My Heart is in the Highlands
Romancing the Scottish Highlands with
Pubs, Tearooms and Castles.
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 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 - The Trossachs and Callander, Stirling and Stirling Castle, Doune
Castle, Killin and Falls of Dochart, Glencoe and Glencoe Massacre Site, Rannoch Moor,
Fort Augustus, Loch Ness and a Loch Ness Cruise, the Clava Cairns, Inverness, Culloden
Battlefield, Elgin Cathedral, Johnstons Cashmere of Elgin, Lossiemouth and the Moray
Forth, Huntly Castle, Braemar Castle, Royal Deeside, Braemar Castle and Cairngorms,
Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and Blair Castle, Castle Menzies, Perth and Scone Palace, St.
Andrews Clubhousl and Old Course, Pittenweem Chocolate Shop, Dunfermline Abbey,
Edinburgh Bus 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.

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Day 1 - April 21st - Arrive into Edinburgh International Airport and our first stop will be 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 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 make our way to our home in Stirling for the next 2 nights.
Dinner and Overnight
Stirling. (L,D)

Day 2 -
Today our first stop will be 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. A recent 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 in Stirling 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 which rise up above the peat
hags and scattered lochans of
Rannoch Moor. We will stop at the Clachaig 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 Fort William. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
This morning we our way north to the Moray Firth. 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. The Caledonian
Canal runs through the centre of Fort Augustus and it is constantly busy with boats of all types and sizes. 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 along the much less traveled but farm more
spectacular east side of Loch Ness. We will make our way through
Foyers, Inverfarigaig and then stop alongside the loch
in
Dores for an up close look at this magical loch. We then make our way to 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.
Dinner and Overnight near Inverness. (B,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. On the
way home we will stop in
Nairn, an ancient fishing port with beautiful beaches. Once back in Forres you can find some
dinner on your own.
Overnight near Inverness. (B,L,)

Day 6 -
First thing 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 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. After 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. We
then make our way to
Huntly to get settled in before dinner. Dinner and Overnight Moray Firth. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
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
make our way to back to Huntly where you can find some dinner.
Overnight Moray Firth. (B,L)

Day 8 -
This morning we visit Huntly Castle, 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 find some lunch. We then make
our way along the
River Dee to Royal Deeside on our way to Braemar and 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 "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 9 -
After breakfast we will drive to Aberfeldy and then Weem to 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. Then back home to Pitlochry before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight
Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
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. You will want to visit the
Grounds
and Gardens
as well. We then make our way to St. Andrews where you can find some lunch before we visit the Old
Course, the Links Clubhouse
and wander this lovely town with its beautiful university, golf courses and lovely shops all
throughout. We then make our way to our accommodation just a little further up the road where we find dinner waiting for
us.
Dinner and Overnight Anstruther, Kingdom of Fife. (B,D)

Day 11 -
We will take in a few of the lovely coastal villages of the East Neuk of Fife on our way to Edinburgh this
morning. We will stop in
Pittenweem to visit the Pittenweem Chocolate Shop and also St. Monan's Kirk. St.Monan
was an
Irish Missionary who, around 832, lived in a cell close to where a burn meets the sea and just by the present site
of the
Old Kirk which dates back to 1265. We will stop for Afternoon Tea before we visit Dunfermline Abbey in
Dunfermline.
Dunfermline Abbey was founded about 1070 by Queen Margaret, wife of Malcolm Canmore. Margaret
was made a saint, and she and Malcolm were buried here.
Robert the Bruce's body (apart from his heart, which is at
Melrose) is buried here as well. The evening is free for exploring
Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the many eateries to
be found in the capitol city.
Overnight Edinburh. (B,L)

Day 12 -
Today will be mostly 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
a
Farewell Dinner. Dinner and Overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)

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