Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland with ME International Travel

with Edinburgh extension
Mar 19-28, 2020 / 10 DAYS

Get to know the land of lochs, glens, and legends.

From its ancient castles to its rolling landscapes and blaring bagpipes, Scotland is undeniably intriguing. With plenty of time to explore, you’ll get…

Your package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Inveraray Castle, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Blair Castle, Scotch whisky distillery, Edinburgh…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved trails, with some …

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Mar 19: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Glasgow today.

Glasgow / 2 NIGHTS

Mar 20: Arrival in Glasgow

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Scotland! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Mar 21: Sightseeing tour of Glasgow

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to explore Scotland’s “second city” today with a local as your guide.  • Drive past the Burrell Collection Museum and admire the city’s university • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which features everything from medieval suits of armor to a collection of work by Scottish artists • Discover local highlights, including George Square and the River Clyde • Stop outside the city’s medieval cathedral for photos Spend a free afternoon in Glasgow or add an excursion.

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Historic Scotland & Stirling Castle
6 hours
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Visit Stirling, a town steeped in the history of the Wars of Scottish Independence. For generations, Stirling Castle held off British advances and served as a rallying point for rebellious Scots. It was within Stirling Castle that the infant Mary Stewart was crowned Mary, Queen of Scots. You’ll learn more about the castle's extensive history as you follow along with an audio guide. In addition to the castle, you’ll visit the town of Falkirk. While here, stop to see The Kelpies. These two 98-foot-high steel sculptures pay homage to the role horses played in Scotland’s agricultural development. Then, visit the ruins of Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 142 AD, just 20 years after the completion of Hadrian’s Wall.6 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Scottish Highlands / 3 NIGHTS

Mar 22: Transfer to the Scottish Highlands

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to the Scottish Highlands, admiring incredible sights as you go.  • Pass Loch Lomond as you drive through scenic Trossachs National Park  • Stop to explore Inveraray Castle and its gardens • Take in stunning scenery as you travel through the Scottish Highlands

Mar 23: Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness & Inverness

Included meals: Breakfast

Surrounded by legend and lore, Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most mysterious sites. Today, get to know the country’s largest loch as you explore the area. • Pay a visit to the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle • Cruise along the legendary Loch Ness, a deep, freshwater lake, and dock in Clansman Harbour  • Stop in Inverness and enjoy free time to explore the city

Mar 24: Free day in the Scottish Highlands

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring the Highlands on your own or add an excursion.

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Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye
10
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Cross the Skye Bridge over Loch Alsh to the Isle of Skye, famous for its association with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Then, set off for a guided sightseeing tour of the isle, exploring the town of Portree and stopping to view the rock pinnacle known as the Old Man of Storr. Next, admire breathtaking view of Kilt Rock before taking a scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands to visit Eilean Donan Castle. Explore the iconic site, arguably the world’s most photographed castle, with a local guide.10 and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Edinburgh / 3 NIGHTS

Mar 25: Transfer to Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Edinburgh, stop in Perthshire, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. • Visit medieval Blair Castle, the former home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl (Please note: Entrance to Blair Castle is seasonal and runs from April to late October only. When entrance is out of season, it will be replaced with a visit to Black Watch Castle & Museum.) • Explore Edradour distillery with a guide and enjoy a whisky tasting Enjoy a free evening in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Scottish Céilidh
Scottish Céilidh
4 hours
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Enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration. Along with a savory dinner of local favorites, the evening will feature folk dancers, bagpipers, fiddlers and the “Ceremony of the Haggis.”4 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 26: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert. • View the elegant Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites • Pass the King George statue, Bute House, and Sir Walter Scott monument • Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone Spend a free afternoon in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

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Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey
5 hours
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Travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford, where you’ll enjoy an included lunch. Continue on to Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott. The poet designed his home in the Romantic style to imitate the elaborate baronial estates of British aristocrats. Today it serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artifacts that Scott collected throughout his lifetime. Later, visit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys.5 hours and departs in the afternoon with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 27: Free day in Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Edinburgh or add an excursion. Later this evening, join your group for a farewell dinner.

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St Andrews
6 hours
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St Andrews may be most well known as the home of golf, but it’s also the site of Scotland’s oldest university. On this excursion, you’ll pass by the 16th-century grounds of St Andrews University, the alma mater of Prince William, who met Kate Middleton here. You’ll also join a local guide to enter the ruins of the town’s medieval cathedral and 13th-century castle which overlooks the North Sea.6 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 28: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Edinburgh.

Extension / Starting from $399 pp

Edinburgh / 2 NIGHTS

Stroll Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and you’ll soak up more than your fair share of the Scottish capital’s 1,000-plus years of history. Continue your tour to keep exploring this historic, hilly city, and discover the charms waiting at the end of every close.

Mar 28: Free day in Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Edinburgh on your own or add an excursion.

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Rosslyn Chapel & Glenkinchie Distillery
6 hours
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Famous for its connections to the Holy Grail as depicted in the best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel is a place shrouded in mystery and legend. Step inside with a local guide to marvel at the crypt, colorful stained glass windows, and the intricate carvings that adorn the interior pillars and arches. Then, discover how Scotch whisky, or “the water of life,” is made during a tour of Glenkinchie Distillery, one of six single-malt distilleries in the Scottish Lowlands. Here, you’ll enjoy a tasting before heading back to Edinburgh. Please note: There is no photography permitted inside of Rosslyn Chapel.6 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Mar 29: Free day in Edinburgh

Spend a full free day in Glasgow or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Mar 30: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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