AAA TRAVEL PRESENTS " Discover Scotland with Q105 & Mason Dixon "
AAA TRAVEL PRESENTS " Discover Scotland with Q105 & Mason Dixon
Discover Scotland with Q105 & Mason Dixon -- 10 Days, 9 Nights
Day 1 - September 3, 2017 - Depart on overnight flight to Glasgow, Scotland
An overnight flight transports you to a country of stunning landscapes, lively cities and stirring history.
Day 2 - September 4, 2017 - Arrive Glasgow, Scotland
Your tour opens in Glasgow, Scotland's Victorian capital city. Start your Scottish adventure with a visit to the National Piping Centre. After a demonstration and lesson with a renowned piper, it's our chance to give it a go! Then, join your fellow travelers for a lively welcome dinner at the Centre's farm to table restaurant.
(D) Hotel: Hilton Glasgow
Day 3 - September 5, 2017 - Glasgow - Ballachulish
Glasgow - Ballachulish: Begin your day with a cruise on famed Loch (Lake) Lomond, the largest lake in the United Kingdom. Afterward, meet a local farmer and his family when you visit a working Scottish farm. Over tea and scones, share tales from the farm's rich history before meeting their adorable working Border Collies. Continue on to the Highlands, through the breathtaking scenery of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, before arriving at your hotel situated on lovely Loch Linnhe.
(B, D) Hotel: Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish for 2 nights.
Day 4 - September 6, 2017 - Ballachulish - Isle of Skye - Ballachulish
Take a stunning drive along the "Road to the Isles" and over the Skye Bridge to the legendary Isle of Skye, also known in poetry and song as Eilean a' Cheo (The Misty Isle). Enjoy dramatic views of the Cuillin Hills. Then, visit Armadale Castle & Gardens* and the Museum of the Isles to learn about island life and the history of Skye. Conclude your visit with views of the isle from yet another vantage point during a ferry crossing back to the mainland. Returning to Ballachulish, see Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.
Day 5 - September 7, 2017 - Ballachulish - Losh Ness - Thurso
Today, enjoy stunning and unspoiled landscapes as you journey further into the Highlands. Take in the panorama of Loch Ness, one of Britain's most scenic bodies of water. Keep your eyes open - you never know when Nessie will appear! Soak up the awe-inspiring view at the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle. Travel through the Great Glen, famous for its many lochs. Your day concludes in Thurso.
(B, D) Hotel: Royal Hotel Thurso, Thurso for 2 nights.
Day 6 - September 8, 2017 - Thurso - Orkney Islands - Thurso
A day of adventure awaits as you voyage by ferry to the Orkney Islands** - once a Viking stronghold off the coast of Scotland. On the crossing you'll see abundant bird life and, if you are lucky, porpoises and seals. A local guide introduces this magical place that very few visitors to Scotland get to experience. Visit Skara Brae where you will discover the remains of a Neolithic village built at the same time as the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Next, pass the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar, reported to be older than Stonehenge. Visit the town of Viking Kirkwall before returning to the mainland.
Day 7 - September 9, 2017 - Thurso - Eastern Highlands
Today you will visit Culloden Battlefield. On this spot in April 1746, a half-hour battle changed the course of Scotland's history. We also stop at the majestic Dunrobin Castle*** which dates back to the 1300s. Experience a fascinating falconry display in the formal gardens overlooking the North Sea. Take in the breathtaking views as you drive along the windswept cliffs of Scotland's east coast. Enjoy an overnight stay in the Eastern Highlands.
(B, D) Hotel: Grant Arms Hotel, Granton-on-Spey.
Day 8 - September 10, 2017 - Eastern Highlands - Pitlochery - St. Andrews - Edinburgh
Begin your day with a visit to one of Scotland's renowned whisky distilleries. Taste and see for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world's finest. Enjoy time at leisure in the vibrant Victorian town of Pitlochry before traveling to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf. See the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. End your day in Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh.
(B) Hotel: Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Edinburgh for 2 nights.
Day 9 - September 11, 2017 - Edinburgh
Today it's your choice! Perhaps you'll choose to get acquainted with this regal capital on a locally guided panoramic city tour; explore both the Old and New towns before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse,**** the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary Queen of Scots. Or, for a different perspective, maybe you'd rather join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot; descend into the city's vast underground vaults and uncover a world unchanged since the 18th century. Both choices include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. This evening, give traditional Scottish ingredients a modern twist. Enjoy a lively and interactive cooking experience at one of Scotland's premier culinary institutions. With a "wee dram" in hand, toast the end of a wonderful journey.
Day 10 - September 12, 2017 - Edinburgh - Tours ends
Tour Ends Your tour of Scotland comes to a close today. (B)
*Itinerary subject to change.
Transfers and sightseeing via motorcoach
Hotel accommodations as shown in the itinerary
Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ) as indicated in the itinerary
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