A Romancing the Highlands Taste of Scotland Tour!
With Whisky, Chocolate, Fudge, Ice cream, Pubs, Shortbread & Afternoon Tea.
Along with Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Castles, Cathedrals, Culloden,
Hogwarts Express, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and a Highland Safari.
August 11th - 26th, 2022
A real taste of Scotland with some of my favourite stops! I want everyone to experience
Scotland in just this way and I am sure that if I take everyone to my favourite places
that they will become their favourites too! So along with some of my favourite places to
stop for whisky, chocolate, fudge, shortbread, ice cream and afternoon tea. I have
included historical stops along with spectacular countryside and scenery to take in every
essence of this wild, historic and romantic country. These are some of the best tastes in
Scotland! My goal on every trip to Scotland, is for those we take with us to fall in love
with Scotland and love it just as much! Come fall in love" - Shannon McDonald Tate.
This is a small group 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 - Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Hopetoun House, Alloa Tower,
Stirling Castle, Scone Palace, a Highland Safari, Iain Burnett the Highland
Chocolatier, Dalwhinnie Distillery and Dalwhinnie Chocolate and Whisky Pairing,
House of Bruar, Blair Castle, Glen Lyon, Fortingall Yew, Kinnloch Rannoch, Road to
the Isles. Hogwarts Express, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Lossiemouth, Elgin
Cathedral, Johnstons Cashmere, Delgatie Castle, Huntly Castle, Royal Deeside,
Fraser Castle, Taste of Aberdeen City Tour, The Chocolate Bar, Dunnottar Caste,
Arbroath Abbey,  Edinburgh's Georgian House, Scottish Kelpies, Stirling Castle,
Edinburgh Chocolate Experience and 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.
$7795US per person. $1295US single supplement. $500 deposit to book.
Only 2 Spots Available!
Pre Tour - August 10th - Arrive a day early into Edinburgh International Airport and make your way to our
airport accommodation. Spend the day getting over jet lag, rest up and get adjusted to the time change. The tour will start
from the accommodation the following morning.

Day 1 - August 11th. This morning you will be met at the accommodation at Edinburgh International Airport and
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. (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 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 3 -
This morning we make our way to the Highlands Village of Pitlochry with a few stops along the way. The
first stop will be
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 making our way further up
the road to the delightful village of
Dunkeld which sits upon the banks of the River Tay where you can walk along a
variety of specialist shops or take a walk down by the river, which provides excellent views of
Thomas Telford's
Dunkeld Bridge
. From here it is just a short way to our accommodation in Pitlochry where we get settled in before
dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
This morning we will join Highland Safaris as we climb aboard our Land Rover complete with Kilted Guide
and journey to the high tops through a land sculptured by the elements and steeped in history, culture, nature,
and breathtaking views with no shortage of photo opportunities. We may even be lucky enough to see the
Majestic Red
Deer, the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare or the soaring Golden Eagle
as we travel through
forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks. Our safari includes
Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Tea, a Dram of
Dewars Whisky with Shortbread in their Mountain Bothy
. When we return from our safari we will have Lunch in
the Café
and look through the shop before we experience a Red Deer and Barn Owl Encounter where we come face to
face with Britain’s largest native land mammal – the majestic Red Deer and meet and encounter their tame Barn Owl in a
hands on demonstration. On our way home we stop at
Grandtully and the Legends of Grandtully, home to Iain
Burnett, the Highland Chocolatie
r for a Flights of Chocolate Experience! Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 5 -
This morning we head toward my favorite Glen in all of Scotland, Glen Lyon. On the way, we will stop in
Fortingall to see the Fortingall Yew
standing next to the wee church there. The yew tree which grows there has been
estimated to be 5,000 years old and is the oldest living organism in Britain and possibly the world. The churchyard also has
grave slabs and incised crosses that are hundreds of years old. The drive through Glen Lyon is mystical and magical with
wee villages and breathtaking scenery around every turn. We then head north to the
Spectacular Loch Rannoch and
along the loch to
Kinloch Rannoch where we Stop for Afternoon Tea. 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. We are out to the
Pitlochry Festival Theatre this
evening for a local performance.
Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
This morning as we head toward Fort William with a few stops along the way. The first stop is Blair Castle at
Blair Atholl,
ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Blair Castle is set in extensive parklands, including the recently
restored
Hercules Garden and Diana's Grove, and with 725 years of history and over 30 rooms open to the public, an
absolute delight to explore! We will have a guided tour of the castle and then you will have some time on your own in the
castle and on the grounds before we gather for a
Traditional Highland Afternoon Tea nearby. We then make our way
further north to the village of
Dalwhinnie and 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 sample of their single malt whiskies
paired with specially selected
Handmade Highland Chocolates! Then on to Fort William where we get settled into
our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Fort William. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
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 19, 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 8 -
This morning we make our way up the coast of Loch Ness on our way to Inverness. We will make some stops
along the way including
Fort Augustus before making our way 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 on to 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.
The actual remains of those buried within the cairns no longer survive because of overzealous archaeological digging in the
early 20th century.
Dinner and Overnight Inverness. (B,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we will at Forres where we stop to see the Sueno's Stone, a Pictish Stone that is the most
remarkable sculptured monument in Britain. It stands over 20 feet high and dates to the end of the first millennium AD.
Next 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 visit the
Johnstons of Elgin, with a 220 year-old story of Scottish
innovation and luxury, celebrating the skills of our Scottish Craftspeople and generations of herding communities from
Mongolia, Afghanistan and Peru, and of natural fibres reaching their full potential. Before our visit we have
Afternoon Tea at the Ditsy Teacup in Elgin before we drive a bit further up the road to Lossiemouth on the Moray
Firth. This is a lovely seaside village where we can find some
Great Ice Cream before a stroll on the beach. Dinner and
Overnight Macduff. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
This morning 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. Now it is time for more shortbread as we make
our way to
Dean's of Huntly. Here you will find Dean’s extensive range of melt in the mouth Shortbread and Biscuits
along with a wide range of quality gifts including
Jewellery, Handbags and Gifts for the Home and a selection of
Premium Food and Drink Products. This afternoon we have a tour of GlenDronach Distillery, nestled in the valley
of
Forgue, deep in the East Highland Hills, is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, creating the finest richly-sherried
Single Malts for nearly 200 years. Next we visit Delgatie Castle where we will have a Vintage Afternoon Tea in
the Laird's Castle Kitchen
followed by a tour of the castle. Most recently the home of the late Captain John Hay of
Delgatie, Feudal Baron
and built around 1049 the Castle has largely been in the Hay family for the last 650 years. It
was taken from the
Earl of Buchan after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, when King Robert the Bruce routed
the invading English army.
Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Delgatie for three days after the Battle of Corrachie in
1562.
Dinner on your own in Macduff.  Overnight Macduff. (B,L)

Day 11 -
This morning we make our way south and to Castle Fraser and Gardens, one of Scotland’s largest tower
houses, with an impressive portrait collection. Home of the
Fraser Family for more than 400 years, the castle is filled
with family portraits, ornaments and mementos – all of which have their own colourful stories to tell about the lairds.
The traditional walled garden includes specimen trees, herbaceous borders, a medicinal border and organically grown
fruit and vegetables. From the striking simplicity of the
Medieval Great Hall to the well-stocked library and Victorian
Bedrooms
, a guided tour of the castle gives a sense of walking through history. Each laird stamped his personality on the
family seat, from the various ways of spying on those in the Great Hall to trophies gathered on global adventures. After a
tour of the castle we then make our way into
Aberdeen for a Taste of Aberdeen Walking Tour. On the tour we will
see
Architectural and Cultural Highlights, as well as Tasting Regional Foods. Sample local delicacies, sweet
treats, and snacks from different cafes and eateries.
Dinner and Overnight near Aberdeen. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
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 back 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 near Aberdeen. (B,L)

Day 13 -
This morning we make our way to Edinburgh with a few stops along the way. Our first stop is Arbroath and
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. Next we make our way to
Perth and Scone Palace where we will have Afternoon Tea before
a tour of the palace. Scone is 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 you will want to visit the gardens before continuing on to
Scotland's Capitol City. Once
in Edinburgh, the evening is free for exploring
Princes Street and the Royal Mile where you can find some dinner on
your own.
Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 14 -
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 is free to take in more of Edinburgh's delights.
Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 15 -
Today will be spent in the Capitol City on a Sweet Indulgence Spree! Our first stop will be the Royal Mile
and the
Fudge House where every one of their twenty-seven fabulous flavours is made by hand in the shop. From
Classic Creamy Vanilla and Sophisticated Dark Chocolate to Fruity Strawberry and Authentic Italian
Nougat
, their fudge is made to a traditional recipe right here on the Royal Mile. Then we take Afternoon Tea at
Brewhemia
showcasing everything that makes Scottish Cuisine so amazing! After tea we venture to Chocolatarium,
the Edinburgh Chocolate Experience.
We will have a Chocolate Tour and then join a Chocolate Making
Workshop
. Finally we have a Chocolate Tasting Experience with tastes from a huge range of international and
Scottish chocolate from around the country. Includes
Whisky, Haggis and a delicious Scots Pine flavours. Farewell
Dinner
followed by Scottish Entertainment at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - August 26th -
This morning we return you to Edinburgh International Airport for your journey home.
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