The Scottish Highlands are known for their rugged and powerful force. The northern islands are pictures of perseverance against unpredictable Mother Nature. The Scottish countryside holds grace and delicateness along with raw power. This custom tailored grand Scotland tour for nature and wildlife enthusiasts through northern territories takes you into the natural beauty of the landscape and its unprecedented splendor. Mountains take shape in the mist and sea forges coastal cliffs. Puffins nest...
Pleasures of Edinburgh
Arrive in the capital of Scotland, a city brimming with eclectic energy. Castle Hill shapes part of the Royal Mile, a street originally constructed in the 12th century and continues to lead from the Edinburgh Castle gates to Holyrood Palace. Fabulous historic buildings line the wide and cobble street. Spires cast shadows over the sidewalk and stone facades. Arthur’s Seat rises in a park at the fringe of the city center. The 822-foot peak is draped in greenery, decorated with sporadic ruggedness peeking through the carpet of grass. The summit provides excellent panoramas of the cityscape. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to your comfortable accommodation located in the heart of Edinburgh. After you settle in your guide arrives, ready to take you through the remarkable combination of the city’s constructed and natural beauty.
A pond at the base of Holyrood Park, below the dormant volcanic crown, houses eccentric geese. Locals sit on the benches and throw torn pieces of bread into the water. The geese wade through the water and scoop up the loose crumbs. Remnants of a medieval chapel from the 15th century decorate the walkway leading to the mountaintop. A series of cliffs dominate the skyline. Edinburgh Castle rises over the center atop Castle Rock. The bordering greenery makes the city’s stone facades more prominent and proud. The aroma of fresh dew and fertile grass drifts across Holyrood Park giving you a hint of Scotland’s natural beauty to come.
The Wonder of Cairngorms
Witnessing the Northern Isles
Vast Culture and Historic Relics
To the Sky
- Explore the cobbled streets and verdant natural parkland of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city
- Venture to the top of one of the United Kingdom’s tallest mountains on a funicular for an unparalleled view
- Set sail along Moray Firth to witness the spectacular marine life of the North Sea, including whales, dolphins, and otters
- Journey along the “The Street” of the Applecross Peninsula and along one of the highest roads the United Kingdom
- Witness the towering coastal cliffs and rugged landscape of the Orkney Islands
- Enjoy an expedition around the island’s exterior for a tremendous view of puffins in their natural habitat
- Visit a sensational antique home with containing over 5,000 years of Scottish heritage
The Scottish Highlands conjures up images of warriors and poets, mysterious women formed from lakes and towering mountaintops peeking through the mists. The islands hold legends of Vikings, shipwrecks, and ancient civilizations. This 8-day grand Scotland tour is meant for seafarers and island hoppers, antique enthusiasts and nature and wildlife lovers, best visited between spring and early autumn, when the landscape is verdant and the northern seas are tranquil. Beyond the legends is the landscape, rugged and iconic, carved from the elements and filled with unique wildlife. Make your way to secluded villages and independent mountain peaks, across windswept terrain pebbled beaches to experience the exceptional wilds of Scotland.
Edinburgh welcomes you at the start of your tour of Scotland with cobblestone streets and a comfortable mixture of stone edifices and rising green hillsides. Scottish heritage emanates from the ground up and is emblazoned in the architecture. You follow your guide through the streets and to the panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside at the top of Arthur’s Seat. Your private transfer meets you at the comfortable hotel and takes you northbound to Cairngorms National Park. Follow your guide on the funicular to the heights of the mountain range before arriving in Inverness.
The River Ness runs alongside the charming town where it is easy to settle in. A day trip takes you up to Moray Firth, the waterway connected to the North Sea. Set out on a whale and dolphin-watching excursion to immerse yourself in the seaside lifestyle of the locals. Your private driver meets you on day four and takes you around the hairpin turns and tremendous panoramic views along Applecross Peninsula. The following day you head to the airport for your flight to the Orkney Isles, an archipelago located at the northern edge of Scotland. The landscape is captivating, rising out of seaside cliffs and windswept grasslands.
Arrive in Stromness, a fishing and port village. Your guide takes you out on the sea to witness the marvelous landscape and more importantly, see the nesting puffins. With a full day on the island at your leisure you can spend time amidst the local fishing villages or experience the depths of heritage surrounding the landscape, including the 5,000-year-old settlement of Skara Brae. After breakfast, on day-eight your private transfer escorts you to the airport on Orkney. You return to Edinburgh to make your flight home.
$2,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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