Scotland is a magical land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Western Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Edinburgh, the capital, is loomed over by its iconic castle, and Glasgow, is famed for its vibrant cultural scene. Scotland is also the ‘home of golf’, typified by the 16th-century Old Course at St Andrews.
Start in Glasgow (GLA), End in Edinburgh (EDI)
“Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.”
— Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister
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TUE JUN 6 • USA
Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Glasgow
WED JUN 7 • Welcome to Glasgow, Scotland
Arrive Glasgow. Make your own way to the hotel by taxi. If you wish to book a car, Coda Tours will be happy to make arrangements for you.
Hotel: Blythswood Square Hotel
THU JUN 8 • Glasgow
Spend the morning at leisure.
This afternoon you will meet with your driver and guide and enjoy a Panoramic City Tour of Glasgow.
Overflowing with style and culture, Glasgow offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, fabulous shopping and superlative wining and dining and a gay, vibrant nightlife.The city tour will take you from George Square in the city center, past the impressive Glasgow Cathedral – the only mainland Scottish Cathedral to have survived the Reformation intact – and on to the West End to admire the historic University of Glasgow, founded in 1451.
Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions with its 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing over-8000 objects. The collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant, including natural history, arms and armor, displays of the various Scottish art movements and periods of history, and much more. This evening enjoy dinner at the Two Fat Ladies Restaurant. Overnight in Glasgow.
Hotel: Blythswood Square Hotel
FRI JUN 9 • Glasgow to Fort William
This morning you will depart your hotel in Glasgow and travel along the banks of Loch Lomond. Visit Inveraray Castle. Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clam Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland. Featured in the television drama “Downton Abbey.” Inveraray Castle is a unique piece of architecture and was the first of its size and type to be built on the West Coast of Scotland. Next visit Inveraray Jail, a living museum and visitor attraction where actors portray life in a 19th century prison. An award-winning attraction, this costume-epic has established Inveraray Jail as one of Scotland’s most exciting heritage attractions. Continue to your hotel in Fort William for overnight. Dinner is at the hotel.
Hotel: Moorings Hotel
SAT JUN 10 • Isle of Skye
Today you will travel to Mallaig and take the ferry to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Travel through the beautiful scenery on Skye to Portree where you will have lunch and free time. Travel back to the mainland via the Skye Bridge. Stop at the stunning Eilean Donan Castle for a photo-op. Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognized castles in Scotland and, without a doubt, an historic and beautiful structure, designated as a Kintail National Scenic Area site. Continue to your hotel in Inverness. Overnight in Inverness.
Hotel: Tulloch Castle Hotel
SUN JUN 11 • Invernesshire
Visit Culloden Battlefield. See the site of the 1746 Battle of Culloden pitting the Jacobites (those in favor of deposing the House of Hanover and restoring the House of Stuart to the British throne) against the loyalist British armies of the Hanoverian Loyalists – the last formal battle to be fought on British soil, Culloden marks the beginning of the dismantlement of the structures of Highland society. The Jacobite loss caused harsher rules to be imposed on Scotland – from political and social reversals to even the banning of kilts and tartans.
Afterwards, visit Clava Cairns. Clava Cairns is the site of an ancient, exceptionally well-preserved grouping of prehistoric burial cairns, built approximately 4,000 years ago. Return to Inverness for afternoon at leisure. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. Overnight in Perthshire.
Hotel: Tulloch Castle Hotel
MON JUN 12 • Inverness to Perthshire
Visit Leault Farm. At Leault Farm participate in the working day of a Highland Shepherd and his invaluable sheep dogs. Watch up to eight dogs working simultaneously herding the sheep, with each dog responding to individual whistle commands from the shepherd. We will enjoy visiting the Scottish countryside and the rural life. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the town of Pitlochry.
Next visit Edradour Distillery. Edradour, a unique, single Highland Malt Whisky, is produced in Scotland’s smallest distillery – hand-made today as it was over 150 years ago. Only 12 casks of whisky (600 gallons) are produced a week, making Edradour single malt a rare pleasure for a fortunate few. Check into your hotel. Dinner is at the hotel.
Hotel: Green Hotel
TUE JUN 13 • Perthshire to Edinburgh
Today, travel to Edinburgh via St. Andrew’s. Visit St. Andrew’s Castle. St. Andrew’s Castle is the picturesque site composed of the ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St. Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century. It was built on a promontory overlooking the North Sea, using this advantage to protect the Scottish homeland from enemy invasion.
Visit St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The remains of what was Scotland’s largest and most magnificent church still show how impressive St. Andrews Cathedral must have been in its prime. St Andrews Cathedral dominated the history of the Medieval Church in Scotland, from its construction in the 12th century until the Protestant Reformation in 1560. Enjoy lunch in the town of St. Andrew’s.
Continue to Edinburgh across the Forth Rail Bridge. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel
WED JUN 14 • Edinburgh City Tour
Edinburgh is one of the world’s finest cities – old and charming one moment, modern and vibrant around-the-corner. Its magnificent architecture shifts from the well-preserved buildings of its medieval Old Town, to the prestigious residences lining the Royal Mile, to the graceful, neo-classical houses of the Georgian New Town. While touring the Georgian New Town, pause for photo-ops on Calton Hill to admire the splendid views of the city and catch historic Old Town from a new perspective. Overlooking it all perches Edinburgh Castle, the medieval fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. Visit Edinburgh Castle, located on Castle Rock, an area inhabited from the 2nd Century, B.C. It has been an official Scottish stronghold for over 3000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Next visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse. When visiting Edinburgh, Her Majesty, The Queen, resides at her official residence, Holyroodhouse Palace. Standing at the end of the prestigious Royal Mile, and framed against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the tallest hill (822ft) located in the center of Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a grand and imposing structure. Visit the adjacent Holyrood Park, formerly a 12th-century hunting estate and now a public park with a vast array of hills, glens, forests and lochs, and wander the eerily quiet ruins of Holyrood Abbey, founded in 1128 A.D..
This evening enjoy dinner at Wedgewood the Restaurant. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel
THU JUN 15 • Edinburgh to USA
Make own way to Edinburgh Airport.
Blythswood Square Hotel is an award winning 5-star spa hotel in Glasgow. This splendid landmark property commands one side of the square overlooking beautiful gardens and is one of the most elegant and chic hotels in the heart of this cultural powerhouse city.
Celebrated as one of the most popular hotels in Fort William, the Moorings Hotel is a hidden gem, located just five minutes drive from Fort William town centre but a million miles away from every day hustle and bustle. Situated on the banks of the Caledonian Canal at the famous Neptune’s staircase locks.
Tulloch Castle dates from the 12th century, when first the Bains and later the Clan Davidson laid claim to its lands. Like its lively history, the castle’s fortunes have changed many times. Now, it is once again a magnificent fortress, with a ready welcome for travelers.
In the 18th and 19th century, The Green was a coaching inn and the Defiance stagecoach, which ran between Queensferry and Perth, changed horses at the Green Inn. The liveried horses were stabled in the buildings on Green Road. The Green Hotel, traditional with spacious bedrooms and our new contemporary Jock’s restaurant.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh is designed to blend into the surrounding medieval architectural with its own 16th-century style façade. The hotel’s spot in the middle of Edinburgh lets you see Scotland’s capital city from a convenient vantage point.
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International airfare; Arrival & Departure Transfers: In Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow & Edinburg, you may make your own way to the hotel or book a taxi transfer through Coda Tours at additional cost; Pre-registered hotel nights in Dublin or Glasgow: check in may not be possible before 15h00. If you wish to book for immediate check in a supplement will apply. Visa and passport fees (if applicable); Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (recommended); Meals and beverages other than those specified in the itinerary; Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, WiFi, Internet); Gratuities to guides, drivers and tour leader.
No visas are required for this program for American & Canadian passport holders. Your passport must remain valid for six months passed your return to the USA. You must have sufficient empty pages/space in your passport for entry/exit stamps.
None required or recommended. It is recommended you have your regular vaccinations up-to-date before traveling. For further information, visit the Center For Disease Control website: http://www.cdc.gov/
Delta, American Airlines, several European carriers are among airlines that can be used for this trip. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to try to use Frequent Flyer Miles for free tickets or upgrades or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.
All departures are guaranteed on a minimum of 10 participants. A Coda Tour Manager accompanies the tour on a minimum of 10 participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation of 10. For fewer than 10 participants, rates may be revised.
A complete Portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately 3 weeks prior to departure. This will include information about traveling on this program and in this destination as well as what to expect the weather to be, recommendations for packing, tipping and a lot of other useful information.