Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theater and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 25th, August 1st, August 8th and August 15th departures. Go behind the scenes at one of Scotland’s famous distilleries for a tour and a tasting. Experience the stunning scenery of the Highlands during a steam train ride across the Glenfinnan Viaduct
11 Day Scottish Clans & Castles
by CIE Tours International
Day 1: GLASGOW ARRIVAL & DOUNE CASTLE
Visit Doune Castle, which has been featured in “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander.” Enjoy free time in Callander and a drive through the Trossachs region, often called “Scotland in Miniature” as all aspects of delightful Scottish scenery are found here.
Day 2: STIRLING CASTLE & BANNOCKBURN VISITOR CENTER
Visit Stirling Castle, a mighty stronghold that dominates the surrounding plain. Tour the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre to learn about medieval weapons and armour and walk the real battlefield where Scottish King Robert the Bruce defeated English troops.
Day 3: GLEN COE & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE
Head into the majestic Highlands and journey by Loch Lomond, across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Treat yourself to Scottish goods at a woollen mill and continue your journey north to the romantic Eilean Donan Castle.
Day 4: ISLE OF SKYE & DUNVEGAN CASTLE
Explore the Isle of Skye and learn the history of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Travel to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Admire the Trotternish Peninsula as you travel to Kilt Rock, a 200-foot-high sea cliff with huge, vertical basalt columns.
Day 5: CLAN DONALD CENTER & STEAM TRAIN RIDE
Discover the history of the Lords of the Isles at the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle. Embark on a ferry ride to Mallaig and transfer to a steam train for a ride through some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery. The Jacobite Steam Train crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was featured in some of the Harry Potter movies.
Day 6: LOCH NESS CRUISE & URQUHART CASTLE
Photo opportunities await as you visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle, and embark on a cruise of Loch Ness. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to discover how British Government forces defeated the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie, ending the Jacobite rising. Stop at Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial place with a circle of standing stones that inspired the “Outlander” books.
Day 7: WHISKY TASTING & BRODIE CASTLE
See where many Speyside distilleries are based close to the pure water of the River Spey. . Tour Glen Grant Distillery and sample a "wee dram of whisky." Tour Johnstons of Elgin to discover the history and craftsmanship behind their fine woollens. Explore 16th-century Brodie Castle, set in spacious grounds with its fairytale towers and turrets. The house contains fine furnishings, a collection of paintings, and a library with over 6,000 volumes.
Day 8: SHEEPDOGS & CULROSS WALK
Immerse yourself in farm life and enjoy a demonstration where dogs obey commands to round up sheep. Continue to Culross for a walking tour around the charming 16th-century town, recently used as a filming location for “Outlander.” Highlights include the Town House, Culross Palace, and the remains of Culross Abbey.
Day 9: EDINBURGH TOUR & PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE
In Edinburgh, see how the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town are in stark contrast to the Georgian mansions of the 200-year-old New Town. Tour the impressive Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen, and walk through the majestically furnished chambers. The rest of the day is free. July 25 to August 15 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle Esplanade.
Day 10: INDEPENDENT DAY IN EDINBURGH
Spend the day on an independent hop-on hop-off bus tour of Edinburgh.
Day 11: TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Clan Donald Centre
Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle
Eilean Donan Castle
Isle of Skye
To check off your bucket list:
✓ Visits to authentic Scottish castles
✓ Accommodations in an 18th century Inn
✓ Accommodations in a Victorian Mansion built in 1840
✓ The Scottish Highlands
✓ Doune Castle, which has been featured in “Game of
Thrones” and “Outlander"
✓ Isle of Skye
✓ Steam train ride
✓ The 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct that was featured in
some of the Harry Potter movies
✓ Cruise of Loch Ness
✓ Woolen mill
✓ Scottish Whiskey Distillery
✓ Sheepdog demonstration
✓ The Royal Mile of Edinburgh
✓ The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Sottish residence of the
✓ The famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (if travel July
25-Aug 15, 2019)