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Travel to Scotland in 2022 - Clans, Castles, & Kilts

July 9-18, 2022 w/ Optional Edinburgh Extension (July 18-21)

Highland Games! Bagpipes! Kilts! Dance at a Palace Ceilidh, Walk the Royal Mile of Edinburgh, Hike the Highlands, Enjoy live Scottish folk music, Taste a Wee Dram of Whisky, Feed Highland Hairy Cows, Explore Medieval Castles & Cathedrals, Search for Nessie at Loch Ness, Try Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties, Visit the Birthplace of Golf during the 150th British Open, Explore the Scenic Lochs and Glens of the Trossachs, Eat in Rob Roy's Pub, Walk in the Footsteps of Jacobite Warriors, Enjoy a Scottish "Afternoon Tea", Clip-clop with Coconuts at Doune Castle, Visit Historical Sites and Film Locations of "Outlander," "Harry Potter," and more favorite films, And those are just the start!

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PhD Kathleen Burt
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Day 1: "Outlander" Village & Highland Games
Welcome to Scotland! We go straight to the heart of historical Culross. This lovely small town on the banks of the River Forth has appeared in several episodes of the hit series "Outlander." From there, we'll head to the Alva Highland Games - bagpipes, traditional dancing, and athletic events are all on the schedule. Watch the “heavies” take on the most traditional events, including tossing the caber. We then stop at Old Stirling Bridge - once the primary crossing between the south and the north - before arriving in Stirling’s Old Town, a former capital of Scotland and our base for the next few nights where we will celebrate with a Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: Stirling Highland Hotel (5 Nights) 

Meals: Welcome Dinner at Hotel

Day 2: Rob Roy Country - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
Today we tour the Trossachs, an area known as the “Highlands in Miniature.” This is Rob Roy country, and we follow in the footsteps of this famous bandit as we eat lunch in a pub he used to visit (you can try haggis if you like!) and visit his grave at Balquhidder. The Falls of Dochart offer a rather loud sort of tranquillity as we pause to admire the natural wonder. We see the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond on a cruise, enjoy the views of lochs and glens, and stop at a woollen mill where you can even meet a Highland Cow. Alongside the knitwear, they sell cow food - so you can take this opportunity to get up close and personal with our own hairy celebrities! 

Accommodation: Stirling Highland Hotel

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel; Lunch at "Rob Roy's Pub"- The Drover's Inn

Day 3: The Kingdom of Fife - St. Andrews, the Home of Golf and Scotland's 1st University, and the Fishing Villages of the East Neuk
From one former capital of Scotland to another, we drive from Stirling to St Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife today. On the way, we will see the charming villages of the East Neuk of Fife. These were small fishing communities for hundreds of years and still have their individual characters and historic harbors. We continue to the Home of Golf and Scotland's first university--St. Andrews. A pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages, the great cathedral fell into ruin after the destruction of the Reformation, but many of its walls remain. Stories of intrigue and murder haunt the clifftop castle nearby with its mines and countermines below that are still open for exploration. We will have time to explore the town and the university, founded in 1413, and see where many martyrs were put to death during the Reformation. 

Accommodation: Stirling Highland Hotel

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel

Day 4: Stirling & the Stewarts
Today we stay local and explore the corners of Stirling’s old town. We’ll see where the Stewart Kings established their dynasty and where modern Scotland was born. We visit Stirling Castle at the Top of the Town, with its magnificent views over the surrounding landscape. The Great Hall and Chapel were at the heart of Royal Life over centuries, while the Royal apartments are presented just as they would have been during the Stewart era, complete with the Stirling Heads, carved figures on the apartment ceiling recovered in the castle’s restoration. You will have some time to explore the castle and even visit the Church of the Holy Rude, where many kings and queens were baptized. We'll return to the hotel for a quintessentially British experience - afternoon tea, a veritable feast of sandwiches, scones and cakes. After that, we'll enjoy some free time in the town center. 

Accommodation: Stirling Highland Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and a traditional "Afternoon Tea" at the Hotel

Day 5: The Wars of Independence & a Ceilidh in Linlithgow Palace
This morning we investigate the Wars of Independence that defined Scotland in the 13th and 14th centuries. First, we visit the Wallace Monument, the memorial tower to national hero William Wallace (of Braveheart fame). Enjoy the exhibitions and wonderful views. Next, we visit Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce repelled the English army in 1314, sent King Edward “homeward tae think again,” and ensured Scotland’s independence for generations. At the innovative visitor centre we will learn how the battle unfolded and even have a chance to take a role in the battle to see if we could do better! Fourteenth-century (but remarkably intact) Doune Castle beckons, ever ready for its close-up - it featured most recently in Outlander and Game of Thrones, among others, but is best known as most of the castles in Monty Python and the Holy Grail! This evening we have a real treat: after an early dinner at the hotel, we will go to Linlithgow Palace (home to Mary Queen of Scots) for a traditional ceilidh - an evening of Scottish dancing where everyone can take part. Instruction will be provided. We recommend sensible shoes!

Accommodation: Stirling Highland Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner at Hotel

Day 6: Into the Highlands: From Celtic Culture to Clan Feuds
We leave Stirling today and head for the Highlands! In Argyll, the home of Celtic culture, we visit Loch Awe. Kilchurn Castle, with its dramatic setting, was the seat of the notorious Clan Campbell. St Conan's Kirk, at the top of the loch, is an arts and crafts chapel drawing on centuries of Scottish art traditions. We’ll pass the sea lochs of the West Coast and stop for a great view over to the Isle of Lismore and Castle Stalker - an atmospheric castle on its own rocky island better known as Castle Aaargh from Monty Python and the Holy Grail! We'll end today in Glencoe, a site of immense beauty with a haunted past. We will learn how political tensions and old grievances led to the massacre of Clan MacDonald here in 1692, in an act that violated the sacred code of Highland hospitality.  Tonight, we stay in Glencoe at the Clachaig Inn, a great spot for whisky sampling at the local pubs.  

Accommodation: Clachaig Inn (1 Night) 

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel

Day 7: Legendary Highlands - From Princely Pretenders to Mythical Monsters
Today will take us from the remotest Highland scenery to Scotland’s bustling heart. We will see Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Britain, as we pass through Fort William on the way to Glenfinnan. A monument marks the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie first landed in Scotland to ignite the Jacobite Rebellion in 1745. Behind us, the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct carries the West Highland Train Line out towards the coast - best known for its starring role as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hogwarts was located here in the movies, on Loch Shiel; look out for hippogriffs overhead! Next, we head for brooding Loch Ness. We will take a cruise on the country's largest loch whose depths are full of legends and lore. Keep your eyes peeled for Nessie! Our boat will dock by the medieval ruins of historic Urquhart Castle, which you'll have time to explore. Next, as we head south to Perthshire, we will enjoy spectacular views along the way. We will spend Friday and Saturday nights in the popular centre of Pitlochry, with live music in our hotel and around town on both nights. 

Accommodation: McKay's Hotel (2 Nights) 

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel

Day 8: Highland Folk Culture & Music: The Jacobites, Culloden, & The Clearances
Today, we wake up with whisky! This morning, we enjoy a tour of the Blair Athol Distillery in the center of Pitlochry, followed by some guided sampling of their whisky. Thus fortified, we continue north to explore the Highland Folk Museum, a reconstruction of various phases in Highland history and rural life. A highlight is the traditional crofting village, completely reconstructed. Next, we drive onward to the battlefield at Culloden, where the Jacobite cause met its end in the last battle fought on British soil, in 1746. This defeat led to the violent suppression of Highland culture and the end of traditional clan life. After visiting the “standing stones” of Clava Cairns, we will return to Pitlochry. Tonight there will be a further opportunity to enjoy live music and a Scottish Saturday night in Pitlochry!

Accommodation: McKay's Hotel 

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel

Day 9: From the Highlands to the Lowlands
Today we bid a fond farewell to Perthshire with a final look at its natural wonders - including the majestic 600-year-old Birnam Oak near historic Dunkeld, one of the area’s oldest trees and, according to Shakespearean lore, part of Birnam Wood that marched to Dunsinane in Macbeth! The Fortingall Yew makes this look like a youngster at a possible 5000 years old, overlooking the village long rumored to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate! Our culinary send-off is a traditional three-course Scottish Sunday roast lunch by the River Tay in the city of Perth. We travel onwards through the Lowlands to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Our final night is spent in its Old Town, on the Royal Mile leading from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace. You will have some free time to explore. 

Accommodation: Ibis Royal Mile-Hunter Square Hotel (1 Night)

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel and Sunday Roast Lunch in Perth

Day 10: Haste ye back!
This morning, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home, or you can take advantage of our extension option to stay in Edinburgh for longer. Breakfast included.

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel

Edinburgh Extension: 2 Days - 2 Nights
We've reserved space at our hotel on Edinburgh's Royal Mile so that you won't even have to pack up and move if you'd like more time to explore the capital city.

Included
FREEDOM! Stay in Edinburgh and explore this historic city in-depth and at your own pace for two additional days and nights. 
2 nights' accommodations at Ibis Royal Mile-Hunter Square Hotel
2 breakfasts 
Guaranteed tour price once you book
Service charges and local taxes
See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Including
  • FREEDOM! Yes, we have designed an excellent program and will take you to explore some of the most important cultural and historical sites in Scotland, but we will also give you FREEDOM to explore these sites and time to engage with the local culture.
  • Friendly, small groups (15-30), half the size of most tour groups
  • 9 nights' accommodations in hand-picked, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts + 5 other special meals
  • All entry fees to sites and museums
  • Tour manager to keep the group on schedule and to problem solve for you
  • Local scholar to guide the group and make the Scottish culture and history come alive, keep you laughing, and leave you with unforgettable memories. 
  • All group transportation in a private coach with seat belts, AC, and a driver to take you safely and comfortably around Scotland
  • Access to our "Traveler Trainer PROgram" that will teach you from A-Z how to travel abroad well 
  • Guaranteed tour price once you book
  • Service charges and local taxes

See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

*Group sightseeing events subject to change according to site availability

Excluding
  • International Airfare 
  • Any Passport or Visa fees
  • Any meals and drinks not listed above
  • Travel & health insurance
  • Any personal expenses or other items not listed above
  • Tips to hotel staff, waiters, guide, and driver

Hotels
  • July 09, 2022 - July 14, 2022 Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling, Scotland
  • July 14, 2022 - July 15, 2022 Clachaig Inn, Argyll, Scotland
  • July 15, 2022 - July 17, 2022 McKay's Hotel, Pitlochry, United Kingdom
  • July 17, 2022 - July 18, 2022 Ibis Royal Mile-Hunter Square Hotel, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
Including
  • FREEDOM! Yes, we have designed an excellent program and will take you to explore some of the most important cultural and historical sites in Scotland, but we will also give you FREEDOM to explore these sites and time to engage with the local culture.
  • Friendly, small groups (15-30), half the size of most tour groups
  • 9 nights' accommodations in hand-picked, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts + 5 other special meals
  • All entry fees to sites and museums
  • Tour manager to keep the group on schedule and to problem solve for you
  • Local scholar to guide the group and make the Scottish culture and history come alive, keep you laughing, and leave you with unforgettable memories. 
  • All group transportation in a private coach with seat belts, AC, and a driver to take you safely and comfortably around Scotland
  • Access to our "Traveler Trainer PROgram" that will teach you from A-Z how to travel abroad well 
  • Guaranteed tour price once you book
  • Service charges and local taxes

See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

*Group sightseeing events subject to change according to site availability

Excluding
  • International Airfare 
  • Any Passport or Visa fees
  • Any meals and drinks not listed above
  • Travel & health insurance
  • Any personal expenses or other items not listed above
  • Tips to hotel staff, waiters, guide, and driver

Hotels
  • July 09, 2022 - July 14, 2022 Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling, Scotland
  • July 14, 2022 - July 15, 2022 Clachaig Inn, Argyll, Scotland
  • July 15, 2022 - July 17, 2022 McKay's Hotel, Pitlochry, United Kingdom
  • July 17, 2022 - July 18, 2022 Ibis Royal Mile-Hunter Square Hotel, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Host
PhD Kathleen Burt

A Scholar and a Scot! Why Kathleen is excited about this trip . . . "Our bonnie Scotland is a land of contrasts. You may experience four seasons in a day - but the ever-shifting light turns the rugged landscape into a mystical land of myth and enchantment. Our beaches in the wildest corners evoke tropical islands with their turquoise waters and white sands, while the inky-black waters of the sea lochs give rise to tales of threateningly beautiful creatures who would drag travelers down to a watery grave. In this land of Braveheart and Outlander, heroic figures, such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, still loom large in the national consciousness. We are a nation that looks forward with optimism but also carry our past as precious cargo. On this journey, we will delve into the varied history of Scotland from ancient times, learning about the earliest Pictish and Celtic kingdoms. We will learn about the Wars of Independence, the heyday and fall of the Stewart kings and queens, Highland clan feuds, two Jacobite rebellions, the Highland Clearances, and how all of this shaped the Scotland of today. Gruff yet deeply romantic, Scots will recount with pride how Scots scientists and engineers invented the modern world, then sing sentimental songs about the glorious failures of the Jacobites and the national football team. I can’t wait to introduce you to us. Scotland is waiting to reveal her many layers. And Nessie is a close personal friend."

Cancellations after March 31, 2022 will receive the following reimbursements:

  • 100-75 days prior to departure: 75%
  • 74-50 days prior to departure: 50%
  • 49-25 days prior to departure: 25%
  • 24-15 days prior to departure: 15%
  • 14 days & after prior to departure: No refund

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