A Scottish Journey 2023

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10 Days / 9 Nights
Availability : April to October
Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic castles and quaint villages. Infamous battles and gripping legends. This Scottish Journey takes us from coastal cities to Hebridean islands, seeking out one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerising history and undeniable charm.

A Scottish Journey: 1 nt Edinburgh,  2 nts Cairngorms National Park, 2 nts Inverness,  2 nts Isle of Skye,  2 nts Isle of Mull

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Spend days touring the breathtaking Isle of Skye and Isle of Mull
– Uncover the intricacies behind Scottish whisky culture with a tasting experience
– Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Culloden Battlefield
– Savour a day exploring the magnificent Cairngorms National Park

Pick Up Location & TIme

Eden Locke Hotel or Similar (Edinburgh)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA – Edinburgh
Arrival late afternoon, early evening arrival after tour.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full Scottish breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh

Majestic landscapes, scenic roads and imagination-firing landscapes: Scotland delivers on every level. After meeting the group at our hotel, we’ll get to know each other over a delicious welcome meal. (D)

Accommodation: Eden Locke (or similar)

Day 2Edinburgh – St Andrews – Cairngorms Region

After breakfast, we’ll board the mini-coach and take to the scenic route. Now, the journey begins! Travelling along the coast, we’ll stop in at tiny East Neuk fishing villages before reaching St Andrews: a small town with a big reputation for world-class golf. Next, we’ll visit the historic town of Dunkeld, enjoying a walk around to discover its medieval cathedral. Later today, we’ll check into our accommodation in the Cairngorms region. (B)

Accommodation: The Lodge on the Loch (or similar)

Day 3Cairngorms National Park

Our day will begin in dramatic fashion this morning as we explore the stunning surrounds of Cairngorms National Park – heading to viewpoints specially chosen by our in-the-know Tour Leader. Then, we’ll swap natural beauty spots for man-made marvels at 16th-century Crathes Castle, where soaring turrets, intricately painted ceilings and enchanting manicured gardens await. Following an included lunch, the end of the day will be ours to spend as we wish. (B,L)

Accommodation: The Lodge on the Loch (or similar).

Day 4Cairngorms Region – Speyside – Inverness

Prepare to delve into a day of truly authentic Scottish experiences. First, we’ll stop at the open-air Highland Folk Museum, used as the filming location for the TV series Outlander. Then, a lesson in Scotch whisky awaits in Speyside – Scotland’s famed distillery region. We’ll uncover the centuries-old legends and intricate processes behind turning malted barley into ‘liquid gold’ – sampling a dram or two while we’re at it. Our final stop of the day will be Inverness, the welcoming capital of the Highlands. Tonight, we’ll come together to share stories of the day’s adventures over an included meal. (B,D)

Accommodation: Kingsmills Hotel (or similar)

Day 5Inverness

After this morning’s orientation tour, the city is your oyster. Visit Inverness Castle and Cathedral, explore the charming Victorian Market or simply hunt down a good pub to relax in. What you do today is completely up to you! For dinner tonight, why not take advantage of the array of local eateries filled with character and delicious Scottish fare. (B)

Accommodation: Kingsmills Hotel (or similar)

Day 6Inverness – Culloden, Loch Ness and Plockton – Isle of Skye

Our path will lead us eastwards this morning as we make our way to the atmospheric Culloden Battlefield. Here we’ll immerse ourselves in the fascinating history of the Highlands and gain a unique insight into the battle that took place on this vast moorland. Next, there’s a chance to spot the elusive Nessie in mysterious Loch Ness – binoculars recommended! Following our monster hunt, we’ll pay a visit to the quaint village of Plockton, where painted cottages cluster around a picturesque bay. After strolling the harbour and observing the passing yachts, we’ll continue on to our final destination of the day: the breathtaking Isle of Skye. At our hotel, we’ll share the excitement for tomorrow’s adventures over an included dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Duisdale House Hotel (or similar)

Day 7Isle of Skye

Sensational landscapes, rare wildlife and imagination-firing history – the Isle of Skye delivers on every level. This is North Highland scenery on a grand scale! We’ll spend the day taking in the island’s unique geology and jaw-dropping scenery – including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr. After a full day of exploring, we’ll have the evening free to dine at our leisure or relax in our idyllic surrounds. (B)

Accommodation: Duisdale House Hotel (or similar)

Day 8Isle of Skye – Isle of Mull

Today we’ll continue our journey through soul-stirring Scottish scenery before taking a short ferry ride over to the breathtaking Isle of Mull. Here, the evening will be yours to spend as you please. (B)

Accommodation: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Day 9Isle of Mull – Isle of Iona – Isle of Mull

The best way to explore the bewitching Hebrides is by island hopping – so today, we’ll do just that. From Mull’s little village of Fionnphort, we’ll set sail to Iona: where a medieval abbey and revered pilgrimage site await us. After returning to our hotel on Mull, we’ll toast to our Scottish journey with a final dinner together. (B,D)

Accommodation: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Day 10Isle of Mull – Stirling – Edinburgh

Back to the mainland we go. It’s been a tour that’s delved deep into Scotland’s heritage, so it’s only right that we finish with a stop in historic Stirling. A drive through the Old Town will bring us to the magnificent hilltop castle, one of Scotland’s most impressive and significant monuments. Here, we’ll spend some time exploring the castle’s many rooms and soaking up the sweeping views from atop the castle walls. What better way to round off our tour before returning to Edinburgh. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2023: April 4 $4,849 $6,119
2023: April 18, 27 $5,179 $6,559
2023: May 2, 9, 11, 16, 23  $5,309 $6,719
2023: Delete $5,309 $6,719
2023: May 25, 30 $5,359 $6,779
2023: June 6 $5,469 $6,919
2023: June 8 $5,519 $6,969
2023: June 13, 15 $5,359 $6,789
2023: June 22 $5,469 $6,919
2023: July 6 $5,289 $6,689
2023: July 11 $5,329 $6,749
2023: July 13, 20 $5,179 $6,559
2023: July 25 $5,469 $6,919
2023: July 27 $5,409 $6,859
2023: August 1 $5,519 $6,969
2023: August 8, 15 $5,409 $6,859
2023: August 22 $5,519 $6,969
2023: August 24 $5,469 $6,919
2023: August 31 $5,409 $6,859
2023: September 5 $5,409 $6,859
2023: September 7 $5,469 $6,919
2023: September 12, 14 $5,409 $6,859
2023: September 19, 21 $5,179 $6,559
2023: September 28 $4,759 $6,009
2023: October 3, 12 $4,669 $5,899

 

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures. 

We recommend combining with: Orkney & The Highlands for a full Scottish experience

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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