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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Sep 23 — Oct 7, 2015

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Day One: Wednesday, September 23 -
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally Located Hotel.

Contact info:
George Square
Glasgow G2 1DS, UK:Scotland
phone: +44 141 332 6711
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Satellite television, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, iron.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and coffee bar. Otium health and leisure facilities-indoor swimming pool, spa pool, work out facilities, sauna, steam room. BT Openzone wireless internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, September 24 - Arrival Day
Arrive To: Glasgow. Transfer by private motorcoach or individual cars to the hotel, dependent on flight arrival times. Please look for the Road Scholar driver in the Arrivals Hall, who will be holding a Road Scholar sign.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm for those arriving by lunchtime.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel and a free afternoon, before the welcome meeting at 5:30pm.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally Located Hotel.

Contact info:
George Square
Glasgow G2 1DS, UK:Scotland
phone: +44 141 332 6711
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Satellite television, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, iron.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and coffee bar. Otium health and leisure facilities-indoor swimming pool, spa pool, work out facilities, sauna, steam room. BT Openzone wireless internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, September 25 - Glasgow: City of Culture
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture in the hotel on “Scotland’s History”, followed by a panoramic field trip by coach around the highlights of this magnificent city.

Lunch: Excluded for you to explore the city’s many cafés and restaurants.

Afternoon: At leisure for you to explore more of this city and perhaps take in one of the many museums, including the Museum of Transport, or one of its fine collections of municipal art. Your Course Director will advise you of your options.

Dinner: Excluded. There are many restaurants, pubs and cafes close to the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally Located Hotel.

Contact info:
George Square
Glasgow G2 1DS, UK:Scotland
phone: +44 141 332 6711
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Satellite television, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, iron.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and coffee bar. Otium health and leisure facilities-indoor swimming pool, spa pool, work out facilities, sauna, steam room. BT Openzone wireless internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, September 26 - Culzean Castle and Robert Burns National Heritage...
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Robert Adam’s masterpiece, Culzean Castle – a 600 acre estate in South Ayrshire where Dwight D Eisenhower was given the use of an apartment in recognition of his connection to this grateful nation. Culzean was the principal seat of Clan Kennedy - one of Scotland’s oldest families - who can trace their ancestry back to Robert the Bruce, and the castle and its landscape reflect their status and aspirations. Over the centuries, the Kennedys transformed a medieval tower house, built to protect its inhabitants in dangerous times, into one of the grandest country houses in Ayrshire. In the 1770’s, the 10th Earl commissioned the famous architect, Robert Adam, to create a house worthy of his political status. The entrance doors are on the site of Adam’s front door, and above the doorway you can see Adam’s original graceful fanlight.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to Burns Cottage in Alloway – the birthplace of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. At the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, trace his footsteps from birth to national and international icon. The museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Set among 10 acres of the poet’s cherished Alloway countryside, the museum comprises Burns Cottage, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest works, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated on the Esplanade with views across the Firth of Lorne to Mull and Kerrea.

Contact info:
Corran Esplanade
Oban
Argyll, PA34 5AE UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1631 565735
web: www.crerarhotels.com/obanbay

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Free WiFi. Limited room service. Hairdryers.

Facility amenities: Rannachan Restaurant, Atlantic bar and Lounge. Sun lounge. Spa with outdoor hot tub. Free WiFi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, September 27 - Mackintosh’s Hill House, Loch Lomond, Cruachan Po...
Mackintosh’s Hill House, Loch Lomond, Cruachan Power Station and Loch Awe

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Oban via Helensburgh, where we will see the home created for one of Scotland’s best known publishers by Glasgow’s world famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Dating back to 1902, the interiors and decorative scheme were created by Mackintosh and his wife. We will then continue on with a drive along the shores of Loch Lomond into the Highlands.

Lunch: Excluded to allow you to explore the delightful town of Inveraray.

Afternoon: The transfer continues on to “the Hollow Hill”, Cruachan Power Station – one of the country’s most amazing engineering achievements. Hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch Awe, the massive cavern at its centre is high enough to house the Tower of London.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated on the Esplanade with views across the Firth of Lorne to Mull and Kerrea.

Contact info:
Corran Esplanade
Oban
Argyll, PA34 5AE UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1631 565735
web: www.crerarhotels.com/obanbay

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Free WiFi. Limited room service. Hairdryers.

Facility amenities: Rannachan Restaurant, Atlantic bar and Lounge. Sun lounge. Spa with outdoor hot tub. Free WiFi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, September 28 - The Isles of Mull and Iona
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we take a full day field trip by ferry to the Isle of Mull, and then on to the Isle of Iona. Mull is the second largest island in the Inner Hebrides and from the rugged ridges of its coastline to its blinding white sand, Mull can lay claim to some of the finest and most varied scenery in the Hebrides. From Mull cross to the “Cradle of Christianity”, Iona.

Lunch: Taken out.

Afternoon: Following lunch, explore the ethereal isle of Iona – a place where they say “the Veil is thin”. Iona was a centre of Irish monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty. Return by ferry from Craignure to Oban.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated at the foot of the UK's tallest mountain, the Ben Nevis is located at the outskirts of Fort William.

Contact info:
North Road
Fort William, PH3 6TG UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1355 266886
web: www.strathmorehotels.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. WiFi.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, September 29 - The Jacobite Steam Train
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we transfer to Fort William, through “Kidnapped” country, with a drive by of Stalker Castle. We’ll then take a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig, passing through tiny villages, cast moors, towering mountains and historic glens – getting a real sense of the wild contrasts that the Highlands can bring.

Lunch: Excluded in Mallaig.

Afternoon: We will have free time to explore Mallaig before returning to Fort William and continuing the transfer.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a recording of the Edinburgh Tattoo and indulge in a mid-programme Q&A session with your Course Director.

Lodging: Ben Nevis Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated at the foot of the UK's tallest mountain, the Ben Nevis is located at the outskirts of Fort William.

Contact info:
North Road
Fort William, PH3 6TG UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1355 266886
web: www.strathmorehotels.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. WiFi.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, September 30 - Ben Nevis Gondola Ride, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning take a gondola ride on Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, before riding the West Highland line from Fort William to Crianlarich via Rannoch Moor. The ride is considered the most scenic railway line in Britain and voted the top railway journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust in 2009.

Lunch: Taken out in Tyndrum.

Afternoon: The field trip continues through Glencoe with a stop at the informative Visitor Centre.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Ben Nevis Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Tulloch Castle dates from the 12th Century, when first the Bains and later the Clan Davidson laid claim to its lands. When you arrive, you will be met with Tulloch’s countless period features including the 250-year old panelled Great Hall. As you enter the magnificent hallways you will pass by painstakingly restored original fireplaces and ceilings.

Contact info:
Tulloch Castle Drive
Dingwall
Ross-Shire, IV15 9ND UK:Scotland
phone: +44 8444 146586
web: www.oxfordhotelsandinns.com/OurHotels/TullochCastle

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Turrets Restaurant, bar, lounge. Grounds. WiFi available in the entire hotel at supplemental cost.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Thursday, October 01 - The Misty Isle of Skye
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we visit the Isle of Skye – “the misty isle” (itinerary dependent on weather conditions). Begin by taking the 30 minute ferry ride from Mallaig to Armadale and onwards through the rugged, haunting hills to view The Cuillin, the most spectacular mountains in the Highlands.

Lunch: Taken out.

Afternoon: The field trip continues before we carry on our transfer to the hotel in Dingwall.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Tulloch Castle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Tulloch Castle dates from the 12th Century, when first the Bains and later the Clan Davidson laid claim to its lands. When you arrive, you will be met with Tulloch’s countless period features including the 250-year old panelled Great Hall. As you enter the magnificent hallways you will pass by painstakingly restored original fireplaces and ceilings.

Contact info:
Tulloch Castle Drive
Dingwall
Ross-Shire, IV15 9ND UK:Scotland
phone: +44 8444 146586
web: www.oxfordhotelsandinns.com/OurHotels/TullochCastle

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Turrets Restaurant, bar, lounge. Grounds. WiFi available in the entire hotel at supplemental cost.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Friday, October 02 - Cawdor Castle, Clava Cairns and Culloden
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: We journey to fairy tale Cawdor Castle, 14th Century home to the Thanes of Cawdor. Linked with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the castle remains home to the Cawdor family today. Although the house has evolved over 600 years, later additions from the 17th Century were all built in the Scottish vernacular style, with slated roofs over walls and gables of mellow local stone. This style gives Cawdor a strong sense of unity, and the massive severe exterior belies an intimate interior that gives the place a surprisingly personal, friendly atmosphere.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken at Cawdor Castle.

Afternoon: We pay a visit to Clava Cairns, one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sites. Around 4000 years old, the burial cairns at Clava are speculated to be the final resting place of the privileged few in the local community – perhaps tribal chiefs. From Clava Cairns we move on to the battlefield of Culloden, the site of a turning point in British history and the last battle fought on British soil.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Relax and enjoy a local music group as they regale you with traditional Scottish tunes.

Lodging: Tulloch Castle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was originally built as a coaching inn. She became known as " Fisher's “ after the colourful character Donald Fisher who ran the hotel from about 1853. Mr. Fisher was evidently a charming personality who, in between farming shorthorn cattle and giving speeches, made the hotel famous and enticed the celebrities of Victorian Britain to visit. Robert Louis Stevenson lived here with his wife

Contact info:
Atholl Road
Pitlochry, PH16 5BN UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1996 472000
web: www.fishershotelpitlochry.com

Room amenities: All our bedrooms have ensuite bath or shower rooms, televsion and tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Bar, Lounge and restaurant

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Saturday, October 03 - Glenlivet Malt Whiskey Distillery and Kingussie F...
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning we transfer to Pitlochry via the Glenlivet Whiskey Distillery. Set in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains, in one of the most romantic and scenic glens in the Highlands, the distillery will give you an insight into the whiskey making process as well as allowing you to sample a “wee dram”.

Lunch: Taken out.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a sheepdog display at Kingussie Leaut Farm, before continuing the transfer to Pitlochry.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Fishers Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was originally built as a coaching inn. She became known as " Fisher's “ after the colourful character Donald Fisher who ran the hotel from about 1853. Mr. Fisher was evidently a charming personality who, in between farming shorthorn cattle and giving speeches, made the hotel famous and enticed the celebrities of Victorian Britain to visit. Robert Louis Stevenson lived here with his wife

Contact info:
Atholl Road
Pitlochry, PH16 5BN UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1996 472000
web: www.fishershotelpitlochry.com

Room amenities: All our bedrooms have ensuite bath or shower rooms, televsion and tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Bar, Lounge and restaurant

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Sunday, October 04 - Scone Palace and Loch of the Lowes
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning we travel to Dunkeld, one of the best preserved historic towns in Scotland. Its cathedral dominates the skyline and is over 1400 years old, dating from a time when Celtic monks set up the base for a mission at the confluence of two rivers. Since then it has seen many changes and turbulent times, eventually becoming the beautiful, peaceful place of worship it is today. From Dunkeld we make the scenic journey to Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings. From Kenneth McAlpin, traditionally known as the first King of Scots, through Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II – all were crowned here.

Lunch: Taken at Scone Palace.

Afternoon: We return to the hotel via the Loch of the Lowes, an unspoilt nature reserve covering 220 square acres. Take some time to enjoy the beautiful woodland, or try and spot one of the many rare, indigenous species: red squirrels, roe deer and a pair of breeding ospreys have all made this tranquil nature reserve their home.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Fishers Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A modern hotel, the King James is located just off Edinburgh’s world-famous Princes Street, and a short walk from the Royal Mile.

Contact info:
107 Leith Street
Edinburgh, EH! 3SW UK:Scotland
phone: +44 871 376 9016
web: www.thistle.com

Room amenities: BT Openzone Wi-Fi, Coffee and Tea Making Facilities, Complimentary Toiletries, Direct Dial Telephone, Flat Screen LCD TV With Free View, Hairdryer, Hard Flooring, Iron & Ironing Board, Refreshment Tray, Trouser Press. Wheel in Shower Work Desk

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, BT Openzone Wi-Fi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Monday, October 05 - Culross and Rosslyn Chapel
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we transfer to Edinburgh, your final destination. En-route we will visit the delightful small town of Culross, with its Merchant’s Palace and Bishop’s Study. Enjoy the storied narrow streets and views across the Firth of Forth.

Lunch: Packed lunch provided to make the most of this busy transfer day.

Afternoon: Continue on to Rosslyn Chapel, a symphony of stone carving and craftsmanship associated with the Da Vinci Code. Founded in 1446, the chapel is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque in the United Kingdom.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A modern hotel, the King James is located just off Edinburgh’s world-famous Princes Street, and a short walk from the Royal Mile.

Contact info:
107 Leith Street
Edinburgh, EH! 3SW UK:Scotland
phone: +44 871 376 9016
web: www.thistle.com

Room amenities: BT Openzone Wi-Fi, Coffee and Tea Making Facilities, Complimentary Toiletries, Direct Dial Telephone, Flat Screen LCD TV With Free View, Hairdryer, Hard Flooring, Iron & Ironing Board, Refreshment Tray, Trouser Press. Wheel in Shower Work Desk

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, BT Openzone Wi-Fi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Tuesday, October 06 - Edinburgh Castle and Independent Exploration
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning we visit Edinburgh Castle to discover its rich and varied history.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free time for you to discover more of Edinburgh. Your Group Leader and Course Director will have suggestions of how you can make the most of your time in this historic city.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Wednesday, October 07 - Departure day.
Depart From: Edinburgh for flights to North America.

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel. Some transfers may leave before breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Glasgow.
GlasgowGlasgow Cathedral, Burrell Collection, Tenement House, Willow Tea Room, People’s Palace, Hunterian Art Gallery, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Pollock House, theatres, cinemas. For additional information, visit www.seeglasgow.com

Important information about your itinerary:
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33 meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 12 dinners
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