This classic tour of Scotland starts in Glasgow and explores the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness with plenty of wonderful scenery as you travel through the Scottish Highlands. Discover castles, watch skilled sheepdogs and cruise Loch Lomond. Stay in elegant manor house hotels, including the special Atholl Palace Hotel. See Edinburgh Tattoo in August.

2023 Scottish Dream - 8 Days/7 Nights

Duration: 8 Days

Price: Starts from $0 USD

Itineraries

Day 1: Glasgow Tour | Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your Glasgow hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of central Glasgow's highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once important for shipbuilding. Visit the extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink. Your evening is free to dine independently.

Day 2: Loch Lomond Cruise | Inveraray Castle
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Browse around the town of Inveraray and have lunch on your own before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in “Downton Abbey”. 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)


Day 3: Isle of Skye | Loch Ness
Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit Armadale Castle, a romantic ruin surrounded by magnificent gardens. Back on the mainland, travel along the shores of Loch Ness. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set on spacious grounds near the North Sea. (Saturday departures from July 29 to August 19 stay at the Marriot Inverness Airport Hotel)
(B, D)


Day 4: Culloden Battlefield | Sheepdog Trials
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield where the British government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the battlefield 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)


Day 5: Blair Castle | Whisky Tasting | Pitlochry
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 hotel gardens and museum or browsing around Pitlochry.
(B, D)


Day 6: Glamis Castle | St Andrews | Scottish Evening*
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 around the medieval town. Head to your hotel near Edinburgh, where you will enjoy a Scottish evening with traditional food, music, and dancing. July 29 - August 20 departures enjoy an evening free to explore and dine independently.
(B, D*)

Day 7: Edinburgh Panoramic Tour | Edinburgh Castle
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 the city. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. July 29 - August 20 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
(B)


Day 8: 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:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 31 – August 21 departures.
  • Immerse yourself in farm life to see how a farmer works with highly-skilled dogs to herd sheep.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Blair Castle
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Isle of Skye Highlights
  • St Andrews
  • Scottish Evening*

*July 31 – August 21 departures.

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 Breakfasts (B) and 5 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 (1)
  • Isles of Glencoe Hotel | Ballachulish or Ballachulish Hotel | Ballachulish (1)
  • Muthu Newton Hotel | Nairn (1)
  • Atholl Palace Hotel | Pitlochry (2)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa | near Edinburgh (2)

Scottish Dream - 8 Days/7 Nights

Not included

Hotels

Scottish Dream 8 days/7 Nights Land tour
SupplierNameSupplierRating DescriptionImage
SupplierName Sandman Signature Glasgow HotelSupplierRating ****
SupplierName Ballachulish HotelSupplierRating **** 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.
SupplierName Muthu Newton HotelSupplierRating **** This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hotel since 1951. It recently has undergone extensive refurbishments to ensure a comfortable stay. All 56 guest rooms have been modernized while retaining the traditional ambience. This imposing building is set on 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, bordering the Moray Firth on the North Sea and overlooks the Nairn Golf Course.
SupplierName Atholl Palace HotelSupplierRating **** 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.
SupplierName Norton House Hotel & SpaSupplierRating **** This Victorian mansion was built in 1840 on 55 Acres of parkland and gardens. The hotel offers 83 luxury bedrooms with satellite TV/DVD player and a minibar. Ushers Restaurant offers fine dining and specialty wines in elegant surroundings. The Brasserie offers traditional British cuisine, and The Glass Lounge serves classic cocktails and afternoon teas. Guests can relax in the sauna, steam room or hydrotherapy pool in the luxurious spa. Edinburgh is a 20 minute drive, and Edinburgh Airport is 3 miles away.