Romantic Scotland Tour - Best of Scotland in 10 nights

This tour takes in several significant regions of Scotlland, both the Highlands and the Lowlands over a 10 night duration. We've highlighted some of the attractions you will see but this is just a teaser of the full itinerary.

When is the best time to visit Scotland

The main touring season begins in April and ends in October, with the months of May through to September being High Season. Scotland is more seasonal than England and Ireland and weather in the Winter can be harsh with many hotels not operating and roads closing.

Day 1 - Welcome to Scotland.

Day 2 - Robert Burns Country.

Welcome to Scotland. Meet and greet in arrivals by your chauffeur driver and transfer to south to Glenapp Castle of Turnberry on the Ayrshire Coastline and Lowlands of Scotland. Enjoy the castle grounds and adjust to your new timezone.

Glenapp Castle Along the Ayrshire Coast

STAY - Glenapp Castle or Turnberry, Ayrshire Coastline.

Explore the Ayrshire Coastline and Robert Burns Country, taking a behind the scenes look at original manuscripts in the Robert Burns Museum with the curator before strolling across the Brig O Doon. For the avid golfer, Turnberry is one of the world's top championship Links courses and looks out over Ailsa Craig.

The Brig O Doon Robert Burns Country

STAY - Glenapp Castle or Turnberry, Ayrshire Coastline.

Day 3 - Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Day 4 - A Magnificent Journey on the Jacobite.

Travelling north into the lower Highlands this morning to Glencoe. We can take a short stop in Glasgow before contiuining to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs via Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. As they say "He who holds Stirling, holds Scotland!"

Trossachs National Park Some of Scotland's Munros

This morning we embark on a journey on the Jacobite Express, a steam train that is arguablly the most beautiful train journey in the world. Enjoy some afternoon tea nibbles on board before meeting your driver in Mallaig and taking a short ferry to Skye.

The Jacobite Express The most beautiful train journey in the world

STAY - Glencoe Housem, Glencoe or Inverlochy Castle, Fort William 

STAY - Top secret location on Skye

Day 5 - The Isle of Skye.

Day 6 - Eilean Donan and Loch Ness.

Explore  the Isle of Skye, noted for its crystal sand beaches that resemble the Carribbean and the impressive Cuillin Ridge mountains that can be seen from all over the island. We visit Dunvegan Castle, current residence to Clan Donald and the mystical fairy pools at the foothills of the ridge.

Dunvegan Castle Home to Clan MacCleod

Sadly leaving Skye we travel to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. Travelling by Eilean Donan Castle, the most photographed castle in the world before travelling along Loch Ness. Here we can take a boat cruise onto the loch or a speed boat for the more adventurous.

Eilean Donan Castle At the Meeting of the Waters

STAY - Top secret location on Skye

STAY - Culloden House, Inverness

Day 7 -The Heart of the Highlands.

Exploring Inverness and the surrounding areas. Enjoy a guided tour of the infamous Culloden Battlefields scene to the last Jacobite Rising and the historical Clava Cairns. Perhaps enjoy some shopping for cashmere in the Elgin Woolen Mills, home to the finest cashmere or enjoy some whisky tastings in Speyside.

The Culloden Battlefields Scene to the Jacobite Rising

Day 8 - Cairngorms National Park.

Travelling south to Edinburgh through the Cairngorms National Park, a plateaued set of munros and home to Royal Balmoral, the Queen's favourite homestead. Take part in a hawk walk before reaching the city and learn about the magnificent 'birds of prey'.

The Road Less Traveled Heart of the Highlands

STAY - Culloden House, Inverness

STAY - The Balmoral, Edinburgh  

Day 9 - The Royal Mile.

Enjoy a private walking tour of the city this morning with a light hearted guide, taking in Edinburgh Castle and other sights of interest. Get an insight into Edinburgh's dark and interesting interesing. Perhaps take a City of the Dead Tour this evening.

Edinbrugh Skyline The Perfect Sunrise

STAY- The Balmoral, Edinburgh  

Day 10 - Edinburgh the finale.

Enjoy the day in Edinburgh at your leisure taking in many of the fantastic sights such as Calton Hill or Royal Yacht Britannia. There is also an option for a day tour to St Andrews or even a game of golf in the historic town.

Scottish Guard Bagpipes a Marching

STAY- The Balmoral, Edinburgh  

Day 11

Depart from Edinburgh Airport. Thank you for using Emerald Custom Tours and we look forward to assisting you with future travels.

Farewell Safe Travels

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