Sit back and enjoy your flight from Canada to Scotland.
Welcome to Glasgow
Arriving in Glasgow our tour guide receives us. Once second city of the empire and an industrial powerhouse, Glasgow has made the transition to a modern vibrant city. A city tour will give us a first impression of the city.
A city of contrasts
Tobacco barons and socialists; grand city dwellings and slum, the old and the new. Glasgow’s encompasses it all and wherever you look you see signs of its past. With a famous art school and great music scene Glasgow is also a centre for art, culture and music. We visit an old and much loved attraction, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, as well as one of the newest, The Riverside Museum. We might mingle with the locals at The Barras market or attend a concert at a one of the city’s many small live venues.
The Bonnie Banks
Leaving Glasgow we head north to the famous Loch Lomond. The largest inland body of water in the UK, it spans the low lands and the high lands. From its banks rises the moody mountain Ben Lomond providing a magical setting for a boat ride that is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. A day devoted to the great outdoors and to arguably Scotland’s greatest attraction: the landscape.
The high and the low
Continuing North our first stop is the impressive Inveraray Castle, home to the 13th Duke of Argyll. Built in the 18th century if offers a glimpse of what Scottish affluence might look like, both today and in the past. After the castle Inveraray Jail provides an insight into a very different life. Built in the 18th century as a prison for men, women and children, it now serves as a museum. Once out of jail, we continue to Oban, Gateway to the Isles.
Christianity on the fringes of Europe
With ferry from Oban to Mull it is once again true that the journey is just as important as arriving. Expect four seasons in one day and expect to fall in love with Scotland. We will visit Tobermory before we make the five minute crossing to the tiny island Iona and its ancient monastry where the monks in the 9th century began work on the famous manuscript, The Book of Kells, before they eventually fled to Ireland to escape the pillaging Vikings.
The Jacobite Rising
Following Loch Linnhe we travel North through a landscape both beautiful and hostile. We stop at Glencoe for a walk up The Devil’s Staircase or a visit to the Glencoe Visitor Centre which provides a historic account of the massacre of Glencoe as well as information about plants and animals in the valley. The historic highlight of the day is the Glenfinnan Monument commemorating the Jacobite Rising. We continue to Mallaig where a 30-minute ferry ride across will bring us to the wonderful Isle of Skye. We end our day of travel in our hotel in Broadford.
A piece of Skye
This day is devoted to Skye, a favourite with visitors. Taking a tour of Skye we pass the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing where breathtaking views towards the mainland await. Today’s castle is Dunvegan where we enjoy the gardens. No trip to Scotland is complete without distillery tour and one of the best ones can be found at the island’s only distillery, Tallisker. Having learned the secrets of this most Scottish of traditions we return to our hotel in Broadford.
A day for a treat
We wave good bye to Skye and return to the mainland where we will see three castles in one day. Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic castles in Scotland; Urquhart Castle, a must on our way to Inverness, and lastly Inverness Castle which the key attraction of the city. While we are in Inverness we will also get to know the Scottish cuisine a little better and feast on Scotland’s national dish: Haggis.
Back to the Low Lands
Heading back south we pass the Cairngorm mountains and head into the fertile region of Perthshire. After Blair castle and we make a detour to Loch Tummel with its famous Queens View. As we near Edinburgh we get a great view of the Forth Bridge built in the late 19th century. Arriving in Edinburgh we get our first impression of this beautiful capital before we finish the evening with a ghost tour of the Old Towns.
We tour Edinburgh and we walk the Royal Mile where there are plenty of souvenirs for the people back home. We visit the National Museum of Scotland as well as the National Gallery. Depending on individual tastes Edinburgh has plenty to offer. If you want one last castle Edinburgh has it. For contemporary art, pop into the Fruitmarket Gallery, or if you are looking for architecture have a look at the Scottish Parliament and Hollyrood Palace at the bottom of the Royal Mile. We close our day and trip with style, a Ceilidh with Scottish dancing.
Haste ye back
We say good bye for now as we head to Edinburgh airport and fly back to Canada.
Collection and greeting in Andalusia by CTS tour leader who will be with the group until they fly out of Barcelona Airport
Airport transfer as well as departure with CTS tour guide
Ticket Madrid to Barcelona by AVE train
Transport in modern coach with toilet and aircondition
Coach available exclusively for the group inclusive excursions within the route described
Road toll and parking fees
CTS tour guide for the entire tour
Information material for all participants
24 hour emergency call
Complimentary trip with single room for the bus driver and the CTS tour guide
Complimentary trip with single room for two chaperones (up to 29 participants) or 4 chaperones (from 30 participants)
2 nights in Glasgow/half board
City tour by qualified guide
1 night in Rowardennan/ half board
Ticket for boat trip on Loch Lomond
Intrance fee for Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail