My Heart is in the Highlands - The
Summer of My Scottish Romance!
With Castles, Palaces, Stately Homes, Pubs, Tearooms,
Afternoon Tea  and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
August 17th - 29th, 2019
"This tour is almost the same itinerary we followed on the very first tour I offered \to
Scotland all those many years ago. Before doing tours, I would holiday in different
areas of Scotland with my family taking advantage of lovely wee guest houses and
hotels and visiting my favourite castles and tearooms. I wanted everyone else to
experience Scotland in just this way and I was sure that if I took everyone to my
favorite places that they would become their favorites too! What resulted was a slow
paced tour that allows you to take in every essence of this wild, historic and romantic
country. My goal on every trip to Scotland, is for those we take with us to fall in love
with Scotland and love it as much as we do! Come fall in love".
Shannon McDonald Tate.
Join us on a small intimate tour of Edinburgh, the Highlands and the breathtaking
countryside. This tour is designed to accommodate only 10-12 people for a more
personal experience to allow you to get the most of your holiday. Keeping the
tour size small gives us the opportunity to veer from the beaten track and to
take advantage of accommodations, restaurants and sightseeing venues that would
not be available to larger groups. You may find yourself staying in a delightful city
guesthouse, a small country house hotel, a comfortable farmhouse and an old
coaching Inn all in the same visit. Our goal is to show you the real Scots people and
some of the wonderful sights to be seen all over this beautiful country.
Highlights include -Hopetoun House Stately House, Linlithgow Palace, Edinburgh,
Edinburgh City Tour, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo,  the Trossachs, Stirling and
Stirling Castle, Doune Castle, Falkirk and the Kelpies, Alloa Tower, Killin and the Falls
of Dochart, Glencoe and the Glencoe Massacre Site, Fort William, Spean Bridge
Woollen Mill, Ben Nevis Viewpoint, Perth and Scone Palace, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and
Blair Castle, Queens View, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Pitlochry Festival
Theatre, Highland Safari, Braemar Castle and the Cairngorms, Royal Deeside and
Ballater, Dunnottar Castle, Glamis Castle and so much more!
Tour includes all accommodation, full Scottish breakfast each morning. All lunches and dinners as listed in itinerary.
Porterage of one suitcase per person. Minibus travel including tour guide. Knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues. All
sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any entrance fees. All taxes and service charges. As with all of our tours we try
to offer as many different kinds of accommodations as can be found in Scotland.

$5995US per person. $995US single supplement. Sold Out!
$500 per person deposit.  Please read our
terms and conditions.
Day 1 - August 17th - Arrive into Edinburgh International Airport and then our first stop this morning will be just
outside the city at
Hopetoun House, Scotland's finest stately house. The atmosphere of warmth and vitality within the
house reflects its status as the home of the
Hope Family from its building in 1699 to this day. The magnificent interiors
which have remained virtually unchanged for three centuries reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with
the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plasterwork.
After
Afternoon Tea at the Stables Tearoom at Hopetoun we visit Blackness Castle. Built in the 15th century by
one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the
Crichtons, Blackness was never destined as a peaceful lordly residence; its
enduring roles were those of garrison fortress and state prison. We then get checked into our accommodation in Edinburgh
before a
Welcoming Dinner and a Performance at Edinburgh Castle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Overnight Edinburgh. (L,D)

Day 2 -
Today will be spent at your leisure in the city. To make the most of your visit you will have all day tickets for
Edinburgh's City Tour Hop Off and Off Bus
which will take you to all of the major highlights of the city. On your way
about the city you will have opportunities to stop at
The Palace of the Holyrood House, The Royal Yacht Britannia,
St. Giles Cathedral, Greyfriars Bobby and Deacon Brodie's Pub
hopping off and on as you go about the city. The
Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 in recognition
of the unique character of the
Medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian New Town. It covers both the Old and
New Towns
together with the Dean Village and the Calton Hill areas. There are over 4,500 listed buildings within the
city. After thoroughly exploring the city, we will meet up for dinner
. Pub Dinner and Overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 3
- Today we will spend more time taking in this lovely city. A must see while in the Georgian New Town of the city is
Edinburgh's Georgian House, a magnificently restored Edinburgh New Townhouse with fine collections of paintings,
costumes and period furnishings. The Georgian era produced some of Scotland’s most distinctive architecture. In the late
1700s, this grand townhouse was at the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town development. The house was designed by acclaimed
architect
Robert Adam and was a true statement of luxury in an era of enlightenment, for those who could afford it. We
then pop into the award winning
Eteaket in Edinburgh for their Famous Afternoon Tea!  The rest of the afternoon
and evening is free to take in more of Edinburgh's delights and to find some dinner on your own in the city or near to our
accommodation.
Overnight Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 4 -
This morning we leave Edinburgh behind and make our way to Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of
Scots.
This magnificent ruins was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart Kings, resulting in a superb
Renaissance Residence. This impressive retreat where high towers look out over lush greenery and a loch brimming with
wildfowl was an ideal place for royals to break the journey between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. We then stop at
Kincardine for Pub Lunch before we visit Alloa Tower in Alloa. At Alloa Tower we will take a whistle-stop tour
through 700 years of Scottish history at
Scotland’s Largest and Oldest Keep, the ancestral home of the influential
Erskine family, the Earls of Mar and Kellie. As you explore the tower’s four floors, you’ll hear tales of an abbot’s curse,
crib ghosts, fortunes and titles lost and regained, and the building’s ruin and restoration. We then make our way to Stirling.
Overnight Stirling. (B,L)

Day 5 -
Today our first stop this morning is Stirling Castle, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in
Scotland.
Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here and the Great Hall and Chapel Royal are wonderful highlights.
Here you will be able to step back into the sumptuous world of
Stirling Castle’s Royal Court. An ongoing project has
returned the six ground floor apartments in the castle’s Renaissance palace to how they may have looked in the mid 16th
century. Following our visit to Stirling Castle we'll have
Afternoon Tea in Stirling before we make to near Falkirk to see
the
Scottish Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculptures. We will have a Guided Walking Tour that takes you
through the vision of artist
Andy Scott and how history and industry impacted on his designing of these breath-taking
sculptures. The pinnacle of the tour is that you get to experience a Kelpie from the inside, and see for yourself the
breathtaking engineering and design of the Kelpies. Then back to Stirling for dinner.
Overnight Stirling. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
This morning we visit Doune and Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle and famous for
the filming location of
Monty Python's The Holy Grail and more recently, the Outlander TV series as Castle Leoch.
This is one of my most favorite places as it gives such a wonderful glimpse into 14th century Scottish castle living. We then
make our way north into the
Trossachs on our way to Glencoe. We will stop in Killin to see Falls of Dochart which if
not the most impressive falls in Scotland there are easily the most accessible. You will be able to find some lunch on your own
here. Then our journey then takes us further through the Trossachs and striking mountains of Glencoe where the southern
region is an assemblage of peaks, ridges and valleys which rise up above the peat hags and scattered lochans of
Rannoch
Moor
. The waters which tumble from these high mountains give rise to a series of spectacular waterfalls that gather initially
at the
'Meeting of the Three Waters' to form the River Coe. Against a backdrop of craggy peaks and the tumbling River
Coe, the Glen offers some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery but has also seen one of the most violent acts in Scottish
history when in 1692 the Clan McDonald were massacred on this very spot! We then make our way to Fort William for a bit
of a wander before we go further up the road to home and then dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Spean Bridge. (B,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we visit the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill before making our way to Pitlochry. After some time to
shop, we make our way along the
Caledonian Canal to Dalwhinnie Distillery. The distillery stands in the Cairngorm
National Park
at the heart of the Scottish Highlands. From this remote location comes their Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
, it is also known as the ‘gentle spirit’. We will have a distillery tour and see how they make
their single malt whisky. At end of the tour we will sample single malt whiskies paired with specially selected
Handmade
Highland Chocolates!
We then make our way to Blair Atholl to visit Blair Castle. We will have Afternoon Tea in
the Tullibardine Restaurant
after visiting the castle. Bonnie Prince Charlie spent 2 days here in this 700 year old
rambling, turreted castle with over 32 rooms open to the public. This ancient seat of the
Dukes and Earls of Atholl enjoys
one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of
Highland Perthshire. Blair Castle is set in extensive parklands, including
the recently restored
Hercules Garden and Diana's Grove, and is an absolute delight to explore! Overnight
Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 8 -
This morning we will have a Highland Safari as we head into the hills to experience this Majestic Wilderness
and search for the elusive White Hare, Ptarmigan and Red Deer while on our Safari! The safari includes Hot
Chocolate, Coffee or Tea and a Dram of Dewars Whisky with Shortbread in a Mountain Bothy
. This is an
experience that will take you higher into the
Perthshire Highlands than you ever imagined being! After our Safari we
have
Lunch in the Cafe and then make our way to Tummel Bridge and the along Loch Tummel to the Queen's View
named after
King Robert The Bruce's wife Isabel but made popular by Queen Victoria. Commanding spectacular
views of
Loch Tummel, this is one of the most breathtaking sights in Scotland and will become a favorite of yours! We then
make our way back home to Pitlochry where we are out to dinner and then a performance at the
Pitlochry Festival
Theatre
.  Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - This morning we make our way far north to Culloden Battlefield, a desolate stretch of moorland that looks
much as it did on
16th April 1746, the date of the last battle to be fought on British soil. Here Bonnie Prince Charlie
made his last stand for the
Stewart Cause. The battlefield is restored to as close as possible as it was when the two sides
marched on that fateful day. We will find out why this battle that lasted only one hour changed the way of life of the
Highlands forever. Then we visit to the 4000 year old
Clava Cairns, one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric
sites. The cairns are dominated by a line of three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles.
We know little about who the cairn builders were, for they left no written record. The actual remains of those buried within
the cairns no longer survive because of overzealous archaeological digging in the early. We will
Lunch near Inverness
before we make the long trek back home. You can find some dinner on your own this evening in Pitlochry where there is so
many wonderful eateries that you will be spoilt for choice!
Overnight Pitlochry (B,L)

Day 10 -
This morning we make our way north from Pitlochry and to the Spittal of Glenshee at the entrance to the
Cairngorms National Park. We will drive through the spectacular Cairngorms on our way to the village of Braemar
and the Lovely Wee Braemar Castle. Seat of Clan Farquharson and former home to its chief Captain Alwyne
Farquharson
, this is a delightful wee fairytale castle managed by the Community of Braemar. Come inside and take a
peek at the
Victorian Kitchen, the Elegant Dining Room, Comfortable Drawing Room, Morning Room and the
Laird’s Bedroom,
with its handsome four poster bed and the secret corner that’s home to Long John Silver and his
creator
Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote "Treasure Island" right here in Braemar. This afternoon we journey
along Royal Deeside which takes in much of the
River Dee as we journey to our home at Maryculter. We will make a stop
in the delightful town of
Ballater on the way. Dinner and Overnight Maryculter. (B,D)

Day 11 -
This morning we make our way to my favourite Stone Circle anywhere in Scotland! It is situated on a farm just
outside of
Echt in Aberdeenshire. The stone circle remains today just as it looked over 4000 years ago and has not been
manicured or changed in any way! We then make our way into
Aberdeen, a port city built where the Dee and Don Rivers
meet the North Sea.
You can have a wee wander around the Granite City and find some lunch. We then make our way
south to
Dunnottar Castle, a spectacularly situated coastal castle with breathtaking views. This dramatic and evocative
ruined cliff top fortress was the home of the
Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in Scotland. Steeped in
history, this romantic and haunting ruin is a photographer’s paradise, a history lover’s dream and an iconic tourist destination
for visitors the world over.
Oliver Cromwell's Army laid siege to the castle in 1652, but The Honours of Scotland were
smuggled out of the castle and taken to
Kinneff Church, where they remained until the restoration of the monarchy in
1660.
Overnight Maryculter. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we start our journey south back to Edinburgh. Along the way we stop in the County of Angus
near
Montrose to visit the House of Dun. Designed with Georgian pride and baroque extravagance by renowned architect
William Adam, House of Dun is every bit the perfect 18th-Century Laird’s Home. Inside, admire the masterful
plasterwork, period furniture, embroideries and paintings. Outside, enjoy the meandering woodland walks and re-created
Victorian walled garden. We then make our way to
Scone Palace just outside of Perth where have Afternoon Tea before
a tour of the palace. Scone is home to the
Earls of Mansfield and as at one time the crowning place of Scottish Kings, the
Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland’s history. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the
rightful home of the celebrated
Stone of Scone, Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the
historic jewel in Scotland’s crown. We then get settled into our accommodation near Edinburgh before a
Farewell Dinner.
Overnight near Edinburgh Airport. (B,L,D)

Day 13- August 29th -  
Return to Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.