Joan Qualls

Tasteful Voyages™ CST #2123649-40

Scotland October 2023

Oct 15, 2023 to Oct 25, 2023
Scotland

Discover Scotland with Collette!

 
From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles layered in history, Scotland awaits. Learn how to play the bagpipes and enjoy dinner at the National Piping Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant. Take a cruise on the famed Loch Ness. Visit a local family on their farm and meet their sheepdogs. Marvel at the stunning Isle of Skye. Explore the Orkney Islands’ ancient Skara Brae. Visit Dunrobin Castle. Sample Scotch whisky on a distillery tour. Stop in St. Andrews, home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. Explore the regal city of Edinburgh. Put a modern twist on Scottish cuisine during an interactive cooking class. Discover a land of rolling green Highlands, friendly sheepdogs, and smooth Scotch whisky.
 
Tour Style-Classic
Pack your bags, get your camera ready, and get ready for a guided tour.

Classic tours are for those who want to see the sights, taste the cuisine and experience the world. The monuments, architecture, art, and natural wonders of the world will captivate you. The cultural experiences – delving into local life and cuisine, nurtures that wandering spirit within you.

And with guided travel, the most is made of every moment. Trip packages are designed to let you experience the magic of travel while we completely cover all the details. Your only job, once the tour starts, is to try to absorb it all.

 

What's included in this trip:

  • Experienced Tour Manager guiding your visit
  • Hotel Stay, 9 nights
  • 8 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners
  • Motorcoach transportation 
  • It's Your Choice:  In Edinburgh, take a locally guided panoramic city tour that includes a visit to the Palace at Holyroodhouse - OR- join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot.  Both choices feature a visit to Edinburgh Castle. 
  • Must-See Inclusions:  Experience the Orkney Islands during a full-day guided excursion | Visit magnificent Edinburgh Castle, a stone fortress perched high atop the city | Explore the legendary Isle of Skye while soaking up the dramatic views
  • Culinary Inclusions:  Learn the art of producing Scotch Whisky during a distillery tour and tasting | Enjoy an interactive cooking experience at one of Edinburgh's premier culinary institutions
  • Cultural Experiences:  Visit a working farm and meet a shepherd and his sheepdogs | Reflect at Culloden Battlefield, the site of the half-hour battle that changed history | Discover the remains of a Neolithic village at Skara Brae
 
NOTE:  If air is purchased through Collette, private transfers to and from the airport are included - provided that the airport is within 50 miles of the guest's home. 
 

 

What's not included:

  1. International Airfare
  2. Travel Insurance
  3. Any items of a personal nature not specifically mentioned above
  4. Meals not itemized above
  5. Optional excursions / extensions
  6. Gratuities 
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1 (Overnight Flight): An overnight flight transports you to a country of stunning landscapes, lively cities, and stirring history.
 
 
  • Day 2 - Glasgow: Your tour opens in Glasgow, Scotland’s Victorian city. Start your Scottish adventure with a visit to the National Piping Centre. After a demonstration and lesson with a renowned piper, it’s your chance to give it a go! Then, join your fellow travelers for a lively welcome dinner at the Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant.  Hotel:  Maldron Hotel, Glasgow or comparable.  Included Meal:  Dinner
 
 
  • Day 3 - Glasgow | Glencoe | Ballachulish: This morning, bid Glasgow farewell as you travel to Loch Lomond, located in the Trossachs National Park, with its breathtaking scenery, and onto Fort William. Here you visit one of Scotland’s renowned whisky distilleries. Taste and see for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world’s finest. Admire the verdant green hills and mountainside waters as you arrive at your remote countryside hotel situated on lovely Loch Linnhe.  Hotel:  Ballachulish Hotel or Comparable.  Included Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner
 
 
  • Day 4 - Ballachulish | Isle of Skye | Ballachulish: Take a stunning drive along the “Road to the Isles” and over the Skye Bridge to the legendary Isle of Skye, also known in poetry and song as Eilean a' Cheò (The Misty Isle). Enjoy dramatic views of the Sound of Sleat. Then, visit Armadale Castle & Gardens* and the Museum of the Isles to learn about island life and the history of Skye. Conclude your visit with views of the isle from yet another vantage point during a ferry crossing back to the mainland. Returning to Ballachulish along the same road, see Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.  Included Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner
 
 
  • Day 5 - Ballachulish | Loch Ness | Thurso:  Today, enjoy stunning and unspoiled landscapes as you journey further into the Highlands. Travel through the Great Glen, famous for its many lochs (lakes). Visit the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle before enjoying a cruise on Loch Ness, one of Britain’s most scenic bodies of water. Keep your eyes open — you never know when Nessie will appear! Travel off the beaten path to Thurso, one of Scotland’s most remote towns on the North Coast. Embrace the rustic environment of the Scottish Highlands as you settle in for your 2-night stay.  Hotel:  Castletown Hotel or Comparable.  Included meals:  Breakfast & Dinner
 
 
  • Day 6 - Thurso | Orkney Islands | Thurso: Grab your windbreaker – it’s time for an adventure on the Orkney Islands.** Ferry to this former Viking stronghold off the northernmost coast of Scotland, where artists admire the ever-changing clouds rolling across the sky like a time-lapse at double speed. On the crossing, feel the wind in your hair as you view the abundant bird life and, if you are lucky, porpoises and seals. A local guide introduces this ethereal place that few visitors to Scotland get to experience. Visit Skara Brae and discover the remains of a Neolithic village built at the same time as the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Continue on toward the prehistoric Standing Stones of Stenness, reported to be older than Stonehenge. Make your way through the town of Viking Kirkwall before returning to the mainland.  Included Meal:  Breakfast
 
 
  • Day 7 - Thurso | Inverness: As you make your way back from the northern coast, visit Culloden Battlefield. On this spot in April 1746, a half-hour battle changed the course of Scotland’s history. You’ll also stop at the majestic Dunrobin Castle*** which dates back to the 1300s. Take in the breathtaking views as you drive along the windswept cliffs of Scotland’s east coast. Enjoy an overnight stay in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.  Hotel:  River Ness Hotel or comparable.  Included Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner
 
 
  • Day 8 - Inverness | Pitlochry | St. Andrews | Edinburgh: Begin your day with a visit to a family-run farm set in the heart of the Highlands. See sheepdogs at work while surrounded by the mountain wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. Continue on to the vibrant Victorian town of Pitlochry for some time at leisure before traveling to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf. See the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. End your day in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh.  Hotel:  Radisson Blu Edinburgh or comparable.  Included Meals:  Breakfast
 
 
  • Day 9 -Edinburgh: Today it’s your choice! Choose to get acquainted with this regal capital on a locally guided panoramic city tour, exploring both the Old and New towns before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse,**** the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary Queen of Scots -OR- for a different perspective you may join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot; descend into the city’s vast underground vaults and uncover a world unchanged since the 18th century. Both choices include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. This evening, give traditional Scottish ingredients a modern twist. Enjoy a lively and interactive cooking experience at one of Scotland’s premier culinary institutions. With a “wee dram” in hand, toast the end of a wonderful journey.  Included Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner
 
 
  • Day 10 - Edinburgh, Tour Ends: Your tour of Scotland comes to a close today.
 
Optional Pre-Tour - 3-Night Stay in London 
 
Day 0 - Overnight Flight
You’re on your way to the United Kingdom. Begin in England and enjoy a 3-night stay in London.
Day 1 - London, England
Experience London, the esteemed capital of the United Kingdom. Often described as a world within a city, London is a sophisticated metropolis with a timeless style all its own.
Day 2 -  London
Navigate the city with a local expert. Using your included Oyster card, hop on the famous underground Tube and zoom to the city’s most beloved attractions. Visit Kensington Palace, once the home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. Enjoy some free time to explore the city.  Included Meal:  Breakfast 
Day 3 - London
The day is yours! Take advantage of your day at leisure and your included Tower of London pass. London’s bustling city streets are lined with beautiful gardens, fascinating museums, celebrated monuments, and grand theaters – and you’ll be a part of it all!  Included Meal:  Breakfast
Day 4 - London to Glasgow, Scotland
Wish London goodbye as you take a high-speed train through the English countryside to Scotland.  Included Meal:  Breakfast 
 
Optional Post-Tour - 2-Night Stay in Dublin
Day 1 - Edinburgh - Dublin, Ireland
A short flight brings you from Scotland to Dublin, Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital. Settle into your centrally located hotel and enjoy time at leisure to explore the city.
 
Day 2 - Dublin
The day is yours! Take advantage of your day at leisure and perhaps visit the Guinness Storehouse and sample a pint of ‘the black stuff’, tour Trinity College to marvel at the Book of Kells, or take in some traditional music in at one of the city’s many historic pubs.  Included Meal:  Breakfast
 
Day 3 - Dublin - Extension Ends
Wish Dublin goodbye as your time in Ireland comes to a close.  Included Meal:  Breakfast 
 
Pre-nights in Glasgow Hotel and post-nights in Edinburgh hotel are available upon request 
 

Available Packages

Land Only - Discover Scotland
Available until July 15, 2023

Starting At: $3,500.00
Deposit: $350.00

*Rate is estimated per person, land only, double occupancy, tour inclusions, and available options may vary based on departure date.  October 2023 inventory rates have not yet been published; exact rates, dates, and itinerary will be published once inventory has been loaded. 

Solo Traveler Rates available on request