Scotland's Glens & Highlands

Explore Scotland’s historic cities, mythic highlands, and mystic lochs and glens. Explore Glasgow with a Blue Badge guide, then learn about Scotland’s traditional trades in the village of Kilbarchan. Relax on a cruise of Loch Katrine and visit Stirling Castle. Learn how whisky is made at Blair Atholl Distillery in Pitlochry, then travel into the Highlands for a demonstration on dogs herding sheep. Explore Dunrobin Castle, its grand gardens, and a falconry showcase. Travel south along Cairngorms National Park and explore Glamis Castle, the setting to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Arrive in Edinburgh and explore Rosslyn Chapel, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and enjoy an outstanding Farewell Dinner at the historic Prestonfield House before we return home.

Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & Blue Badge Guide
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
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Day 1 : Travel to Scotland

We board an overnight flight to Glasgow, once an Industrial port city and now renowned as a sparkling city of culture.

Day 2 : Arrive in Scotland

Our Blue Badge guide greets us as we arrive at the airport and facilitates transfers to our home for the next two nights, the Radisson Blu Glasgow. Our hotel’s Central location makes roaming around the city easy. Tonight we get to know our fellow traveling Companions at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.


Day 3 : Glasgow

Enjoy a full breakfast buffet each morning of the tour to fuel you for the day’s adventures. Today we enjoy a panoramic city tour of Glasgow with sites including Glasgow Cathedral, George Square, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. We have time to explore the museum, which has one of the world’s greatest Collection of arms and armor, plus fine art and ancient artifacts across its 22 galleries. In the afternoon, travel to the village of Kilbarchan to see what life was like before the industrial revolution. Tour a weaver’s cottage and learn about lives of the workers who wove shawls from home. This evening is free to explore Glasgow.


Day 4 : Loch Katrine & Sterling Castle

This morning head north to the Trossachs region of Scotland. Enjoy a cruise on Loch Katrine, the birthplace of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy and the setting to the famous poem The Lady of the Lake. In the afternoon we visit Stirling Castle and learn the real story about the battle of Stirling Bridge and William Wallace, best remembered from the film Braveheart. This castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland, with a history dating back to the 1200s. In the evening we check-in to Dunkeld House Hotel located on 280 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside. Tonight we enjoy an included dinner at the hotel.


Day 5 : Blair Atholl Distillery

Arrive in the Perthshire village of Pitlochry where we stroll the streets, shop, and find a great pub or little café for lunch. The village home to lochs, rivers, glens, and hills that combine to create a delightfully scenic landscape of the Scottish Highlands. At the Blair Atholl Distillery learn how whisky is made and try a “wee dram.” Late afternoon we head to the Highlands and visit Leault Working Dogs for a demonstration of sheep herding with border collies. Our accommodations are at the Pentahotel Inverness tonight.


Day 6 : Dunrobin Castle & Culloden Battlefield

We venture out this morning to visit Dunrobin Castle. Explore the castle, the extensive gardens, and enjoy a demonstration of the ancient art of falconry. Next we visit the Culloden Battlefield, recently made famous by the television series Outlander. Culloden is where the 1745 Jacobite Uprising met its tragic end, changing the course of Scottish history forever.


Day 7 : Glamis Castle & Edinburgh

Head south and see part of Cairngorms National Park on our way to Glamis Castle. Over 600 years old, Glamis is considered to be one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles. Glamis was the girlhood home to Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, the mother of Queen Elizabeth II, and setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Glamis Castle has more ghosts, myths, and legends than any other. Tonight’s accommodations are at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh in the heart of the Scottish capital, just a short stroll from the historic Royal Mile district.


Day 8 : Rosslyn Chapel & Abbotsford House

Rosslyn Chapel inspired poetry by Sir Walter Scott and was made famous by the popular mystery thriller The Da Vinci Code. This ornately decorated chapel is truly something to marvel and explore. Afterward we visit the Abbotsford House and Garden, the former home to Sir Walter Scott located on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borderlands. Novelist, poet, biographer, and playwright, Sir Walter Scott penned Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, and many others.


Day 9 : Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is Queen Elizabeth II’s official residence in Scotland. We tour the palace and learn about the history and stories of one of its most famous occupants, Mary, Queen of Scots. Tonight we experience the Spirit of Scotland, an unforgettable evening of food, dance, storytelling, and music. You may even be invited to join in a traditional Scottish folk dance!


Day 10 : Journey Home

We fly home today filled with treasured memories and warmed by new friendships.


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & Blue Badge Guide
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Glasgow
  • 1 night at the Dunkeld House Hotel
  • 2 nights at the Pentahotel Inverness
  • 3 nights at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh

Attractions & Highlights

  • Scottish Blue Badge Guide
  • Glasgow city tour
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  • Weaver's Cottage at Kilbarchan
  • Loch Katrine cruise
  • Stirling Castle
  • Blair Atholl Distillery tour
  • Leault Working Sheepdogs, Kincraig
  • Dunrobin Castle and falconry demonstration
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Glamis Castle & Edinburgh
  • Rosslyn Chapel
  • Abbotsford House
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse

16 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner
  • The Spirit of Scotland Dinner & Show

Tour Dates & Pricing

October 15th, 2019 - October 24th, 2019

Category - Occupancy

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Final Payment Date: 07/12/2019

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