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Scotland Experience - 2017

scaltro1

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Sunday 28th May
Arrived in Edinburgh, tour of the city including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Overnight Edinburgh.
Monday 29th May
Depart Edinburgh and cross the Forth Bridge to the Kingdom of Fife, visit Falkland Palace, the favourite medieval hunting ‘lodge’ of the Stewart Monarchs of Scotland. Falkland village is a very picturesque little village and has also been used as the film location in Outlander (if you are familiar with the Starz Outlander series which is shown in the USA). We then continue to St Andrews, where apart from the very famous golf course is a ruined castle and cathedral and many quaint small shops to explore. Overnight St Anderws.
Tuesday 30th May
Today we depart St Andrews and make our way north towards the pretty Victorian town of Pitlochry where you can, if you wish, see Heather Gems, a company that makes beautiful jewellry from the heather tat grows on the Scottish hills and mountains. There is also the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland. ‘Edradour’, if you would like a distillery visit with a wee dram.
We can maybe also visit one of Scotland’s must sees’ Blair Castle, the huge furnished castle that is the home of the Dukes of Atholl. The castle is furnished with beautiful antiques, paintings and fine furniture, before we drive through the Grampian Mountains right into the Highlands and to Inverness. Overnight Inverness.
Wednesday 31st May
Today we visit Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre which is a fascinating exhibition about the battle and the Jacobite Cause. Jacobites was the name given to the followers of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Gilbert Purdon was a Jacobite who fought at Culloden. We can also visit the nearby Clava Cairns which are huge standing stones and passage graves. In the afternoon, after lunch at the Cawdor Tavern or Culloden Inn, we can explore Cawdor Castle and Gardens, still home to the Countess of Cawdor and made famous in the Shakespeare play ‘MacBeth’. Macbeth was Thane of Cawdor, or we can visit Fort George, still a military post today and it has a wonderful military museum. Overnight Inverness as before.
Thursday 1st June
Today we depart Inverness and drive down the famous Loch Ness, looking out for the famous resident, Nessie the Loch Ness Monster. We can visit the Loch Ness Centre which tells the story of the loch and it’s famous occupant and/or Urquhart Castle, a huge ruined castle right on the banks of the loch. We continue down by the Caledonian Canal, through the Great Glen towards Fort William and then through atrmospheric Glencoe where the MacDonald clan was massacred in 1692. We then drive by the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Overnight in the Loch Lomond area.
Friday 2nd June
We drive eastward towards Stirling and Bannockburn where King Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated the army of King Edward of England in 1314.
You may like to visit the nearby William Wallace Monument or Stirling Castle or the Bannockburn Visitor Centre before we drive to Edinburgh. Journeys end.

This itinerary gives a really good overview of Scotland with a variety of landscapes and scenery plus some the best ’must sees’ in the country.

We got a train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverly on the East Coast line, which is a great way to travel especially if you get the Quiet carriage first class as it also includes complimentary food and dinks en-route and it is a very relaxing way to travel, the journey took just over 4 hours.
 

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