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Scottish Highlands And Islands

Scottish Highlands And Islands

From its historical castles to its stunning landscapes, exciting cities to charming small towns, Scotland has it all. On this comprehensive Scotland tour, you'll witness unspoiled, breathtaking scenery, lean about fascinating history, and much more.

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17 days

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Return international airfares Ex Brisbane or Sydney including taxes

  • Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane, Hunter and Central Coast areas*

  • Pickup and return locations throughout the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney

  • Accommodation – twin share basis, with private bath or shower including hotel taxes, porterage, tips and

  • service charges

  • Tour fully escorted from Australia

  • English speaking Tour Director

  • Touring by private, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi (where available)

  • All attractions, entrance fees and touring as stated in the itinerary

  • All meals as stated in the itinerary

  • All transfers

  • Pre paid gratuities to Tour Director and Driver

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Glasgow welcome dinner

  • Explore Edinburgh Castle

  • Guided tours of the Royal Burgh of Culross, Sir Walter Scott’s house, Whisky Distillery

  • Tickets to the Royal Military Tattoo

  • Visit Melrose Abbey and St Andrew’s British Golf Museum

  • Visit sacred prehistoric site of Clava Cairns

  • Explore the Culloden Moor battle site visitor’s centre

  • Visit Churchill Barriers, Skara Brae and Skaill House on Orkney Islands

  • Visit Isle of Skye Museum of Island Life and Museum of Isles

  • Photo-stop at the Harry Potter viaduct in Glenfinnan

  • Visit Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona to see the centre of Celtic Christianity

  • Photograph stunning Loch Lomond

 

 

*Refer to full itinerary for Booking Conditions

 

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Day 1

Fly Australia to Glasgow
Your tour begins with transfers to Brisbane or Sydney airport for your flight to Glasgow.

Day 2

On arrival at Glasgow Airport we will be transferred to our hotel.

Day 3 B, D

Glasgow
Your day is free to relax in Scotland's largest city. Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. It's famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it's a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene. This evening meet our Tour Director for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 B

Glasgow – Falkirk – Royal Burgh of Culross –Linlithgow – Edinburgh
Start our grand tour of Scotland with a visit to The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world. Then, discover two prominent sites featured in the popular TV series Outlander. At the Royal Burgh of Culross, follow our local guide through the charming, peaceful streets, which were once full of the hustle and bustle of a thriving 17th-century port on the Forth River. Then, take a short drive to the town of Linlithgow and visit the stunning Linlithgow Palace ruins, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and where Outlander’s Jamie Fraser was incarcerated. Continue on to Edinburgh, our base for the next three nights.

Day 5 B

Edinburgh
Morning city sightseeing with a local guide introduces us to the 200-year-old "New Town" and the famous scientists, inventors and novelists who lived there. In the "Old Town", visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 6 B

Edinburgh – Abbotsford Excursion
Today's excursion brings us into parts of the Scottish Lowlands and Border Counties. Drive through rolling hills and leafy valleys to Abbotsford House and enjoy a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's home. It contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor, as well as an extensive library with over 9,000 rare volumes. Then, visit Melrose Abbey, the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart. This afternoon, enjoy some free time before gathering back together for this evening’s performance of the world-renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Day 7 B, D

Edinburgh – St Andrews – Braemar – Inverness
Travel over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St Andrews. Cross the Firth of Tay and from Dundee, head into the Highlands with a lunch stop in the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park to Inverness, the Highland capital, where we will spend the next two nights.

Day 8 B

Inverness-Highlands Excursion
Fascinating visits on today's excursion. Stop first at Clava Cairns, featured in Outlander and one of Scotland's most sacred prehistoric sites. See its three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scottish clans. Then, visit Brodie Castle, the ancestral home of Clan Brodie, with an outstanding art collection and magnificent library. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 9 B, D

Inverness-Thurso
Continue an unforgettable journey with a guided tour of a Whisky Distillery. Then, follow the coast road to majestic Dunrobin Castle, perched on a high terrace above walled gardens and for centuries the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Overnight in Thurso, the most northerly town on Britain's mainland.

Day 10 B, L, D

Thurso-Excursion to the Orkney Islands
A fascinating day full of adventure. At John O'Groats, board a ferry for the 45-minute crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands, where a local coach and driver-guide await you. Cross the four Churchill Barriers and overlook Scapa Flow, where the German fleet scuttled itself in World War I. After a light lunch at the Tasting Hall café, take a guided tour of the award-winning Orkney Brewery and sample the local ale. Then head for Skara Brae, where you see the fascinating remains of a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village and visit Skaill House. Other highlights include the Ring of Brodgar, the Orkneys' Stonehenge, and Kirkwall, the small and picturesque island capital. Return to the mainland by ferry in the late afternoon.

Day 11 B, L, D

Thurso-Ullapool-Isle Of Skye
A day to sit back and enjoy the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery, some of the finest in Britain. The northern coast is lined with miles of yellow-sand beaches and pristine estuaries, and the hills and mountains take on a purple hue as the summer progresses. This is Scotland at its best! Drive via Tongue and Falls of Shin to the quaint fishing port of Ullapool, where we’ll enjoy a traditional fish and chips lunch at a local restaurant. Late afternoon, arrive on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye.

Day 12 B, D

Isle Of Skye
Striking landscapes, unusual rock formations, and dramatic waterfalls will capture your attention on our drive around the Trotternish Peninsula. Visit the thatch-roofed cottages at the Museum Of Island Life, close to the last resting place of Highland heroine Flora MacDonald. Then, follow the spectacular coast route, stopping for photos of waterfalls and gorges, to the island capital of Portree. On the way back to Broadford, take in the views of the jagged and dark peaks of the Cuillin Hills.

Day 13 B, D

Isle Of Skye-Glenfinnan-Isle Of Mull
Call at Armadale Castle for a visit to its Museum Of The Isles and insight into 13 centuries of Clan Donald history before boarding the ferry at Armadale to cross the Sound of Sleat. Rejoin the mainland at Mallaig and follow the "Road to the Isles". Stop at Glenfinnan with its viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films, then take the ferry to the Isle of Mull, to conclude our day with a visit to the quaint island capital of Tobermory.

Day 14 B, D

Isle Of Mull And Iona Excursion
A leisurely day to relax and enjoy the best of Scotland's western isles. Drive across Mull to visit the beautiful and fascinating Isle of Iona. See the Abbey and explore the religious settlement before returning to our hotel in the early afternoon.

Day 15 B, D

Isle Of Mull-Inveraray-Glasgow
Our final island ferry crossing brings us to Oban. Then over the Pass of Brander and from Inveraray to the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond. Back in Glasgow this afternoon, an orientation drive takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. There will be time for last-minute shopping before enjoying a farewell dinner at our hotel.

Day 16 B

Glasgow
Today we transfer to Glasgow Airport for our flight back to Australia.

Day 17

On arrival into Brisbane or Sydney and after clearing customs, your transfers will be arranged.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departure dates.

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Thornton AAJ Depot All Australian Journeys - Thornton Depot
3 Woodford Place, Thornton

$9,982.00 each departing Brisbane

$9,770.00 each departing The Hunter

Single Supplement available: $1,095.00 extra

 

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