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Scottish Highlands & Islands – 13 Days

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May 29, 2019 Double: $5,595, Single: $6,695 Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.     TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT Fly to Glasgow and embark on an unforgettable adventure of Scotland’s highlands and islands (Hebrides). It is a green…

May 29, 2019

Double: $5,595, Single: $6,695

Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.

 

 

TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT

Fly to Glasgow and embark on an unforgettable adventure of Scotland’s highlands and islands (Hebrides). It is a green landscape carved with crystal clear lochs and rugged mountains, wrapped by miles of beaches with blazing sunsets. It is a land of old legends and fresh highland air.

A walking tour unveils the secrets of Old Town Stirling along cobbled streets to Stirling Castle. The Bannockburn Heritage Centre brings alive the battle that won Scotland its independence in 1314. The Crannog roundhouse displays Iron Age crafts, demonstrations, and underwater relics on lovely Loch Tay. En route to the Western Isles, we’ll see falconry at turreted Dunrobin Castle and sample single malts at Glenmorangie Distillery before our ferry to Stornoway.

Discover the Dun Carloway Broch ruins and the Stones of Callanish on a tour of the Isle of Lewis. On the Isle of Benbecula, our guide weaves local lore around the spectacular landscape of the Outer Hebrides. We’ll visit the Cruachan Mountain Visitor Centre and unorthodox St Conan’s Kirk on the Loch of Awe. Gorgeous Kilmartin Glen, one of the world’s most significant archaeological landscapes, has stone circles, cairns, and 6,000-year-old artefacts.

Enjoy free time (and seafood) in lovely Oban before returning to Glasgow for your return flight home.

 

Standing Stones of Calanais

Mystery surrounds the ancient megaliths found in the Outer Hebrides. The Standing Stones of Callanish are an extraordinary setting of stones constructed in a cruciform pattern 5,000 years ago. Predating England’s famous Stonehenge, they speak to a sophisticated ritualistic society, the stones possibly linked to the magical light of the moon. Antiquarian William Stukely once explained it as a Druidical Circle. It is widely believed that the stones functioned as an astronomical calendar, but archeologists are now beginning to rethink that theory based on new evidence. No matter the true story behind these legendary cairns and stones, be prepared to be amazed… and perhaps develop your own theory!

 

 

Price Includes

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers in Scotland, motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 11 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

• Guided walking tour of Stirling
• Guided tour of the Bannockburn Heritage Centre
• Guided tour of the Scottish Crannog Centre
• Cairngorm Funicular Railway
• Dunrobin Castle including Falconry display
• Glenmorangie Distillery tour and tasting
• Falls of Shin (photo stop)
• Guided tour of the Isle of Lewis
• Standing Stones of Callanish
• Cruachan Mountain Visitor Centre including guided tour of Power Station
• Guided tour of St Conan’s Kirk
• Kilmartin Museum

 

Accommodation

Stirling: Colessio Hotel (2 nights)
Tain: Mansfield Castle (1 night)
Stornoway: Caberfeidh Hotel (2 nights)
Isle of Benbecula: Benbecula House Hotel (2 nights)
Fort William: Nevis Bank Hotel (1 night)
Inveraray: Loch Fyne Hotel (2 nights)
Glasgow: Apex Glasgow City Hotel (1 night)

 

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Scottish Highlands & Islands – 13 Days

Day 1-2: Fly to Glasgow, Falkirk Wheel & Kelpies

Start your Scottish adventure with an overnight flight to Glasgow. Upon arrival you will be greeted by your DeNureTours representative and travel to the Falkirk Wheel. This perfectly balanced structure is the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. The unique shape of the structure is claimed to have been inspired by various source: a Celtic double-headed spear, a vast turning propeller of a Clydebank ship, the ribcage of a whale, and the spine of a fish.

Next we’ll stop for a photo at The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world. The name reflects the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 100 horses. Each stands over 30 meters tall and weighs over 300 tons. We will retire at day’s end at the hotel in Stirling.

Stay: Colessio Hotel, Stirling
Nights: 2
Meals: D

Day 3: Stirling Sightseeing, Bannockburn Heritage Centre, Culross

Begin your day with a walking tour of Stirling. Explore majestic Stirling Castle, a great symbol of Scottish independence and a source of national pride. Knights, nobles, and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling Castle to revel in the castle’s grandeur.

We’ll travel to the Bannockburn Heritage Centre, situated at one of the most important historic sites in Scotland. Learn about this victory, significant to Scottish history, and experience medieval combat! Take your place among fearless medieval warriors and discover how the tactics of two opposing kings, Robert the Bruce and Edward II, changed the path of Scotland.

Next we’ll make our way to the Royal Burgh of Culross, a town that time has passed by. It is the most complete example of a Burgh from the 17th and 18th centuries in Scotland today. Enjoy a guided tour around the reconstructed early 17th-century palace garden, perhaps meeting the Scots Dumpy hens. (The village was used as a film site in the Outlander TV series). Return to Stirling and enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 4: Scottish Crannog Centre, Cairngorm Funicular Railway

A unique experience awaits you at The Scottish Crannog Centre. Beside Loch Tay, the Crannog is an authentic, reconstructed Iron Age loch-dwelling, modelled after excavated evidence from the 2,500-year-old‘ Oakbank Crannog.’ It is one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay. Learn about the people who lived here and their way of life.

This afternoon we’ll head to Cairngorm for a Funicular Railway ride to the Top Station at 3,500 ft for panoramic views. Eat at the Ptarmigan Restaurant, shop, or send yourself a post card from the highest post box in the UK.

Arrive in Tain to finish off your day and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. 

Stay: Mansfield Castle, Tain
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 5: Dunrobin Castle, Glenmorangie Distillery

Dunrobin Castle is a charming way to start the day. The stately home of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland overlooks beautiful Dornoch Firth. The present building and the gardens were added by Sir Charles Barry between 1835 and 1850. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the house and spend time wandering through the magnificent property.

After lunch, enjoy a guided tour and tasting at Glenmorangie Distillery. Glenmorangie is categorized as a Highland distillery and boasts the tallest stills in Scotland. From here the coach follows the winding road through Achany Glen to the Falls of Shin. It’s a great place to get out and stretch your legs – there are natural and easy trails suitable for everyone.

Tonight, take the evening ferry from Ullapool to Stornaway. Enjoy dinner onboard before arriving in at your hotel in Stornaway for the next two nights.

Stay: Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 6: Isle of Lewis, Callanish Stones

Spend the day touring Lewis, the most northerly of the Western Isles, with a local guide. An area rich in prehistoric remains, this island is full of interesting places to visit and fascinating things to see. Your guide adds local flavour to the history of this lovely island.

Next, lunch at the Callanish Stones, one of Scotland’s most magnificent and best-preserved monuments! Placed in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle, the standing stones were erected in the late Neolithic era and were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. Arrive back at your hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 7-8: Isle of Benbecula, Barra

Spend the next two days exploring the islands of Benbecula and Barra with a local guide. Benbecula, in Gaelic, means“Mountainof the Ford,” referencing the solitary island hill of Rueval. This island is a stepping stone between North and South Uist. The islands are connected by a series of causeways but, once upon a time, crossing to the Uists would have meant fording the dangerous stretches of tidal sands.
Next day, explore the tiny island of Barra. Coined“Barradise,”this area is known for its empty golden beaches, sandy grasslands, wild flowers, and rugged interior. Tonight, return to your hotel for dinner with fellow travellers.

Stay: Benbecula House Hotel, Isle of Benbecula
Nights: 2
Meals: B x 2, L x 2, D x 2

Day 9: Uig, Fort William

Leaving the Outer Hebrides behind this morning you travel by ferry to Uig. The bustling and thriving port of Uig is situated on the north west coast of the beautiful Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye is known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages, and medieval castles. The largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago, it has an indented coastline of peninsulas and narrow lochs, radiating out from a mountainous interior.

This afternoon we’ll stop for a photo at Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic images of Scotland. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is one of the most photographed attractions in the Scottish Highlands. This evening we arrive in Fort William and have dinner at the hotel.

Stay: Nevis Bank Hotel, Fort William
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 10: Inveraray

After breakfast we’ll head for the Cruachan Mountain Visitor Centre, stopping briefly at the Green Welly for goodies, gifts and of course, the green rubber boots that gave the shop its name and Scotland some fame. Next we’ll stop for lunch at the Hollow Mountain Cafe at Cruachan – local, fresh, and delicious!

This afternoon we’ll see Scottish power up close in a guided tour of Cruachan Hollow Mountain, before heading to St. Conan’s Kirk for another guided tour. Unconventional in design, this enchanting building on the shores of Loch Awe has magical stories to tell.

The day ends at the edge of the idyllic town of Inveraray. Enjoy your stay at the popular Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa with uninterrupted views of Loch Fyne, the longest sea loch in the west coast of Scotland, renowned for hand-dived oysters. Relax at the spa and leisure club before dinner this evening.

Stay: Loch Fayne Hotel & Spa, Inveraray
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 11: Kilmartin Museum, Oban

Today a visit to Kilmartin Glen brightens the morning. Kilmartin is home to over 800 internationally significant prehistoric and early historic monuments. This area dates back over 5,000 years, making it mainland Scotland’s most important archaeological landscape. While here, visit the Kilmartin Museum which is continually uncovering new and exciting artefacts all the time.

We’ll arrive in Oban in time for lunch and shopping. Oban is a gateway town and port in western Scotland. Tiny in stature, but big in seafood, pretty landscapes, seascapes, castles, and attractions, Oban swells with tourists heading for the Hebridean Islands. After plenty of free time in Oban, we’ll head back to the hotel for dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day 12: Glasgow, Free Time

Our final destination today is Glasgow. We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and top off in the village of Luss for a break and a photo opportunity. Luss is a tourist-oriented conservation community with picturesque cottages, a kiltmaker, and a bagpipe works. We’ll arrive at our 4-star landmark hotel shortly after noon. Check-in and the afternoon is yours. Meet back at the hotel this evening for a farewell dinner.

Stay: Apex Glasgow City Hotel, Glasgow
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 13: Return Flight Home

After a hearty Scottish breakfast your coach will transfer you to Glasgow Airport for your return flight home.

Meals: B

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