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A Scottish Journey: Edinburgh to Edinburgh

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,014

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.


Join one of our unique small group Back Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. 

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.

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
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,014

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Day 1

Edinburgh - St Andrews - Ballater

After meeting in Edinburgh, we'll board the mini-coach and take to the scenic route. Now, the journey begins! After travelling past towering mountains and tiny East Neuk fishing villages, we'll reach St Andrews: a tiny town with a big reputation for world-class golf.

Later today, we'll check into our accommodation near the beautiful village of Ballater - where we'll enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Loch Kinord Hotel

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    Loch Kinord Hotel



    Loch Kinord Hotel is a delightful little country inn style Scottish hotel, 5 miles from Ballater and Aboyne in glorious Royal Deeside. We welcome our guests with personalised, caring service, and offer quietly elegant rooms and guest suites with an intimate atmosphere. With only 22 ...

    Loch Kinord Hotel is a delightful little country inn style Scottish hotel, 5 miles from Ballater and Aboyne in glorious Royal Deeside. We welcome our guests with personalised, caring service, and offer quietly elegant rooms and guest suites with an intimate atmosphere. With only 22 rooms and suites at one of the most family friendly and pet friendly Ballater hotels, we provide individualised attention, a "home away from home" for our guests and service tailored to their needs. Spacious, and stylishly designed, our uniquely crafted Royal Deeside hideaway seamlessly blends upscale tranquillity with affordable charm and understated luxury. Characterful hotel accommodation in Royal Deeside, just perfect for business, leisure breaks or weekend breaks - or long term stay in Aberdeenshire.

    Facilities

    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 2

Ballater - Crathes Castle - Ballater

Get ready to dive into some truly authentic Scottish experiences today. First, we'll visit the grand Crathes Castle - where we'll learn more about its fascinating history (and pay a visit to the glorious gardens) on a guided tour.

Then: we'll take a tour of the Aberdeenshire Highland Beef farm, where we'll receive a traditional piper welcome, meet the famous Highland cattle and enjoy a premium beef tasting lunch.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Ballater - Cairngorms National Park - Culloden - Inverness

Our day will begin in dramatic fashion as we travel through the awe-inspiring scenery of Cairngorms National Park on the way to the atmospheric Culloden Battlefield - where we'll immerse ourselves in history at the Visitor Centre.

Our final stop of the day will be Inverness, the welcoming capital of the Highlands.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Kingsmills Hotel

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    Kingsmills Hotel



    The Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury hotel in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Offering extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining and old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all our guests, The Kingsmills is Inverness' leading hotel. Guests can choose one of the 134 spacious bedrooms, many of which have ...

    The Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury hotel in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Offering extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining and old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all our guests, The Kingsmills is Inverness' leading hotel. Guests can choose one of the 134 spacious bedrooms, many of which have stunning views of the gardens and the adjacent Inverness Golf Club Course via private balconies. Rooms can be located in the 18th Century mansion house hotel while those looking for a special getaway can enjoy a stay in the exclusive Kingsclub within the grounds.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Inverness

After this morning's walking tour, the city is your oyster. Visit Inverness Castle and Cathedral, explore the charming Victorian Market or simply hunt down a good pub to relax in. What you do today is completely up to you!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Inverness - Plockton - Isle of Skye

First today: a visit to the quaint village of Plockton, where painted cottages cluster around a picturesque bay. After working up an appetite strolling the harbour and observing the yachts, we'll move on to Kyle of Lochalsh for a sumptuous seafood lunch.

Today's final destination will be the Isle of Skye: our home for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Sligachan Hotel

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    Sligachan Hotel



    The dramatic and inspiring setting enjoyed by The Sligachan Hotel has been admired by many for generations. Nestled amongst the Red and Black Cuillins, with the sparkling waters of Loch Sligachan to it's front, the hotel has served mountaineers, walkers and lovers of the wild ...

    The dramatic and inspiring setting enjoyed by The Sligachan Hotel has been admired by many for generations. Nestled amongst the Red and Black Cuillins, with the sparkling waters of Loch Sligachan to it's front, the hotel has served mountaineers, walkers and lovers of the wild Highland scenery since 1830. Not only a great spot for climbers, the Hotel is located at an important crossroads in the centre of the Island, offering a great opportunity to maximise sightseeing on Skye.

    Facilities

    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

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, we'll discover the island's unique geology, including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Isle of Skye - Isle of Mull

Today, we'll continue our journey through soul-stirring Scottish scenery before taking a short ferry ride over to the breathtaking Isle of Mull. Here, the evening will be yours to spend as you please.

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Duration2 Nights
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Western Isles Hotel

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    Western Isles Hotel



    The 26-bedroom Western Isles Hotel is beautifully situated on the Isle of Mull on a small hill overlooking the Tobermory Bay. The views are spectacular from the public rooms and many of the bedrooms. Tobermory Bay is a working harbour with ships and boats coming ...

    The 26-bedroom Western Isles Hotel is beautifully situated on the Isle of Mull on a small hill overlooking the Tobermory Bay. The views are spectacular from the public rooms and many of the bedrooms. Tobermory Bay is a working harbour with ships and boats coming in and out every day of the year. This is the perfect base for a West Coast holiday and the opportunity to sample the unspoilt nature of the Isle of Mull. The Hotel was designed and built specifically as a hotel in 1882. As it is late-Victorian many of the rooms are spacious with high ceilings, but there is no lift.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Isle of Mull - Isle of Iona - Isle of Mull

First today, we'll embark on a tour of the grand staterooms and empty dungeons of the imposing Duart Castle - the oldest inhabited castle on the island. Then: the best way to see the Hebrides is by island hopping - and this afternoon, we'll do just that. From Mull's little village of Fionnphort, we'll set sail to Iona: where the Abbey and Nunnery await us.

After a busy day, we'll return to our hotel on Mull to share a final dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Isle of Mull - Stirling - Edinburgh

Back to the mainland we go. It's been a tour that's delved deep into Scotland's heritage, so it's only right that we finish with a stop in historic Stirling - where a drive through the Old Town will bring us to the magnificent hilltop castle, one of Scotland's most impressive and significant monuments. What better way to round off our tour before returning to Edinburgh?

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DEPARTURES:

2019:  Aug 4, 8, 13, 15, 18, 22, 26, 29, 31; Sep 2, 5, 8, 12, 17, 22, 24, 26, 29; Oct 6, 10

2020: May 3, 5, 9, 11, 19, 21, 28, 30; Jun 1, 3, 5, 12, 19, 26, 28, 30; Jul 5, 7, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22, 24; Aug 7, 12, 14, 19, 25, 27, 29, 31; 2, 8, 10, 15, 18, 22, 24, 27, 29; Oct 1, 3

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.

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