Caledonia is the Latin name given by the Romans to Scotland, the land north of the United Kingdom. Scotland has inspiring mountains and coastlines, rich history and culture, as well as ancient castles. Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, has an International Festival and Fringe (the world's biggest art festival). Glasgow has a Victorian cityscape and 19 public museums with free admission. There are world-class festivals and events throughout Scotland year round, with these tours active in February.
Prestige Tours is a totally independent Scottish firm, proud of their "locals" style of service. The six-day tour begins in Edinburgh with a drive by Loch Ness, where the Loch Ness monster supposedly lives, to Inverness for the evening.
From Inverness, travellers visit Dunrobin Castle, home of the Dukes of Sutherland. Day three starts with a scenic drive along River Spey with a stop at a malt whiskey distillery before returning to Inverness for the evening. On day four, travellers will take a full-day excursion to the island of Skye stopping along the way to see Eilean Donan Castle.
Day five is a relaxing day with a cruise on Loch Ness and time for self-guided sightseeing. On day six, travellers will take an excursion to the village of Cromarty, spending time in Inverness and enjoying the town before heading through the countryside toward journey's end in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Included in the Highlands Highlights tour is five days accommodations, with breakfast, full-day excursions and travel via air-conditioned coach, admission to attractions and services of a professional tour guide.
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Country Roads of Scotland
Country Roads of Scotland begins its nine-day tour in Edinburgh, with a relaxing two days to settle in and tour the city. On day three, join the tour guide in Edinburgh for tours of the city's historical highlights.
Day four takes the traveller from Edinburgh to St. Andrews (where golf was born) over the Grampian Mountains to the Highlands, where travellers can participate in a dinner with bagpipes and traditional Scottish entertainment. On day five, travel along the Spey Valley past a winter ski resort, passing Loch Ness and onto the coast north to John O'Groats. The tour stops in the coastal town of Thurso for the evening.
On day six, travellers will pass along stunning coastlines and spend the evening in Ullapool. The following day, coach from Ullapool to the Isle of Skye, a beautiful island with the quaint capital of Portree. From the Isle of Skye, travellers return to the mainland on the way to Glasgow for the final day of the tour, passing through valleys and mountain ranges.
Included in the tour is a professional tour director, air-conditioned motorcoach, hotels along the route, airport transfers, four dinners and seven breakfasts, as well as admission to attractions.
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Inverness and the Isle of Skye
Inverness and the Isle of Skye tour depart on a luxury motorcoach from Edinburgh on a three-day tour. Leaving Edinburgh on the first day, travellers visit Rannoch Moor and pass by several forts before driving the length of Loch Ness to the resting place for the next two evenings, Inverness.
On the second day, travellers participate in a full-day excursion to the Isle of Skye, to visit several castles and beachcomb on the island. On day three, travellers visit the picturesque village of Cromarty before returning to Inverness. From Inverness, the coach arrives in the Spey Valley and travels by scenic mountains and the Blair Castle. The motorcoach passes through Perth before arriving in Edinburgh or Glasgow for the end of the tour.
This tour includes accommodations, breakfasts, excursions by minicoach, admission to attractions, services of a tour host and transportation by air-conditioned luxury touring coach.
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