Scotland:Castles,Craigs and Casks
June 3-13, 2020
$3500 double occupancy
(ask about single occupancy)
Day 1 June 3: Arrival day! Settle in to the hotel in Edinburgh and we will meet up in the evening for a welcome dinner. Overnight in Edinburgh
Day 2 June 4: We will explore the main sites of Edinburgh. We will visit the Palace of Holyrood House(the monarchs official residence in Scotland), Edinburgh Castle and explore the shops, pubs and restaurants of the Royal Mile. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 3 June 5: Today we leave Edinburgh, go across the Forth Bridge and travel to St. Andrews. We will visit the Cathedral and Castle ruins and stop by the Old Course, the home of golf. We will continue on to visit Glamis Castle. Overnight in Angus area.
Day 4 June 6: We hit the Castle Trail today, and travel up the east coast to Dunottar Castle, a magnificent ruined castle on the North Sea. We continue inland to Royal Deeside and visit Crathes Castle and its beautiful gardens. We end the day with a visit to Balmoral, the Scottish home of the royal family. Overnight Royal Deeside
Day 5 June 7: Another day to explore castles. We will visit Castle Fraser, Corgarff Castle(a stunning setting in the Cairngorms) and Kildrummy Castle ruin. We may even stop at a stone circle if time and weather permit! Overnight Royal Deeside
Day 6 June 8: We leave the castles behind and head to Speyside. We will tour a whisky distillery and the Speyside Cooperage. Overnight Speyside
Day 7 June 9: Today we explore the beautiful scenery of Cairngorm National Park full of mountains and lochs. We will get out and take some short walks to enjoy this part of Scotland. We will visit the Highland Folk Museum and learn how people have lived in this area for generations. Overnight Speyside
Day 8 June 10: We travel south along Loch Tay into Trossachs National Park. We will spend the afternoon at Stirling Castle, a stunning castle on a hilltop(craig) full of Scottish national history. Overnight Stirling
Day 9 June 11:We travel back toward Edinburgh with stops at the Kelpies sculptures and visit the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel(featured in the DaVinci Code). Evening in Edinburgh. Overnight Edinburgh
Day 10 June 12:We will visit the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh and the afternoon is yours to enjoy your last day. We will meet in the evening for a farewell dinner and toast to a wonderful trip.
Day 11 June 13: Departure Day
*This tour will visit several historic sites with uneven surfaces and stairs. We will travel with a driver and guide but it will also require walking several miles a day.
What this tour includes
Hotel for 10 nights
Daily breakfast at the hotel, welcome dinner and farewell dinner
Driver and guide on our own minibus.
All entry fees
What is not included:
Airfare from USA to London
meals not provided in itinerary
admissions/tickets to events and sites not on itinerary