(Edinburgh, Inverness, Isle of Skye, Oban, Glasgow)
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, whisky 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, the Isle of Skye - the most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides, and picturesque Scottish villages before your return to 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.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
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.
After breakfast your driver-guide will take you on a private tour of the city. You’ll have the opportunity to visit some the most outstanding attractions including Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the Royal Mile, and Holyrood House, the Queen’s official home when she visits Edinburgh (subject to closure when Her Majesty is in residence). You will also visit The Royal Yacht Britannia, home to Her Majesty The Queen for over forty years (entrances included).
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.
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).
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).
Today you'll be guided on a classic journey from the heart of the highlands to the stunningly beautiful island of Skye. Enroute you will visit Inverewe Gardens, built on a craggy hillside with a majestic setting on the water’s edge of Loch Ewe and home to an incredible selection of exotic plants which flourish in this remote spot due to the nearby gulf stream. Also, visit the iconic ruins of Eilean Donan Castle, imortalised in so many images of Scotland. (includes entrance fees).
This morning you head back to the mainland by ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. If the timings are correct you maybe able to take the Jacobite Steam Train, used in the Harry Potter movies for the trip from Mallaig to Fort William where your driver will be waiting. Along the shores of Loch Linnhe to Glen Coe and then take the coast route to Oban passing the Falls of Lora and into Oban, Gateway to the Islands.
Please note: Per Person entrances fees have not been included to allow for maximum flexibility. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like all entrances included and this can be added.
Today, you will leave Oban behind and you will be driven to the start of the Highlands, passing through breathtaking scenery including views along Loch Awe, the longest in Scotland. The countryside here is rich with history. We pass haunting Kilchurn Castle historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan and the Pass of Brander where Robert the Bruce had a notable victory. Then it's on to Loch Lomond the largest expanse of fresh water in the country where we stop off at the conservation village of Luss for coffee and sightseeing.
Airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
The newly renovated Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh is situated in the city's historic and beautiful old town, just a couple of minutes' walk from the world famous Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament building. The hotel's convenient location in the city center also means that you're within easy walking distance of Waverley Railway station and the bustle of the city's main thoroughfare, Princes Street. Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is the ideal base for exploring this fascinating and unique city. The hotel features 156 elegant en-suite bedrooms - the perfect place to relax after the excitement and fun of Edinburgh. Pamper yourself at the luxurious spa, enjoy a meal in luxurious surroundings at Rocca@Holyrood or sample a cocktail or two in the new bar.
The Kingsmills Hotel is surrounded by the Invernesshire Mountains and is just one mile from the city center. The Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury four-star resort with Spa and Leisure Facilities, located 15 minutes from Inverness Airport. Set within 4 acres of manicured grounds and only 1 mile from the center of Inverness, it is perfect for both leisure hotel breaks. Between the historic mansion house, the luxurious Kingsclub and Spa and the newest addition of Luxury Rooms, the privately owned hotel has 134 relaxing bedrooms, many with private balconies and patios or views over the neighboring golf course. At the Kingsmills Hotel you’ll find a high standard of hospitality in a quiet and pretty location. You’re close enough to the city center to walk there, or you can take a stroll in the hotel grounds with scarcely a hint that you’re in the middle of the Highland capital. The hotel has the pedigree plus dashes of character and panache only delivered by genuine hoteliers.
The Duisdale House Hotel offers an indulgent luxury hotel break in the Highlands of Scotland, as you escape to the beautiful Island of Skye. Perfectly situated in the area known as Sleat on the southernmost tip of Skye, this Hebridean hotel, built in 1865 as a hunting lodge, has been completely transformed into a privately owned chic boutique retreat in recent years, enabling you to relax and indulge in a lavish, romantic getaway. The award winning restaurant and exclusive daily sailing trips on board the hotel's luxury yacht (from Apr-Sep) add a whole new dimension to a short break on the Isle of Skye.
Set on the edge of Oban's picturesque Esplanade, Oban Bay Hotel & Spa is the ideal base from which to explore Scotland’s west coast. Convenient for the train and ferry terminals it is ideal for leisure guests. The modern rooms at The Oban Bay Hotel and Spa are appointed to a very high standard and many offer spectacular sea views. You’ll find flat screen TVs with Freeview in all the bedrooms along with complimentary WiFi. Also provided are tea, coffee and shortbread from Brodies of Edinburgh as well as luxury Scottish toiletries in the bathrooms. The sun lounge stretches the entire length of the hotel and provides unrivalled views of the bay, Kerrera and the mountains of Mull. This is a great place to relax with a coffee and a book or a chilled glass of wine while watching the sun set.
The Carlton George Hotel is located in the heart of Glasgow next to George Square and adjacent to Queen's Street mainline station which offers a direct line to Edinburgh in less than 40 minutes. At this boutique hotel you’ll find contemporary yet cozy rooms with complimentary drinks, free WiFi and free local calls as well as a unique rooftop restaurant and Executive Lounge. A beautiful building redeveloped as a hotel in 1999, it has an elegant entrance and is prominent within the city as one of the best hotels.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
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We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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