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CIE Tours 2018 - 10 Day Scottish Clans & Castles

3 Star Vacation - 9 Nights /17 Meals Small Group Departures Available
Overnights: 2 Drymen - near Glasgow, 2 near Kyle of Lochalsh, 3 Inverness, 2 Edinburgh
From Glasgow to Edinburgh
Tour Code #: GB-CCA-18-10D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,265

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Authentic Local Experiences:


Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 26 to Aug 16 departures. Go behind the scenes at one of Scotland’s famous distilleries for a tour and a tasting.  Experience the stunning scenery of the highlands during a train ride on the Glenfinnan Viaduct. 

Trip Highlights:


Brodie Castle  Step back in time to the castle’s glory days, when the Brodie family were one of Scotland’s most prominent families.

Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle Armadale Castle is a ruined country house in Armadale, Skye, former home of the MacDonalds. A mansion house was first built here around 1790.

Culloden Battlefield This is the site of the last land battle within the UK, in which King George II’s troops defeatedBonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite supporters in 1746; around 1200 people were reputedly killed.The Visitor Centre, opened in 2008, includes exhibitions, restaurant, shop and a landscaped roofplatform for views over the battlefield.

Doune Castle is a medieval stronghold near the village of Doune, in the Stirling district of central Scotland. The castle is sited on a wooded bend where the Ardoch Burn flows into the River Teith.

Dunvegan Castle This oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland has been the stronghold of the Chiefs ofMacLeod for nearly 800 years, surviving clan battles and profound social and political changes.Within Dunvegan’s stately halls are priceless heirlooms, some of which have descended throughthe hands of the Chiefs of MacLeod since medieval times.

Eilean Donan Castle This iconic castle is surrounded by majestic scenery. The first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and re-built through the centuries. Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years. It took 20 years to restore from 1912 until its opening to the public in 1932.

Isle of Skye The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides. The island is dominated by the Cuillin Hills and is often referred to as the “Misty Isle”. It is associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie who fled there after the Battle of Culloden.

Palace of Holyroodhouse The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.

Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence and a source of national pride. The Castle's long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past such as “Braveheart” William Wallace & Mary Queen of Scots.


Dining Experiences:


Eight dinners including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh

Hotels:


The Winnock Hotel -  Drymen near Glasgow (2 nights)
Balmacara Hotel -  near Kyle of Lochalsh (2 nights)
Glen Mhor Hotel -  Inverness (3 nights)
Norton House Hotel & Spa -  Edinburgh (2 nights)

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: GLASGOW ARRIVAL & DOUNE CASTLE
Tour begins at 3:00 pm, Drymen hotel, 20 miles (30km) north of Glasgow Airport. Your first castle visit is to Doune Castle, which has been featured in “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander.” Enjoy free time in Callandar and a drive through the Trossachs region, often called “Scotland in Miniature” as all aspects of delightful Scottish scenery are found here. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2: STIRLING CASTLE & BANNOCKBURN VISITOR CENTER
Today you’ll visit Stirling Castle, a mighty stronghold that dominates the surrounding plain. Tour the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Center to learn about the medieval weapons and armor, walk the real battlefield where Scottish King Robert the Bruce defeated English troops, then enjoy a thrilling 3D battle show. (B, D)

Day 3: GLEN COE & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE
Head up into the majestic Highlands and journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Treat yourself to Scottish goods at a woollen mill and continue your journey north to the romantic Eilean Donan Castle. The first fortified castle was built in the 13th century, rebuilt several times and partially ruined in 1719. Check in to your charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh. (B, D)

Day 4: ISLE OF SKYE & DUNVEGAN CASTLE
Explore the Isle of Skye and its Bonnie Prince Charlie associations. Travel to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Admire the Trotternish Peninsula as you travel to visit Kilt Rock, a 200 foot (60m) high sea cliff with huge, vertical basalt columns. Visit Flora Macdonald’s grave in Kilmuir Graveyard and stop in Portree for free time. (B, D)

Day 5: CLAN DONALD CENTER & STEAM TRAIN RIDE
Discover the history of the Lords of the Isles at the Clan Donald Center at Armadale Castle. Embark on a ferry ride to Mallaig and transfer to a steam train for a ride through some of Scotland’s picturesque scenery. The steam train crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct, which was featured in some of the Harry Potter movies. Travel from Fort William to Inverness. (B, D)

Day 6: LOCH NESS CRUISE & URQUHART CASTLE
Keep your camera handy as you embark on a cruise of Loch Ness. Photo opportunities await as you approach the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Center to discover how British Government forces defeated the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie on 16th April 1746. This conflict was the end of the clan system in Scotland. Stop for photos at Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial place with a circle of standing stones that inspired the “Outlander” books. Return to Inverness for dinner and a gentle walking tour. (B, D)

Day 7: WHISKY TASTING & BRODIE CASTLE
See where many distilleries are based close to the pure water of the River Spey as you travel through part of the Speyside region. Visit a distillery to tour the facilities and sample a “wee dram.” Explore 16th century Brodie Castle, set in spacious grounds with its fairytale towers and turrets. The house contains fine furnishings, a collection of paintings and a library with over 6,000 volumes. Return to Inverness and relax before dinner in your hotel. (B, D)

Day 8: SHEEPDOGS & CULROSS WALK
Immerse yourself in farm life and enjoy a sheepdog demonstration, where dogs obey commands to round up sheep. In Pitlochry, browse and have lunch independently. Continue to Culross for a walking tour around the charming 16th century town. Highlights include the 1626 Town House with its 1783 tower, Culross Palace and on the hillside are the remains of Culross Abbey. Enjoy free time in Culross before heading to Edinburgh where a festive Scottish Evening with dinner and entertainment awaits. (B, D)

Day 9: EDINBURGH TOUR & PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE
Discover the old and new towns of Edinburgh. See how the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town are in stark contrast to the Georgian mansions of the 200-year old New Town. Tour the impressive Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of The Queen, and walk through the majestically furnished chambers. The balance of the day is free. On July 26 to August 16 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle esplanade. (B)

Day 10: TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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