Scotland

Discover the Scottish Highlands: An 11-Day Tour

Experience the serenity, discover the thousand-year-old history and witness the ancient architecture of the famed Scottish Highlands on an 11-day tour through one of the most striking landscapes in the world. Indulge in 10 nights of accommodation in premium locations with daily breakfast, eight dinners and select lunches, all tipping and gratuities. Spectacular sight-seeing in an air-conditioned coach, an English-speaking tour guide and much more.

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11 Days
LOW SEASON
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  • 10 nights of premium accommodation around the magical Scottish Highlands including two nights at The Principal Edinburgh on George Street and two nights at the Morlich Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort.
  • Daily breakfast, eight dinners with wine and select lunches
  • Sightseeing in a modern, air-conditioned motor coach
  • Hotel taxes, fees, service charges and porterage
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
11 Days
HIGH SEASON
Sold out
  • 10 nights of premium accommodation around the magical Scottish Highlands including two nights at The Principal Edinburgh on George Street and two nights at the Morlich Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort.
  • Daily breakfast, eight dinners with wine and select lunches
  • Sightseeing in a modern, air-conditioned motor coach
  • Hotel taxes, fees, service charges and porterage
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Witness the Victorian architecture of ancient Glasgow, cruise the breathtaking Loch Lomond, travel to Britain’s highest peak, visit the largest castle in northern Scotland and stay in premium accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh’s famous George Street.

The Experiences - Ancient sites, quaint cities and striking natural landscapes

Tour the gorgeous streets of 1400-year-old Glasgow, with its rich history, stylish sophistication and stunning Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. A national cultural hub, you’ll view the vibrant River Clyde, visit the classic St. Mungo’s Cathedral and witness the grandeur of George Square, named after King George III.

Discover the quaint villages, picturesque vistas and mysterious islands that surround Loch Lomond on a serene cruise through the glass-like lake. While you’re here, you’ll visit the magical Inveraray Castle where you’ll explore the landscaped gardens, French-tapestried interiors and grand walls of this castle set against a backdrop of the highland landscape.

As well as witnessing the striking scenery, this tour will give you the chance to experience Scotland like a local. A trip to and behind-the-scenes tour of the Old Pultney distillery – one of the most northerly distilleries on the Scottish mainland – will have you learning the many steps involved in the making of this single malt whiskey and enjoying tastings along the way.

See the crown jewels of Scotland on a tour of the striking Edinburgh Castle – perched high on a hill, watching over the city’s Old Town. The famed fortress once inspired JK Rowling’s depiction of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts and its timeless allure lives on.

The Accommodation – From the heart of charming Edinburgh to a historic stay overlooking Loch Broom

Discover the traditionally Scottish town of Thurso with two nights at the primely-positioned St Clair Hotel. Located in the heart of the town, St Clair Hotel is surrounded by traditional cafes and boutiques, making it a great base to explore all thatThurso has to offer.

Stay in a premier hotel surrounded by the rugged mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Perched on the edge of the tranquil Loch Broom, The Royal Hotel - that's thought to be the oldest hotel in the area - provides an escape from the busy cities.

Spend two nights in Edinburgh’s bustling George Street at the old-world Principal Edinburgh. Following a complete refurbishment in 2016, the Principal Edinburgh George Street updated its classic 1800’s elegance for the 21st century and went on to win the 2017 Scottish Hotel of the Year award at the Scottish Hotel Awards. There’s nothing stuffy about this heritage-listed hotel, with its soft leather and velvet furnishings, smart TV’s and mood lighting.

Your Package Includes:

  • 10 nights of premium accommodation around the magical Scottish Highlands including two nights at The Principal Edinburgh on George Street and two nights at the Morlich Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort.
  • Daily breakfast, eight dinners with wine and select lunches
  • Sightseeing in a modern, air-conditioned motor coach
  • Hotel taxes, fees, service charges and porterage
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following departure dates:

LOW SEASON:

17, 24 May 2019

18 June 2019

HIGH SEASON:

2, 16 July 2019

27 August 2019

6, 13, 20, 27 September 2019

Booking conditions and cancellation fees do apply. Please take out travel insurance at this time.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 8 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Please note: Airfares and airport transfers are not included in this package.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, you must pay a single traveller surcharge of AU$1,060 per person, payable directly to the tour operator:

Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.

The maximum capacity on this tour is 42 people.

*Maximum Room Capacity: *The maximum room capacity is two people. If a child is travelling with two adults, then a twin and single room can be requested and single surcharge will apply.

Please note: Only select departure dates will stay at the St Claire Hotel in Thurso. Other departure dates will stay at The Castletown Hotel.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

Please note: Disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this before making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches

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DAY 1 - Arrive in Glasgow

Arrive in the vibrant port city of Glasgow, an emerging centre of new and stylish sophistication; and make your way to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this friendly city on your own. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, orientation meeting and dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers on the delightful journey of Scotland that lies ahead

Overnight: Glasgow

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 - Glasgow City Tour

Today’s tour of Glasgow reveals views of this 1400-year-old city with its rich and diverse history. View the splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture before continuing to magnificent George Square and the bustling River Clyde, the centre of the city’s famed shipbuilding industry. Stop at timeless St. Mungo's Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city before time to discover this spirited city on your own. Or, join the optional tour to Stirling Castle and the Bannockburn Monument. Visit historic Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important in Scotland. Next, continue south of Stirling to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn. In the evening, discover Glasgow’s rollicking pubs and nightlife on your own

Optional: Stirling Castle with Bannockburn (PM)

Accommodation: Glasgow

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - Cruise Loch Lomond, Inveraray Castle, Isle of Mull

A scenic drive this morning takes you to the “bonnie banks” of storied Loch Lomond. Here, you’ll board a cruise on this lake renowned for its natural beauty, history, and serenity. Enjoy spectacular views of fjord-like landscapes, mysterious islands, and picturesque villages before returning to shore. Stop for a relaxing lunch on your own in the pristine surroundings before visiting the fairytale-like Inveraray Castle, dominating the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s. This ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll is strikingly set against the ruggedness of the highland scenery. Tour the enchanting interior highlighted by magnificent French tapestries and priceless art collections. Walk through the exquisitely manicured gardens before continuing to your hotel on the Isle of Mull for dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Isle of Mull

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - Isle of Mull, Iona Abbey

On the peaceful Isle of Mull, the second largest of the Inner Hebrides, view magnificent sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, bright rose-pink granite mountains rising from emerald seas. In Tobermory, shops and restaurants are painted in different bright colours giving the town a unique character. View the famous clock tower before proceeding to the windswept Isle of Iona, birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. Here, visit the 800-year-old reconstructed Iona Abbey, spiritual centre of the island, where it is believed that monks created the remarkable illuminated Book of Kells. Time to view the museum’s treasures and the Romanesque chapel that marks the burial place of Scotland’s Kings before time on your own. Return to the Isle of Mull in time for dinner

Accommodation: Isle of Mull

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Travel to Fort William, Village of Ullapool

Depart the Isle of Mull on board the Oban ferry, enjoying thrilling views from the promenade deck on the short crossing. Upon landfall, travel north to Fort William. Nestled on the shores of Loch Linnhe, admire the magnificent panoramas from this town situated at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak and the lush Glen Nevis Valley. Braveheart, Rob Roy, and the Harry Potter series were filmed here! Drive through spectacular scenery to the quaint fishing village of Ullapool in the North West Highlands nestled on the picturesque shores of Lochbroom, a popular holiday getaway. Tonight, dinner together in Ullapool

Accommodation: Ullapool

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - Coastal Drive, Castle & Gardens of Mey, Thurso

The panoramic drive along the spectacular coast winds via the town of Durness, the most north-western point on the British mainland with its dramatic rocky coastlines, pristine beaches, and turquoise waters. Upon arrival at the Castle and Gardens of Mey, with its isolated charm, you’re welcomed by a feast of turrets topped by honey-coloured stones. The former home of the Queen Mother, and still visited today by the royal family, this isolated castle looks out over the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Visit the castle’s interior designed by the Queen Mum and the unique and romantic walled gardens that she personally restored to one of the most beautiful in Scotland. At the Visitor Centre, time for lunch with the group. Next, on to Thurso for overnight. Dinner together recaps a lovely day

Accommodation: Thurso

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Orkney Islands

Board a ferry this morning from the coastal village of John O’Groats to Burwick, a village on the island of South Ronaldsay in the spellbinding Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Scotland with a unique history and culture. The islands encompass mysterious Neolithic sites, tall sandstone cliffs, and seal colonies. Drive across the Churchill barriers created during WWII to deter submarines; view the ornate Italian Chapel, constructed by Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War. Enjoy lunch with the group. Continue via Kirkwall and stop at the ancient settlement of Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old preserved village. Then return to Thurso in time for dinner at the hotel

Accommodation: Thurso

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Whisky Distillery, Dunrobin Castle, Aviemore

Learn the many steps involved in whisky making on your behind-the-scenes tour of the Old Pulteney distillery. Visit the facilities, listen to enlightening lectures and sample a “dram” of this definitive brew. Afterward, on to Dunrobin Castle, dating back to 1275, with over 190 rooms - the largest castle in northern Scotland. View the regal rooms, priceless artefacts, and library with over 10,000 volumes. Arrive at the hotel in Aviemore for dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Aviemore

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Blair Castle, St Andrews, Edinburgh

A day of outstanding scenery on the drive to fairy-tale Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl settled in the dramatic landscape of the highlands. Tour the stately rooms displaying priceless treasures before a walk in the Georgian-designed gardens. The drive continues to the charming town of St Andrews, celebrated for its golf courses and internationally renowned St Andrews University, where Prince William and Catherine studied. Then, it’s on to dramatic Edinburgh, the country’s capital city with its exquisite Georgian and Victorian architecture

Accommodation: Edinburgh

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s rich heritage is revealed today on a tour of this historic and stately capital, built on seven hills. Pass the elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” on your way to the Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament at the foot of the Royal Mile. Admire regal Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Afterward, visit splendid Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city; view Scotland’s magnificent crown jewels, St. Margaret’s Chapel and the Stone of Destiny, returned from London after 700 years. After stunning panoramic views from its ramparts, return to the centre of the city for leisure time to explore this endlessly fascinating city on your own. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to Scotland and your newfound friends at a local restaurant

Accommodation: Edinburgh

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 - Depart Scotland

Make your own way to the airport for your departure flight

Meals: Breakfast

Your tour starts in Glasgow and ends in Edinburgh. Getting to Glasgow is easy, regular flights are available with carriers including Etihad, Qantas and Emirates and an approximate flight time of 24 hours.

*Need Flights? *We have a dedicated team who are able to assist with all your flight requirements. If you need a stopover or are looking at travelling to more destinations, our team can help. Contact our flights concierge team using the phone number on our website.