Day 1 - September 9th, 2011 - You will be met at Glasgow International Airport this morning before we make our
way towards the
Western Highlands and Islands. Our drive will take us along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. We'll
stop for a cup of tea before heading northward to
Loch Awe where St. Conan's Kirk is spectacularly sited overlooking the
loch. I could not imagine venturing through this area of Scotland without visiting this romanesque church. After our visit we
continue on to
Oban, which is known at the Gateway to the Isles. You will have some time to explore Oban before a
Welcoming Dinner on the Waterfront. Overnight Oban. (L,D)

Day 2
- Today finds us visiting the largest of the Inner Hebridian Isles, Mull. We take a short ferry ride to Mull which
offers rough moorlands, rocky peaks and splendid beaches as well as
Duart Castle, home of the Mcleans. Standing
proudly on a clifftop guarding the
Sound of Mull, Duart enjoys one of the most spectacular and unique positions on the
West Coast of Scotland. For over 400 years this has been the base of the
Clan Maclean's sea-borne power. You may want to
visit the castle tearoom before we continue on to the small and very beautiful island of
Iona. St Columba began his crusade
here in the year 563 and 48 Scottish Kings are buried in the abbey graveyard. We will
Lunch at the St. Columba Hotel
before visiting
Iona Abbey. St Columba and his followers built a small monastery from wood, wattle and daub.  Later, the
timber was replaced with stone and in around 1200, the
Columban Monastery was transformed into a Benedictine
Abbey
.  The end of the day finds us returning to Oban for a local Pub Dinner. Overnight Oban. (B,L,D)

Day 3
- This morning we journey on to Glencoe which was the site of the 1692 Massacre of the McDonalds. Against a
backdrop of craggy peaks and the tumbling
River Coe, the Glen offers some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Then
on to one of my favorite Highland villages,
Fort William.  Nestled snuggly on the shores of Loch Linnhe, Fort William is
always a favorite stop. This afternoon we take the
Road to the Isles from Fort William on our way to Skye. The Road to
the Isles from Fort William to
Glenfinnan and Lochailort, through Arisaig and Morar ending at Mallaig is a route
steeped in history where
Bonnie Prince Charlie found safety and security in this lovely area of the Scottish Highlands. We
will make stops in Glenfinnan and Mallaig before we take a ferry to Skye. Once on the
Isle of Skye our first stop is Kinloch
Lodge
, the home of Lord and Lady MacDonald, for a Traditional Afternoon Tea. Following tea we continue our
journey past the lovely
Cuillen Hills to our home for 2 nights on Skye. Overnight North Skye. (B,L)

Day 4
- This morning we journey round the Trotternish Peninsula with its spectacular coastline. We will stop at the grave
site of
Flora MacDonald at Kilmuir. Flora is best known for her brave act in helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape
after the battle of Culloden, We will also visit
The Quiraing being one of the most exciting natural rock formations
anywhere in Scotland. We then stop for
Lunch at  Stein Inn. Then we are off to visit Dunvegan Castle which has been
the stronghold of the
Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years and it remains their home. Built on a Rock once surrounded
entirely by salt water, it is unique in Scotland as the only house of such antiquity to have retained its family and its roof
throughout the centuries. Next on the agenda is
Skye's metropolis, Portree, meaning port of the king. Enjoy an afternoon
free to explore this delightful harbour village.
Dinner and Overnight North Skye. (B,L,D)

Day 5
- It is off to Uig this morning to catch the Ferry to the Isles of Harris and Lewis. Once on Harris we will stop in
Tarbert and visit the Harris Tweed Shop. After exploring Tarbert for a while we Stop for Lunch before we continue
south
to Rodel. Along the way we will stop at Scarista Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches anywhere in the
country! Once in Rodel we will visit
St. Clemon's Church. Cruciform in shape, the church was built around 1500 by the
Macleods of Dunvegan and Harris. The church's main point of interest are the three tombs carved in black gneiss
depicting knights in armour. One of these is the tomb of
Alisdair Crotach, the 8th Chief of the MacLeods of
Dunvegan,
who had it sculpted for himself 19 years before his death in 1547. Dinner and Overnight back in Tarbert.
(B,L,D)

Day 6 -
 We cross the almost unnoticeable land bridge to Lewis this morning with our first stop being the Callanish
Standing Stones.
 Dating back over 4000 years, Callanish ranks second in terms of importance only to Stonehenge and is
older. On a headland overlooking part of a huge sea loch, 53 pale grey stones of
Lewisian Gneiss stand in a curious
cruciform. This afternoon we visit the
Arnol Blackhouse Museum which tells the story of the original crofters native to
this area of Scotland. We will then spend some time in
Stornoway before making our way to the ferry to Ullapool. Ullapool
is a lovely picturesque fishing village with many shops along the harbour. We will have some time to explore Ullapool before
continuing on to
Kylesku. I love the drive through the Assynt Mountains and Loch Assynt which has a spectacular
viewpoint.
Dinner and Overnight Kylesku. (B,D)

Day 7
- This morning we make our way northward to Thurso.  We travel the Scenic Coastal Route to Thurso with
some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in Scotland. Have your cameras ready as there will be several
wonderful photo ops. Then we continue on to the coast where you will see some of the most amazing
Beaches and Cliffs I
have ever seen! We will find a cozy place to
Stop for Lunch along the way. Much of the coastline is composed of sea lochs
and kyles and including
Loch Laxford, Kyle of Durness, Loch Eriboil, Loch Hope and the Kyle of Tongue. Our
journey will eventually end up near the town of
Thurso where we find dinner waiting. Dinner and Overnight near
Thurso. (B,L,D)

Day 8
-  Today we will make our way to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain and on a clear day it
commands some of the most extensive views you are likely to find anywhere in northern Scotland. We will also visit
Mary
Ann's Cottage
, a window on the crofting past, showing how successive generations of a crofting family lived and worked
over 150 years. The cottage was the home of Mary-Anne Calder until she was 93 in 1990. It is now maintained as it was when
she left, a farming croft in continuous occupation since it was built by her grandfather in the first half of the 19th Century. Our
next stop is the
Castle of Mey, the most northerly inhabited castle on the British mainland. The Queen Mother renovated
and restored it and for almost half a century she spent many happy summers here and shorter visits at other times of the year.
Dinner and Overnight Thurso. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning finds us boarding the Ferry to the Orkneys. Our first stop once on the islands is Skara Brae a
neolithic village dating from 2,500 BC which has been hidden under sand dunes, perfectly preserved, for thousands of years
and was only rediscovered 100 years ago. We will also visit the
Standing Stones of Stenness dating from 3,100 BC
making the stones complex one of the earliest stone circles in Britain . Next stop is
Maeshowe, the finest chambered tomb in
Western Europe. Built before 2700 BC, it was raided by the Vikings in the mid-12th century and plundered of its 'treasures'.  
Maeshowe is interesting because of the various runic inscriptions carved into the walls.  This is one of the best known
collections and includes the
Maeshowe Dragon - a very well known Orkney icon. We will also visit the Royal Burrough
of Kirkwall
which is the capitol of the Orkneys. We will take some time to investigate before dinner. Dinner and
Overnight Orkneys. (B,D)

Day 10
-  This morning we return by ferry to the mainland. Our first stop is Scotlands most northerly mainland distillery,
Old Pulteney in Wick. Since 1826, the Pulteney Distillery has crafted a Single Malt Scotch Whisky that is the very essence
of it’s remarkable location. By Wick’s historic harbour, the quietly maturing spirit lies in hand-selected oak casks, slowly
capturing the unique character of this stunning landscape with it’s long seafaring history. Next, a must stop is
Dunrobin
Castle, seat of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland
, this beautiful castle with a French influence sits looking out across
the North Sea and is well worth a visit. With 189 rooms, it is the largest house in the Northern Highlands. We then continue on
our way south to
Dinner and Overnight near Inverness. (B,D)

Day 11
- This morning we will visit Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle to be fought on British soil on 16th April
1746 when
Bonnie Prince Charles Edward Stewart made his last bid for the Monarchy. 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 and Islands forever. Our next stop is Speyside Heather Centre. This
family run business is a well established attraction for both tourists and locals and we will
Lunch at the Clootie
Dumpling Cafe
while here.  Blair Castle is set in extensive parklands, including the recently restored Hercules Garden and
Diana's Grove, and with 725 years of history and over 30 rooms open to the public. Our next stop is
Pitlochry where
Dinner awaits us
. Following dinner we are off to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre for a live performance. Overnight
Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
Today our first stop is 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 Edradour Distillery,
which is Scotland's smallest distillery. After a Tour of the Distillery we return to
Pitlochry for Afternoon Tea at Atholl
Palace
. This afternoon you will have plenty of time to visit my favorite Highland village before Dinner on your own in
Pitlochry. Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 13 -
On the way to Glasgow today we stop in Perth to visit 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.
Our next stop is Stirling and Stirling Castle
for a guided tour. Stirling Castle is  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.  Once in Glasgow, enjoy a few
hours of shopping on
Sauchiehall Street or just relaxing before dinner. Dinner and Overnight Glasgow. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
After breakfast you will Tour the City aboard an Open Top Tour Bus complete with tour guide. Highlights of
the tour will be
Glasgow's amazing architecture, University of Glasgow, George Square and The River Clyde.
This afternoon you may want to visit Glasgow's City Chambers Building. The City Chambers is truly and architectural
delight built in the grandest Victorian Style and the tour is not to be missed. You will also want to visit
Glasgow Cathedral.
The Cathedral is one of the few to escape destruction during the Scottish Reformation and dates to the 13th century. This
evening it is out to a
Highland Show and Farewell Dinner. Overnight Glasgow. (B,D)

Day 15 -
This morning we return to Glasgow International Airport for our journey home. (B)
Scottish Dream Tours
Presents
Scottish Highlands and Islands
featuring Mull, Iona, Skye, Harris and
Lewis and The Orkneys
September 9th - 23rd, 2011    
 
Due to a cancellation we have 2 spots available.
15 days of Castles, Pubs, Spectacular Scenery and Picturesque Villages.
Featuring: Glasgow and Glasgow Cathedral, Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Mull,
Iona, Duart Castle, Oban, Dunstaffnage Castle, Glencoe, Loch Linnhe, Fort
William,  Road to the Isles, Glenfinnan, Caledonian Canal, Mallaig, Skye,
Cuillins Mountains, Portree, Dunvegan Castle, Lewis, Harris, Callanish Standing
Stones, Arnol Blackhouse, Standing Stones of Stenness, Ullapool, Orkney
Islands, Dunrobin Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Pitlochry,
Blair Atholl and Blair Castle and more!

Nothing captures the Romantic wonder of Scotland more than the Highlands
and Islands.  This tour is designed to accommodate only 8-10 people for a more
personal experience to allow you to get the most of your Scottish holiday.
Keeping the tour size small gives us the opportunity to veer from the beaten
path and 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 guest house, 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 bus as possible.

Tour includes all accommodation in 3 or 4 star Scottish Tourist Board Approved
accommodations. Full Scottish breakfast each morning, all meals 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.

$4795US per person double occupancy.
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot on the tour.

Due to a cancellation we have 2 spots available.
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Sir Walter Scot steamship Loch Katrine
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