14 Day Scottish Highlands & Islands

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Overview
Operator: Globus
Type: Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 44
Duration: 14 Days
From: Glasgow to Glasgow
Tour Code: GJ
Visits: Scotland
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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 travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
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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 (30 metre) 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. (B)
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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. (B)
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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 0803, 0810, and 0817, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
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Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Braemar - 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. (B/D)
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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 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. (B)
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Inverness - Thurso
Continue an unforgettable journey with a guided tour of a 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. (B/D)
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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. (B/L/D)
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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 FISH & CHIPS lunch at a local restaurant. Lateafternoon arrival on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye. (B/L/D)
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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. (B/D)
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Isle Of Skye - Glenfinnan - Isle Of Mull
Call at the Clan Donald centre 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. (B/D)
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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. (B/D)
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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. (B/D)
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Glasgow
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Globus Inclusions
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Trip Inclusions
  • GLASGOW: Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner.
  • DOUNE CASTLE: Explore the 14th-century village.
  • 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 centre.
  • BRODIE: Visit the castle.
  • GLENMORANGIE: 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 cafe.
  • ULLAPOOL: 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 centre of Celtic Christianity.
  • CRAIGNURE-OBAN: Take the ferry back to the Scottish mainland.
  • LOCH LOMOND: Take photographs of this stunning beauty spot.
  • MEALS: Full Scottish breakfast (B) daily; 2 lunches (L); 9 threecourse dinners (D) with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Motorcoach; ferries to/from the Orkney Islands, the Isles of Skye, Mull, and Iona.
  • HEADSETS: Throughout the tour.
  • FREE WI-FI: available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
  • Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Included Meals
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 9 Dinners
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Superior First Class (SF)
  • Glasgow DoubleTree by Hilton – Glasgow Central (SF), Edinburgh Hilton Edinburgh Carlton (SF), Inverness Mercure Inverness (F), Thurso St. Clair (F), Isle of Skye Dunollie (F) at Broadford, Isle of Mull Isle of Mull Hotel (F) at Craignure, Glasgow Radisson Blu (SF)
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Globus
Globus Reviews: (589)
Tours on Sale: 313
Accommodation: 4.5 Star
Average Age: 50+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 44 & 20
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA
Reviews (12)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Scottish Highlands & Islands with Globus.
New Zealand
Sep 2018
6 Helpful Votes
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“Scottish Highlands”
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A great trip. It was really good to have two night stays. Our tour director was a living, walking history book with a great sense of humour, and a great deal of sensitivity to customer needs. 14 days gave a very good taste of the Highlands, enough to plan a future trip of more depth. The coach was very comfortable and the driving unbelievably good. Some areas were really tight, but our driver had them under control. Add on excursions were excellent. I would do another tour with Cosmos without hesitation.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2017
11 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Absolutely fabulous tour”
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We can highly recommend booking a Globus tour through Global Journeys. Hannah, our travel agent, kept us up to date with our booking details and replied quickly to all our questions. Our tour went without a hitch - Matthew our tour guide and Alastair the driver were fabulous, friendly and funny. The commentary was very interesting with lots of humour. We made many new friends and the whole group was friendly.

Spectacular scenery, great excursions, despite some early starts it was well worth it because we would arrive before places got extra crowded, and in some places it had been arranged that we could enter before opening time - a real bonus in peak holiday season. The itinerary was great with a good variety of castles, scenery, highlands and islands. We would have no hesitation in recommending both Global Journeys and Globus Tours.
New Zealand
Jul 2017
5 Helpful Votes
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“Wonderful Trip”
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This was a very memorable trip the tour guide (Margery) and the driver (Mark) were excellent, their knowledge of the country and its history was very informative. I would recommend this tour to people wanting to experience the cities and a large area of the country side. We enjoyed the optional excursions especially the night out in Edinburgh at the Scottish Evening Dinner - great entertainment, I would love to do it again. The position of the Hotels was great giving us an opportunity go out at night to enjoy the night life.
NSW, Australia
May 2017
5 Helpful Votes
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“Scotland!”
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Scotland should be on everyone's bucket list! Scenery was outstanding & we were very lucky with the weather with only a few days of rain. We travelled in May.
WA, Australia
Aug 2015
8 Helpful Votes
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“Recommend this tour to mobile people of any age”
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Our tour guide, John, was very knowledgeable and humorous. He also knew when to leave us in peace. Like any coach tour, timings were regimented and our group was exceptionally prompt. We were very lucky with the weather and were able to get lots of photos with plenty of stops. John was very upfront about the upcoming accommodation, explaining why some might be less appealing, so we had no surprises. The itinerary was great having a least a couple of nights at each location and being able to do our own thing for at least part of each day. Would recommend this tour to mobile people of any age.
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