Classic Tour of Scotland
11 Day Luxury Coach Tour
Starts August 20th,2003
Wednesday 20th August. From GLASGOW airport we take you to Stirling,
a City steeped in history, for a guided tour and time to visit
the Castle and both Bruce and Wallace Monuments. Late afternoon
we head to our capital Edinburgh, where we check into the hotel.
Dinner is included this evening. For those guests wishing to explore
Edinburgh at night we will arrange transport into the city which
is just a few minutes by coach.
head into old Edinburgh for a fully guided coach tour of the City
and tour of the Castle. You have free time in the City until early
evening, when we head back to our hotel. It's Tattoo night tonight!
Remember - dinner is included at the hotel, any guests wishing
to remain in town from this morning's visit may do so, we will
meet up later on before the Tattoo event.
All points south this morning - we head
for the Borders driving through Eddleston, Peebles including a
visit to Neidpath Castle. We then continue our tour through historic
Melrose, Selkirk, Kelso and a brief stop at Flodden - scene of
a 16th century battle, and Scotland's greatest ever loss! Our
day is completed in the Dumfries/Galloway region where we stay
overnight. There are numerous restaurants and bars within walking
Our day starts at Caerlaverock Castle a
uniquely built in a triangular pattern. From here we head for
Rabbie Burns country and show you the sights. We will give you
the taste and the ghostly experiences of one of Scotlandıs most
famous sons. After a visit to Culzean Castle (time permitting)
we stop at an ancient burial cairn and standing stones - we will
keep you on the go all day! Then we check into our hotel in Ayr
for the evening.
Sunday 24th August. After a big breakfast
we head north to Crieff to visit the Famous Grouse Distillery
where you will have a tour and ample opportunity to sample our
National Nip! It's then on to Perth - the 'Fair City'which has
much to offer, three castles, museums, Scone Palace, shops, restaurants,
bars, gardens and riverside walks. We will make a programme of
sightseeing for today and give you chance to select what you wish
to see and do. We're at The Royal George Hotel, Perth tonight
- given it's Royal title after a stay by Queen Victoria! A Ceilidh
will be arranged locally tonight.
Monday 25th August. Any golf enthusiasts
amongst our tour? Today we are paying a visit to St Andrews, the
Home of Golf. With free time here in town maybe visit the ruined
Abbey and Castle, the harbour, have a photo taken at the Old Course,
stroll around the shops and see this historic town at ground level.
(Sorry, not time enough for golf, but should any of you wish a
round please enquire before you leave USA and we can arrange it.)
Around noon we then take you over the Tay Bridge and head north
west through Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie through dramatic Glenshee.
We arrive here in the picturesque village of Braemar approx 2pm.
Either visit the Castle, walk around the village or maybe take
in lunch. Itıs then back to Perth via the ancient town of Dunkeld
once the Religious Capital of Scotland. Here we see the ruined
Abbey on the banks of the Tay, look over to Birnham Wood - any
recollecting the story of MacBeth will recognise this! We aim
to arrive back at the Royal George 6pm.
Tuesday 26th August. Following the River
Tay to the North Sea, we take the coastal road passing Carnoustie,
Montrose and on to Stonehaven. We will stop at Dunnottar Castle,
a spectacular sight perched high above the sea. After time here
we head for a wee dram! Whisky is on the agenda this afternoon...
with so many distilleries to choose from, we will keep it a secret
and take you to one of our favourites, you are sure to enjoy it.
With our route taking in a castle or two we wind our way to Craigellachie
and to our hotel for the night. Dinner is included.
Wednesday 27th August. Battles and Monsters
today! A visit to the world famous Culloden Battlefield this morning,
scene of the last battle fought on British soil between Bonnie
Prince Charlie and the English in 1746. A tragic end to the hopes
of the Prince! A memorable experience here is followed by a visit
to Clava Cairns. Inverness then beckons, we drop you off in town
for some free time. It's then over the bridge to the Black isle
and to Dingwall and Dornoch for some sightseeing, before taking
you back to Craigellachie. A Burns Dinner with Piper and Haggis
will be included followed by some Traditional Scottish entertainment.
Thursday 28th August. Today we head down
the shores of Loch Ness along to Urquhart Castle, the widest and
deepest part of the Loch where most of the 'monster'sightings
have taken place. Continuing along the Loch we detour to Glenfinnan
where we stop at the Monument to the Jacobites 'out' in the '45
rebellion. With an incursion into Glencoe (as one American visitor
said 'tragic but magic!') - we stop here briefly before following
the route along through Appin to Oban, where we stay overnight.
Friday 29th August. You final day - a long
and interesting one! We charter a boat from Oban to the jetty
at Duart Castle, Isle of Mull. We visit the ancient seat of the
Macleans, see the dungeon, the main hall, swords and weaponry
etc. After marvelling at the views from the battlements we head
back to Oban. It's then south to Kilmartin Glen, where the first
Scots lived. We will see the ancient hill fort, the standing stones
and burial cairns before we head down Loch Fyne. We have a comfort
stop at Inveraray before taking the pass 'rest and be thankful
'to Loch Lomond. From here it's an hour or so to Glasgow our largest
city. A huge choice of restaurants and bars for your evening meal
available within walking distance.
Saturday 30th August. We take you back to Glasgow airport for
your connecting flight.
En Suite Rooms
Driver and Guide Staff
Dinner Four Nights
Ticket for the Tattoo
Entry to Castles and Attractions as Scheduled
Ferries and Porterage.
per person - based on two adults sharing double or twin room.
Single supplement - $400
flights, personal insurance, tips, meals other than stated or
entry to attractions other than stated.
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