My Heart is in the Highlands
Romancing the Scottish Highlands with Pubs, Tearooms,
Castles 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, Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford,
Traquair House, 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, St.
Andrews and so much more!
We question each year whether we want to do this tour or not. We like to avoid Scotland during the summer holidays as the
crowds are unbearable and everything is so expensive. The rates in Edinburgh will double and triple for the month of August
and everywhere else will be close to double. Fuel costs are excessive and vehicle hire also doubles. All of this has to be
reflected in the tour cost. We try to only visit properties that we can book into so that we are not fighting crowds to get inside.
We unfortunately cannot book places like Stirling Castle and Culloden where the crowds are almost unbearable, yet we want
to include them and will do our best to make your visit a good one. The crowds in Glencoe are at their height as well as the
crowds in Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle. We do not include Edinburgh Castle into our itinerary as there can sometimes be
a 3 hour wait in line to get inside! Visiting Edinburgh for the Tattoo for most people is quite exhilarating with the crowds, the
Festival shows and all the excitement, but for those of us trying to get people to and from the show can be quite challenging!
Once we are seated, the show is always a highlight! Please keep all this in mind when booking this tour to avoid any
disappointment!

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.

$6195US per person. $1195US single supplement.
$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
Lunch at Hopetoun we visit 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. We then
get check ed into our accommodation in Edinburgh before a
Welcoming Dinner and 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. We will meet up for dinner and then go to a
Performance at Edinburgh Castle of the Royal Edinburgh
Military Tattoo. Dinner and Overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 3
- This morning will be spent seeing some lovely family homes in the Borders of Scotland including Sir Walter
Scott's Family Home, Abbotsford.
We will explore this historic house and discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects
and unusual artefacts which inspired Scott’s greatest poems and novels. We will learn about Scott’s life and achievements in
the exhibition and wander through the beautiful formal gardens and tranquil woodlands that wind along the
River Tweed.
We will have Afternoon Tea at Abbotsford before we visit Traquair House. Dating back to 1107, Traquair was
originally a hunting lodge for the
Kings and Queens of Scotland and later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror.
The
Stuarts of Traquair were strong supporters of Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite Cause without counting
the cost. Today
Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair lives with her family in the house. Dinner on your
own in Edinburgh.
Overnight Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 4 -
Today our first stop will be Stirling and 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. This afternoon we enjoy a lovely
Afternoon Tea before a visit to 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. Before finding our accommodation, we will stop at the
Kilmahog Woolen Mills for
some shopping and also to visit
Hamish Dhu and Honey, the resident Highland Cows. Overnight Stirling. (B,L,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we will spend some time exploring 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.
 We then stop at Kincardine for 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 return to
Stirling where you will be able to find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Stirling. (B,L)

Day 6 -
Much of today will be about spectacular scenery as we make our way north into the Trossachs on our way to
Glencoe. We will stop in Killin to see Falls of Dochart. A bridge crosses over the Dochart River just as you enter the
village of Killin giving a fabulous view of the falls as they cascade down over the rocks and around the
Island of Inchbuie,
which is the traditional burial place of the
MacNab Clan. If not the most impressive falls in Scotland there are easily the
most accessible. 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. Along the river Coe we find the Clachaig Inn
where you can get some lunch. After lunch we visit the site of the
Glencoe Massacre. 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!
Dinner and Overnight
near Glencoe. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning with make our way to Pitlochry with a few stops along the way with the first being Fort William,
the outdoor capitol of the UK. We will take some time in Fort William to wander through town and visit all the shops. Fort
William is also known for being at the base of the tallest peak in the UK,
Ben Nevis. On our way from Fort William we will
stop at the
Nevis Mountain Range Viewpoint before visiting the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill. Heading north this
morning our first stop will  After some time to walk the grounds we will make our way to  
Blair Atholl to visit Blair
Castle
. Before we take in the castle we will have Lunch at the Tullibardine Café at 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!
Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
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.
Afternoon Tea at Bunchrew House near Inverness
before we make the long trek back home. You will be our to dinner on your own in Pitlochry this evening. There are so many
wonderful eateries that you will be spoilt for choice!
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 9 -
This morning we will have a Highland Safari as we head into the hills to experience this Majestic Wilderness
and search for elusive the 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 an
experience that will take you higher into the
Perthshire Highlands than you ever imagined being! After our Safari we
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 you can find some lunch and then explore the many wonderful shops before dinner. After dinner we take in
a
Theatrical Performance at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Overnight Pitlochry. (B,D)

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. We will take Afternoon Tea
in Braemar
before making our way along the River Dee and to our home in Banchory. We will make a stop in the
delightful town of
Ballater on the way. Dinner and Overnight Banchory. (B,L,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 4,000 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. Dinner on your own in Banchory.
Overnight Banchory. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we start our journey south back to Edinburgh. Along the way we stop in the village of Glamis where
we find
Glamis Castle. The castle has been witness to a thousand years of history. Home to the Earls of Strathmore
and Kinghorn
e, setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth and beloved childhood home of the Queen Mother and birthplace
of
Princess Margaret. On a tour of the castle you will follow in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots, James V,
Bonnie Dundee, the Old Jacobite Pretender to the throne James VIII, the ill-fated Janet Douglas
and of
course tell the story of the bitter-sweet life of
Mary Eleanor Bowes. We then make our way to Scone Palace just outside
of
Perth. 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 30th -  
Return to Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.