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Program #20881RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jul 2 — Jul 16, 2014

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Day One: Wednesday, July 02 -
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Arthouse reflects its own modern renaissance, combining striking traditional architecture with the most exciting contemporary design. Behind the superb exterior, the 59-bedroom townhouse has been designed with a sense of luxury and relaxation with a home-from-home feel

Contact info:
129 Bath Street
Glasgow, G2 2SZ UK:Scotland
phone: +44 141 221 6789
Room amenities: LCD TV & DVD players, in-room safe, hospitality tray, bespoke toiletries and complimentary WiFi

Facility amenities: Residents lounge including restaurant, bar.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
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, July 03 -
Arrive To: Glasgow. Transfer by coach to the hotel.

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

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

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Arthouse Glasgow

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

Description: The Arthouse reflects its own modern renaissance, combining striking traditional architecture with the most exciting contemporary design. Behind the superb exterior, the 59-bedroom townhouse has been designed with a sense of luxury and relaxation with a home-from-home feel

Contact info:
129 Bath Street
Glasgow, G2 2SZ UK:Scotland
phone: +44 141 221 6789
Room amenities: LCD TV & DVD players, in-room safe, hospitality tray, bespoke toiletries and complimentary WiFi

Facility amenities: Residents lounge including restaurant, bar.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
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, July 04 - 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 Scottish city.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure for you to explore more of this city and perhaps to take in one of the many museums, including the recently opened Museum of Transport or its fine collection of municiple 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: The Arthouse Glasgow

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Arthouse reflects its own modern renaissance, combining striking traditional architecture with the most exciting contemporary design. Behind the superb exterior, the 59-bedroom townhouse has been designed with a sense of luxury and relaxation with a home-from-home feel

Contact info:
129 Bath Street
Glasgow, G2 2SZ UK:Scotland
phone: +44 141 221 6789
Room amenities: LCD TV & DVD players, in-room safe, hospitality tray, bespoke toiletries and complimentary WiFi

Facility amenities: Residents lounge including restaurant, bar.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
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, July 05 - 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 Aryshire, where Dwight D Eisenhower was given the use of a flat in recognition of his connection to this grateful nation. The Kennedy family is one of Scotland’s oldest families and trace ancestry to Robert the Bruce. Culzean Castle was their principal seat from 1759, the castle and its landscape reflecting their status and aspirations. Over the centuries, the Kennedys transformed a medieval tower house, built to protect its inhabitants during dangerous times, into one of the grandest country houses in Ayrshire. In the 1770s, 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. 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. Robert Burns Birthplace 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 the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, 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: The Arthouse 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, July 06 - 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, Hill House, 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. Continue on with a drive along the shores of Loch Lomond into the Highlands.

Lunch: Your choice to explore Inverary.

Afternoon: The field trip continues 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 is Cruachan Power Station. A short distance from Oban, you can discover one of the hidden wonders of the Highlands. A power station buried one kilometre below the ground. At its centre lies a massive cavern, 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, July 07 - The Isle of Mull and Isle of 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 of the islands of the Inner Hebrides.

Lunch: Taken out at St Columba Hotel.

Afternoon: From Mull cross to the "Cradle of Christianity" 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 tranquility and natural beauty. Return by ferry from Craignure to Oban.

Dinner: 8:00pm. In the hotel on return from Criagnure.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa

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

Description: A Family run hotel set in a loch-side location.

Contact info:
Nr. Fort William
Inverness Shire, PH33 6RY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1855 214
Room amenities: Telephone, Hospitality Tray and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and lounge

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


Day Seven: Tuesday, July 08 - Steam train ride from Fort William to Mallaig.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Onich on the shores of Loch Linnhe, near Fort William today. Take the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig --on the way you'll see tiny villages, vast moors, towering mountains and historic glens. Drive by Stalker Castle and through"Kidnapped" country.

Lunch: Taken out at the Steam Inn in Mallaig.

Afternoon: Return to Fort William for 3:30pm. Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Evening lecture with Rita Adam.

Lodging: The Onich

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

Description: A Family run hotel set in a loch-side location.

Contact info:
Nr. Fort William
Inverness Shire, PH33 6RY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1855 214
Room amenities: Telephone, Hospitality Tray and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and lounge

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


Day Eight: Wednesday, July 09 - 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 and ride 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 rail journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust in 2009,

Lunch: Taken out at the Green Welly in Tyndrum.

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

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Onich

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, July 10 - The misty Isle of Skye/ Dunvegan Castle.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Spend a full day on the Isle of Skye-the misty isle. Begin by taking the 30 minute ferry ride from Mallaig to Armadale where we take the coach to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens. Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan once entirely encircled by the sea, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. On display are many fine oil paintings and clan treasures, the most famous of which is the Fairy Flag. Legend has it that this sacred Banner has miraculous powers and when unfurled in battle, the clan MacLeod will defeat their enemies. Another of the castle's great treasures is the Dunvegan Cup, a unique ‘mazer’ dating back to the Middle Ages. It was gifted by the O'Neils of Ulster as a token of thanks to one of the clan's most celebrated Chiefs, Sir Rory Mor, for his support of their cause against the marauding forces of Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1596.

Lunch: In Dunvegan Castle.

Afternoon: Explore the formal gardens and estate and take some time to seal spot! The Castle Gardens were originally laid out in the 18th century and considerable replanting and landscaping provides a legacy which current as well as future generations can enjoy and admire. The Castle gardens lie inland and are backed by a considerable number of hectares (1 hectare = 2.471 acres) of mature woodland Return via Skye Bridge with a photo opportunity at Eileen Donan Castle, one of Sotland's most iconic sights. Continue on to 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, July 11 - Cawdor Castle, the Black Isle.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a field trip to the Black Isle and Cromarty and a special private talk by a custodian at Groam House Museum.

Lunch: Taken out at the Royal Hotel, Cromarty.

Afternoon: 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 mainly of 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. Drive by Culloden.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Local pipers perform for you.

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, July 12 - Elgin Cathedral, Glenlivet whisky tasting, sheepd...
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Pitlochry via Elgin Cathedral-burned by the Wolf of Badenoch in the 14th century and continue on to Strathspey, known for its plentiful whisky distilleries. Visit Glenlivet Distillery set in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains in one of the most romantic and scenic glens in the Highlands. See inside the vast bonded warehouse, learn how whisky is made and sample a "wee dram".

Lunch: Lunch at The Croft Inn, Shenval, Glenlivet.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a sheepdog display at Kingussie Leaut Farm. Watch up to eight dogs working at the same time on the sheep and hear their individual whistle commands - something you won't see anywhere else as it's unique to Neil's personal style of training! Meet the friendly collie pups, help to shear a sheep and bottle feed orphan lambs. Meet the friendly collie pups.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Fishers Hotel

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

Description: Situated in the heart of historic Edinburgh, next to the Royal Mile and Princes Street.

Contact info:
North Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 ISD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 472 3000
web: www.pumahotels.co.uk/hotels/carlton-hotel-edinburgh/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite TV. Tea and coffee making facilities. Modem points and WiFi access.

Facility amenities: Bridge Restaurant and bar. 24 hour room service. WiFi internet access. Health & leisure club with indoor swimming pool and extensive fitness suite. Sauna, Jacuzzi type spa pool, Steam room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBC.
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 Twelve: Sunday, July 13 - St Andrews, Blair Adam private talk with owners.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Edinburgh via the picturesque university town and home to British golf, St Andrews. Take a town walk.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: A unique experience this afternoon as we take a private field trip to Blair Adam and meet the owners who talk about the challenges of inheriting an historic house. You may notice that your course director's last name is Adam!

Dinner: In the Edinburgh hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

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

Description: Situated in the heart of historic Edinburgh, next to the Royal Mile and Princes Street.

Contact info:
North Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 ISD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 472 3000
web: www.pumahotels.co.uk/hotels/carlton-hotel-edinburgh/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite TV. Tea and coffee making facilities. Modem points and WiFi access.

Facility amenities: Bridge Restaurant and bar. 24 hour room service. WiFi internet access. Health & leisure club with indoor swimming pool and extensive fitness suite. Sauna, Jacuzzi type spa pool, Steam room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBC.
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, July 14 - Culross Castle, Rosslyn Chapel.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a field trip to Dunfirmline, birthplace of Andrew Carnegie and burial place of Robert the Bruce's body (minus heart and entrails!) Continue on to the 17th century delightful small town of Culross with its Merchants' Palace and Bishops' Study. Enjoy the storied narrow streets and views across the Firth of Forth.

Lunch: Taken out in the National Trust's Tearoom, adjacent to the Mechant's Palace.

Afternoon: Continue on to Rosslyn Chapel, a symphony of stone carving and craftmanship associated with the Da Vinci Code

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

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

Description: Situated in the heart of historic Edinburgh, next to the Royal Mile and Princes Street.

Contact info:
North Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 ISD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 472 3000
web: www.pumahotels.co.uk/hotels/carlton-hotel-edinburgh/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite TV. Tea and coffee making facilities. Modem points and WiFi access.

Facility amenities: Bridge Restaurant and bar. 24 hour room service. WiFi internet access. Health & leisure club with indoor swimming pool and extensive fitness suite. Sauna, Jacuzzi type spa pool, Steam room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBC.
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, July 15 - Scottish Parliament.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning take an expert-led field trip to Edinburgh Castle followed by a coach journey around Edinburgh's Old and New Towns.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon or take an optional excursion to the controversial building that houses the Scottish Parliament. This part of Scotland's contemporary history rounds off this journey through Scotland. .

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Wednesday, July 16 - 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

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32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
1 Performances

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