My Heart is in the Highlands
Romancing the Scottish Highlands with Pubs, Tearooms,
Castles and Spectacular Scenery.
April 21st - May 3rd, 2019
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"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.
scottish highland tours, highlands of scotland 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.
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Highlights include -Hopetoun Stately House, Alloa Tower, the Trossachs and Callander,
Stirling and Stirling Castle, Doune Castle, Killin and Falls of Dochart, Glencoe, Fort
William, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness and a Loch Ness Cruise, Corrimony Chambered Cairn,
Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield, Elgin Cathedral, Lossiemouth and the Moray Forth,
Dufftown and Glenfiddich Distillery, Dunnottar Castle, Crathes Castle, Royal Deeside,
Braemar Castle and the Cairngorms, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and Blair Castle, Castle
Menzies, Perth and Scone Palace, St. Andrews Cathedral and Old Course, Edinburgh,
Edinburgh City Tour and 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.

$5495US per person. $995US single supplement.
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Day 1 - April 21st - Arrive into Edinburgh International, but 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 make our way to Alloa where we find 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.
Dinner and Overnight in Stirling. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
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)

Day 3 -
Much of today will be about spectacular scenery as we make our way further north into the Trossachs on our way to
Fort William. We will stop in Killin and the 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. Our journey then takes us through the striking mountains of
Glencoe on our way to the site of
the
Glencoe Massacre. The southern region is an assemblage of peaks, ridges and valleys where 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. We will stop at the Clachan Inn for Lunch before we visit the site of the 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! We then make our way to the lovely Highland village of Fort William for some time to look around before
settling into our accommodation just up the road.
Dinner and Overnight near Fort William. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
We make our way toward Inverness today as our journey takes us along Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the
Caledonia Canal System
as we make our way to Fort Augustus at the south end of Loch Ness. The Caledonian Canal
runs through the centre of Fort Augustus and it is constantly busy with boats of all types and sizes. We will spend some time
taking in the delights of Fort Augustus before we make our way further up the road to
Drumnadrochit nestled on the
shores of
Loch Ness. Know only as 'Drum' to the locals, this is a delightful village where we will have a wee look before
lunch. The highlight of our visit to Loch Ness will be a
Cruise on the Loch. Keep a sharp eye out for Nessie was we make
our way around the loch! We will then visit
Corrimony Chambered Cairn before making our way to our accommodation
near Inverness. Corrimony is a 4,000 year old Clava style passage grave that is unusually well preserved and holds a few
surprises!
Dinner and Overnight Near Inverness. (B,L,D)

Day 5 -
Our first stop this morning 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 on to Cawdor
for Lunch at the Cawdor Tavern
before a 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 20th century. We then
make our way along the
Moray Firth through Nairn to Forres where we stop to see Sueno's Stone, a Pictish Stone
that is the most remarkable sculptured monument in Britain.
Dinner and Overnight Moray Firth. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
This morning we visit Elgin Cathedral, the superb ruin of what was perhaps the most beautiful cathedral in
Scotland. Elgin Cathedral is Scotland's second largest cathedral behind St. Andrews and was known as
'The Lantern of the
North'.
If suffered many mishaps and then was rebuilt only to see the Reformation in the 1500's. Even in ruins, it is still one
of the most beautiful cathedrals in Scotland. We then make our way to
Lossiemouth, a lovely seaside town with an amazing
beach and wonderful ice cream. After a stroll on the beach we will have
Lunch in Lossiemouth. We then make our way to
Buckie to enjoy the famous
Moray Firth Dolphins, Wildlife and Stunning Coastal Scenery on a Moray Firth
Dolphin Marine Tour
where we may see various species of whale and a wide range sea birds and the dolphins regularly
seen showing off around the boat! We then make our way back to home where you can find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Moray Firth. (B,L)

Day 7
- No visit to the Highlands would be complete without a stop at Dufftown, the Whisky Capitol of Scotland! Set
in the heart of
Speyside in north eastern Scotland, Dufftown is situated on the banks of the rivers Fiddich and Dullan at
the foot of the
Conval Hills. While here we will visit the Dufftown Whisky Shop and take in the amazing selection of
singe malts! If you can't find it here, it is probably not available! While still in Dufftown we make our way to the
Glenfiddich Distillery for a tour and a taste. The distillery offers a unique combination of human craft and natural
alchemy. Neither their craft nor nature’s mysteries have changed in over a century! After our tour, we head east to
Huntly
Castle
in the village of Huntly. It is a magnificent ruin of a castle, from the 12th century motte to the palace block erected
in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Gordon family. The architectural details and heraldic enrichments are particularly
impressive. We will also stop at my favourite stone circle in Scotland before we
Stop for Afternoon Tea. We then make
our way along the
River Dee to Royal Deeside. Overnight Banchory. (B,L)

Day 8 -
This morning we make our way to Stonehaven to visit Dunnottar Castle, a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff
top fortress which 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 and a history lover’s dream. This impregnable fortress
holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past including hiding out the
Honours of Scotland (The Scottish Crown
Jewels).
We then stop in Stonehaven for a wee wander and for you to find some lunch. This afternoon we visit Crathes
Castle, a magnificent 16th-century tower house with intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings.
Highlights include the
Horn of Leys, given to the Burnett Family in the 14th century by King Robert the Bruce. The
grounds are spectacular and the way marked trails along the
Coy Burn is home to buzzards, herons and kingfishers. We
then make our way back home to Banchory for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Banchory. (B,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we make our way further along Royal Deeside with a few stops along the way including Ballater.
We then stop in Braemar to visit Braemar Castle, the seat of Clan Farquharson and former home to its chief Captain
Alwyne Farquharson.
Come inside and take a peek at the Victorian Kitchen, the "pit", once prison for 17 Cameron
rebels, the
Elegant Dining Room with its 200 year old grandfather clock and climb the stone turnpike stairs to the
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 then make our way through the
Cairngorms down through the Spittal of Glenshee to the
lovely
Highland Village of Pitlochry. You will have evening free to enjoy all the lovely shops and many fine restaurants
in Pitlochry.
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 10 -
After breakfast we will drive to The Queen's View named after Robert The Bruce's wife Isabel but made
popular by Queen Victoria. This is one of the most breathtaking sights in Scotland and will become a favorite of yours. Next
we visit
Castle Menzies, a fine 16th century mansion house visited by Bonny Prince Charlie on his way to Culloden
in 1746.
This spectacular sixteenth century castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society was the seat of the Chiefs of Clan
Menzies for over 400 years and importantly situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the Highlands
Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid example of the transition between earlier rugged fortress and later mansion house.
This afternoon we
Lunch in a Local Tearoom before we visit Blair Atholl and Blair 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. Dinner
and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
This morning we leave the Highlands behind on the way to Perth and Scone Palace, the home of the Earls
of Mansfield.
Once the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone 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 make our
way to
St. Andrews, Scotland's Home of Golf.  Once in St. Andrews, sightseeing will include St. Andrews Cathedral.
The Cathedral dates from around 1160, and was consecrated in the presence of
King Robert the Bruce in July 1318. We
will also visit the
Old Course and have some free time to investigate St. Andrews before heading to our accommodation in
Edinburgh. The evening is free for exploring Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the many eateries to be found in the
capitol city.
Overnight Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 12 -
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.
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. This evening we gather
for
Farewell Dinner. Dinner and Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 13 - May 3rd -
We return to the Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.