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.

$6295US per person double occupancy. $1195US single supplement.
$500 per person deposit to reserve. Please read terms and conditions.
"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.
My Heart is in the Highlands
Romancing the Scottish Highlands
with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Castles and Tearooms.
royal edinburgh military tattoo, small group scotland tour
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 - Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh's Georgian House,
Hopetoun House, Alloa Tower, The Trossachs,  Stirling and Stirling Castle, Doune Castle,
Killin and Falls of Dochart, Glencoe Massacre, the Road to the Isles, the Jacobite Steam
Train, Mallaig, Clava Cairns, Banffshire and the Dolphin Coast, Puffin Cruise Wildlife
Trip, Culloden Battlefield, Elgin Cathedral, Johnstons Cashmere, Lossiemouth and
Moray Firth, Huntley Castle, Royal Deeside, Braemar Castle and Cairngorms, Pitlochry
and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Blair Atholl and Blair Castle, A Highlands of
Perthshire Wildlife Safari, Perth and Scone Palace, Linlithgow Palace, and much more!
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Day 1 - Today you will be met at Edinburgh Airport and we will spend the day taking in the lovely city of Edinburgh. 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. After a tour of the house we pop into the
award winning
Eteaket in Edinburgh for their Famous Afternoon Tea!  The rest of the afternoon free to take in
more of Edinburgh's delights before we gather for a
Welcoming Dinner and then a performance of the Royal
Edinburgh Military Tattoo! Dinner and Overnight  Edinburgh. (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning our first stop 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 we have
Afternoon Tea at the Stables Tearoom
at Hopetoun
we continue on 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 we are guided through 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
Stirlingshire. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
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 returning to 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
. Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight Stirlingshire. (B,L)

Day 4 -
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 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 some time to look around before
settling into our accommodation just up the road.
Dinner and Overnight near Fort William. (B,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we will take in the "Road to the Isles" with a stop at Glenfinnan which sits at the head of
mysterious and beautiful
Loch Shiel and is at the crossroads of four steep sided Glens. It was here that Prince Charles
Edward Stuart or 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'
as he came to be known, called for the local clansmen to assemble in
August 1745 and raised the standard proclaiming the throne of Great Britain to rightfully belong to his family, the
Stewarts. We will make a few more stops along the way at the picturesque
Lochailort, Arisaig and Morar before
ending up in
Mallaig for Lunch. Mallaig is a busy fishing port and ferry terminal with services to Skye and the Small
Isles.  Then you will board the
Jacobite Steam Train(also known as the Hogwart's Express) for the journey back
to Fort William. The train crosses the 21-arched
Glenfinnan Viaduct (a location made famous in the Harry Potter
films) which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. Once back in Fort William you will have some time to look
around and then find some dinner on your own.
Overnight near Fort William. (B,L)

Day 6 -
This morning our journey will take 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. While in Fort Augustus we will take an hour long
Cruise on the Loch for a possible Nessie Sighting and then will take some time in Fort Augustus for you to find some
lunch before making our way further 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. We will find out why this battle that lasted only one hour changed the way of life of the
Highlands forever. Then we stop at then 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 to our accommodation in
Morayshire where we get settled into our accommodation before we gather for
dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near Inverness. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way to Elgin for a visit to 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 will also visit
Johnstons of
Elgin Cashmere Centre.
Johnstons has been creating the finest woollen and cashmere cloth, clothing and accessories
since 1797revealing a 222-year-old story of
Scottish Innovation and Luxury, celebrating the skills of their own
craftspeople and generations of herding communities from
Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Australia and Peru, and
of natural fibres reaching their full potential. After
Afternoon Tea at the Ditsy Teacup we drive a bit further up the
road to
Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth. This is a lovely seaside village where you can find some great ice cream
before a stroll on the beach. We then make our way to our accommodation.
Overnight Morayshire. (B,L)

Day 8 -
This morning we take in Banffshire and the Dolphin Coast. The Banffshire Coastline is a place of undisturbed
natural beauty where dolphins, gannets, porpoises, puffins, and the occasional whale, make their home. We will explore the
coastline taking in
Buckie, Findochty, Portknockie, Cullen, Portsoy, Banff and Macduff. We will stop for lunch
along the way and then board a
Puffin Cruises Wildlife Trip. On these trips you often see Bottlenose Dolphins,
Seals and Harbour Porpoise and sometimes Minke Whale
. The bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth are the
most northerly resident group of bottlenose dolphins in the world and a vital part of Scotland’s natural heritage. On the 3
hour birdwatching trip we will sail to
Troup Head which is home to 4,000 plus gannets and is the only Gannet Colony
in mainland Scotland. In Summer, approximately
22,000 Guillemots, 2,000 Razorbills, 15,000 pairs of
Kittiwakes and 2,000 pairs of Fulmars
are present along with smaller numbers of puffins and shags as well as seals.
We then return to our accommodation for dinner.
Overnight Morayshire. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
Today as we head south we stop in Huntly to visit Huntly Castle. 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. This afternoon we travel alongside
Royal Deeside with
stops in the towns of
Banchory and Ballater and then a stop at 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" here. We then make our way to our favourite Highland Village of Pitlochry. This is one of our
very favourite places and we are sure that you will fall in love with it as much as we have! We will get settled into our
accommodation before you have a chance to find some dinner.
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 10 -
This morning we make our way to 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. This fully furnished
castle is a delight to wander through as is
Hercules Garden and Diana's Grove! We then visit House of Bruar,
home of
Scottish Country Clothing with an extensive range of high quality products in both the Men’s and Ladies
Clothing Halls.
You can also find the Finest Country Fayre  of Traditional Scottish Food and Drink in the
Food Halls and Delicatessen
. It also houses the largest collection of Cashmere in the UK. The Country Living
Shop
carries plenty of choice for decorating your home, or even the perfect gift. You can also take a stroll through the Art
Gallery
, where work is displayed from up and coming artists who have a firm interest in Scottish wildlife and scenery
within their art. This evening we will be out to
Dinner and then a Performance at the Pitlochry Festival
Theatre! Dinner Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
After breakfast we will enjoy a Highland Wildlife Safari. We will head high into the hills of Highland
Perthshire
to witness one of the most dramatic outdoor experiences in Scotland at this time of year. We may even
be lucky enough to witness some of the other Highland Wildlife such as the
Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain
Hare
and the soaring Golden Eagle. We will Lunch at the Highland Centre before taking in the Red Deer Centre,
where we meet and encounter their
Barn Owl in a hands-on demonstration learning the secrets of this captivating
phantom bird of the night time. We will also have a
Red Deer Encounter where you can stroke, feed and photograph
these magnificent and iconic animals in the company of their knowledgeable
Safari Ranger who will tell us about their
fascinating life cycle, likes, dislikes, habits and personalities. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free in Pitlochry
where you will find an abundance of
Lovely Shops including the Heathergems Factory and Showroom, many Fine
Eateries
and beautiful walks through the village and alongside the river. Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 12 -
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 will take
Afternoon Tea at Scone Palace before we 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 journey to our accommodation just outside of
Edinburgh for a Farewell Dinner and our last evening together!
Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,L,D)

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