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Tour with us in Scotland April 26 - May 4, 2021

Join us for an Exclusive Country Roads of Scotland tour. We will go off the beaten path with this tour to show you the hidden places, meet amazing locals & enjoy farm to table dining.

You will travel in style via bus coach that will give you lots of leg room with complimentary WiFi so you can share your trip with your friends back home. With only 40 seats max on a coach, you will be very comfortable. We have reserved 30 seats so it's going to be Exclusive to Escape by Travel clients only.

Smaller groups mean easier travel and more time to enjoy your destination, with less waiting around.

Extra leg room and personal air conditioning allow you to stretch out and relax in real comfort, with free onboard Wi-Fi.

Experienced coach drivers know the best routes for scenery and travel time, so you’re free to relax and enjoy the journey.

Insights has less seats to give you More Leg room.
Now you can see you will be seating comfortable here.

COUNTRY ROADS OF SCOTLAND

From the great capital of Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands and Isle of Skye, you'll travel through 8,000 years of history and become immersed in Scotland’s rich cultural heritage.

We can fly you in from anywhere & same goes for coming back the states. If you wish to add a couple days in Scotland or another country, we can arrange that for you.

Included Insights Services

  • Airport Transfers - If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport. (Extra cost if you do a pre or post stay)
  • PERSONAL RADIO HEADSETS - Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary that enriches your understanding and appreciation of the destination.
  • LUGGAGE HANDLING - We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • COMPLIMENTARY WIFI - Easily stay connected with friends and family during your journey with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • INSIGHT FLOURISH - From time to time throughout your journey, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

Itineraray

DAY 1

WELCOME TO EDINBURGH.

Welcome to Scotland - land of legends and romance, from the great cultural cities in the south, to the dramatic mountains and misty lochs of the Highlands. On arrival at Edinburgh airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00. Then the rest of the day is yours to relax before joining your Travel Director at 17:30(5:30) for a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Hotel:Malmaison Edinburgh. Meals:Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

EDINBURGH, THE CAPITAL OF CULTURE.

Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial, then wander the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Georgian facades. In the Old Town, visit Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland’s Crown Jewels, the Honours of Scotland. At the bottom of the Royal Mile stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure; why not visit the art treasures in the National Gallery?

Hotel:Malmaison Edinburgh. Meals:Breakfast

DAY 3

TO ST. ANDREWS AND THE HIGHLAND CAPITAL OF INVERNESS.

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and journey to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course, home of golf since its creation in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed? Alternately, wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton meeting her Prince Charming began. Cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Continue via Blair Atholl and pass the Grampian Mountains on the way to the sparkling Spey Valley. Stop at Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, one of the only occupied castles in Scotland, inhabited by the same family since the 16th century. As guests of the castle you will be treated to an authentic Farm-to-Table experience, in the tradition of a Scottish Tea and Scones. Continue to Inverness, where your luxury hotel is set within four acres of manicured grounds offering the very best in Highland hospitality.

Hotel:Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. Meals:Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

DAY 4

CULLODEN, LOCH NESS AND ON TO THURSO.

See Culloden Moor in the morning, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was crushed in 1746. Visit the Culloden Visitor Centre before continuing along the shores of Loch Ness. Keep your eyes peeled for the legendary monster! Next, follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of this national drink.

Hotel:The Pentland Hotel, Thurso. Meals:Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5

A DAY IN THE ORKNEY ISLANDS.

Start the day by driving to the most northern point of the British mainland, John O’Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands where the countryside is breathtakingly majestic and the tranquility supports a quieter pace of life. Here the hardy locals say they live ‘below the wind and above the water.’ Your Local Expert accompanies you as you visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners during World War II.

Hotel:The Pentland Hotel, Thurso. Meals:Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6

OVER THE SEA TO SKYE.

Travel through stunning, pristine landscapes along the northern coast with its white sandy beaches, and further inland to misty valleys and glens, lochs and rushing waters. Then it’s ‘Over the Sea to Skye,’ the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. On the way to Broadford, hear romantic tales of how young Flora MacDonald helped rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie and see the dramatic Cuillin Hills.

Hotel:The Dunollie Hotel, Broadford, Isle of Skye. Meals:Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - RELAXED START

THROUGH THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS TO GLENCOE.

Explore this wild and beautiful island on your own, before crossing to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Stop for a photo at remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial where there is a fine view of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. You'll enjoy more spectacular scenery en route to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. In the evening, enjoy market-fresh Scottish ingredients and wine as you get together with your newfound friends for a sumptuous Celebration Dinner. Don't be surprised if, by the end of the evening, you're 'Toasting to the Lassies' or singing 'Auld Lang Syne'.

Hotel:Ballachulish Hotel. Meals:Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 8 - RELAXED START

ALONG THE BONNIE BANKS OF LOCH LOMOND TO GLASGOW.

Spend time around peaceful Loch Lomond, ‘Queen of Scottish Lochs’ according to Sir Walter Scott and the largest in Great Britain. Perhaps experience the beauty and tranquillity of the loch with an optional cruise before continuing to Glasgow? An orientation drive through the city will show you the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Then the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore as you wish.

Hotel:Holiday Inn Glasgow - City Centre Theatreland. Meals:Breakfast

DAY 9

DEPART GLASGOW.

Your travels come to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Glasgow airport at 06:30 and 09:00.

Meals:Breakfast

Highlights

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Orkney Isles: Across the windswept Orkney Islands lie relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy. Join a Local Expert for a fascinating journey into its history.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge.
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert within the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland's City of Culture. Explore the city as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and take in the scenery around you as you hear about the beauty and history behind Inverness.
  • Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Loch Ness: Drive along the shores in search of the legendary monster.
  • John O'Groats: Visit Britain’s most northerly, yet tiny, mainland village.
  • Isle of Skye: See the dramatic Cuillin Hills and stay in pretty Broadford.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Glencoe: Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of this Highland village on Loch Leven.
  • Loch Lomond: Enjoy time to explore the beautiful 'Queen of Scottish Lochs'.
  • Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
  • Scenic Drives: Scottish countryside is some of the most majestic in the world. Admire the beauty of the Grampian Mountains, the North West Highlands, Skye, the Valley of Glencoe and Loch Lomond.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Ballindalloch: Visit one of the few remaining inhabited castles of Scotland and enjoy Farm-to-Table cuisine with Scottish tea and scones.
  • Wick: Whisky's are known for their distinctive flavours, often bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.
  • Glencoe: Your adventure culminates with a wonderful Celebration Dinner. Enjoy the best Highland hospitality and market-fresh ingredients accompanied by delicious wine or beer.
  • Dining Summery: 8 Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 4 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Scottish Tea & Scones

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your English Speaking Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Where you stay makes the difference between a good vacation and an unforgettable travel experience. That is why at Insight, we take the greatest possible care in choosing highly-rated hotels with excellent style, location, and service. We want you to love your home away from home.

  • Hand Picked Hotels
  • Desirable Addresses
  • Excellent Service

Accommodation

MALMAISON HOTEL EDINBURGH 4* & WiFi

Malmaison Edinburgh

Famous Scottish Dishes

Black pudding is another traditional dish. It's quite similar to haggis, but it is softer, though some of the ingredients are the same. It's a blend of onion, pork fat, oat meal, and there are spices in it, as well

Haggis Dish

Haggis, the national dish of Scotland, a type of pudding composed of the liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep (or other animal), minced and mixed with beef or mutton suet and oatmeal and seasoned with onion, cayenne pepper, and other spices. The mixture is packed into a sheep's stomach and boiled.

EDINBURGH (HISTORIC) - SCOTLAND -The boutique Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh resides within a former Seaman's Mission in the heart of Edinburgh's trendy Shore area. The hotel describes its rooms as "super-slinky," featuring plush, funky décor and furnishings. Located just 15 minutes from the heart of Edinburgh you'll be able to make the most of your free time in the happening capital of Scotland.

KINGSMILLS HOTEL 4.5* WiFi

Kingsmills Hotel

INVERNESS (HISTORIC) - SCOTLAND - Originally the mansion of a prominent local family, today the Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury accommodation in the heart of the Highlands. Renovated with contemporary rooms, the hotel is well-known for it's impeccable hospitality.

THE PENTLAND HOTEL 3.5* WiFi

Pentland Hotel

THURSO (TRADITIONAL) - SCOTLAND - Centrally located in the heart of Thurso, the Peatland Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome from staff.

THE DUNOLLIE HOTEL BROADFORD 3** WiFi

The Dunollie Hotel

BROADFORD ISLE OF SKYE (TRADITIONAL) - SCOTLAND - Boasting an incredible location by Broadford Bay, The Dunollie Hotel is set at the base of outstanding mountains.

BALLACHULISH HOTEL* WiFi

Ballachulish

GLENCOE (TRADITIONAL) - SCOTLAND - Ballachulish Hotel offers spectacular views over the bay of Oban and the islands of the west coast of Scotland. This hotel is set in some outstanding scenery which can be used for picturesque walks.

HOLIDAY INN GLASGOW - CITY CENTRE THEATRELAND* WiFi

Holiday Inn

GLASGOW (TRADITIONAL) - SCOTLAND - Holiday Inn Glasgow - City Centre Theatreland is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Glasgow, just a few minutes from the Royal Concert Hall. It offers bright, elegant rooms.

Optional Tours

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change. These are booked on arrival & they take Mastercard or Visa credit cards at that time.

SCOTTISH DINNER & CABARET

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!

Adult Price: GBP 60.00

EDINBURGH'S MOST HAUNTED

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's old town as never seen before! We'll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.

Adult Price: GBP 27.00

AN EVENING OF SCOTS-GAELIC CULTURE

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history await you in the warm atmosphere of a centuries-old Highland hostelry

Adult Price: GBP 26.00

ISLE OF SKYE TOUR

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a local expert. Hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean island, steeped in myth and legend. While touring the 'Isle of Mist' see the Old Man of Storr, the red and black Cuillin Mountains and picturesque Portree, the largest town on the Island. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Adult Price: GBP 15.00

GLASGOW DINNER

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night.

Adult Price: GBP 40.00

LAKE CRUISE

Enjoy a relaxing cruise around picturesque Loch Lomond - the largest stretch of inland water to be found in the British Isles. Settle with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the flawless natural beauty, while all the history and legend is brought to life by on-board commentary.

Adult Price: GBP 15.00

Tour Starts on April 26, 2021

  • Exclusive No. of seats held: 30
  • Any person aged 5 years or more is eligible, though if under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Passport Books are required & photo copies to be sent to Escape by Travel
  • We will book your air for you as well. (Bulk Air deposit is $350.00 per person & Published Air is to be paid in full at the time of adding it to your trip.)

Prices in USD

  • Price per person based on double occupancy is $2795.00
  • Young Traveler **Reduction $290.00
  • Single Room Supplement $740.00
  • Triple Room** Reduction $110.00

Ground Transfers

If you fly in & start the tour & leave the day it ends, Ground Transfers are included.

If you choose to add a pre or post visit, then the Ground Transfers will come at an extra cost.

  • Arrival $45.00 per person
  • Departure $40.00 Per person

Any special needs such as dietary or health concerns we will add that to the trip. If you should need a wheelchair for the airport(s), I can set that up for you too. We have a special request form to be filled out.

Gratuities aren't included however the estimated price is about $95.00 total per person.

Payments

  • Passengers non-refundable deposit of $200.00 per person must be paid by March 31st, 2020. Prices are locked in if you make a deposit by that date.
  • Bulk Air deposit is $350.00 per person & Published Air is to be paid in full at the time of adding it to your trip.
  • If you wish to make payments on your trip after the deposit has been paid, you can do that by contacting me directly.
  • Final payment is due on or before Feb 8, 2021.

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance on your trip. A lot can happen between now & then. It's best to protect your travel investment. We can quote you on this.

Please attached insurance coverage. You may also access this online by using this link. Insurance payments per person is due with deposits & no later than two weeks of paying the deposit. This insurance will allow for you to get a FULL Refund less the cost of the Insurance cost.

Cancellations with No Travel Insurance

For Trip only: Before 60 days prior to departure $200 per person per. Trip Between 59 and 16 days prior to departure 30% of total trip cost. Between 15 and 8 days prior to departure 50% of total trip cost. Between 7 and 1 day prior to departure 90% of total trip cost Cancellation on day of departure 100% of total trip cost.

We really look forward to having you on this trip with us. Let's go a little deeper from the big city life & learn about culture & experience more.

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