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Brendan - Scotland's Highlands, Islands and Cities Summer 2023 (05/2023 - 10/2023) (BHLDZN18)

13 Days From Edinburgh to Glasgow 
Tour Style: Country Explorer
Brendan Brochure Price from $3,442.00
Brochures: Ireland and Scotland Tours 2023 v2
Visits: Scotland

This unforgettable Scottish Highlands trip travels into the far-reaches of Scotland’s rugged countryside. Keep your eyes peeled for Nessie, delve into the history of the kings and warriors and join the Wood family for a ceilidh and lunch in the ‘presence’ of Rob Roy.
Choice Highlights

Must-see Highlights
  • : Explore Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Dundee, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow
  • : Visit Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, Blair Athol whisky distillery in Pitlochry, the battlefield and Visitor Centre of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle, John O'Groats, The Italian Chapel in Orkney Islands, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow and Stirling Castle
  • : View Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th​ green at St. Andrews, Inverness Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe
  • : See Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and the Battlefield at Bannockburn
  • : Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

Iconic Experience
  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Jedburgh: See the impressive 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey that dominates the centre of town.
  • Melrose: View the historic ruins of Melrose Abbey and appreciate its many carved decorative details.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Glamis: Visit Glamis Castle, and appreciate the building's illustrious history and picturesque setting.
  • Inverness: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Golspie: Explore the grand castle and admire its magnificent gardens during your visit of Dunrobin Castle.
  • Orkney Islands: Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
  • Scottish Highlands: Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct: See the Glenfinnan Viaduct, along which the Hogwart's Express once crossed in the Harry Potter series.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.
  • Glencoe: Visit this Highland village on Loch Leven.
  • Stirling: Visit Stirling and see its castle, once the seat of Scottish royalty.

Dive Into Culture
  • Pitlochry: Warm your heart with a little Scottish whisky at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

Be My Guest
  • Kinlochard: Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest lunch, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes.

Brendan Tour Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Edinburgh
Embrace the allure of Auld Reekie and explore its labyrinthine lanes, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your tour through an unimaginably beautiful part of the world.
Visits: Edinburgh
Meals: Welcome Reception
Accommodation: Voco Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh
Day 2Discover Enchanting Edinburgh
Let your Local Specialist take you on an informative sightseeing tour of Edinburgh. See the regal Palace of Holyroodhouse, the new Scottish Parliament Building and the Royal Mile, delving into the heart of the city, before visiting Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Stroll through the grand New Town with its Gothic façades enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. Tickets to see the Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Visits: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Voco Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh
Day 3A Day of Abbeys, Landscapes and History
A scenic day's excursion brings us to the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian Jedburgh Abbey, which we will have an opportunity to view. Continue to nearby Melrose Abbey, said to be the final resting place of the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. We take the scenic route back to Edinburgh this afternoon, following the lush green landscapes along the Tweed River.
Visits: Edinburgh, Jedburgh, Melrose, Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Voco Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh
Day 4Explore Glamis Castle and on to Creative Dundee
This morning, we cross the Firth of Forth to the celebrated home of golf - St. Andrews, to view its ancient university and famous golf course. Shakespeare's Macbeth takes centre stage as we visit Glamis Castle, once the home of the beloved Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and explore its beautiful gardens, before we travel to the waterfront city of Dundee, distinguished for its status as the first UNESCO City of Design, and the original home of marmalade.
Visits: Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Glamis, Dundee
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Apex City Quay
Day 5Venture to Culloden and Inverness Dive Into Culture
Dive Into Culture and learn about the local whisky industry at a distillery, including a tasting of Scotland's much-loved golden nectar. Hearts warmed, we wind our way to the tragic battlefield and Visitor Centre at Culloden, past rugged landscapes and the imposing Cairngorms Mountains. Visit the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was defeated. Our final stop for the night is Inverness, the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands, where we’ll overnight.
Visits: Dundee, Pitlochry, Culloden, Inverness
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Columba
Day 6Journey to Loch Ness and Thurso
The mystical haunt of Nessie is our first stop today en route to Dunrobin Castle. This stately home and its magnificent gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles, comes straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Spend your afternoon exploring its château-like structure and surrounds, once home to the Clan Sutherland. Arriving in Thurso, our home for the next two nights, we enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Visits: Scottish Highlands, Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Pentland, Norseman
Day 7A Day on the Orkney Islands
After stopping at John O'Groats, we board a ferry to South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. See the prehistoric free-standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar before visiting Skara Brae and delving into the stories of the Neolithic village. We stop at beautiful Kirkwall Cathedral for a photo opportunity before returning to our hotel for dinner.
Visits: Thurso, Orkney Islands, Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Pentland, Norseman
Day 8Over the Sea to Skye
Dramatic landscapes accompany our scenic drive along the rugged north-west coastline of the Scottish Highlands to remote Ullapool on the shores of Loch Broom. We journey to Eilean Donan Castle, built in the 13th-century perched on a tiny island where three sea lochs meet, then continue to the Isle of Skye where we'll stay overnight and enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel.
Visits: Thurso, Ullapool, Isle of Skye
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Kings Arms
Day 9Onwards to Oban
We return to the mainland following a beautiful route that takes us past the Glenfinnan Viaduct, along which Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express once crossed to his beloved school of magic. We pass Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe, renowned as the gateway to Ben Nevis, before continuing to Oban, our Highland home for the next two nights.
Visits: Isle of Skye, Fort William, Oban
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Royal
Day 10Sail to the Isles of Mull and Iona
Set sail from Oban to the Isle of Mull, disembarking at Craignure. Cross the pretty island countryside to catch a ferry from Fionnphort to the island of Iona, which was once the home of a Gaelic monastic community in Iona Abbey. Before our journey back to Oban, we'll have the chance to view Rèilig Odhrain, the final resting place of many Scottish kings.
Visits: Oban, Isle of Mull, Iona, Oban
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Royal
Day 11Off to Glasgow Make Travel Matter
A solemn reminder of the MacDonald clansmen, who were massacred at the 'Glen of Weeping', marks our morning journey south to Glasgow. Join a wildlife cruise on Loch Lomond, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, then enjoy an orientation tour viewing St. Mungo’s Cathedral and George Square with its statues of Britain's famous sons and daughters.
Visits: Oban, Glencoe, Glasgow
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: AC by Marriott
Day 12Uncover Stirling Castle’s Secrets Connect with Locals
Venture to Bannockburn, where King Robert Bruce of Scotland defeated Edward II of England during the First War of Scottish Independence. Mary, Queen of Scots and several Scottish kings and queens have made Stirling Castle their home over the centuries. Enjoy a visit to its grounds and delve into the history of this royal residence and fortress, besieged by Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 18th century. We'll visit the splendidly decorated Royal Palace of King James V and view the renowned Stirling Heads. Later, we Connect With Locals, joining the Wood family this afternoon for a memorable Be My Guest experience at their 15th-century farm, on the shores of Loch Ard, amidst tales of Rob Roy. This evening, we return to Glasgow for time at leisure to enjoy true Scottish hospitality.
Visits: Glasgow, Stirling, Glasgow
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest
Accommodation: AC by Marriott
Day 13Farewell Glasgow
Our epic journey across Scotland’s highlands, islands and cities has come to an end. It’s time to say a fond farewell to our travel companions and Travel Director as our memorable holiday comes to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
Visits: Glasgow
Meals: Breakfast


Available Room Types: Single, Triple, Twin, Twinshare
Child: ages 5 to 17

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Mon 05/01/23 $3,613.00
Mon 05/08/23 $4,250.00
Mon 05/15/23 $4,250.00
Mon 05/22/23 $4,275.00
Mon 06/05/23 $4,295.00
Mon 06/12/23 $4,295.00
Mon 06/19/23 $3,651.00
Mon 06/26/23 $3,736.00
Mon 07/10/23 $3,736.00
Mon 07/24/23 $3,736.00
Sat 07/29/23 $3,736.00
Mon 07/31/23 $4,038.00
Sat 08/05/23 $4,038.00
Mon 08/07/23 $4,038.00
Mon 08/14/23 $4,038.00
Mon 08/21/23 $4,059.00
Mon 08/28/23 $3,846.00
Sat 09/02/23 $3,761.00
Sat 09/09/23 $3,761.00
Sat 09/16/23 $4,295.00
Sat 09/23/23 $3,549.00
Sat 09/30/23 $3,481.00
Sat 10/07/23 $3,443.00
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