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Grand Tour of Scotland - 10 Days
Our 10 day tour of Scotland is a masterpiece, combining the essential scenic routes and historic and cultural stopovers to give you an authentic and in-depth experience.  Travelling through the beautiful Trossachs and Loch Lomond, you are taken to Glencoe, Skye, Applecross, Cairngorms, Stirling, Ayr and Edinburgh with many other beautiful and fascinating places on the way providing the "trip of a lifetime".
Argyll Forest Park & Loch Lomond
With rugged mountains, glens, great forests, moorland, lochs and rivers, Argyll Forest Park, along with Loch Lomond, is on the very edge of the Highland Boundary Fault, the great geological barrier that marks the line between the landscape of Lowland and Highland Scotland. There is no better introduction to the breathtaking landscape of Highland Scotland.
Ayrshire & Robert Burns
Today is an exploration of Ayrshire, the home of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns who is celebrated world wide.  We explore the pretty seaside town of Ayr and then visit the Robert Burns National Heritage Park in Alloway, the Tam O' Shanter Centres and the Burns Museum, which was originally the birthplace of Burns. 
Inveraray, Oban & Kilmartin Glen
Experience the historic communities of Argyll, from Neolithic times to the modern day.  Inveraray is the traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town, and Inveraray Castle, in 1745.  Oban is a bustling port producing one of Scotland's oldest malt whiskies and Kilmartin is an enthralling ancient settlement, known as the birthplace of Scotland.
Glencoe & Loch Ness
Glencoe is a hauntingly beautiful place with its towering mountains and many waterfalls providing a dramatic backdrop.  It is best known for the dreadful massacre during a bloody period of Scotland's history but it also famous for climbing and geology.  Charming Fort Augustus and serene Loch Ness provide a contrasting atmosphere before reaching iconic Eilean Donan Castle.
The Isle of Skye
The magical Isle of Skye has its own unique mystic atmosphere, defined by the jagged outline of the ridges of the Cuillin mountain ranges contrasting with the gentle curves of coastline.  The views to mountain, sea and coast are outstanding.  The main town Portree is colourful and welcoming with visits to splendid Armadale and Dunvegan Castles en route.
North West Highlands
The Applecross Peninsula is in the far north west of Scotland, perfectly unspoiled because of its remoteness, and only recently connected by road.  The landscape is dotted with traditional crafting townships and the panoramas as you travel  the winding road on the way to the village of Applecross are breathtaking.
Central Highlands
The Cairngorm National Park is in the heart of Scotland.  The scenery is greener and more afforested but dominated by the stark, ancient mountain ranges of Monadhliath . Heather moorland and the protected remnants of the original Caledonian pine forest cover much of the National Park, providing a valuable habitat for Scotland's native species.  Distillery stopovers are en route and perhaps a visit to Hamish the Coo
St. Andrews & the Kingdom of Fife
A tour of Falkland Palace will reveal it was the favoured place of retreat and leisure for the Stuart Kings and Queens of Scotland, including Mary Queen of Scots.  Then off to the ancient and historic University town of St. Andrews to explore the architecture and history.  St Andrews is of course known worldwide as the home of golf and the place where Prince Andrew came to study and then met his future wife.  
Stirling & the Wallace Monument
Stirling is very much associated with Scotland's battle for freedom and a tour of Stirling Castle, sitting majestically on top of volcanic rock will reveal close connections with the great figures from Scotland's past. The National Wallace Monument commemorates Scotland's greatest national hero, Sir William Wallace and the Bannockburn Heritage Centre tells the tale of Robert the Bruce
Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel
Amazing  Rosslyn Chapel is en route to Edinburgh therefore a great opportunity to pay a visit.  Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, is famed for its architecture and the mediaeval Old Town and Georgian New Town are listed as World Heritage Sites.  Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline, a castle fortress with a history as a royal castle since the 12th century.  During a tour of the Castle you can view the Scottish Crown jewels
Grand Tour of Scotland - 10 Days | Overview

Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring the mountains, glens, lochs and rivers of the Trossachs National Park & beautiful Loch Lomond.
Day 2 is an exploration of Ayrshire, the home of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns.  We explore the pretty seaside town of Ayr and then take in the Robert Burns National Heritage Park in Alloway.
Day 3 takes in the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous Castle, a visit to Oban; "Gateway to the Isles" and a distillery there, and an incredible archaeological treat to see Kilmartin Glen, often referred to as the birthplace of Scotland.
Day 4 is an exploration of the heritage and historic monuments of Scotland, travelling to the Isle of Skye via fabulous Glencoe, steeped in history with dramatic scenery.  On the way, we stop over in the charming town of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness before heading for a visit to the iconic 13th century Eilean Donan Castle and onwards to Skye.
Day 5 is a full tour of the Isle of Skye, visiting Armadale Castle & Gardens, passing through Broadford and on to the Island capital, Portree.  Heading North we take in Uig, Kilt Rock Falls and Dunvegan Castle with other options a possibility.
Day 6 is a trip to the remote Applecross Peninsula; a beautiful and tranquil place on the rugged coast of Wester Ross with stunning scenery.  The pretty village of Applecross having only recently been connected by road.
Day 7 explores the Central Highlands of Scotland and the Cairngorm National Park, with towering mountain ranges and large tracts of the original Caledonian Pine Forest.  Heading south, we take in Pitlochry, and Dalwhinnie with the opportunity of distillery visits
Day 8 starts with a visit to wonderful Falkland Palace; once a favourite place of Mary Queen of Scots, before heading to explore St Andrews; the home of golf and also the home of Prince William while he attended the University here - one of the oldest in the world.
Day 9 explores Stirling with a visit to the National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotland's great hero William Wallace; the views from the top are stunning and are well worth the climb.  Stirling Castle is the next stop for a full tour to take in the castle's long and turbulent history.
Day 10
takes us to Edinburgh visiting Rosslyn Chapel made famous by Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code on the way.  We visit Edinburgh Castle and then enjoy a walk down the Royal Mile, with its charming medieval architecture and the opportunity to do some last minute speciality shopping.

Grand Tour of Scotland - 10 Days | Overview

Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring the mountains, glens, lochs and rivers of the Trossachs National Park & beautiful Loch Lomond.
Day 2 is an exploration of Ayrshire, the home of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns.  We explore the pretty seaside town of Ayr and then take in the Robert Burns National Heritage Park in Alloway.
Day 3 takes in the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous Castle, a visit to Oban; "Gateway to the Isles" and a distillery there, and an incredible archaeological treat to see Kilmartin Glen, often referred to as the birthplace of Scotland.
Day 4 is an exploration of the heritage and historic monuments of Scotland, travelling to the Isle of Skye via fabulous Glencoe, steeped in history with dramatic scenery.  On the way, we stop over in the charming town of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness before heading for a visit to the iconic 13th century Eilean Donan Castle and onwards to Skye.
Day 5 is a full tour of the Isle of Skye, visiting Armadale Castle & Gardens, passing through Broadford and on to the Island capital, Portree.  Heading North we take in Uig, Kilt Rock Falls and Dunvegan Castle with other options a possibility.
Day 6 is a trip to the remote Applecross Peninsula; a beautiful and tranquil place on the rugged coast of Wester Ross with stunning scenery.  The pretty village of Applecross having only recently been connected by road.
Day 7 explores the Central Highlands of Scotland and the Cairngorm National Park, with towering mountain ranges and large tracts of the original Caledonian Pine Forest.  Heading south, we take in Pitlochry, and Dalwhinnie with the opportunity of distillery visits
Day 8 starts with a visit to wonderful Falkland Palace; once a favourite place of Mary Queen of Scots, before heading to explore St Andrews; the home of golf and also the home of Prince William while he attended the University here - one of the oldest in the world.
Day 9 explores Stirling with a visit to the National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotland's great hero William Wallace; the views from the top are stunning and are well worth the climb.  Stirling Castle is the next stop for a full tour to take in the castle's long and turbulent history.
Day 10
takes us to Edinburgh visiting Rosslyn Chapel made famous by Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code on the way.  We visit Edinburgh Castle and then enjoy a walk down the Royal Mile, with its charming medieval architecture and the opportunity to do some last minute speciality shopping.

We have been talking to all who will listen about just how great our vacation was, thanks to 'Best Scottish Tours'. Our son, Jeff, wants us to do a return trip to visit St. Andrews to play some golf! It was a wonderful family trip, one we all will remember for a long time to come. Thank you for your patience and for being so polite in handling all the details of our trip. ”

The Adams, USA, Sept 2011