Scotland

SCOTTISH CASTLES & MALT WHISKy TOUR


THE BEST OF SCOTLAND

Scottish castles & whisky

INTRODUCTION


What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Scotland”? Most likely among the first associations there would be kilt, clan, bagpipe, castle, scotch, etc. Although a few of those things like bagpipe, whisky and castle are not solely typical of Scotland, stark fortifications and strong drinks remarkably go together and add to the mysterious Scottish setting: capricious weather with frequent fogs and piercing wind, and a fiercely proud nation.


On our Scottish castles and whisky tour you will be able to see the most beautiful castles in Scotland, taste some of the most famous single malts, experience dramatic scenery with emerald hills, breathtaking cliffs, wild Atlantic waves and feel the unique Scottish atmosphere:


  • Wander in the medieval corridors and dungeons of the iconic castles and marvel at the ruins of the ancient fortifications that once belonged to the powerful clans.
  • Try some of the best single malts in the world and find out how the Scottish water of life is produced.

  • Go to see Loch Ness - the most mystical lake in the world.
  • Visit the Isle of Skye - the most famous and versatile island in Scotland and one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

  • See the magnificent sights that appeared in box office film.
  • Feel a unique ambience of this wonderful country on our private tour to Scotland that will be accompanied by a distinctive sound of the bagpipes.
Trip price: €1090

scotLAND's BEST CASTLES, WHISKY & LANDMARKS


On our small group trip around Scotland you will get 100% Scottish experience with whisky tasting, visiting medieval castles, sightseeing in Edingurgh and Glasgow, as well as nature admiration and outdoor activities on the Isle of Skye.



The Best Castles and Whisky Tour


Trip dates:

21 – 28 Oct 2018


Duration:

8 days (7 nights)


Meeting point:

Edinburgh Airport (EDI)


Team size:

6 team members per group


TRIP PRICE: €1090



On our tour you will see the following landmarks:


  • 5 castles:

Edinburgh

Stirling

Duffus

Urquhart

Eilean Donan


  • 3 whisky distilleries :

Glenfiddich

Macallan

Talisker



  • Loch Ness


  • The Isle of Skye




  • Glenfinnan viaduct (featured in “Harry Potter” film)


  • Glen Coe (where James Bond movie “Skyfall”, "Harry Potter" and "Braveheart" were filmed)


  • Edinburgh- the capital of Scotland with rich history and old sandstone buildings


  • Glasgow - the cultural capital of Scotland


  • The Kelpies – the impressive modern statues of the mythical creatures


  • Loch Lomond - the biggest lake in the UK


  • Elgin Cathedral


The price includes:


  • Accommodation (7 nights in 3* properties)
  • Return transfers from/to the airport
  • Breakfasts and lunchboxes (light grab)
  • Private van transfers en route
  • Guided walking tours
  • Mallaig – Armadale ferry crossing ticket
  • Admission ticket to the Skye Museum of Island Life
  • Entrance fees to the distilleries
  • Admission tickets to the castles
  • Admission ticket to Elgin cathedral
  • Standard travel insurance cover *
  • Local tourist taxes and parking fees
  • Dream Team staff members’ assistance and advice onsite



*We are obliged to provide basic travel insurance cover but please bear in mind that you should also have your own travel insurance policy with suitable cover for relevant activities as a condition of your booking


Not included:


  • Flights
  • Food, drinks and other personal expenses (unless specified otherwise)
  • Visa (if necessary)

Travel plan :


Day 1

Arrival to Edinburgh. Acquaintance with the city - walk along the Royal Mile - the main street of the Old City. Visit Edinburgh Castle - the prominent landmark of Scotland. Have lunch at the cafe where Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling’s world famous character, was born . Attend a statue to the Skye Terrier Greyfriars Bobby - arguably the most devoted dog in the United Kingdom . Check-in at the hotel. If you wish: a tour of Edinburgh by night in search of ancient ghosts, which abound at the city’s ancient buildings


Day 2

Departure from Edinburgh. Visiting the medieval castle of Stirling, in which several Scottish kings, including Maria Stewart, were crowned. Stop by the Kelpis - sculptures of the mythical creatures which are ranked as some of the most unusual monuments and make for the largest sculpture of horses in the world . Stopover to see the oldest tree in Britain - the Fortingall yew, in the shadow of which Pontius Pilate, who is known to have ordered the execution of Jesus Christ, was playing. Overnight stay in Aviemore.

Day 3


Visit the majestic ruins of Elgin cathedral, which once was the greatest representation of the Gothic architecture and Scotland’s Catholic Church. On the way to the famous Glenfiddich/Macallan whisky distilleries that we will visit, we will stop by the ruins of the classic Norman castle Duffus. A night in Inverness.


Day 4

Departure for Loch Ness - the most famous lake in the world which attributes its fame to the ancient monster Nessie, which has been seen in the dark waters of the loch. Perched on a hill and overlooking the lake there is Urquhart castle that was built in the 5th century and for which the most influential Scottish clans fought.

On the way to the Isle of Skye, the most picturesque place in Scotland, we will make a stop at the most photographed castle in this country or even the whole world - Eilean Donan. The fortification appeared in the film about the famous highlander Duncan MacLeod.

Overnight stay in a cottage located near the Isle of Skye


Days 5, 6

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the island including the geological wonders of the Old Man of Storr (a prominent pinnacle), Kilt Rock (a waterfall that drops directly to the Atlantic Ocean from a 90-meter steep cliff 9), next to which we will try to spot the traces of dinosaurs.

Visit the Skye Museum of Island life, thanks to which we will be able to go back in time, see how the life of local farmers looked 100 years ago and feel the atmosphere of the times when the island was not one of the main attractions of Scotland, but had undergone devastation after the massive eviction of the highlanders.

Taste the warming whisky on our Talisker distillery tour.

Immerse in the mystical atmosphere of the island, enjoy the virgin nature and fall in love with the picturesque places that can be found on the Isle of Skye only.


Day 7

Ferry crossing from the Isle of Skye (Armadale) to Mallaig.

Make a photo stop at the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, which, in addition to being the first and the longest concrete viaduct in England and Scotland, was captured in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when the main character was on his way to school on the Hogwarts Express.

While travelling to Glasgow stop to admire Glen Coe, one of the most picturesque valleys in Scotland, and Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater lake in Great Britain.

Overnight stay in Glasgow.

Day 8

Acquaintance with Glasgow - the largest city of Scotland, walk along Buchanan Street - the tourist and shopping artery. Buy souvenirs. Walk to George Square, the main square of the city, which houses monuments of the most outstanding Scots such as Robert Burns, James Watt, Walter Scott, Queen Victoria, and others.

Airport transfer. Departure.


* This is an example itinerary of a typical trip we organize.

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