Start Date: 10th May 2022
Duration: 10 nights
An 11 day tour of Scotland based on our popular 10 Day Grand Tour with a few added extras to enhance the experience. This fantastic tour combines the essential scenic routes and historic attractions that will give you an authentic and in-depth experience including a working sheepdog demonstration, distillery visits and a free day in Inverness city to explore at your own pace. Travel through the Scottish Borders and Scotland's first National Park to Inveraray Castle, the west coast town of Oban, Isle of Skye, Applecross, the Cairngorms National Park, Stirling, St Andrews and finally Edinburgh. Along the way, you'll also visit the working Whisky Distilleries of Glengoyne, Oban, Talisker and Edradour providing the "trip of a lifetime" plus a wonderful voyage along the West Coast Line on the Jacobite Steam Train.
Day 1 begins with a leisurely visit to Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code, before we head to the Scottish borders for a relaxing wander around the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey and take in the panorama at “Scott’s View”. Overnight Edinburgh.
Day 2 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring the mountains, glens, and lochs of the Trossachs National Park. On the way we stop for a tour of Glengoyne distillery before we head for the village of Luss on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and the rugged Argyll Forest Park.
Day 3 takes in the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous Castle, then an incredible archaeological treat to see Kilmartin Glen, often referred to as the birthplace of Scotland and a visit to the seaside town of Oban ‘Gateway to the Isles’ where we can visit Oban distillery (shop only).
Day 4 takes us aboard the Jacobite steam train, now famous as the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express. The train journey provides wonderful views across the Sound of Arisaig to the Small Isles of Eigg and Rhum. After lunch in the fishing port of Mallaig we take the ferry “Over the Sea to Skye”.
Day 5 is a tour of the Isle of Skye, passing through Broadford to Talisker distillery for a tour before we move on to Portree with its colourful harbour front for lunch. Heading north we take in the fabulous scenery and seascapes from Kilt Rock Falls, Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing.
Day 6 begins with a visit to Eilean Donan Castle before taking a trip over the “Bealach Na Ba” to the remote Applecross Peninsula; a beautiful and tranquil place on the rugged coast of Wester Ross with stunning scenery. The area is well known for its spectacular mountain scenery, especially the Torridon Hills.
Day 7 allows for a free day in the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ for shopping, lunch and sightseeing. A central accommodation provides the perfect base to explore at your own pace. Enjoy the sights of the city followed by an evening of live music at either Hootenanny or Gellions Bar.
Day 8 we venture out to Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre before heading south to explore the Cairngorms National Park with large tracts of the original Caledonian Pine Forest. We visit Carrbridge and Leault Farm for an interesting and fun Highland Sheepdog demonstration.
Day 9 starts with a visit to nearby Edradour distillery, one of Scotland’s smallest, for a tour. We visit the quaint village of Dunkeld to explore and have lunch before heading to St Andrews for the afternoon. This historic town is the home of golf and has one of the oldest universities in the world.
Day 10 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 11 takes us to the Kelpies and past the famous Forth Bridge to Edinburgh where we visit Edinburgh Castle and then enjoy some time out in the Royal Mile, with its charming medieval architecture and the opportunity to do some last-minute speciality shopping.