Join us on this once in a lifetime Exploring Scotland tour in 2021. This tour departs on September 18, 2021 and returns on September 26, 2021. On this tour you will see sites like Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and many more! This tour starts at $3,698* from New York.
*All prices reflect the 4% cash discount.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
Day 1 Sept. 18 – Depart USA
Depart USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Sept. 19 - Arrive in Glasgow / Stirling
Our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your bus to begin your city tour of Glasgow. Check in to your hotel in Stirling. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 3 Sept. 20 – Stirling Castle / Stirling Bridge / William Wallace Monument / Doune Castle (Inverness)
This morning you’ll drive to Stirling, where we will stop at the Old Bridge, site of the battle between William Wallace and the Scots against the British. Look out across Scotland from Abbey Craig and the Wallace Monument. Built to commemorate the Scottish hero in 1869, it is said Wallace watched the armies of King Edward I of England gathering from this spot prior to the Battle of Stirling. You’ll also visit Stirling Castle, one of the best preserved castles in Scotland. From here, visit the Church of the Holy Rude, founded in 1129. King James the VI was crowned here in 1567. Stop at the monument and visitor’s center at Bannockburn, the site of the pivotal battle in the Scottish Wars of Independence in 1314. Marvel at the splendor of Doune Castle, built as home of Regent Albany, ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king’. His rich tastes can be seen clearly in the architecture of the medieval courtyard castle.
Day 4 Sept. 21 – Inverness
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Inverness, home of two important battles - Blar nam Feinne (11th Century AD) and the Battle of Culloden (18th Century). The city is home to the inspiration for Macbeth, as well as the Inverness Castle and Cathedral. Look out over picturesque Loch Ness. Perhaps you might spot “Nessie” while you are there. Urquhart Castle overlooks Loch Ness from the rocky promontory that it dominates and upon which some famous names have set foot.
Day 5 Sept. 22 – Inverness to Aberdeen
Visit Culloden Battlefield and walk the battlefield now restored to how it appeared to the opposing forces on that fateful day – April 16, 1746. Enjoy a tour of the Glenfidich Distillery, home of the world’s best-selling single-malt whisky [$20.00 additional - must be paid by final payment].
Day 6 Sept. 23 – Aberdeen to St Andrews
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Aberdeen including Tolhouse Museum and Maritime Museum. Visit the grounds of the Ruins of St. Andrew’s Cathedral. They stand testament to the results of the conflict between Catholics and Reformers like John Knox. The local Museum provides insight to the people of the city and their rich history. The University of St. Andrews dates back to 1411, and carries a rich Reformation heritage as well. Walk a portion of the Old Course in the place where Golf was born.
Day 7 Sept. 24 – St. Andrews / Edinburgh
This morning you’ll tour Edinburgh Castle, where James VI, who authorized the King James Bible, was born. We’ll see St. Giles Cathedral. This is the site of the high Kirk of Edinburgh, where John Knox was minister following the Scottish Reformation. Continue down the Princes Street to the Sir Walter Scott Monument. Cross the Firth of Forth to Fife. Stop at Dunfermline Castle, where St. Margaret and Robert the Bruce are buried.
Day 8 Sept. 25 – Edinburgh
Visit The Palace of Holyrood house, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. Enjoy a free afternoon or a local tour of the Glenkinchie Distillery [$20.00 additional - Must be paid by final payment]. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 9 Sept. 26 – Return to USA
Return home with memories that will last a lifetime.