2024 – 12 Day Scottish Isles & Glens11 Nights / 18 Meals

Experience the “real Scotland” as you journey off the beaten track to explore the northernmost part of the Highlands. Explore the Isles of Arran and Skye and stay two nights in Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney isles. Fairy-tale castles, Loch Ness, Glencoe and Edinburgh makes this a great in-depth tour.

2024 Scottish Isles and Glens - 12 Days/11 Nights

Duration: 12 Days

Price: Starts from $3745 USD

Itineraries

Day 1: Glasgow Arrival
Your tour departs at 2:30 PM from your Glasgow hotel. Enjoy a tour around the city famed for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. A prosperous port city due to international trade and shipbuilding, today Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural hub. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group and dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Isle of Bute | Mount Stuart House
Take a ferry to the Isle of Bute for stunning island scenery and a guided tour of the 19th-century Mount Stuart House. Spend time in Rothesay, the main town on the island. Enjoy a free evening in Glasgow and dine independently. (B)

Day 3: Loch Lomond | Eilean Donan Castle
Travel along the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Journey through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful regions. Travel through Fort William and visit romantic Eilean Donan Castle, spectacularly situated on an island at the meeting of three lochs. (B, D)

Day 4: Isle of Skye | Dunvegan Castle | Portree
Explore the Isle of Skye and its associations with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Tour Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and former stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod. Enjoy photo opportunities including stunning Kilt Rock. Stop in picturesque Portree with its brightly painted houses clustered around the bay. Enjoy free time before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 5: Inverewe Gardens | Ullapool
Take in the Highland scenery as you head to Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of tropical trees and shrubs has been created. Continue to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port, and check in to your hotel near the harbor. (B, D)

Day 6: Dunrobin Castle | Ferry to Orkney
Visit grand Dunrobin Castle, in a fairytale setting with breathtaking coastal views. With 189 rooms, the stunning architecture and majestic gardens were inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Admire the amazing scenery of the Highlands as you continue on to Gill’s Bay on the northern coast of Scotland. Take a ferry to the Orkney Islands, where you will spend the next two nights. (B)

Day 7: Orkney Sights | Ring of Brodgar | Skara Brae | St Magnus Cathedral
Today is an Orcadian adventure, visiting the heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a scenic drive around the north of the main island, past the Earl’s Palace at Birsay. Visit Skara Brae to see this amazing 5,000-year-old village. Enjoy free time for lunch in the port town of Stromness. Travel on to the Ring of Brodgar, a ceremonial stone circle. Return to Kirkwall for a visit to St Magnus Cathedral. Your evening is free to explore the town and dine as you wish. (B)

Day 8: Italian Chapel | Inverness
Drive across the Churchill Barriers, causeways created during World War II to deter German submarines. Next explore the tiny Italian Chapel, a beautiful symbol of reconciliation built by Italian prisoners of war. Board a ferry back to the mainland and travel south to Inverness. Enjoy some time to explore this small city, known as the capital of the Highlands, before dining at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 9: Urquhart Castle | Loch Ness Cruise | Sheepdog Demonstration
Keep your camera handy as you visit the dramatic, picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, dating back to the 13th century. Then take a tranquil cruise on Loch Ness to admire the scenery. Next visit a sheep farm to watch highly skilled sheepdogs demonstrate how they herd their flock. Dine at your hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 10: Whisky Tasting | Scottish Evening*
Visit The Glenturret Distillery, Scotland’s oldest working distillery, to discover the traditional art of whisky-making and enjoy a tasting. Set in the beautiful Perthshire countryside, the Glenturret has been producing whisky since the 1700s. Proceed to Edinburgh and your hotel in the Grassmarket area of the old town. Enjoy some free time before enjoying a festive Scottish evening with lively traditional entertainment over dinner. (July 27 – August 12 departures will enjoy an evening free to explore and dine independently.) (B, D*)

Day 11: Edinburgh Panoramic Tour | Edinburgh Castle
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights including the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” and the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels. Enjoy an evening free to explore independently. July 27 – August 12 departures attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 12: 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:

  • July 27 – August 12 departures will have reserved seats for the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. All other departures will experience an exclusive Scottish Evening with dinner and traditional entertainment.
  • Spend two nights on Orkney exploring its fascinating heritage, including the prehistoric monuments of the Stone Age and the surprising role the island played during World War II.

Trip Highlights:

  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Inverewe Gardens
  • Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness
  • Isle of Bute
  • Mount Stuart House and Gardens
  • Two Nights on Orkney Islands
  • Skara Brae
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Scottish Evening*

*July 27 – August 12 departures.

Dining Experiences:

  • 11 hot breakfasts (B) and 7 Dinners* (D)

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

Hotels:

  • Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel, Glasgow (2)
  • Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh (2)
  • The Royal Hotel, Ullapool (1)
  • Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall (2)
  • Columba Hotel, Inverness (1)
  • Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff (1)
  • Novotel Edinburgh Centre, Edinburgh (2)

Please note: On this off-the-beaten path tour, your hotels will match the Highland atmosphere. Most of them are locally owned, family-run, and independent.

Scottish Isles & Glens - 12 Days/11 Nights

Hotels

Scottish Isles & Glens 12 days/11 Nights Land tour
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SupplierName Novotel Glasgow Centre HotelSupplierRating CIE Tours is proud to partner with the 4-star Novotel Glasgow Centre, which is located in the heart of this vibrant city. The family-friendly hotel is set amongst the hustle and bustle of Glasgow, making getting around town easy. Guests can rejuvenate after busy city days in the state-of-the-art fitness centre, or relax completely in the sauna and stream room. All rooms are furnished to a high standard with style and comfort in mind. Guests are invited to dine in the restaurant, which offers internationally-inspired cuisine in luxurious yet laid-back surroundings. The bar is open daily for those looking to unwind with a drink - excellent beers, wines and cocktails are available. The hotel is conveniently located at 181 Pitt Street, G2 4DT, Glasgow, making it the perfect choice for sightseeing and exploring the Victorian port city.
SupplierName Novotel Glasgow Centre HotelSupplierRating CIE Tours is proud to partner with the 4-star Novotel Glasgow Centre, which is located in the heart of this vibrant city. The family-friendly hotel is set amongst the hustle and bustle of Glasgow, making getting around town easy. Guests can rejuvenate after busy city days in the state-of-the-art fitness centre, or relax completely in the sauna and stream room. All rooms are furnished to a high standard with style and comfort in mind. Guests are invited to dine in the restaurant, which offers internationally-inspired cuisine in luxurious yet laid-back surroundings. The bar is open daily for those looking to unwind with a drink - excellent beers, wines and cocktails are available. The hotel is conveniently located at 181 Pitt Street, G2 4DT, Glasgow, making it the perfect choice for sightseeing and exploring the Victorian port city.
SupplierName Balmacara HotelSupplierRating *** This traditional Highland hotel is beautifully located on scenic Loch Alsh, with views of the Isle of Skye and the hills of Wester Ross. All rooms are tastefully decorated, and many enjoy stunning views. A delicious full English breakfast is served in the 1930s-style coffee lounge. The hotel is close to the Isle of Skye Bridge and Eilean Donan Castle.
SupplierName The Royal HotelSupplierRating *** This property was originally a 19th century coaching inn and has undergone many renovations to create a warm and welcoming oasis of comfort, set in a wonderful scenic area. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet with a wide range of foods in the stylish restaurant, which is also the setting for dinner with fresh produce and seafood. Relax in the cocktail bar or the Waterfront Bar, which also serves snacks. The hotel offers 55 rooms, half of which boast breathtaking views over Loch Broom and the rugged mountain landscapes beyond.
SupplierName Ayre HotelSupplierRating *** This family-run hotel is in a classic Victorian building on Kirkwall Harbour. Rooms are modern and sophisticated, with flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, tea and coffeemaking equipment, and upscale bedding; many have harbor views. Full Scottish breakfast is included, and there's a restaurant serving locally sourced fare, plus a casual sports bar with a pool table, darts and light menu.
SupplierName Columba HotelSupplierRating **** Opened in 1881, this grand historic hotel combines contemporary style and amenities with traditional comfort. Each room features excellent modern facilities including movies, music, radio on demand, and free high-speed wireless internet access. There is a traditional roast meal restaurant with a range of hot, cold and grilled options. This hotel is in a great location in the heart of Inverness, with splendid views of the Ness River and Inverness Castle.
SupplierName Crieff Hydro HotelSupplierRating **** Crieff Hydro Hotel is on a 900-acre estate with a Victorian spa, 18-hole golf course and over 60 indoor and outdoor activities. The resort is in the beautiful Strathearn Valley just a one hour drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
SupplierName Novotel Edinburgh Centre HotelSupplierRating **** 5 minutes' walk from Grassmarket, Novotel Edinburgh Centre features a hot tub and swimming pool. It offers spacious, modern rooms with LCD TVs. Princes Street is a 10-minute walk away. Each room provides a 26-inch LCD TV. Rooms also feature free Wi-Fi,a private bathroom, minibar, and tea/coffee facilities. Guest can relax in Novotel’s sauna, or exercise in the modern fitness centre. Elements Restaurant serves international cuisine in stylish surroundings. The naturally lit Elements Bar offers light meals and a range of drinks.
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