(Edinburgh, Inverness, Appin)
Visit the magical land of Scotland! With dramatic, historical castles practically around every bend in the road, stunning expansive and rugged land and seascapes, friendly folk, whiskey distilleries and cosmopolitan cities, it has everything you could wish for in a great getaway trip to Europe. Spend time in Edinburgh - often considered one of the most charming cities in the world, stroll down the Royal Mile, visit the Queen's official home when in the city, and sample some of the gastronomic offerings in some of the great restaurants in the environs. Then, in the company of your knowledgeable driver-guide, you'll be taken on a circuit of Scotland taking in Inverness - the capital of the Highlands of Scotland and picturesque Scottish villages before your return to either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Visit castles, gardens, taste local whisky, play an optional round of golf or take a boat trip on Lough Ness, and immerse yourself in the local culture as you stay in luxurious accommodations throughout.
Meet your driver for your private airport transfer today. Please note that this service includes up to 3 hours of service.
Avail of any of the optional tours available in the thriving city of Edinburgh. Consider a private tour with your own Licensed Guide and private vehicle if you have any interest in a certain aspect of the city such as the architecture or history - or if you just want to get a great indepth introduction to the city. Consider doing a guided walking tour - one of the best ways to see the city. If you feel like venturing out of the city, there are lots of places of interest such as Blair castle, Perth, whiskey distilleries, Cairngorm National Park - for a Lough ness themed tour, and the majestic Sterling castle sitting on its high volcanic rock, visible for many miles in every direction. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these options are of interest.
Enjoy an unmissable evening of Scottish music, costume, bagpipes, fiddles and dance in the magically historic setting of Prestonfield House. Lavishly filled with baroque plasterwork, panelling, tapestries, paintings and furniture, many of these splendid original contents commissioned for the house remain to be enjoyed by guests today, including an imposing portrait of King Charles II which gazes down over diners in the restaurant. Named as one of the Best 101 Hotels in the World by style-bible Tatler. Prestonfield is described by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine as so extravagant it’s like walking onto the set of some flamboyant costume drama.
Enjoy exceptional entertainment with wine and a gourmet dinner this evening served by kilted waiters, just moments from the Royal Mile. The meal consists of traditional Scottish fare, including a choice of 2 options for each course for main course, a desert, tea/coffee and a half bottle of wine. (Please note this is a sample menu: Appetiser: Orkney Clapshot Soup - A creamy carrot, turnip and potato soup or Gamekeeper’s Pâté - Rustic venison terrine with red cabbage chutney. Main course: Scotch Beef Auld Alliance - Silverside of Scottish beef braised with French claret jus, skirlie potatoes and heather-honey-roast vegetables or Scottish Seafood - Scottish salmon, hake and Finnan haddie, creamy Mornay sauce encased in puff pastry. Desert: Prestonfield’s Jubilee Cranachan - Raspberry mousse, toasted oatmeal, butterscotch and Parlie biscuit or Great Chieftain O the Puddin Race - A taste of traditional haggis, ‘neeps and tatties. Tea or Coffee and clotted cream fudge).
(Transfer to and from event not included). Arrive by 6:45. Dinner 7pm. Show 8-10pm.
Hotel du Vin Edinburgh is a luxury, 4 star boutique hotel nestled deep in Edinburgh's Old Town and only a short walk from the historic Royal Mile. Neighbouring the famous Bedlam theatre. This hotel has 47 timelessly furnished rooms and stunning suites featuring monsoon showers, luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, plasma TVs, DVDs and air conditioning.
Enjoy a privately guided 6 hr walking tour of Edinburgh in the company of a knowledgeable guide today and see some of the top sights. Visit Edinburgh Castle, stroll down Royal Mile and then visit Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Abbey. Since this is a private guided tour there is flexibility on the specific sites that you would like to see. Your tour includes admission to one of the following historic sites:Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse or former Royal Yacht Britannia. (no transportation included).
This evening consider an underground tour of Edinburgh exploring the labyrinth of corridors and chambers beneath the Royal Mile which remain unchanged from two hundred years ago. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to include this in your itinerary.
The Witchery Restaurant located on the Royal Mile is a great place for dinner. The 16th century building located close to the Castle is lit exclusively by candlelight. The tapestry-draped main dining room is an ode to opulence: the seats are a rich red leather, the ceiling is gilded, and the walls are covered with oak panels salvaged from an old cathedral. The Secret Garden annex, meanwhile, is full of brass candlesticks and stone statues, and displays a series of painted doors that tell the story of Edinburgh's wine trade with France. The menu is equally sumptuous, offering dishes such as melt-in-your-mouth steak tartare, rabbit wrapped in Parma ham with tea-soaked prunes, and loin of roe deer with an earthy black pudding. But be sure to save room for the desserts — from the chocolate torte to the bramble, sherry and mascarpone trifle, they make a wickedly decadent end to the meal. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to have a reservation made for you.
You will have a Driver-Guide with you for the duration of your multi-day Scottish adventure. Our Driver-Guides are all experienced drivers, are very personable, and extremely knowledgeable about the general history and culture of Scotland. Our Driver Guides tend to have 10 to 30 years experience conducting tours around Scotland. They are knowledgeable about the country and can provide plenty of suggestions for visits in your programme and including where to stop for lunches etc. Please note that they are not Certifiied Blue Badge Guides - where necessary an additional Guide will be incuded in your program for a specific cultural site. They are exceptionally personable and intuitive and much more than just a driver so you can rest assured that you are in great hands!
Following breakfast at your hotel you will be driven from Edinburgh to Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Passing some stunning scenery along your route you will also stop off to visit Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. (Includes entrance to Blair Castle).
No vacation to the Scottish Highlands is complete without a visit to the beautiful and mystic Loch Ness and there is no better way to see the Loch than on a boat trip. Consider taking an exclusive cruise on a luxurious modern motor cruiser where you can enjoy a gourmet lunch onboard. Whether you cruise to the more popular destinations such as the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle or some of the lesser known but equally beautiful spots such as Dores Bay, you will enjoy the best of Highland hospitality from beginning to end. Please let your Sales advisor know if you are interested in including this optional activity into your trip.
A visit to Scotland without visiting some of the distilleries somehow just doesn't seem right! Consider stopping off at Dalwhinnie distillery and touring the premises. At the end of the tour, you'll have an opportunity to sample the 'Gentle Spirit' of the glen, a wonderfully full-bodied, smooth and warming malt whisky. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to have this included in your day's activity today.
Culloden House Hotel is a 4 star luxurious accomodation located in the southeast neighborhoods of Inverness, capital of the Highlands. With hundreds of years of history, culture and luxury are combined with a relaxed atmosphere, personalised service and superb cuisine at Culloden House The interior features a wonderfully comfortable drawing-room with magnificent Adam plasterwork, many fine antiques and a large open fire.
Enjoy a full day guided touring around the stunning Inverness area. You will visit Cawdor castle, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth and a fantastic example of a fairy-tale Scottish castle steeped in history. You will also visit the historic site of Culloden Battlefield and the garrison fortress of Fort George, begun in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden in 1746. (includes entrances to Cawdor Caslte, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George).
If you have any interest in golfing, you may like to consider playing a round of golf at the Castle Stuart Links course this afternoon. The championship links course overlooks the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle - Kessock bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse. As Turnberry is to Ayrshire and Gleneagles is to Perthshire, Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands – a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in setting up a tee time for a round.
After breakfast today you will drive south along the dramatic roads of the north west coast. Your first visit will be to the picturesque fishing village of Plockton, located in the sheltered bay of Loch Carron and surrounded by a bowl of hills. This peaceful Highland community was once based on fishing and crofting and now draws artists and photographers from all over the world. From Plockton, your next stop will be the iconic ruins of Eilean Donan Castle, immortalised in so many images of Scotland, it’s mighty ruins set on the craggy rocks on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by majestic scenery. Continue south towards Oban stopping for afternoon tea at the luxurious Inverlochy Castle Hotel just north of Fort William.
The Airds Hotel is a 4 star luxurious accomodation, located in Appin, a half hour drive from the scenic town of Oban. The hotel features 11 beautifully designed rooms and suites with marble bathrooms, flat screen televisions, and frette linen. The Airds is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Association, where luxury in a beautiful setting and top level cuisine is required.
After breakfast, depart your hotel for your final day. Your chauffeur guide will take you from your final hotel back to your departure airport in Edinburgh. Enroute pay a final visit to one of Scotland's most magnificent castles - Stirling Castle - a great symbol of Scottish independence and a source of enduring national pride. The castle’s long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. Bid farewell to your driver and guide as you are dropped off in the airport for your onward journey.
VISA/PASSPORTThere are no border controls when travelling within the United Kingdom including the land border with England. Scotland has the same immigration and visa requirements as the rest of the United Kingdom.
United Kingdom is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/united-kingdom.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Edinburgh Language: English & Gaelic in parts of Scotland Religion: Predominantly Christian, with sizeable Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu minorities. Time: GMT (GMT + 1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard. Telephone: Country code +44. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in rural areas. Internet: There are Internet cafes and centers in most urban areas.
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