8 Days from £2550
per person based on 2 Adults sharing
This fantastic Inspiring Group Tour (maximum 12 people in total) will show you the most majestic and awe-inspiring scenery that Scotland has to offer. You will pass through the hills, glens and lochs that make Scotland the most beautiful country, marvelling at natures majesty as you go. With one of our fantastic knowledgeable Guides by your side to unlock all off Scotland’s myth and history so you gain a deep insight into the culture and feel a real connection to the country of Scotland and its people. From the West Highlands to Skye, Culloden, Cairngorms, Glasgow, Edinburgh and more besides. National parks to the Capital city, from ancient standing stones to mythical beasts, breath-taking scenery to historic castles, atmospheric battlefields to joyous cultural celebrations, this is the complete travel experience – the Best of Scotland.
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Stay in the awe-inspiring island of Skye and visit ancient sites and see its rugged beauty
Scenic drive skirting the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
See the Jacobite Steam Train on the Harry Potter bridge
See the highest Mountain in the UK – Ben Nevis
Discover the beautiful Trossachs National Park
Wildlife Boat trip – Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, sometimes even Dolphins and Whales
Castles - Edinburgh Castle, Inverary Castle, not the mention the atmospheric Eilean Donan Castle to name but a few.
Visit a distillery and have a wee dram (or 2)
Visit majestic and atmospheric Glencoe and find out about the clan war between the Campbells and McDonalds
See the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in Scotland
Visit the beautiful village of Dunkeld & go on a short scenic walk there
Explore the site of the last land battle in the UK – Culloden
Visit Inverness and see Loch Ness (Loch Ness Monster sighting cannot be guaranteed)
Visit the Cairngorms National Park
See the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in Scotland
You will be met at the airport in arrivals by your chauffeur who will transfer you to your first hotel. Look out for a chauffeur carrying a digital Inspiring Travel board with your name on it.
You will then be transferred to your 4-star hotel in Glasgow, a perfect start to a dream vacation. You will arrive before the check in time of 3pm, so let the concierge will take your bags while housekeeping prepares your room. In the meantime, you will be able to use the hotel facilities, but since you have time to kill why not visit one of Glasgow’s fantastic museums or parks like nearby Kelvingrove Park, or simply relax in the hotel or at the bar. Today is a free day of leisure to do exactly as you please.
Today after an early breakfast you will be met at your hotel by your friendly Inspiring Group Guide at 9am. Look out for the person with the Inspiring Travel board. After a warm welcome to Scotland and introductions all round, you board your comfortable luxury AC Minibus as your Inspiring Group Tour of our beautiful country begins in earnest.
Today you will journey through one of the most beautiful National Parks in Scotland, the Trossachs, skirting the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond on the way.
There will be time to stop at Inverary and gaze at the beauty of Loch Fyne and the mountains that surround you, here we will arrange a tour of Inveraray Castle, skirting a fairy-tale like Castle which is nestled on the shores of Loch Fyne, Scotland’s longest Sea Loch. You will have time to visit the grounds and wander the interior.
You will then continue your journey through the beautiful countryside, everything from marshy Moors to the dramatic scenery of Glen Coe. Glencoe is the scene of the infamous tale of Clan rivalry between the Campbell Clan and MacDonald Clan, the Glencoe Massacre. Your Driver/Guide will be able to tell you all the details of this story and much more besides. You will also visit The Study and look out onto 3 mountains known as the 3 sisters, made famous in the TV program Outlander. That is to name but a few of the countless natural wonders you will visit and see today on the way to your fantastic hotel for the night in Oban the gateway to the isles. (Breakfast Included)
After Breakfast you will continue your journey through the beautiful countryside, again today you will see countless natural wonders arguably some of the best scenery in the country. Today you will make your way up the gorgeous west Highlands, marvelling at the wonderful scenery on the way to Glenfinnan. Glenfinnan was made famous by the Harry Potter Railway line scene, here you will no doubt recognise the viaduct used on the films. Glenfinnan has another claim to fame as the site of the landing of, and raising of the Stewart standard, by Charles Edward Stewart otherwise known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. This was the catalyst to the ill-fated Jacobite rebellion, leading to the final battle fought on British soil, Culloden. You will see the spot where that is marked by the statue of the lone Highlander.
You will travel from Fort William, home of the highest peak in the UK, Ben Nevis, through the peninsula and then onto a ferry to Skye. The scenery here is arguably better than what you have witnessed already, and this route is often overlooked by visitors to Scotland. Once you have reached the Isle of Skye there will be time to take in the wonderful scenery on a scenic drive to your hotel in the quaint fishing town of Portree.
The Isle of Skye is as steeped in history as it is ruggedly beautiful. On route to your accommodation, it seems that every corner you turn and hill you climb the more the scenery will strike you.
Before you cross to the Isle of Skye you will come across the fantastic setting of Eilean Donan Castle where you will stop to stretch your legs and no doubt take some pictures of the stunning castle (Please note entrance to the castle is not included, there is no way to pre-book a visit.)
Check into your quaint hotel in Skye where you will be resident for 2 nights. Look out onto the harbour and beyond to the sound of Raasay and onwards to the dramatic and atmospheric Cuillin Hills. (Breakfast Included)
Today you will enjoy a leisurely drive to the Island taking in the beauty and majesty of the countryside and scenery that surrounds you. Skye is like Scotland in miniature, and every corner you turn the scenery seems to somehow become ever more marvellous and spectacular.
Before the scenic tour you will have a Wildlife Boat Trip today, departing from Portree Harbour at 10am for 2 hours. Cruising the waters around the Isle of Skye by catamaran is an amazing way see Skye from an entirely new perspective. The peace and tranquillity of sailing out onto the Sound of Raasay to view wildlife like Sea Eagles and Dolphins will make you feel quite at one with nature.
After the boat trip you will be met by your Driver/Guide for a scenic drive around the Isle of Skye. You may wish to stop from time to time for photos and to get a better glimpse of the magnificent Cuillins or just continue the scenic drive around the island taking in all it has to offer. We will schedule in the Talisker Whisky distillery tour to sample its delights.
Skye truly is a remarkable place, and we have no doubt you will all love it. (Breakfast Included)
Today you will enjoy a scenic drive from the Island back to the mainland. Skye is like Scotland in miniature, and every corner you turn the scenery seems to somehow become ever more marvellous and spectacular. In the Afternoon we venture past Loch Ness and visit Castle Urquhart.
Please note – Nessie sightings are never guaranteed.
Next you will visit Inverness, you will be driven round the town and it may be as good a place as any to stop for some lunch or, time permitting, you may wish to do the river walk which will give you a good angle to take a photo of the castle.
You will make your way across the mainland towards Culloden and the outskirts of the Cairngorms National Park. Where better to stay on the eve of your visit to Culloden Battlefield than the HQ of the Jacobite commanders on the eve of that very battle. (Breakfast Included)
As you awake in a truly historic building you will feel utterly immersed in the history and the atmosphere of the events of the past that are the theme of today’s fantastic trips. Today you will visit the site of the final land battle in Scotland and the UK, Culloden, which brought about the end of the Jacobite rebellion and the beginning a brutal repression of the highland culture and way of life. The atmospheric battle site is sure to leave an impression.
There are also other places of interest near the battle site, like Clava Cairns, prehistoric standing stones. Touch them and feel the connection to the past, just like Claire from the famous Outlander series. These Bronze age stones, cairns and burial chambers are over 5000 years old.
Before that you will continue your scenic drive through the Cairngorms National Park taking in more of Scotland’s scenic beauty. There will be time to stop at the picturesque village of Dunkeld. Here, you can visit Dunkeld Cathedral, a 750-year-old church set on the banks of the beautiful River Tay alternatively with time permitting you could go on a guided-walk by the river to Ossian’s Hall.
After today’s sightseeing you will be dropped off at your hotel in the Capital city. It is here that you will say a fond farewell to your Inspiring Tour Guide and the Driver. (Breakfast Included)
Having 2 nights in Edinburgh will give you the full day today to fully explore Scotland’s magnificent capital at your own steam.
Scotland’s beautiful capital city Edinburgh is a seamless blend of old and new, with its medieval old town and elegant Georgian new town and the majestic Edinburgh Castle perched between it rising above it all. A city of high culture and politics, of art and literature philosophy and Science. A place of importance for Scotland then and now, the Castle is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels & the Stone of Destiny used in the coronation of Scottish Kings and not far from there beneath Edinburgh’s Acropolis sits the Scottish Parliament again, after an absence of some 300 years. Edinburgh beautiful and majestic, holds a place in every Scots heart and is the perfect place to explore at your leisure after your Guided Tour of Scotland. (Breakfast Included)
Today brings your trip around Scotland to a close. After check-out you will be met by a chauffeur at your hotel, they will transfer you to airport for your onward flight.
We like to think you arrived as our guests but will depart as our friends.
All these sites will be visited on your Inspiring Group Tour with your Guide on hand to unlock all the secrets and reveal the history and myth behind them all. As there is also a Driver for the Luxury Minibus the Guide will be free to chat to you and the rest of the group as you all get to know one another. On arrival you will be met by a chauffeur and transferred to your hotel. Your Guide will pick you up at your hotel the next day to begin the tour. Here at Inspiring Travel we only use the best Guides, holders of Scottish Tourist guides badge awards, guides that are educated and vetted adhere to a code of conduct, giving you the peace of mind that you are in the right hands they will be able to answer any questions you have on any subjects throughout the tour, at Inspiring Travel we have little doubt you will arrive a guest but go home as friends. As this is a group tour and a shared experience with other guests, the itinerary is set, and the Guide will let you know how long you have at each place. Your friendly Guide will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the places you visit and the things you see, unlocking the secrets, stories, and legends to give you a level of immersion and a feeling of connection with Scotland that would otherwise be impossible. It is the presence of the Guide that will create real value for your holiday and help you get the most out of it.
Does not include:
Flights, Meals unless specified, Drinks, Gratuities
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