Best of Scotland

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Edinburgh is the starting point on this iconic 10-day tour of Scotland. Walk the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile with its magnificent Edinburgh Castle at the top. Discover the many different sides of this city, some quite gruesome! Heading west from Edinburgh, you will see the lochs and glens that – along with the highlands and islands – make this country such a spectacular destination.

 

Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh Castle A Coo in the Scottish Highlands Highlands Coo Isle of SkyeIsle of Skye

 

Highlights

  • Experience the famous Scottish Highlands and marvel at the breathtaking glens.
  • Visit the location of many well-known battles and uprisings involving Scottish heroes like William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
  • Walk the Royal Mile in the beautiful Old Town of Edinburgh, which is topped by Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other.
  • For movie lovers, drive Glen Etive, the road that was used in the James Bond Skyfall movie and see the Glenfinnan Viaduct used in the Harry Potter movies.
  • Visit the Isle of Skye, the largest and best-known island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago.

 

Overnight Stops

Edinburgh (2) – Loch Lomond (2) – Glencoe (1) – Isle of Skye (2) – Inverness (2) – St Andrews (1)

Why not extend your trip and spend a night or two in Dublin or London?

 

Price Structure

From $2,657 per person sharing

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive in Scotland

Welcome to Scotland! Your private driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area once you exit customs and will transfer you to your city center hotel. Enjoy the short ride into beautiful Edinburgh, the city with an Old and New Town, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Highlights include: Hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour, Edinburgh walking food tour, Edinburgh Castle
Optional highlights: Palace at Holyroodhouse, Arthur’s Seat

Overnight in Edinburgh
Tenon Recommends: Intercontinental Hotel The George

 

Day 2: Edinburgh

See what it was like to sail like a royal on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, one of the top attractions in Edinburgh. Discover how Princes William and Harry spent some of their summer vacations. Britannia has also hosted many kings and queens, along with celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Liz Taylor, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

Highlights include: Royal Yacht Britannia, Platinum Whisky Tour and Tasting at The Scotch Whisky Experience, Real Mary King’s Close
Optional highlights: Secrets of the Royal Mile walking tour, Holyrood Distillery, Spirit of Scotland show, meet a kiltmaker and bagpiper

Overnight in Edinburgh
Tenon Recommends: Intercontinental Hotel The George
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 3: Edinburgh to Loch Lomond

Traveling west today, make time to stop off at Stirling Castle, the crowning place of Mary Queen of Scots. Nearby is The National Wallace Monument, where you can see the sword used by Scottish hero William Wallance. Continue on to the Glengoyne Distillery before your arrival in Loch Lomond, which is part of The Trossachs National Park, one of the two national parks in Scotland.

Highlights include: Stirling Castle, Glengoyne Distillery
Optional highlights: The National Wallace Monument

Overnight in Loch Lomond
Tenon Recommend: The Lodge on Loch Lomond
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 4: Loch Lomond

Viewing the loch today is a must! Wider than Loch Ness and the largest lake in the British Isles by surface area, Loch Lomond has a lot to offer. You will find l walks, country experiences and little villages to discover, such as Inveraray, Balloch, Aberfoyle and Arrochar.

Highlights include: Hawk Walk at Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, seaplane trip over the loch
Optional highlights: Water skiing on Loch Lomond

Overnight in Loch Lomond
Tenon Recommend: The Lodge on Loch Lomond
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 5: Loch Lomond to Glencoe

You will be driving to the tip of the national park and into the Highlands today. The Highlands is what most people picture when they think about Scotland – big skies, breathtaking landscapes and a tempestuous history has left an indelible mark on this region. As a natural playground, this area is great for walking, hiking, driving and other outdoor activities.

Highlights include: Glencoe electric bike activity
Optional highlights: Walk part of the West Highland Way, Glen Etive scenic drive

Overnight in Glencoe
Tenon Recommends: Kingshouse Hotel
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 6: Glencoe to the Isle of Skye

Look ahead to an amazing day today as you drive toward the Isle of Skye. Make a stop in Glenfinnan to see the world-famous viaduct featured in the Harry Potter series and also the monument to the fallen of the Jacobite rising before you hit the road to Skye.

Optional highlights: Glenfinnan Viaduct

Overnight in the Isle of Skye
Tenon Recommends: Skeabost Hotel
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 7: Isle of Skye

Make the most of the day on this incredible isle! A short drive away is the Old Man of Storr, a rocky hill on the Trotternish Peninsula which is believed to have been an ancient burial ground. Further north of Trotternish is the Quiraing, a landslip on the northernmost summit.

Highlights include: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Optional highlights: Fishing, fairy pools, Old Man of Storr

Overnight in the Isle of Skye
Tenon Recommends: Skeabost Hotel
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 8: Isle of Skye to Inverness

Journeying back to the Scottish mainland today, stop off at Eilean Donan Castle as you cross over the bridge from the island back to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Should time allow, visit one of the villages along the way, such as Fort Augustus, which offers great views of Loch Ness.

Highlights include: Culloden Battlefield
Optional highlights: Eilean Donan Castle

Overnight in Inverness
Tenon Recommends: Kingsmills Hotel
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 9: Inverness

Hunting for legendary creatures is on the agenda today! Take a Loch Ness cruise and learn all about the cryptid legend! If you like, disembark to see the magnificent ruins of Urquhart Castle before reboarding for the return trip. After arriving back in Inverness, take a walk around its castle, built in 1836, and look out over the city from the viewpoint. If time permits, you can take a short drive to the 14th century Cawdor Castle and Gardens.

Highlights included: Loch Ness cruise, Urquhart Castle
Optional highlights: Inverness Castle viewpoint, Cawdor Castle

Overnight in Inverness
Tenon Recommends: Kingsmills Hotel
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 10: Inverness to St Andrew’s

Stretching back to medieval times, St Andrews is more than just the home of golf! Explore the remains of St Andrews Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, and walk in the footsteps of golf legends with a walking tour on the hallowed Old Course. Taste local food and drink on a walking tour.

Highlights include: Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Castle
Optional highlights: Scone Palace, British Golf Museum, Old Course walking tour

Overnight in St Andrews
Tenon Recommends: Hotel Du Vin
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 11: Departure

Say goodbye to Scotland today. Fly home with memories that will last a lifetime and a desire to return and see more of what Scotland has to offer. As the Scots say, Haste ye back!
(Breakfast included)

 


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Itinerary Details

Standard Inclusions

  • Daily breakfast (except day 1)
  • 10 nights in 4-star hotel accommodations with private facilities
  • Private airport transfer on arrival
  • Self-Drive: 9-day vehicle rental from day 3 including unlimited mileage, tax, collision damage waiver (CDW) and super CDW with downtown pick-up and drop-off to and from the departure airport
  • Chauffeur Drive: 8 days private driver from day 3 and airport transfer on arrival and departure day
  • Exclusive By-Your-Side Service℠, our personal concierge service

 

Special Inclusions

Edinburgh

  • Hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour, Edinburgh walking food tour, Edinburgh Castle, Platinum Whisky Tour and Tasting at the Scotch Whisky Experience, Royal Yacht Britannia, Real Mary King’s Close

Stirling / Loch Lomond

  • Stirling Castle, Glengoyne Distillery, Hawk Walk at Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, seaplane trip over Loch Lomond

Glencoe

  • Glencoe electric bike activity

Isle of Skye / Inverness

  • Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Loch Ness cruise, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield

St Andrews

  • Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Castle.

Exclusions

  • Pre- and post-trip nights in Edinburgh or St. Andrews
  • Airfare
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary or list of inclusions
  • Personal expenses and additional sightseeing not listed in the inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • Travel insurance
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