2023 – 10 Day Scottish Clans & Castles9 Nights / 15 Meals

The focus of this tour is on the history and scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Travel at a leisurely pace to absorb history and experience gentle lake cruises, the dramatic scenery of the Isle of Skye, Harry Potter movie locations and a train ride along the Road to the Isles. See lots of castles of different styles and sample whisky in a Speyside distillery.

2023 Scottish Clans & Castles - 10 Days/9 Nights

Duration: 10 Days

Price: Starts from $2695 USD

Itineraries

Day 1: Glasgow Panoramic Tour | Welcome Drink
Your tour begins at 2:30 PM at your hotel. Take a panoramic tour of Glasgow, seeing sights like George Square, Kelvingrove Park, the cathedral and the university, all featured in the popular TV series “Outlander”. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining at your hotel.
(D)


Day 2: Stirling Castle | Whisky Distillery
Visit Stirling Castle, a magnificent stronghold that was the childhood home of many Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots. Next, head to Glengoyne Distillery to learn about its two centuries of whisky-making and sample a dram. Return to Glasgow, where you will be free to explore and dine as you wish.
(B)

Day 3: Glencoe | Eilean Donan Castle
Head into the majestic Highlands and journey by Loch Lomond, across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Stop for photo opportunities along the route as you continue your journey to the romantic Eilean Donan Castle, before arriving at your hotel on the shore of Loch Alsh.
(B, D)


Day 4: Isle of Skye | Dunvegan Castle | Portree, Kilt Rock | Kilmuir Graveyard
Explore the Isle of Skye and learn the history of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Travel to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Admire the Trotternish Peninsula as you travel to Kilt Rock, a 200-foot-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: Strathpeffer | Hugh Miller’s Birthplace | Inverness
Begin a scenic drive across the beautiful mountainous landscape of the Highlands, stopping off for photos in Lochcarron, a pretty lakeside village of whitewashed cottages. Visit Strathpeffer for some free time to explore this leafy Victorian spa town with its distinctive architecture. Proceed to Hugh Miller’s Birthplace in Cromarty to discover one of Scotland’s most fascinating 19th-century figures; Miller was a fossil hunter, folklorist, stonemason, geologist, and newspaper editor. Arrive in Inverness, and dine in your hotel.
(B, D)


Day 6: Urquhart Castle | Loch Ness Cruise | Inverness
Photo opportunities await as you visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle, and embark on a cruise of Loch Ness. Head to Inverness for a walking tour of this small, charming city. Enjoy dinner with your group in your hotel in the heart of the city. 
(B, D)

Day 7: Cullodden Battlefield Visitor Centre | Elgin | Brodie Castle
Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to discover how British Government forces defeated the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie, ending the Jacobite rising. Proceed to Elgin, a picturesque town with cobblestone streets, rich in medieval heritage. Head on to explore 16th-century Brodie Castle, with its fairytale towers and turrets set on spacious grounds. The house contains fine furnishings, a collection of paintings, and a library with over 6,000 volumes. Return to Inverness and enjoy a free evening and dinner on your own.
(B)

Day 8: Sheepdog Demonstration | Culross Walking Tour
Immerse yourself in farm life and enjoy a demonstration of dogs obeying commands to round up sheep. In Pitlochry, explore and have lunch independently. Continue to Culross for a walking tour around the charming 16th-century town, recently used as a filming location for “Outlander.” Highlights include the Town House, Culross Palace, and the remains of Culross Abbey. Enjoy free time in Culross before going to your hotel near Edinburgh. Enjoy a free evening with time to explore and dine independently.
(B)


Day 9: Panoramic Tour | Holyroodhouse | Edinburgh Castle | Scottish Evening*
In Edinburgh, see how the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town stand 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. Next, visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and great views of the city. Enjoy a Scottish evening with a farewell dinner and traditional entertainment. July 27 – August 17 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
(B, D*)

Day 10: Tour ends in Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
*Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner.

Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Enjoy reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28 to August 18 departures
  • Go behind the scenes at one of Scotland’s famous distilleries for a tour and a tasting.
  • Discover 800 years of history as you explore Dunvegan Castle – home to Clan MacLeod for 30 generations.

Trip Highlights:

  • Brodie Castle
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Isle of Skye
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Stirling Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Scottish Evening*

*July 28 - August 18 departures

Dining Experiences:

  • 9 Breakfasts (B) and 6 Dinners (D)

*Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner.

Hotels:

  • Sandman Signature Hotel | Glasgow (2)
  • Balmacara Hotel | near Kyle of Lochalsh (2)
  • Glen Mhor Hotel | Inverness (3)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh – Queensferry Crossing | near Edinburgh (2)

Scottish Clans & Castles - 10 Days/9 Nights

Hotels

Scottish Clans & Castles 10 day/9 night tour
SupplierName SupplierRating Description Image
SupplierName Sandman Signature Glasgow Hotel SupplierRating ****
SupplierName Sandman Signature Glasgow Hotel SupplierRating ****
SupplierName Balmacara Hotel SupplierRating *** This traditional Highland hotel is beautifully located on scenic Loch Alsh, with views of the Isle o...
SupplierName Glen Mhor Hotel SupplierRating *** This hotel is located on the banks of the River Ness, a 3-minute walk from Inverness city centre. Ac...
SupplierName Glen Mhor Hotel SupplierRating *** This hotel is located on the banks of the River Ness, a 3-minute walk from Inverness city centre. Ac...
SupplierName DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing SupplierRating ****
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