A Brave Adventure
9 Days / 8 Nights
Edinburgh, Inverness, Loch Ness, Isle of Lewis, Isle of Skye
Journey to Scotland to experience the land that inspired the Disney-Pixar film Brave. Expore the beautiful landscapes of Scotland. Marvel at the incredible architecture found throughout the country. Wander through ancient castles and ruins. Try your hand at a wee bit of weaving at Dovecot Studios. Kick up your heels with traditional music and dance.
Trip Highlights Include:
Mar 24, 2013 - Apr 1, 2013 (Legacy Itinerary)*
May 26, 2013 - June 3, 2013
- June 4, 2013 - June 12, 2013*
June 9, 2013 - Jun 17, 2013*
- June 17, 2013 - June 25, 2013*
June 22, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013*
June 30, 2013 - Jul 8, 2013*
July 22, 2013 - Jul 30, 2013*
Aug 4, 2013 - Aug 12, 2013*
Aug 18, 2013 - Aug 26, 2013*
Sep 15, 2013 - Sep 23, 2013*
*= Departure is guaranteed to travel.
- May 25-June 2, 2014: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
- June 3-June 11, 2014: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
- June 8-June 16, 2014
- June 16-June 24, 2014
- June 21-June 29, 2014
- June 29-July 7, 2014
- July 21-July 29, 2014
- Aug 3-Aug 11, 2014
- Aug 17-Aug 25, 2014
- Aug 31-Sep 8, 2014: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
- Sep 14-Sept 22, 2014: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
Adventure Daily Itinerary
2013 Day One
Arrive in Edinburgh
Fàilte! After clearing customs, you are greeted by an Adventures
by Disney representative who helps with your luggage. Relax as a driver
whisks you away to the beautiful Balmoral Hotel.
The Balmoral Hotel
Get ready for the royal treatment when your Adventure Guides greet you
within. Unwind from your trip and marvel at the stately décor while your
Guides check you into this historic hotel.
Welcome Reception and Dinner
Say halò to your fellow Adventurers at this exclusive feast in
the Balmoral's elegant dining room which overlooks Edinburgh's scenic
cityscape. Raise a glass to toast the beginning of an unforgettable
Meal Included: Dinner
2013 Day Two
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
After a hearty Scottish breakfast at the hotel, climb aboard a coach for
an excursion to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. A Blue Badge Guide leads
you on a tour of this royal palace that is one of the Queen's official
residences in Edinburgh. Over the centuries, great events at
Holyroodhouse have shaped the fates of England, Scotland and France.
Scotland's deadly struggles for power, love and family are all part of
the history within.
National Museum of Scotland
Follow a private guide through this collection of Scottish treasures!
Imagine what it was like to be accused of witchcraft in medieval
Scotland as your guide reveals the harrowing stories of a time before
science when superstition reigned. Next, your guide introduces you to
the Chessmen of Lewis—one of the most significant archaeological finds
of the last 200 years. Merida and her mother play with these iconic
chess pieces in the Disney•Pixar movie Brave!
Lunch in the National Museum
Join your fellow Adventurers for lunch in the National Museum. Our
exclusive venue offers some of the best views of Edinburgh Castle in the
Dovecot Studios Tour
Discover how this 100-year-old studio creates tapestries through a rich
collaboration between the artist, weavers and commissioners. An expert
demonstrates the fundamentals of this ancient art and invites you to try
your hand at a wee bit of weaving. Take home the resulting tapestry
piece as a souvenir.
Late Afternoon and Dinner On Your Own
Edinburgh is rich with history and eye-catching architecture. The
Scottish brogue sings to your ears from passing conversations. This
could be the perfect time to visit the Royal Mile and check out the
Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center. While some activities might cost extra,
you're sure to fall in love with this winsome city! At dinner time, feel
free to ask your Adventure Guides to recommend the perfect place to
have a family meal.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
2013 Day Three
The Isle of Skye
Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey by coach
to one of the most famous islands of Scotland—the mystical, magical
Isle of Skye. Travel across the Scottish West Highlands past some of the
most magnificent scenery in the country!
Glorious Glen Coe and Bonnie Prince Charlie
Scotland is rich with daring tales from the days of old. On your way to
Skye, sit back and listen as your Adventure Guides tell tales of
centuries past. Your journey takes you on the trail of Bonnie Prince
Charlie, who raised his standard and began the Jacobite uprising in 1745
to reinstate the exiled Stuarts as rulers of Scotland. See the
Glenfinnian Monument, which was erected in memory of this event. We then
enter the rugged valley of Glen Coe, home to the infamous Massacre of
Glen Coe in the late 17th century. The coach stops midway so you can
take in the stunning natural beauty.
Lunch On Your Own at Fort William
Fort William thrives where the sea meets the Rivers Nevis and Lochy,
with mighty Ben Nevis—the highest mountain in the British Isles—towering
in the background. Spend a little time strolling the town's Highstreet
before you sit down for a midday meal with your family. If you need a
restaurant recommendation, feel free to ask your Adventure Guides.
The Journey to the Isle Continues
Climb back aboard the coach and resume your scenic trek to the Isle of
Skye. As you cross the Skye Bridge that spans Loch Alsh, revel in the
views of Ben Nevis as it rises above the stunning coastal scenery.
Arrive at Cuillin Hills Hotel
Overlooking the waters of Portree Bay, with spectacular views of both
the Sound of Raasay and the grand Cuillin Mountain Range, this
comfortable hotel is your home for the next 2 nights. Unwind in the
lobby as your Adventure Guides take care of your luggage and check-in.
Calling all Scotch whisky lovers! Try varieties of this smoky liquor at a
private tasting event. A drop or two of water? Or none at all? Delight
in the nuances of selected blends and single malts.
Junior Adventurer Dinner
While adults eat at their leisure in the hotel restaurant, Junior
Adventurers join the Adventure Guides for their own supper shindig,
topped off with mini-highland games! Play classics like Tug of War,
Wellie Boot Toss and Ring Toss.
Disney Movie Night
Snuggle up with your wee bairns as you watch a Disney movie in a private room of the hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
2013 Day Four
The Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock
After breakfast at the hotel, board a coach for an unforgettable ride to
the rugged Sound of Raasay. Along the way, keep an eye out for the Old
Man of Storr, a large standing stone that rises above the jagged
formations that crown the hilltops blanketed in mists.
Hiking at Brothers Point and Quiraing
Grassy pathways take you over gentle verdant hills to Brothers Point, a
rocky promontory that reaches out into the sea. Hike as far as you
choose on this walk surrounded by enchanting views of the shining
waters, rugged shoreline and endless sky kissing the horizon. Rest up
for a moment on the short coach ride to Quiraing, a hilltop with an even
more breathtaking landscape. The hike into the grass-carpeted hills
rewards you with jaw-dropping sights as you look out over the sparkling
blue bay and the slopes that tumble past spectacular land formations. On
a sunny day, you can see for miles across the waters to the mainland
and Hebrides Islands.
Lunch at Flodigarry Hotel
Named after Flora MacDonald, the Scottish heroine who smuggled Bonnie
Prince Charlie from the country, this country manor hotel is surrounded
by breathtaking mountain and sea views. Refresh yourself after the
morning's hikes with a delicious buffet lunch in the hotel's cozy
Staffin Beach Stroll
Inhale the salty breezes as you walk along this small beach, best known
for being the place where dinosaurs once roamed, leaving footprints
along the shoreline. Feel the winds sweeping over the cliffs that rise
above the breathtaking sea.
On the way back, the coach stops at the dramatic rocky formation known
as Kilt Rock, with its "pleated" cliff sides that drop straight down.
Take in the romantic scenery at this stop near a waterfall spilling into
Scone Making and Céilidh Dancing in Portree
Return to Portree and join the talented pastry chef at the Isle of Skye
Baking Company to see how Scottish scones are made! Try your hand at
creating one of these buttery treats yourself, then line up for some
Ceilidh dancing! Pronounced "kay-lee," this joyful dance will get your
feet moving and hands clapping. Let the music carry you away as a local
band plays traditional tunes. And don't worry if you don't know the
steps—the caller teaches you every move!
Dinner On Your Own in Portree
Set off for dinner on your own in this charming little seaside town!
Fresh seafood, Scottish traditional cuisine and much more is on the
menu. Don't hesitate to ask your Adventure Guides for dining
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
2013 Day Five
Eilean Dolan Castle
Make your way by coach to one of the most beautiful castles of Scotland!
This majestic national icon sits at the dramatic junction of 3 great
saltwater lochs. Take a self-guided tour to uncover the turbulent
history of this extraordinary fortress that's been rebuilt several times
over the centuries.
Loch Ness Exhibition Centre
Spend time on your own exploring the center, with its artful
presentation of both facts and lore about the loch. Make up your own
mind whether the famous monster, Nessie, really exists! Visit the art
gallery or shop for a special souvenir of this legendary lake.
Exclusive Lunch at the Loch Ness Café
Take a break from your Nessie hunt for lunch with your fellow Adventurers at this cozy café.
Cruise or Canoeing to Urquhart Castle
Board a motor launch for a trek across Loch Ness and hear the skipper's
tales of hunting the legendary creature. Or feel a brisk breeze as you
canoe across the dark blue waters, the great forested shores rising to
Disembark at the ruins of this once-mighty fortress that commands
breathtaking views of Loch Ness. Built upon the remains of an ancient
burial cairn, this castle was captured numerous times over the centuries
by warring forces contending for the throne of Scotland. It's also one
of the most frequent locations of Nessie sightings! Perhaps you will be
the one to snap the next provocative picture…
Arrive at the Kingsclub Hotel & Spa, Inverness
Relax as your Adventure Guides check you into this stylish new annex of
the Kingsmills Hotel. Nestled in the countryside, these comfortable
accommodations are your home for the next 3 nights.
Dinner at the Hotel
This evening at the Kingsclub Hotel & Spa, select your meal from an a la carte menu and dine at your leisure.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
2013 Day Six
Fly to Isle of Lewis
Board a flight to the place where Gaelic is spoken alongside English and
the scent of peat drifts in the wind. This most northerly of the
Hebrides Islands, Lewis is full of friendly people and intriguing
ancient sites, as well as many inspirations for the movie Brave!
The Blackhouse of Arnol, No. 42
Imagine what it was like to live in a blackhouse, where local people and
their domesticated animals dwelled together under the same peat roof!
On a privately guided tour, find out how this unique and precious relic
of a bygone era has been preserved.
Garenin Village and Dun Carloway Broch
This crofting township of Garenin features 9 restored traditional
thatched blackhouses, which were the inspiration for the Witch House in
the movie Brave. Step back in time as you learn about the
role of the blackhouse in crofting society, an environmentally friendly
lifestyle that thrives to this day. Next, venture to Dun Carloway to see
a broch—an ancient stone structure from the Iron Age only found in
Scotland—and hear what scholars know about life in that era from its
The Callanish Standing Stones
Step between the mysterious standing stones just as Merida does on her journey in Brave.
Your guides reveal some of the scientific theories about the site, as
well as the folklore surrounding how the stones came to be.
Lunch at the Callanish Standing Stones Café
Take a break from the mysteries of the famous stones at this cozy café
as you delight in a hearty lunch with your fellow Adventurers.
Depart Isle of Lewis
After an easy walk along one of the island's renowned scenic beaches, fly back to Inverness for a delicious dinner.
Dinner at the Mustard Seed
Simple cooking, friendly service and a warm, welcoming ambiance create
an unforgettable dining experience for you and your fellow Adventurers.
Marvel at the architecture of this restaurant that was once an old
church, bringing the old and new together in an appetizing way.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
2013 Day Seven
A Day at Rothiemurchus Estate
Welcome to wild Scotland! Fuel up for an active day with a delicious
breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey to Rothiemurchus
Estate—one of the greatest tracts of natural forest in Britain. The
ancient woodland forest is home to an extraordinary variety of wildlife,
as well as pretty Loch an Eilein, with its 13th-century castle sitting
on the lake's wee island. The glorious scenery will steal your heart if
the mop-headed Highland cattle don't steal it first!
Spend the morning riding the Highland ponies—just like Merida's mount in Brave. Ride over peaceful hills and heather moorlands, past stunning views of the Cairngorm mountain range.
Exclusive Lunch at Rothiemurchus Estate
Take a lunch break at the Druie Café Restaurant. Select a salad or
sandwich from a menu that specializes in locally grown meats and
produce, and admire the latest artwork adorning the walls.
Climb onto a mountain bike and pedal into the Highland wilds on one of 3
routes that take you to battle sites of old and other landmarks
surrounded by beautiful woodlands and unique wildlife. If you prefer,
join a guide for a casual hike on the gentle forest trails.
Dinner On Your Own in Inverness
Set off for dinner on your own in this ancient capital of the Highlands,
once the home of Pictish Kings! From traditional to contemporary, local
to international, Inverness offers a rich variety of culinary
experiences in riverside restaurants, bustling bistros, country houses
or even castles. Don't hesitate to ask your Adventure Guides for dining
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
2013 Day Eight
Depart for Dunnottar
Share a buffet breakfast with your family at the hotel before boarding a
coach for a scenic 3-hour trip to the Scottish Highlands!
Once defender of the Scottish crown jewels and fortress against the
armies of Oliver Cromwell, this castle perches on cliffs rising high
above the vast blue sea, overlooking what was once a strategic merchant
route during the Middle Ages. It was also an inspiration for Merida's
castle in Brave! Explore the ruins on your own and learn about the castle's colorful past.
Arrive at Glamis Castle
Climb aboard a coach to the famous castle whose grim history inspired
one of Shakespeare's most renowned plays, Macbeth. A bagpipe player
greets you at the castle with a medley of tunes straight from the heart
of the Highlands.
Gather with your fellow Adventurers for a delightful picnic lunch on the picturesque castle grounds.
Privately Guided Tour
Your private guide shares tales of royal intrigue as you explore this
famous fortress rumored to be haunted by its ill-fated inhabitants.
Discover the surprising truth about Shakespeare's King Macbeth and
marvel at the sumptuous décor of this stately castle where The Queen
Mother herself was born.
Join an expert on the castle grounds for a private lesson in archery. Don't have a longbow and quill? Nae problem! All equipment is provided. May the sure aim of Merida inspire you.
Welcome Reception at Edinburgh Castle
Commanding the city from its military loft, Edinburgh Castle is one of
the most recognizable and famous castles in the world! Come together for
a welcome reception, complete with live bagpipe music.
After-Hours Private Tour
Once the castle is closed to the general public, join a guide for an
exciting private tour of this magnificent monument. Glean the secrets of
this fortress and its important role in Scottish heritage. Be dazzled
by the Scottish Crown Jewels, which were lost for over 100 years, and
the Stone of Destiny, rumored to be Jacob's pillow from the Book of
Genesis. This after-hours visit is rare treat just for Adventures by Disney guests!
Exclusive Dinner at Edinburgh Castle
Celebrate the end of an extraordinary vacation with your newfound
friends at this farewell banquet in Edinburgh Castle. During this feast
fit for royalty, toast one another and the adventures you've shared—and
get ready for an after-dinner surprise!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
2013 Day Nine
Breakfast at the Hotel
Say guid cheerio the nou to all your fellow Adventurers at this last breakfast in Edinburgh!
Transfers to Airport
Relax and enjoy your final moments in Scotland as we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to the airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast