top of page



Splendors of Scotland



10 days, 8 nights from EWR

* per person in double occupancy

most US gateways available




Travel Dates: April 28 to May 7, 2024

10 days, 8 nights accommodation including sightseeing, some meals and airfare from EWR

Embark on a remarkable journey through the breathtaking landscapes and rich history of Scotland on this 8-night/10-day tour culminating in Edinburgh. From the rugged splendor of the Highlands to the picturesque lochs and ancient castles, Scotland unfolds like a tapestry of natural beauty and captivating tales. Immerse yourself in the mythical allure of Loch Ness, where stunning views and a boat cruise await. Explore the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle, where Highland heritage comes alive through dramatic stories of battles and legends. Journey to the Orkney Islands, where ancient settlements like Skara Brae and the mysterious Ring of Brodgar whisper secrets of a bygone era. Visit historic landmarks like Dunrobin Castle and Culloden Battlefield, where pivotal moments in Scottish history unfold. Traverse the charming streets of Edinburgh, with its iconic castle, Royal Mile, and renowned golf course. Let the spirit of Scotland embrace you as you indulge in traditional song, dance, and delicious Scottish cuisine. With each day, Scotland's beauty and history will weave their spell, leaving you with cherished memories and a profound appreciation for this remarkable land.



• Round-trip air transportation from Newark (EWR). Fuel surcharges and air taxes are included (valid at time of printing).
• Fist class 4* hotel accommodations for 1 night in Glasgow, 2 nights in Fort William, 2 nights in Thurso/ wick, 1 night in Inverness and 2 nights in Edinburgh. All rooms with private bath or shower - VAT tax included.
• Daily Breakfast, 6 dinners.
• Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers, tours and guided excursions.
• Airport transfers with English speaking assistants
• Porterage at the hotels (based on one bag per person).
• Services of a professional tour director throughout the program and English-speaking local guides
• Experiences as follows:
• Loch Lomond Cruise on day 2
• Visit to a local distillery on day 2
• Photo stop at Eilean Donan Castle on day 3
• Ferry from Armadale to Mallaig on day 3
• Loch Ness Cruise on day 4
• Return ferry from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope on day 5
• Working sheepdog demonstration at Leault Farm on day 7
• Guided tour of St Andrews Old Course on day 7


DAY 1: Sunday April 28, 2024 – DEPARTS THE U.S. FOR SCOTLAND

DAY 2: Monday April 29, 2024 – WELCOME TO SCOTLAND
Arrive at Glasgow Airport. Meet with your English-speaking guide and driver and transfer to Glasgow. Visit the National Piping Centre (closed Sundays). The National Piping Centre serves as the centre for excellence for the Great Highland Bagpipe and its music. The Centre is host to The Museum of Piping, The Highland Library, and The School of Piping, teaching many varieties of pipes and drumming. See and Hear the Great Highland Bagpipe, Scotland's national instrument, and learn about its colourful history. Amongst this stunning collection is the Iain Dall MacKay Chanter - the oldest piece of bagpipe in the world, as well as a piping relic that belonged to Robert Burns. Continue to your hotel and check in (*May not be possible before 16h00). This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Glasgow or area.

DAY 3: Tuesday April 30, 2024 – GLASGOW TO FORT WILLIAM AREA
This morning, depart Glasgow to journey to Glencoe. En route, enjoy a Loch Lomond Cruise. A one hour cruise sailing north past the waterfalls at Inversnaid and taking in the sprawling glens and rocky peaks of the Arrochar Alps. Relax on board and enjoy our live commentary with tales from the loch and insights into the history and geology of this part of Loch Lomond. We’ll sail past the famous Arklet waterfalls and the Loch Sloy Hydro Electric scheme. Look out for osprey, sea eagles and mountain goats along the way. Next, visit a local distillery for a guided tour and a dram of whisky. Make a photo stop at Glencoe. Known equally for its awe-inspiring views and sorrowful past, Glencoe is a place of history, wildlife, adventure and myth. The mountains were formed through violent volcanic eruptions, and then sculpted by massive glaciers. Fingal, the legendary Celtic hero, is said to have made his home among these towering mountains, while his poet son, Ossian, found inspiration in the landscape. On 13 February 1692, 38 men, women and children of Clan MacDonald were murdered by government soldiers whom they had welcomed into their homes. The tragedy of the Glencoe Massacre still has the power to evoke powerful emotions. Continue to your hotel and check in (*May not be possible before 16h00). Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in the Fort William area.

DAY 4: Wednesday May 1, 2024 – FORT WILLIAM AREA
Today, enjoy a full-day excursion to the Isle of Skye. First, make a photo stop at Eilean Donan Castle. As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by the majestic Highland scenery, it is little wonder that Eilean Donan is now the most photographed castle in the Scottish highlands. The Isle fo Donan was first inhabited around the 6th century, and the first fortified castle was built in here the mid-13th century, standing guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries. Partially destroyed in the aftermath of the Jacobite uprising of 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. He then proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932. Today, you can explore this very picturesque castle while enjoying a journey through the history of the Highlands. Next, visit Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum. Located in Armadale, just a short walk from the ferry terminal, Clan Donald Skye is a 20,000-acre highland estate on the Sleat peninsula in south Skye. Once part of the traditional lands of Clan Donald, the Estate’s principal focal points are the restored historic gardens, and the beautiful walking trails threading through the 40 acres of woodland around Armadale Castle. In the Museum of the Isles, you will discover the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan, at the award-winning museum. Six interconnecting galleries taking you through 1500 years of the history and culture of the area once known as the Kingdom of the Isles. The MacDonalds - or Clan Donald - were the Lords of the Isles and sat at the heart of the history of Gaeldom. The museum follows their story and that of the Highlands. Journey via ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. Make a photo stop at the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Glenfinnan attracts many thousands of visitors from around the world to experience the stunning scenery but also the special atmosphere. The famous Glenfinnan viaduct carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station across a 1,000 ft span, 100 ft above the ground. The Jacobite steam train runs from here to Fort William and Mallaig in summer months with regular trains available the rest of the year. The filming of the second and third Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took place in this area with the Hogwarts Express calling at Glenfinnan! Continue to your hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in the Fort William area.

DAY 5: Thursday May 2, 2024 – FROM FORT WILLIAM TO THURSO
Today, we bid farewell to the picturesque Fort William and embark on a scenic journey to the charming town of Thurso. Our adventure begins with a delightful Loch Ness Cruise, where you'll have the opportunity to soak in the stunning views of Loch Ness and the majestic Scottish Highlands. Glide across the tranquil waters, savoring a drink and snack from the onboard bar as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Our next stop is the iconic Urquhart Castle. Nestled on the shores of Loch Ness, this ancient fortress offers a glimpse into the drama and history of the Highlands. Explore the ruins, walk in the footsteps of medieval inhabitants, and be captivated by the breathtaking views over Loch Ness. The castle's collection of artifacts and historic replicas will transport you back in time, revealing the stories of its residents and the struggles they faced. After a day filled with exploration, we'll check you into your hotel in Thurso, where you can unwind and relax. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Thurso or the surrounding area.

Today, get ready for an unforgettable full-day excursion to the mystical Orkney Islands, accessible via a scenic ferry ride from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope. Our first stop is Skara Brae, a mesmerizing neolithic settlement that stands as a testament to the lives of our ancestors. Step back in time as you explore the remarkably preserved stone buildings that date back over 5,000 years. Discover the fascinating history and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you're visiting during the summer months, you'll also have the opportunity to explore Skaill House, a historic mansion that provides insight into the lives of its former inhabitants. Next, we'll visit the famous Ring of Brodgar, a Neolithic henge and stone circle that captivates with its ancient mysteries. Marvel at the impressive stone monoliths and imagine the rituals and ceremonies that once took place within this sacred site. As you soak in the beauty of the surrounding landscape, you'll feel a deep connection to the rich heritage of the Orkney Islands. We'll also carve out some free time for you to explore the charming town of Kirkwall. With its ancient cathedral, Viking heritage, bustling shops, and remarkable architecture, Kirkwall offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Take a leisurely stroll, soak up the atmosphere, and perhaps find a hidden gem to remember your time on the islands. In the evening, we'll return to Thurso, where a delicious dinner awaits you at the hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Thurso or the surrounding area.

DAY 7: Saturday May 4, 2024 – FROM THURSO TO INVERNESS
Today, we continue our Scottish journey as we bid farewell to Thurso and make our way to the vibrant city of Inverness. Our first stop is Dunrobin Castle, a magnificent mansion that proudly stands as the northernmost of Scotland's great houses. With its impressive 189 rooms and French château-inspired architecture, Dunrobin Castle offers a glimpse into centuries of Highland history. As we explore the castle, you'll discover its fascinating connections to influential families and renowned architects. The breathtaking views and exquisite interiors will leave you in awe. Next, we'll visit the historic Culloden Battlefield, where the fateful Battle of Culloden took place in 1746. Step onto the hallowed ground where the Jacobite and British armies clashed, forever changing the course of Scottish history. Feel the weight of the past as you explore the battlefield and learn about the battle's impact on Highland society. This site is a poignant reminder of the struggles and sacrifices endured by those who fought for their beliefs. After our historical excursion, we'll check you into your hotel in Inverness, where you can relax and reflect on the day's adventures. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Inverness or the surrounding area.

Today, we leave the scenic beauty of Inverness behind and head south to the captivating city of Edinburgh. As we journey towards our destination, we'll stop at Leault Farm for a captivating working sheepdog demonstration. Amidst the breathtaking Scottish scenery, you'll witness the incredible teamwork between the Highland Shepherd and his well-trained dogs. Marvel as they expertly maneuver sheep and ducks through various obstacles, responding to their handler's every command. This authentic experience provides a glimpse into the traditional working life of a Highland Shepherd and his loyal companions. Continuing our journey, we'll make a stop in St Andrews, where a guided tour of the historic St Andrew's Old Course awaits. Accompanied by an expert guide, you'll walk in the footsteps of golfing legends around the iconic 1st, 17th, and 18th holes. Uncover the rich history and heritage of this legendary golf course, said to have origins dating back to the 12th century. As you explore, you'll gain insights into the game's unique landmarks and the unparalleled history that surrounds them. After our tour, we'll check you into your hotel in Edinburgh, where you can relax and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel.

DAY 9: Monday May 6, 2024 – EXPLORING EDINBURGH
Get ready for an immersive exploration of the enchanting city of Edinburgh. Our day begins with a panoramic city tour, where you'll discover the captivating contrasts and UNESCO World Heritage Site status of this inspiring capital. From the winding closes of the Old Town to the grand avenues of the New Town, Edinburgh's architectural wonders and historical landmarks will leave you spellbound. As we journey along Princes Street, you'll be greeted by the majestic sight of Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock, and offering panoramic views of the city. Admire the National Monument on Calton Hill, and witness firsthand why Edinburgh is known as the "Athens of the North." Next, we'll visit the illustrious Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the King in Scotland. Steeped in history, this majestic palace has witnessed Scotland's turbulent past and hosted the likes of Mary, Queen of Scots. Explore the 14 historic State Apartments and wander through the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, all set against the dramatic backdrop of Arthur's Seat. No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without immersing yourself in the grandeur of Edinburgh Castle. Perched atop an extinct volcano, this iconic fortress has stood for over 3,000 years, playing a pivotal role in Scottish history. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city, delve into the castle's rich heritage, and uncover its fascinating tales of royalty, warfare, and intrigue. After a day of discovery, we'll check you into your hotel in Edinburgh, where you can relax and prepare for an unforgettable evening. In the evening, immerse yourself in the spirit of Scotland with an enchanting evening of traditional Scottish song and dance. Accompanied by a delightful selection of quality Scottish cuisine, the Spirit of Scotland Show will transport you to the heart of Scottish culture, leaving you with lasting memories of this captivating land. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Edinburgh or the surrounding area.

DAY 10: Tuesday May 7, 2024 – FAREWELL
It's time to bid farewell to the enchanting beauty of Scotland as we transfer you to Edinburgh Airport for your journey home. Reflect on the captivating landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality you experienced during your time in this remarkable country. Take home cherished memories

bottom of page