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Day 2: Edinburgh
Arrive Edinburgh Airport, meet your Teach By Travel tour manager, and board your coach for a panoramic tour of Edinburgh. Get your first view of Edinburgh Castle
and the Royal Mile, with time to explore on your own, before dinner and overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 3: Edinburgh
Morning guided city sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, featuring the medieval Old Town, the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and more, ending at the spectacular hill-top Edinburgh Castle. Free time to explore the alleyways and closes of this mystical city, or venture along the Royal Mile and visit kiltmakers, Scottish craft shops, and antique stores. Tonight enjoy a Scottish themed dinner accompanied by traditional musical entertainment.
Day 4: St. Andrews - Inverness
This morning cross the Firth of Forth to the Kingdom of Fife and spend time in the university city of St. Andrews, also famous as the home of golf. Leaving the Lowlands behind, time to pause in the Victorian resort of Pitlochry, which is the gateway to the Highlands
. Your journey continues via the dramatic Grampian Mountains to Inverness. Dinner and overnight in Inverness.
Day 5: Speyside - Inverness
A full day touring in Speyside, source of some of the country's finest malt whiskies. Visits are made to a distillery, a woollen mill and a Scottish food center for a taste of some traditional shortbread. We also delve into the history of Scotland with a visit to Culloden Moor. In 1746 Culloden was the site of the last pitched battle in Britain and is considered to be one of the most poignant and haunting places in Britain.
Day 6: Inverness - Fort William
Morning departure to Loch Ness
- enjoy a cruise on the loch, keeping an eye out for 'Nessie – the Loch Ness monster', along the way! A visit is also included to the remains of Urquhart Castle, one of the largest castles in Scotland, with stunning views across the loch. Continue down the Great Glen to Fort William.
Day 7: Glencoe - Oban
Free time to further explore in Fort William, set amidst stunning scenery and dominated by Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Continue towards the coast and detour inland through Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Macdonalds by the Campbells in 1692. The dramatic highland landscape continues as you follow the coast road to the port of Oban.
Day 8: Isles of Mull & Iona
An early start today to board the ferry across to the beautiful Isle of Mull. Admire the natural beauty of Mull on the coach journey across the island to catch the foot passenger ferry to the peaceful island of Iona. This small Hebridean island is ideal for gentle walks, and those who wish can visit Iona Abbey, one of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites. The Abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in 563AD and today is a focus for Christian pilgrimage.
Day 9: Glasgow
Bid farewell to the mountains today and journey south via Glen Lochy to the banks of Loch Lomond. Enjoy a cruise on the loch before a short journey brings you to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. A local guide shows you the sights before your final dinner and overnight.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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