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20881
Scotland

The Best of Scotland

Discover the unique treasures of Scotland as you explore Edinburgh Castle, ride a train through the highlands, visit the Isle of Skye and learn about whisky at a renowned distillery.
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Program No. 20881RJ
Length
15 days
Starts at
4,499
Flights start at
900
Scotland

The Best of Scotland

Discover the unique treasures of Scotland as you explore Edinburgh Castle, ride a train through the highlands, visit the Isle of Skye and learn about whisky at a renowned distillery.
Length
15 days
Starts at
4,499
Flights start at
900
Program No. 20881 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 21 - May 5, 2021
Starting at
4,599
May 2 - May 16, 2021
Starting at
4,699
May 19 - Jun 2, 2021
Starting at
4,699
Jun 2 - Jun 16, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Jun 9 - Jun 23, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Jun 16 - Jun 30, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Jun 23 - Jul 7, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Jun 30 - Jul 14, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Jul 7 - Jul 21, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Jul 14 - Jul 28, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Jul 21 - Aug 4, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Aug 1 - Aug 15, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Aug 4 - Aug 18, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Aug 11 - Aug 25, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Aug 18 - Sep 1, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Aug 25 - Sep 8, 2021
Starting at
4,799
Sep 1 - Sep 15, 2021
Starting at
4,699
Sep 8 - Sep 22, 2021
Starting at
4,699
Sep 12 - Sep 26, 2021
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4,699
Sep 15 - Sep 29, 2021
Starting at
4,699
Sep 22 - Oct 6, 2021
Starting at
4,699
Sep 29 - Oct 13, 2021
Starting at
4,499
Itinerary Note

This program departure will include a visit to Fort George instead of Cawdor Castle.

Oct 6 - Oct 20, 2021
Starting at
4,499
Itinerary Note

This program departure will include a visit to Fort George instead of Cawdor Castle.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 21 - May 5, 2021
Starting at
5,499
May 2 - May 16, 2021
Starting at
5,599
May 19 - Jun 2, 2021
Starting at
5,599
Jun 2 - Jun 16, 2021
Starting at
5,749
Jun 9 - Jun 23, 2021
Starting at
5,749
Jun 16 - Jun 30, 2021
Starting at
5,749
Jun 23 - Jul 7, 2021
Starting at
5,749
Jun 30 - Jul 14, 2021
Starting at
5,749
Jul 7 - Jul 21, 2021
Starting at
5,749
Jul 14 - Jul 28, 2021
Starting at
5,749
Jul 21 - Aug 4, 2021
Starting at
5,749
Aug 1 - Aug 15, 2021
Starting at
5,849
Aug 4 - Aug 18, 2021
Starting at
5,849
Aug 11 - Aug 25, 2021
Starting at
5,849
Aug 18 - Sep 1, 2021
Starting at
5,849
Aug 25 - Sep 8, 2021
Starting at
5,849
Sep 1 - Sep 15, 2021
Starting at
5,649
Sep 8 - Sep 22, 2021
Starting at
5,649
Sep 12 - Sep 26, 2021
Starting at
5,649
Sep 15 - Sep 29, 2021
Starting at
5,649
Sep 22 - Oct 6, 2021
Starting at
5,649
Sep 29 - Oct 13, 2021
Starting at
5,349
Itinerary Note

This program departure will include a visit to Fort George instead of Cawdor Castle.

Oct 6 - Oct 20, 2021
Starting at
5,349
Itinerary Note

This program departure will include a visit to Fort George instead of Cawdor Castle.

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the beautiful islands of Mull, Skye and Iona.
  • Journey on one of the world's most scenic railways, the West Highland Line.
  • 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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Song of the Rolling Earth: A Highland Odyssey
by Sir John Lister-Kaye
Written by your host at Aigas. 'A wonderfully lyrical book surging with the sheer joy of nature, from Scotland's premier nature writer.' Magnus Magnusson; ' An environmental classic', SPECTATOR; 'Lister-Kaye establishes himself as one of the finest nature writers in the language', SCOTSMAN; 'Wonderful and evocative', GLASGOW EVENING NEWS; 'A masterful piece of storytelling', COUNTRY LIFE.
Scotland: The Story of a Nation
by Magnus Magnusson
Scottish Highlanders-A People and their Place
by Jim Hunter
A History of the Scottish People
by T.C.Smout
A classic history of Scotland.
Glencoe
by John Prebble
The Highlands (Exploring Scotland's Heritage
by Joanna Close- Brooks
Castle and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans
by Stuart Reid
Scotland: A New History
by Michael Lynch
This full length history of Scotland is made up of 25 chapters spanning 18 centuries, from the Picts to the 1980s and is designed for the general reader. A particular feature of the book is the attention it gives to social and cultural history, including life in towns, the changing role of the nobles, and the shifting images of Scottish identity through the ages. The landmarks of Scottish history - the Wars of Independence, the Reformation, the Union of Crowns and the Union of Parliaments, the Jacobite rebellions, the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, are all covered. The author is the editor of "The Innes Review", literary editor of the Scottish History Society and has written books on Edinburgh and the Reformation, Mary, Queen of Scots and the Scottish Burghs.
Concise History of Scotland
by Sir Fitzroy Maclean
. The Scottish Nation: 1700-2000
by T.M.Devine
The Scottish Nation examines the social, political, religious and economic factors that have shaped modern Scotland. Drawing on the latest research, Devine places Scotland firmly within an international context and provides a key focus for the ongoing debate regarding Scotland's future. This new edition brings the reader up-to-date with Scotland's recent history, from the high politics of the devolved parliament to the everyday effects of huge and growing levels of social inequality.
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15 days
14 nights
34 meals
13 B 10 L 11 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Glasgow, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Glasgow.
L,D
Novotel Glasgow Centre

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room, we will have a light lunch with coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Afternoon: Orientation: 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will lecture, conduct field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: We will enjoy a 3-course buffet meal in the hotel dining room, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure to unpack, relax and prepare for the program ahead.

DAY
3
Scottish History, Central Glasgow, Kelvingrove, Free Time
Glasgow.
B,L
Novotel Glasgow Centre

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 7 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 1 mile at Kelvingrove, periods of standing; paved paths, marble floors, step-free access available to all areas. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, we will have a breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold items, as well as coffee, tea, water, and fruit juices.

Morning: At the hotel, our Study Leader will deliver a lecture introducing us to Scotland’s fascinating history. After the lecture, we’ll board a motorcoach for an exploration of central Glasgow with informative commentary by our Study Leader, seeing highlights including Glasgow Cathedral, George Square, and architecture designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We’ll complete our exploration at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to an extensive collection of art and antiquities including works by Rembrandt, Renoir, and Van Gogh, and a gallery focused on Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style. After an introduction by our Study Leader, we’ll have some time to explore Kelvingrove at our own pace.

Lunch: At the Kelvingrove Museum Café, we will have a light lunch of soup and sandwiches with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Culzean Castle, Robert Burns
Glasgow.
B,D
Novotel Glasgow Centre

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 100 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Walking approximately 3 miles, periods of standing. At Culzean Castle, tarmac and gravel paths and grass lawns in castle grounds; stone, wooden and carpeted floors inside castle, step-free access available to most areas but some are accessible only by steps. Paved streets in Alloway with some narrow sidewalks, gravel paths; uneven flagstone and cobbled floors at Burns Cottage and museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to Robert Adam’s masterpiece, Culzean Castle. Dwight D. Eisenhower was given use of an apartment on this 600-acre coastal estate in South Ayrshire in recognition of his connection to this grateful nation. Culzean (pronounced Cull-ain) was the principal seat of Clan Kennedy, one of Scotland’s oldest families, who can trace their ancestry back to Robert Bruce. Our Study Leader will introduce us to the estate’s history aboard the motorcoach, and once we reach the castle we’ll have some time to explore independently.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like at Culzean Castle.

Afternoon: Our field trip continues to Alloway, the birthplace of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. After an introduction to Alloway and Burns by our Study Leader, we will have time to explore the life and times of this Scottish icon — from his birth to his recognition as a leading writer of his time — at Burns Cottage and the nearby Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. We will return to the hotel by motorcoach after our field trip.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Transfer to Oban, Inveraray Castle, St Conan's Kirk
Oban
B,D
The Perle Oban

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 105 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Walking approximately 2.5 miles, periods of standing. Tarmac and gravel paths, stone steps at St Conan’s Kirk including steps at entrance.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin our transfer to Oban by motorcoach via iconic Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell. Located on 16 acres of parkland, the castle was built in the 18th century and has been home to each successive Duke of Argyll. We will explore the castle with a local expert, and have time to take a stroll through the formal gardens before we continue with our transfer.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in Inveraray.

Afternoon: We will then travel on into the Highlands with a scenic motorcoach drive along the shores of Loch Lomond. Our transfer will continue to the banks of the aptly named Loch Awe, where we’ll a docent-led visit to St Conan's Kirk, an enchanting and relatively undiscovered Victorian church. An unconventionally lavish structure, it holds hidden surprises around every corner. We will arrive at the hotel in Oban in the later afternoon and check-in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal, choosing from a menu, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
The Isles of Mull & Iona
Oban
B,L
The Perle Oban

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 75 miles, approximately 3 hours. Boarding ferries; each Oban-Craignure crossing approximately 10 miles, about 45 minutes; each Fionnphort-Iona crossing approximately 1 mile, about 10 minutes. Walking approximately 2 miles, periods of standing. Tarmac and gravel paths, paved streets, grassy areas; some uneven stone floors at historic sites.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and begin a full-day field trip to the Isles of Mull and Iona by riding to Oban’s ferry terminal, a short distance from the hotel. We’ll board a local ferry to cross the Sound of Mull, with splendid Hebridean views from the ship’s decks and observation lounge. After stepping ashore at Craignure on Mull’s west coast, we will board the motorcoach again to cross the island. Our Study Leader will inform us about Mull’s history and wildlife as we ride through beautiful heath and forest landscapes to the shore of Loch Scridain, then follow the coast road along the Ross of Mull — the peninsula that forms the south-east of the island. From Fionnphort, a small fishing village at the tip of the Ross of Mull, we will make the 1-mile crossing on the foot-passenger ferry to Iona.

Lunch: We will enjoy a 2-course plated and served set meal in a charming hotel on Iona, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We'll explore the ethereal Isle of Iona – a place where they say “the veil is thin.” Iona was a center of Irish monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its tranquility and natural beauty. We’ll explore Iona’s main settlement, Baile Mòr, on foot with our Study Leader. Our walk will take us to Iona Abbey, an important pilgrimage site founded by St Columba in the 6th century, and to the remains of the medieval Iona nunnery. The serenity of the island is in stark contrast to its tumultuous history; Iona was subjected to numerous Viking raids in the 8th and 9th centuries, the most brutal of which is reflected in the name of Martyrs’ Bay to the south of Baile Mòr. St Martin’s Cross, a stone Celtic cross that dates to this period, still stands outside the abbey today. We'll return to Fionnphort on the foot-passenger ferry and board our motorcoach for the journey back to Craignure, then return by ferry from Craignure to Oban.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Transfer to Fort William, Loch Shiel
Fort William
B,L,D
Cruachan Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 80 miles, approximately 3 hours. Getting on/off a boat; boarding boat from floating pontoon, duration of boat ride approximately 1.5 hours. Walking approximately 1.5 miles, periods of standing. Walking approximately 600 feet between the motorcoach drop-off location and the pontoon at Loch Shiel, but a shuttle vehicle can be arranged to minimize walking. Paved paths at Glenfinnan, some uneven grassy areas away from paths.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach to explore the area around Fort William. As we ride along the shore of Loch Linnhe — the 30-mile sea loch with Fort William at its head — we’ll pass the 15th-century Castle Stalker on a small tidal island offshore. This rugged countryside was the setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s celebrated novel “Kidnapped,” and we’ll learn more about the tumultuous 18th-century conflicts that inspired the novel from our Study Leader aboard the motorcoach. We’ll then pass Fort William and ride a few miles west to Glenfinnan, from where we’ll take a private boat ride on Loch Shiel. The loch is one of Scotland’s most historically significant and unspoiled natural treasures, and its 18-mile length is only accessible by boat. It commands wonderful views of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Lunch: At a nearby restaurant, we will have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: A 60-foot stone monument at Glenfinnan commemorates the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising here, when Bonnie Prince Charlie claimed the thrones of Scotland and England in the name of his father James Stuart. As we admire the verdant highland landscape, our Study Leader will explain the historical context and significance of this Jacobite Rising in detail. We’ll also have some time to explore the visitor center at our own pace. We’ll return to Fort William by motorcoach in the late afternoon, and check in to our hotel with some time to relax and settle in to our rooms before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal, choosing from a menu, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Ben Nevis, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe
Fort William
B,L,D
Cruachan Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach and train; driving about 75 miles, approximately 3 hours; train journey about 65 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Getting on/off a gondola; gondola ride approximately 15 minutes each way; boarding involves a step up into the slow-moving gondola car, alternative access arrangements can be made as necessary. Walking approximately 2.5 miles, periods of standing. Tarmac and gravel paths, wooden boardwalks with handrails, some uneven grassy areas.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the foothills of the Nevis Range, from where we’ll take a gondola ride to the higher slopes of Aonach Mòr, Scotland’s eighth-highest mountain. The viewpoints at the top of the gondola route offer splendid highland panoramas dominated by the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis. If the weather is less clement, instead of the gondola ride we’ll visit Neptune's Staircase, Britain's longest staircase lock. Built by the Caledonian Canal’s engineer Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, this marvel of the Industrial Revolution is made up of 8 individual locks and lifts vessels 103 feet. Before the mechanization of the locks, it could take half a day for a boat to traverse them, but today the process takes closer to 90 minutes. We will return to Fort William by motorcoach, and then board the West Highland Line train to Crianlarich via Rannoch Moor. The ride is considered the most scenic railway line in Britain and was voted the top railway journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust in 2009. We’ll board a motorcoach in Crianlarich and ride to Tyndrum. This small village on the edge of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park is an important stop on the West Highland Way, popular with hikers.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Tyndrum, we’ll have a light lunch of soup and sandwiches with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our field trip continues by motorcoach through Glencoe. The spectacular and, at times, grim glen features high mountain peaks, ridges, rushing rivers and waterfalls and site of the 1692 massacre in the aftermath of a Jacobite Uprising. At the National Trust for Scotland’s visitor center, we will learn more of the dark and turbulent history of the area. A viewing platform gives photographic views of the area created by millions of years of geological processes. We will then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Plated hotel meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Transfer to Dingwall, The Misty Isle of Skye
Dingwall
B,L,D
Tulloch Castle

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 240 miles, approximately 6.5 hours. Extent and duration of walking and other activities in Portree according to personal choice. Paved streets, some narrow sidewalks.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach to begin our transfer to Dingwall at the far end of the Caledonian Canal, taking a detour to explore the misty Isle of Skye. We’ll begin by riding alongside Loch Lochy and the tree-lined stretch of canal known as Laggan Avenue, with commentary from our Study Leader explaining the history and significance of the canal —Thomas Telford’s engineering marvel, constructed between 1804 and 1822. At Invergarry, we’ll leave the canal route and head northwest towards Skye, making a brief stop at the meeting point of three sea lochs—Loch Alsh, Loch Long, and Loch Duich—where the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle stands on a tidal island. We’ll proceed from Eilean Donan to Skye, crossing the iconic Skye Bridge, then follow the coast road to Portree beneath rugged, haunting foothills with views of the Cuillins, the most spectacular mountains in the Highlands. Our Study Leader will provide enlightening commentary throughout the journey, and once we reach Portree, we’ll have some time to explore this charming harbor town, Skye’s capital, at our own pace.

Lunch: We’ll have vouchers allowing us to choose food and drinks from a range of eateries in Portree.

Afternoon: We’ll regroup in Portree to board the motorcoach and return to the mainland across the Skye bridge, rejoining the Caledonian canal route at Invermoriston on the northern shore of Loch Ness. We’ll continue alongside Loch Ness, and complete our transfer to Inverness to check in to our hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield
Dingwall
B,L,D
Tulloch Castle

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 30 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking approximately 3 miles, periods of standing. Paved and gravel paths, some uneven grassy areas; carpeted floors, steep steps within Cawdor Castle.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will journey by motorcoach to fairytale Cawdor Castle, situated close to the East Highland town of Nairn. Linked with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Cawdor has been the family home of the Thanes of Cawdor since the 14th century. The castle contains a fine example of a 16th-century tower house with elegant 18th-century additions, and while presenting a strong and severe exterior, it is a surprisingly intimate building that radiates a friendly, family atmosphere through its interior. Within the grounds of the castle, there are extensive nature trails and fine gardens.

Lunch: At Cawdor Castle’s café, we’ll have a light lunch of soup and sandwiches with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: From Cawdor Castle, we will move on to the battlefield of Culloden, the site of a turning point in British history and the last battle fought on British soil. This was a desperate fight that changed the history of the Highlands forever. It led to the breakdown of the clan system and paved the way for the Highland Clearances and emigration to the New World. Our Study Leader will take us across the exposed heath while describing the famous battle. We will return to the hotel by motorcoach after our field trip.

Dinner: Plated hotel meal.

Evening: At the hotel, we'll relax and enjoy a performance by a local music group who will regale us with traditional Scottish tunes.

DAY
11
Transfer to Pitlochry, Whisky Distillery, Kingussie Farm
Pitlochry
B,L,D
Fisher's Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 110 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Walking approximately 1.5 miles, periods of standing. Tarmac and gravel paths, some uneven grassy areas; wooden and concrete floors inside distillery.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will board the motorcoach and transfer to Pitlochry via one of Scotland’s famous whisky distilleries. Here we will discover not only the magic of malt whisky production, but also the history of this most famous of Scottish drinks. We may even sample a wee dram!

Lunch: At a traditional inn on the outskirts of the Cairngorms National Park, we will have a light lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our transfer will continue as we enjoy a sheepdog display at Kingussie Leault Farm, before travelling onwards to Pitlochry, where we will check into our next hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Dunkeld, Scone Palace, The Loch of the Lowes
Pitlochry
B,L,D
Fisher's Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 65 miles, approximately 2.5 hours. Walking approximately 3 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets, tarmac, gravel paths, some uneven grassy areas; steps to some areas at Scone Palace.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll travel by motorcoach to Dunkeld, one of the best-preserved historic towns in Scotland. Its cathedral dominates the skyline and is over 1,400 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'll 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: At Scone Palace, we’ll have a light lunch of soup, sandwiches and scones with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We'll return to the hotel via the Loch of the Lowes, an unspoiled nature reserve covering 220 square acres. Here we'll take some time to reflect and enjoy the beautiful woodland, or try to 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: Plated hotel meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Transfer to Edinburgh, Culross, Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh.
B,L,D
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 110 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Walking approximately 2.5 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets, gravel paths, many cobbled areas in Culross.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll check out and begin our transfer by motorcoach to Edinburgh, capital city of Scotland and our final destination. En route, we will visit the delightful small town of Culross, with its Merchant’s Palace and Bishop’s Study, where we'll enjoy the storied narrow streets and views across the Firth of Forth.

Lunch: At Bessie’s Café in Culross, we’ll enjoy a soup and sandwich lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We'll continue on to Rosslyn Chapel, a symphony of stone carving and craftsmanship now best known for its association with The Da Vinci Code. Founded in 1446, this chapel is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque in the United Kingdom. Upon arrival in Edinburgh, we will check into our last hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Edinburgh Castle, Free Time
Edinburgh.
B,D
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 2 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking approximately 1.5 miles, periods of standing; paved streets, cobbled areas, hilly, steep terrain. Some steep cobbled areas at Edinburgh Castle; steps with handrails to vaults and One o’Clock Gun; Royal Apartments, David’s Tower, and prisons accessible only by steps. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to Edinburgh Castle to discover its rich and varied history, as turbulent as it is long. The rock upon which the castle is built was fortified in the Iron Age. The oldest remaining section, St. Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century and is the oldest building in the city. Among the castle’s treasures are the Scottish regalia (crown jewels), also known as the Honours of Scotland, and the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny used in royal coronations.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

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

Dinner: We will enjoy a 3-course plated and served farewell dinner in the hotel with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Program Concludes
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Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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