Classic folklore and stunning landscapes make Scotland a compelling destination for historians, those looking to explore their Scottish roots, and pop culture fiends who follow famous TV shows that film here. This seven-day tour takes you through all the best cultural highlights with visits to important Jacobite sites in Inverness like Culloden Moor and picturesque spots (like the Glenfinnan Viaduct) along with moments to soak in the country’s natural beauty in Cairngorms National Park. In between, you’ll have the opportunity to try traditional Scottish fare (yes, we’re talking about haggis!) and learn about how whisky is made with a tour and tasting. It’s the best way to satiate your inner history and whisky aficionado, in equal measure.
Part of the new Travel with Confidence Plus Collection, this trip features a smaller group size, private transportation, en-suite bathrooms, and a discounted rate for My Own Room.
Duration: 7 days
Start/Finish City: Edinburgh to Glasgow City
Service Level: Standard – Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Physical Grading: 2 – Light – Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Travel Style: Classic – All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
Trip Type: Small Group – Small group experience; Max 12, avg 10.
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Edinburgh orientation walk. Loch Ness cruise and Urquhart Castle visit. Culloden Moor visit. Eilean Donan Castle visit. Dunvegan Castle and gardens visit. Whisky distillery tour and tasting. Glenfinnan Viaduct viewpoint. Ben Nevis forest walk. Glencoe visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Enjoy an orientation walk of Edinburgh ending in the heart of the city, Royal Mile road. Opt to visit Edinburgh Castle, or explore the city on your own. In the afternoon, hop on a private transfer to the Highlands.
Welcome to the Highlands of Scotland. This morning, opt to visit Cairngorms National Park and enjoy a CEO-led hike in Glenmore Forest, ending in Loch Morlich Beach. Or, consider a kayaking excursion or a visit to a reindeer farm with a ranger.
After lunch, board a cruise towards Loch Ness. Experience the infamous “loch” by boat and learn about the history (and legend) surrounding its mysterious lake creature. Explore Urquhart Castle before returning to Inverness. En route, visit Culloden Moor, famous for the Jacobite rising of 1745.
Discover the beautiful Isle of Skye. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Isle, stopping at the iconic Eilean Castle while en route for a snap of the old fortress. Once on the Isle, visit Sligachan, where you can spot the Black Cullin mountains in the background. Head north to visit Dunvegan Castle and its Gardens. In the evening, take a Ferry Armadale to Mallaig and enjoy some free time in Fort William.
Visit the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct made famous by Harry Potter. Settle back at the viewpoint in time to see the Jacobite Steam train cross over the viaduct. Afterwards, stretch your legs with a forest walk in Ben Nevis followed by a distillery tour and whisky tasting at Ben Nevis Distillery. Continue on to explore Glencoe and learn about this key valley and its importance in Scotland’s history.
Head south towards Glasgow. Enjoy some free time to explore Scotland largest city. Take time to explore this port city by visiting its museums, joining a brewery tour or jumping on a bike tour of the city.
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