Scotland

with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 3-11, 2017

SOLD OUT!

Thu / Fri - 9 Days

Scotland has become a hot ticket since Outlander, the hit television series based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon that premiered in 2014. All things Scottish, from tartans and tweeds to bagpipes and whisky, are in demand.

Discover the velvet moors, heather-flecked glens, towering sea cliffs and centuries-old castles guarding misty lochs that make Scotland an alluring destination not to be missed. A highlight of this classic tour of Scotland is sure to be attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a festive gathering that showcases the talents of musicians and performers from all over the world. From your reserved seat, watch as the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper, perform against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Itinerary Map

Thu, Aug 3: Overnight flight from Indianapolis to Glasgow, Scotland.

Fri, Aug 4: Glasgow. Arrive in Glasgow. Set out on a city tour and see the main attractions, including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding, especially during the 19th century when the city burgeoned. Visit one of Europe’s greatest art collections at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, originally opened in 1901. Enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow travelers before dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Dinner)

Sat, Aug 5: Inveraray & Ballachulish. Depart Glasgow and drive north along the banks of Loch Lomond with views of Ben Lomond and other Highland peaks. At Tarbet, embark on a short cruise to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views of the Highlands. Browse around the town of Inveraray before visiting Inveraray Castle, which was featured in the TV series Downton Abbey. This imposing Campbell family home with four conical spires was built between 1746 and 1789. A guided tour will reveal the history of the family and region as you view the magnificent Armory Hall and the castle’s many fine rooms with tapestries, porcelains and portraits. Journey across mysterious Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish, located on Loch Leven, and check into your hotel for one night. (B,D)

Sun, Aug 6: Isle of Skye & Nairn. Head north via Fort William and take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. At Mallaig, board a ferry to the Isle of Skye, known as the “Misty Isle” due to the hazy weather brought by the Atlantic breezes. Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the Lords of the Isles and the most powerful clan of the Isle of Skye. See some of the island by motorcoach before crossing the bridge to return to the mainland, stopping for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Then drive along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness as you watch for “Nessie,” the Loch Ness Monster. Continue to your hotel in Nairn, a manor house property set in spacious grounds near the North Sea. (B,D)

Mon, Aug 7: Culloden & Pitlochry. At the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, learn about the battle where British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly named “Bonnie Prince Charlie.” See monuments commemorating troops as you walk around the moorland while the Visitor Centre explains how events led to the conflict and subsequent Scottish emigration to North America. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Leault Farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Drive south through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel, the Atholl Palace Hotel, near Pitlochry, where you will check in for two nights. (B,D)

Tue, Aug 8: Pitlochry. A short drive will bring you to Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating back to 1269, the castle has been transformed through the ages from a strong medieval fortress to a Victorian castle in the baronial style. These influences can still be seen today across the 30 rooms on full display. Learn about Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Visit Blair Athol Distillery to learn about the simple ingredients and many steps involved in whisky making. Tour the facilities and sample a “wee dram” at the end of the tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the gardens, hotel museum and other facilities or browse around the town of Pitlochry, within easy walking distance. (B,D)

Wed, Aug 9: St Andrews & Edinburgh. Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This is a majestic building filled with contrasting priceless artifacts and homey furnishings. Drive across the modern Tay Bridge to St Andrews, the “home of golf” and Scotland’s first university. See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a panoramic tour and enjoy free time to browse in golf specialty stores or through the medieval town. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, and enjoy a Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. (B,D)

Thu, Aug 10: Edinburgh. This morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. Compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. See Princes Street, the main shopping thoroughfare that separates the two areas. Learn about many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle, where you can see historic buildings and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping and dining. This evening, take your reserved seat for the unforgettable Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Fri, Aug 11: Depart for the airport and fly home. (B)



Scotland Pricing

Per Person*

Package with Air

Land Only

Double P/P

$4,449

$2,699

Single

$4,759

$3,009


Ambassadair Trip #6979

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo / © Ambassadair / photo by Bob Blasius

Highlights Include


  • Scottish evening in Edinburgh
  • Reserved seat for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Loch Lomond scenic cruise
  • Ferry to the Isle of Skye
  • Sheepdog trials at Leault Farm
  • Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting and tour
  • Tours of Glasgow, St Andrews and Edinburgh
  • Visits to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Inveraray Castle, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Blair Castle and Glamis Castle

Package Includes


  • R/T commercial air from Indianapolis to Glasgow, Scotland and from Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling
  • Escorted from Indianapolis

Note:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.


 
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