Today we will take a short flight from Dublin to Glasgow - arriving mid morning. We will be picked up by our private transportation and continue into Glasgow to tour the city highlights - including red sandstone Victorian Buildings, Delightful Parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once famous for ship building. We will then drive to Loch Lomond, tour this stunning area, and check into our hotel. Perhaps later we will have our evening meal at the Historic Drover's Inn famous for it's 300 year history and it's steak pie, They are also famous for their Haggis!!
Overnight: Loch Lomond
This morning we will take the ‘Road to the Isles’ through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument, and to visit the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle and enjoy a panoramic tour of the Isle of Skye.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
We will continue on through stunning scenery, as we travel today to Inverness. On our way we will drive along the shore of the famous Loch Ness. As huge as Loch Ness is, its vast size is not the reason for its global fame, nor is it the magnificent surrounding scenery. The real reason visitors flock to this Scottish body of water, is to spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Rumors about 'Nessie' have flown since an Irish monk first caught sight of something unusual swimming around the lake’s inky waters back in the seventh century. Today we will cruise around the loch in hopes of catching sight of the mysterious aquatic monster, and we will spend tome at the Loch Ness Visitor's Centre. After which we will take a short drive to our hotel in Inverness.
Today our journey will take us to Edinburgh. On our way we will have our morning break at a very special tea house, 'The Clootie Dumplin'. A traditional Scottish pudding, clootie dumpling dates back to pre-oven days when most food was cooked in a pot over an open fire. Ingredients were place in a floured cloot (cloth) and boiled in water for several hours - hence the name 'Clootie Dumpling'. The restaurant is part of the Heather Centre of Scotland, an award winning 'attraction' in Scotland. We will spend some time here and carry on towards our final destination. But we would be remiss if we did not visit a whiskey distillery, so visit we shall, and no doubt we will partake of a 'wee dram' or two. We will drive to Edinburgh and check into our hotel.
Visit Edinburgh and discover a city like no other. Steeped in history, Edinburgh seamlessly blends old and new, providing the perfect destination to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a diverse and vibrant city. As our hotel is located within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle we can choose to visit the castle at any time and browse this historic site. A guided tour of the castle will be offered on Day 6 of our trip. This morning we will enjoy a city tour followed by a very special visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia home to the British royal family at various times over its 40-year service, the Royal Yacht Britannia sailed over a million miles around the world before settling into its dock in Leith on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Now open to the public, you can discover for yourselves the history of this magnificent vessel, wandering its five decks from the command centre of the Bridge through the luxurious State Apartments to the Engine Room, where you can see how the HMY Britannia powered through the waves. You’ll get to see the Queen’s personal design tastes through the Royal Family’s living quarters, including a glimpse into the only viewable bedroom of a living monarch in the world. The (included) audio guide will further complement your journey as you learn more about the Royal Yacht Britannia and experience a unique view of British Royalty. And later a VERY special treat as we will visit Glenskirlie Castle and House in Bonnybridge for our 'farewell dinner'. Set in lush, perfectly landscaped grounds in the heart of central Scotland it is only 40 minutes from Edinburgh. This award winning restaurant will not disappoint.
Our final day is free to further explore. We will spend time on a guided tour of the castle, after which we can perhaps shop in the beautiful stores on Princess Street, or we can choose to further explore the lovely city - or relax in an 'infamous' pub on the Royal Mile.
Today we will be transported to the airport for our journey home - having seen and experienced such wonderful things and made such amazing memories on our 'Irish Adventure' and our Scottish Adventure.