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.

$6495US per person double occupancy. $995US single. All singles filled!
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot.  Only 4 spots available.
"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 12th - 25th, 2020
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 at The Castle, The Trossachs and
Callander, Stirling and Stirling Castle, Doune Castle, Killin and Falls of Dochart, Glencoe,
Inverness and Loch Ness Cruise, Urquhart Castle, Clava Cairns, Highland Dancing and
the Beauly Firth and Glen Pipe Band, Banffshire and the Dolphin Coast, Puffin Cruise
Wildlife Trip, Culloden Battlefield, Elgin Cathedral, Lossiemouth and Moray Forth,
Dufftown and Glenfiddich Distillery, Royal Deeside, Braemar Castle and Cairngorms,
Pitlochry and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Blair Atholl and Blair Castle, Castle
Menzies, Perth and Scone Palace, Vintage Routemaster Bus Afternoon Tea, Edinburgh
Bus Tour and much more!
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Day 1 - August 12th - Arrive into Edinburgh International Airport and then make our way out of the city and to
Dunfermline Abbey on our way to Stirling and Stirlingshire. 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. William Wallace's
mother Margaret
is said to be buried here as well under an old Thorn Tree. We will stop at the Bluebell Tearoom in
Stirling for Lunch
before continuing 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 -
Today we will spend some time in The Trossachs, a region that has been named an area of outstanding
natural beauty and we will take in some of that beauty 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. Overnight Stirlingshire. (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. 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,L,D)

Day 4 -
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 Stuarts.
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 5 -
We make our way to Inverness, the Capitol of the Highlands today. 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 to
Drumnadrochit. Know only as 'Drum' to the locals, this is a delightful village where we will have a wee look around after
a visit to
Urquhart Castle just up the road. The magnificently situated castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, remains an
impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state. Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart’s remains include a tower
house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen. We will then visit
Corrimony Chambered
Cairn
before making our way to our accommodation in Inverness. Corrimony is another Clava style passage grave that is
unusually well preserved.
Dinner and Overnight Near Inverness. (B,D)

Day 6 -
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 we stop for lunch 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
return to Inverness where you will have some time to wander about before finding some dinner on your own.
Overnight
near Inverness. (B,L)

Day 7 -
Upon leaving Inverness behind we make our way to Nairn, an ancient fishing port and market town with
award winning beaches. From here we travel 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. We then 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. 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 we can
find some great ice cream before a stroll on the beach. We then make our way along the Moray Firth 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 for Afternoon Tea before
making our way further south through the
Spittal of Glenshee 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 continue to the lovely
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! You will have evening free to enjoy all the lovely shops and many
restaurants in Pitlochry.
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 10 -
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 wil tell us about their
fascinating life cycle, likes, dislikes, habits and personalities. This evening we will be out to
Dinner and then a
Performance at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre! 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
Scotland's Capitol City, Edinburgh. After arriving in Edinburgh we will combine 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! You will then have the
afternoon and evening free in the city.
Overnight near Edinburgh. (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 an 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 will
gather for a
Farewell Dinner followed by a Performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Overnight
near Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 13 - August 25th -
We return to the Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.
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