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The Best of Scotland

Program Number: 20881RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/17/2013 - 7/31/2013; 6/18/2014 - 7/2/2014; 7/2/2014 - 7/16/2014; 7/16/2014 - 7/30/2014; 9/3/2014 - 9/17/2014; 9/10/2014 - 9/24/2014; 10/1/2014 - 10/15/2014;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Scotland, UK:Scotland
Price starting at: $3,996.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 32; 13 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

South to the cultural riches of Edinburgh and Glasgow. West to the sacred and misty island of Iona in the Hebrides. Inland to the breathtaking highlands, where clans and kings fought to defend their hearths and heritage. Discover rugged landscapes, turbulent history, romance and legend on a remarkable, sweeping journey through Scotland. From peaks to glens we’ll go, with a wee dram to fortify us along the way.




Highlights

• Explore the beautiful islands of Mull, Skye and Iona.
• Journey on some of the world’s most famous trains — the West Highland line and the Jacobite steam train.
• Experience iconic Edinburgh Castle — dominating the skyline of the Scottish capital city — on a fascinating field trip to the top of the volcanic Castle Rock.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

6-18-2014, 7-2-2014, 7-16-2014, 9-3-2014, 9-10-2014

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Glasgow, 3 nights; coach to Oban, 2 nights; coach to Fort William, 2 nights; coach to Dingwall, 2 nights; coach to Pitlochry, 1 night; coach to Edinburgh, 3 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Glasgow
3 nights

Get to know Scotland’s “second city” at Culzean Castle, a 600-acre estate, and Burns Heritage Park and Burns Cottage, home to Scotland’s great national poet. En route to Oban, learn about the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh at his Hill House. Marvel at the magnificent engineering feat of “The Hollow Mountain,” the Cruachan Power Station, and search for wildlife along the shores of Loch Lomond.



Coach to Oban
2 nights

From our base in Highland Fort William, journey by ferry to the Island of Mull and from there cross to the spiritual center and “cradle of Christianity” in the island of Iona. On the Isle of Skye, “the misty isle,” learn of the heritage of the McDonald Clan at their center in Armadale Castle.



Coach to Fort William
2 nights

Take one of the world’s great train journeys from Fort William to Crianlarich, and then invoke Harry Potter films as you ride the Jacobite Steam train over the Glenfinnian Viaduct. Travel by gondola at Ben Nevis and explore “Kidnapped” country.



Coach to Dingwall
2 nights
Pitlochry
1 night

From Dingwall, discover romance at Macbeth’s Cawdor Castle and explore the unique Groam House Museum in the Black Isle. Get into the spirit of the country at Glenlivet malt whisky distillery and the Kingussie Farm working sheepdog display. Discover the birthplace of golf at historic St. Andrews en route to Edinburgh.



Coach to Edinburgh
3 nights
Depart Edinburgh

In Edinburgh, see the city’s history in the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town. Beyond the city explore the mystical carvings at Rosslyn Chapel, the painted ceiling at the Merchant and Bishop’s palaces at Culross and Andrew Carnegie’s birthplace in Dunfermline. In the 21st century, learn of the controversies surrounding the creation of the Scottish Parliament.




Scotland

The lochs and highlands of Scotland have long been a source of inspiration for folklore, poetry and song — influencing movements from the Romanticism of Robert Burns to the Kailyard school of J.M. Barrie. Through the years, Scotland has maintained a strong pride in the arts and boasts notable museums, theaters and events including the Edinburgh International Festival, an annual celebration of arts from around the world.



Accommodations
Glasgow: Centrally located hotel. Oban: Hotel on Esplanade looking out at the Firth of Lorne. Fort William: Hotel located at the foot of Ben Nevis on the outskirts of town. Dingwall and Pitlochry: Historic hotels. Edinburgh: Centrally located hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
  Glasgow., UK:Scotland 3 nights
   Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
  Oban, UK:Scotland 2 nights
   Ben Nevis Hotel
  Fort William, UK:Scotland 2 nights
   Tulloch Castle
  Dingwall, UK:Scotland 2 nights
   Atholl Palace Hotel
  Pitlochry, UK:Scotland 1 night
   King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)
  Edinburgh., UK:Scotland 3 nights
 Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  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

 Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Ben Nevis Hotel
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Tulloch Castle
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 allowed: No

 Atholl Palace Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Built in 1886 in the Scottish Baronial style and renovated in 2002, the Atholl Palace Hotel is set within its own beautiful grounds amongst breathtaking scenery of Perthshire and overlooking the picturesque town of Pitlochry with views over the Tummel Valley. Sweeping lawns and colourful planting greets you as you approach the Atholl Palace. As you pass the iconic Gate Lodge you will glimse the red bridge and water features of the Japanese Garden. The driveway twists and turns to reveal different vistas as you travel, past three ponds, up the beech avenue to the carriage porch. Outdoor tables and benches.
  Contact info: Atholl Road
Pitlochry,  PH16 5LY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1796 472400
web: www.athollpalace.com
  Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Hairdryers, trouser press.
  Facility amenities: The Verandah Restaurant, Stagshead Bar, Indoor swimming pool, steam rooms, sauna, beauty salon, 9-hole pitch "n" putt course, tennis courts. A lift serves the main floors and most bedrooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: 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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm on arrival day. A welcome meeting at 5:30pm preceeds dinner. You will be staying at Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check-out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No documents other than Passports/Vias required.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and buses available to and from hotels in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Glasgow.
  Nearest city or town:  Glasgow.
  Nearest airport:  Glasgow.
  Transportation to site: Trains are availble from London Euston to Glasgow Central. From Glasgow Airport the easiest method is to take the Service 500 (airport's official Glasgow Shuttle) First's Glasgow Shuttle provides you with the most direct service between the airport and Glasgow city centre with links to Glasgow's two main rail stations – Central and Queen Street – and the main bus terminus, Buchanan Bus Station. The service operates up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and takes only 25 minutes end to end. The nearest rail station to Glasgow Airport is Paisley Gilmour Street, which is just one mile from the terminal and easily reached by taxi or bus (services 66 and 300). There are direct rail services from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central (8 trains an hour). Taxis-the approximate fare from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow City Centre is £20.00 - £22.00
  From End of Program
  Location:  Edinburgh.
  Nearest city or town:  Edinburgh.
  Nearest airport:  Edinburgh.
  Transportation from site: Edinburgh Airport is approximately 8 miles from the city centre. Bus Airlink 100 runs from Waverley Bridge (off Princes St) every 10 minutes. The journey takes 25 miutes and costs GBP3.50.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Wednesday, July 17)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Day 2:
(Thursday, July 18)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Glasgow City of Culture. Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House.
(Friday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Panoramic field trip by coach around the highlights of this Scottish city en route to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House. High on a hill in Helensburgh, overlooking the River Clyde, sits what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation. The Hill House is a visually arresting mix of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japonisme architecture and design. Mackintosh designed nearly everything inside the Hill House too, from the decorative schemes and the furniture to the fittings and contents. His wife, Margaret Macdonald, designed and made many of the textiles as well as a beautiful fireplace panel. Much of the house has been restored so it looks almost exactly as it did in 1904 when its first residents, Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie and his family, moved in. The beautiful, formal gardens have also been restored in line with the early designs, using plants that would have been available at the time.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Culzean Castle and Robert Burns National Heritage Park.
(Saturday, July 20)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture in the hotel on "Scotland's History". 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.
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Loch Lomond, Cruachan Power Station and Loch Awe.
(Sunday, July 21)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by coach to Oban 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.
   
Accommodations: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: The Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona.
(Monday, July 22)
   
 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.
 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: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Steam train ride from Fort William to Mallaig.
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Fort William today. Take the steam train ride from Fort William to Mallaig and 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 in Mallaig.
 Afternoon: Return to Fort William for 3:30pm. Free afternoon.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ben Nevis Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ben Nevis Gondola ride, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe.
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 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 Tyndrum 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 in Tyndrum.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues through Glencoe with a stop at the informative Visitor centre.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ben Nevis Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: The misty Isle of Skye, Armadale and Clan MacDonald Centre.
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 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 the MacDonalds have their clan centre. Explore Armadale Castle Gardens. The Armadale estate covers 20,000 acres (8,000 hectares). It is traditionally owned by the clan Macdonald or Donald, also referred to as the Lords of Isles and now run by a Trust. Visit the Museum with its unique display of MacDonald and Skye artifacts and walk through the serene gardens with plants and trees warmed by the Gulf Stream.
 Lunch: Packed lunch.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to Sligachan to view the famous Cullins. Return via Skye Bridge. Continue on to Dingwall with stops at Three Sisters of Kintail, Invermorrison,and Loch Ness (please note all stops are subject to weather and conditions on the day).
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Tulloch Castle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Cawdor Castle, the Black Isle.
(Friday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Driving by Culloden Battlefield, 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 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.
 Lunch: Taken out.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to the Black Isle and Cromarty and a special private talk by a custodian at Groam House Museum.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Local pipers perform.
   
Accommodations: Tulloch Castle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Elgin Cathedral, Glenlivet whisky tasting, sheepdog display.
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 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 distillery.
 Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a sheepdog display at Kingussie Leaut Farm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Atholl Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: St Andrews, Blair Adam private talk with owners.
(Sunday, July 28)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Culross Castle, Rosslyn Chapel.
(Monday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a panoramic field trip by coach around historic Edinburgh, including the Old and New Towns. Continue on to Rosslyn Chapel, a symphony of stone carving and craftmanship associated with the Da Vinci Code.
 Lunch: Taken out.
 Afternoon: 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. Return to Edinburgh via Dunfirmline, birthplace of Andrew Carnegie and burial place of Robert the Bruce's body (minus heart and entrails!)
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Scottish Parliament.
(Tuesday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Take a field trip to the controversial building that houses the Scottish Parliament. This part of Scotland's contemporary history rounds off this journey through Scotland.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Departure day.
(Wednesday, July 31)
   
 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
 
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Glasgow 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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