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A journey of discovery through mountainous and wilderness scenery where the romance and tragedy of Scottish history unfolds in tales of love and battles lost in the struggles against man and nature over the centuries.....


Discover Heritage Tours offers a range of luxury fully escorted coach tours which give clients the opportunity to experience Britain at its best, travelling in super executive 24 seat mini coaches and enjoying overnight stays in a range of superior 3* and 4* hotels, each individually selected for their character and style.

Focusing on the ‘Best of Britain’ each of our unique tours consist of a range of fantastic attractions. All tours are conducted in English and clients are fully escorted for the duration of their tour by knowledgeable and experienced tour guides.

 

Scottish History, Highlands and Islands Castles & Royal Scotland
 
 
 
 
Scottish History, Highlands and Islands
4 days / 3 nights
Departure Dates: 24/05, 21/06*, 27/07* & 23/08  *guaranteed departures

Itinerary

Day One
- Monday – From Edinburgh we will head into the Highlands starting with a visit to the treasure house of Scone Palace, the historic seat of Scottish parliaments and the crowning place of kings including Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II. Continuing north we pass through the historic town of Dunkeld and then visit Edradour distillery to taste the national drink of Scotland and explore the long tradition of Scotch whiskey farmhouse distilleries. There will be some free time to explore the pretty Highland town of Pitlochry before we continue our journey to the battlefield site at the Killiecrankie Pass. Then it’s a journey through spectacular mountain scenery to our lakeside hotel on Loch Linnie. Overnight and welcome dinner Isles of Glencoe Hotel.

Day Two – From our hotel we travel into Fort William to to catch the famous Jacobite Steam Train which was the Hogwart’s Express in the Harry Potter films. The 42 mile trip from Fort William on this preserved train is often described as one of the world’s great railway journeys. The train will stop in the village of Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745 at the start of the Jacobite Revolution. In Mallaig we travel “over the sea to Skye” to visit Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum of the Isles – which is also the ancestral home of the Clan Donald. We then travel north through Skye before rejoining the mainland for a brief stop at Eileen Donan Castle before returning to our hotel. Return to Isles of Glencoe Hotel (Full breakfast and dinner)

Day Three
– Today we will head north through the Great Glen for a boat trip on the mysterious Loch Ness followed by a visit to Urquhart Castle, before heading onto the Loch Ness Exhibition in nearby Drumnadrochit.  After lunch we will take a panoramic tour of Inverness “Capital of the Highlands” before arriving at the battlefield site of Culloden, where in 1746 the forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were defeated by the English army which finally crushed the Jacobite rebellion and changed the course of Scottish history and Highland culture. We return through the mountains to Isles of Glencoe Hotel (Full breakfast and Farewell Dinner).

Day Four
– The day starts with a visit to Glencoe, the site of the infamous massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692, before we make our way over the unspoilt wilderness of Rannoch Moor and through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to Stirling for a visit to Scotland’s grandest castle There we shall have some free time to explore the historic winding streets and “Braveheart” connections. Our final visit is to the former Royal Palace of Linlithgow the birthplace of Mary Queens of Scots Highlanders. Return to Edinburgh hotels in the late afternoon.

Included in your tour
• Three night’s accommodation in 3 or 4* hotel
• Three dinners in your hotel
• Three breakfasts in your hotel
• Entrances to: Whiskey Distillery, Scone Palace, Armadale Castle, Harry Potter Steam Train, Urquhart Castle, Stirling Castle, Royal Palace of Linlithgow and Culloden Battlefield.

* We reserve the right to substitute the hotels for others of similar or higher quality.
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Castles & Royal Scotland
4 days / 3 nights
Departure Dates: 17/05*, 14/06, 12/07 & 23/08*  guaranteed departures

Itinerary

Day 1 -  This morning we will meet our tour guide and our tour group, ready for an early departure from Edinburgh. From here we will travel west to Linlithgow, where we will visit the magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. In the afternoon we will continue our journey through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park before arriving at another former Royal residence, Stirling Castle. Here you will have the opportunity to explore one of Scotland’s grandest castles, which is also well known for its connections with William Wallace and Bonnie Prince Charlie. After our tour we will continue onto Pitlochry to Scotland’s smallest working whisky distillery, Edradour, for a tour and a tasting of the national drink of Scotland. Dinner & Overnight in Pitlochry.

Day 2 -  Today we depart our hotel and head for Aberdeenshire. Our first visit of the day is to Ballindalloch Castle, a stunning castle that dates back to the 16th Century. Known as the Pearl of the North, Ballindalloch is a privately owned castle, and is one of few that has been continuously lived in by its original family. Here you will have plenty of time to explore the castle and grounds, including the 17th Century art collections and their beautiful gardens. After our tour of Ballindalloch, we will pay a visit to a traditional Scottish Shortbread factory. Here you will have the opportunity to see the shortbread being made by the experts, and will also enjoy a tasting of the famous biscuit. In the afternoon we will continue our tour onwards to Ballater, for a visit to the Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral Castle. Balmoral Castle has been in the Royal Family since 1848, and was fondly described by Queen Victoria as ‘my paradise in the Highlands’. In August Balmoral Castle will be replaced with a visit to Crathes Castle, due to the Royal Family’s summer visit. Dinner & Overnight in Pitlochry.

Day 3 -  We start today driving through the breathtaking countryside to Loch Lomond, where we will enjoy a guided cruise on the loch. While following in the footsteps of Rob Roy, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots, be sure to take in the beautiful surrounding scenery, including Ben Lomond and the ruins of the 12 Century Lennox Castle. After our cruise, we rejoin the coach and travel to the nearby town of Callander to visit a traditional woollen mill, before starting our journey back to Pitlochry. Dinner & Overnight in Pitlochry.

Day 4 -
  Today we travel south to start our journey back into Edinburgh. Our first visit of the day is to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and according to the legends, the setting of ‘Macbeth’.
In the early afternoon we will cross the Tay Bridge and drive onwards to St Andrews, the home of Golf. Here we will visit the ruins of St Andrews Castle and Cathedral, which was once the largest and most magnificent church in Scotland before being destroyed. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to wander around this historic city, or visit the British Golf Museum, before rejoining our group to continue our descent into Edinburgh.
 
Included in your tour
• Three night’s accommodation in 3 or 4* hotel
• Three dinners in your hotel
• Three breakfasts in your hotel
• Entrances to: Whiskey Distillery, Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle, Ballindalloch Castle, Shortbread Factory, Balmoral Castle, Loch Lomond cruise, Glamis Castle and St Andrew’s Castle & Cathedral.
 
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