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Scotland's Highlands, Islands and Cities Summer 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This unforgettable Scottish Highlands trip travels into the far-reaches of Scotland’s rugged countryside. Keep your eyes peeled for Nessie, delve into the history of the kings and warriors and join the Wood family for a ceilidh and lunch in the ‘presence’ of Rob Roy.

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Edinburgh suyash test
    Embrace the allure of Auld Reekie and explore its labyrinthine lanes, before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner to kick-start your tour through an unimaginably beautiful part of the world.Accommodation: Voco Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh, Novotel Edinburgh Center, Delta Hotels by Marriott.
    Meals:   Lunch   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Discover Enchanting Edinburgh
    Let your Local Specialist take you on an informative sightseeing tour of Edinburgh. See the regal Palace of Holyroodhouse, 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.Accommodation: Voco Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh, Novotel Edinburgh Center, Delta Hotels by Marriott.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    A Day of Abbeys, Landscapes and History
    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.Accommodation: Voco Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh, Novotel Edinburgh Center, Delta Hotels by Marriott.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Explore Glamis Castle and on to Creative Dundee
    This morning, we cross the Firth of Forth to the celebrated home of golf - St. Andrews, to view its ancient university and famous golf course. Shakespeare's Macbeth takes center stage as we visit Glamis Castle, 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 we travel 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 Hotel & Spa
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Venture to Culloden and Inverness
    Today we wind our way to the tragic battlefield and Visitor Center at Culloden, past rugged landscapes and the imposing Cairngorms Mountains. Visit the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was defeated. Our final stop for the night is Inverness, the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands, where we’ll overnight.Accommodation: Columba
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Journey to Loch Ness and Thurso
    The mystical haunt of Nessie is our first stop today en route to Dunrobin Castle. This stately home and its magnificent gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles, comes straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Spend your afternoon exploring its château-like structure and surrounds, once home to the Clan Sutherland. Dive Into Culture and learn about the local whisky industry at a distillery, including a tasting of Scotland's much-loved golden nectar. Arriving in Thurso, our home for the next two nights, we enjoy dinner at our hotel.Accommodation: Pentland, Norseman
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    A Day on the Orkney Islands
    After stopping at John o'Groats, we board a ferry to South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. See the prehistoric free-standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar before visiting Skara Brae and 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.Accommodation: Pentland, Norseman
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Over the Sea to Skye
    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 journey to Eilean Donan Castle, built in the 13th-century perched on a tiny island where three sea lochs meet, then continue to the Isle of Skye where we'll stay overnight and enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel.Accommodation: Kings Arms
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Onwards to Oban
    We return to the mainland 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 pass Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe, renowned as the gateway to Ben Nevis, before continuing to Oban, our Highland home for the next two nights.Accommodation: Royal Hotel Oban
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Sail to the Isles of Mull and Iona
    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 Oban, we'll have the chance to view Rèilig Odhrain, the final resting place of many Scottish kings.Accommodation: Royal Hotel Oban
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Off to Glasgow
    A solemn reminder of the MacDonald clansmen, who were massacred at the 'Glen of Weeping', marks our morning journey south to Glasgow. Join an expert guide to unlock Glasgow’s sustainable secrets on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Glasgow, Courtyard by Marriott SEC
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Uncover Stirling Castle’s Secrets
    Venture to Bannockburn, where King Robert Bruce of Scotland defeated Edward II of England during the First War of Scottish Independence. 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. Later, we Connect With Locals, joining the Wood family this afternoon for a memorable Be My Guest experience 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.Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Glasgow, Courtyard by Marriott SEC
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  13. Day 13
    Farewell Glasgow
    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.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 1 Farewell Lunch ()
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Kinlochard: Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest lunch, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes.

Brendan Experiences

  • Orkney Islands: Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.

Dive Into Culture

  • Pitlochry: Warm your heart with a little Scottish whisky at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

Iconic Experience

  • Jedburgh: See the impressive 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey that dominates the center of town.
  • Melrose: View the historic ruins of Melrose Abbey and appreciate its many carved decorative details.
  • Glamis: Visit Glamis Castle, and appreciate the building's illustrious history and picturesque setting.
  • Golspie: Explore the grand castle and admire its magnificent gardens during your visit of Dunrobin Castle.
  • Scottish Highlands: Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct: See the Glenfinnan Viaduct, along which the Hogwart's Express once crossed in the Harry Potter series.
  • Isle of Mull: Explore the Scottish Highlands in depth as you travel to the Isles of Mull and Iona. Visit the Reilig Odhrain, sacred burial ground of 48 Scottish Kings.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square.
  • Stirling: Visit Stirling and see its castle, once the seat of Scottish royalty.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Glasgow: From wind powered murals to historic sites, tenements to the Clyde - discover the real impact of climate change on Glasgow, and learn more about Scotland's role in the climate crisis on this fun and educative guided tour. This experience advances SDG 13: Climate Action.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Dundee, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow
  • : Visit Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, Blair Athol whisky distillery in Pitlochry, the battlefield and Visitor Center of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle, John O'Groats, The Italian Chapel in Orkney Islands, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow and Stirling Castle
  • : View Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th? green at St. Andrews, Inverness Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe
  • : See Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and the Battlefield at Bannockburn
  • : Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

Top Rated Highlights

  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Inverness: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Center, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Glencoe: Drive through this Highland village on Loch Leven.

What's Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Return ferry to the Orkney Isles
  • : Ferry from the Isle of Skye to Mallaig
  • : Return ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return ferry to the Orkney Isles
  • Ferry from the Isle of Skye to Mallaig
  • Return ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Is one of the optional tours a visit to Rosslyn Chape

Thanks for your e-mail! One of the optionals is, indeed, a trip to Rosslyn Chapel. Here's what Brendan says: We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. One of Scotland's most unusual 15th­ century buildings, Rossyln is famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'. The cost for this is approximately US$27 (subject to change.) We’re open seven days a week to help with your vacation plans. Please call us at (800) 935-2620 and a travel consultant will be happy to assist you. Thanks!

Question: Could u arrange airfare for our party ?

We are more than happy to assist with airfare when the flights are purchased in conjunction with a travel package. You can either request an airfare quote when submitting a quote for your tour, or call us and get a quote from a travel consultant: 1-800-935-2620.

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.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Brendan Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 95 reviews about Brendan Tours - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

This trip was absolutely amazing! We didn't know what to expect with it being our first bus tour. The hotels were great the bus was very comfortable, the food was terrific. We were extremely happy with our experience

Yvonne McDevitt with Brendan as our guide was amazing; enthusiastic, organized and thorough! She made the trip. Our bus driver, Dave, was amazing! Wonderful trip!

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