Elegant Scotland - Highland Delight

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    Elegant Scotland - Highland Delight

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    Elegant Scotland - Highland Delight

  • Driving Holidays

    Elegant Scotland - Highland Delight

Tour length

8 days

From

$1,789.00

Our Elegant Scotland tour is a staff favourite. Stay in some fantastic four- and five-star properties throughout Bonnie Scotland.


Elegant Scotland - Highland Delight Itinerary:
Edinburgh, Inverness, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond

SCOTTISH HERITAGE PASS INCLUDED (April to October)
The Scottish Heritage Pass offers entry to Scotland’s most outstanding historic attractions. It makes visiting a host of ‘must-see’ heritage attractions all over Scotland – including Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle, and Stirling Castle – simple and great value for money.‚Äč

Itinerary


Day

1

Arrive Glasgow or Edinburgh

Arrive at Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport and pick up your self-drive car. Depart for the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. As one of Europe’s must see destinations Edinburgh offers much for the visitor, great museums and art galleries, fantastic shopping, great restaurants and bars and one of the most unforgettable skylines overlooking Princes Street Gardens.

Overnight - Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh


Day

2

Edinburgh

Enjoy a full day in the Scottish capital. You will visit Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city from its 400 foot rock where you will see the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, now back in Scotland where it belongs. You can also visit the private apartments of Mary Stuart and St Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building in the city which dates back to the 11th century. Continuing down the Royal Mile, you will visit Saint Giles’ Cathedral. Founded in the 1100s, it is a triumph of 14th and 15th century architecture with a crown spire that has dominated the Edinburgh skyline for 500 years. It became the church of John Knox during the Reformation and contains memorials to many great Scots, including Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Burns.

Overnight - Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh


Day

3

Perthshire & Speyside

After your Full Scottish Breakfast depart Edinburgh heading north crossing the Forth Road Bridge with its dramatic views of the Victorian feet of engineering the Forth Railway Bridge. En route you will visit Falkland Palace built by the King James V in 1539. It became a favourite retreat of the Stuart Dynasty including Mary Queen of Scots. The gardens contain the original Royal Tennis Court and the oldest in Britain. You will take the very scenic & dramatic road over the Drummochter Pass one of the highest roads in Scotland. Descend into Speyside an area of Scotland famous for its whisky producing tradition. Follow the Whisky Trail & visit one of the many famous distilleries in the area. You can visit Glenfiddich, McCallums, Grants, Cardhu and many more. Each gives an audio-visual show and then a guided tour of the distillery to learn of the processes and for many the highlight is a tasting at the end of the tour. The choice of what to see and do in the Speyside area is huge – there are castles – Brodie, Cawdor (made famous by the Shakespeare’s Macbeth), and Ballindalloch. Visit Culloden Moor, site of the last land battle on British soil.

Overnight - Culloden House Hotel, Inverness


Day

4

West Coast

Enjoy a day visiting the West Coast of Scotland. You will stop at Corrieshalloch Gorge, one of Britain’s finest examples of a box canyon. This dramatic mile-long gorge is 200 feet deep. The river, which carved out the gorge descends 150 feet at the Falls of Measach. A suspension bridge a short way downstream from the falls was erected by John Fowler (1817-98), best known as joint designer of the Forth Railway Bridge. Journey across to Ullapool, a quaint fishing village before visiting the beautiful Inverewe Gardens, run by the National Trust. These magnificent gardens have a famous rhododendron collection and who would expect to find palm trees in Scotland. Return through the magnificent scenery of the Torridon area and past Loch Maree.

Overnight - Culloden House Hotel, Inverness


Day

5

Loch Ness & Skye

Today travel south again going via Loch Ness. Loch Ness forms part of the Caledonian Canal a feat of some great engineering by Thomas Telford linking East Scotland with West by using a series of lochs linked by a canal system. Make a stop at Urquhart Castle, one of the largest castles in Scotland which fell into decay after 1689 and was blown up in 1692 to prevent it being occupied by Jacobites. Most of the existing remains date from the 16th century and include a tower. This is a very scenic spot and also the place where the most sightings of “Nessie” have been. Before crossing onto the Isle, visit the Balmacara Estate, an area covering 2,550 hectares (6,330 acres) on the Lochalsh peninsula, this traditional Highland crofting estate is a diverse mix of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. It encompasses croft and farm land, woodland, moorland, villages, coastline, saltmarsh, lochs and offshore islands, and offers stunning views across the water to the mountains of Skye and Applecross.

Overnight - Duisdale Country House Hotel, Isle of Skye


Day

6

Isle of Skye

Enjoy a full day on the Isle of Skye. Head south towards the Cuillin Hills, the island's best-known feature. Though their tops are places only for experienced climbers, there are many viewpoints and island locations where excellent panoramas can be enjoyed. Head back to your accommodation via Glenbrittle and the famous Fairy Pools - beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle, these make for some fabulous photos.

Overnight - Duisdale Country House Hotel, Isle of Skye


Day

7

Glencoe & Loch Lomond

After breakfast, travel towards Fort William, which nestles beneath the highest mountain in Great Britain – Ben Nevis. Journeying towards Mallaig, you will see the Glenfinnan Monument, the statue of a Highland Chieftain, which looks towards the Hills erected on the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the Highland Clans in preparation for the disastrous rebellion of 1745 fought at Culloden. Continue south into the heart of the Trossachs, the ‘gateway to the Highlands’. You will drive along the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the largest stretch of inland water in Britain, and framed by lovely mountain scenery. The landscape of this area has played a significant part in the history and literature of Scotland. It was the inspiration and setting for Sir Walter Scott’s major work, “The Lady of the Lake”, inspiring the first tourists to venture to Highland Scotland.

Overnight - Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond


Day

8

Home

Your tour ends after a final hearty Scottish breakfast. Return your hire car and join your flight home.


Availability

Room Type TwinTripleSingle2xTwin
Jan 1-Mar 22$1789.00$2149.00$3029.00$1729.00
Mar 23-Apr 2$1989.00$2289.00$3369.00$1829.00
Apr 3-Apr 30$1789.00$2169.00$3029.00$1729.00
May 1-Jun 17$2099.00$2439.00$3349.00$2039.00
Jun 18-Aug 31$2349.00$2679.00$3619.00$2249.00
Sep 1-Sep 30$2099.00$2439.00$3349.00$2039.00
Oct 1-Dec 6$1789.00$2149.00$3029.00$1729.00
Dec 7-Dec 31$1989.00$2289.00$3369.00$1829.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars. Subject to availability.
Child rate $1099 is applicable for 1 child sharing with 2 adults.
Triple is based on 2 rooms (1 Twin & 1 Single).
Subject to availability.
Upgrade to Super Inclusive Insurance from $150.

Tour Highlights

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Royal Mile
  • Falkland Palace
  • Inverewe Gardens
  • Balmacara Estate
  • Speyside Whisky
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Portree
  • Culloden Moor
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Glencoe

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation pre-booked in first class hotels & manors
  • 7 Day "Royal Coverage" self-drive standard car rental
  • 7 Day Scottish Heritage Pass - offers admissions to over 120 attractions (valid from April to October)
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • Touring map of Scotland

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