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Scotland and the Edinburgh Tattoo – 14 Days

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August 9, 2019 Double: $6,395 , Single: $7,695 Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.     TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT Highlands heave above stone cities, ancient castles, deep lochs, and…

August 9, 2019

Double: $6,395 , Single: $7,695

Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp.

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.

 

 

TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT

Highlands heave above stone cities, ancient castles, deep lochs, and battlefields. Scotland’s story is one of fierce pride, bravery, and spirit, grown in its moors and isles, built into its monuments, music, and legends, and fostered by its friendly people. Experience Scotland’s story!

From Glasgow, we’ll explore the Isle of Bute and tour Mount Stuart House and Gardens, a mansion once the most advanced of its day. We’ll visit five castles, including Doune, Scotland’s best-preserved medieval fortress, spectacular Stirling, including a guided tour of the beautiful Old Town, and the Urquhart Castle ruins on legendary Loch Ness.

Travel through gorgeous Glencoe, Scotland’s most scenic glen, for a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train. Step back in time with a visit to Culloden Moor, the Clava Cairns circular burial chambers, and the Crannog Centre. Taste a wee dram of single malt at Glenfarclas Distillery, shop in Grantown-on-Spey, and stay in pretty Pitlochry’s Atholl Palace.

Our story ends on a high note as we return to Edinburgh. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, visit Edinburgh Castle, and wrap it all up with a performance by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo!

 

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

In the heart of Scotland’s capital, on the black crags of Castle Rock, the ancient walls of Edinburgh Castle are lit against a darkening summer sky. Centuries of clan history hang in the air as the Massed Pipes and Drums march from the archway between statues of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. The drums pound and the bagpipes reach a battlefield pitch.

When the Massed Military Band emerges from the castle gates playing the battle tunes of Scotland’s famed regiments, it’s emotional. Spectacular displays from almost a thousand performers – pipers, drummers, singers, and dancers – keep the Tattoo fresh, exciting, and alive for the faithful fans who return every year. This unforgettable night is brought to a heart-stirring and poignant close as a lone piper, spotlit high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament. Fireworks, a mass chorus of Auld Lang Syne from the audience, and the roar of military jets overhead bring the curtain down on this truly memorable night.

 

 

Price Includes

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers in Scotland, motorcoach transportation, 12 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 12 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.

 

Highlights

• New Lanark
• Mount Stuart
• Doune Castle
• Dunblane Cathedral
• Stirling: Stirling Castle, guided walking tour
• Bannockburn Heritage Centre
• Culross Palace
• Glencoe Visitor Centre
• Highland Titles
• Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig (1st class ticket)
• Commando Monument
• Urquhart Castle
• Culloden Moor
• Clava Cairns
• Elgin Cathedral
• Duffus Castle
• Glenfarclas Distillery
• Speyside Heather Centre
• Cairngorm Funicular Railway
• Crannog Centre
• The Hermitage
• Scone Palace
• St. Andrews
• Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle, guided city tour
• The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

 

Accommodation

Glasgow: Grand Central Hotel (2 nights)
Dunblane: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro (2 nights)
Fort William: The Moorings Hotel (2 nights)
Grantown-on-Spey: Grant Arms Hotel (1 night)
Kingussie: Duke of Gordon Hotel (2 nights)
Pitlochry: Atholl Palace Hotel (1 night)
Musselburgh: Carberry Tower Hotel (2 nights)

 

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Scotland and the Edinburgh Tattoo – 14 Days

Day 1-2: Flight to Glasgow, New Lanark

Upon your arrival at Glasgow Airport, you will be met by your DeNureTours Tour Director and travel south of Glasgow to New Lanark for a guided tour of this award-winning world heritage site. This unique 18th-century mill village on the River Clyde was managed by enlightened social pioneer, Robert Owen. In the 1700s, Owen provided fair wages, free healthcare, education, decent homes, and a workplace nursery school! See the restored millworkers’ houses and historic working machinery. Visit the mill shop that sells local textiles (tartans!), and the nearby ‘Fallsof Clyde’ waterfalls. You will have free time for lunch on your own and dinner back at the hotel.

Stay: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Nights: 2
Meals: D

Day 3: Ferry to Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart House & Gardens

This morning take a ferry ride to the Isle of Bute, an island in the Firth of Clyde divided in two by the Highland Boundary Fault. A guided tour of Mount Stuart shows us the original house built in 1719. The main part of the house is a flamboyant example of 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture. Enjoy free time to explore the gardens, the formal areas exuding a Mediterranean feel that resembles an Italian villa landscape; the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world. We’ll head back to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 4: Falkirk Wheel, Kelpies, Doune Castle, Dunblane Cathedral

Today travel into the heart of what was Industrial Scotland. Start your day with a photo stop at the Falkirk Wheel. Marvel at this perfectly balanced structure – the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. The unique shape of the structure was inspired by various sources: Celtic double-headed spear, a vast turning propeller of a Clydebank ship, or the ribcage of a whale. Your next stop is The Kelpies. The name reflects the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 100 horses. The Kelpies follows the lineage of the heavy horse industry and economy. Each stands over 30 m tall and weigh over 300 tons. The stainless-steel skin reflects the light of day and night making it an amazing sight in all weather.

Your day of touring continues with a visit to Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold. The castle was originally built in the thirteenth century, then damaged in the Scottish Wars of Independence, before being rebuilt in its present form in the late 14th century. Today the castle has taken on new life. Parts of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed at Doune Castle and it has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of the movie. Recently Doune Castle has been used as Castle Leoch for Outlander series. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a self-guided tour of Dunblane Cathedral. Situated on a Christian site since the year 600, its ancient walls stand as one of the few surviving medieval churches in Scotland. 

Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 5: Stirling Castle & Guided City Tour, Bannockburn, Culross Palace

This morning we’ll head to Stirling Castle for a wonderful guided tour followed by a walking tour of the town. Dating back to the 11th century, the castle is intact, the gardens are lovely, and the tour guide provides a living history in period costume. Next, we’ll stop at The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre which is situated at one of the most important historic sites in Scotland. During your visit, you will experience medieval combat like never before. The parkland around the centre allows visitors to appreciate the battleground and commemorative monuments. On to Culross Palace for a guided tour of Scotland’s most picturesque village. The walls are the colour of turmeric, the roof tiles a ruddy red. Culross is an example of 17th-century port life. Cobbled streets stretch from the market to the hilltop abbey. The garden of the palace has herbs, fruit and vegetables. It is simply lovely. We’ll arrive back at our hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 6: Glencoe Visitor Centre, Highland Titles

Today begins with a stop at The Green Welly on the way to Glencoe. The Green Welly carries the famed Scottish green rubber boots, as well as trending whiskey, outdoor clothing, gifts, and more. Continuing your days’ journey, we’ll arrive in Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous, most historic, and recently voted most romantic glen. Stroll the Glencoe Forrest with a local guide and learn all about the important reforestation and ecology of the area. After lunch on your own, we’ll head for Alderney to the Highland Titles nature preserve where, should you so choose, you can purchase a title as a Scottish Laird, Lord, or Lady of Glencoe. Title profits help restore land that was once overworked from centuries of farming and commercial forestry. Today, it is a beautiful place that “conserves Scotland one square foot at a time.”

Stay: The Moorings Hotel, Fort William
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 7: Jacobite Steam Train, Mallaig

All Aboard! This morning we’ll leave Fort William aboard the Jacobite Steam Train. The Jacobite runs 41 miles, passing through an area of great scenic beauty made famous by the Harry Potter films, including Loch Eil, Glenfinnan Viaduct, and Arisaig. The company running the Jacobite service provided Warner Brothers with the train used as the Hogwarts Express in all the movies and allowed them use of the Jacobite’s route for filming.

We’ll arrive in the seaport town of Mallaig in time for lunch. Restaurants in Mallaig get fresh fish every morning form the boats arriving at the pier – be sure to order the fish and chips! After lunch, a short ferry ride takes us to the beautiful Isle of Skye. It is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Renowned for its natural beauty, it offers plenty of wildlife, history, geology, mind-blowing scenery, and hill walking. The Cuillin mountain range is the most outstanding feature on Skye and the peaks are visible from all over the islands. The day ends with a train ride back to Fort William and dinner at The Moorings Hotel.

Meals: B, D

Day 8: Urquhart Castle, Culloden Moor, Clava Cairns

Explore the wild natural beauty of Urquhart Castle. 1,000 years of history show off the Highlands at their most dramatic here. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage. This is where St. Columba is said to have worked miracles in the 6th century, where acts of chivalry and defiance provided inspiration during the Wars of Independence, and where the MacDonald Lords of the Isles struggled with the Crown for power.

Enjoy the stunning scenery as you journey to Grantown-on-Spey. Along the way, stop at the Culloden Battlefield. Find out more about the events leading up to the Battle of Culloden and learn what happened during the battle and afterward. 1,200 men died in just one hour at Culloden, the last fought on British soil. The site has been restored to that seen by the forces on that fateful day in April 1746.

On a gravel terrace above the River Nairn stands one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric monuments. The Clava Cairns make up an ancient cemetery dominated by a line of three cairns enclosed by stone circles. Throughout four millennia, the Clava Cairns has been regarded as a special place.

Stay: Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 9: Elgin Cathedral, Duffus Castle, Glenfarclas Distillery

Today we travel from Grantown-on-Spey to Kingussie. We’ll arrive in the morning at Elgin Cathedral for a self-guided tour. An historic relic known as the“Lanternof the North,” the cathedral stands as one of Scotland’s most ambitious medieval buildings. Expressive carvings and statues appeal, and here you will find Scotland’s tallest gravestone in the south choir aisle. Continue on to Duffus Castle, the medieval stronghold of the Moray family, and a showcase of Scotland’s finest motte and bailey castles.

Next stop is the Village of Fochabers for lunch on your own at Baxter’s. With a 147-year legacy of fine food with big flavour, each recipe is carefully developed by Audrey Baxter and a dedicated team of chefs. Free time in Fochabers to shop before continuing on to Glenfarclas Distillery for a 90-minute tour and tasting of some good ol’ Glenlivet. “Fromgrain to glass,” the distillery has been family-owned for six generations by the Grant family. Dinner is at your hotel this evening.

Stay: Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 10: Speyside Heather Centre, Cairngorm Finicular Railway

A day of touring beginning with a photo stop in the Village of Carrbridge. We’ll shop at the Speyside Heather Centre in Grantown-on-Spey for flowers, tea, collectables, and gifts. On to Aviemore for lunch and free time before we hop on the Funicular Railway and head for the sky and panoramic views at 3,500ft. A viewing terrace, exhibition, shop, and the highest post box in the British isles greet us at the top.

Meals: B, D

Day 11: Crannog Centre, Free Time in Pitlochry, The Hermitage

Spend the morning at the Crannog Centre, an ancient roundhouse on Loch Tay displaying underwater artefacts. Costumed docents demonstrate what life was like for those who lived here 2500 years ago. Pitlochry is yours to explore as you wish with plenty of free time today. It’s a popular town with great scenery and home to Scotland’s smallest distillery. It benefits from a lovely setting on the River Tummel, backed by Ben Vrackie. Visit Pitlochry Power Station and Dam which has the unusual attraction of a salmon ladder. Why not pop into Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest distillery, for an intimate tour and a wee dram. The main street has lots of souvenir shops. We’ll go for a walk in the woods at The Hermitage before heading back to the hotel for dinner. The River Braan has leaping salmon, Douglas Firs tower over Ossian’s Hall and Ossian’s Cave, and the overlook at spectacular Black Linn Falls is breathtaking. 

Stay: Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 12: Scone Palace, St. Andrews, Free Time

We’ll start today with guided tour of Scone Palace. This A-listed historic house gets a 5-star tourism rating. Near the village of Scone, the palace is built of red sandstone and it is one of the best examples of late Georgian Gothic style in the United Kingdom. For 1,000 years, Scone was the crowning place of Scottish kings and the home of the Stone of Scone. Next, we’ll visit one of Europe’s finest towns, St. Andrews. It is a place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort, and the world’s home of golf. St. Andrews University, founded in 1410, dominates the centre of town. Enjoy free time exploring the cobbled streets, the ruined castle and abbey, or walking the west sands and watching the golfers tee off at the Royal and Ancient. Come together for dinner at the hotel this evening.

Stay: Carberry Tower Hotel, Musselburgh
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 13: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

After breakfast at the hotel, stop at Dobbies Garden Centre for lunch on the way to Edinburgh. Take in the sights and sounds of this fascinating city during a guided tour, including Edinburgh Castle. The town comes alive during festival time with many plays and concerts going on, some right in the middle of the street.

This evening we are in for a special highlight: the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit Edinburgh Castle, almost a thousand musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform on the cobbled Esplanade. This unforgettable spectacle is brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as a lone piper, spot-lit high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament. Fireworks, a mass chorus of Auld Lang Syne from the audience bring the curtain down on a truly memorable night’s entertainment.

Meals: B, D

Day 14: Return Flight Home

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Glasgow Airport for your return flight home.

Meals: B

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