Scottish Highlands & Islands (GJ)

14 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow

2019 Tour Details

From its historical castles to its stunning landscapes and from its exciting cities to its charming, small towns, Scotland has it all. On this comprehensive Scotland tour, you’ll overnight in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Mull. Along the way, you’ll visit some of its historical castles; witness its unspoiled, breathtaking scenery; experience its cities and some of its small towns; learn about its fascinating history; and much more.

Scotland is known for its many castles, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century and home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; Brodie Castle, with its outstanding art collection and magnificent library; and Dunrobin Castle, where you’ll also visit the formal gardens. Scotland is also known for its interesting and often bloody history, and you’ll have an opportunity to visit some of its historical sights. On the Orkney Islands, visit Skara Brae, with remains from a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village. Learn about 13 centuries of clan history at the Museum of the Isles on the Isle of Skye. Outlander fans will be treated to visits of two prominent sites: Doune Castle, with its striking 100-foot-high gatehouse, and the Royal Burgh of Culross, once a port city on the River Forth.

Of course, no vacation to Scotland is complete without seeing the amazing scenery. Throughout this Scotland tour, sit back and enjoy as you witness Scotland at its best—the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery and miles of yellow sandy beaches on Scotland’s northern coast; the waterfalls and jagged, dark peaks on the Isle of Skye; the inspiring hills, green woodlands, and spectacular beaches on the “Road to the Isles”; and much more—while being escorted by an expert Tour Director who will bring Scotland to life with in-depth knowledge of its history, customs, stories, and secrets.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

GLASGOW
Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner
DOUNE CASTLE
Explore the 14th-century stronghold
ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS
Guided tour of the 17th-century village
EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
ABBOTSFORD
Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house
MELROSE
Visit the abbey
ST. ANDREWS
Visit the home of golf
INVERNESS
Visit the Highland capital
CLAVA CAIRNS
Visit the sacred prehistoric site
CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center
BRODIE
Visit the castle
GLENMORANGIE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of the whisky distillery
DUNROBIN
Visit the castle and gardens
JOHN O’GROATS
Take the ferry to and from the Orkney Islands
ORKNEY ISLANDS
Board a local coach for a driver-guide commentary and visits to the Churchill Barriers, Skara Brae and Skaill House, and Kirkwall; visit the Orkney Brewery and enjoy lunch at the Tasting Hall café
ULLAPOOL
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Fish & chips lunch
ISLE OF SKYE
Visit the Museum of Island Life and the Museum of the Isles
ARMADALE–MALLAIG
Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry
GLENFINNAN
Take pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaduct
LOCHALINE–FISHNISH
Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull
ISLE OF MULL
Visit Tobermory
ISLE OF IONA
Take the ferry to the island and visit the center of Celtic Christianity
CRAIGNURE–OBAN
Take the ferry back to the Scottish mainland
LOCH LOMOND
Take photographs of this stunning spot

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

  • August 3, 10 & 17 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

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

  • Forth Road Bridge
  • Heart of Neolithic Orkney
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferries to/from the Orkney Islands, the Isles of Skye, Mull, and Iona. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Scottish breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 9 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 GLASGOW–DOUNE CASTLE–ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS–EDINBURGH

Start your grand tour of Scotland with visits to two prominent sites featured in the popular TV series Outlander. Skirt Trossachs National Park on your way to 14th-century DOUNE CASTLE with its striking 100-foot-high gatehouse and one of the best preserved Great Halls in Scotland. Then, at the ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS, follow your Local Guide through the charming, peaceful streets, which were once full of the hustle and bustle of a thriving 17th-century port on the Forth River. On to Edinburgh, your base for the next three nights. Later, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 EDINBURGH

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). After time on your own in Edinburgh, why not take an optional excursion to Rosslyn Chapel, made world-famous by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, and also one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings.

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Day 4 EDINBURGH. ABBOTSFORD EXCURSION

Today’s excursion brings you into parts of the Scottish Lowlands and Border Counties. Drive through rolling hills and leafy valleys to ABBOTSFORD HOUSE and enjoy a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s home. It contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor, as well as an extensive library with over 9,000 rare volumes. Then, visit Melrose Abbey, the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. This afternoon, join a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers August 3, August 10, and August 17, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 EDINBURGH–ST. ANDREWS–PITLOCHRY–INVERNESS.

Travel over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews. Cross the Firth of Tay and from Dundee, head into the Highlands with a lunch stop in the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park to Inverness, the Highland capital, where you spend the next two nights.

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Day 6 INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. Stop first at CLAVA CAIRNS, featured in Outlander and one of Scotland’s most sacred prehistoric sites. See its three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, visit BRODIE CASTLE, the ancestral home of Clan Brodie, with an outstanding art collection and magnificent library. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation for this afternoon would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 INVERNESS–THURSO

Continue an unforgettable journey with a guided tour of a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WHISKY DISTILLERY. Then, follow the coast road to majestic DUNROBIN CASTLE, perched on a high terrace above walled gardens and for centuries the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Overnight in Thurso, the most northerly town on Britain’s mainland. Before dinner, you may choose to join an optional excursion to a local pub.

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Day 8 THURSO. EXCURSION TO THE ORKNEY ISLANDS

A fascinating day full of adventure. At John o’Groats, board a FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands, where a local coach and driver-guide await you. Cross the four Churchill Barriers and overlook Scapa Flow, where the German fleet scuttled itself in World War I. After a light LUNCH at the Tasting Hall café, take a guided tour of the award-winning ORKNEY BREWERY and sample the local ale. Then, head for SKARA BRAE, where you see the fascinating remains of a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village and visit SKAILL HOUSE. Yet more highlights: the Ring of Brodgar, the Orkneys’ Stonehenge, and Kirkwall, the small and picturesque island capital. Return to the mainland by FERRY in the late afternoon.

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Day 9 THURSO–DURNESS–ULLAPOOL–ISLE OF SKYE

A day to sit back and enjoy the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery, some of the finest in Britain. The northern coast is lined with miles of yellow-sand beaches and pristine estuaries, and the hills and mountains take on a purple hue as the summer progresses. This is Scotland at its best! Drive via Durness to the quaint fishing port of Ullapool, where you enjoy a traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite FISH & CHIPS lunch at a local restaurant. Late-afternoon arrival on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye.

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Day 10 ISLE OF SKYE

Striking landscapes, unusual rock formations, and dramatic waterfalls will capture your attention on your drive around the Trotternish Peninsula. Visit the thatch-roofed cottages at the MUSEUM OF ISLAND LIFE, close to the last resting place of Highland heroine Flora MacDonald. Then, follow the spectacular coast route, stopping for photos of waterfalls and gorges, to the island capital of Portree. On the way back to Broadford, take in the views of the jagged and dark peaks of the Cuillin Hills.

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Day 11 ISLE OF SKYE–GLENFINNAN–ISLE OF MULL

Call at the Clan Donald Center for a visit to its MUSEUM OF THE ISLES and insight into 13 centuries of clan history before boarding your FERRY at Armadale to cross the Sound of Sleat. Rejoin the mainland at Mallaig and follow the “Road to the Isles.” Stop at Glenfinnan with its viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films, then take the FERRY to the Isle of Mull, to conclude your day with a visit to the quaint island capital of Tobermory.

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Day 12 ISLE OF MULL. IONA EXCURSION

A leisurely day to relax and enjoy the best of Scotland’s western isles. Drive across Mull to visit the beautiful and fascinating Isle of Iona. Time to visit the ABBEY and explore the religious settlement before returning to your hotel in the early afternoon.

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Day 13 ISLE OF MULL–INVERARAY–GLASGOW

Your final island FERRY crossing brings you to Oban. Then, over the Pass of Brander and from Inveraray to the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond. Back in Glasgow this afternoon, an orientation drive takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. Time for last-minute shopping before enjoying a farewell dinner at your hotel.

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Day 14 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 your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

NICI RIDGE

Escorting tours for more than 3 years

It's a real pleasure to guide around Great Britain and Ireland and to bring to life the history of our ancestors. There is a story for every corner; our land is a puzzle of fascinating history and as we travel through the country side and cities you will see the complete picture. Guiding for me is being able to leave you with memories you'll never forget.

Tour Director - NICI RIDGE

 Accommodations

Glasgow
Edinburgh
Inverness
Thurso
Isle of Skye
Isle of Mull

 Optional Excursions

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 Night with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

Scottish Night with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal followed by traditional Scottish song and dance and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Price Range: $$

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

Described as a 'Bible in Stone', this 15th century church offers an extraordinary glimpse into the artistic ambitions of its founder with its mix of religious, pagan and early Masonic themes. A truly unique building presented in all its glory.

Price Range: $

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and Dinner

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and Dinner

Enjoy a visit to the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was used on over 700 overseas visits and sailed over a million nautical miles, and discover what life was like on board Her Majesty's floating residence. Later dinner with wine and coffee at an excellent local restaurant is included.

Price Range: $$

Inverness

Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

Visit Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland's most iconic castles on the banks of Loch Ness, before boarding a motorboat for a cruise on the loch and maybe a glimpse of the famous monster.

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 both loch and mountain, it's easy to appreciate why Eilean Donan is the most photographed landmark in Scotland. Enjoy an in-depth visit of this Scottish icon, followed by a drink at a charming local pub.

Price Range: $

Isle of Mull

Private Visit to Duart Castle

Private Visit to Duart Castle

Duart Castle is the family home of the Clan Maclean and looks back at 800 years of history. A tour of the castle and a dram of whisky are included on this lovely late afternoon trip.

Price Range: $

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

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* 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 both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. 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.

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