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7-Night Scottish Dream Tour

Price: From $1,949 Per Person.

See the very best of Scotland over 7 nights with this delightful guided bus tour from CIE Tours. Enjoy a traditional Scottish Evening of entertainment in Edinburgh. Visit the stunning Isle of Skye, history-altering Culloden Battlefield, Blair Atholl Whisky Distillery, Inverary Castle & Edinburgh Castle. Take a wonderfully scenic cruise on Loch Lomond, tour dramatic Glamis Castle and visit the 'Home of Golf' in St Andrews. Other visits and tours included in this Scotland travel itinerary are Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Blair Castle, Edinburgh Castle and much, much more...

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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 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
  • Traditional Scottish Evening of Food & Music in Edinburgh
  • 5 Table d’Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Tours of Glasgow, St Andrews & Edinburgh
  • Blair Atholl Whisky Distillery Tasting & Tour
  • Ferry Ride & Stunning Scenery on The Isle of Skye
  • Scenic Cruise on Loch Lomon
  • Sheepdog Trials at Leault Farm
  • Reserved Seats at Edinburgh Military Tattoo (July 30 to August 20 Departures)

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
  • Blair Castle, Glamis Castle
  • St Andrews and Edinburgh Castle

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Glasgow (SD), 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

Radisson Blu Glasgow - Glasgow (SD), Scotland

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Glasgow (SD), Scotland

Glasgow City Tour:
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director at your Glasgow hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. See the main attractions of Glasgow including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding, especially during the 19th century when the city burgeoned. Visit extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, originally opened in 1901. Chat with your tour director and your fellow travelers about your trip with a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel.


Glencoe (SD), Scotland

Accommodation

Isles of Glencoe Hotel - Glencoe (SD), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Glencoe (SD), Scotland

Loch Lomond Cruise & Inveraray Castle:
Depart Glasgow and drive north along the banks of Loch Lomond with views of Ben Lomond and other Highland peaks. At Tarbet embark on a short cruise to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views of the Highlands. Browse around the town of Inveraray before visiting Inveraray Castle (pictured), which featured in Downton Abbey’s Season IV production. This imposing Campbell family home with four conical spires was built between 1746 and 1789. A guided tour will reveal the history of the family and region as you view the magnificent Armory Hall and many fine rooms with tapestries, porcelains and portraits. Journey across mysterious Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the coast.


Nairn (SD), Scotland

Accommodation

Newton Hotel - Nairn (SD), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Nairn (SD), Scotland

Road to the Isles & Isle of Skye:
This morning head north via Fort William and take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. At Mallaig board a ferry to the Isle of Skye, sometimes called the “Misty Isle” due to the hazy weather brought by the Atlantic breezes. Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the Lords of the Isles and the most powerful clan of the Isle of Skye. Discover some of the island by coach before crossing the bridge to return to the mainland, stopping for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Then drive along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness, famous for its monster. Continue to your hotel in Nairn, a manor house property set in spacious grounds near the North Sea.


Pitlochry (SD), Scotland

Accommodation

Atholl Palace Hotel - Pitlochry (SD), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Pitlochry (SD), Scotland

Culloden Battlefield & Sheepdogs:
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Learn about the battle where British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly named Bonnie Prince Charlie. See monuments commemorating troops as you walk around the moorland while the Visitor Centre explains how events led to the conflict and subsequent emigration to North America. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Leault Farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Drive south through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.


Pitlochry (SD), Scotland

Accommodation

Atholl Palace Hotel - Pitlochry (SD), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Pitlochry (SD2), Scotland

Blair Castle & Whisky Tasting:
A short drive will bring you to Blair Castle (pictured), home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating back to 1269, the castle has been transformed through the ages, from a strong medieval fortress to a Victorian castle in the baronial style. These influences can still be seen today across the 30 rooms on full display. You will learn about 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. Visit Blair Athol Distillery to learn about the simple ingredients and many steps involved in whisky making. Tour the facilities and sample a “wee dram” at the end of the tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the gardens, hotel museum and other facilities or browse around the town of Pitlochry, within easy walking distance.


Edinburgh (SD), Scotland

Accommodation

MacDonald Holyrood Hotel - Edinburgh (SD), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (SD), Scotland

Glamis Castle & St Andrews:
Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle (pictured), the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This is a majestic building filled with contrasting priceless artifacts and homely furnishings. Drive across the modern Tay Bridge to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a panoramic tour and enjoy free time to browse in golf specialty stores or through the medieval town. This is the location of Scotland’s oldest university. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, and enjoy a Scottish Evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing.


Edinburgh (SD), Scotland

Accommodation

MacDonald Holyrood Hotel - Edinburgh (SD), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (SD2), Scotland

Edinburgh Castle & City Tour:
This morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. 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. See Princes Street, the main shopping thoroughfare that separates the two areas. Learn about many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle (pictured), where you can see historic buildings and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. On July 29 to August 19 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle Esplanade.


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

  • 7 Nights of Superior Hotels 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
  • Traditional Scottish Evening of Food & Music in Edinburgh
  • 5 Table d’Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Tours of Glasgow, St Andrews & Edinburgh
  • Blair Atholl Whisky Distillery Tasting & Tour
  • Ferry Ride & Stunning Scenery on The Isle of Skye
  • Scenic Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Sheepdog Trials at Leault Farm
  • Reserved Seats at Edinburgh Military Tattoo (July 30 to August 20 Departures)

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
  • Blair Castle
  • Glamis Castle
  • St Andrews
  • 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 Dream 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$590.00
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

“Last Minute Trip”

Jul 17, 2019 by Dylan. Your Hometown: Nashville

I had a last-minute work trip that I added a vacation too. Authentic Vacations were quick and found me exactly what I needed. They worked within my budget and it was seamless when I got to Ireland!

“Summer vacation with wife and 14 yr old daughter”

Jul 17, 2019 by C.J. Driggers. Your Hometown: GILBERT, SC

We had an awesome trip to the wonderful island of Ireland. Everything went smooth for us and our agent Lonna set us up with great accommodations. It seemed each hotel/b&b got better as the trip went along! We went for 8 days with 2 in Dublin, 1 in Kinittey, 2 in Killarney, 1 in Dingle, 1 in Doolin, and 1 in Trim before departing for home. My wife and daughter liked Dingle the best, while I thought Killarney offered the best of all worlds. I will say as an American, driving over there is an adventure. Major roadways are not a problem, but I've been on golf cart paths wider than some of the rural 2-lane roads found in the countryside. The only piece of advice I could offer is that when in Dublin, take the hop-on/off tour bus 1st thing around the entire city. Then get off the bus and explore the parts of the city that seem interesting to you. If you stay at the Ashling Hotel, walk across the bridge in front of the hotel and go around the corner of the train station to your right to get on the convertible bus. Knowing this would have saved us several hours as we wasted half a day trying to figure this out on our own.

Jul 17, 2019 by Nancy Foldesi. Your Hometown: Simi Valley

This was our second trip with Authentic Ireland and we loved it even more than our first trip. Aran Islands was a great spot. Rugged and beautiful! Our driver for the 3-day portion was great. Very helpful with great ideas. Our stay in Sheen Falls was magical. The cottage and villa were stocked with everything we needed to make a fantastic breakfast!! Also wine and candy 😎 Michelle was so helpful and gave me wonderful advice. She booked our perfect meal at The Lime Tree!! Perfect family vacation!!

“Ireland Trip 2019”

Jul 17, 2019 by Meghan Fahey. Your Hometown: Vermont

We booked a 10 day stay in Ireland. My boyfriend and I made our first international trip together. We had a great time! I had been to Ireland before, but the itinerary AV made was outstanding. The pace was great for a cross-country road trip and Michael was excellent at listening to our expectations and our wishlist. The Mystical Rose and Mena House were our very favorite B&Bs! Ring of Kerry was spectacular! We never had a bad meal! IT was outstanding to have all the planning stream-lined in one document. We just got back July 1st, and are already talking about Scotland! I had never been to Galway-what an addition to the trip. We saw everything we planned and had enough time to try other experiences. Ireland is getting more touristy by the second, so I would highly recommend planning and booking in advance for as much as possible. There were 2 B&Bs that we were not overwhelmingly enthused by, but they got the job done. We could not have had better weather-only one day of rain! The Blarney Castle was fantastic and driving ourselves was not even that bad. All in all, a great experience!

“40th Anniversary Trip”

Jul 10, 2019 by Kenneth Elder. Your Hometown: Katy, TX

My wife and I spent 16 days traveling all over Scotland. We had an amazing trip! We had read many of Con's blogs and planned many of our activities based on his blog.

Con and his team set up the hotel/B&B stops for us along the way and my wife and I drove the rental car over 1500 miles touring the countryside, castles, distilleries, and sites around Scotland, as we pleased.

Most of the accommodations were very nice, but, like most anywhere you travel in Europe, many of the showers in the bathrooms are more like a phone booth. Very cramped.

Except for being a little warmer than we anticipated, the weather was perfect. Out of 16 days, we had two days of rain.

Driving on the wrong side of the road, from the wrong side of the car, on some of the narrow, single lanes, winding coastal roads, with your wife navigating and yelling at you to slow down, was an adventure all by itself. I wish we had taken a "GoPro" camera to put on the dash to record some of the roads we drove on! Make sure you have an international phone plan or a GPS! Google Maps worked great for us.

As someone else mentioned in their review, the "Spirit of Scotland" dinner show was underwhelming, as was the food, but it was already included in our package. Probably could have spent those 2-3 hours doing something more interesting.

Con was very helpful in helping arrange our trip and gave some very useful tips and insight.

One suggestion I would make to Authentic Vacations for those who are renting a vehicle and driving in Scotland is that they provide some explanation of road signs and some details about highway speed limits. Such as, unless posted differently, the speed limit on Scotland highways is 60 MPH.

AND, in Scotland, the speed limit is in MPH, not Kilometers. Speed cameras are used extensively in Scotland, so mind your speed.

Thanks, Con and Authentic Vacations. We had a wonderful vacation!

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