The wild and rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands awaits when you embark on this unmissable nine-night tour of Iconic and Unexpected Scotland.

Your journey begins in the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness, where you will enjoy on-site storytelling at Culloden Battlefield, site of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Other Inverness highlights include Cawdor Castle, Inverness Castle, and the Bronze Age Clava Cairns burial tombs.

Following a two-night stay in Inverness, your journey continues south to the picturesque peaks and valleys of beautiful Glencoe. A private cruise on the famous waters of Loch Ness is included in your Glencoe stay, as is a journey to the foothills of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, via the Nevis Range Gondola. 

Your journey through the scenic valley of Glencoe, which includes a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train, described as ‘the greatest train journey in the world', takes you all the way to the stunning Isle of Arran. Discover the many wonders of the Isle of Arran with a two-night stay in the luxurious surrounds of the four-star Auchrannie Hotel. Arran highlights include a lunch and whiskey tasting at Arran’s only whiskey distillery, Lochranza Distillery. While on the Isle of Arran, you’ll also pay a visit to the Machrie Moor Standing Stones, 19th Century Brodick Castle and Gardens, and Arran Brewery, which has been creating award-winning craft beer for over a decade.

The final leg of this unforgettable tour of Iconic and Unexpected Scotland takes you to the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Your Glasgow stay begins with a discovery tour of the city, followed by Afternoon Tea at the Willow Tea Rooms, the only surviving Tea Rooms designed by celebrated Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, home to the iconic Edinburgh Castle awaits, as does a private tour of one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions, The Royal Yacht Britannia. Your Edinburgh stay, which includes a Royal Mile Discovery and Tasting tour, concludes with a sumptuous farewell dinner and tasting at the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society.

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Included Unique Activities

  • Local Driver Meet and Greet and Inverness City tour on arrival
  • Costumed Storyteller Tour of Culloden Battlefield
  • Private tour of Cawdor Castle
  • Visit Clava Cairns
  • Private Loch Ness Cruise
  • Soar in a Gondola High Above the Nevis Ranges
  • Iconic Jacobite Steam-train & Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Visit off the beaten track Isle of Arran
  • Machrie Standing Stones
  • Island Distillery Visit with Lunch and Tasting
  • Visit locally produced Cheese and Aromatic Soap Companies
  • Glasgow Highlights Tour and Charles Rennie Mackintosh Related Visits
  • Experience the One-o-Clock gun at Edinburgh Castle
  • Explore the Royal Mile with a Tasting Tour
  • Sip Champagne as you tour the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Visit the Palace of Holyrood and Scottish Parliament
  • Exclusive Farewell Dinner at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society with tasting

Accommodation

2 Nights

Bunchrew House Hotel

2 Nights

Kingshouse Hotel

2 Nights

Auchrannie Resort

1 Night

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

2 Nights

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Transportation

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Local Driver throughout

Dining Options

  • 9 Full Scottish Breakfasts
  • 8 Local Lunch's
  • 9 Unique Dinners

Available Tour Dates

All-Year

From $4,895 per person

Your Price Includes:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 nights 4 Star Bunchrew House Hotel, Inverness
  • 2 night 4 Star Kings House Hotel, Glencoe
  • 2 nights 4 Star Auchrannie Hotel, Isle of Arran
  • 1 night 5 Star Kimpton Blythswood, Glasgow
  • 2 nights 4 Star Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Local Driver throughout

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 9 Full Scottish Breakfasts
  • 8 Local Lunch's
  • 9 Unique Dinners

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Local Driver Meet and Greet and Inverness City tour on arrival
  • Costumed Storyteller Tour of Culloden Battlefield
  • Private tour of Cawdor Castle
  • Visit Clava Cairns
  • Private Loch Ness Cruise
  • Soar in a gondola high above the Nevis Ranges
  • Iconic Jacobite Steam-train & Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Visit off the beaten track Isle of Arran
  • Machrie Standing Stone
  • Island Distillery Visit with lunch and tasting
  • Visit locally produced cheese and aromatic soap companies
  • Glasgow Highlights Tour and Charles Rennie Mackintosh Related Visits
  • Experience the one-o-clock gun at Edinburgh Castle
  • Explore the Royal Mile with a Tasting Tour
  • Sip Champagne as you tour the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Visit the Palace of Holyrood and Scottish Parliament
  • Exclusive Farewell Dinner at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society with tasting

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 12 people traveling together
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

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