Classic Scotland Tour
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Tell me a little about a Classic Scotland Tour
All tours via Catswhiskers are private and customised. This Classic Scotland itinerary has been designed for guests who may be visiting for the first time and wish to connect with Scotland’s key sites.
Tell me more about a Classic Scotland Tour
Below is the outline of a Scotland tour which affords the visitor an introduction to Scotland, its long, tumultuous and varied history together with stunning scenery, golf, whisky, food, castles and not forgetting the famous Loch Ness.
Like all Catswhiskers tours the itinerary can be flexed to match requirements of tour guests.
This is a historic city and the capital of Scotland. The city is based on a medieval pattern and therefore quite compact and best seen on foot. There is something for all interests including:
Not to be missed, and about 30 minutes south of Edinburgh, is the famous Rosslyn Chapel.This is a fascinating building dating back 600 years and packed with high quality stone carvings which are open to various interpretations. The Chapel is also connected with the Da Vinci Code and Freemasonry. Nearby are the remains of Roslin Castle.
Over the famous Forth Road Bridge (with view of famous sister Rail Bridge) to Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland where the following heritage sites can be visited:
- Dunfermline Abbey Church wherein is buried the hero King Robert the Bruce.
- Impressive ruins of the former Royal Palace dating from the 16 th century.
- The 12 th century Dunfermline Abbey Nave.
- Andrew Carnegie Birthplace, a 17 th century weaver’s cottage where the famous U.S. industrialist and benefactor was born.
After Dunfermline-and perhaps some refreshment in the 15 th century Abbot House- drive on to the quaint and picturesque fishing villages of the Fife Coast which include:
- Lower Largo , birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the role model for Robinson Crusoe.
- St. Monans with its famous church.
- Anstruther (pronounced ‘Anster’), a working small port with a famous fish and chip shop (not to be missed!)
- Crail-archetypal fishing village and very popular with artists and photographers.
Finish the day’s tour at St. Andrews, a name synonymous with Scotland’s patron saint. Places to see include the ruined Cathedral, the Castle and of course the famous Old Course-the ‘Holy Grail’ to golfers worldwide. This is a city with a famous university (which dates back to 1410). There are also easy access sandy beaches but beware of cold water temperatures!. Overall, a unique experience combining golf, heritage, the university campus and good shopping.
Overnight St. Andrews
Relatively low mileage but taking in some interesting sights and scenery including:
- Meikleour Hedge. This is comprised of beech trees and is, reputedly, the tallest hedge in the world.
- Glamis Castle . Archetypal Scottish castle dating from the 15 th century and closely connected with the British Royal Family. Was the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. An excellent tour of the Castle is available. The extensive grounds are home to a herd of attractive (and very photogenic) Highland Cattle.
- Meigle Stones. A unique collection of carved symbol stones dating from the Pictish era in the eighth and ninth centuries AD.
- Dunkeld and its Cathedral. Part ruin and part living parish church which sits in an idyllic location on the banks of the fast flowing River Tay.
- Ossian’s Hall. A unique 18 th century experience on the River Braan. Great for photographs.
Overnight Dunkeld or Pitlochry
A lengthy drive taking a diverse range of experiences including:
- A tour of the small but picturesque whisky distillery, Edradour at Pitlochry.
- Blair Castle . A long history and a magnificent garden. Home of Britain’s only legal, private army, the Atholl Highlanders.
- Balmoral Castle . Famous for its Royal connections with extensive parkland and a Highland Garden. (Site open April to July.)
- Clava Cairns. A 5000 year old Bronze Age site comprising burial cairns and standing stones. Stand and ponder at what drove the people from ancient times to build these impressive structures.
- Culloden Battlefield. Site of the last battle on British soil in 1746 and where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s quest to take the Crowns of England and Scotland came to an inglorious end. The battle was very well documented and there is an excellent visitor information centre providing details and background to this famous event.
Today, travel down the Great Glen tracking Loch Ness for most its 23 miles. Stop at Castle Urquhart for photographs and monster spotting.
Then on to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich for more photographs and optional castle tour. This castle has featured in a number of films but actually dates from the 1930s albeit based on design of the original which dates from 1230. Home to Clan McRae.
Across the famous Skye Bridge to the famous and fascinating Isle of Skye.
Overnight Broadford or Portree
At least one full day is required to truly experience this famous ‘Misty Isle’. Geology, scenery, Gaelic culture and castles help to make up the unique atmosphere of Skye. Here is a list of just some of the key attractions:
- Elgol-a single track road to one of Britain’s most beautiful views –the Cuillins across Loch Scavaig and the islands of Soay, Rum and Canna.
- Trotternish peninsula featuring such strange formations as the Quiraing and Old Man of Storr.
- Kilt Rock and Lealt Falls. These are close to the road with easy access.
- Quiraing geological feature with-subject to suitable visibility-stunning views across the island and east to the mainland.
- The Fairy Glen near Uig comprising a concentration of perfect conical hills up to 60 ft in height.
- Flora MacDonald’s memorial in Kilmuir graveyard, a link with Bonnie Prince Charlie.
- Dunvegan Castle , home of the Chiefs of Clan Macleod. Here, there is an extensive Highland Garden to visit. From this location seal watching trips are available via small boat.
- The impressive Cuillin mountains which attracts walkers and climbers.
- Learn about the whisky process via conducted tour at Talisker Distillery.
- Visit many of the artists and art galleries hidden away in various nooks and crannies.
- Dine at popular restuarants such as Creelers or the Three Chimneys.
Overnight Broadford or Portree
Day 7-To Glasgow or Edinburgh
Last day but by no means least. Still some classic sites which include:
- Ferry crossing to Mallaig with views of the Knoydart Peninsula
- Stop at historic and picturesque site of Glenfinnan.
- Glencoe. Rugged scenery and site of a famous massacre which resonates to this day.
- Inveraray: An 18th century planned village on Loch Fyne together with famous castle which is the home of the Duke of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell.
- Maybe a spot of lunch at the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar?
- Luss on Loch Lomond. A quaint heritage village right on the edge of this famous loch. Final refreshment stop before final stop at Glasgow or Edinburgh
How can Catswhiskerstours help with a Classic Scotland Tour?
- A custom tour for groups including accommodation if required.
- A self-drive (driving tour) by way of package comprising rental car, lodgings and itinerary.
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