A Scottish Sojourn

Embracing the northernmost part of the British Isles, Scotland is wild and untamed.

Journey Overview

Embracing the northernmost part of the British Isles, Scotland is wild and untamed. Its landscape of lochs and heathery glens, famous battle sites and fast-flowing rivers provides a dramatic background to historic castles, whisky distilleries and ancient ruins. Its rival cities too are an intriguing contrast: Edinburgh with its captivating history and vibrant Glasgow where festivals, museums and the live music scene create a cultural buzz.

Journey Highlights

  • Be captivated by the royal fortress of Edinburgh Castle and the Queen’s Official Residence in Scotland
  • Savour the finest single malts on some exclusive distillery visits
  • Admire the collection of fine art, porcelain, tapestries and gardens of Floors Castle, home of the Duke of Roxburghe
  • Take one of the great railway journeys of the world, aboard the Jacobite steam train
  • Discover Victorian Glasgow, Scotland’s cultural capital

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh

Arrive into the Scottish capital and transfer to your hotel.

The Balmoral

Day 2: Edinburgh

Uncover the rich history of Edinburgh starting at Edinburgh Castle, housing the oldest set of Crown Jewels in the British Isles. Admire views of the city before heading down the Royal Mile to St. Giles Cathedral and Holyrood Palace, the Queen's Official Residence in Scotland. If the royal family is not in residence, you’ll be treated to a tour of the staterooms. Admire the eye-catching Scottish Parliament Building next door, one of the most innovative designs in Britain.

The Balmoral | Meals: B

Day 3: Edinburgh – The Scottish Borders – Edinburgh

Spend the day in the bucolic surrounds of the Scottish Borders. Visit breathtaking Floors Castle and its significant gardens. Explore the romantic ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott, and his fairy-tale home Abbotsford. Wander through the charming town of Melrose and its ruined abbey where Robert the Bruce’s embalmed heart lies. Return to Edinburgh with stunning views of rolling farmland, woodland and the Eidon Hills.

The Balmoral | Meals: B

Day 4: Edinburgh – Inverness

Head north into the highlands of Scotland. Cross the Forth estuary and admire the three iconic Forth bridges. Continue past Perth and upstream to the quaint town of Dunkeld. Venture into the heart of whisky country with an introduction to the ‘water of life’ at Edradour Distillery, the smallest of its kind in Scotland. Pass through picturesque Pitlochry and stop to visit the white-turreted Blair Castle, the home of the Duke of Athol.

Ness Walk | Meals: B

Day 5: Inverness

Visit one of Scotland’s most poignant historic sites, the battlefield of Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746, and learn how these events changed the way of life in Scotland dramatically. Continue to Cawdor Castle, considered one of the highlands’ finest. Learn about its link with Shakespeare’s Macbeth as you explore the castle and its beautifully maintained walled gardens. Later a private tour of the Johnstons of Elgin woollen mill introduces you to Scotland’s highly-prized cashmere.

Ness Walk | Meals: B

Day 6: Inverness – Isle of Skye

Travel along the shores of Loch Ness, keeping your eyes peeled for Nessie along the way! Head over the mountains to the Valley of Glen Sheil and on to the west coast. Along the way, admire the famous view of romantic Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photogenic. Cross the bridge onto the Isle of Skye and take in the idyllic views of the Cuillin Hills.

Kinloch Lodge | Meals: B

Day 7: Isle of Skye

A day to explore Scotland's largest and most majestic island. Start with a visit to the Talisker distillery on Loch Harport. On the west coast, explore Dunvegan Castle and its impressive water gardens. Home of the chief of Clan McLeod, it is the only Hebridean castle still occupied. Visit Portree and the iconic Old Man of Storr rock formations.

Kinloch Lodge | Meals: B

Day 8: Isle of Skye – Fort William

Travel by ferry to Mallaig to board The Jacobite, a steam train that runs 67 kilometres along the final section of the West Highland Railway past the deepest seawater loch in Europe, the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, the shortest river in Britain, the Glenfinnan viaduct and Ben Nevis.

Inverlochy Castle | Meals: B

Day 9: Fort William – Glasgow

The landscapes of Argyll are some of the gentlest in the Scottish Highlands, yet still represent the grandeur of the region. Drive through the Pass of Brander into Clan Campbell territory. Cross over to Loch Fyne and Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll, the chief of the Campbells. Its impressive interiors are the most richly decorated in Scotland. Through the wooded Trossachs, Loch Lomond beckons and you follow its 'Bonnie Banks' south, ending in the port city of Glasgow.

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel | Meals: B

Day 10: Glasgow

A day to absorb Scotland's largest city which lines the bank of the River Clyde. Marvel at the largest medieval cathedral in Scotland and discover the university district with its fine architecture. Admire ‘House for an Art Lover’, the building that Charles Rennie MacKintosh, the city’s famous Art Nouveau artiste, designed in 1901. Or visit the impressive Riverside Museum of transport.

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel | Meals: B

Day 11: Depart Glasgow

Transfer to Glasgow airport for your departure flight.

Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

The Balmoral, Edinburgh

A Scottish Sojourn

The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address. A landmark in the centre of the city, the historic buildin... Read more

Inverlochy Castle

A Scottish Sojourn

A member of Relais & Châteaux, this atmospheric country house hotel is uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of Sco... Read more

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow

A Scottish Sojourn

First designed for the aristocracy, the Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel still exudes class, with original architectural features like mar... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

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