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Scottish Dream Tour

Price: From $1,698 Per Person 7 or 8 Nights

See the very best of Scotland over 7 or 8 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 (or 8) 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


EXPLANATORY NOTE:

The popular Scottish Dream Tour offers two different tour schedules:

Tour A - 7 nights / 13 meals:

  • Start Glasgow/ End Edinburgh
  • Glasgow 1 night
  • Glencoe 1 night
  • Nairn 1 night
  • Pitlochry 2 nights
  • Edinburgh 2 nights

Tour B - Extra night in Edinburgh: 8 nights / 14 meals:

  • Start Glasgow/ End Edinburgh
  • Glasgow 1 night
  • Glencoe 1 night
  • Nairn 1 night
  • Pitlochry 2 nights
  • Edinburgh 3 nights

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Glasgow (SD), Scotland

Arrive at

Glasgow Arrival, 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

Jurys Inn Glasgow - More Info - Glasgow (SD), Scotland

4 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 30 to August 20 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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From $1,698
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Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 (or 8) 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 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
  • 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$365.00
  • 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.

“5 days in Ireland”

Dec 5, 2016 by Dan Karns. Your Hometown: Dillsburg, PA

Authentic Ireland was referred to me by a customer/friend of mine....and... i am so glad he did. We worked with Shannon, one of the representatives, and i couldn't be more happy with the experience and expertise that she had regarding details of our trip. I told her when we were arriving and leaving Ireland, what were the "must do" things during our stay, and what kind of accommodations we wanted to stay in. within a day or two, she had a full trip package, with other recommended things to do while there, sent to my email. the price was very reasonable, and after going on the trip, i appreciated the fact we used Authentic Ireland to get everything set up. kudos to the site and staff, especially Shannon. anytime i had a question, she had an answer. regarding car rental, electricity usage, what kind of money to keep on hand, anything... she was so much help. thank you so much!, you made our 20 year anniversary "holiday" that much better! the only thing i can even think about regretting, was that we didn't spend enough time there we spent the previous week in London, and think we should have cut that shorter and spent more time in Ireland... but.... that can be fixed by another visit! thanks again! your friends in Pennsylvania!

“Ireland Adventure”

Dec 4, 2016 by Jesse. Your Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Had a great experience working with the Authentic Ireland associate! I probably asked 9 million questions (this being my first international trip I'd planned), and patience and courteousness definitely describes the person that personally handled my account.The trip was great as well, including an itinerary that was well chosen, then tweaked for us. Rental car was indeed perfect for our crew that was traveling, as well as the accommodations arranged for us. I'm more of a researcher, but the website definitely put me leaps ahead with suggested places to visit at our lodging locations, as well as places to stop along the way.One of the only things I would have done differently was the transportation for our time in Dublin. I was so glad that we did not rent a vehicle for Dublin, but the sightseeing bus tour passes were not the most convenient for our purposes, in retrospect. We would have been better served with normal city bus passes. I also would have passed on the castle stay in our trip, but perhaps we just caught them at a bad time, as everything was great there, except the smell of cat urine just on the outside of the side door near our room.Authentic Ireland definitely impressed both myself and the members of my family that joined us on this trip! Definitely recommend them! Really great trip and a good price!

“Wonderful First Trip to Ireland”

Dec 4, 2016 by Alyssa Sommers. Your Hometown: Mahwah, NJ

This was our first trip to Ireland. You guys did a wonderful job of taking care of all of the details in regards to hotels, sites to visit with passes and car rentals. Each hotel and bed and breakfast was wonderful. All establishments offered breakfast in the morning. They all had WIFI. After spending 2 days in Dublin we left for the west coast in the car we rented. We spent the next 6 days traveling around the west/southwest part of Ireland. Maggie was the person that we dealt with at Authentic Ireland and she was great- she noticed that our hotel on the last night was over 2 hours away from Shannon airport so she moved us to a closer location... and what a location a 5-star castle!! There are no other words then amazing!! When we come back which we plan to do... we will be staying there.

“Outstanding Vacation”

Nov 5, 2016 by Anthony M. Kolankiewicz. Your Hometown: Jerusalem

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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