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Overview

Hot Tam!: Scotland By Design

More haggis or more history? More insider stories or Outlander scenery? Another dram of whisky or a dramatic, cascading waterfall? That’s the beauty of Scotland and now, you can choose how to rock your tartans on this 9-day vacation from Edinburgh to Glasgow with a menu of complimentary YourChoice Excursions.

Why This Tour is Plaid to the Bone:

  • An in-depth journey through the Lowlands and Highlands.
  • A balance of Scotland’s bucket-list destinations and off-the-beaten-path delights.
  • Included YourChoice Excursions in Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness.
  • Bagpipes, baby!

Highlights of Hot Tam!: Scotland By Design

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $1,618*
18 guests in a party: $428*

Product Group

Hot Tam!: Scotland By Design

UNESCO Sites

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Meals

Breakfast Daily, 3 Dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN EDINBURGH Welcome to Edinburgh! Free time this afternoon. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2

EDINBURGH EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town and Old Town. Visit Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

DELVE: Fit for a Crown
For nearly half a century, the Royal Yacht Britannia carried Britain's royal family across the seas, logging more than a million nautical miles. Today, this last ship in the line of 83 royal yachts is retired, and permanently docked at Edinburgh's port of Leith. Explore this incredible floating palace, including the State Apartments and Drawing Room, Queen's Bedroom, Sun Lounge, and the crew's quarters. Afterward, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine and coffee at a local restaurant.
GAZE: A Scottish Stroll
Soak in the origins of traditional Georgian architecture on a walking tour of Edinburgh's New Town with a Local Guide through the largest Georgian planned town in the world. Stroll by the ordered symmetrical grid of Neoclassical houses and private gardens. Experience the spirit of the Scottish Enlightenment as you admire elegant ironwork of the New Town streets and squares including Charlotte Square regarded as an architectural masterpiece. Conclude your tour with a 3-course dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
(B)

Day 3

EDINBURGH–ST ANDREWS–DUNDEE–PITLOCHRY ST. ANDREWS See the home of golf and famous university town.
DUNDEE Visit Discovery Point and Royal Research Ship Discovery.
PITLOCHRY Take a Guided walk through the Victorian mountain resort. (B,D)

Day 4

PITLOCHRY PITLOCHRY YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

PLAY: Tee Time in Tummel Valley
Enjoy a round of golf on one of Scotland's finest inland courses, complete with sweeping views and state-of-the-art clubhouse. Work on your putting game on Pitlochry Golf Club's perfectly groomed greens in this golfer's heaven.
GAZE: Castle Stones & Tea with Scones
Visit a small market town located in Highland Perthshire made famous by the Robert Burns' poem, The Birks Of Aberfeldy. Join a private tour and explore the spectacular 16th century castle Menzies, a splendid example of medieval Scottish fortresses. Enjoy a traditional Scottish afternoon tea with scones and a selection of delicious sandwiches and cakes.
CHILL: Pampered in Pitlochry
Relax and rejuvenate in the restorative waters of the Pitlochry Spa. Take in the spectacular views of the Scottish landscape while luxuriating in the natural spring water flowing from Ben Vrackie Mountain above. Relax with some traditional afternoon tea, scones with cream, and a selection of delicious sandwiches and cakes.

(B)

Day 5

PITLOCHRY–BLAIR ATHOLL–AVIEMORE–CULLODEN–INVERNESS BLAIR ATHOLL Visit Blair Castle.
Scenic drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park.
AVIEMORE Stop in the Highland resort with time for lunch on your own.
CULLODEN Visit the Culloden battlefield site and visitor center. (B)

Day 6

INVERNESS INVERNESS YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

PEDAL: Inverness on Two Wheels
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Highlands capital on easy-to-ride cruiser bikes. Pedal at a leisurely pace with your Local Guide to explore the scenic areas of Inverness. Follow the canal with views out to the Beauly Firth (estuary inlet) and ride through the Merkinch Nature Reserve out to the Moray Firth, while keeping watch for local dolphins. Head back to the city, once again along the River Ness.
STROLL: Out and About in Inverness
Set out for a walking tour in the Scottish Highlands capital to discover the local history and beautiful coastal scenery and architecture. Hear the romantic tales which have shaped Inverness into the thriving city of today. Explore the quintessential sites, including the River Ness for which Inverness was named. Enjoy a leisurely walk alongside the river and learn about the history of Inverness' Town House, a Victorian baronial house; Inverness Castle; The Victorian Market, and its quaint little shops; breathtaking St Andrew's Cathedral; and the Old High Church and Graveyard, featured in the Outlander books.
GAZE: Macbeth's Ghost & Grand Gardens
Beware the Curse of Cawdor! Explore Cawdor Castle with a Local Guide to hear all about this legendary home of a noble Scottish family and how it is forever associated with Shakespeare's Macbeth. Admire beautiful antique furniture and fine portraits by famous painters such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Thomas Lawrence in a 600-year-old collection of intriguing artifacts and ornate tapestries. Spend free time wandering the castle's three unique gardens: the Walled Garden, the Flower Garden and the Wild Garden.

INVERNESS Free time this afternoon. (B)

Day 7

INVERNESS–LOCH NESS–OBAN LOCH NESS Drive the length of the legendary lake.
OBAN YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

FEAST: Castles, Clans & Catch of the Day
A guided historical tour of Oban features unique, off-the-beaten-path insights into the history and culture of this charming resort town. See the 12th-century Dunstaffanage castle and St. Conan's Kirk, a uniquely famous church which holds the bones of Robert the Bruce. Enjoy photo opportunities at the 15th-century Kilchurn Castle, the original home of Scotland's large and powerful Clan Campbell. En route back to Oban, pass through Glen Lonan-the "road of kings" in a verdant valley of standing stones and highland cattle. Take an opportunity to get close to the meandering cows and their calves (seasonal), and arrive in Oban in time for a sumptuous seafood lunch with views of local fishing boats, and hear insights into the "Seafood Capital of Scotland".
SIP: Chieftains, Cathedrals & Casks
Hear the stories of Victorian entrepreneurs who developed the town known as the "Gateway to the Isles." Hear legendary tales of giants, maidens, Clan chieftains, and warriors, as well as the heroic Royal Air Force crewmen of World War II. Discover a wealth of noteworthy buildings and businesses, and visit two of Oban's historic cathedrals: St. John the Divine Episcopal Cathedral and St. Columba's Roman Catholic Cathedral, and hear about its third: the Cathedral of Trees. Learn about the history and artisanship behind legendary Oban whisky with a visit to the distillery's filling store, and sample traditional cask-drawn Oban single malt.

Free time this evening. (B)

Day 8

OBAN–LOCH LOMOND–GLASGOW LOCH LOMOND Scenic cruise on the lake.
GLASGOW Free time this afternoon. Farewell dinner this evening. (B,D)

Day 9

GLASGOW Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2023-05-04 2023-05-05 2023-05-13 $2869 $300 $2569 FA30505 Available
2 2023-05-11 2023-05-12 2023-05-20 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30512 Available
3 2023-05-18 2023-05-19 2023-05-27 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30519 Available
4 2023-05-25 2023-05-26 2023-06-03 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30526 Available
5 2023-06-01 2023-06-02 2023-06-10 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30602 Available
6 2023-06-08 2023-06-09 2023-06-17 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30609 Available
7 2023-06-15 2023-06-16 2023-06-24 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30616 Available
8 2023-06-22 2023-06-23 2023-07-01 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30623 Available
9 2023-06-29 2023-06-30 2023-07-08 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30630 Available
10 2023-07-06 2023-07-07 2023-07-15 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30707 Available
11 2023-07-20 2023-07-21 2023-07-29 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30721 Available
12 2023-09-14 2023-09-15 2023-09-23 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30915 Available
13 2023-09-21 2023-09-22 2023-09-30 $2969 $300 $2669 FA30922 Available
14 2023-09-28 2023-09-29 2023-10-07 $2869 $300 $2569 FA30929 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Marriott Courtyard Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh is the newest edition to the Scottish capital, combining heritage and style with an innovative design and locally inspired furnishings. The hotel has a prime location, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street and Waverley Station. Spacious, modern hotel rooms include quality amenities, such as a selection of in-room entertainment, plush bedding, and a work desk. Meals are served in The Lantern Room and the lobby offers an innovative and sophisticated space for working and relaxing. Edinburgh 1 - 3 Baxter's Place Superior First-Class
2 Atholl Palace The hotel is situated on 45 acres of land and has 4 championship tennis courts, a putting green, various flower gardens, and views overlooking the valleys of Perthshire. There is also a 9-holed practice golf course, Lavender SPA centre, the Verandah Restaurant and the Stag's Head Bar. The historic nature of the Atholl Palace Hotel means that every room is unique, with original features, furnished to the high standards and has a private bathroom, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, and LED TV. Guestrooms are also available at the garden level, with easy access to the Spa and leisure facilities, and also to the gardens. Pitlochry Perth Road Moderate First-Class
3 Mercure Inverness Hotel Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel. Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city's numerous pubs and restaurants. All 121 guest bedrooms have HD TV and complimentary high speed WiFi. Enjoy panoramic views of the River Ness in the hotel's riverside restaurant or explore The 33 Church Street Bar & Brasserie signature menue. Inverness Church St, First-Class
4 Oban Bay Hotel On the edge of Oban's picturesque esplanade in the heart of Argyll, Oban Bay Hotel is an ideal base for exploring Scotland's west coast and the Highlands. Following a multi-million pound investment the hotel and its restaurant have a fresh modern look. The remodelled spa area features a sauna, steam room, hydropool and treatments from organic Scottish skincare brand ishga. All rooms are en-suite and include a hospitality tray, Scottish toiletries and hairdryer, with front-facing rooms and the hotel's spacious sun lounge offering panoramic views of incredible sunsets over the bay.  Oban-Argyll, Scotland Corran Esplanade First-Class
5 Maldron Hotel Glasgow Maldron Hotel Glasgow is a brand new centrally located hotel in Glasgow offering 300 brand new bedrooms and Grain & Grill Restaurant with dishes prepared from fresh, local produce. It is in walking distance to theaters, shops, restaurants/bars, and sightseeing attractions. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and offer all the modern amenities. Glasgow 50 Renfrew Street First-Class
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