Sunday, May 07, 2017

Our Scotland Trip

 Image result for Kilt Robert Bruce

We've had this trip in mind for several years, although when I got so sick on two overseas flights, one of which put me into the hospital, I said no more.  Then in 2015 we went to Spain and I didn't die, so we began looking at Scotland through the University of Illinois Alumni Tours.  That conflicted with a commitment we'd already made, so we settled on a Globus Tour.

Bonnie Scotland map

Overnights: Two nights in Glascow, one night in Isle of Skye, one night in Dundee, two nights in Edinburgh

Day 1 GLASGOW-Arrive 11:15 a.m. Glascow International Airport check in; Free afternoon; Welcome dinner; orientation drive; meet guide and other travelers. (Dinner)

Day 2 GLENGOYNE - Guided tour of the whisky distillery; STIRLING - Visit Stirling Castle symbol of Scottish independence; BANNOCKBURN - Visit the innovative visitor centre commemorating Robert the Bruce’s victory, June 1314; back to Glasgow (Breakfast)

Day 3 GLASCOW to LOCH LOMOND - Take photographs of this stunning beauty spot; Glen Coe; FORT WILLIAM to GLENFINNAN - Take pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaduct; MALLAIG–ARMADALE - Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry to Isle of Skye (Breakfast, dinner) Optional excursion to Eilean Donan Castle

Day 4 – Return to mainland. CULLODEN MOOR Visit the battle site’s visitor center (Hanoverian victory) HIGHLANDS - Enjoy a fascinating sheepdog display at Leault Farm; Cairngorms National Park; Victorian resort of PITLOCHRY overnight at Dundee (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 – Drive to ST. ANDREWS, Practice at the Golf Center (1754); to Perth, SCONE PALACE for coffee, shortbread, and a private guided tour of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield’s stately home, hear about. Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. To Edinburgh and optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers and Ceremony of the Haggis (Breakfast)

Day 6 – EDINBURGH – Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle, visit the former Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant (breakfast, dinner)

Day 7 – EDINBURGH - tour ends with breakfast. Flight 11 a.m. Edinburgh Airport

Since we won't have the advantage of the educational component of U. of I., I'll need to start checking out some YouTube videos on what we'll be seeing. 


Anonymous said...

Well if you get sick over there, they'll take care of you. Be assured.

Norma said...

It's getting sick over the ocean with another 5-6 hours to go that worries me.

Anonymous said...

Here we are--commenting from hotel lobby. Doubletree on Cambridge in Glasgow. Cool and raining--prediction for the week.