Advertorial – From echoing bagpipes and fine whisky to highland music, historic castles and ancient stone cities, Scotland offers a unique experience to every visitor. With near perfect temperatures for travelling, August is the best time to visit Scotland when the heather is blooming and the military Tattoo is in full swing. Bask in the rich geological diversity Scotland offers, including wondrous natural landscapes, refined country gardens, sheltered lochs and the rugged beauty of the outer isles.
We begin our exciting adventure through this picturesque land in Glasgow before heading to the quaint town of Alloway – the birthplace of poet Robbie Burns and home to a national museum and park dedicated to his works. The small village also hosts Kirk Alloway and the Brig-o’Doon Bridge, both featured in the bard’s poems. After visiting two fabulous castles (Culzean and Stirling), we head to the lovely coastal city of Oban to sample some fresh fish and shellfish.
The following morning we enjoy a ferry ride to the Isle of Mull before making the trek to view the haunting Abbey on Iona, which is often referred to as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland. During our drive on the Isle of Skye the next day, we’ll take in the rugged landscape, quaint fishing villages, and mysterious medieval castles before settling into our little hotel in Uig that overlooks the sea.
Continuing our journey through the Outer Hebrides islands, we catch the ferry to the Isles of Harris and Lewis, famous for the Harris Tweed cloth. After several stops to view the magnificent coastal bluffs, we arrive in Stornoway, the epicentre of Gaelic culture and the main port on the island. A smooth ferry ride back to the mainland brings us to Loch Ness where we cruise the lake in search of the monster before touring legendary Urquhart Castle. After spending some time in the port cities of Inverness and Aberdeen, we will head south to St. Andrews, home of the famous Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
Our tour ends in Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital city where we explore the medieval Old Town before visiting the famed Edinburgh castle. During our last evening we have the chance to sit along the esplanade of the castle to watch the world famous Military Tattoo. Experience a special performance by dozens of pipe bands, precision riflemen, dancers, and horsemen with the incredible Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop. The sound, colour and pageantry is simply spectacular and is a fitting end to a wonderful immersion into this hypnotic land.
For a travel experience unlike any other, circle August 1st on your calendar and sign up for the next Scotland’s Highlands and Isles adventure where you can explore the natural beauty, wonders and history of superb Scotland. Save $200 per person if you book by March 31, 2020!* Contact one of our Tour Specialists today and secure your places as they are filling up quickly. Or call Craig Travel at 1-800-387-8890 for more information.