Scottish Dream Tours Presents
Romancing the Highlands,
A Scottish Adventure
October 9th - 22nd, 2013

2 Weeks in Scotland featuring - Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Castle, The Trossachs and
Callander, Stirling and Stirling Castle, Doune Castle, Loch Katrine Cruise, Killin and Falls of Dochart,
Glencoe, Inverness and Loch Ness, Loch Ness Cruise, Urquhart Castle, Black Isle Brewery, Banffshire
and Dolphin Coast, Puffin Cruise Wildlife Trip, Culloden Battlefield, Elgin Cathedral, Lossiemouth and
Moray Firth, Dufftown and Balvenie Distillery, Sunhoney Stone Circle, Balmoral Castle and Royal
Deeside, Braemar Castle and Cairngorms, Pitlochry and the Pitlochry Autumn Festival, Blair Castle,
Castle Menzies, Scone Palace, St. Andrews Cathedral, Old Course and more!

Small intimate tour of Edinburgh, The Scottish Highland and Countryside. Each tour is designed to
accommodate only 10-12 people for a more personal experience to allow you to get the most of our
Scottish holiday. Keeping the tour size small gives us the opportunity to veer from the beaten track and
to take advantage of accommodations, restaurants and sightseeing venues that would not be available to
larger groups. You may find yourself staying in a delightful city guesthouse, a small country house
hotel, a comfortable farmhouse and an old coaching Inn all in the same visit. Our goal is to show you the
real Scots people and some of the wonderful sights to be seen all over this beautiful country. You will
not be rushed from venue to venue and we spend as little time on the coach as possible.

Tour includes all accommodation, full Scottish breakfast each morning. All lunches and dinners as
listed in itinerary. Porterage of one suitcase per person. Minibus travel including tour guide.
Knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any
entrance fees. All taxes and service charges. As with all of our tours we try to offer as many different
kinds of accommodations as can be found in Scotland. Each place will be very comfortable with your
own private bathroom and will include a 5 Star Victorian, a 18th Century Country Hotel, a 19th Century
Baronial Mansion, a 19th Century Farmhouse Hotel, a Victorian Mansion House, a Granite City Hotel, a
Lovely Victorian Boutique Guest House and a 13th Century Fortified Luxury Castle.

$4795US per person double occupancy.
$895US supplement per person single occupancy.
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot on this tour.

"We are now spoiled! My husband and I have traveled all over the world, with award trips through his business, my own
work and on our own vacations and I must say that this was a spectacular adventure. The small group, just as they
advertised, allowed us access to easy parking, back roads, and quaint restaurants. The accommodations were clean,
comfortable and beautiful. We would likely have never found them on our own! Shannon was a very gracious host
showing kindness and perfect manners in every situation. It made us proud to be with him! Every part of the advertised
itinerary was completed as well as a couple of interesting side trips. We even joined a community program in a parking lot
in Beauly Firth watching young girls dance and their local pipe and drum band march. Only someone who knows the
country well could have found that for us! There was the added bonus of Shannon's amazing ability to find fabulous food!
We love to eat and cook so this was just the "icing on the cake" ! Shannon is a walking history book when he's orienting the
group to each visit. He knows the country well. He and Mario are full of good humor...we had many great laughs! In one
of my past jobs I organized and led mission trips around the world so I had a good idea of the effort it took to run a trip so
professionally. I was able to kick back and not worry about a thing. A competent leader was in charge! We have already
recommended these folks and would love to travel with them again!"
 Marla and Ron Rushing - San Antonio, Texas.

Day 1 - October 9th - You will be met this morning at Edinburgh International for two days in Scotland's Capitol City. We will start our Scottish
Adventure with
Lunch at Loopy Lorna's Tearoom before a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable
fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of this Edinburgh World Heritage Site. The Castle houses the
The Honours of
, the nation’s Crown Jewels. The Crown, Sceptre and Sword of State are the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom. You can either
choose to spend some time wandering on the
Royal Mile and Princes Street or  get settled into our accommodation before a Welcoming Dinner.
Overnight Edinburgh at
23 Mayfield. (L,D)

Day 2 -
Today will be mostly at your leisure in the city. To make the most of your visit you will have all day tickets for Edinburgh's City Tour Hop
Off and Off Bus
which will take you to all of the major highlights of the city. On your way about the city you will have opportunities to stop at The
Palace of the Holyrood House, The Royal Yacht Britannia, St. Giles Cathedral, Greyfriars Bobby and Deacon Brodie's Pub. The Old
Town and New Town
districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 in recognition of the unique character of the
Medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian New Town. It covers both the Old and New Towns together with the Dean Village and the Calton
areas. There are over 4,500 listed buildings within the city. After an afternoon of taking in Princes Street and the Royal Mile. We will meet up
later in the tea to enjoy
Afternoon Tea together at Prestonfield House. Built in 1687 as the Grand Baroque home of Edinburgh's Lord
, Prestonfield is now Edinburgh's most luxurious 5-star hotel and restaurant. Dinner on your own and Overnight 23 Mayfield. (B,L)

Day 3 -
Today we make our way out of the city and into beautiful Scottish Countryside. The Perthshire Region of Scotland is known as Big
Tree Country
and we will make our home here for the next 2 nights. Along the way we will stop at Hopetoun House, Scotland's finest stately house.
The atmosphere of warmth and vitality within the house reflects its status as the home of the
Hope Family from its building in 1699 to this day. The
magnificent interiors which have remained virtually unchanged for three centuries reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best
period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plasterwork.  Following lunch, we are off to
We will take a whistle-stop tour through 700 years of Scottish history at Scotland’s Largest and Oldest Keep, the ancestral home of the
Erskine family, the Earls of Mar and Kellie. As you explore the tower’s four floors, you’ll hear tales of an abbot’s curse, crib ghosts,
fortunes and titles lost and regained, and the building’s ruin and restoration.
Dinner and Overnight Glendevon at Tormaukin Hotel.  (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
After a full Scots breakfast we will visit Doune and Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle and famous for the filming
location of
Monty Python's The Holy Grail. This is one of my most favorite places as it gives such a wonderful glimpse into 14th century Scottish
castle living. Then off to the wee village of
Callander for shopping and exploring one of the more picturesque villages of Scotland.  We will also stop at the
Kilmahog Woolen Mills for some shopping and also to visit Hamish and Heather, the resident Highland Cows. After a visit to The Tearoom
in Stirling for Lunch,
we will visit Stirling Castle, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots was
crowned here and the
Great Hall and Chapel Royal are wonderful highlights. Here you will be able to step back into the sumptuous world of Stirling
Castle’s Royal Court
. An ongoing project has returned the six ground floor apartments in the castle’s Renaissance palace to how they may have looked in
the mid 16th century. This evening we will be out to a 17th century country pub for dinner. A good time is always had by all when we visit
The Historic
No5 Inn in Alva .Overnight Glendevon at Tormaukin Hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 -
Much of today will be about spectacular scenery as we make our way further north into the Trossachs on our way to Fort William. We will stop
Killin and the Falls of Dochart. A bridge crosses over the Dochart River just as you enter the village of Killin giving a fabulous view of the falls as
they cascade down over the rocks and around the
Island of Inchbuie, which is the traditional burial place of the MacNab Clan. If not the most
impressive falls in Scotland there are easily the most accessible. Our journey then takes us through the striking mountains of
Glencoe on our way to the
site of the
Glencoe Massacre. The mountains are formed from some of the oldest sedimentary and volcanic strata in the world. The southern region is an
assemblage of peaks, ridges and valleys which rise up above the peat hags and scattered lochans of
Rannoch Moor. The waters which tumble from these
high mountains give rise to a series of spectacular waterfalls that gather initially at the
'Meeting of the Three Waters' to form the River Coe. We will
stop at the
Clachan Inn for you to get some lunch after we visit the site of the massacre. We will stop in Drumnadrochit for a Cruise in Loch Ness
before making our way to the
Capitol of the Highlands. Dinner and Overnight near Inverness at Drumossie Hotel. (B,D)

Day 6 -
Our first stop this morning is Culloden Battlefield. A desolate stretch of moorland, Culloden looks much as it did on 16 April 1746, the date of
the last battle to be fought on British soil. Here
Bonnie Prince Charlie made his last stand for the Stewart cause. The battlefield itself is now restored to
as close as possible that two side marched on that fateful day. We will find out why this battle that lasted only one hour changed the way of life of the
Highlands forever. We will have Lunch in Inverness before and outing north along the Moray Firth to Fortrose and Fortrose Cathedral. This
serenely beautiful red sandstone building has two sections, the chapter house and the nave's south aisle, still standing on location. These buildings went on
to serve as
Fortrose's Tolbooth after the rest of the cathedral was removed, and the first floor room continued in use as a meeting place for Fortrose
Burgh Council until 1939. We then make our way through
Conan Bridge and Muir of Ord on our way back to Inverness before dinner. Overnight
Drumossie Near Inverness. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way to Brodie Castle eastward on the Moray Firth. Stuffed to the turrets with antique furniture, paintings and
ceramics, the legacy of generations of Clan Brodie, this 16th-century castle is a slice of Scottish history not to be missed. The rooms, passageways and
towers, all sensitively restored to show what everyday life was like for one of Scotland’s most ancient clans.
Lunch in the Castle Tearoom before
moving on to
Forres where we find the Pictish Carved Stone called the Sueno's Stone, the most remarkable sculptured monument in Britain,
probably a cenotaph, standing over 20 feet high and dating to the end of the first millennium AD. Then we continue on to
Elgin for a visit to Elgin
, the superb ruin of what was perhaps the most beautiful cathedral in Scotland. Elgin Cathedral is Scotland's second largest cathedral behind St.
Andrews and was known as
'The Lantern of the North'. If suffered many mishaps and then was rebuilt only to see the Reformation in the 1500's. Even
in ruins, it is still one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Scotland. We then drive a bit further up the road to
Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth. This is
a lovely seaside village where we can find some great ice cream before a stroll on the beach.
Dinner and Overnight Portsoy at Durn House. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
This morning we take in Banffshire and the Dolphin Coast. The Banffshire Coastline is a place of undisturbed natural beauty where
dolphins, gannets, porpoises, puffins, and the occasional whale,
make their home. We will explore the coastline taking in Buckie, Findochty,
Portknockie, Cullen, Portsoy, Banff and Macduff.
We will stop for lunch along the way and then board a Puffin Cruises Wildlife Trip. On these
trips you often see
Bottlenose Dolphins, Seals and Harbour Porpoise and sometimes Minke Whale. The bottlenose dolphins of the Moray
Firth are the most northerly resident group of bottlenose dolphins in the world and a vital part of Scotland’s natural heritage. On the 3 hour birdwatching
trip we will sail to
Troup Head which is home to 4,000 plus gannets and is the only gannet colony in mainland Scotland. In Summer, approximately
22,000 guillemots, 2,000 razorbills, 15,000 pairs of kittiwakes and 2,000 pairs of fulmars are present along with smaller numbers of puffins and shags as
well as seals.
Dinner and Overnight Dowans Hotel at Aberlour (B,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we take in Dufftown, the Whisky Capitol of Scotland. Set in the heart of Speyside in north eastern Scotland, Dufftown is
situated on the banks of the rivers
Fiddich and Dullan at the foot of the Conval Hills. "Rome was built on seven hills, Dufftown stands on
seven stills".
The name of Dufftown has become synonymous with Scotch Whisky, its famous "seven stills" having risen to nine since the rhyme was
composed. We then will visit the
Speyside Heather Centre near Grantown-On-Spey where we will Lunch in the Clootie Dumpling Cafe. We
then return to Aberlour where we will visit the
Aberlour Distillery. Situated at the junction of the Rivers Lour and Spey, the distillery lies in a
beautiful glen, surrounded by glorious scenery dominated by the rugged peaks of
Ben Rinnes a short distance away. Pure spring water for making the
whisky is drawn from underground springs, and the maturing spirit in the warehouse beneficially inhales the moist Speyside air. We will have a
Tour and
a Taste
before leaving you to find some Dinner on your own in Aberlour. Overnight Dowans House.  (B,L)

Day 10 -
Today on our way to Aberdeen we stop at Huntly Castle in the village of Huntly. It is a magnificent ruin of a castle, from the 12th
century motte to the palace block erected in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Gordon family. The architectural details and heraldic enrichments are
particularly impressive. Our next stop in near
Inverurie and to Castle Fraser. One of the most spectacular of the Castles of Mar, it is the largest,
most elaborate Scottish castle built on the ‘Z-plan’ design. The striking simplicity of its Great Hall, along with the stout walls of this handsome building,
convincingly takes you back in time. In the Hall you can see the ‘Laird’s Lug’, an early bugging device! You can also learn about the castle’s fascinating
history and shiver at its many ghost stories!We will have
Lunch in the Victorian Kitchen Tearoom before we leave the castle behind. We then make
our way to one of my favorite spots, the
Sunhoney Stone Circle. This 4,000 year old recumbent stone circle stands on the shoulder of a hill,
surrounded by a ring of aging trees.
Dinner and Overnight in Aberdeen at the Atholl Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
This morning we make our way along the River Dee and the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar. We then
head further along the River Dee to
Braemar and Braemar Castle. Seat of Clan Farquharson and former home to its chief Captain Alwyne
, this is a delightful wee fairytale castle managed by the Community of Braemar. Come inside and take a peek at the Victorian Kitchen, the
"pit", once prison for 17 Cameron rebels, the elegant Dining Room with its 200 year old grandfather clock and climb the stone turnpike stairs to the
comfortable Drawing Room and Morning Room. See the Laird’s Bedroom, with its handsome four poster bed and the secret corner that’s home to
John Silver
and his creator Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote "Treasure Island" right here in Braemar. We then make our way through the
down through the Spittal of Glenshee to the lovely Highland Village of Pitlochry. Dinner and then an Outing to the Pitlochry
Festival Theatre
. Overnight Pitlochry at Craigatin House and Courtyard. (B,D)

Day 12 -
After breakfast we will drive to The Queen's View named after Robert The Bruce's wife Isabel but made popular by Queen Victoria. This
is one of the most breathtaking sights in Scotland and will become a favorite of yours. You can't stop here without
Visiting the Tearoom and having a
piece of millionaires shortbread! Next we visit
Castle Menzies, a fine 16th century mansion house visited by Bonny Prince Charlie on his way to
Culloden in 1746. This spectacular sixteenth century castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society was the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over
400 years and importantly situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the Highlands. Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid example of the
transition between earlier rugged fortress and later mansion house. This afternoon we visit
Blair Atholl and Blair Castle. Bonnie Prince Charlie
spent 2 days here in this 700 year old rambling, turreted castle with over 32 rooms open to the public. This ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of
enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire.  Dinner on your own and Overnight Craigatin. (B,L)

Day 13 -
This morning we leave the Highlands behind on the way to Perth and Scone Palace, the home of the Earls of Mansfield.  Once the
crowning place of
Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland’s history. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery
and the rightful home of the celebrated
Stone of Scone, Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in Scotland’s
crown. We then make our way to St. Andrews, Scotland's Home of Golf. We will find some lunch along the way and once in St. Andrews, sightseeing will
St. Andrews Castle and Cathedral. The Castle was the former Bishops' Palace, the residence of the Archbishops of St. Andrews. The
Cathedral itself dates from around 1160, and was consecrated in the presence of
Robert the Bruce in July 1318. We will also visit the Old Course and
have some free time to investigate St. Andrews.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 14 - October 22nd -
We return to the Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home. (B)
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