solemn reminder of the MacDonald clansmen, who were massacred at the 'Glen of Weeping', marks our journey. Continue to Ballachulish, your Highland home for the next two nights.
Accommodation: Ballachulish
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Mull and Iona Excursion
Set sail from Oban to the Isle of Mull, disembarking at Craignure. Cross the pretty island countryside to catch a ferry from Fionnphort to the island of Iona, which was once the home of a Gaelic monastic community in Iona Abbey. Before our journey back to Ballachulish, we'll have the chance to view Rèilig Odhrain, the final resting place of many Scottish kings.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Ballachulish – Isle of Skye
We pass Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe, renowned as the gateway to Ben Nevis. Following a beautiful route that takes us past the Glenfinnan Viaduct, along which Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express once crossed to his beloved school of magic, we journey 'over the sea to Skye' where tonight we'll stay on the isle and enjoy a dinner in our hotel.
Accommodation: Kings Arms
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Isle of Skye – Ullapool – Thurso (2 Nights)
Dramatic landscapes accompany our scenic drive along the rugged north-west coastline of the Scottish Highlands to remote Ullapool on the shores of Loch Broom. We then continue to the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, perched on a tiny island where three sea lochs meet before journeying onward to Thurso, our home for the next two nights, where we enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation: Pentland
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Orkney Islands Excursion
We board a ferry to South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands, viewing the stretch of WWII causeways known as the Churchill Barriers. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and see the prehistoric free-standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar before delving into the stories of the Neolithic village. We stop at beautiful Kirkwall Cathedral for a photo opportunity before returning to our hotel for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Thurso – Inverness – Loch Ness – Culloden – Scottish Highlands
Pass through Inverness and journey to Dunrobin for a visit to this stately home and its magnificent gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Spend some time exploring its château-like structure and surrounds, once home to the Clan Sutherland, before continuing to the mystical haunt of Nessie. Visit the tragic battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was defeated and the Visitor Centre at Culloden. Then, continue on to your hotel in the Scottish Highlands
Accommodation: Carrbridge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – Dundee
Pass rugged landscapes and the imposing Cairngorms Mountains on your journey to Pitlochry on the banks of the River Tummel. 'Dive Into Culture' and learn about the local whisky industry at a famous distillery, including a tasting of Scotland's much-loved golden nectar. Hearts and hands warmed, you'll continue to the waterfront city of Dundee, distinguished for its status as the first UNESCO City of Design, and the original home of marmalade.
Accommodation: Apex City Quay
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Dundee – Glamis Castle – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (3 Nights)
Explore the beautiful gardens of Glamis Castle this morning, once the home of the beloved Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and explore its beautiful gardens before continuing to the celebrated home of golf, St. Andrews, to view its ancient university and famous golf course. Then, it's on to Edinburgh, the enchanting capital of Scotland.
Accommodation: Marriott
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Let your 'Local Specialist' take you on an informative sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, stopping to view the regal Palace of Holyroodhouse. See the new Scottish Parliament Building and the Royal Mile, delving into the heart of the city, before visiting Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Stroll through the grand New Town with its Gothic façades enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. Tickets to see the Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Excursion to The Borders
A scenic day's excursion brings us to the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian Jedburgh Abbey, which we will have an opportunity to view. Continue to nearby Melrose Abbey, said to be the final resting place of the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. We take the scenic route back to Edinburgh this afternoon, following the lush green landscapes along the Tweed River.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 13 - Depart Edinburgh
Our epic journey across Scotland's highlands, islands and cities has come to an end. It's time to say a fond farewell to our travel companions and Travel Director as our memorable holiday comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Glasgow, Stirling, Orkney Islands and Dundee
  • SEE the Battlefield at Bannockburn, Lock Lomond and Loch Ness
  • VIEW Glencoe, Eilean Donan Castle, Inverness Castle, the 18th green at St. Andrews and Jedburgh Abbey
  • VISIT Stirling Castel, St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow, Isle of Iona, Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye, Ullapool, Skara Brae, The Italian Chapel in Orkney Islands, John O'Groats, Dunrobin Castle, the battlefield and Visitor Centre of Culloden, Glamis Castle and Edinburgh Castle

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners

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 to the Orkney Isles and return
  • Ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona
  • Ferry from the Isle of Skye to Mallaig
  • 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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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
3.3
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 19 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

Simona was outstanding tour director she took care of everything. Special treats each day of trip were found on seat, like orange drinks, candy bars. She served several times small samples of scotish liquor. Eian driver was terrific. Highly recommend this tour and these individuals.

In many of the towns we visited in Scotland, there were one or two hotels available. They are not the standard of most hotels where tours usually book. Having lived in England, I was used to these accommodations, but I think many of the tour participants were not. It might be a good idea to emphasize this in future bookings.

First time using Trafalgar. Tour director, Gary, was phenomenal! There was an elderly lady with dementia on our trip who was traveling alone. Gary had her checked out at hospital when she was found sitting in the hotel lobby with her bags at 9:00 at night by another tour member. Her family refused to take her from hospital and she came along the tour. Gary was so incredibly kind and patient with her. I know he was an angel on earth when we saw him escorting her to one of the included sites and carrying her handbag as she held his arm with one hand and her cane in the other. What a great guy!! He managed to take care of the rest of the 47 people on the tour as well with no problems. This tour, although slower paced because of the above situation, was a great experience. Gary even took this lady to the airport and made sure she made it to her flight home and contacted her family to make sure she would be met at her arrival. Restored my faith in humanity!!

All was good except I didn't expect so many optional expenses for meals and excursions and the expectation of tips to the driver and trip leader. Other tours I have taken have included most meals and all excursions.


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