(Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Gleneagles)
A Scottish circuit starting and finishing in Edinburgh taking in the top highlights of the country while staying in some of the best properties available! Enjoy time in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness Discover Edinburgh city, castle and Holyrood, enjoy an afternoon tea in regal estate-like surroundings and explore the historical side of the country by visiting a medieval abbey, quaint towns and wide open spaces that typify the Highlands. Then discover the modern sides of Scotland as you visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Soak in the stunning views as you take a seaplane over Loch Lomand, take an optional ride up to the summit of Glen Nevis - Scotland's highest mountain, and enjoy the views as you travel by Glencoe, Lough Ness and visit Urquhart Castle. Acquire a taste of Scottish whisky on a visit and tasting at a distillery before arriving at the world renowned Gleneagles hotel. Avail of the many optional activities onsite such as golf, horse riding, and fishing or relax in the award winning spa.
With luxurious accommodations, your dedicated Driver-Guide who will accompany you throughout your trip and inform you on all things Scottish, you will truly feel like you have experienced the "true" Scotland as you sadly bid your farewell to this Fair Isle. Slainte!
Meet your driver for your private airport transfer today. Please note that this service includes up to 3 hours of service.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
The Rocco Forte Collection's Balmoral is a luxury five star hotel located in the very heart of Edinburgh. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and stylish rooms, many with views towards Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. Enjoy all the facilities The Balmoral has to offer - a Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room, 15-metre crystal-clear pool, air-conditioned fully equipped cardiovascular gymnasium and exercise room. The Balmoral recently won a place on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List (US edition) within "The best hotels in the world for location".
Enjoy the morning visiting the stunning Edinburgh Castle, before regular opening hours. Start your tour at 08.30am and have an hour exploring this world famous Castle with one its very own stewards before the crowds arrive. While there, you will also see the celebrated Crown Jewels. Entrance fee and guide services at Edinburgh Castle are included. (No transportation included).
Enjoy a full day private excursion taking in a Panoramic tour of Edinburgh- Scotland's capital city, including the classical Georgian New Town and the medieval Old Town, both world heritage sites with possible visits to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace- the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Drive through Holyrood Park to enjoy spectacular views over the city also known as Athens of the North. In the afternoon enjoy the very special and traditional ceremony of afternoon tea at historic Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, situated in its own private grounds in the shadow of Arthurs Seat, famous Edinburgh landmark. Afternoon tea is a luxurious Prestonfield tradition and a memorable occasion, whether served by the side of a roaring log fire or, in summer, in the rose-filled gardens or the whimsical gothic tea house.
Leave Edinburgh today and make your way leisurely to Glasgow, stopping off at various places of interest en route. Enjoy the rural views as you are driven through what is known as "the Border country" - famous for its stately homes and medieval abbeys. Enjoy a visit of the charming town of Melrose and the romantic ruins of its medieval abbey combined with a visit to Abbotsford, the home of Scotland's most famous writer; Sir Walter Scott. From here, continue to the metropolitan city of Glasgow- Scotland's largest city. (Entrances to sites are not included).
Hotel Du Vin Glasgow is set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End of Glasgow, and is an iconic luxury boutique hotel. Proud to be considered one of Scotland’s finest luxury hotels, it boasts 49 stunning bedrooms and magnificent suites featuring pristine beds with luxurious Egyptian linen, serious showers and a unique, relaxed style of hospitality. The hotel has been enhanced by a brand new bar and bistro serving a sumptuous menu of modern European cuisine and the sympathetic makeover of many of its bedrooms, and succeeds in retaining all of the charm and elegant character of the building.
Enjoy a panoramic tour visiting this monumental Victorian merchant city and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Housed in a magnificent historical castle-like structure, the museum is the latest museum in Scotland and showcases many different aspects of art and includes such things as a multimedia Object Cinema, the History Discovery Centre, and the Study Centre, a Mini Museum for under 5' s. The Art Discovery Centre and the Environment Discovery Centre feature hands-on displays. Galleries feature Creatures of the Past, Ancient Egypt, Glasgow Stories, Scotland’s Wildlife, Scottish Art, Expression, Looking at Art, Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, and Looking at Design. Your driver will give you an orientation tour and leave you to explore the museum at leisure. Continue with a visit of the medieval Glasgow cathedral and the imposing university of Glasgow founded in the 15th century before being returned to your hotel.
Enjoy a seaplane trip over Loch Lomond. See the stunning views as you climb higher over the lake and hills...
From Glasgow you will be following the shore of the beautiful and romantic Loch Lomond to Crianlarich and haunting Glencoe, scene of the massacre of the Macdonalds by the Campbells. Then continue on to Fort William where it is possible to take a ride on the mountain cable car on Aonoch Moor by Ben Nevis (highest mountain in Great Britain) with spectacular views over the region. Continue the drive via lochs, forests and the Caledonian canal to Fort Augustus and world famous Loch Ness. Stop at Urquhart Castle for haunting views over the Loch before continuing to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.
Rocpool Reserve Hotel is a 5 star boutique hotel and is situated in the heart of Inverness. With just 11 rooms, this boutique hotel is about elegance and provides guests with luxurious features in each room, including perks such as double voyeur showers, outdoor hot tubs, private balconies, and split level rooms. The hotel offers an elegant restaurant, and fantastic bar.
Enjoy a day excursion taking in Strathpeffer- a charming and picturesque Victorian Spa, a visit of the city of Inverness and nearby Speyside which is the heart of whisky country. Because of its location in the heart of the Highlands, Strathpeffer is a popular tourist attraction. The Strathpeffer and District Pipe Band and local Highland dancers perform in the square every Saturday from end May to September, while the annual Strathpeffer Highland Gathering, one of the longest-established Highland Games in Scotland, takes place in the grounds of Castle Leod every August. Visit the city of Inverness, the most northerly city in the British Isles. Must see sites include Inverness Castle - a relatively new castle built in 1847 to replace a medieval castle blown up by the Jacobites. Inverness Museum & Art Gallery in Castle Wynd (located at the base of Inverness Castle) has a collection of Pictish stones and wildlife dioramas, as well as historic weapons. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2006, and now contains many artifacts on loan from the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The Old High Church is the oldest church in Inverness. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to a malt whisky distillery, perhaps Aberlour, with a tour and whisky tasting. At the end of the day, you will be brought back to your hotel.
It takes approximately 4 hours from Inverness to Glenagles including approx 30 min stop en route. If you are interested, a stop can be made at te House of Bruar by Blair Athol which is like a Harrods in the Highlands! This is truly a wonderful shopping experience with high quality goods and very delicious food. Continue onwards to Gleneagles.
Choose from a wide variety of activities all available on site at the Gleneagles luxury hotel. Options include:
• The world famous Shooting School
• The Equestrian School – one of the most impressive riding centres in Europe
• The British School of Falconry
• The Gundog School – the first of its kind in the world
• Off-road 4x4 driving on two specially developed courses
• The Club, with two swimming pools, outdoor hot pool, tennis courts, gymnasium, cycle hire and walking/running tracks.
• The multi award winning spa (named favourite ScottishHotel Spa by COnde Nasts Travelers Reader Spa awards 2009 & 2010).
Of course, what the Gleneagles is really famous for is its golf. Choose to play a round of golf at any (or all!) of the three 3 courses.
• The PGA Centenary Course – venue for the 40th Ryder Cup Matches in 2014.
• The famous King’s Course
• The secluded Queen’s Course
• The nine-hole Wee Course is perfect for a warm-up round or for golfers just starting out.
Gleneagles Hotel (5*) is one of the world’s most coveted 5 star resorts, and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Set in 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, it is home to three of the top Scottish Championship Golf Courses (and will host the Ryder Cup in 2011), has the only PGA National Academy, and a wide range of exhilarating outdoor leisure activities. Throughout the hotel you will find the finest comfort – from the elegant restaurants to the luxury bedrooms and the calming environment of the spacious new destination spa by ESPA (voted Spa of the year by Conde Nast in 2010). The hotel has 232 spacious guest bedrooms, including a variety of luxury suites to suit all needs, tastes and desires. There is plenty to do, with a selection of shops to browse and free access to the leisure club, swimming pools and tennis courts as well as many optional activities on site such as a gundog school, archery, falconry etc. The property also has a teenage area with pool tables and a games room as well as a supervised kids play area to ensure fun for everyone - regardless of age.
Enjoy a private airport transfer to Edinburgh.
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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