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We arrive in Glasgow where we will be greeted by our guide
Before checking into our hotel, we will be given a tour of the
city, which is sure to be a wonderful introduction for us to
Today we travel to Ayrshire and board the ferry to the Isle of
Arran for a tour of the island and a special visit to Brodick
Castle. The castle dates back to the 13th Century and was the
summer home of the 6th and 7th Dukes of Montrose.
We will also visit the Isle of Arran Distillery. The distillery was
opened on 1995 and its visitor centre was opened in 1997 by
Her Majesty the Queen. The distillery can be found in a
stunningly beautiful setting and we will enjoy a fully guided
tour and, of course, the chance to try a wee dram!
Brodick, Isle of Arran
We then return to Glasgow for dinner and overnight stay.
Isle of Arran Distillery
This morning we visit Buchanan Castle, the seat of our Chief,
the 8th Duke of Montrose, before enjoying lunch at the
Buchanan Castle Golf and Country Club. This is where the Clan
Graham will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM),
presided over by our Chief and his wife, The Duchess of
Before the luncheon we will have an opportunity to take
photographs of the ruined but impressive Buchanan Castle.
In the afternoon, we will cross the Dukes (of Montrose) Pass to
visit Loch Katrine in the area of the beautiful Trossachs. We will
enjoy a relaxing cruise on this beautiful loch, during which we
will be able to see more of the stunning landscape surrounding
the loch. At Ellen’s Isle, with its literary connection to the
Grahams, we learn on this rocky, heather-clad shore that the
young Chief Malcolm Graeme came to visit his love, Ellen, in
Sir Walter Scott’s “Lady of the Lake”.
We then return to Drymen for dinner and overnight stay.
Today we spend time in the grounds of Mugdock Castle, once
the seat of the Great Marquis of Montrose. The tower of the
castle has been rebuilt with help from the Clan Graham Society
and now houses the Graham Room, which tells the story of the
Grahams in a video format.
Lunch in the grounds of the castle.
We will then return to our hotel to get ready to attend an
evening ceilidh in conjunction with members of the Mugdock
Overnight in Drymen.
We leave this morning for a visit to Bannockburn, the site of the
famous battle in which King Robert the Bruce fought King
Edward II’s English army. Bannockburn now features a new
display especially built in 2014 to commemorate the 700th
Anniversary of the battle.
We then visit the magnificent Stirling Castle, situated on a
commanding rocky outcrop. Of outstanding interest are the
Great Hall and the Gatehouse of James IV, the marvellous
palace of James V, the Chapel Royal and the artillery
fortifications of the 16th and 18th Centuries.
We will see the famous Wallace (Braveheart) Monument from
the castle before then going to visit this tower. Those who climb
the tower steps will look down upon Stirling Bridge where the
battle of that name took place and Wallace fought the English
We will then return to Drymen.
Dinner and overnight in Drymen.
This morning we travel northeast into the Highlands, passing
through Glencoe where the infamous massacre of the Clan
MacDonald took place in 1682.
We will then pass by Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great
Britain. We drive through Fort William and Inverlochy, where
the famous Battle of Inverlochy took place in 1644 and in
which Montrose was triumphant over Clan Campbell.
We will stop and enjoy the magnificent view of the Highlands
from the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge
commemorating those lost in WWII. Then we’ll go up the Great
Glen and visit Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie lost
the last battle fought on British soil.
Then on to Inverness for dinner and overnight.
This morning we will travel further into the Highlands to
Dunrobin Castle, near the village of Golspie. Dunrobin is the
most northerly of the great houses of Scotland and is the seat
of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. There is a decidedly
French influence to the building and its gardens which are
based upon Versailles. The colors of the 93rd Sutherland
Highlanders can be seen, reminding us of the Thin Red Line
that stood before the Russian Cavalry successfully defending
Balaclava during the Crimean War. Many Grahams were part of
the Highland Brigade in that war.
We continue our journey to the Black Isle to visit the pretty
Georgian town of Cromarty before returning to Inverness for
dinner and overnight.
Dolphins off the Black Isle
Today we leave Inverness and travel south to Blair Atholl and
the Tomb of Bonnie Dundee, John Graham of Claverstone.
Then visit Blair Castle. Discover the Castle and go on a journey
into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl.
Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take
you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and
from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden following
Bonnie Prince Charlie's own stay in the castle.
Then onwards to Killiecrankie, the location of the famous
battle in which Bonnie Dundee successfully led royalist troops
against the Covenanting troops but lost his life.
Then to Montrose for an enjoyable evening with our friends
Dinner and overnight in Montrose.
Today we travel north to Dunnottar Castle for a visit. This was
where the Scottish Crown Jewels were sent for safekeeping
during Scotland’s Civil War. Montrose laid siege to the castle
during that war and we will hear the amazing story of how the
castle survived the siege and eventually returned the Crown
Jewels to Edinburgh.
We then travel to the pretty fairytale castle of Crathes for a
visit before returning to Montrose for dinner and overnight.
We leave Montrose today and drive the short distance to the
beautiful city of Edinburgh.
On our way, we will visit Aberuthven Parish Church, a medieval
church which can be found north-east of the village of
Auchterarder in Perth and Kinross.
Once we reach Edinburgh, we will visit Edinburgh Castle, one
of Scotland’s most iconic images. The castle dates back to the
Norman Period and houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland. We
will follow this with a visit to the High Kirk of St Giles where we
will pay homage at the Memorial to the Great Marquis of
We will then continue to our hotel in Edinburgh.
This evening you will be on your own and have the opportunity
to choose a dinner in one of the many fine restaurants in the
city or enjoy the experience of a ‘pub meal’, or perhaps a
Overnight in Edinburgh.
Today we will have time for some independent sightseeing or
shopping in the city. Choose from many sites of interest,
including the Scottish Parliament, The National Museum of
Scotland, The Palace of Holyrood House, The Royal Yacht
Britannia, and much more.
In the evening you can once again enjoy dinner on your own in
the city before attending the grand finale of the tour – the
Edinburgh Military Tattoo which is held on the ramparts of
the castle and is world renowned.
Palace of Holyrood House
Overnight in Edinburgh.
Royal Yacht Britannia
It is now, unfortunately, time for us to leave Scotland.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the US.
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Rates - GBP
Accommodation for the group 11 nights:
2 nights in Glasgow, Millennium Hotel or similar
3 nights in Drymen – Winnock Hotel or similar
2 nights in Inverness, - Thistle Invermess or similar
2 nights in Montrose, Park Montrose Hotel or similar
2 nights in Edinburgh, Premier Inn Princes Street or similar
11 x breakfasts
9 x 3 course dinners ( no drinks included)
One coach + driver for 9 full days ( max 8 hours per day)
1 airport transfer from Glasgow International Airport to Glasgow city centre hotel.
1 airport transfer from Edinburgh city centre hotel to Edinburgh Airport
Driver’s accommodation for 7 nights and lunch expenses.
Fully qualified guide for 9 full days ( max 8 hours per day)
1 guide for airport transfer Glasgow City centre to Glasgow Airport.
Guide’s accommodation for 9 nights and lunch expenses.
Ferry to/from Isle of Arran.
Admissions to the following
Arran Distillery, 1 hr cruise Loch Katrine, Bannockburn Visitor centre, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Dunrobin castle,
Dunnottar Castle, Crathes Castle and Gardens, St. Giles Cathedral, Ticket Edinburgh Tattoo, Edinburgh Castle, Brodick Castle,
Killiecrankie, Blair castle.