It’s time to get your tartan on! That’s right ladies, we’re going to Scotland!
BEwelcomed by the beautiful sounds of bagpipes, ride on the Jacobite Steam Train, cruise on the sparkling lochs, taste a “wee dram” of the “water of life”, Scotch Whisky. BEimpressed at the UNESCO World Heritage site of New Lanark and BEimmersed in the culture and architecture of historic Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, and Inverness. Breathe in the beauty of the towering mountains sprinkled with glacial glens and glittering lochs in the famous Scottish Highlands. BEpassionate about Scotland’s dramatic history, the Scottish Clan Wars, and the Wars of Independence. BEfascinated with the picturesque filming locations of the Oscar winning movie “Braveheart” and the romantic series of “Outlander”. Yes, ladies, this small but mighty country is a treasure trove of lush beauty, hidden gems, an influential past and overall, a spectacular destination not to be missed.
Pack your bags, or your bagpipes, and join us on this exceptional journey to Scotland in June 2024!
This trip is appropriate for travellers who are in good health and are comfortable with full-day excursions. Participants with basic good balance, mobility, and moderate fitness level should not require physical preparation to enjoy the various activities of this tour. Walking on uneven terrain, sometimes uphill, walking and standing for long periods of time during guided tours, easy physical activities, stairways sometimes without handles, absence of elevators, and getting on and off various modes of transportation unassisted can be expected.
DAY 1 | Sunday, June 9 (D)
*Independent arrival at Edinburgh International Airport
Upon arrival meet our local guide and private coach for a panoramic drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow with a stop for a welcome “tea & scones” before transferring to the hotel. This afternoon, stretch your legs with a relaxing stroll in Glasgow and learn about its wonderful history and beautiful architecture, much of which was inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Gather tonight for a welcome dinner with fellow Broad Escapes travellers.
Overnight at Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow (or similar) – 2 nights
*Note: This is a land only tour, however, Broad Escapes will suggest a designated flight from Toronto to Edinburgh. The group transfer and panoramic drive will be based on the recommended group flight arrival time in Edinburgh. If you plan to arrive in Scotland on a different flight, we recommend flying into Glasgow and meeting the group at the hotel. Private transfers (additional cost) can be arranged for those not arriving on the designated flight. Flights from all gateways can be arranged through Broad Escapes.
DAY 2 | Monday, June 10 (BD)
GLASGOW – NEW LANARK
Rise and shine for an excursion to New Lanark, a unique 18th-century mill village sitting alongside the river Clyde. Enjoy a private guided walking tour in the restored living community and UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to Glasgow to visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of the most frequented museums in all of Scotland. Here, you will find Rembrandts alongside Renoirs, alongside antique amour, and Ancient Egypt. Appreciate the remainder of the afternoon to explore on your own. This evening, a unique dining experience awaits at the National Piping Centre!
DAY 3 | Tuesday, June 11 (BLD)
GLASGOW – STIRLING – LOCH LOMOND – GLENCOE – FORT WILLIAM
Say farewell to Glasgow on a scenic drive into the Scottish Highlands! Enjoy a guided tour of Stirling Castle, central to the Wars of Scottish Independence followed by lunch at the “oldest pub in Scotland”. Relish in a delicious home cooked meal before continuing to Loch Lomond. Enjoy a cruise viewing the beautiful “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond. Travel to Fort William via the spectacular scenic locations of Rannoch Moor and Glencoe (opening credits of Outlander) and revel the sheer magnitude of the Scottish Highlands.
Overnight at The Moorings Hotel, Fort William (or similar) – 2 nights
DAY 4 | Wednesday, June 12 (BL)
FORT WILLIAM – HARRY POTTER TRAIN – GLENFINNAN
Today we have a delightful start with a morning ride on the Jacobite Steam train. Described as one of Britain’s greatest train journeys, the views will be stunning as we travel on this nostalgic train from Fort William to Mallaig over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct or the Harry Potter Bridge as it is more commonly known. After lunch travel to the gorgeous Silver Sands to enjoy a lovely short stroll along the beach. Then on to Glen for a stroll to the Glenfinnan monument before returning to Fort William for an evening at leisure.
DAY 5 | Thursday, June 13 (BD)
FORT WILLIAM – LOCH NESS – CULLODEN – INVERNESS
Our first stop today will be Urquhart Castle, home to the Loch Ness monster. This area has a turbulent past and has been the centre of a tug of war for many years, between the Scottish and English. “Nessie” as the monster is affectionately referred to, has been spotted in this particular location quite frequently over the years. Keep an eye out for a sighting of this famous monster during our cruise on Loch Ness. Later continue to see the Culloden Battlefield, where the Jacobite Rising came to a tragic end (also known by many due to the Outlander series). Arrive in the cultural city of Inverness.
Overnight Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness (or similar) – 2 nights
DAY 6 | Friday, June 14 (BL)
INVERNESS – SUTHERLAND CLANS
Today we travel north from Inverness to Sutherland Clans to visit Dunrobin Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in the country and still owned by family today! Enjoy a wonderful “Birds of Prey” display and learn about these beautiful creatures and how they were essential to the estate. Continue for a Whisky Tasting at the well-known Glenmorangie Distillery before returning to Inverness for an evening at leisure.
DAY 7 | Saturday, June 15 (B)
INVERNESS – ST. ANDREWS – FALKLAND – CULROSS – EDINBURGH
Today travel through one of Scotland’s two National Parks, the Cairngorms National Park, a spectacular display of towering mountains and lush forests. Continue to the charming sea-side town of St. Andrew’s and enjoy free time to grab some lunch and watch the golfers teeing up for a game on the famous course. Carry on south with stops in Falkland and the lovely town of Culross (another Outlander site) before reaching our destination Edinburgh.
Overnight at the Apex City Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar) – 3 nights
DAY 8 | Sunday, June 16 (BD)
Explore Edinburgh today during a guided walking tour through this medieval town followed by a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle. Simply magnificent, this castle sits atop an ancient plug of volcanic rock towering above the city and can be seen for miles upon miles. Playing a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as royal residence and military action it’s easy to see why this is one of Edinburgh’s most visited sites. This evening enjoy traditional Scottish entertainment with music, dancing and song at the Taste of Scotland Dinner & Show.
DAY 9 | Monday, June 17 (BD)
Today is a full day of leisure to explore. May we suggest meandering through the Scotland Museum, hiking to Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill for spectacular views, shopping for some last minute souvenirs, or simply relaxing in a café sipping on a pint and immersing yourself in the warmth of the city. Gather tonight to reminisce with fellow travellers about the memories you have shared on this incredible journey at a whisky & chocolate pairing followed by our farewell dinner.
DAY 10 | Tuesday, June 18 (B)
Bid farewell to glorious Scotland with a group transfer to the Edinburgh airport to connect with the group flight home.