Scottish Highlands & Islands (GJ)

14 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow

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What’s playing tonight? Nothing as dramatic as the stunning scenery of lush and verdant Scotland. With its glacial glens, mysterious lochs, and dramatic coastlines, Scotland has rightfully served as the beautiful backdrop for many of our favorite dramas, thrillers, and cliffhangers. While James Bond, Harry Potter, and the clans of Outlander have introduced us to this awe-inspiring land, the magnificent moors, mountains, woodlands, and waterfalls steal the scenes. See them all on this splendid tour of Scotland as you take the low roads, high roads, and winding roads through the Lowlands, Highlands, and islands to witness the country’s breathtaking castles, hallowed battlefields, and mysterious ruins—stopping to catch your breath in the boisterous breweries and dizzying distilleries along the way. Spoiler alert—this is the most unspoiled scenery you’ll witness in your lifetime.

Small-Group Discovery

Select Globus 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!
Save 10% per person on select 2021 Globus Europe, North & South America vacations*
Save $200 per couple on select 2021 air-inclusive Europe vacations*
Scottish Highlands & Islands map

 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Heart of Neolithic Orkney
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Scottish breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 9 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

GLASGOW Welcome to Glasgow! Free time the remainder of the day. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 GLASGOW–FALKIRK–ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS–LINLITHGOW–EDINBURGH

FALKIRK See The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world.
ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS Walking tour with a Local Guide.
LINLITHGOW Visit to Linlithgow Palace ruins, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and a filming location for the series Outlander.
EDINBURGH Free time.
74 mi / 119 km

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Edinburgh with a Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

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Day 3 EDINBURGH

EDINBURGH Walking tour with a Local Guide includes Royal Mile, a visit to St. Giles Cathedral, and Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 EDINBURGH. EXCURSION TO ABBOTSFORD

ABBOTSFORD Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House.
EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures August 07 through August 21 only).
80 mi / 129 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 EDINBURGH–ST. ANDREWS–PITLOCHRY–INVERNESS

ST. ANDREWS See the home of golf and famous university town.
PITLOCHRY Walk through the Victorian mountain resort; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit a whisky distillery.
Scenic drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park en route to Inverness.
200 mi / 325 km

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Day 6 INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

THE HIGHLANDS Visit the prehistoric site of Clava Cairns. See the Culloden battlefield site and visitor center. Visit Brodie Castle.
INVERNESS Free time the remainder of the day.
45 mi / 70 km

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Day 7 INVERNESS–THURSO

DUNROBIN Visit the castle and gardens.
THURSO Free time this afternoon.
109 mi / 176 km

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Day 8 THURSO. EXCURSION TO THE ORKNEY ISLANDS

JOHN O’GROATS Ferry crossing to South Ronaldsay.
ORKNEY ISLANDS Sightseeing on a local coach with a driver-guide includes the four Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, and Kirkwall. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of The Orkney Brewery, light lunch at the brewery’s Tasting Hall café, and visit to Skaill House. Return to the mainland by ferry in the late afternoon.
119 mi / 191 km

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Day 9 THURSO–ULLAPOOL–ISLE OF SKYE

ULLAPOOL Visit to the fishing port; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a traditional fish & chips lunch at a local restaurant.
219 mi / 353 km

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Day 10 ISLE OF SKYE

ISLE OF SKYE Drive across the Inner Hebridean island; visit the Museum of Island Life; stop in the picturesque island capital of Portree and take in the views of the Cuillin Hills.
100 mi / 161 km

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Day 11 ISLE OF SKYE–GLENFINNAN–ISLE OF MULL

ISLE OF SKYE Visit Museum of the Isles.
ARMADALE Ferry crossing on the Sound of Sleat.
GLENFINNAN See the monument to fallen Jacobite clansmen and the famous viaduct.
ISLES OF MULL Visit to the capital of Tobermory.
135 mi / 217 km

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Day 12 ISLE OF MULL. EXCURSION TO ISLE OF IONA

ISLE OF MULL Scenic drive across the island.
ISLE OF IONA Scenic ferry to the island and visit to the center of Celtic Christianity.
72 mi / 116 km

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Day 13 ISLE OF MULL–INVERARAY–GLASGOW

CRAIGNURE Return by ferry to Oban on the Scottish mainland.
INVERARAY Scenic drive over the Pass of Brander.
LOCH LOMOND Vist the lake.
GLASGOW Orientation drive to see the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares. Free time this evening.
108 mi / 174 km

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Day 14 GLASGOW

GLASGOW Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANDREW HYND

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

What makes being a Tour Director fulfilling? The look on people's faces when they see where their ancestors come from, or the realisation that kicks in when history and location collide and it all starts to fall into place...the characters, anecdotes, and laughter. I was once asked to be Best Man for a couple who chose to get married on one of my tours. I'll never forget it because they made the male coach driver the Maid of Honor!

Tour Director - ANDREW HYND

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Edinburgh
Inverness
Thurso
Isle of Skye
Isle of Mull

Edinburgh

Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and Ceremony of the Haggis

Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and Ceremony of the Haggis

No trip to Scotland is complete without an authentic Scottish evening filled with traditional food, drinks, singers, dancers, bagpipes, and, of course, the unforgettable Ceremony of the Haggis!

Price Range: $$$

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

Put on your best detective hat and get ready to decipher the cryptic symbols and spellbinding mysteries of 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, one of Scotland's most enigmatic places.

Price Range: $

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and Dinner

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and Dinner

Discover what life was like on board Her Majesty's floating residence during an exciting visit of the Royal Yacht Britannia, followed by dinner with wine at an excellent local restaurant!

Price Range: $$

Inverness

Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

The history and legends of Scotland's most famous lake are revealed on this excursion to Loch Ness, including a cruise to search for the famous monster and a visit to lakeside Urquhart Castle.

Price Range: $

Thurso

Ceilidh Evening

Ceilidh Evening

This fun excursion takes you fireside to The Old Smiddy pub for full immersion into a world filled with lively Gaelic storytelling, music, and two drinks of your choice.

Price Range: $

Isle of Skye

Eilean Donan Castle and Pub Visit

Eilean Donan Castle and Pub Visit

Surrounded by mountains and three lochs, it's easy to appreciate why Eilean Donan is Scotland's most photographed landmark. Enjoy an in-depth visit of the iconic castle, followed by a drink at a charming local pub!

Price Range: $

Isle of Mull

Private Visit to Duart Castle

Private Visit to Duart Castle

Discover Duart Castle, the Isle of Mull's formidable ancestral home of Clan Maclean, featuring a fascinating private visit, followed by a wee dram of whisky to toast your experience!

Price Range: $

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,529*
18 guests in a party: $649*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2020 and 2021 travel years. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.



The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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