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Stunning Scotland—Highlands & Islands
August 29, 2020 – September 07, 2020

From windswept highlands to serene islands, home to revered castles and iconic towns, Scotland is a vibrant country overflowing with rich history, inspiring landscapes, and proud and welcoming locals. Celebrate all this small but impactful nation has to offer through cultural and historical experiences curated to engage your senses.

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Program Highlights:
    • Discover Glasgow at leisure during a hop-on/hop-off bus excursion, including points of interest such as the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Cathedral, and Barras Market.
    • Delight in a private, after-hours tour and welcome dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
    • Visit a local distillery to learn about whisky making from professionally trained guides followed by a tasting of their creations.
    • Explore impressive Stirling Castle, situated on a volcanic outcrop on the River Forth, and hear of the castle's turbulent history, featuring great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Mary, Queen of Scots.
    • Learn about the history of the bagpipes and the tradition they served for battle and the clans.
    • Behold Eilean Donan Castle—one of the most recognized castles in Scotland and the site of Bishop Donan's monastic cell created in 634 AD.
    • Enjoy a relaxing excursion cruising the infamous Loch Ness.
    • Stroll through the ruins of Urquhart Castle—an iconic structure rich with over 1,000 years of dramatic history.
    • See Culloden Battlefield, which was the site of the final battle of the Jacobite Rising. Guests seeking to learn more about their Scottish heritage and ancestors who were in the battle may join an optional excursion (additional fee).
    • Experience a special welcoming followed by an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour at breathtaking Glamis Castle. This castle is the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth's mother, and the birthplace of Princess Margaret.
    • Embrace the charming town of St. Andrews—home to Scotland's oldest and most prestigious university and the birthplace of golf, first played 600 years ago.
    • In Edinburgh, visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse—Queen Elizabeth's official residence in Scotland. Founded as a monastery in 1128, this property was once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1567.
    • What's Included: 8 nights hotel accommodations; 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 7 dinners including a special welcome and farewell dinner; full guiding services of an Orbridge Travel Director and expert local guides; private motor coach transportation; admission to all locations listed on the 10-day itinerary; all ferry fees; luggage porterage; gratuities to Orbridge Travel Director, local guides, drivers, porters, and wait staff for included meals; and airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.