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11 or 12-Night Scottish Isles and Glens Tour

Price: From $2,798 Per Person. 11 or 12 Nights

Explore Scotland in-depth on this 11 or 12 night guided bus tour from CIE Tours. Enjoy a traditional Scottish Highland Evening in Edinburgh and go whisky tasting at the Isle of Arran Distillery. Visit the remote, mystical Isle of Orkney, and the 5000 year old Village of Skara Brae. See Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, visit stunning Glencoe and walk the history-altering Culloden Battlefield. Take a scenic cruise on Loch Katrine, and visit Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Other Scotland tours and visits include Mount Stuart House, Eilean Donan Castle, Kilt Rock, Inverewe Gardens, John o’Groats, Ring of Brodgar, St Magnus Cathedral, Italian Chapel, Dunrobin Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre and Edinburgh Castle

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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 11 or 12 Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sightseeing by Luxury Coach Throughout
  • Services of a Professional Scottish Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS

  • Full Scottish Breakfast Daily Except on Day of Arrival
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
  • 8 Table d’Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Panoramic Driving Tour of Edinburgh
  • Scenic Steamboat Cruise on Loch Katrine
  • Ferry Rides & Visits to the Isles of Arran & Orkney
  • Whisky Tasting & Tour at the Blair Atholl Distillery
  • Scenic Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Sheepdog Trials at Leault Farm
  • Visit the 5,000 Year-Old Village of Skara Brae
  • Reserved Seats at Edinburgh Military Tattoo (July 29 to August 14 Departures)

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Mount Stuart House
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Kilt Rock
  • Inverewe Gardens
  • John o’Groats
  • Skara Brae
  • Ring of Brodgar
  • St Magnus Cathedral
  • Italian Chapel
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
  • Edinburgh Castle

EXPLANATORY NOTE:

The popular Scottish Isles & Glens Tour offers two different tour schedules:

Tour A - 11 nights / 20 meals:

  • Start Glasgow/ End Edinburgh
  • Glasgow 2 nights
  • Kyle of Lochalsh 2 nights
  • Ullapool 1 night
  • Kirkwall 2 nights
  • Inverness 2 nights
  • Edinburgh 2 nights

Tour B - Extra night in Edinburgh: 12 nights / 21 meals:

  • Start Glasgow/ End Edinburgh
  • Glasgow 2 nights
  • Kyle of Lochalsh 2 nights
  • Ullapool 1 night
  • Kirkwall 2 nights
  • Inverness 2 nights
  • Edinburgh 3 nights

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Glasgow (SIG), Scotland

Arrive at

Glasgow Arrival (CIE), Scotland

Arrive at Glasgow Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
Airport Transfers: If you also book your flight with us when reserving your tour, transfers from/to the airport at the start/end of your tour are included free of charge. If you book your flights independently, a $30.00 per person transfer fee will be added to your tour cost (which covers both arrival and departure transfers). Please note that transfers cannot be provided for flights arriving after 12:00 noon. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives after 12:00 noon, we recommend taking a taxi to your hotel.


Accommodation

The Winnock Hotel - More Info - Glasgow (SIG), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Glasgow (SIG), Scotland

Glasgow Arrival & Loch Katrine Cruise:
Your Scottish trip starts at 3:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your hotel, located in the village of Drymen, 20 miles north of Glasgow. Set out from your hotel and take a short drive through part of the Trossachs, often called “The Highlands in Miniature”. Embark on the steamboat “Sir Walter Scott” for a short cruise on Loch Katrine to admire lovely scenery. Return to your hotel and relax for a time before joining your tour director and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner.


Glasgow (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

The Winnock Hotel - More Info - Glasgow (SIG), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Glasgow (SIG2), Scotland

Isle of Bute & Mount Stewart House:
Journey across a scenic Highland route and over the mountain pass of “Rest & Be Thankful.” A short ferry ride will bring you to the Isle of Bute where a drive around the coast will reveal stunning sea and island scenery. Take a guided tour of the highly-decorated chambers of Mount Stuart House, built in the late 1870s for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. See the many Victorian comforts that were highly innovative for the era. Spend some time in Rothesay, the main town on the island. Return to your hotel for free time to relax before dining in your hotel once more.


Kyle of Lochalsh (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

Balmacara Hotel - More Info - Kyle of Lochalsh (SIG), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Kyle of Lochalsh (SIG), Scotland

Loch Lomond & Eilean Donan Castle:
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Journey through Glen Coe (pictured), often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Drive through Fort William and stop at a woolen mill for some refreshment and shop for Scottish goods. Continue your journey north to visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle. The first fortified castle was built in the 13th century, rebuilt several times and partially ruined in 1719. Check in to your charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh.


Kyle of Lochalsh (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

Balmacara Hotel - More Info - Kyle of Lochalsh (SIG), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Kyle of Lochalsh (SIG2), Scotland

Isle of Skye Tour & Dunvegan Castle:
Today explore the Isle of Skye and its Bonnie Prince Charlie associations. He fled to the island after his defeat at Culloden Moor. Travel to Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years, making it the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. View priceless family heirlooms and stroll through formal gardens. Stop in Portree for a look at brightly-painted houses that cluster around the bay. Return to your hotel for free time before dinner.


Ullapool (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

Royal Hotel - More Info - Ullapool (SIG), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Ullapool (SIG), Scotland

Inverewe Gardens & Ullapool:
Enjoy Highland scenery as you drive north along the west coast to visit Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of trees and shrubs was created from 50 acres of bleak headland in 1862. The varied plantings thrive due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Continue to Ullapool (pictured), an active fishing and ferry port that was built in 1788 to provide a living for the people in this region. Take a brief drive around the town and check in to your hotel.


Kirkwall (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

Kirkwall Hotel - More Info - Kirkwall (SIG), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Kirkwall (SIG), Scotland

Highland Scenery & Isle of Orkney:
Today explore the northernmost section of the Highlands which is sparsely populated with remote hamlets. See huge tracts of bogland, rugged mountains, coastline and vast areas of open land. Learn about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the United States, Australia and other countries. Continue to John O’Groats, the most northern place on the British mainland and take a nearby ferry to the Isles of Orkney, enjoying dinner on board. Check in to your hotel in central Kirkwall.


Kirkwall (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

Kirkwall Hotel - More Info - Kirkwall (SIG), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Kirkwall (SIG2), Scotland

Orkney Sights & Skara Brae:
Today explore the Isles of Orkney. Drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines. Discover the charm of the tiny Italian Chapel, built from two Nissen huts with elaborate paintings. View the Ring of Brodgar (pictured), a group of prehistoric standing stones. Visit Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old village with remains of dwellings and then return to Kirkwall to see 12th century St Magnus Cathedral. Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon and evening to browse around the town and dine independently.


Inverness (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

Columba Hotel - More Info - Inverness (SIG), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Inverness (SIG), Scotland

Dunrobin Castle & Inverness:
Return by ferry to the mainland and drive down the east coast to visit Dunrobin Castle, dating to 1275 but renovated in the mid-1800s. With 189 rooms this is the largest mansion in northern Scotland. Visit chambers containing priceless artifacts, including the dining room, music room and library with over 10,000 volumes. Take a walk through the well-tended castle gardens. Continue south to your hotel in the center of Inverness (pictured), the principal town in the Highlands.


Inverness (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

Columba Hotel - More Info - Inverness (SIG), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Inverness (SIG2), Scotland

Urquhart Castle & Culloden Battlefield:
Cruise into Loch Ness to visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle (pictured), once Scotland’s largest castle which was destroyed in Jacobite wars. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746, which ended the clan system in Scotland. Walk around the moor and see monuments to the various regiments who lost men. Stop for photos at Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial place with a circle of standing stones that inspired the “Outlander” books. Return to Inverness in time to relax, shop or walk alongside the River Ness in front of your hotel.


Edinburgh (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

Apex Grassmarket Hotel - More Info - Edinburgh (SIG), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (SIG), Scotland

Sheepdog Trials & Whisky Tasting:
Drive past the majestic scenery of the Cairngorm Mountains to visit Leault Farm where skilled dogs obey commands to round up sheep. Continue south to Pitlochry to visit Blair Athol Distillery (pictured), Scotland’s smallest, which isset in a picturesque location outside the town. See how whisky is distilled and enjoy a tasting at the end of the tour. Drive to your hotel in Edinburgh and then head to a Scottish Evening where you’ll dine on excellent Scottish cuisine followed by a lively show.


Edinburgh (SIG), Scotland

Accommodation

Apex Grassmarket Hotel - More Info - Edinburgh (SIG), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (SIG2), Scotland

Edinburgh Castle & City Tour:
This morning discover Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. See the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” and walk along a section of the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city where some houses reach 11 stories tall. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see historic buildings, the Stone of Scone and the Scottish Crown Jewels. Also appreciate great panoramic views over the city from the ramparts. The afternoon and evening are free. On July 29 to August 14 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.


Depart From

Edinburgh Departure (CIE), Scotland

Tour Ends at Edinburgh Airport:
Your tour ends this morning as you transfer to Edinburgh Airport to check in for your flight home.


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Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 11 or 12 Nights at Superior Hotel Accommodations

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sightseeing by Luxury Coach Throughout
  • Services of a Professional Scottish Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS

  • Full Scottish Breakfast Daily Except on Day of Arrival
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
  • 8 Table d’Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Panoramic Driving Tour of Edinburgh
  • Scenic Steamboat Cruise on Loch Katrine
  • Ferry Rides & Visits to the Isles of Arran & Orkney
  • Whisky Tasting & Tour at the Blair Atholl Distillery
  • Scenic Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Sheepdog Trials at Leault Farm
  • Visit the 5,000 Year-Old Village of Skara Brae
  • Reserved Seats at Edinburgh Military Tattoo (July 29 to August 14 Departures)

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Mount Stuart House
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Kilt Rock
  • Inverewe Gardens
  • John o’Groats
  • Skara Brae
  • Ring of Brodgar
  • St Magnus Cathedral
  • Italian Chapel
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
  • Edinburgh Castle

Prices Based On

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single travellers are very welcome on the Scottish Isles & Glens Tour - life-long friendships are regularly formed with fellow passengers! Single travellers may have their own hotel room each night at an additional cost of US$594.00
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.
Dec 5, 2016 by Donald Barratt. Your Hometown: Lombard

Our Vacation was outstanding. The hotel (City stay St. Augustine) in Dublin was centrally located to everything we wanted to visit. The staff there was courteous, and helpful.Our visit to Roscommon was grand, and our stay at Gleeson's B & B was also nice with great food.Authentic Ireland did a great job setting everything up, and making our vacation worry free.A million thanks to Lonna a job well done.

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The company did an outstanding job of arranging our circumnavigational tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland over a period of 17 days. We did the driving ourselves with an upgraded rental car, which offered the utmost flexibility in sightseeing destinations and route options. Our accommodations were in a combination of country homes, B&Bs, hotels, and a couple of castles.. Even the weather generally cooperated over such an extended period of time; only one day and one evening of steady rain that interfered with our plans. Overall, it was a delightful vacation that encouraged us to return for catch the attractions we didn't have time to see. There were only two quibbles we would mention. First, some of the driving directions left a lot of details out, especially in trying to get through larger towns and cities, such as Galway. More details would have saved us lots of time. Second, we very much enjoyed every place we stayed with the exception of the Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage in Kenmare. Unlike all the other places we stayed, our hosts' main concern was saving money and doing everything on the cheap. No heat in the rooms despite a chilly, rainy night and two cloudy days -- very uncomfortable! No WiFi connection (the only place not to offer it during our entire stay in the country). Even the breakfast was second-rate. Few choices on the buffet table and canned fruit instead of the fresh fruit we received in every other location. Might be time to drop this inn from the inventory! Otherwise, a great trip that we would do again through Authentic Ireland.

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