“The Full Scottish” Tour, April 26- May 9, 2022
14 days, 12 nights in Scotland
May be subject to change
$4099 pp sharing.
single travellers add $500
COVERS AIRFARE, TRANSPORT TO AND FROM AIRPORT, HOTELS, SCOTLAND TRANSPORT,
ALL TOUR ADMISSIONS, BREAKFAST & DINNER EVERY DAY,
SONGS & STORIES ALL ALONG THE WAY!
Tue April 26 - Cead Mile Failte! Depart home on a comfortable coach. Leave Corning Wegmans 11am, Elmira Clarion (old Holiday Inn) 11:30am, Waverly Salvation Army 12noon, Wegman's in JC at 1 pm. Rest stop at Siamsa Pub, Stroudsburg PA 2:30 pm, then on to Newark Airport check in 5:30pm; flight time 8:15pm, overnight flight UA 36 L, dinner on flight. United Airlines: 800-426-1122. USA bus: Terp’s Enterprises 607-795-4426.
Wed April 27 – Arrive in Edinburgh airport, 8am. Get “acclimated,” get baggage, use rest rooms, get some coffee & rolls, etc. Meet our Mackies Coach driver, board coach 9am. Arrive in Edinburgh for a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, around 10am. This ship was the Queen’s private yacht before it became the floating museum it is today. Next, we’ll do a driving tour of Edinburgh city, the Royal Mile, and lunch, check in at hotel 3pm. Free time to freshen up, take a nap, or walkabout Edinburgh. Early bird dinner 6pm nearby, at Ciao Roma. Go home to bed, or find some fun on your own.
Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre, 0011 44 131 524 8400 (3 nights)
Thu April 28 – Hotel breakfast 8am and now for a day in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. We begin with a tour of Edinburgh Castle, 9:30am. After this, you are on your own until dinner, to wander the “Royal Mile” shops, pubs, and museums of the Old Town. Most admissions will cost 10 to 15 British Pounds. Here are some free suggestions: visit the Scottish National Museum, or the National Gallery; maybe climb the majestic mountain, Arthur’s Seat. Let’s meet for cocktails 6pm, and dinner at 6:30pm “Spirit of Scotland” show at Edinburgh College of Surgeons Auditorium, on Nicolson, off South Bridge. Walk home to our hotel after the show.
Fri April 29 – Hotel breakfast 8am board coach 9am, ready for a leisurely day trip to “the Kingdom of Fife.” First stop, St. Andrews “the Home of Golf,” for lunch and touring the town, the golf course, the cathedral, and the university attended by the royal princes. Some of us may play 9 holes. Board the coach at 3pm to visit the Scottish Deer Park, 3:30pm. This contains Scotland’s native red deer and other species, as well as an “enrapturing” demonstration. About 5pm we head back to Edinburgh for dinner and ceilidh dancing at the Scottish Storytelling Center 7pm. It’s a short walk downhill, back to the hotel.
Sat April 30 – Hotel breakfast 8am board coach 9am, for a trip into the Cairngorm Highlands and Loch Ness. We will make a stop at Scone Palace near Perth 10:30am. This is the ancient crowning place of the King of Scotland, and the original site of the “Stone of Scone.” After the tour, there’s time for a light lunch before hitting the road for Pitlochry along the River Tay. By 5pm, we will reach Fort Augustus, “the bottom” of Loch Ness and check in. Walkabout the Loch side and lovely grounds of this fort/abbey/school. Dinner at the Whitebridge Hotel, 6pm. with leisure time afterward; billiards in the social room?
The Highland Club Apartments, Fort Augustus 011 44 203 478 3897 (3 nights)
Sun May 1 – Let’s have a local day today! Breakfast 9am, at the Boat House, walk to Sunday Mass at the chapel 10am. A short walk to the canal for the 11am boat cruise on the world-famous Loch Ness. No guarantee that we will see Nessie but keep your camera handy! There should be time for lunch, and walkabout the pretty village of Fort Augustus. Visit the Clansman Centre for a presentation at 3pm. Dinner up at the Whitebridge at 5pm, During dinner, enjoy some local music.
Mon May 2 – Boathouse breakfast 8am board coach 9am. We will tour “the top side” of Loch Ness today, featuring Urquhart Castle 9:30, and the famous “clan gathering” area of Inverness. We will include the tragic and defining battlefield of Culloden 12noon, and stay there for lunch. After lunch, we’ll visit the Clava Cairns, the standing stones that inspired Outlander. A wee bit down the road, we will visit the Druid Temple Farm 4pm. Dinner at The Waterfront in Inverness, 5:30pm. Home to Fort Augustus around sunset.
Tue May 3 – Breakfast at the Boat House 8am and board coach 9am for Fort William. Today, it’s a trip by rail 12 pm along the route made famous in the Harry Potter films. We’ll ride through the Highlands to the west coast for late lunch in the fishing village of Mallaig. At 4pm we board the ferry “over the sea to Skye,” following the legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Land at Armadale, and drive up through the beautiful sunset scenery of Skye to Portree to check in and have dinner 7pm.
Royal Hotel, or Rosedale Hotel, Portree 011 44 147 861 2525 (3 nights)
Wed May 4 – Hotel breakfast 8am board coach 9am, Day tour of the Isle of Skye. Our guide Gordon McIntyre will join us to show us the sights of the island, such as The Old Man of Storr, Quirang, Neist Point, The Fairy Pools, The Fairy Glen, or Dunvegan Castle. It’s a long day, but breathtaking! Afterward, back to our hotel for dinner 7pm, and local entertainment.
Thu May 5 – Free day to rest, explore, hike, bike, or read a book by the sea. There will be a chance to join Gordon again at 1pm, to take a tour of places we could not reach or finish yesterday. Maybe do a whisky tasting today, then dinner at hotel Dun Ollie, 7pm. After dinner, let’s have music this evening; a good jam session, or a ceilidh. It might be good to get to bed by 11ish tonight!
Fri May 6 – Hotel breakfast 8am board coach 9am, to drive south to Glasgow. We will see more of the Great Glen, then Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. We will see the beautiful region around Glencoe, the famous Green Welly rest stop, then proceed south to famous Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond. Eventually, we will invade the city of Glasgow, in time to check in 5pm, and a short walk to dinner at The Spiritualist, 7pm. . You are free to find entertainment in town, since we are in center city.
Queen Street Travelodge 011 44 203 693 4986 (3 nights)
Sat May 7 – Hotel breakfast 8am, board coach 9am, for a day trip to Stirling, past the Bannockburn Battlefield. We will visit Stirling Castle around lunch time, and the William Wallace Monument around 3pm. This area is famous for filming such shows as Monty Python, Outlander, Ivanhoe, and Game of Thrones. Not far back to Glasgow; get our Covid Test, and a short walk to dinner nearby 7pm at The Italian Kitchen. There should be entertainment in town after dinner, here in Scotland’s largest city.
Sun May 8 – Hotel breakfast 8am or sleep in while our churchgoing members find 9am Sunday services This is a day completely on your own in Scotland’s largest and friendliest city. Go to see things you missed yesterday. Go to the movies, shopping, museums, and the pubs. Maybe take the Hop On, Hop Off tour of Glasgow. Meet again for cocktails 5:30pm, dinner at 6pm upstairs at the Piper Whisky Bar on George Square. We’ll have a final meeting of the clans, some local music, then home to pack for tomorrow, and get some rest!
Mon May 9 – Hotel breakfast 6am, board coach 6:30am.It’s a convenient and quick drive to check in at Edinburgh airport 7:30am. Say farewell to our faithful Mackies Coach driver! There should be time for filling out customs cards, Tax Back forms, and last-minute shopping at the Duty-Free area before take-off at 9:40am. It’s about 7 hours on our flight UA 37 L. Land at Newark 12:30pm USA time, meet Terp’s bus, rest stop halfway, then home! Hopefully, back to Binghamton by 4pm, Corning before dark!
Slan abhaile, slan go foill!