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8 Days / 7 Days

Day 1 - Edinburgh - St Andrews - Glen Clova
Old seafaring villages, mysterious ruins and a royal love story introduce us to Scotland. We begin by travelling through the fishing villages splashedacross the East Neuk region, where
bright-hulled boats bob and dip in the swell of the sea, and a jumble of red and grey slate houses are on land. Tracking the coast we arrive in St Andrews, a tiny town with a big reputation for world-class golf and Scotland's oldest university, where Prince William met his Duchess. Narrow cobbled alleys lead us to the ruined cathedral and Church of St Regulus. After plenty of sea air, it's on to Glen Clova in the incomparable Cairngorms National Park, where the icing on the cake (or shortbread) is a welcome dinner. (D)
Overnight: Glen Cova Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 - Glen Clova - Glamis Castle - Culloden - Ross-shire
Today's dedicated to Scotland's charismatic castles. With storybook turrets, armour-lined tunnels and sumptuous interiors, Glamis Castle is as historically fascinating as it is handsome. And this morning it's our turn to unravel its mysteries. We walk through what was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the setting of fantastical legends - such as the room where a nobleman is said to have played cards with the devil. It's also mentioned in Macbeth. Our day continues in dramatic fashion as we travel on through the awe-inspiring Cairngorms and arrive at Culloden. A trip to the museum gives us an insight into the bloody battle that took place here. Tonight we sleep in a Highland retreat. (B, D)
Overnight: Tulloch Castle (or similar)

Day 3 - Ross-Shire - Iverness - Ross-Shire
It's time for a breather. We've had a busy start to the week, so today there's just a short drive through Ross-shire to Inverness. The rest of the day is all yours. You could stroll through the Old Town and shop in the Victorian Market, get a history fix atInverness Castle, or follow the river, listening for the telltale splash of leaping salmon. (B)
Overnight: Tulloch Castle (or similar)

Day 4 - Ross-Shire - Loch Ness - Plockton - Isle Of Skye
We can't come here and not dip our toes in the Loch Ness legend. While we may not spy the eponymous ‘Loch Ness Monster', we will discover the staggering sight of a deep, mirror-like loch. Appetites for the outdoors whetted, we sit down to a seafood lunch in Kyle of Lochalsh, Wester Ross. Dessert is a visit to Plockton, where pretty painted cottages are clustered around a little harbour. Today's final jouney is to the Isle of Skye, where we'll be for two nights. (B, L)
Overnight: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 - Isle Of Skye
Sensational landscapes, rare wildlife and imagination-firinghistory - Skye delivers on every level. This is North Highland scenery on a grand scale and we immerse ourselves in its unique geology, including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr. Of course, no visit would be complete without a dram of island-made whisky, which we sip as we hear about how it became world-renowned. (B, D)
Overnight: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar)

Day 6 - Isle Of Skye - Fort William - Isle Of Mull
The sands of Mallaig and Morar fringe our route as we pass through soul-stirring Scottish scenery to see the other ‘Big Ben' - Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak. Swapping gargantuan sites for small-scale charm, we reach the village of Glenfinnan, whee ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie' raised his standard in 1745. We continue to the mountain-backed loch town of Fort William, a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, and along the unspoilt Ardnamurchan peninsula. Then there's just a short ferry ride to the Isle of Mull and our Inner Hebridean base for two nights. (B)
Overnight: Western Isles Hotel (or similar)

Day 7 - Isle Of Mull - Isle Of Iona - Isle Of Mull
The best way to see the Hebrides is by island hopping. And today we do just that. From Mull's little village of Fionnphort we sail to Iona, a gem of an island with exquisite natural beauty. It's a serene spot for a wander, which takes us to Iona Abbey and Nunnery. When we return to Mull we'll have our history hats on, and peek inside 13th century Duart Castle - from the grand staterooms to grisly dungeons. This craggy fortress, clinging to a coastal cliff, is the oldest inhabited castle on the island. We then return to the warm welcome of our hotel and a final goup dinner. (B, D)
Overnight: Western Isles Hotel (or similar)

Day 8 - Isle Of Mull - Stirling - Edinburgh
Taking to the sea once again we return to the mainland. It's been a tour steeped in Scotland's heritage, so it's only right we finish in Stirling - the historycapital. This was a key Wars of Independence battleground, where three centuries of monarchs ruled. A walk through the Old Town brings us to the magnificent hilltop castle.As one of Scotland's most impressive and important monuments, it's the perfect end to our tour. (B)

Pick-Up & Drop-Off
This tour commences from from Nira Caledonia Edinburgh 10 Gloucester Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6EF at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
The tour finishes at 5:30pm at Nira Caledonia Edinburgh 10 Gloucester Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6EF

         
    2017    
         
    Departure : April - September, 2017    
         
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Apr 23, 30 $3,600 $4,100
    May 07, 14, 18, 21 ,25, 28 $3,715 $4,215
    Jun 01, 08, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 $3,715 $4,215
    Jul 02, 09, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 $3,715 $4,215
    Aug 06, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31 $3,715 $4,215
    Sep 03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 24, 28 $3,715 $4,215
    Oct 01 $3,600 $4,100
         
         
Inclusions:
  • 7 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Ferry crossings
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily (B)
  • Four evening meals (D)
  • One seafood lunch (L)
  • Entrance fee included to: Glamis Castle, Culloden Museum, Iona Abbey, Duart Castle, Whisky Distillery and Stirling Castle.
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