Scottish Tour - Sample B 10 night itinerary
Day one – Welcome to Bonnie Scotland
Morning arrival into Glasgow airport and transfer to Edinburgh
Morning tour of Edinburgh
City tour of Edinburgh with a Blue Badged Guide
It is the capital city of Scotland and the seat of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government. While the city originally formed on and around the famous castle rock, the modern city is often said to be built on 7 hills, namely Castle Hill, Calton Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Braid Hill, Blackford Hill and Arthur's Seat. Edinburgh has a high proportion of independent schools, four universities (including the University of Edinburgh, rated 21st in world rankings) and one college (three were amalgamated in 2012), providing a highly educated population.
Free – time in City Centre for lunch.
Afternoon visit the Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.
Arrive Stirling YHA
Stirling Youth Hostel is situated in the Old Town of Stirling, offering 4-star budget accommodation with 110 beds. A range of multi-share and private rooms are available at Stirling Youth Hostel, all en-suite. Facilities include a self-catering kitchen, dining room, two separate common areas and a meeting room for private use. This licensed Youth Hostel also offers meals to guests. Situated in the historic quarter, Stirling Youth Hostel is a great base to explore the city. Only 500 metres away from Stirling Castle, and 2 miles away from The Wallace Monument and Bannockburn Visitor Centre, it's a great place to learn of Scottish history. The popular Blair Drummond Safari Park is easily accessible by car, for a fun family day out. The Youth Hostel is a short 5-10 minute walk into the city centre where you can find excellent shopping, cafes, restaurants, bars and nightlife.
Morning set-aside for friendly matches against local opposition – Perth Academy.
14.00hrs Visit Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is a fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock. Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century BC, although the nature of early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. From the 15th century the castle's residential role declined, and by the 17th century its principal role was as a military base with a large garrison. Its importance as a historic monument was recognised from the 19th century, and various restoration programmes have been carried out since. As one of the most important fortresses in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts, from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, up to the Jacobite Rising of 1745, and has been besieged, both successfully and unsuccessfully, on several occasions.
17.00hrs Depart Edinburgh
18.30hrs Arrive Hostel and dinner
09.00hrs Check-out and depart hostel
09.30hrs Arrive Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1890s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification from the earliest times. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542. There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle. Guided tour of the castle
11.30hrs Depart Stirling Castle
12.15hrs Arrive Perth
The name Perth comes from a Pictish word for wood or copse. There has been a settlement at Perth since prehistoric times, on a natural mound raised slightly above the flood plain of the Tay, where the river could be crossed at low tide. The area surrounding the modern city is known to have been occupied since Mesolithic hunter-gatherers arrived more than 8000 years ago. Nearby Neolithic standing stones and circles also exist, dating from about 4000 BC, following the introduction of farming in the area.
Free-time in Perth
14.30hrs Depart Perth
18.00hrs Arrive hotel in Inverness
09.00hrs Depart hotel
09.30hrs Arrive Culloden Moor
The Battle of Culloden (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Chùil Lodair) was the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart fought loyalist troops commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The Hanoverian victory at Culloden decisively halted the Jacobite intent to overthrow the House of Hanover and restore the House of Stuart to the British throne; Charles Stuart never mounted any further attempts to challenge Hanoverian power in Great Britain. The conflict was the last pitched battle fought on British soil.
Charles Stuart's Jacobite army consisted largely of Scottish Highlanders, as well as a number of Lowland Scots and a small detachment of Englishmen from the Manchester Regiment. The Jacobites were supported and supplied by the Kingdom of France and French and Irish units loyal to France were part of the Jacobite army. The government force was mostly English, along with a significant number of Scottish Lowlanders and Highlanders, a battalion of Ulstermen and a small number of Hessians from Germany and Austrians. The battle on Culloden Moor was both quick and bloody, taking place within an hour. Following an unsuccessful Highland charge against the government lines, the Jacobites were routed and driven from the field.
Afternoon set-aside for friendly matches and fee-time in Inverness.
09.30hrs Check-out and depart hotel
10.00hrs Arrive Loch Ness Visitor Centre
An insight into the loch's wider significance. Designed and narrated by Loch Ness Project leader, the naturalist Adrian Shine. Whilst keeping the mystery centre stage, it is placed firmly into the context of a loch with rare & unusual properties: some still motivate expeditions while others can "create" monsters. Here are the results of that exploration, using the very latest multi-media system, original research equipment and authentic underwater films.
11.30hrs Depart the Visitor Centre
12.15hrs Arrive Fort Augustus
Free-time for lunch
14.00hrs Cruise on Loch Ness
We take a one-hour cruise on the Loch where we get an opportunity for our own bit of monster spotting.
16.00hrs Depart Fort Augustus
17.00hrs Arrive hotel in Fort William x 2 nights
08.30hrs Depart hotel
10.00hrs Arrive Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie
As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands. Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries. Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932. Today, you can explore nearly every part of the castle, and enjoy a journey through the history of the area.
Guided Tour of the Castle
18.00hrs Arrive Alexandra hotel Fortwilliam & dinner
Afternoon friendly match with a local school in Fort William
Depart hotel on a full day tour of the Isle of Skye.
The Island of Skye is one of the top locations in Soctland to visit with scenery and landscape that will take your breath away.
Morning check out of Hotel and travel southwards through to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Visit a Scottish whisky distillery enroute
Dinner and overnight in Loch Lomond Youth Hostel
Enjoy a morning panoramic sightseeing tour of Glasgow city centre with some free time for shopping.
In the afternoon meet a friendly opposition for a local rugby match in the Glasgow area
Dinner and overnight in Loch Lomond Youth Hostel
Morning transfer from Loch Lomond to Edinburgh city.to enjoy the atmosphere and spectacle of the 6 Nations Rugby Match
Six Nations Rugby
Dinner and overnight in hotel in Glasgow
Coach transfer to Glasgow airport for return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change