Scottish Clans & Castles - 10 Days

Coach Tour-9 Days

The Scottish Clans & Castles Tour - Explore Scotland by luxury coach, stay in Superior & First Class Hotels 

Scottish Clans & Castles - 10 Days

Day 1: Glasgow City Tour

Your Scottish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director at your Glasgow hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. See the main attractions of Glasgow including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding, especially during the 19th century when the city burgeoned. Visit extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, originally opened in 1901. Chat with your tour director and your fellow travelers about your trip with a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Loch Katrine Cruise & Stirling Castle

Drive north into the Trossachs region, often called “Scotland in Miniature” as all aspects of Scottish scenery are found here. Embark on a short cruise aboard a steamboat to view the natural beauty of Loch Katrine. Continue your drive through the Trossachs and on to Stirling. Walk through the various chambers and halls of Stirling Castle, associated with “Braveheart” William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scots. A local guide will fill you in on these notable people and their roles in Scottish history. Return to your hotel in good time for dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Glen Coe & Eilean Donan Castle

Today head up into the Highlands as you drive north. Journey across mysterious Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, a spectacular glen made famous by the Campbells’ massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Stop at Spean Bridge Woollen Mill and drive alongside some the long, narrow lakes in the Great Glen. Continue your drive north to visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle. The first fortified castle was built in the 13th century, rebuilt several times and partially ruined in 1719. Check in to your charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh. (B, D)

Day 4: Isle of Skye & Museum of Island Life

Today cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge to explore this lovely island, sometimes called the “Misty Isle”. It has many strong associations with Bonnie Prince Charlie as he fled here after his defeat at Culloden Moor. Drive to the north and along the Trotternish Peninsula to view Kilt Rock, a sea cliff with vertical basalt columns that look like a giant kilt. Visit the Museum of Island Life to see what daily living conditions were like on the island years ago. The museum is housed in a group of thatched cottages. Stop in Portree for free time and admire brightly-painted houses that cluster around a large bay. Return to your hotel for free time before dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Clan Donald Centre & Steam Train Ride

Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the Lords of the Isles and the most powerful clan of the Isle of Skye. Take a ferry to Mallaig on the mainland and transfer to a train for a fun ride through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery. The rails run alongside the “Road to the Isles” so you may view Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument, another reminder of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The train crosses the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct was featured in some of the Harry Potter movies. Reboard your coach at Fort William and drive to Inverness. (B, D)

Day 6: Urquhart Castle & Culloden Battlefield

Cruise into Loch Ness to visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle which was destroyed in Jacobite wars. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Learn about the battle which took place on 16th April 1746 when British Government forces defeated the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie, in just one hour. The Visitor Centre shows the background to this bloody battle and you can walk around the moorland to see various monuments commemorating troops. Return to Inverness in time to relax and, after dinner, take a gentle walking tour with a local guide. (B, D)

Day 7: Brodie Castle & Whisky Tasting
Visit Brodie Castle, a 16th century tower house with fairytale towers and turrets that is set in spacious grounds. The house contains fine furnishings as well as a collection of paintings and the library houses over 6,000 volumes. Drive through part of the Speyside region, where many distilleries are based close to sources of pure water from the River Spey. Visit a distillery in Speyside to learn about the simple ingredients and many steps involved in whisky making. Tour the facilities and sample a “wee dram” at the end of the tour. Return to Inverness and enjoy some free time for a stroll along the River Ness in front of your hotel. (B, D)

Day 8: Sheepdogs & St Andrews
Drive south through majestic Highland scenery to Leault Farm where dogs herd sheep through various obstacles. Drive south through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains and stop for a look around the town of Pitlochry. Drive to the east coast to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course and enjoy free time to browse in golf specialty stores or through the medieval town with its ruined cathedral and castle. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and enjoy a Scottish Evening with dinner and lively singing, story-telling and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 9: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
This morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. Compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. See Princes Street, the main shopping thoroughfare that separates the two areas. Learn about many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers. Finish your tour at the impressive Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of The Queen, and walk through the majestically furnished chambers. The balance of the day is free. On Jul 28 to Aug 18 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle esplanade. (B)

Day 10: Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Your program ends after breakfast. (B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner


  • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
  • Loch Katrine & Loch Ness Cruises
  • Sheepdog Trials
  • Isle of Skye
  • St Andrews
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Whisky Tasting

    Tour Includes
    10 days/9 nights/17 meals or
    11 days/10 nights/18 meals

    • Roundtrip group airport transfers (Conditions Apply)
      • Sightseeing by luxury coach
      • Professional tour director
      • 9 or 10 nights in hotels listed
      • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
      • 8 dinners (D) including
      - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
      - 7 table d’hôte dinners
      • Welcome get-together drink
      • Tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh
      • Loch Katrine steamboat cruise & Loch Ness scenic cruise
      • Ferry from the Isle of Skye
      • Highland train ride 
      • Walking tour of Inverness
      • Speyside Distillery whisky tasting and tour 
      • Sheepdog trials at Leault Farm
      • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Jul 28 to Aug 18 departures
      • Edinburgh open-top bus tour (11-day tour only)
      • Visits and admissions to Stirling Castle, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, Eilean Donan Castle, Kilt Rock, Museum of Island Life, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Brodie Castle, St Andrews, Palace of Holyroodhouse, 
      • Headsets for walking tours
      • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
      • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person



      Superior First Class

      • Winnock Hotel, Drymen, near Glasgow (2 nights)
      • Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh (2 nights)
      • Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness (3 nights)
      • Norton Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)