The United Kingdom (UK) constitutes the greater part of the British Isles. The largest part of the islands is Great Britain, which comprises England, Scotland and Wales. The next largest is Ireland, comprising Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK and the Irish Republic.
Western Scotland is fringed by the large island chains known as the Inner and Outer Hebrides and to the north of the Scottish mainland are the Orkney and Shetland Islands. All these, along with the Isle of Wight, Anglesey and the Isles of Scilly, have administrative ties with the mainland, but the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea and the Channel Islands between Great Britain and France are largely self-governing and are not part of the UK.
Within an area of about 243,000 sq km (93,000 sq miles), excluding inland water, the UK is less than 1,000 km (about 600 miles) from the south coast to the extreme north of the Scottish mainland and just less than 500 km (around 300 miles) across at the widest point.
Classic Scotland Tour
1200 - Show round at Radisson SAS, Edinburgh.
1230 - Lunch in Radisson SAS, Edinburgh
The Radisson SAS Hotel Edinburgh is in a perfect location for you to be surrounded not only by the sights and sounds of the Historic Royal Mile but also within reach of the bustling business in and around Edinburgh. The hotel is situated on the Royal Mile and can be easily found. The hotel has 238 spacious air conditioned guestrooms, including business class rooms and suites. All bedrooms are fully equipped with a work desk and modem point, free broadband access, direct dial telephone with voicemail, room safe, etc.
1330 - Departure to Dundee.
1510 - Arrival to Dundee Discovery
This is the story of Discovery from the beginnings in Dundee and Captain Scott’s remarkable Antarctic expedition, through her long ocean-going career until her final journey home.Find out about life on board and the essential design features that allowed her to survive the extreme polar conditions. Explore Discovery for yourself with an area-by-area tour of the ship!!
1700 - Departure from Discovery to accommodation.
1730 - Check in at Hilton in Dundee. Dinner and overnight
On the banks of the mighty River Tay and right beside its famous road bridge, the hotel is close to the city centre and casino and yet the glorious Scottish countryside is just a matter of minutes away. A fully equipped LivingWell Health Club is just one of the fine facilities on offer. With brilliant views across the river to the ancient Kingom of Fife, the Riverside Restaurant serves tempting variety of local and International dishes in relaxed surroundings. The hotel has 8 conference and banqueting suites for up to 350 guests and also has a business centre. Please note any additional drink will not be included during dinner and it will have to be paid when checking out of the hotel.
0900 - Check out from hotel and meet at reception for 0930 departure.
0930 - Departure from Dundee to Glamis Castle.
1000 - Visit Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle is a family home, a historic building, a visitor attraction, noted garden, a retailer and forms part of Strathmore Estates. The spires, turrets, towers and statues of Glamis will grab your attention, but there is so much more to explore in this legendary castle. With its strong links with history, royalty and fiction, Glamis Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive visitor attractions.
1100 - Visit Glamis Gardens
The Gardens and Grounds at Glamis, like the Castle, have centuries of history behind them and have been added to and altered by generations of the Strathmore family. At Glamis, all the family has the opportunity to see a wide variety of flora & fauna! Glamis is a great place for kids. Open countryside, some amazing animals and a superb children’s play area.
1200 - Departure from Glamis.
1300 - Arrival to Birnam for lunch.
1400 - Visit Beatrix Potter exhibition
It was her family’s long summer breaks in Scotland (May to the end of salmon season in October) that were to be one of the most enduring influences on Beatrix development both as an artist and scientist. Here she was free to go off and explore the countryside around her. Whilst in Scotland Beatrix wrote a “picture letter” which provided the basis for her first book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”.
1500 - Departure from Birnam, Dunkeld.
1700 - Arrival to Boat of Garten.
1715 - Check in at the Boat Hotel
Located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, a moment walk from Spey River, the Boat Hotel offers Highland scenery and rural tranquillity. The hotel overlooks the Strasthpey Steam Railway and the famous James Braid designed Boat of Garten Golf Course. The hotel is perfectly located for golf travel, walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing and a number of adventures sport… They can arrange tee times and outdoors activities in future visits at discounted rates. Privately owned and personally run, warm hospitality and 34 comfortable and individually decorated bedrooms assure you of a relaxing stay. The hotel has both a traditional Bistro restaurant and an award-winning 2AA rosette restaurant. Using only the best of local and seasonal ingredients, the hotel offers a modern Scottish menu with a flair for fine dining. The bar has a selection of 80 single malt whiskies. Please note any additional drink will not be included during dinner and it will have to be paid when checking out of the hotel.
0915 - Meet at reception for 0930 departure.
0945 - Arrival to Rothiemurchus
Families are really important to Rothiemurchus, therefore there are some activities designed for all the family to get closer to nature and have bucketfuls of fun! You can “Feed the Deer Safari on Foot”, “Feed the Fish”, Indoor Climbing and Gorge Walking.
Here you will have the opportunity of exploring Rothiemurchus on a tour accompanied by a Ranger! You will explore the Estate, highland cattle, you will have the chance to feed the deer and visit the Lodge. This attraction has been awarded as the best picnic point of Scotland and the 2nd of the UK.
1245 - Departure from Rothiemurchus.
1300 - Arrival to Cairngorm Mountain. Lunch at Cairngorm.
Cairngorm Mountain Funicular Railway transports visitors to the Ptarmigan Top Station, nestled just below the summit of Cairn Gorm. The Top station offers spectacular views from the terrace, the Shop at the Top, panoramic Ptarmigan restaurant and a mountain exhibition. The railway provides an opportunity for all ages and abilities to enjoy the CairnGorm Mountain experience in safety and comfort.
1600 - Departure from Cairngorm Mountain.
1630 - Arrival to Boat Hotel, Boat of Garten. Overnight
Enjoy free time to relax .
1930 - Dinner
0815 - Check out from hotel and meet at reception for 0830 departure.
0930 - Visit to Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness
The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, remains an impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state. Visitors can relax in the café and visit the shop with its local crafts. The visitor centre contains retail, interpretation area and audio-visual presentation.
1030 - Departure from Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness.
1145 - Arrival to Inverlochy Castle for Lunch.
Calum C Milne, General Manager of Inverlochy Castle will welcome you on arrival. Inverlochy is Scotland’s finest hotel and restaurant uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland.
1300 - Departure from Fort William.
1500 - Arrival at Kilmahog, Callander
Meet the most famous and most photographed Hairy Coo (Highland Cow) in Scotland!! Hamish!!
At the Trossachs Woollen Mill, you will be able to buy some food to feed her and you can have a read through her CV!
1530 - Visit to Stirling castle
One of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, Stirling Castle commands the countryside for many miles around.
1630 - Departure from Stirling Castle.
1730 - Arrival to Edinburgh.
1745 - Check in at Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh. Overnight.
At the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. From the genuine warmth of the welcome to the soothing sanctuary or our rooms, the Sheraton looks to relax and reward in equal measure. Nestling beneath the dramatic Edinburgh Castle, The Sheraton Grand is perfectly placed for all the history and spectacle of this fascinating capital city.
1900 - Pick up from Sheraton to Restaurant.
1930 - Arrival to Suruchi Too.
The Suruchi Restaurant is an award-wining dining experience featuring authentic Indian cuisine and some of the bestjazz Scotland has to Relax in the authentic Indian surroundings and enjoy the very best of Indian cooking.
22:30 - Pick up from Restaurant to Sheraton
Independent departures from Edinburgh. Please make your own way to the airport.
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