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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to Glasgow Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America to Glasgow.
Day 2 Arrive Glasgow – Stirling Castle – Oban Area
  • Meet Your Tour Director Our 24-hour WorldStrides Tour Director will meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure. We will have use of a private coach and driver, while touring for the next 7 day(s). We continue on our journey from Glasgow Airport to Oban Area. En route we will stop via Stirling Castle.
  • Stirling Castle Tour Stirling Castle, which dates from the Middle Ages and was an important seat of two kings; James IV and James V. View the Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, presenting an excellent exhibit of colors, pipe banners, and regimental silver. From the castle there is a wonderful view of the Wallace Monument.
  • Continue to Oban We will continue to the Oban (Area), which will be our base for the next 2 night(s). While here, we will enjoy breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 Isles of Mull & Iona
  • Ferry to Mull Today we will travel from Oban Area to Isle of Mull & Iona. The landscape of Mull is wild and desolate with its moorlands, rocky cliffs and castles.
  • Duart Castle Visit Duart Castle, home of the McClean Clan from the 13th century that was used to hold Spanish Armada prisoners in 1588.
  • Iona Abbey Visit the quiet and peaceful Isle of Iona where 1,400 years ago, St. Columba came to this remote island and established his monastery, making Iona the cradle of Christianity in Scotland. For centuries, the island was also the burial place of Scottish kings. The 13th century Abbey is the highlight of Iona, standing on the site of Columba’s first church.
Day 4 Oban Area – Loch Ness – Inverness Area
  • Loch Ness Monster Museum Search for the Loch Ness Monster, beginning with an expedition along the shores of the Loch. If we are unsuccessful in our sighting, our visit to the Loch Ness Monster Museum provides photographic evidence to challenge the skeptics.
  • Scottish Kiltmaker's Visitor Center Visit the Scottish Kiltmaker’s Visitor Center and gain a fascinating insight into the history, tradition and culture of the kilt, from its origins through to the present day. Here you will view kilts being made for export all over the world.
  • Continue to Inverness Our base for the next 1 nights will be Inverness (Area), where breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel.
Day 5 Inverness Area – Elgin – Dunnotar – St. Andrews Area
  • Elgin Cathedral Visit Elgin Cathedral. Considered to be Scotland's most beautiful cathedral ruins, much of the cathedral was destroyed in 1390 as revenge against the Bishop of Moray for the excommunication of the Wolf of Badenoch.
  • Dunnottar Castle Explore Dunnottar Castle - an impressive ruined fortress situated 160 feet above the sea on a rocky cliff. Dunnottar was the stronghold of the Earl Marischal of Scotland from the 14th century. The castle provided the impressive backdrop for the filming of Hamlet.
  • St. Andrews We will continue to the St Andrews (Area), which will be our base for the next 1 night(s). While here, we will enjoy breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
Day 6 St. Andrews Area – Edinburgh
  • Holy Trinity Church Visit Holy Trinity Church, a beautiful old church where Knox preached his first and last sermons.
  • Visit St. Andrew's Castle
  • Edinburgh We will continue to Edinburgh (Area), our base for the next 2 night(s). Breakfast will be included at the hotel.
Day 7 Edinburgh (John Knox)
  • Walking Tour of the Royal Mile Our Guided City Tour will begin at Holyrood Palace the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. We then take one of the most fascinating and histock walks in Europe along the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle where we will take a guided tour. There was a fortification here 1,300 years ago and was a royal residence from the 11th century. Your guided tour will present the building basically as a military garrison and home of the famous Military Tattoo and you will see the Scottish War Memorial, the Great Hall, the Scottish Crown Jewels and a magnificent view of the city from the ramparts.
  • St. Gile's Cathedral Visit St. Giles Cathedral, which was at the center of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland. John Knox, who had been appointed as Minister of Edinburgh, preached here from 1560 to 1572, and eventually St. Giles would become the first Presbyterian Church in Scotland. Behind the cathedral is John Knox’s Grave, which we will also try to see as it has been paved over in the centuries since his death.
  • John Knox's House Visit John Knox's House. The house dates from the early sixteenth century and is where Knox spent the last few months of his life. Today, the Church of Scotland operates the house and our visit will include artifacts associated with Knox and the Reformation.
  • Edinburgh Castle Visit Edinburgh Castle, a place filled with history, legend and lore. Our visit will include St. Margaret's Chapel, the State Apartments, the Great Hall and the Crown Chamber, which houses the Honours of Scotland (Scottish Crown Jewels).
Day 8 Departure from Edinburgh
  • Flight Home Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our guide accompanies us to the airport on our final day.