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5-Day - Amazing Scotland: Highlands to Edinburgh


Day 1 – Welcome to the Highlands of Scotland

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
–  From the character William Wallace as portrayed in the movie, Braveheart


The Highlands

Day 1: Welcome to the Scottish Highlands

 

Arriving Inverness Airport
Upon arrival you will meet our Local Driver/Guide and enjoy sightseeing in the area.

Scottish Treasures: Culloden Experience
The Culloden Battlefield is described as a "powerfully emotive and atmospheric battlefield where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to a tragic end."

We experience this fascinating site as we explore key areas where the action took place on Culloden Moor. We will also visit the memorial cairn around which lie the graves of 1,500 fallen Jacobite soldiers.

After a fascinating time learning about this amazing history, we make our way to our hotel, check-in and then have some time to relax.

ORIENTATION WALKABOUT
Later before dinner join your STORY Host for our Orientation Walkabout of Inverness.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

Story Way Dining
Enjoy an included dinner tonight at an exclusive restaurant with your STORY Host to kick off the Story of Scotland.

Accommodation, 2 Nights
Deluxe: Ness Walk or Similar
Classic: Best Western Inverness Palace & Spa or Similar

Nestled on the leafy banks of the River Ness, lies Ness Walk, an idyllic 5-star hotel in Inverness. It is located just 10 minutes from Loch Ness. Surrounded by a dramatic canopy of impressive trees, our grand building allows you to experience a secluded atmosphere in the heart of the vibrant city center. Originally a 19th century house, our lovingly restored Grade B listed building still retains many of its periodic features but a unified with modern design and architecture provide a flawless balance between past and present.

 
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Scottish Treasures: Loch Ness & Eilean Donan Castle


Day 2: The Loch Ness Mystery & Beautiful Castle

 

Loch Ness & Captain Edwards
This morning we make our way to Loch Ness and board Captain Edwards' craft, the Nessie Hunter, for a proper exploration of the lock. Learn about the mystery and the environment of this amazing loch. Captain Edwards has the deepest part of the loch named after him, Edwards Deep. See stunning Urquhart Castle from our boat before returning to shore.

Eilean Donan Castle
We make our way to a small tidal island where these three sea lochs meet: Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, and get to visit the picturesque castle that has been in photos, film and television shows in popular culture, Eilean Donan Castle. The name Eilean Donan means island of Donan and is likely named after a 6th century Irish Saint by the name of Bishop Donan. Several churches in the area are dedicated to Donan and it is likely that he developed a small community on the island during the late 7th century. A great treasure of Scotland indeed!

We return to Inverness later in the afternoon and then you are invited to our optional dinner in town or enjoy exploring at your leisure.


 
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Journey to Edinburgh

Day 3: To Edinburgh with Stirling Castle


This morning we make our way south with a stop at Stirling Castle.

Stirling Castle Experience
Our visit would not be complete without a tour of Stirling Castle. We make our way to Stirling to enter the world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens and discover a world of splendor. We learn of Sir William Wallace, the Braveheart legend, and Sir Robert the Bruce.

Stirling's strategic position along the River Forth between the lowlands and highlands has meant it's been coveted and fought over since the time of the Romans. Simply amazing!

Afterwards we complete today's journey arriving into the enchanting city of Edinburgh, our home for the next three nights.

We arrive our hotels, check in and enjoy some time to relax.


ORIENTATION WALKABOUT
Later, join your STORY host for our Orientation Walk and learn where the major landmarks are located in relation to our hotels, the best ATM machines for exchange rates, and other helpful information for your stay.

Accommodation, 2 Nights
Deluxe: 
Radisson Blu Royal Mile Hotel or Similar
Classic: Ibis North Bridge or Similar

Certain itineraries in August may feature the Edinburgh Military Tattoo tonight.

 
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Edinburgh

Day 4: Exploring Edinburgh


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.

OUR TOUR OF EDINBURGH INCLUDES:

    • Edinburgh Castle - Included admission and tour.
    • Walking Tour of the City - Enjoy our guided walking tour of the heart of Edinburgh.

Tonight is a special time as you join the Tour Captain for an included Farewell to Scotland Dinner with your new friends!

Story Exclusive: Included Farewell to Scotland Dining Experience. One of our favorite nights of fun and celebration, as we toast one another to a wonderful journey together making tonight the perfect finale to your vacation. It is a night of great fun with your new friends.

Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together.

 
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Departure Day

Day 5: Check Out or Extend Your Adventure

Free Airport Shuttle
This morning after breakfast plan to use the free airport shuttle to the terminal. If you prefer a private transfer, we can arrange this for an additional charge.

Until we meet again, may your days be full of discovery and your nights full of good friends.

BREAKFAST INCLUDED

 
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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

Inverness Hotel, 2 Nights

Heart of City Deluxe Hotels in Inverness include: Ness Walk Hotel or similar

 

Edinburgh Hotel, 2 Nights

Heart of City Deluxe Hotels in Edinburgh include: Radisson Bly Royal Mile Hotel or similar

 

 


YOUR SCOTLAND EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

• 4 nights accommodation
• All Hot Breakfasts
• All Sightseeing and Admissions described in itinerary – we never up-sell while on tour – with our professional guides.
•  2 Welcome Dinners with STORY Host in Inverness and Edinburgh

• Eilean Donan Admission
• Cruise on Loch Ness
• Culloden Battlefield Experience and Visitor's Center
• Stilring Castle Admission and Tour
• Edinburgh Walking Tour
• Edinburgh Castle Admission and Tour
• Services of driver/guide and/or STORY Host

 

5 Day - Amazing Scotland Experience

Deluxe Per Person, Double Occupancy

From $3439/person

Classic Per Person, Double Occupancy

From $2979/person

Solo Supplement

$300 in Classic,
$450 in Deluxe

Price based on double occupancy, minimum 2 guests.

Year Round Departures

 

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