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Spend a wonderful 9 nights in Bonnie Scotland! From ancient cities and charming villages to Highland beauty and rugged islands, discover all that this varied little country has to offer. Arrive in Edinburgh, and spend two nights in Scotland's bustling & vibrant Capital. Thereafter, head north to Inverness - the enduring Capital of the Highlands, exploring the Perthshire countryside and Cairngorms National Park as you travel. Your next overnight stop offers more glorious Highland scenery - this time on the famed Isle of Skye - dubbed 'Cloud Island' by ancient Norse invaders. In Fort William, enjoy a gentle hike to a waterfall, and the bloody yet compelling histories of Glencoe and Glenfinnan. Finish your Scotland tour with a night in Glasgow, Scotland's second city, which boasts a wealth of fantastic shopping, dining and nightlife.
Included Unique Activities
Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer - Edinburgh
Secrets of the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle
Culloden Battlefield Admission
Circular Loch Ness Cruise
2 NightsBonham Hotel
The Bonham is a beautiful 4-star boutique hotel in the very heart of Edinburgh’s bustling West End. Designed as city-centre townhouses by John Lessels in the late 19th century, the property now houses 49 uniquely decorated and relaxing guestrooms. The Bonham has been lauded as one of Edinburgh’s most stylish hotels, and you will certainly see this for yourself as you enjoy an upbeat contemporary atmosphere blended within the timelessness of a Victorian townhouse. Distinctive features can be seen throughout the hotel, including a remarkable crimson spiral sofa at Reception or the original Edwardian copper bath found within one of the superior rooms. The Bonham also boasts a permanent art collection that features the works of numerous local Scottish artists. Not to mention the countless city highlights just on your doorstep, the Bonham Hotel is sure to impress no matter the occasion.
Every room at the Bonham Hotel has benefited from refurbishment in 2018. Classic textiles and design can be found throughout to beautifully reflect the Victorian flavors of the original townhouses. Now sporting a dazzling collection of Chandeliers, new bathrooms, and restored furnishings, the original wood paneling and cornices have not been lost.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Hypnos Beds & Soft Bed Linens
- Complimentary WiFi Internet Access
- Flat-Screen TV
- Mini Fridge
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Eco Boutique Toiletries
- Iron & Board
- Trouser Press
- 24-hour Room Service
Restaurant at the Bonham:
Established as one of Edinburgh’s finest eateries, Restaurant at the Bonham boasts an innovative menu of European fare with a Scottish twist, all using the highest quality local ingredients and artisan producers. Head Chef Chris MacDiarmid has expertly crafted dishes that will leave you wanting more, and indeed, dinner is served every night while a quick bite can be enjoyed for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. The staff at Restaurant at the Bonham are committed to providing the very best dining experience, and look forward to welcoming you.
On The Map: Edinburgh is located in the southeast of Scotland. Edinburgh is well served by a good network of roads and motorways, including the M8 from Glasgow to the west, and A68 from Newcastle, England to the southeast.
Edinburgh knows how to welcome travelers with grace and charm. She also knows how to kick up her heels and enjoy a nice shot of Scotch Whisky after a festival. The hill that Edinburgh Castle stands upon has been Scotland’s remarkable silent witness since the Bronze Age. Today her streets are filled with cutting-edge galleries and museums, tributes to the love of literature and music, fine cuisine, quirky shops, theater, and an extravagance of festivals. Four ancient streets, called the Royal Mile, are the main thoroughfare. Running through medieval Edinburgh with her 66 alleys, tumbling shops, cobblestones, and tight homes the Royal Mile takes you to New Town. Here you’ll stroll through fine gardens, perfect Georgian architecture and broad squares. The mix of time, while lost in time, is a heady brew. There may be no finer city than Edinburgh Scotland, to participate in the gifts of the past with an eye to a brilliant future.
2 NightsLynver Guesthouse
Lynver Guesthouse is a brisk 10-minute walk from Inverness city centre, the capital of Scotland’s renowned Highlands. Offering two spacious and modern guestrooms in a detached villa, Lynver allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the city culture. Popular sites such as the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness Castle, and Saint Andrew’s Cathedral are a short drive from their doorstep. Every modern amenity is available to meet the needs of all, whether visitors should be looking for a fun abode within the city, or a convenient hub from which to explore the surrounding countryside and sites such as Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield. Lynver Guesthouse has proudly earned a 4-star Gold rating from Visit Scotland, and is excited to continue welcoming guests to their lovely property with excellence and genuine Scottish hospitality.
Lynver Guesthouse’s exclusive rooms are designed to provide the utmost in modern comfort and relaxation. Overlooking the back patio and front gardens, both bedrooms boast spacious quarters, tasteful décor and full central heating.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Complimentary WiFi Access
- Digital TV with Freeview Channels and DVD Player
- Radio Alarm Clock
- Magazines & Tourist Information
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Mini Fridge
- En-suite Bathrooms, with Large Modern Showers
- Wide Range of Toiletries
Breakfast is served each day in Lynver’s bright and airy dining room, typically between 8.00am – 9.00am. Hosts Michelle and Brian are happy to accommodate dietary needs per prior arrangement, and have a wonderful selection of continental and full dining options available. Guests are urged to try their wildly popular Scottish Breakfast, complete with sausages, bacon, eggs, black pudding, tomato, and mushrooms. A delicious array of alternatives can also be made to order from the menu, using fresh local produce whenever possible. An eye for detail and mouthwatering dishes that go above and beyond the standard breakfast fare have earned Lynver Guesthouse the prestigious “Taste Our Best” award from Visit Scotland.
The City of Inverness
On The Map: Inverness is located on Scotland's central northern coast. The town is accessed via the A9 road from the southeast (Cairngorms National Park), A82 from the southwest (Loch Ness) , and A96 from the northeast (Speyside, Whisky Country)
Inverness is the true capital of the Highlands, and with 50,000 people, it is one of Scotland’s fastest growing cities. It is also one of the Highland’s oldest settlements. All roads still lead to the Highland’s center, Inverness. It feels like a compact town, but it has the bustle and air of a lovely city. Let your imagination run wild, and take a ghost tour led by an 18th century ghost, complete with period costume. Expect to hear tales of the city’s blood-chilling past, including ghosts, witches, murders, and spells! Stroll along the River Ness, or cruise on the Moray Firth, searching out bottlenose dolphins. It is very peaceful, especially if you’ve just been ghost-hunting... The River Ness flows through Inverness, and salmon fishermen come during the summer, even where the river runs right through the city’s center. High above the city is Inverness Castle, a unique Victorian built of red sandstone. Just below the castle is the museum and Art Gallery which runs exhibitions and workshops for kids. The main shopping area fans out from there in three directions, and includes a lively gathering place where pipers and other musicians get together and make music.
2 NightsDuirinish Guesthouse
Situated in charming Portree, the Isle of Skye's largest town, Duirinish Guest House is a quaint, family-run B&B offering guests a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Duirinish is located on Viewfield Road and only a five-minute walk from the lively town centre, Skye Heritage Centre, and idyllic forest walks.
Exploring castles and museums or walking, cycling or climbing in the famous Cuillin mountains and surrounding countryside. You can also enjoy a round of golf or simply indulge in 'a wee dram' at the famous Talisker distillery, nothing on the Isle of Skye is too far away!
The house is decorated to a high standard and offers four spacious guestrooms, two double and two twins. All rooms feature an en-suite bathroom, central heating, TV, tea & coffee facilities and private, off-street parking.
Owners Allan and Ruth offer a full breakfast selection each morning, including full Scottish breakfast, continental breakfast, and fruit selection.
On The Map: The Isle of Skye is a large island located off the west coast of Scotland. Skye is accessed via a landbridge (A87 road) from Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland, or by ferry from Mallaig, reached via the A830 road from Fort William.
“Cloud Island” is the name Norse settlers gave to the Isle of Skye. It is fitting. A 50-mile-long banquet of velvet moors, jagged mountains, shimmering lochs and towering sea cliffs produce stunning scenery. If the weather turns, there are plenty of castles, crafting museums, and cozy pubs and restaurants to please anyone. Along with Edinburgh and Loch Ness, Skye is one of the places in Scotland that people enjoy visiting the most. A wild geological past has produced some of Britain’s most dramatic scenery. From rugged Northern Skye to the ice-sculpted peaks of the Cuillins, the island is riveted with many lochs. The traveler is never more than five miles from the ocean. Skye is everything we think of the Highlands to be: Wild, fierce, and mesmerizing. Overnight stays on Skye are at the island's main town - Portree. The location of Bonnie Prince Charlie's final days in Scotland in 1746, Portree today is a bustling port and Skye's cultural hub.
2 NightsBuccleuch Guesthouse
Found on the picturesque shores of Loch Linnhe, Buccleuch Guesthouse is the ideal accommodation when visiting Fort William on Scotland’s west coast. The historic stone house, built circa 1878, is only 5 minutes walk from town centre and places guests in the midst of the dramatic Highland scenery. Buccleuch has been awarded a 4-star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board, and prides itself in delivering first-rate service and hospitality. Renowned locations such as Glencoe, the Glenfinnan Viaduct, and Ben Nevis are all an easy day trip away. Whether hoping for a quiet escape from a busy lifestyle, or seeking adventure amongst the rolling mountains, Buccleuch Guesthouse provides all of the comforts of a large hotel with the intimacy of a familial home.
Buccleuch Guesthouse boasts 7 airy guestrooms, all elegantly decorated with Victorian touches to ensure a comfortable and peaceful stay. Guests lodging in the loch-facing rooms can enjoy lovely evening sunlight and views over the water to the Ardgour Hills. A spacious sitting room is also available and a collection of books from which visitors are welcome to read.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Alarm Clock
- Complimentary Soap & Toiletries
Breakfast can be enjoyed each morning in a dining area with lovely views over the lawn and loch. Both continental and full Scottish dishes are available, with options of fruit, cereal and yogurt to suite every taste. Guests will be able to enjoy the airy surroundings as they await their meal, cooked to order. Warm toast with fresh tea or coffee complement any option. Subject to prior arrangement, early starts and special dietary needs can be accommodated.
On The Map: Fort William sits at the head of Loch Linnhe, and the foot of the Great Glen and snow-peaked Ben Nevis. The major A82 road runs through town connecting it with Glasgow to the south & Inverness to the northeast.
Fort. William got its name from the original fort built here in 1650 to keep the Highland clans in order. It's a convenient touring base for the Northwest of Scotland, and a popular hub for walkers, mountaineers, and scenery lovers of every type. Its appeal is not that of a destination town, but rather its location to some of the most stunning natural beauty in Scotland. Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest, and most rugged is the most obvious draw, but it's certainly not all. The West Highland Museum on Cameron Square exhibits the 18th century “Secret Portrait of Prince Charles.” This was done when all paintings of Stuarts were completed in obscure swirls so the viewer didn’t get into trouble for having any connection, at all, to the Stuart side of the Royal family. Just northeast of town is the acclaimed “Treasures of the Earth,” one of Europe’s finest collections of crystals and gemstones. The “Underwater Center,” on the banks of Loch Linnhe, is the world’s leading diving instruction and training center. Also north of town are the impressive ruins of Inverlochy Castle.
1 NightJurys Inn Glasgow
Jurys Inn Glasgow
- Free WiFi Internet Access
- Flat-Screen TV with Freeview
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate Hospitality Tray
- Luggage Rack
- Spacious Bathroom with Complimentary Toiletries
- Spacious Work Area
Points of Interest
Speyside, The Whisky Triangle, Elgin, Scotland
Cawdor Castle, Scotland
Culloden Battlefield, Scotland
The Black Isle, Scotland
Steall Waterfall, Scotland
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Scotland
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- 9 nights Accommodation – From Boutique City Hotel to Guesthouse!
- Meet & Greet with Private Transfer on Arrival
- Rental Car - Includes Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes
- 9 Full Scottish Breakfasts
- Meet & Greet on Arrival
- Secrets of the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle Tour
- Culloden Battlefield Entrance
- Loch Ness Cruise
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