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A Scottish Journey: Back Roads: Edinburgh to Edinburgh

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,039

With so much to offer beyond the two major cities, this Scotland Back Roads small group tour immerses you all that’s great about this beautiful and unique country. Discover historic castles, murky lochs, and the Isle of Skye before you return to Edinburgh.


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This 8-day Scotland tour takes in the best of the countryside on a round trip from Edinburgh, and is ideal for travellers wanting to experience the Highlands in detail.

Set out for the fishing villages of East Neuk on your way to St Andrews. Here, the cobblestone streets offer just a glimpse of historic sites to come. The first major one of these is Cawdor Castle, dating back to the 14th century. You’ll explore the castle and gardens, then delve even further into the past at Clava Cairns, a 4,000 year old burial site. Relive the battle of Culloden at the local museum, then settle overnight at Inverness.

A trip to the Kiltmaker Visitor Centre offers you a keen insight into the humble tartan’s proud history. Nearby of course is Loch Ness, Britain’s largest body of water, and home to the namesake Monster. Visit Plockton en route to the Isle of Skye, home to a blend of wildlife and geological formations. Cap off your sightseeing with a whisky tasting at Portree.

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Pass through the dramatic scenery of the Highlands, including towering Ben Nevis, as you make your way to Glenfinnan and Fort William. Then catch your ferry to the Isle of Mull, famed for its red granite landscapes and clifftop Duart Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Another short ferry ride takes you to Iona, home to historic Iona Abbey and Nunnery.

Return to the mainland and go on to Stirling, where the Scottish Wars of Independence were fought. Explore the castle and historic town centre before returning to Edinburgh for departure.


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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,039

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Day 1

Edinburgh - St Andrews - Ballater

Old seafaring villages, mysterious ruins and a royal love story will welcome you to Scotland. You'll begin by travelling past towering mountains and East Neuk fishing villages before arriving in St Andrews, a tiny town with a big reputation for world-class golf. Your day will end with a delicious welcome dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Ballater - Cairngorms National Park - Culloden - Inverness

Your day will begin in dramatic fashion as you travel through the awe-inspiring scenery of Cairngorms National Park on the way to the historic tombs of Clava Cairns. After exploring the Visitor Centre at the Culloden Battlefield, the final stop of the day will be Inverness, the heart of the Highlands.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

Inverness

This morning, you'll embark on a walking tour of Inverness. Then, te rest of the day is yours to enjoy.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Inverness - Loch Ness - Plockton - Isle of Skye

First today: a short stop at Loch Ness. Your pre-lunch entertainment will come in the form of a visit to Plockton, where painted cottages cluster around a little harbour. With your appetite for the outdoors whetted, you'll sit down to a seafood lunch. Today's final drive is to the Isle of Skye, where you'll stay for two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Isle of Skye

Sensational landscapes, rare wildlife and imagination-firing history -- the Isle of Skye delivers on every level. This is North Highland scenery on a grand scale! While here, you'll immerse yourself in the island's unique geology, including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Isle of Skye - Fort William - Isle of Mull

Continuing your journey through soul-stirring Scottish scenery, you'll pass Fort William -- a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Next, there's a short ferry ride over to the Isle of Mull.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Isle of Mull - Isle of Iona - Isle of Mull

The best way to see the Hebrides is by island hopping. Today, you'll do just that. From Mull's little village of Fionnphort, you'll set sail to Iona, where you'll wander to Iona Abbey and Nunnery. When you return to Mull, you'll pop your history hat on and peek inside Duart Castle, which offers grand staterooms and empty dungeons. This craggy fortress, clinging to a coastal cliff, is the oldest inhabited castle on the island. Later, you'll return to the hotel to share a final group dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Isle of Mull - Stirling - Edinburgh

Taking to the sea once again, you'll return to the mainland. It's been a tour that's delved deep into Scotland's heritage, so it's only right that you finish with a stop in Stirling. A drive through the Old Town will bring you to the magnificent hilltop castle. As one of Scotland's most impressive and important monuments, it's the perfect way to round off your tour before making your way back to Edinburgh.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Mar 17; Apr 2, 11, 24, 29; May 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29: Jun 2, 6, 9, 13, 17,
20, 23, 27; Jul 2, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 29; Aug 4, 8, 13, 15, 18, 22, 26, 29, 31;
Sep 2, 5, 8, 12, 17, 22, 24, 26, 29; Oct 6, 10

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 4 evening meals
  • A seafood lunch experience
  • Ferries to Mull and Iona
  • Entrance fees (Cawdor Castle, Culloden Museum, Iona Abbey, Duart Castle and Stirling Castle)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights, items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour

OTHER INFORMATION:

Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

TB BACKROAEDI19SGCAD: SHF
10 Oct 2019
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