Discover the wonders of Scotland on this 9 or 10 night guided bus tour from CIE Tours. You'll spend 2 or 3 nights at each overnight location, insuring a relaxed and enjoyable touring experience. Take a scenic steamboat cruise on Loch Katrine, and visit Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Explore famous Stirling and Doune Castles, which have featured in many TV shows and movies. Revel in the scenic splendor of the Trossachs, Rannoch Moor and haunting Glen Coe. Ride the Jacobite Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William, recently made famous by its turn as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies. Enjoy whisky tasting in the Speyside Region, view canny sheepdogs at work, savor a traditional evening of Scottish entertainment in Edinburgh and much, much more! Other Scotland tours and visits include Stirling Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Dunvegan Castle, Kilt Rock, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Brodie Castle, St Andrews and Palace of Holyroodhouse.
**Use tabs above to view this Scotland Travel Itinerary, Prices & How to Book.**
Included Unique Activities
- Scenic Steamboat Cruise on Loch Katrine
- Movie-Famous Stirling & Doune Castles
- Stunning Glen Coe & Eilean Donan Castle
- Daytrip to the Mystical Isle of Skye - 'Cloud Island'
- Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle
- Jacobite Steam Train Ride (aka The Hogwarts Express!)
- Scenic Cruise on Loch Ness, including Urquhart Castle
- Walking Tour of Inverness, Capital of The Highlands
- Tour & Tasting at a Speyside Whisky Distillery
- Sheepdog Trials at Leault Farm
- Sightseeing Tours of St Andrews & Edinburgh
- Reserved Seats at Edinburgh Military Tattoo (July 27 to August 17 Departures)
2 NightsThe Winnock Hotel
The Winnock Hotel
- TV with Satellite Channels
- Tea & Coffee Hospitality Tray
- En-suite Bathroom with bath and/or shower
- Direct Dial Telephone
2 NightsThe Balmacara Hotel
The Balmacara Hotel
The Balmacara Hotel sits serenely on the shores of Loch Alsh with commanding views across to the renowned Isle of Skye. The beauty of Scotland’s west coast can easily be explored from the doorstep of this 3-star hotel, with highlights such as Kyle of Lochalsh, the Skye Bridge and Eilean Donan Castle just a short drive away. For those looking to take in the breathtaking scenery, a variety of activities are available to choose from. Hiking, horse riding, and kayaking are but a few of the fun opportunities to be enjoyed in the area. The quaint accommodations at The Balmacara are reminiscent of a seaside cottage and lend a warm and peaceful atmosphere to every stay.
The Balmacara Hotel features a wonderful collection of guestrooms to accommodate every need. Many enjoy stunning vistas of the Isle of Skye and Loch Alsh, while the hills of Wester Ross can be seen to the north. Blending Victorian and warm contemporary themes, you may even have the chance to take morning coffee from your very own outdoor deck overlooking the waters.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Complimentary WiFi Access
- Satellite TV
- Tea/ Coffee Making Facilities
- Free Toiletries
Breakfast and lunch are a scenic affair at The Balmacara Hotel as you enjoy breathtaking views across the loch to the isle beyond. You are invited the savor the local seafood and game that is Balmacara’s specialty while surrounded by tasteful contemporary décor. Every need and craving will happily be met with their delicious menu using the best of local ingredients and sources.
The Isle of Skye
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 what the Norse called the Isle of Skye in Scotland. 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.
3 NightsGlen Mhor Hotel
Glen Mhor Hotel
- Complimentary Wifi
- TV with Digital Channels
- Room Service
- Complimentary Toiletries
- Complimentary Hot Beverage Facilities
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Mineral Water available in Rooms
2 NightsNorton House Hotel
Norton House Hotel
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet Access
- Flat-Screen TV
- DVD / CD Player
- Tea & Coffee Hospitality Tray
- Fridge with Complimentary Mineral Water
- Work Desk with Stationery
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Trouser Press
- Laptop Safe Deposit Box
- Hand Picked Toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames
- Turndown Service
Sightseeing by Luxury Coach Throughout
Services of a Professional Scottish Driver/Guide
Your 2021 Price Includes:
ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS
Prices Based On:
"Wonderful trip in Iceland"Sep 24, 2021
We had a wonderful trip. The hotels were lovely with excellent restaurants and very attentive staff. The location in Reykjavik was perfect. Lots of shops and restaurants and the bus stop within a few blocks.
We enjoyed all of the tours very much, especially the glacier hike and zodiac boat iceberg tour.
Everywhere we went was filled with gorgeous scenery. It’s sort of like Scotland and Hawaii combined.
"Amazing Ireland Vacation"Sep 23, 2021
I started planning my trip in May of 2019, planning to budget out and get a good idea of what a 2 week trip to Ireland would cost. Josi was incredible in helping me get a cost outlined early on, and when 2020 hit and things were changing by the week we were able to plan some things out further. Come the month before my vacation we had all the excursions and sightseeing outlined, everything set, and I was able to have an amazing experience in Ireland. I hope to go back again and see more of what I only got a sampling of.
"Anniversary in the Rockies"Sep 20, 2021
Everything was great. The upgrade from a hotel room to a townhouse was excellent. I loved the Yellowstone tour and the Grand Teton tour. Spring Creek Ranch was the best place to stay. Disappointed that two tours were cancelled.
"Family vacation in Ireland"Sep 20, 2021
The six of us truly enjoyed our 12-day family vacation, and appreciated the planning effort and support we received from Authenticvacations. Everything went smoothly. Renting cars and driving on the left side of very narrow roads in Ireland may not be for everybody, but we had drivers with prior experience in our group and for us it worked out great. We are looking forward to planning more trips in the future. Thanks Michaela.
"Wedding and Honeymoon in Ireland"Sep 17, 2021
We couldn’t have asked for a better planned adventure! Our wedding was breathtaking on the Cliffs of Moher and we had the best accommodations. I am forever grateful to Authentic Vacations and their wonderful travel agents Maggie and Lizzie!
"Love Ireland!"Sep 12, 2021
Love Ireland I will be going back. Still a lot of places there to explore. Loved doing the little towns and B&B's. All my landladies where exceptional! Helpful. Grand breakfast every morning. Beautiful country. The Cliffs of Moher! Spent three hours there walked 6 miles. Took 75 pictures. The hardest part deciding which picture I want blown up!
"Romantic getaway in Italy"Aug 19, 2021
We were very impressed by the careful selection of our tours that really met our expectations. Service in Italy was great and the tour guides were amazing.
"Ireland & Scotland Mother Daughter Adventure"Jun 29, 2021
I had the best experience working with Authentic Vacations! The staff is caring and helpful throughout the entire process. I will use them again and highly recommend them.
1. Click the “GET QUOTE” Button Above.
Complete our inquiry form by selecting your departure date, and all other relevant fields. Be sure to let us know if you're traveling for a special occasion! We can adjust most of our vacation packages to suit your needs, based on the details you provide.
2. Online Account & Quote Created
Your request will be forwarded to our team of Destination Experts, and a price quote will be prepared, based on your submitted preferences and criteria. A free Authentic Vacations online account will also be created, allowing you to view and request changes to your quote at any time. Log into your account via “LOGIN” at the top of any of our webpages.
3. Fine-Tune Your Tour Quote
Work with your assigned Destination Expert to tweak your quote in any way you wish. Our customers continually tell us that our flexibility in this regard is exceptional – your Destination Expert’s sole brief is to create the perfect tour for you!
4. Reserve & Pay Online
Once your quote is 100% to your liking, you can pay for your package with your credit card via your Authentic Vacations online account. We also accept payment by personal check and wire transfer. We only require a 20% deposit to secure your vacation, and our Risk-Free Cancellation Policy provides you with complete peace of mind.
5. Print Your Travel Documents & Go!
Once your vacation has been paid in full, you will be able to print your travel documents directly from your online account. You’re ready to embark on your ideal, authentic vacation!!
If you would prefer to discuss your perfect vacation on the phone, we would be delighted to hear from you! Our Destination Experts are standing-by and looking forward to speaking with you at any time during our business hours listed below. We also operate a very responsive and efficient Live Chat service on our website…instant gratification awaits!
Toll-free from the US and Canada: 1-888-443-5259 Rest of World: +1-707-687-0191
Hours of Business:
Monday – Thursday: 7:00am – 5:00pm PST
Friday: 7:00am – 4:00pm PST
Saturday: 6:00am – 3:00pm PST
Sunday: 6:00am – 3:00pm PST
With offices in Scottsdale, San Francisco, London, Dublin, Copenhagen and Edinburgh, we can offer you unrivaled support while you are abroad. We truly believe all our clients deserve an extraordinary, authentic experience!