Overview

SCOTLAND 

Celtic Adventure

September 17 – 27, 2024

11 – Day Tour

In Conjunction with Royal Irish Tours

This fascinating adventure delivers the best of Scotland, beginning in lively Glasgow. There is so much to see and experience in Scotland, every traveler should visit at least once if not more! Scotland is steeped 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 itinerary allows you into some truly signature, unique, luxury locations and experiences!

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Itinerary Details

DAY 1 September 17th, 2024

Depart Canada – Overnight Flight to Glasgow

DAY 2 September 18th, 2024

Arrive Glasgow – Upon arrival you will enjoy panoramic tour of the city centre followed by some free time before we make our way to our city centre hotel.  Look forward your first group dinner this evening.

Glasgow – Overnight  AC Marriott Hotel (4*),Glasgow  (D)

DAY 3 September 19th, 2024

Today we travel to Stirling, home of one of Scotland’s grandest castles, Stirling Castle. The castle towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s history including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in the summer of 1314. Arriving back in Glasgow visit the Clydeside Distillery for a tour and tasting of Glasgow’s first dedicated single malt distillery in over a century. SLAINTE!

Glasgow – Overnight  AC Marriott Hotel (4*),Glasgow  (B)

DAY 4 September 20th, 2024

Leaving Glasgow, our first stop is Luss. Luss is a picturesque village that lies on the banks of Loch Lomond.  There will be time for a stroll and the opportunity to take some photographs. This little village receives upwards of 750,000 annual visitors seeking its beauty. Continuing our journey north, we will visit Inveraray, a traditional country town with stunning Georgian architecture that overlooks Loch Fyne. Later today, we arrive in the ‘gateway to the Isles’ the seaside town of Oban, our home for the next 2 nights. This evening, enjoy dinner as a group.

Oban – Overnight  Oban Bay Hotel (4*),Oban  (B, D)

DAY 5 September 21st, 2024

Today is an early start as we board the ferry to Mull for an island adventure that will have us exploring her dramatic coastlines and wild beauty, before taking the small ferry to the peace and tranquillity of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity. Here some 1,400 years ago, St. Columba established his monastery, making Iona the cradle of Christianity in Scotland. The 13th century Abbey is the highlight of Iona, standing on the site of Columba’s first church. Returning to Oban after this incredible day, you may wish to venture out for a ‘night on the town.’  The View often has Ceilidh nights, an insight to the fascinating music and culture of Scotland. Their expert ‘callers’ will talk you through the dances, so you can participate and enjoy an unforgettable evening.

Oban – Overnight  Oban Bay Hotel (4*),Oban  (B)

 DAY 6 September 22nd, 2024

Look forward to another scenic day full of experiences. Heading north along the Road to the Isles, we stop and see the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, Scotland, built from 1897 to 1901. Arriving in Mallaig, we board the ferry to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Driving through the southern part of Skye we have a stop in Broadford where you have some free time for lunch and enjoy a stroll along the waterfront. Continuing along to the Great Glen through Fort Augustus and Loch Ness before arriving in Inverness. With our hotel ideally set in the town centre, tonight you can choose to dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs. Favourites include The Mustard Seed and Café 1, or for a more relaxed experience, The Black Isle Brewery famous for the stone-baked pizzas, and Coyote Burgers, for – you guessed it – burgers!

Inverness – Overnight   River Ness Hotel (4*),Inverness  (B)

DAY 7 September 23rd, 2024

Culloden Battlefield is the site of the final battle of the Jacobite rising, and our first visit of the day. We travel into the Cairngorms National Park and indulge in a cream tea on board the Strathspey Heritage Railway, where we embark on a journey that offers breath-taking views of the Cairngorms and the River Spey as we travel from Aviemore to Broomhill.  In Kincraig we are treated to a delightful display of sheepdogs hard at work herding their flock. Look forward to another group dinner this evening.

Perthshire – Overnight  Murraypark Hotel (4*), Perth shire (B,Tea, D)

DAY 8 September 24th, 2024

Today we travel through Perthshire and the Kingdom of Fife, with a visit to St. Andrew’s, home of golf, and Scotland’s oldest University. While you are here there will be time to stroll along the beach and through the town centre. You may wish to grab a cup of tea at the North Point Café, a favourite meeting place of William and Kate during their university years. Later today, we drive over the Forth Bridge and arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital where we spend our next three nights.

Edinburgh – Overnight  Doubletree Hilton Bread St.,  (4*),Edinburgh  (B)

DAY 9 September 25th, 2024

Today begins with a walking tour of the Old Town, taking in the delightful sites of this stunning city including the famed Royal Mile. Our first visit is Edinburgh Castle to enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest, fortified palaces in Europe.  With a long history as a royal residence, military garrison, prison, and fortress – the castle is alive with countless exciting tales. Visiting the Real Mary King’s Close, you will discover authentic truths about Edinburgh’s dark past, and learn what it was like for the people who lived, worked, and died on the Close. Look forward to a group lunch at Luckenbooths, an all-day dining destination located on the iconic Royal Mile. The remainder of the day and evening are at leisure.

Edinburgh – Overnight  Doubletree Hilton Bread St.,  (4*),Edinburgh  (B,L)

DAY 10 September 26th, 2024

Today is a free day to explore your personal bucket list in Edinburgh. Maybe a visit to Holyrood Palace, or the Edinburgh Vaults, a historic underground network of chambers known for its eerie atmosphere and intriguing tales. The famous Johnny Walker Experience is a mere ten-minute walk from our hotel, which boasts exceptional views of Edinburgh Castle from their rooftop bar. The possibilities are endless! This evening, we enjoy a final group dinner including Scottish entertainment at the Spirit of Scotland Show.

Edinburgh – Overnight Doubletree Hilton Bread St.,  (4*),Edinburgh  (B,D)

DAY 11 September 27th, 2024

Following breakfast this morning, we make our way to Edinburgh airport for our homeward journey, after an exceptional tour and exploration of beautiful Scotland!

Edinburgh – Home    (B)

Inclusions and Costs

  • Return Airfare Montreal-Glasgow/Edinburgh-Montreal
  • One checked bag per person on Air
  • All Transfers from Jolly Tours office to/from Montreal airport
  • All Transfers in Scotland
  • Transportation throughout by modern touring coach
  • Experienced driver and local Tour Manager & Guide
  • 9 nights’ Accommodation in 4 * properties
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily (10)
  • 3 Evening meals
  • The Spirit of Scotland Dinner Show
  • 1 Lunch in Edinburgh
  • Panoramic tour of Glasgow
  • Ferry crossings where required (weather permitting)
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration
  • Speyside Rail Journey with Afternoon Tea
  • Walking Tour of Edinburgh
  • Visits and admissions to: Clydeside Distillery, Stirling Castle, Bannockburn, Iona Abbey, Culloden Battlefield, Edinburgh Castle, The Real Mary King’s Close
  • All Taxes
  • Jolly Tour Director

COST PER PERSON

DOUBLE        $ 7,599

SINGLE         $ 9,239

(Taxes Incl. $952.18 Per Person)

Deposit $ 2,000 pp upon registration

Accommodations