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.

$7495US per person double occupancy. $1195US single. $500 per person
deposit to reserve your spot.
"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, Pubs, Tearooms and Castles.
August 11th - 26th, 2022
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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 House, Alloa Tower, The Trossachs, Linlithgow Palace,
Scottish Kelpies Tour, Stirling and Stirling Castle, Doune Castle, Killin and Falls of Dochart,
Glencoe Massacre, Road to the Isles, Mallaig, Clava Cairns, Banffshire and the Dolphin
Coast, Puffin Cruise Wildlife Trip, Culloden Battlefield, Elgin Cathedral, Lossiemouth and
Moray Forth, Huntly Castle, Royal Deeside, Dunnottar Castle Castle and Cairngorms,
Arbroath Abbey, Glamis Castle, Pitlochry and Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and Blair Castle, A
Highlands of Perth Wildlife Safari, Perth and Scone Palace, Edinburgh Afternoon Tea,
Edinburgh Bus Tour and much more!
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Pre Tour - August 10th - Arrive into Edinburgh International Airport and spend the day at our airport accommodation
getting adjusted to the time change and resting up before the tour starts the following day.

Day 1 - August 11th - This morning we leave Edinburgh International behind after a brief orientation. 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
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
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.
Welcoming Dinner and Overnight Stirlingshire. (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning 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 stop for a Pub Lunch
in Linlithgow
before we make to near Falkirk and Helix Park 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 make our way back to Stirling and then to dinner.
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 tome 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 Morayshire. (B,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
Lunch 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 back to our accommodation.
Dinner and Overnight Morayshire. (B,L,D)

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
will take time for
Afternoon Tea before returning to our accommodation. Overnight Morayshire. (B,L)

Day 9 -
Today as we head south we make our way 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 and then make our way along the
River Dee to Royal Deeside with 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. Dinner and Overnight Royal Deeside. (B,D)

Day 10 -
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 before Afternoon Tea in the
City.
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 Royal Deeside. (B,L)

Day 11 -
We then make our way to the lovely Highland Village of Pitlochry with a few stops along the way. 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! Our first stop will be
in
Arbroath to visit Arbroath Abbey, founded by William the Lion in 1178, in memory of martyr Thomas
Becket
. Here we explore the origins of the most famous document in Scottish history – the Declaration of Arbroath.
Scotland’s nobles swore their independence from England in this letter to the Pope, sent from Arbroath Abbey in 1320.
The abbey remained one of the nation’s grandest monasteries for almost 400 years and much later, the
Stone of Destiny
had a starring role in Arbroath Abbey’s story. We will
Lunch in Arbroath before making our way to Glamis Castle,
the childhood home of
The Queen Mother and the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Home to the Earls
of Strathmore and Kinghorne
, Glamis Castle has witnessed over 600 years of history. Glamis is also reported to be
the most haunted castle in Scotland and is a true fairy tale castle! We then make our way to Pitlochry to get settled into our
accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
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.
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 13 -
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. Tonight we are out to the Pitlochry Festival
Theatre for an Evening Performance. Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
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 have a tour
of the castle and then you will want to take in the gardens before we take
Afternoon Tea at Scone Palace. After tea,
we make our way to
Scotland's Capitol City, Edinburgh. We will get checked into our accommodation and then take
some free time in the city to take in some of
Princes Street, the Royal Mile and find some dinner on your own. There
will be many things to do in the city with the
Fringe Festival, the world's largest arts festival taking place as well as the
Edinburgh International Festival. You will find many opportunities for grabbing a quick bite or to have a leisurely
dinner.
Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 15 -
Today we will spent 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 will have
Afternoon Tea on a Vintage Red Bus. Combining two
Quintessentially British Classics with an afternoon tea aboard a Vintage Routemaster Bus, touring around the
Scottish Capital. So whilst you are admiring the beautiful sites of Edinburgh city you can indulge in a gorgeous afternoon
tea!
 The rest of the afternoon free to take in more of Edinburgh's delights before we gather for the last time together for a
Farewell Dinner and an Evening at Edinburgh Castle for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo! Dinner
and Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - August 26th -
We return to the Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.