B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Monday, 18 Sep 2017: Arrive Scotland; Glasgow Welcome Meeting & Reception (R)
Schedule your arrival into Glasgow no later than 2:00pm and make your way to our hotel. Relax or go exploring until the tour begins at 6:00PM in the hotel lobby. We will have our Welcome Meeting followed by a Welcome Reception to get better acquainted. Afterward, anyone interested in a bite to eat can join the Tour Leader at a local restaurant (dinner not included). Overnight Glasgow - 2 nights
Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017: Glasgow Walking Tour; Lunch; Free Time (B,L)
Glasgow has been called "Britain's finest Victorian city," famed for both its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city's two-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. It has evolved over the past few decades to become one of Britain's most intriguing and vibrant metropolises. We'll begin this morning with a walking tour to include Glasgow Cathedral, one of the city's most ancient and historic sites. We'll have lunch together and then the rest of the day and evening is yours to further explore Glasgow. Your Tour Leader will have plenty of suggestions for things to do this afternoon.
Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017: Loch Lomond; Inverary Castle (B)
Today we depart Glasgow for the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The mesmerizing loch is surrounded by charming villages and rolling countryside. We'll get out on the waters of the loch before continuing into the Scottish Highlands to the picture-postcard village of Inveraray to stop at the 18th-centery Inveraray Castle on the shores of Loch Fyne, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell. After our visit, we will travel through the haunting and dramatic landscape of Glen Coe, one of the most beautiful and other-worldly places in Scotland, before arriving in Ft. William. Overnight Ft. William - 2 nights
Thursday, 21 Sep 2017: Jacobite Train; Mallaig; Distillery Visit; Group Dinner (B,D)
This morning we're off to experience one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, a ride aboard the Jacobite steam train that takes us across the Highlands. The train crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, known the world over for its remarkable engineering and made famous by the Harry Potter films as the way to Hogwarts. We will train to the coastal town of Mallaig and have time to explore a bit and grab a bite to eat. We'll depart Maillaig by coach and visit one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, the Ben Nevis Distillery, nestled at the base of the country's highest peak. No trip to Scotland would be complete without learning a bit more about Scotch Whisky, the country's national drink and most famous export. We'll enjoy dinner together this evening.
Friday, 22 Sep 2017: Loch Ness; Culloden Battlefield; Aviemore (B)
After a leisurely morning we travel to Inverness, capital of the Highlands, along the banks of brooding Loch Ness. Our first stop is the scenic and historic hamlet of Fort Augustus, situated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness and offering spectacular views down the length of the loch. The waters of Loch Ness are inky-black. Mountains rise up out of the lake and the shores are dotted with castles, ancient abbeys, and a few quaint villages lost in time. Keep your camera ready for a view of the elusive monster Nessie, first spotted in the 7th century. We will stop at Urquhart Castle, one of the most picturesque of all Scottish landmarks, and enjoy stunning views over the loch from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands. Its then on to the Culloden Battlefield, where the last battle on Scottish soil was fought on April 16, 1746. We will relive the drama with a visit to the new Culloden Visitor Centre, before concluding our day in Aviemore, located inside Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Overnight Aviemore - 2 nights
Saturday, 23 Sep 2017: Walking Tour Inverness; Cawdor Castle; Scottish Highlands Show (B,D)
Inverness has a deep history and a rich Highland culture, which we'll explore in a walking tour this morning. We continue on to Cawdor Castle, a true Scottish castle still occupied by the family of the same name. If time permits we will see Elgin Cathedral Ruins and/or stop in the town of Grantown-on-Spey for a spot of tea and free time. Tonight, we're in for a treat as we experience authentic Highland culture at is most lively. There will be ceilidh dancing and traditional music, Highland activities, local food and drink and much, much more. So, what happens when you mix traditional music with a bit of dancing and taste of fine whisky? A proper Scottish night out!
Sunday, 24 Sep 2017: Travel to Edinburgh via Glamis Castle; Falconry Experience (B,L)
Today we travel to Edinburgh, with a stop at Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. It has been home to the Earls of Strathmore since 1372 and is often called Scotland's most beautiful castle. We will continue on to a falconry experience to learn about the ancient art of falconry and enjoy the thrill of seeing these birds of prey up close. We finish in Edinburgh, where after checking into our hotel, the remainder of the evening is free. Overnight Edinburgh - 3 nights
Monday, 25 Sep 2017: Old Town Edinburgh Walking Tour; Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (B,L)
Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town. Looming over the city is the medieval fortress of Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the legendary Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. We'll learn about important events and battles in Scottish history that took place on the castle grounds. Our tour continues to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the home of Mary, Queen of Scots and the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland (subject to closure). After our tour, we'll enjoy lunch together. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy as you wish. Your Tour Leader will have an itinerary if you wish to join her, or simply strike out on your own.
Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017: Free Day in Edinburgh; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
Today make Edinburgh your own by doing and seeing the things that most interest you. Your WTT Tour Leader will have suggestions for a great day. Perhaps you'd like to climb Arthur’s Seat for 360-degree views of Edinburgh, or simply meander along the Royal Mile, poking into shops and pubs and admiring the architecture. We will gather this evening for our Farewell Dinner.
Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017: Return Home from Edinburgh (B)
It's time to return home. Schedule your departure at your convenience. Your Tour Leader can assist in coordinating ride sharing to the airport based on departure times.