Uncover Scotland's rich cultural and historic foundation on spirited adventure from the Highlands to high-energy cities. Visit the National Piping Centre and learn how to play bagpipes before enjoying a farm-to-table dinner. Get a taste of Scotch whisky during a distillery tour and tasting. Cruise the famed waters of Loch Ness. Spend 2 nights on the Orkney Islands. Meet a local family at their Highland farm and see their sheepdogs at work. Tour majestic Dunrobin Castle. Explore Edinburgh. Put a modern twist on Scottish cuisine during an interactive cooking class. Rolling green lands, smooth Scotch whisky, and warm welcoming locals are waiting for you.
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2021
- 10 Days
|Day 1||Glasgow||An overnight flight transports you to a country of stunning landscapes, lively cities and stirring history.|
|Day 2||Glasgow||Start your Scottish adventure in Glasgow, Scotland's cultural hub known for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture. Visit the National Piping Centre for a demonstration and lesson with a renowned piper - then it's your chance to give it a go! After you've worked up an appetite, join your fellow travelers for a lively welcome dinner at the Centre's farm-to-table restaurant.|
|Day 3||Glasgow||Discover for yourself why Highland malt whisky is among the world's finest at a renowned local distillery. Then, make your way into the famed Highlands, taking in an ever-changing tapestry of color as you pass through Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. Join a ranger for a guided walk through the scenic valley of Glencoe and learn about its rich history and diverse nature. Settle into your loch-side hotel for a 2-night stay.|
|Day 4||Loch Ness||Nature is on full display as you travel through the Great Glen, a stunning and desolate landscape and of ancient mountains and serene lochs. Explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle before setting sail on Loch Ness, one of Scotland's most scenic bodies of water. Keep your eyes open - you never know when the mythic Nessie will appear! This afternoon, visit Culloden Battlefield, where in April 1746, a forty-minute battle changed the course of Scotland's history.|
|Day 5||Loch Ness||Grab your windbreaker and sense of adventure - it's time to explore the captivating Orkney Islands. Ferry to this former Viking stronghold off the northernmost coast of Scotland, where ancient relics of the past remain very much alive and the weather-worn cliffs beg for a longer view. On the crossing, feel the wind in your hair as you view the abundant bird life and, if you are lucky, porpoises and seals. This evening, meet a local storyteller who will bring to life the lore and mysticism of these historic islands.|
|Day 6||Orkney Islands||Join a local guide and step back in time as you explore the Orkney Islands. Discover the Ring of Brodgar, a mysterious prehistoric stone circle built over 5,000 years ago. Stop by a local brewery to sample some hand-crafted ales before continuing on to the Neolithic village of Skara Brae. Inhabited before the Great Pyramids at Giza and predating Stonehenge, discover one of Europe's most fascinating histories. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure.|
|Day 7||Orkney Islands||Ferry back to the Scottish mainland and embark on a scenic drive along Scotland's east coast. Stop at the majestic Dunrobin Castle overlooking the North Sea. Discover the fine art and the lush gardens of this French-inspired 'Highland Retreat,' dating back to the 1300s. End your day in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, where you'll enjoy an overnight stay and dinner at a local restaurant.|
|Day 8||Inverness||Start your day at a family-run farm set in the heart of the Highlands. See sheepdogs at work while surrounded by the mountain wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy some free time to explore the vibrant Victorian town of Pitlochry before arriving in Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh.|
|Day 9||Edinburgh||Today it's your choice! Join a local guide for a panoramic city tour, seeing both the Old and New towns before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse* -OR- explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot with a local expert; descending into the city's vast underground vaults. Both choices include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. This evening, enjoy an interactive cooking experience at one of Scotland's premier culinary institutions. With a "wee dram" in hand, toast the end of your Scottish adventure.|
|Day 10||Edinburgh||Your tour of Scotland comes to a close today.|
- Hilton Glasgow - Glasgow, United Kingdom
- The Lovat Loch Ness, Fort Augustus - Loch Ness,
- Kirkwall Hotel - Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
- Mercure Inverness Hotel - Inverness, United Kingdom
- Radisson Blu - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- * NOTE: Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.