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ID: 793
CASTLES PUBS AND TEAROOMS OF SCOTLAND
Offered by Company : ID 523
Country : United Kingdom
Duration : 11 – 13 day(s)
Minimum Price : $3795 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $3795 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Culture Tour, Bar Pub and Club Tour
 
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Highlights Include: The Trossachs, Stirling Castle, Dunblane Cathedral, Doune Castle, Lion and Unicorn Pub Outing, Queen's View & Tearoom, Castle Menzies, Blair Castle, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Culloden Battlefield, Dallas Dhu Distillery, Huntly Castle, Glennfiddich Distillery, Kingdom of Fife, St. Andrews, Kind Kyttock's Tearoom, Falkland Palace, Dunfermline Palace and Abbey, Linlithgow Palace, Edinburgh Castle, Open Top Bus Tour Of Edinburgh, Shopping on the Royal Mile andPrinces Street in Edinburgh, Scottish Evening Dinner and Show and more!
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A small intimate tour of Edinburgh, The Trossachs, Stirlingshire, Pitlochry, Inverness-shire, Cairngorms, Castle Trail, Whisky Trail, Kingdom of Fife, St. Andrews, The Highlands and Countryside. Our tearoom tours are always so much more - filled with castles, historic sights and entertainment of all kinds. Tea is a way of life in Scotland with more tearooms than any other country on earth. And you have to eat someplace anyway, so we try to incorporate as many of these tearooms into our tours as possible. Each tour is designed to accommodate only 8 - 10 people for a more personal experience and to allow you to get the most of your Scottish holiday. Keeping the tour size small gives us the opportunity to veer from the beaten path and take advantage of accommodations, restaurants and sightseeing venues that would not be available to larger groups. You may find yourself staying in a delightful city guesthouse, a small country house hotel, a comfortable farmhouse and an old coaching Inn all in the same visit. Our goal is to show you the real Scots people and some of the wonderful sights to be seen all over this beautiful country. You will not be rushed from venue to venue andwe spend as little time on the bus as possible.

Tour includes all accommodation in 3 or 4 star Scottish Tourist Board Approved accommodations. Full Scottish breakfast each morning. All lunches and dinners as listed in itinerary. Porterage of one suitcase per person. Minibus travel including tour guide. Knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any entrance fees. All taxes and service charges.

Optional outing to the Edinburgh Tattoo can be arranged.

Day 1 - August 25th, 2009 - Depart for Edinburgh, Scotland's capitol city.

Day 2 - Arrive Edinburgh but our journey takes us out of the city and into the Scottish Countryside. First things first, so we stop for Afternoon Tea. We will spend the next 2 days in The Trossachs, a beautiful region of craggy hills and sparkling lochs and the meeting place of the Lowlands and Highlands. Our first destination is Callander with its many shops and woollen mill outlets. This area was made famous by Rob Roy MacGregor and there is a Rob Roy Visitors Centre as well. This afternoon we'll get settled into our accommodation and adjust to the time change if necessary. On our way to a Welcoming Pub Dinner this Evening at The Lion & Unicorn, a 400 year old Country House Hotel and Pub which is ranked in the top ten pubs to eat at in the UK. Overnight The Trossachs.(L,D)

Day 3 - After a good Scots breakfast this morning we are off to Stirling and Stirling Castle. Stirling is a Fairy Tale Castle with the star features being The Palace and the Chapel Royal. This afternoon we Stop for Tea at the Tearoom in Stirling before a visit to Doune Castle, a 14th century stronghold which offers a unique view into the life of the medieval royal household. Before dinner we visit Dunblane and Dunblane Cathedral, one of the few surviving medieval churches in Scotland and always worth the visit! Dinner on your own tonight in Stirling. Overnight The Trossachs.(B,L)

Day 4 - This morning we are off to Pitlochry, one of the most delightful Highland villages in Scotland. We will stop in Crieff and visit the Stuart and Waterford Crystal outlet as well as the Caithness Glass Factory and outlet. Next we visit. An Afternoon Free in Pitlochry to visit the many shops that line Main Street. This evening's highlight will be Dinner and a Performance at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre! Overnight Pitlochry.(B,D)

Day 5 - Today following breakfast our first stop is The Queen's View named after Robert The Bruce's wife Isabel but made popular by Queen Victoria. This is one of the most breathtaking sights in Scotland and will become a favorite of yours. You can't stop here without Visiting the Tearoom and having a piece of millionaires shortbread! Next we visit Edradour Distillery, which is Scotland's smallest distillery. After a Tour of the Distillery we return to Pitlochry for Tea. This afternoon we visit Castle Menzies, a spectacular sixteenth century castle, seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years and importantly situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the Highlands and here Bonnie Prince Charlie rested on his way to Culloden in 1746. Dinner on your own in Pitlochry. Overnight Pitlochry.(B,L)

Day 6 - This morning we head far north to just outside of Inverness. We will first stop in Blair and visit Blair Castle. Bonnie Prince Charlie spent 2 days here in this 700 year old rambling, turreted castle with over 32 rooms open to the public. We'll stop for Lunch along the way before continuing our journey to Inverness. We will stop along the shores of Loch Ness on our way north. Dinner and Overnight near Inverness.(B,L,D)

Day 7 - This morning Culloden Battlefield is our first stop. A desolate stretch of moorland, Culloden looks much as it did on 16 April 1746, the date of the last battle to be fought on British soil. Here Bonnie Prince Charlie made his last stand for the Stewart cause. Then on to Forres where we find Afternoon Tea at Chimes Tearoom before we continue on to Elgin for a visit to Elgin Cathedral, the superb ruin of what was perhaps the most beautiful cathedral in Scotland. Pub Dinner at Skerry Brae overlooking the Morey Firth. Overnight Near Inverness.(B,L,D)

Day 8 - This morning we visit Huntly Castle, a magnificent ruin of a castle, from the 12th century motte to the palace block erected in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Gordon family. The architectural details and heraldic enrichments are particularly impressive. And we can't pass up a tour to Glenfiddich Distillery. William Grant & Sons Ltd is one of the very few Scotch whisky companies to remain in the hands of the family who founded it. Glenfiddich is the only Highland single malt to be distilled, matured and bottled at its own distillery. Glenfiddich is the world's favourite single malt Scotch whisky. Dinner and Overnight near Aberdeen.(B,D)

Day 9 - Today we drive through The Cairngorms and the Spittal of Glenshee on our way to Angus and the small village of Forfar. While here we will have to sample some Forfar Bridies from one of the Local Tearooms. Then it is on to Glamis and Glamis Castle, the childhood home of The Queen Mother and the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. We continue on to the Kingdom of Fife and to a lovely fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Fife.(B,L)

Day 10 -Today we'll enjoy a day of sightseeing in and around St. Andrews. Sightseeing will include St. Andrews Castle and Cathedral. The Castle was the former Bishops' Palace, the residence of the Archbishops of St Andrews. The Cathedral itself dates from around 1160, and was consecrated in the presence of Robert the Bruce in July 1318. From here we journey to Falkland and will take Afternoon Tea at Kind Kyttock's Tearoom before a visit to Falkland Palace. The Royal Palace of Falkland was the country residence of Stuart Kings and Queens when they hunted deer and wild boar in the Fife forest. Mary Queen of Scots spent some of the happiest days of her tragic life here. Dinner and Overnight Fife.(B,L,D)

Day 11 - This mornings journey will take us south toward Edinburgh but not before stopping in Dunfermline and visiting Dunfermline Palace and Abbey. Dunfermline Abbey was founded about 1070 by Queen Margaret, wife of Malcolm Canmore. Margaret was made a saint, and she and Malcolm were buried here. Robert the Bruce's body (apart from his heart, which is at Melrose) is buried here as well. This afternoon will find us stopping in Linlithgow to visit Linlithgow Palace birth place of Mary Queen of Scots. We will Lunch at The Four Mary's Pub before our journey to Edinburgh. The rest of the afternoon and evening free for shopping on Princes Street and the Royal Mile. Overnight Edinburgh.(B,L)

Day 12 - After breakfast you will take in the sights of Scotland's Capitol City aboard an Open Top Tour Bus where on your way about the city you will see Holyrood Palace, Grey Friar's Bobby and Deacon Brodie' along with Edinburgh Castle. Get on and off at your own pace. After an afternoon of taking in Princes Street we will gather for a Farewell Dinner and Scottish Evening for our last night in Scotland. Overnight Edinburgh.(B,D)

Day 13 - After a hearty Scots breakfast we will take one final look at this beautiful city before our journey to Edinburgh International for your journey home.(B)
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