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Story Land & Sea®

Story's Bonnie Scotland small group tour adventure.

The Best of Scotland Tour

Of Bagpipes, Tartans, Malt Whiskey & Clans


Discover Scotland Differently.

Story Land & Sea®'s The Best of Scotland Tour features a true 'Leave the Herd Behind' approach to traveling Bonnie Scotland. You will discover authentic experiences with Story's unique Whiskey Tasting experiences, and, of course, Scotland's Highlands are a raw beauty.

The trip is fully-hosted by our professional Story Land & Sea® Tour Captain and local 'native' staff that will entertain and delight. Are you QueensLander or Story Alumni? inquire to see if one of your favorites is leading this journey!


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Transatlantic Flight

Day 1: Bound for Scotland

Today is your flight date from North America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand - Your flight is not included, however we do have an air department that could provide you a quotation. You will cross the Atlantic Ocean tonight en-route to Europe.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport.

Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into Stirling, Scotland.

Protect Your Vacation: We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.


Arrive Glasgow, Scotland Airport

Day 2: Welcome to Scotland!

   Exclusive: Tonight, join in a Story® original experience with our Reception and Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives ~ unique vantage point to survey Stirling in the company of your fellow travelers.

   Included Dining: STIRLING WELCOME DINNER TONIGHT, the Story® Way! Join your Tour Captain for a Welcome Dinner in Stirling!

Upon arrival into Glasgow, you will transfer to our hotel in Stirling (inquire if you would like Story's Airport Arrival Transfer service). If you are arriving early you can check-in and have your bags stored securely, then set off to wander Stirling's cobble-stoned streets.

After making your way to the hotel in the heart of Stirling, guests arriving early will check-in and have the hotel store luggage securely until rooms are ready by 3pm. You may have time for options like lunch, shopping and time to explore Stirling. We get everyone checked in and commence the tour with our Story walkabout and our tour of Stirling Castle.

Story Exclusive: Stirling Castle
A great symbol of Scottish national pride, Stirling Castle has been named one of Europe's iconic sights. Enter the world of Scotland's Renaissance, with many castle highlights, museums, and characters of the palace dressed in the roles of kings and queens. The guide experience at Stirling is strictly controlled, but we've worked it out so that you have the very best available.

Of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Scotland's Freedom Heroes
What a oratorical experience you are about to have at Stirling: an adventure in history presented by the best of Scotland's guides takes us through the high points of Scotland's dramatic quest for independence.

About the Walking on our Tours
We do walk on our small group tours of Scotland. We walk a lot, but it's unhurried and there are ample opportunities to sit and relax. You must be physically capable of walking and experiencing the many cobblestone-paths and lanes of Scotland.

Story Way®  Dining: Join your Tour Captain for our included dinner.

About The Story Land & Sea® Way of Dining: Slow Food: Locally grown, farm to table.


Highlands, Trossachs, Glen Coe, Loch Lomond, Fort William

Day 3: High Road, Low Road

   Included Dining: INVERLOCHY CASTLE WELCOME DINNER TONIGHT, the Story® Way!

After a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, we continue our journey through the Trossachs on our way northward. We make our way through the Glen Coe and it was in this valley that the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald occurred in 1692. Enjoy a dazzling scenery as we travel along the fabled loch.

We arrive our home for the next two nights, check-in, freshen up and then join the Tour Captain for a special reception.

Story Way® Dining: Join the Tour Captain for a special dinner.

Accommodation: Inverlochy Castle or similar, 2 Nights

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Of Castles & Skye

Day 4: Eilean Donan Castle & on to Isle of Skye​


The Isle of Skye is one the top destinations when visiting Scotland. We will travel from Fort William along amazing Lochs making our first stop at Eilean Donan Castle. Driving along the picturesque Lochs' Torridon and Shieldaig, we make our way to the Isle of Skye.​

We will travel by Loch Lochy and Loch Cluanie today and then arrive to explore the 13th Century Castle in the Highlands of Scotland.

Join the Tour Captain for optional dining tonight or explore at leisure in nearby Fort William.

Accommodation: Inverlochy Castle or similar

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Mountain & Moor

Day 5: Loch Ness, Inverness, Culloden

Jaunting Kart

This morning we continue our journey through The Great Glen to Loch Ness for a special Story exclusive on-the-lake experience at Drumnadroicht.

We arrive Inverness in time for optional lunch at one of our favorite venues along the banks of the Ness River. Then we continue to Culloden to learn of its bloody history.

The Culloden Battle
Towards one o'clock, the Jacobite artillery opened fire on government soldiers. The government responded with their own cannon, and the Battle of Culloden began.

We arrive our hotel, check-in and enjoy a night at leisure.

Tonight, join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or explore at leisure.

Accommodation: The Craigellachie Hotel or similar, 1 Night

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A Good Day in the Highlands

Day 6: Cairngorms to Dalwhinney, to St. Andrews

   Included Dining: ST. ANDREWS WELCOME DINNER TONIGHT, the Story® Way! Join your Tour Captain for a Welcome Dinner at our manor house hotel in St. Andrews

We make our way through Cairngorms National Park bound for St. Andrews on the coast. But first, enjoy the scenic drive through the park.

Story Exclusive: Enjoy a tour of Dalwhinney Distillery and time in Pitlochry for lunch at guest expense. We continue our journey and arrive St. Andrews late afternoon, to check-in and freshen up before our included dinner tonight.

Story Way® Dining: Join the Tour Captain for an included dinner at our manor house hotel this evening.

Accommodation:  Rufflets Hotel or similar, 2 Nights

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St. Andrews

Day 7: St. Andrews Springs to Life

Enjoy our local expert guided tour of St. Andrews this morning and then enjoy free time at leisure for the balance of the day.

Join your Tour Captain for optional dining in St. Andrews (vehicle provided) tonight or explore at leisure.

Accommodation:  Rufflets Hotel or similar

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To Edinburgh

Day 8: Arrive Edinburgh

   Exclusive: Tonight, join in a Story® original experience with our Reception and Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives ~ unique vantage point to survey Edinburgh in the company of your fellow travelers.

We depart St. Andrews this morning bound for Dunfirmline Abbey which boasts a 'worshipping community since the year 1073.' Dunfirmline Abbey is a Church of Scotland Parish Church located in Dunfirmline, Fife, Scotland. Some of Scotland’s greatest medieval monarchs were laid to rest at Dunfirmline Abbey. Founded as a priory, Dunfirmline was made an abbey by David I and later became a royal mausoleum.

WELCOME ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: Join your Tour Captain for a Welcome Orientation Walk on arrival in Edinburgh. You will learn where the major landmarks are located in relation to our hotel, the best ATM machines for exchange rates, and other helpful information for your stay.

There will be time to for independent exploration of the Royal Mile or the Georgian New Town before our welcome reception this evening.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

City of Stirling

For your first night in Edinburgh, you may plan to join join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight, or explore on your own.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Royal Mile Hotel, 2 Nights

Special Event in August: Make note, our August departures include a special included evening to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Day 8 or Day 9.

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Explore Edinburgh
Italy's Lake Como

Day 9: Edinburgh

   Included Dining: FAREWELL DINNER TONIGHT, the Story® Way! Join your Tour Captain for our Farewell to Scotland Dinner

After a full Scottish breakfast we will meet our Blue Badge guide and driver for our driving/walking tour of Edinburgh's highlights, culminating with the tour of the Edinburgh Castle.

Afterwards you will have the rest of the day to explore the many areas of Edinburgh such as the Grass Market area with it many famous pubs and eateries. You can take in the National Museum or the National Galleries or simply take a walk in the beautiful Princes Park.

Tonight, come together for a special Story experience, our farewell dinner in Edinburgh.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy our welcome dinner at an exclusive restaurant this evening with your Tour Captain.

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Departure Day 10: Good Travels!

Your journey ends this morning after breakfast. You may opt for our Edinburgh Airport Departure or extend your travels.

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Other extensions also available. Please inquire with Reservations.

To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711
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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Heart-of-City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with coffee, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit.

Stirling - 1 Night



Inverlochy - 2 Nights



Speyside - 1 Night

St. Andrew Hotel - 2 Nights



Edinburgh Hotel - 2 Nights






10 Day Air Travel, 8 Night Best of Scotland True Small-Group® Tour


  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Arrival Transfers in Glasgow to Stirling
    $89 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Departure Transfers to Edinburgh Airport
    $59 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Full Hot Daily Breakfast included.
    4 Story Way® Dinners included: Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

    International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea® are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • Enjoy a True Small Group of never more than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the UK and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Story Land & Sea® provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis...
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single occupancy supplement applies - please inquire.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

INSURANCE
Story Land & Sea® highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com. Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story Land & Sea® vacation.

 

The Best of Scotland Tour

2017 Guaranteed Departures.

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® for groups of 5 or less. Inquire for your departure.

— Small Group Tour Prices —
Published Date Tour
Size
Price
Departures in May-July 2017
May 27 Max 16 Guests $4,679
June 7 Max 16 Guests $4,679
June 24
Max 16 Guests $4,679
July 8
Max 16 Guests $4,679
July 29
Max 16 Guests $4,679
Departures in Aug-Oct 2017
Aug 7
SPECIAL: Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Max 16 Guests $4,979
Aug 19
SPECIAL: Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Max 16 Guests $4,979
Aug 30
SPECIAL: Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Max 16 Guests $4,979
Sep 11
Max 16 Guests $4,679
Sep 23
Max 16 Guests $4,679
Oct 7
Max 16 Guests $4,679
Oct 21
Max 16 Guests $4,679

 


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