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SPECTACULAR SCOTLAND
INCLUDING THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILATARY TATOO PARADE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL AT FABULOUS EDINBURGH CASTLE


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Bagpipe Parade
at the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

Trip dates August 8-15,2022

With Optional two night “Outlander”/”G.O.T”. sites pre tour in Glasgow

Pre tour dates: August 6-8, 2022

& Optional 3 day post trip visit of Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park
and Inverness, in the beautiful Scottish Highlands

Post tour dates Aug 15-18, 2022

Join us for a special visit to Scotland. Scotland’s biggest party is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo where an enormous parade of Scottish bagpipe players march across the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh Castle, along with other acts playing traditional Scottish music and acts invited from other countries playing a bit of their native music.

A spectacular laser show on and over the castle followed by an equally spectacular fireworks show above the castle concludes this amazing and memorable event and we will have reserved seating for it all in this most incredible setting at the Edinburgh Castle.

Our trip also includes a guided tour of the country, showing us the stunning beauty across Scotland, as well as 5 included dinners (one of which is a fabulous Scottish dinner with traditional Scottish music and dancing in Edinburgh on day 6 of our tour ).

If you want more fun, join us for our optional 2 night pre tour featuring visits to sites from the hit TV shows “Outlander” and Game of Thrones”, our optional 3 night post tour with a boat ride on legendary Loch Ness and a visit to the charming village of Inverness and its surrounding quaint countryside villages.


Inveraray Castle, one of three fabulous castles we will visit on our tour of Spectacular Scotland

Highlights of our 7 day tour of Scotland August 8-15, 2022:

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

• Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo is a huge parade and Scottish music & arts festival, with the magnificent setting of the Royal Edinburgh Castle. A spectacular laser show projected on the castle walls, followed by an equally spectacular fireworks show caps off this amazing evening. It is a truly unforgettable event to witness in an amazing setting.
• Blair Athol Distillery
• Blair Castle
• Culloden Battlefield
• Edinburgh Castle
• Cruise on Loch Lomond - enjoy a scenic cruise along Loch Lomond to admire breathtaking seascapes
• Inveraray Castle
• Isle of Skye
• Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
• St Andrews
Dining Experiences:
• 7 breakfasts & 5 dinners - including a festive Scottish evening dinner with traditional local music in Edinburgh are all included in your trip price.

 

ITINERARY (B,L,D indicate included meals that day). All tours listed in the itinerary  are included in your trip price

Monday August 8th 2022– Glasgow

Arrive into Glasgow Scotland on your own arrangement this morning.  Transfers from the airport to the tour’s group hotel are available for only $15 per person (please provide us your flight info.60 days prior to arrival)

Our first day’s Tour begins at 2:30 PM at our Glasgow hotel.

Set out on a tour of central Glasgow’s highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding. Visit extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Upon returning to the hotel this evening, chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink.

Note – As today’s city tour begins at 2:30pm, we suggest booking our optional one night pre tour program, to allow yourself an evening and the following morning to relax in Glasgow, before the city tour this afternoon.  Details of the optional one night pre tour program are listed at the bottom of the trip itinerary.

Tuesday August 9th, 2022 - LOCH LOMOND CRUISE & INVERARAY CASTLE

Today we will embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond in Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first national park, where we will appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Along the cruise, admire the mighty bulk of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro, as well as the jagged shoulders of the Arrochar Alps.  Browse around the town of Inveraray and have lunch on your own before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in the “Downton Abbey” series. Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven. (B, D)

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Inveraray Castle

Wed. August 10th 2022 - ROAD TO THE ISLES & ISLE OF SKYE
Take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Isle of Skye and Visit the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Keep your camera handy on your way to Nairn as you travel the shores of Loch Ness, famed for the “mythical legend of the Loch Ness Monster”. (B, D)

Rugged mountain scenery. Several sharp prominences of bare grey rock stand out on a long ridge leading to more hills beyond.
The vertical west face of the Bastier Tooth (a top next to Am Basteir) in the Cuillin, with Sgùrr nan Gillean in the background
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Bla Bheinn from Loch Slapin

 

Thursday August 11th 2022 - CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD & SHEEPDOG TRIALS

A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre where the British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly named Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the moorland and the visitor center. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)

Friday August 12th 2022   BLAIR CASTLE & WHISKY TASTING

Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the gardens, hotel museum, or browsing around Pitlochry. (B, D)

Saturday August 13th 2022 - GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS

Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This majestic building is filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse through the medieval town before we are returned by coach to Edinburgh where we will check into our hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure (B)

Sunday August 14th  2022  -  EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR;
EDINBURGH ROYAL MILITARY TATOO PARADE, LASER SHOW AND FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Today we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Edinburgh.  Explore Edinburgh to compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining and then we will be taken to Edinburgh Castle to enjoy our included reserved seating this evening at the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Parade, Laser Show and beautiful fireworks along the Esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle. (B)

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacular like no other, all set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.  Celebrating glorious symmetries through precision-led performances, with the British Army at the fore, military and cultural acts from across the globe will be joined by the iconic Massed Pipes and Drums, Pipers Trail, Tattoo Dance Company and Hjaltibonhoga.

Bigger, better and more technically thrilling than ever before, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an experience for the senses.

There is nothing more memorable or powerful as watching 200 bagpipers March into the arena from Edinburg Castle. All of the performances throughout the evening are a mix of colorful, fun, patriotic plus amazing laser projections on the castle walls perfectly accenting the show. There is not a dull moment or bad view in the entire place and the fireworks at the end is the cherry on top!

Here is what one reviewer said after attending the performance last year:

“The Tattoo – In one word – Fantastic”

Other reviews of this spectacular event:

“There were bagpipes from all over the world, huge horses with drums on either side thumping a big rhythm. Massed pipes and armed forces bands from all over the world united in a great display with amazing laser projections on the castle ramparts”

“The USA was represented by a number of groups including the Air Force Drill
team with their precision rifle and bayonet work.”

“The highlight for me was the 'Top Secret' Drummers from Basel in Switzerland.  Their performance is wonderfully synchronized and entertaining”
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“Ending with Auld Land Syne, we went to our beds very happy”

Another reviewer wrote:
“It was spectacular! I thought it would be all bag pipers, and there were a lot, but there were acts from all over the world: Switzerland, India, Africa, etc. All brought their unique music and style of clothes and dancing to the event. We timed our Scotland trip to experience the Tattoo. We were not disappointed. The entire evening at Edinburgh castle was truly outstanding, and is indescribable.  A once in a lifetime event.”

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A picture of the magnificent Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo Parade at the Esplanade of the Royal Edinburgh Castle

Monday August 15th 2022 – Its time to fly home.  Transfer from the hotel to the airport is available for only $15 per person. (Please provide us with your flight schedule approx. 60 days prior to the trip.)

Hotels on our tour:

  • Glasgow (1 night) Hilton Glasgow
  • Ballachulish (1 night) Isles of Glencoe Hotel
  • Nairn (1 night) Muthu Newton Hotel
  • Pitlochry (2 nights) Atholl Palace Hotel,
  • Edinburgh; (2 nights) - Norton House Hotel & Spa 

Trip Price:  Only $2999 with a non smoking roommate of the same gender assigned

Single room supplement:   Add an additional $999 for the privacy of your own room  (Very limited availability. * Note passengers booked on the 2021 tour in single occupancy, who were transferred to the 2022 tour, will still receive the lower single supplement of the 2021 tour)

Your seven day tour of Scotland includes

  • 7 nights accommodations as listed above
  • Daily sightseeing via air conditioned motor-coach with local professional guide
  • Entrance fees to all visited sites
  • Reserved seating and entrance fees at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Bagpipe parade, laser and fireworks show
  • Meals as indicated in the trip itinerary
  • Roommate of the same gender assigned if requested
  • Trip escort from S.C.A.T.

Hotels on our tour:

Hilton Glasgow, Glasgow

One of Glasgow’s most stylish hotels, Hilton Glasgow offers 319 contemporary bedrooms providing every comfort, designed to make your stay as relaxed as possible. Each room boasts an LCD television with on-demand movies, high speed internet access and complimentary toiletries. 

Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish, Scotland (1 night on day 2)

Situated in a breathtaking lochside setting at the foot of dramatic Glencoe, this historic hotel really is a Highland home away from home. All the rooms reflect the region’s Highland heritage, with many offering stunning views of the loch and the breathtaking mountain scenery all around. The hotel serves as a base from which guests can explore the Glencoe and Fort William areas or discover many of the local activities and attractions, from golf to the great outdoors. Enjoy complimentary use of the nearby health club, with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, bio-sauna and exercise room.

Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn  (one night on day 3)

Muthu Newton Hotel is close to the Nairn golfing links and the Moray Firth offering unrivalled peace and tranquility. Just 10 miles from Inverness airport and less than a mile from Nairn train station. Once frequented by Charlie Chaplin it stands overlooking the Moray Firth and beyond to the Black Isle. The Hotel has 63 rooms with a lush view, the Highland Conference Centre and a wedding venue. The sea-side town of Nairn is one of the prime locations and one of the sunniest spots in Scotland. 

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (two nights on days 4-5)

Originally opened in Victorian times, the Atholl Palace Hotel retains many features of a traditional large country house, with relaxing public areas. The historic nature of the hotel means that every bedroom is unique, with quirky original features, outstanding views and furnishings of the highest standards. The Verandah Restaurant is famed for its stunning views and its quality cuisine, using the very best of local produce. The Stag's Head bar offers a wide range of malt whiskies. The hotel is located in spacious gardens and is within a 15-minute walk of the town of Pitlochry.
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Norton House Hotel & Spa, suburban Edinburgh (2 nights on days 6-7)

Set in a Victorian mansion in 55 acres of grounds, Norton House features a luxury spa, award-winning restaurant and boutique rooms with free internet.  The Edinburgh city center is a 20-minute drive, and Edinburgh Airport is 3 miles away. Guests can relax in the sauna, steam room or hydrotherapy pool in the luxurious spa. The health club also has a swimming pool with feature fountains, a fully equipped gym and treatment rooms. Guests will enjoy included private coach transport from our hotel to and back from the Royal Military Tattoo on the Esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle, provided by the tour operator.

Payments:

  • A deposit of $750 is due within 7 days of making your reservation.  Deposits can be made on our website using our secure credit card payment server or by calling our office during business hours.  Passengers who make their deposit online at the time of submitting their reservation online will receive an additional $25 off their trip price, which will be applied at the date the balance payments are invoiced.
  • A $400 deposit  is due within 7 days of booking the optional 3 night post tour extension program (see post tour itinerary details below)
  • No deposit is required when booking the optional 2 night pre tour program (see details below)
  • All balance payments are due April 15th, 2022 and all passengers will receive an email invoice for this approx. 2 weeks before it is due.



Cancelation terms for this special event trip:


If you have traveled with us before and you are booked in single occupancy or with your own friend as your roommate then you can cancel for a full refund of your deposit any time until January 5th, 2022

If you have traveled with us before and have requested a roommate be assigned to you, then you can cancel for a full refund of your deposit any time until November 15th, 2021.

If you have not traveled with us before and you are booked in single occupancy or with your own friend as your roommate then you can cancel for a full future trip credit of your deposit any time until January 5th, 2022. The credit is good toward any trip in 2022 or 2023

If you have not traveled with us before and have requested a roommate be assigned to you, then you can cancel for a full future trip credit of your deposit any time until November 15th, 2021.   The credit is good toward any trip in 2022 or 2023

OPTIONAL PRE AND POST TOUR PROGRAMS

TWO NIGHT PRE TOUR PROGRAM AUGUST 6-8, 2022

Enjoy a pre tour weekend of fun featuring a full day tour seeing some of the fabulous castles, gardens, palaces and mills in the countryside and villages outside Glasgow.  All of the sites on today’s tour were featured in either of two tremendously popular TV shows, namely “Outlander” and “Game of Thrones”. (or for those folks with older memories, some may recognize one of the castles from the hit film Monty Python and the Holy Grail).

The full day tour is exclusively for our passengers and not shared with anyone else. It is designed to be enjoyed by 7 people in a luxury Mercedes minivan with its very own local guide who will not only enthrall you with tales from the TV shows filmed at these sites, but will also introduce you to other wonderful sights and stories from beautiful Scotland.

Our Mercedes Minivans private touring vehicles are equipped with:

  • Bottled water on board
  • WiFi on board
  • Air-conditioning
  • Charging facilities for lap-tops, cell phones and tablets

 

Saturday August 6th, 2022 – Arrive in Glasgow on your own flight arrangement and make your own way to our group’s hotel in Glasgow, (The Hilton Glasgow, as listed in the trip itinerary).   This evening we will have a meet and greet with your trip leader for the week and the rest of our pre tour passengers at our hotel and then we will have a group dinner.

“Outlander” and “Game of Thrones” were both massive worldwide hit TV shows, huge productions, loved by millions the whole world over, and filmed and shot on location here in Scotland at some of the most stunning and historic venues we have.



Full day sightseeing tour Itinerary


After our private vehicle picks us up at our hotel, we will:

Stop At:   Falkland Palace & Garden
Although Falkland Palace, technically, is still the property of the Crown, since it’s acquisition by the 3rd Marquess of Bute in 1887, the property has been in the keepership of the Crichton Stuart family. The village and palace have appeared a few times in the series. I season 1, the village is used to portray post war Inverness in 1946, where Claire & Frank spend their 2nd honeymoon. Whilst looking in to Frank’s ancestral history, they both secretly watch a pagan ritual at the standing stones. Claire returns alone to the stones and falls through time to 1743.
Duration of the visit: 45 minutes

Stop At:   Culross Palace
This is top of the list for many Outlander enthusiasts, and simply must be visited. Highly regarded as one of the finest examples of a Royal Burgh (a Burgh which has been granted a Royal charter from the Crown), from the 17th & 18th century, and a fine jewel in the crown within the Kingdom of Fife. It is one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland, whether you are an Outlander fan or not. Duration: 30 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included Stop At:   Blackness Castle Built in the 1400’s on the site of an earlier fort, Blackness was the main port serving Linlithgow, which was one of Scotland’s monarch’s main residence. It has served both as a state prison and a minor garrison. Although thought to be one of the best and most advanced (at the time) artillery fortifications in the land, after a long siege it fell into the hands Cromwell’s New Model Army. In Outlander, it was used to represent Fort William, where Jamie had received lashes from Captain Randall. It’s also where Jamie’s father died, after watching his son being punished. Later in the season 1, Jamie breaks into the castle, rescuing Claire from the hands of Black Jack, jumping into the water below
 Duration of the visit:  1 hour 

Stop At:   Doune Castle
 Doune (pronounced as in June) is a village on the banks of the River Teith, just outside Stirling. In Scottish dialect, we say “let’s go up te Doune” IE the word “down” in Scotland is often pronounced as “doon”, which sound’s the same as the village name of Doune and the word “te” meaning “to”, so, when said together it gives a positive/negative up/down :-) The castle is very dramatic looking and has been used in a few productions, some of which you may recognize the name of, including the hit TV show “Game of Thrones” and the hit film “Monty Python & The Holy Grail” to name a couple.
 Built towards the end of the 1300’s it has an absolutely stunning 100 ft high Gatehouse, and also has one of the very best preserved “Great Halls” in the whole of Scotland. The castle plays an integral role in Outlander as the fictional Castle Leoch, home to the Clan MacKenzie. It also features in one of the scenes from the 20th century where Claire & Frank visit the castle ruins (as you would see it now), on a day trip they are on
. Duration of visit: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At:   Linlithgow Palace
This is the site of what we Outlander enthusiasts would recognize as Wentworth Prison (where Jamie was tortured by Captain Black Jack Randall. Dating back to the 12th century, Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, as well as some other Scottish monarchs, and was jovially referred to as the “pleasure palace” because of this. The ruins of the palace can be found in the town of Linlithgow, west of Edinburgh, and they are spectacular! Some of the exterior scenes of Wentworth Prison were actually shot at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. The castle shape acted as a model for the CGI exterior of Wentworth Prison. In one scene, after a conversation with Mr Fletcher, Claire can be seen being sick. Claire & Murtagh walk out of an entrance gate which is definitely Linlithgow palace, but from a distance shot, it is Bamburgh Castle that can be seen.
Duration of visit: 45 minutes

Stop At:   Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill
A “Doocot” is a structure to house pigeons. Broken down, a “doo” is a Scottish name for a Dove/Pigeon. A “cot” is where someone would sleep (as in a child’s cot). In Scottish pronunciation it would be doo (as in boo) and cot (as in kit) so we would say “dookit” The Mill is very picturesque in a wonderful setting and situated near to the Doocot, and guided tours are available for a small fee. In Outlander, filming took place on a couple of occasions in Season 1. In one of the scenes, Jamie has to hide under the water at the Mill as Claire & Jenny are questioned by the Redcoats (soldiers). The Mill’s exhibition room was also used as a room in the court, where the preliminary hearing of Claire and Geillis took place when they were accused of witchcraft.
 Duration of visit 1 hour 



We will be returned to our hotel at the end of our full day tour and the evening is at leisure to explore the pubs and restaurants around Glasgow
Monday August 8th – The morning is at leisure to relax.  This afternoon, our main seven day tour program begins at 2pm this afternoon with the pickup at our hotel for the Glasgow city tour.  We will have a brief orientation at our hotel at 1pm for all passengers who were not on our 2 night pre tour stay (and any who were on the pre tour stay who simply wish to meet and greet the new passengers)

Cost of our optional 2 night pre tour Outlander/G.O.T. program: $649 per person based on double occupancy or $849 single occupancy.

Including:

  • 2 nights at the Hilton Glasgow (same hotel as the main program stays at in Glasgow, for your convenience.)
  • Full day sightseeing tour of the Castles, Gardens, Palaces and Mills of the “Outlander and G.O.T. TV series with local guide, bottled water and cell phone charging ports on board
  • S.C.A.T. trip escort
  • Roommate of the same gender assigned if you request

This optional 2 night pre tour has limited availability so book early if you wish to enjoy this special pre tour sightseeing program.

 

OPTIONAL 3 NIGHT POST TOUR VISIT TO LOCH NESS, INVERNESS AND THE SOURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE VILLAGES – AUGUST 15-18, 2022

Do you want to experience a leisurely one hour boat ride on the scenic and legendary Loch Ness?  How about a visit to the shores of Loch Ness with a viewpoint overlooking the majestic lake from atop a majestic, centuries old waterfront castle?  We will also visit the locks and canals of a quaint countryside village and a scenic waterfall.  Also included is a visit to the beautiful Cairngorms National Park and a tasting at an authentic Scottish Whisky distillery.

 

Itinerary for our optional 3 night post tour extension of your Scotland journey:

 

Monday August 15th, 2022 – We will be taken from our hotel in Edinburgh to the Edinburgh train station for the scenic ride of approx. two and a half hours to Inverness.  We will check into our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Inverness for three nights with breakfast included daily.

This evening is at leisure to relax and enjoy the quaint cafes and pubs of Inverness.

 

Tuesday August 16th, 2022

Cairngorms National Park and Speyside Whisky Day tour

So you want to get away from it all? Looking for extraordinary things to do that will thrill you? The mighty, majestic Cairngorms National Park is the place for you.

Mother Nature dealt the Cairngorms a hand full of aces. Twice the size of the Lake District, the Cairngorms National Park has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and distilleries than you can possibly imagine. Five of the UK's six highest mountains also lie inside the park, alongside 55 Munros - mountains over 3,000 ft. 

Reconnect with nature and recharge your energy amongst huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls, and more wildlife than you can imagine. The Cairngorms National Park is also a great place to enjoy some relaxation amid the glorious scenery.

 

 This is your chance to experience an inspirational blend of Scottish sights and flavors in the comfort of a luxury, 16 seat mini-coach. Let the experienced driver-guide take you on a journey through the delights of the rolling hills and wildlife of Cairngorm National Park. Relish a golden dram of famous Speyside whisky and learn the legends and little-known secrets behind these two quintessential Scottish wonders on this full day tour.

We highly recommend you visit this wonderful scenic setting in Scotland.  The beautiful vistas are plentiful and the scenery is rugged.  There will be pull overs for photo stops to enjoy the views.

This tour includes round-trip transport from Inverness in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach and is limited to sixteen people for a personal experience.

Board your top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for the trip to Carrbridge, where you have time to stretch your legs before the drive to Glenmore. Upon arrival in Glenmore, start exploring the remarkable scenery around the Cairngorms National Park, Glenmore & Loch Morlich, whose sandy beaches are a dramatic contrast with the surrounding mountains.

Then continue to Grantown-On-Spey for a lunch break—meals are not included in this tour, but the guide can help you find the perfect place to eat. The afternoon is all about Scottish whisky, starting with a tour of Glenfiddich Distillery, a family-owned distillery that was founded in 1886. See the copper tuns, wooden washbacks, and stone warehouses that produce Glenfiddich Distillery’s legendary single-malt whisky, then finish the tour with a dram of Speyside whisky.   Following your tour of the Glenfiddich Distillery, begin the return trip to Inverness,amidst more beautiful Scottish scenery


Itinerary for today’s tour

Our first stop is at the scenic Cairngorms National Park. 

Here we will visit the Glenmore Forest Park, where you have free time to explore. Your options include a walk through the woods to Loch Morlich, which is one of Scotland’s most scenic and popular Lochs. You can admire a sandy beach and large and ancient pine trees before you make your way back to the mini-coach, or If you prefer not to walk, there’s a café and very informative exhibition at the visitor center.

Our next stop is Grantown-On-Spey for a lunch break—meals are not included in this tour, but the guide can help you find the perfect place to eat.

 Our last Stop is at Glenfiddich Distillery

One of Scotland’s most famous whiskeys. This distillery somehow increased production during the American Prohibition. ** Glenfiddich Distillery  At the distillery, at the end of our visit, we will enjoy a sample tasting of their fine whiskey.

We will return to Inverness and the evening is at leisure to explore the cafes and pubs of Inverness, which are walking distance from our hotel.

 

We started out with beautiful scenery and Scottish history explained by a fun guide who was truly enthusiastic, and we ended with a new appreciation for Scotch whisky.
A natural bridge formed over a running stream in Cairngorms National Park


Wednesday August 17th, 2022

Loch Ness and the Highlands tour from Inverness

 

Enjoy the scenic beauty of Loch Ness (and maybe spot the legendary “monster” that the loch is named after).   Take an optional one hour cruise on the mysterious Loch Ness, explore the village of Fort Augustus, visit the ruined loch-side Urquhart Castle, admire the Falls of Foyers and wander along Dores Beach on this fantastic one day Loch Ness tour from Inverness!



Itinerary of today’s tour

Stop At:   Dochgarroch Locks, Caledonian Canal Your one day Loch Ness tour from Inverness departs at 08:45 and follows the beautiful Caledonian Canal to the source at Loch Ness. 24 miles long and over 700 feet deep, the loch is the largest by volume in the British Isles and is most famous for its sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as “Nessie”.

We spend most of the morning at Loch Ness, allowing you plenty of time to go “Search for Nessie”-!   Our first stop is Dochgarroch, about 7 miles from Inverness and here you will have the option of taking a one hour 5* Loch Ness boat trip with Jacobite Cruises* who have provided Loch Ness cruises for over 40 years.

Cruise the Loch and view the castle on this one-hour voyage across the deepest, mysterious waters of Loch Ness. From here, treat those peepers – and your camera – to the breathtaking sight of the historic Urquhart Castle.

If you wish to stay on land, while others take the optional one hour cruise, you can explore the shops and other attractions in Dochgarroch for the approx. one hour we are there.

If you wish to take the approx. one hour boat cruise, the boat cruise option is 18 British pounds which you can pay to your driver at the start of this morning, when he asks who wishes to take the boat tour and he will then make the bookings by phone for those wishing that option.

 

Our next stop is at   Urquhart Castle

We will then visit the 13th century ruins of Urquhart Castle where you will have plenty of time here to explore the ruins, walk to its observation deck for a scenic view overlooking Loch Ness, enjoy the visitor center, gift shop and take in the views and atmosphere of Scotland’s most famous loch.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Our next stop is at:   Invermoriston Falls

Our Loch Ness tour then continues to Invermoriston, where we will pause to take photos of the bridge and St Columba’s Well – a well that was believed to have poisonous water until it was blessed by St Columba in AD 565, banishing the evil spirits that haunted it. That same year he supposedly had the first documented encounter with the Loch Ness Monster.
 Duration: 20 minutes


Our next stop is at:   Fort Augustus Abbey

We journey through to Fort Augustus, the furthermost point of your Loch Ness tour. Fort Augustus is a small town with a population of only 650 people and is a perfect spot to relax and watch boats passing through the Caledonian Canal while you enjoy your lunch at your leisure at one of the scenic cafes along the canals.
Duration: 2 hours 

Our last stop is at:   The Falls of Foyers

After lunch, our Loch Ness tour will begin its journey back to Inverness, stopping at the Falls of Foyers. The majestic 165ft waterfall was a favorite retreat for poet Rabbie Burns, and is truly breath-taking. Enjoy plenty of time here to soak up the atmosphere and then we will be returned back to Inverness.
Duration: 1 hour 

Upon being returned back to Inverness, the final evening is at leisure to again enjoy dinner at your leisure in the cafes and pubs of Inverness, within walking distance of our hotel.

Enjoy the following images, which you will enjoy in person on today’s tour

Just an amazing experience, the place was simply magical and breathtaking. Tour guide Chris makes the trip more lively with his sense of humour and his knowledge of the place's history and point of interests. Tour was well planned/organised giving us enough time to go out, learn and interact. Aside from the rain (water sunshine), we truly enjoyed the whole tour.   *i enjoyed all Die Hard movies. He reminds me of Bruce Willis 

It was simply amazing. The itinerary was well planned. It provided us the chance to get a good feel of all the major sight seeing options of Highlands. In addition to this Chris was the best tour guid with such a good sense of humour and good knowledge of inverness and highlands that further added charm to the tour. If I get the chance to go for this tour again I would definitely go. It was such a lovely and heart warming experience that I would like to suggest everyone to do it atleast once in their life. Thank you Chris

This is one trip you should not miss. We did the tour with Neil and he was FABULOUS. The isle of skye is a place whose beauty is very difficult to describe in words. The trip is very well planned with enough time to enjoy the sights. Weather though can play a spoilt sport. But then we are talking about Scotland, right 藍
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This is one trip you should not miss. We did the tour with Neil and he was FABULOUS. The isle of skye is a place whose beauty is very difficult to describe in words. The trip is very well planned with enough time to enjoy the sights. Weather though can play a spoilt sport. But then we are talking about Scotland, right 藍

 

Today we took this tour with Stuart (with moustache ) and our 3 kids. The weather was glorious and so was this experience!! We visited a mix of waterfalls, highland towns, Urquhart Castle and the stunning Loch Ness. Stuart’s knowledge of the Highlands and Scotland was amazing and he answered many questions from my kids. This was a magical day and I will never forget it! Thank you  gbsct

close-popupThe tour was really good and you can make a good idea of the Highlands visiting those places. We were really lucky because of the driver (Cris), who knew a lot of facts and information about the region and its customs. Another amazing thing was that Cris drove to extra places he knew out of the guide tour in order to improve our experience. We had the misfortune of a car accident that bloqued the road in the north of Skye, but Cris quickly though another things we could visit and the loss was reduced. I would strongly recommend it.

 

Thursday August 18th, 2022 – Our post tour experience ends today here in inverness.  Passengers should book their return flight to depart from Inverness ( AIRPORT CODE IS INV).  Both KLM (a partner of Delta) and British airlines (a partner of American airlines) have direct flights from Inverness to their respective hub airports in Amsterdam and London, from which they also offer easy connections back to major US cities. 

Cost of our optional 3 night post tour program visiting Inverness, the Highlands, Cairngorms National Park, Loch Ness and so much more:

Including

  • Two full day sightseeing tours as listed above
  • Three nights hotel at the Holiday Inn Express Inverness Scotland with breakfast daily
  • One way train ride from Edinburgh to Inverness
  • S.C.A.T. trip escort

 

$1299 per person with a roommate of the same gender assigned or two people traveling together

Optional single room supplement: $449

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