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CIE Tours 2023 - 8 Day Scottish Dream

7 Nights / 12 Meals
Overnights: 1 Glasgow, 1 Ballachulish, 1 Nairn, 2 Pitlochry, 2 Edinburgh
From Glasgow to Edinburgh
Tour Code #: GB-DRA-23-8D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,145

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:

Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 31 – August 21 departures. Immerse yourself in farm life to see how a farmer works with highly-skilled dogs to herd sheep. 

Trip Highlights:

Blair Athol Distillery Blair Castle Culloden Battlefield Edinburgh Castle Cruise on Loch Lomond  Inveraray Castle Isle of Skye Highlights St Andrews Scottish Evening* 

*July 31 – August 21 departures.Dining Experiences:

7 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Dinners*(D) 

*Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner.Hotels:

Sandman Signature HotelGlasgow (1) Isles of Glencoe HotelBallachulish or Ballachulish HotelBallachulish (1) Muthu Newton HotelNairn (1) Atholl Palace HotelPitlochry (2) Norton House Hotel & Spanear Edinburgh (2) 

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Glasgow Tour |
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Your tour departs at 2

Day 2: Loch Lomond Cruise | Inveraray Castle
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Browse around the town of Inveraray and have lunch on your own before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in “Downton Abbey”. Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland's most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven. (B, D)

Day 3: Isle of Skye | Loch Ness
Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit Armadale Castle, a romantic ruin surrounded by magnificent gardens. Back on the mainland, travel along the shores of Loch Ness. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set on spacious grounds near the North Sea. (B, D)

Day 4: Culloden Battlefield | Sheepdog Trials
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield where the British government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the battlefield and the visitor center. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 5: Blair Castle | Whisky Tasting | Pitlochry
Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of 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. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the hotel gardens and museum or browsing around Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 6: Glamis Castle | St Andrews | Scottish Evening*
Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This majestic building is filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse around the medieval town. Head to your hotel near Edinburgh, where you will enjoy a Scottish evening with traditional food, music, and dancing. July 29 - August 20 departures enjoy an evening free to explore and dine independently. (B, D*)

Day 7: Edinburgh Panoramic Tour | Edinburgh Castle
Explore Edinburgh to 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. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of the city. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. July 29 - August 20 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 8: Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B

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