May 31, 2017 - June 8, 2017
Day 1: Wednesday - May 31 - Depart the USA
Your journey begins when you depart the USA on your overnight international flight.
Day 2: Thursday- June 1 - Welcome to the UK
On arrival at Edinburgh Airport, meet with your driver and guide and begin your journey through Scotland! First, visit Her Majesty's Royal Yacht Britannia, now permanently moored in Edinburgh. Visit also Rosslyn Chapel, dedicated in 1450 as a collegiate chapel, to spread intellectual and spiritual knowledge. Travel south towards Northumberland and check into your hotel for the night.
Day 3: Friday - June 2 – Lindisfarne
Travel at low tide to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne where St. Aidan founded a monastery in 635AD. Explore Lindisfarne Castle and Lindisfarne Priory. Avoiding high tide, travel back to the mainland and journey up to Edinburgh where you’ll check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Saturday - June 3 – Edinburgh Sightseeing
This morning, visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. The palace stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle. Holyrood Palace is the setting for state ceremonies and official entertaining. Walk the halls of the John Knox House, a historic home on High Street near Edinburgh Castle.
Day 5: Sunday - June 4 – Edinburgh Sightseeing
This morning, visit and attend a worship service at St. Giles Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, which is the principal place of worship in Edinburgh. John Knox was minister here during the height of the Scottish Reformation, and his burial place is in the adjacent car park. This afternoon, explore the highlight of Edinburgh – Edinburgh Castle. This ancient stronghold dominates the skyline of the city from atop Castle Rock. James VI, who authorized the King James Bible was born here. Also, visit the Sir Walter Scott monument, which is the largest monument in the world dedicated to an author. Sir Walter Scott was a Scottish author famous for such works as Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. Day 6: Monday - June 5 – Edinburgh to Oban
Day 6: Monday - June 5 – Edinburgh to Oban
This morning, bid Edinburgh farewell as you cross the Firth of Forth. First, visit Dunfermline Abbey. Dunfermline Abbey sits at the heart of Dunfermline, Scotland’s ancient capital. Dunfermline’s royal and monastic past dominates a town whose lifeblood is history. Dunfermline Abbey is the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce and the post-Iona burial site of the Kings and Queens of Scotland. Continue to Stirling, where you will stop at the Old Bridge, site of the battle between William Wallace and the Scots against the British. You’ll also visit Stirling Castle, one of the best preserved castles in Scotland. Continue to Oban and check into your hotel.
Day 7: Tuesday - June 6 – Isle of Iona
This morning, board the ferry as you travel to the Isle of Mull, then on to Iona, birthplace of Celtic Christianity in Scotland. Here, on Iona savor the beauty of this tiny island, walking the pilgrim paths and recalling the story of Columba the Irish monk and his followers. Experience the peaceful setting of the restored Medieval Abbey. The island is also home to the ruins of an ancient Benedictine Nunnery, and the burial ground of 48 Scottish kings, including MacBeth. Visit Iona Abbey & Nunnery. Spend some time at leisure exploring this very special isle. Take two ferries back to the mainland and your hotel in Oban.
Day 8: Wednesday - June 7– Oban to Glasgow
Depart Oban & travel to Loch Lomond. Enjoy a leisurely 90 minute circular cruise and explore the historic Lomond landscape. Listen to live commentary on local heritage from marauding Vikings to feuding clans, while watching out for wildlife and chance to see deer, osprey and wild mountain goats. The cruise to the eastern shore passes the impressive Arklet Waterfalls and around both Inveruglas and Tarbet Islands. Inveruglas boasts an ancient ruined castle, the earliest known and principal stronghold of the Clan MacFarlane, destroyed by Cromwell’s troops in the mid-17th century. Continue to Glasgow and visit Glasgow Cathedral, also known as the Church of St. Mungo. Check into your Glasgow hotel for your final overnight in Scotland.
Day 9: Thursday - June 8 – Farewell
Transfer to Glasgow Airport for the return flight home or continue on the optional extension to Ireland.