Trip to Edinburgh, United Kingdom
· Mon, Apr 20, 2020
Travel Expert Travis Stewart
Join Jeff Hutcheson to Discover Scotland on this tour from April 20 to 29, 2020.
From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles rich in history, Scotland’s treasures are as diverse as they are compelling. Learn how to play the bagpipes and enjoy dinner at the National Piping Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant. Take a cruise on famed Loch Ness. Visit a local family on their working farm and meet their sheepdogs. Marvel at the stunning Isle of Skye, the magnificent landscapes of the Highlands and the mountain wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. Explore the magical Orkney Islands’ ancient Skara Brae and prehistoric Ring of Brodgar. Visit Dunrobin Castle. Sample Scotch whisky during a distillery tour. Stop in St. Andrews, home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. Explore the regal city of Edinburgh. Put a modern twist on traditional Scottish ingredients during an interactive cooking experience.
Visit the capital city of Edinburgh and walk the Royal Mile. Take a panoramic city tour and visit Edinburgh Castle.
Travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town that gave the world the game of golf. See the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course.
Taste and see for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world's finest. Enjoy an interactive culinary experience.
Jeff spent 40 years in the television business before retiring in June of 2016. He spent the last 20 years of his career with Canada AM as weather presenter, sports guy, fill in host and cross Canada traveler. Jeff did remote broadcasts from over 350 communities in Canada, and also broadcast from Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, France, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica and the United States. He had his own travel show called "Jeff's Adventures" which taped 25 episodes across the country from 2003-2005. He was also part of the CTV broadcast team for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary and the 2010 Winter games in Vancouver. In 2004 his book "Best of Canada" was published and has sold over 65,000 copies to date.
After retirement, Jeff turned his career of traveling for work, into traveling with others, hosting 3 river cruises. He has hosted tours on the Danube, the Rhine, and the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam. He also was along for the ride on river cruises in the south of France on the Rhone and the north of France on the Sienne.
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Day 1 | Monday, April 20 – Overnight Flight
An overnight flight transports you to a country of stunning landscapes, lively cities and stirring history.
Day 2 | Tuesday, April 21 – Edinburgh – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Edinburgh, Scotland’s stunning capital city. This evening, give traditional Scottish ingredients a modern twist. Enjoy a lively and interactive cooking experience at one of Scotland’s premier culinary institutions. Later, with a “wee dram” in hand, toast the beginning of a wonderful journey. Accommodation: Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Edinburgh. (D)
Day 3 | Wednesday, April 22 – Edinburgh
Today it’s your choice! Choose to get acquainted with this regal capital on a locally guided panoramic city tour, exploring both the Old and New towns before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary Queen of Scots
OR for a different perspective you may join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot; descend into the city’s vast underground vaults and uncover a world unchanged since the 18th century. Both choices include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore independently. Accommodation: Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Edinburgh. (B)
Day 4 | Thursday, April 23 – Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Eastern Highlands
Travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf. See the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town. Discover its Old World appeal as you explore this popular resort town on your own. Visit a family-run farm set in the heart of the Highlands. See sheepdogs at work while surrounded by the mountain wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy an overnight stay in the Eastern Highlands. Accommodation: Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey. (B, D)
Day 5 | Friday, April 24 – Eastern Highlands – Thurso
Today you will visit Culloden Battlefield. On this spot in April 1746, a half-hour battle changed the course of Scotland’s history. Next, make a stop at the majestic Dunrobin Castle** which dates back to the 1300s. Later, take in the breathtaking views as you drive along the windswept cliffs of Scotland’s east coast. Your day concludes in Thurso. Accommodation: Pentland Hotel, Thurso. (B)
Day 6 | Saturday, April 25 – Thurso – Orkney Islands – Thurso
A day of adventure awaits as you voyage via ferry to the Orkney Islands*** – once a Viking stronghold off the coast of Scotland. On the crossing you’ll see abundant bird life and, if you are lucky, porpoises and seals. A local guide introduces this magical place that very few visitors to Scotland get to experience. Visit Skara Brae and discover the remains of a Neolithic village built at the same time as the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Next, pass the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar, reported to be older than Stonehenge. Visit the town of Viking Kirkwall before returning to the mainland. Accommodation: Pentland Hotel, Thurso. (B, D)
Day 7 | Sunday, April 26 – Thurso – Loch Ness – Ballachulish
Today, journey through unspoiled landscapes as you return south through the Highlands. Enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness, one of Britain’s most scenic bodies of water. Keep your eyes open – you never know when Nessie will appear! After your cruise, visit the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle. Travel through the Great Glen, famous for its many lochs (lakes), before arriving at your hotel situated on lovely Loch Linnhe. Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish. (B, D)
Day 8 | Monday, April 27 – Ballachulish – Isle of Skye – Ballachulish
Take a stunning drive along the “Road to the Isles” and over the Skye Bridge to the legendary Isle of Skye, also known in poetry and song as Eilean a’ Cheò (The Misty Isle). Enjoy dramatic views of the Cuillin Hills. Then, visit Armadale Castle and Gardens and the Museum of the Isles to learn about island life and the history of Skye. Conclude your visit with views of the isle from yet another vantage point during a ferry crossing back to the mainland. Returning to Ballachulish, see Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish. (B, D)
Day 9 | Tuesday, April 28 – Ballachulish – Glencoe – Glasgow
Begin your day with a breathtaking drive in the heart of Scotland, passing through Glencoe and crossing Rannoch Moor. Arrive at one of Scotland’s renowned whisky distilleries. Taste and see for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world’s finest. This evening, visit the National Piping Centre to learn about the Great Highland Bagpipe. After a demonstration and lesson with a renowned piper, it’s your chance to give it a go! Then, join your fellow travellers for a joyous farewell dinner at the Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant and toast the end to your Scottish adventure. Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow, Glasgow. (B, D)
Day 10 | Wednesday, April 29 – Glasgow – Tour Ends
Your tour of Scotland comes to a close today and you depart for Canada. (B)