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Bonnie Lasses in Scotland

21 Days  |  Departing Monday 10th August 2020 and returning Sunday 30th August 2020

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Highlights

  • Train Journey on the famous Jacobite Train between Fort William and Mallaig (Harry Potter fame)
  • Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle
  • Scenic Views through the Trossach National Park
  • Scenic Highland Highlights including Knoydart Peninsula, Ben Nevis and Sandlewood Bay
  • Walk Neptune's Staircase in Banavie
  • 2 Nights Isle of Skye
  • Natural Sights of Isle of Skye including Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr
  • Visit to Quaint Village of Portree
  • Visit to Eilean Donan Castle - 13th Century
  • Visit Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness
  • Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Visit to the Picturesque Port Village of Ullapool
  • Visit to Inverewe Garden and Estate in Poolewe
  • Visit the Seaboard Villages of Shandwick and Balintore to see the 'Shandwick Stone' 
  • Visit to Clava Cairns Burial Site (2000BC)
  • Knockando Woolmill; a traditional wool mill
  • Visit to Culloden Battlefield - Jacobite Rising (Outlander Film Site)
  • Tour and Whiskey tasting at the Aberlour Distillery 
  • Visit a Working Sheepdog Farm at Kincraig
  • Visit to the Charming Riverside Town of Pitlochry
  • Visit to Glamis Castle - the Childhood Home of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret
  • Scenic Drive through Cairngorns National Park 
  • Visit to the V&A Museum in Dundee
  • Visit to St Andrews included guided city tour
  • Visit to Scone Palace - Crowning Place of the King of Scots
  • Visit to Stirling Castle - a beautifully preserved hilltop fortress
  • Guided Visit to Blackness Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Midhope Castle and The Royal Burgh of Culross (Popular Outlander Film Sites)
  • 4 Night Stay in Edinburgh
  • Guided Walking Tour of Edinburgh
  • Visit to the Edinburgh Castle
  • Event - Night out at the Edinburgh Tattoo
  • Visit to Roslin with entry into Rosslyn Chapel
  • Visit to Melrose Chapel - resting place of several Scottish Kings
  • Visit to the Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre
  • Visit to HMY Royal Britannia in Edinburgh
  • 3 Night Stay in London
  • Guided London City Tour
  • Visit to Windsor Castle
  • Friends for Company!




 

Inclusions

  • Fully Escorted by an experienced Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to make your holiday a memorable one
  • Return Economy Airfares with Emirates including taxes ex Melbourne ** (other departure cities and classes of travel upon request)
  • All Sightseeing as per detailed itinerary
  • All Meals as per detailed itinerary
  • Quality Accommodation as per itinerary ++
  • 2nd Class One Way on the Jacobite Train
  • 2nd Class One Way Edinburgh to London Train
  • Entry into Edinburgh Tattoo Celebration
  • Willing to Share Option
  • Meet and Greet prior to departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)
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** Airline is subject to change 

++ Accommodation is subject to change and will be of similar standard
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday 10 August 2020

Melbourne - Glasgow

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel!  Join your Sisterhood Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport for your flight to Scotland.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards Glasgow.

Day 2 - Tuesday 11 August 2020

Welcome to Scotland! (D)

Welcome to Scotland.  Upon arrival into Glasgow we'll be met by our Tour Manager and transferred to our hotel.  The remainder of our day will be at leisure with dinner included at our hotel. 

Overnight - Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Ctr Theatreland 

Day 3 - Wednesday 12 August 2020

Glasgow - Glencoe (B)

This morning we travel to Aberfoyle where we will visit the Scottish Wool Centre. Then we'll head through the Trossach National Park towards Glencoe, where we'll have a photo stop of the valley before moving onto Fort William. Walk up the Neptune's staircase; a staircase lock.  Set in Scotland’s rugged north, the Scottish Highlands are home to some of Europe's most expansive and spectacularly scenic wilderness characterised by majestic mountains, secluded beaches, mythical lochs and fairy-tale castles. The Highlands are a glorious blend of history, architecture, culture and exceptional scenery. Visitors can immerse themselves in the dramatic beauty of this untamed landscape and explore the jaw-dropping views, stretches of coastline, beautiful islands and much more. Highland highlights include: the Knoydart Peninsula, which encapsulates the quiet beauty of the Scottish wilderness; Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak; Sandwood Bay, an expansive stretch of golden-sand beach; and the Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most visited attractions in the Scottish Highlands.

Overnight: Kinghouse Hotel Glencoe      

Day 4 - Thursday 13 August 2020

Fort William - Isle of Skye (B,D)

Today, after breakfast we'll head to the train station in Fort William where we board the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig. On arrival in Mallaig we'll take the ferry to the Isle of Skye before transferring to our hotel. Resting just off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebridean islands and Scotland’s second most visited tourist destination after the capital city of Edinburg. This popularity is attributed to its magnificent natural environment and the island’s accessibility from the mainland by ferry or over the Sky Bridge. Despite this ease of access, the island has managed to retain its remote atmosphere. The landscape is characterised by rugged mountains, misty moors, glistening lochs and majestic sea cliffs. While this spectacular scenery is undoubtedly the island’s main drawcard,  visitors can also discover countless historical castles, crofting museums, distilleries, art galleries, cosy pubs and tempting restaurants to keep you blissfully entertained. With its vibrant culture, long and rich history, and its profusion of fascinating wildlife, the Isle of Skye has an allure that is hard to ignore.  Dinner will be included at our hotel tonight.

Overnight - Overnight: Ardvasar Hotel (one of the oldest inns on the Isle of Skye)

Note: 

The Jacobite Train is a steam locomotive that operates over part of the West Highland Railway Line in Scotland. The Jacobite runs a scenic route of 41 miles between Fort William and Mallaig, passing Loch Eil, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Arisaig. The Jacobite's route was used for filming Harry Potter.  Our tickets will be 2nd class (one way).

Day 5 - Friday 14 August 2020

Isle of Skye Sightseeing (B)

Today we enjoy a full day tour of the Isle of Skye. Drive towards Sligichan where you can see the Black Cuilin Hills. From here, travel to the Skye Museum of Island and Life. The museum offers visitors a unique experience and a true insight into island life 100 years ago. Later, see some natural sights such as the Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr. In Portree we will have some free time at leisure before heading back to our hotel.  Resting on the banks of Loch Portree in the Isle of Skye, Portree is the largest village in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Overlooking the sparkling bay, this lively village boasts spectacular views and serves as the capital of the island. The surrounding landscape boasts scenic hills such as Ben Chrachaig, Ben Tianavaig, and Suidh Fhinn. Portree features a host of amenities including excellent restaurants and cafes, a collection of book and gift shops. We can enjoy a walk along the famous Old Man of Storr Route and soak up the beautiful views of the surrounding hills as well as the picturesque harbour lined with colourful buildings.   Dinner at leisure tonight.

Overnight - Ardvasar Hotel

Day 6 - Saturday 15 August 2020

Isle of Skye - Inverness (B)

This morning we farewell the Isle of Skye and travel to Dornie where we visit Eilean Donan Castle; one of the most recognised castles in Scotland. After our visit to the castle, head to Drumnadrochit where we'll can visit Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. From here we'll take a cruise on Loch Ness before heading to Inverness.  Situated in beautiful Scotland, Inverness is crowned by a pink crenellated castle adorned with colourful flowers.  The vibrant city of Inverness sits astride the River Ness at the northern end of the Great Glen. Set at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness attracts considerable numbers of tourists drawn to the iconic legend of the Loch Ness Monster.  With impressive scotch, excellent restaurants and shops and even white water rafting on offer, there is plenty to do in and around this 'bonny wee town' including the chance to spot the legendary Loch Ness! 

Overnight - Mercure Inverness Hotel

Note: 
Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is a 13th-century castle located in the highlands of Scotland. Visitors can explore the castle's rooms and its period furniture, Jacobean artefacts, displays of weapons and fine art. There is also a gift shop, restaurant as well as parking facilities.

Day 7 - Sunday 16 August 2020

Inverness - Full Day Tour (B,D)

Today we'll enjoy a full day excursion from Inverness. Travel to Poolewe where we'll visit Inverewe Garden. This botanical garden was created from barren land. Later head to Ullapool where we visit the Ullapool museum. The museum tells the story of the people who have made this challenging environment their home and there is a research facility for family history. From Ullapool we travel to Balintore to visit the ‘Seaboard Villages' of Shandwick and Balintore where you will see the Shandwick Stone; a well preserved Pictish stone and the Mermaid statue of the North.  Returning to our hotel for dinner.

Overnight - Mercure Inverness Hotel

Day 8 - Monday 17 August 2020

Inverness - Aviemore (B,D)

This morning we visit the Clava Cairns and the Culloden battlefield site (Outlander Fans will be excited by this!) From here we travel to the village of Aberlour. Stop in at the Knockando Woolmill; a traditional wool mill that is still operating and where we have the chance for a little shopping.  Next we enjoy a tour and whiskey tasting at the Aberlour distillery before continuing onto the quaint little town of Aviemore.  Set within the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, in the Scottish Highlands, the town of Aviemore serves as a central base for visitors to explore the surrounding areas. This magnificent area features ancient forests, abundant wildlife, spectacular mountains and hidden lochs.  Dinner tonight at our hotel.

Overnight - Macdonald Aviemore Hotel, Aviemore (or similar)

Day 9 - Tuesday 18 August 2020

Aviemore - Kincraig - Dundee (B)

Today we head to Kincraig today where we visit a working sheepdog farm. Afterwards, we'll visit the picturesque town of Pitlochry where we'll have free time before heading to Glamis Castle.  Our journey today takes us through the scenic Cairngorns National Park.  Located in the south of Scotland on the Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary, Dundee is a characterful place that is rapidly growing as a major ‘city break’ destination. Dundee contains some notable historical sights such as, the Verdant Works Museum, which details the history of Dundee’s jute industry; and Discovery Point, which includes the ship RRS Discovery as well as the cutting-edge V&A Design Museum. Meanwhile, the McManus Galleries house a broad selection of artefacts relating to Dundee’s history in a gorgeous Victorian Gothic house. The Dundee Law is an extinct volcano offering exceptional panoramic views of the city.  We end our day in Dundee with dinner at leisure tonight.

Overnight - Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Centre, Dundee  (or similar)

Day 10 - Wednesday 19 August 2020

Dundee - St Andrews - Dundee (B)

In the morning, we visit the V&A museum in Dundee before continuing on to visit St Andrews.  A small town on the east coast of Scotland, St. Andrews is famously known as the ‘Home of Golf’ but there is much more to see and do in charming St. Andrews, which boasts some excellent medieval architecture including the ruins of the St. Andrews Cathedral which were abandoned in the mid-1500s; and St. Andrews Castle, which includes a fascinating 16th-century counter-mine you can explore. The town is also home to an attractive pier and harbour area, as well as three popular beaches.  Returning to Dundee in the afternoon with dinner at leisure tonight.

Overnight - Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Centre, Dundee  (or similar)

Note:
The V&A Dundee, situated at the heart of Dundee's waterfront and due to open on 15 September 2018, is the international centre for design for Scotland, built to host major exhibitions, to inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage design innovation for the future. One of its first major exhibitions will include the works of Scottish artist John Byrne, displaying a stage set design in the form of a giant pop-up book

Day 11 - Thursday 20 August 2020

Dundee - Perth - Stirling (B,D)

Today we travel to Perth to visit Scone Palace; the crowning place of the King of Scots. After our visit to the castle we have time to enjoy afternoon tea on the castle grounds before heading to Stirling in time for a visit to their famous Castle.  Located in central Scotland, Stirling is one of the country’s most historic cities and should feature on any Scottish travel itinerary. Known as the ancient ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, history has bequeathed Stirling with a rich array of sights and attractions, including Stirling Castle, a beautifully preserved hilltop fortress; and the nearby Wallace Monument, which not only offers great views of the city and its surrounds but provides some good information on William Wallace, one of the key figures in the Scottish War of Independence. History fans may be familiar with the nearby battlefields of Stirling Old Bridge and Bannockburn.  Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Overnight - The Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling (or similar)

Day 12 - Friday 21 August 2020

Stirling - Edinburgh (B)

Today,e enroute to Edinburgh we visit a couple of Outlander filming sights with a local guide. These include Blackness Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Midhope Castle and The Royal Burgh of Culross. This will be a fantastic day!  We arrive into Edinburgh in the afternoon with dinner at leisure tonight.

Overnight - Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh (or similar)

Note:
Culross - a royal burgh and parish, the incredibly scenic village of Culross is idyllically set in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland. This tiny little village boasts cobblestoned streets lined with quaint heritage buildings and features the ochre-coloured Culross Palace, with its intricately painted ceilings, many rooms, labyrinthine passageways and reconstructed authentic garden. Serving as the setting of the hit US TV series, Outlander, the village has recently been put on the map. Visitors can step into the past and explore this pocket of history by wandering around the delightful streets and exploring the numerous historical buildings including: the 17th-century Town House, and the ruins of the Culross Abbey. With all of its magnificent charms, it's no surprise Culross is considered to be one of the best- preserved and most picturesque villages in Scotland.

Day 13 - Saturday 22 August 2020

Edinburgh (B,D)

This morning we discover Edinburgh on our walking tour where we'll walk over the Royal Mile, view Outlander filming locations such as the Canongate Kirk and World’s End Tavern and visit the famous and impressive Edinburgh Castle. In the afternoon there will be free time to explore before enjoying dinner and a show at Prestonfield House tonight.

Overnight - Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh (or similar)

Note:
Perched atop Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle has been dominating the skyline of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland since as far back as the 12th century. Apart from having been the residence of several reigning monarchs, it was also one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland. Today, the stone walls of the castle protect countless treasures including the nation’s Crown Jewels. Highlights include the Crown Room, the Great Hall, St Margaret’s Chapel, and the Scottish National War Memorial. 

Day 14 - Sunday 23 August 2020

Edinburgh (B)

Today after breakfast we'll enjoy a full day excursion.  Begininning with Roslin where we visit Rosslyn Chapel; one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings. From here we head to Melrose to visit Melrose Abbey; where several Scottish Kings and nobles are buried. Our last stop of the day before heading back to Edinburgh is in Jedburgh where we visit the Mary Queen of Scots’ visitor centre housing a collection of objects associated with Mary reflecting the cult that has grown up around her.  Dinner tonight at leisure.

Overnight - Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh (or similar)

Day 15 - Monday 24 August 2020

Edinburgh (B)

Today we visit the Royal Yacht Britannia.  Britannia was the first Royal Yacht to be built with complete ocean-going capacity and designed as a Royal residence to entertain guests around the world. When she was decommissioned in 1997, it marked the end of a long tradition of British Royal Yachts, dating back to 1660 and the reign of Charles II.

An afternoon free before our special event - Edinburgh Tattoo.  The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place on the esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle as part of the Edinburgh Festival each August. The tattoo is a celebration showcasing the talents of military bands as well as artistic performance teams from all over the globe, with an audience of over 220 000 visitors every year, including the Royals. Apart from the performance, the venue features other attractions such as shops, restaurants, and pubs.

Dinner at leisure tonight.

Overnight - Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh (or similar)

Day 16 - Tuesday 25 August 2020

Edinburgh - London (B)

Today we say farewell to Scotland and heads south to London.  We'll travel by train and upon arrival we'll be transferred to our hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to begin exploring.

Dinner at leisure tonight.

Overnight - London Hilton, Kensington

Day 17 - Wednesday 26 August 2020

London (B)

Today we'll enjoy a full day exploring London on a guided tour.  During our tour we'll see the main sights such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.  Returning back to our hotel for dinner at leisure.

Overnight - London Hilton, Kensington (or similar)

Day 18 - Thursday 27 August 2020

London - Windsor - London (B,FD)

Today after breakfast we'll enjoy an excursion to Windsor where our highlight will be Windsor Palace.   Just 35 kilometres west of London on the River Thames in southern England lies regal, resplendent Windsor. The town is dominated by Windsor Castle, which was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and is famously the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. Don’t miss the chance to tour this impressive historical structure, while the ritualistic Changing of the Guard is one of the country’s most iconic sights. Other key attractions include the Guildhall, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and Runnymede, the site of the signing of the Magna Carta.   We'll return to London for an afternoon at leisure.

Tonight you will head out to our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.  Celebrate great times spent withe new friends.

Overnight - Hilton London, Kensington (or similar)

Day 19 - Friday 28 August 2020

London Free Day - Depart to Airport (B)

Today we have a free day to explore London at leisure.  There are plenty of places yet to be discovered.  We'll head to the airport early evening for our flight back home.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards home.

Day 20 - Saturday 29 August 2020

In Transit (Meals Onboard)

Our flight is in transit heading home.

Day 21 - Sunday 30 August 2020

Welcome Home!

Welcome Home Sisters!  We thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and look forward to welcoming you back!

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