Project Description

Overview

SCOTLAND MANOR ROYAL

September 12 – 21, 2019

10 – Day Tour

In Conjunction with Royal Irish Tours

This is not your average tour of Scotland.  This adventure is about experiencing the things a large group cannot!  Castles and manors such as Edinburgh Castle where you get to explore privately with our small group before it even opens!  A journey on the Strathspey Steam Train, and a Piping experience at the National Piping Centre, just a few highlights of many in this experience.

This fascinating adventure delivers the best of Scotland, beginning in lively Glasgow with an extra pre-night to adjust before your tour begins. There is so much to see and experience in Scotland, every traveler should visit at least once if not more! Scotland is seeping in history and boasts miles upon miles of gorgeous landscapes, ancient castles and adventures around every corner. There are strong ties within the Cornwall, SDG community to its many Scottish roots. This small group itinerary allows you into some truly signature, unique, luxury locations and experiences, including castles.

This is an exclusive tour with a MAX of 26 participants. Secure your spot today!

Itinerary Details

DAY 1 Sept 12, 2019 Depart Canada – Overnight Flight to Glasgow

DAY 2 Sept 13, 2019 Arrive Glasgow

Arrive Glasgow – Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel.  This afternoon is yours to rest up or undertake some self-exploring in Glasgow.

Dinner/Overnight—Principal Grand Central,Glasgow

DAY 3 Sept 14, 2019  Falkirk Wheel, the Kelpies & Edinburgh

Today our tour program will begin and you will meet your local guide. Travelling eastwards our first stop is at the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift, you will enjoy a boat trip on the canal and a ‘flight’ on the wheel itself. The boat trip lasts approximately 60 mins. After the boat trip, you will board the coach again for the short journey to the Helix Park, where you will take a tour of the Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world. On your 30-minute guided tour, you will have the opportunity to go inside one of the sculptures to marvel at the complexity and the engineering which created these fantastic pieces of art. Continuing on to Edinburgh, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city from the comfort of the coach. Scotland’s historic capital is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Testimony to this is the coveted award of World Heritage Site Status recently being awarded to the city’s medieval “Old Town”, and Georgian “New Town”.

The tour will finish at your hotel in the city centre where you will enjoy a welcome drink and some free time. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner in the hotel with the rest of the group.

Dinner/Overnight— Hotel Du Vin, Edinburgh

DAY 4 Sept 15, 2019 Edinburgh Castle

After an early breakfast in the hotel, you will enjoy an exclusive, pre-opening tour of Edinburgh Castle – imagine having the opportunity to explore this magnificent site with no one else around? It really is an unforgettable experience. An expert guide will take you on a journey of the castle’s rich history and colourful characters. Your private tour includes a viewing of the Honours of Scotland, Stone of Destiny, Royal Palace, Prisons or War exhibition, St Margaret’s Chapel, Mons Megs and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Dinner/Overnight — Hotel Du Vin, Edinburgh

DAY 5 Sept 16, 2019 Dundee, V&A and Glamis Castle

Today we begin our journey north, before crossing the River Forth into the Kingdom of Fife, we make a short stop in the small town of South Queensferry, this is a perfect opportunity to take pictures of the iconic bridges linking Fife to Edinburgh, The Forth Road Bridge, the Forth Rail Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing. We will visit the new V&A museum, the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside London. We will continue to visit Glamis Castle, where, on arrival, we will enjoy a delicious lunch in the castle restaurant. This will be followed by a private guided tour and the opportunity to explore the gardens at leisure. Glamis Castle is home of the Earl of Strathmore, famous for being the childhood home of Queen Elisabeth, The Queen Mother, and birthplace of Princess Margaret.

Dinner/Overnight—Mercure Ardoe House, Aberdeen

DAY 6  Sept 17, 2019  Whisky & Steam Trains

After breakfast we leave Aberdeen towards Speyside. First stop, is Dufftown, the heart of the Scottish Whisky industry, this small-town exports more whisky than anywhere else in the UK.  We will take the opportunity to visit the Glenfiddich Distillery and enjoy a guided tour and tasting of 3 whiskies. Onwards then to Aviemore where you will have some free time for lunch before boarding an afternoon service of the Strathspey Steam Train,  travelling from Aviemore to Broomhill and back, this afternoon you will travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew, carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack, rhythm of the rails, as the train travelled along the track.

Dinner/Overnight—Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness 

DAY 7 Sept 18, 2019 Isle of Skye

Today a day trip to the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands.

Travelling westwards, you will pass through Glenmoriston, by the banks of Loch Cluanie and enjoy some spectacular views of the West Coast Mountains, including the Five Sisters of Kintail and Glen Shiel .  Arriving on the island by means of the Skye Bridge, your journey will take you up the East Coast, through pretty little hamlets & villages with quaint cottages and the backdrop of the Red Cuillin Hills. The coach will stop at Sligachan where, weather permitting you will experience breathtaking views of the Red & Black Cuillin Mountains. Next stop is Portree, capital of the island. It’s the largest town on Skye and a bustling fishing port, you can enjoy some free time here, exploring the multi-coloured harbour, or warming up by a real coal fire in a local pub.  During the day, you will visit Eilean Donan Castle, setting of many movies including ‘Highlander’.

                                                      Dinner/Overnight — Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness 

DAY 8 Sept 19, 2019 A Tale of Two Lochs

Leaving Inverness this morning, we begin our journey south taking the route less travelled along the southern banks of Loch Ness. Sit back, relax and enjoy the breath-taking scenery, of course, not forgetting to keep your eyes peeled for Nessie! We will stop in Fort Augustus, at the heart of the Great Glen, a hive of activity – bustling with boaters, locals and visitors. Take time out to enjoy the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre. A small but unique venue showcasing the history of Thomas Telford’s Caledonian Canal from its beginnings to its present-day rejuvenation.  After lunch we will stop at Balloch on the banks of Loch Lomond and enjoy a cruise on the Loch before continuing on to Glasgow.

Dinner/Overnight—Hotel Du Vin, Glasgow

DAY 9  Sept 20, 2019 Piping Experience & Glasgow

A truly Scottish experience awaits at The National Piping Centre. Our Bagpiper will take you on a journey through the rich history of the Scotland’s national instrument, perform live for you and even let you try the pipes for yourself! Next is a visit to the world famous Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, opened in 1901, it is a firm favourite with local people and visitors. Later, we enjoy a panoramic tour onboard the Red Bus Bistro, a 1966 routemaster double decked bus whilst being served a delicious afternoon tea.

Dinner/Overnight—Hotel Du Vin, Glasgow 

DAY 10 Sept 21, 2019

Your tour ends this morning after a hearty Scottish breakfast, transfer to the airport to join your flight home.

Inclusions and Costs

  • Return Airfare
  • All Transfers
  • Transportation throughout by modern touring coach
  • Experienced driver and local touring guide
  • 7 nights’ Accommodation in first class hotels
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 5 table d’hôte evening meals
  • Private farewell dinner
  • Boat Trip on the Falkirk Wheel & entrance to the visitor centre
  • Guided tour of the Kelpies
  • Exclusive, pre-opening entrance & tour of Edinburgh Castle
  • Private tour of Glamis Castle followed by a 2-course lunch in the restaurant
  • Return Trip from Aviemore to Broomhill aboard the Strathyspey Steam Train
  • Entrance to the V&A Museum in Dundee, Glenfiddich Distillery, Eilean Donan Castle, The Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre, The National Piping Centre (with Piper Led Tour), and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  • Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Afternoon tea & panoramic tour aboard the Red Bus Bistro
  • All Taxes
  • Jolly Tour Director

 

COST PER PERSON

DOUBLE        $ 5,799

SINGLE         $ 6,899

(Taxes Incl. $14.53 Per Person)

  • Deposit $ 650 pp upon registration

 

Tour Highlights

Edinburgh – Falkirk – Dundee – Glamis – Glenfiddich – Aviemore – Inverness – Eilean Donan Castle – Loch Lomond – Glasgow – Kelvingrove – Afternoon Tea

 

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Accommodations

Principal, Grand Central Hotel Glasgow  www.phcompany.com/principal/glasgow-grand-central-hotel/

 

Hotel Du Vin, Edinburgh, www.hotelduvin.com

 

Mercue Ardoe House, Aberdeen, www.accorhotels.com

 

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness     www.amoma.com/hotel-kingsmills-hotel-13448/en

 

Hotel Du Vin, Glasgow www.hotelduvin.com/locations/glasgow