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CIE Tours 2018 - 13 Day Scottish Isles & Glens

3 Star Vacation - 12 Nights /22 Meals
Overnights: 2 Drymen, near Glasgow, 2 Near Kyle of Lochalsh, 1 Ullapool, 2 Kirkwall, 2 Inverness, 3 Edinburgh
From Glasgow to Edinburgh
Tour Code #: GB-SIA-18-13D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $3,000

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:

 Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28 to August 13 departures. Enjoy dinner on board a ferry as you cruise to the Isles of Orkney. Board the classic and elegant steamship the Sir Walter Scott for a picturesque cruise of Loch Katrine.

Trip Highlights:

 
  • Inverewe Gardens: Inverewe Garden is a botanical garden in the Scottish Highlands. It is located just to the north of  Poolewe in Wester Ross, and is noted for the breadth of its collection. 
  • Isle of Orkney: Experience island life on the largest island of the Orkneys and enjoy the majestic and historic sights throughout the island. Stay in the capital, Kirkwall, where you will have free time to browse around on your own and dine independently. 
  • John o’Groats: John o' Groats is a village lying 2.5 miles NE of the village of Canisbay, Caithness,  in the far north of Scotland. 
  • Kilt Rock: One of these is the magnificent 90 meter Kilt Rock, which looks strikingly similar to a pleated  kilt. Made up of basalt columns resting on a sandstone base, one might even say that the colors  of the rock formation appear almost tartan. 
  • Loch Ness Cruise: This large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands is approximately 23 miles long and forms part of the Caledonian Canal. It is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 21.8 square miles after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as “Nessie”. 
  • Ring of Brodgar: The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle about 6 miles north-east of Stromness on  the Mainland, the largest island in Orkney, Scotland. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site  known as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. 
  • Skara Brae: These 5,000-year-old ruins are of an incredibly well preserved stone settlement containing an  intricate maze of dwellings. The site was revealed in 1850 by a violent storm and is now one of  the most famous Neolithic sites in Northern Europe. 
  • Urquhart Castle: Urquhart Castle sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. The castle is on the A82 road,  21 kilometres south-west of Inverness and 2 kilometres east of the village of Drumnadrochit. 
  • Dining Experiences:

     Nine 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)
    The Royal Hotel: Ullapool (1 night)
    Ayre Hotel: Kirkwall (2 nights)
    Columba Hotel: Inverness (2 nights)
    Apex Grassmarket Hotel: Edinburgh (3 nights)

    CIE International Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: GLASGOW ARRIVAL & LOCH KATRINE CRUISE
    Tour begins 3:00 PM, Drymen hotel, located 20 miles (30 km) north of Glasgow. Set out for a short drive through part of the Trossachs, often called “The Highlands in Miniature”. Embark on the steamboat “Sir Walter Scott” for a short cruise on Loch Katrine to admire lovely scenery. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

    Day 2: ISLE OF BUTE & MOUNT STUART HOUSE
    Journey across a scenic Highland route and over the mountain pass of “Rest & Be Thankful.” Ferry to the Isle of Bute for stunning island scenery. Take a guided tour of the highly-decorated chambers of Mount Stuart House, built in the late 1870s. See the many Victorian comforts that were highly innovative for the era. Spend some time in Rothesay, the main town on the island. Enjoy free time before dinner. (B, D)

    Day 3: LOCH LOMOND & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE
    Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Journey through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Travel through Fort William and stop at a woollen mill for some refreshment and shopping for Scottish goods. Visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle before heading 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. Tour the oldest continuously inhabited castles in Scotland -- Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. View priceless family heirlooms and stroll through formal gardens. Stop in picturesque Portree with its brightly-painted houses clustered around the bay. Enjoy free time before dinner. (B, D)

    Day 5: INVEREWE GARDENS & ULLAPOOL
    Take in the Highland scenery as you head to Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of trees and shrubs was created from 50 acres of bleak headland in 1862. The varied plantings thrive due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Continue to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port built in 1788. (B, D)

    Day 6: HIGHLAND SCENERY & ISLE OF ORKNEY
    Admire the rugged mountains, coastline and vast areas of open land of the sparsely populated northernmost section of the Highlands. Learn about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the United States, Australia and other countries. Continue to John O’Groats, the most northern place on the British mainland and take a ferry to the Isles of Orkney, enjoying dinner on board. (B, D)

    Day 7: ORKNEY SIGHTS & SKARA BRAE
    Today you’ll discover the Isles of Orkney starting with a drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines. Next, discover the charm of the tiny Italian Chapel, with its elaborate paintings. Visit Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old village with remains of dwellings and return to Kirkwall to see 12th century St. Magnus Cathedral. Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon and evening to browse around the town and dine independently. (B)

    Day 8: DUNROBIN CASTLE & INVERNESS
    Ferry back to the mainland and head to Dunrobin Castle, dating to 1275 but renovated in the mid-1800s. With 189 rooms this is the largest mansion in northern Scotland. Explore chambers containing priceless artifacts, including the dining room, music room and library with over 10,000 volumes. Continue south to Inverness, the principal town in the Highlands. (B, D)

    Day 9: URQUHART CASTLE & CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD
    Keep your camera handy as you cruise on Loch Ness to visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castles which was destroyed in Jacobite wars. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746, which ended the clan system in Scotland. Walk around the moor and see monuments to the various regiments who lost men. Stop for photos at Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial place with a circle of standing stones that inspired the “Outlander” books. Return to Inverness with time to relax, shop or walk alongside the river. (B, D)

    Day 10: SHEEPDOG TRIALS & WHISKY TASTING
    Immerse yourself in farm life at a Cairngorm Mountains farm and watch as skilled dogs obey commands to round up sheep. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and enjoy a tasting at the end of the tour. Head to Edinburgh where a festive Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment awaits. (B, D)

    Day 11: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
    Discover Edinburgh’s highlights including the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town”, and the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city where some houses reach 11 stories tall. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Stone of Scone and the Scottish Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free. On July 28 to August 13 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. (B)

    Day 12: FREE DAY IN EDINBURGH
    Spend the day on an independent hop-on hop-off bus tour of Edinburgh. Enjoy a walking tour around parts of the city’s historic areas – you will have a selection of different tours and routes from which to choose. (B)

    Day 13: TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
    Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)  >

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