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Scotland Vacation

8 Days / 7 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:

  • Loch Ness Exhibition Center and Canoeing
    Explore the center's artful presentation of both facts and lore about the loch, and then make up your own mind whether the famous monster Nessie really exists! 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 either side.
  • Callanish Standing Stones
    Step between the mysterious standing stones just as Merida does on her journey in Brave. Your guide reveals some of the scientific theories about the site, as well as the folklore surrounding how the stones came to be. Is that a wisp glimmering in the distance…?
  • Horseback Riding and Mountain Biking at Rothiemurchus Estate
    Welcome to wild Scotland! Rothiemurchus Estate is one of the greatest tracts of natural forest in Britain. Spend the morning riding the Highland ponies—just like Merida's mount in the Disney•Pixar film Brave. Ride over peaceful hills and heather moorlands, past stunning views of the Cairngorm mountain range. Later climb on a mountain bike and gently pedal past ancient landmarks embedded in the magnificent scenery.
  • Glamis Castle Tour and Archery
    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. After the tour, join an expert on the castle grounds for a private archery lesson. Don't have a longbow and quill? Nae problem! All equipment is provided.
  • Private Tour of Edinburgh Castle
    Once the castle closes to the general public, join a guide for an exciting private tour of this magnificent monument. 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 a rare treat just for Adventures by Disney guests!

 

Adventure Dates

2021

  • April 1-April 8, 2021
  • May 2-May 9, 2021
  • May 13-May 20, 2021
  • June 3-June 10, 2021
  • June 13-June 20, 2021
  • June 24-July 1, 2021
  • July 4-July 11, 2021
  • July 11-July 18, 2021
  • July 25-August 1, 2021
  • August 26-September 2, 2021: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
  • September 5-September 12, 2021: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
  • September 16-September 23, 2021: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)

Adventure Daily Itinerary

Day One

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Arrive in Edinburgh

After clearing customs, you are met by an Adventures by Disney representative who welcomes you with a warm “Fŕilte to Scotland!” and then helps with your luggage. Relax as a driver whisks you away to the historic Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian.

Check Into Your Hotel

Get ready for more Scottish welcomes when your Adventure Guides greet you. Unwind from your trip and marvel at the stately décor of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian while your Guides check you in.

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Say halň to your fellow Adventurers at an exclusive feast in the hotel's elegant dining room. Raise a glass and toast the beginning of an unforgettable trip with a resounding “Slainte”!

Meals Included: Dinner


Day Two

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Royal Yacht Britannia

After breakfast at the hotel, get ready for a Red Carpet Welcome and private visit of the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Ellizabeth II. Enjoy a lovely reception with fresh scones and coffee on the Royal Deck Tea Room and discover what life was like on board Her Majesty’s floating Royal residence.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

A Blue Badge Guide leads you on a tour of the royal palace, which is the Queen of England's official residence in Edinburgh. Over the centuries, great events at Holyroodhouse have shaped the fates of England, Scotland and France.

The Royal Mile and the Statue of Greyfriars Bobby

En route to Edinburgh Castle, make a stop at the Statue of Greyfriars Bobby, the renowned Skye Terrier. According to legend, this adorable pooch spent 14 years until his death guarding the grave of his owner. The story of Greyfriars Bobby was so remarkable that Walt Disney Productions turned it into a movie in 1961!

Lunch On Your Own

Take a break from your walking tour and dine with your friends and family at one of the many restaurant options nearby. Ask your Blue Badge Guide and Adventure Guides for recommendations.

Tour of Edinburgh Castle

Continue with your Blue Badge Guide to Edinburgh Castle. There, take in the resplendent views of the city and explore the castle’s massive fortifications. Revel in the remarkable tales of royal intrigue surrounding the wars for Scottish independence told by your local expert.

Evening in Edinburgh and Dinner On Your Own

Edinburgh is rich in history and eye-catching architecture. Stroll the Royal Mile, the commercial center of Old Town, and hear the lilting melody of the Scottish brogue in passing conversations. You're sure to fall in love with this charming city as you explore the shops, restaurants and historic buildings of Lawnmarket and High Street. Ask your Adventure Guides to recommend the perfect place to have a family dinner.

Privately-Guided Underground Edinburgh Tour

Discover the true stories of Edinburgh’s dark side as you peek into the city’s ghostly past during this privately-guided visit to the underground vaults of Old Town Edinburgh.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day Three

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The Scottish Borders

Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel before your visit to the Scottish Borders where you'll spend the day at the stunning Floors Castle.

Coffee and Tea Reception at Floors Castle

Start your day with a delightful reception where you'll enjoy the exclusive experience of being served tea and cookies by the Private Butler of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, who call Floors Castle their home.

Floors Castle and Gardens Tour

Experience a day surrounded by all things royal as Adventurers embark on a privately guided tour of Floors Castle—the largest inhabited country house in Scotland—and its stunning gardens. View the Duke and Duchess' amazing art collection as you walk through the grand rooms and hallways that fill the castle. Then, walk the spectacular Walled Garden, site of the formal Millennium Garden and visit Queens' House, a charming summerhouse named after Queen Victoria, who stayed there in 1867.

Private Lunch and Exclusive Shortbread-Making Lesson

Join your fellow Adventurers at the Castle's Courtyard Café for a private lunch and an exclusive shortbread-making lesson taught by the Private Chef of the Duke and Duchess, where you can try your hand at creating one of these buttery treats!

Edinburgh and Evening On Your Own

Enjoy an evening of exploration around Scotland's capital, from its medieval Old Town to the elegant Georgian New Town. You can also dine in one of the fantastic restaurants that abound in the city. Ask your Adventure Guide for a dinner recommendation that will satisfy your entire clan.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Four

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Depart Edinburgh for the Highlands

Have a hearty breakfast at the hotel before heading out on your journey to Inverness and The Highlands. Relax and enjoy the motor coach ride through the glorious Scottish scenery that surrounds you.

Glenturret Distillery Tour

Steep yourself in the rich history of Scotch Whisky on this tour of Scotland’s oldest distillery which dates back to 1775. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the Glenturret hand-mashing process for creating one of the premiere Scotch malt whisky produced today. For interested adults, an optional Glenturret Whisky Tasting will be included.

Lunch at Glenturret Distillery

Enjoy an authentic taste of Scotland created with the very best local produce. The exceptional food and relaxed atmosphere makes this a dining experience to be savored.

Blair Castle Privately-Guided Visit

Step into 700 years of history as you walk the hallowed halls of this Scottish highland castle located at the gateway to Cairngorms National Park and The Highlands. Adventurers have access to over 30 rooms which house centuries of Scottish cultural history in architectural design, period furnishings, family portraits, landscape paintings and a colorful military history.

Arrive at Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

Relax and unwind as your Adventure Guides check you into your comfortable accommodations for the next 4 nights.

Dinner and Storytelling

Enjoy a meal in a private setting at the Kingsmills Hotel. The evening continues with some delightful entertainment provided by a local Scottish storyteller who will regale the group with tales of Scottish lore and traditions.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Five

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Breakfast at the Hotel

Start your day with a delicious breakfast before you head off for adventures ahead.

Loch Ness Exhibition Centre

Arrive by motor coach at Loch Ness and 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.

Private Lunch at the Loch Ness Café

Take a break from your Nessie hunt for lunch with your fellow Adventurers at this cozy café.

High-Speed Boat Ride on Loch Ness at the Shores of Urquhart Castle

Enjoy a high-speed boat ride across the dark and legendary waters of Loch Ness from the shores of Urquhart Castle. Guests also have the option to instead take a private traditional motor launch boat, where you’ll hear the skipper’s tales of searching for the elusive creature lurking below.

Urquhart Castle

Explore the ruins of this once-mighty fortress that commands breathtaking views of Loch Ness. Built upon the remains of an ancient burial cairn, Urquhart 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 famous picture.

Falconry Experience

Take part in this centuries-old sport that is truly an art form. Expert falconers will show you the finesse, subtlety and skill that is required, as well as give insight into these graceful and elegant birds of prey.

Dinner and Evening on Your Own in Inverness

Set off for dinner on your own in the town of Inverness. Scottish traditional cuisine and much more is on the menu at various local restaurants. Don’t hesitate to ask your Adventure Guides for dining recommendations.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Six

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Culloden Battlefield Site

After breakfast at the hotel, a local guide will lead you to the site of one of the most harrowing battles in British history – the 1745 Jacobite Rising. You'll stand on the windswept moor where the Jacobites made their final stand, admire artifacts from the battle and experience the Battle of Culloden in the visitor center's interactive display.

Lunch at Mustard Seed Restaurant

Enjoy a hearty lunch at this well-known spot that is a favorite amongst the locals and located on the banks of the River Ness.

Bike Ride Along the Caledonian Canal

Following lunch, join your fellow Adventurers for a family-friendly, 4-mile bike ride along the Caledonian Canal. This scenic ride avoids busy roads as you head along the canal towpath to Dochgarroch Loch Gates, where you can relax and watch the boats move up through the gates before they head out to Loch Ness.

Dinner and Scottish Entertainment at Bogbain Farm

Celebrate your journey in the Highlands with a delightful evening filled with Ceilidh dancing, traditional Scottish music, delicious Scottish barbecue and storytelling.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Seven

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A Day at Rothiemurchus Estate

Embark on a journey to Rothiemurchus Estate—a magnificent, privately owned 25,000 acre Highland estate situated at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and one of the greatest tracts of natural forest in Britain. This ancient, wild woodland forest is home to an extraordinary variety of wildlife and is the site of pretty Loch an Eilein, with its 13th-century castle sitting on the lake's little island. The glorious scenery will steal your heart if the mop-headed Highland cattle don't steal it first!

Archery

Join an expert on the estate grounds for a private lesson in archery. Don't have a bow and arrow handy? No problem! All equipment is provided.

Highland Games

Partake in a wee bit o’ friendly competition for all ages as you celebrate Scottish culture with traditional Highland games that may include the caber toss, shot put or tug-o-war.

Lunch at Rothiemurchus Estate

Take a lunch break with your fellow Adventurers featuring locally sourced Scottish foods served in the vintage marquee on the Inverdruie House lawn.

Loch an Eilein Hike

Take a step back in time as you and your fellow Adventurers enjoy learning about the culture, history and natural environment of the Rothiemurchus Forest. You’ll hear entertaining stories about the area from a local ranger, as well as get a great view of the dramatic and mysterious Highland 13th-century castle and see exceptional wildlife.

Hairy “Coo” Safari and Red Deer Feeding Experience

Delight in a motor coach tour around the property led by two senior Rothiemurchus Rangers. Stop and feed the traditional Highland cattle, also known as “hairy coo,” with their huge horns and hairy coats. And discover the extraordinary Scottish red deer—feed these delightful animals while enjoying some magical views up the River Spey to Badenoch and across the glen to the Monadhliath Mountains.

Farewell to the Highlands Dinner at the Hotel

Bid Soraidh to the Highlands with this evening at the Kingsmills Hotel, including Highland dancers and the classic "Address to a Haggis"—a famous poem performed by a local bagpiper.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Eight

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Breakfast at the Hotel

Say guid cheerio the nou to all your fellow Adventurers at this last breakfast in Edinburgh!

Transfers to the Inverness Airport (INV)

Relax and enjoy your final moments in Scotland as we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast