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Scotland 2019

July 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

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Come join us to learn more about this beautiful country – its culture, and fascinating history – Roman soldiers, early Christianity, Vikings, noble clansmen, and powerful ruling monarchs, just to name a few subjects. It will be a wonderful adventure for all.

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July 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am
End:
August 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
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Scotland
Castle Esplanade
Stirling FK8 1EJ, Scotland
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Scotland – July 20 – August 3, 2019

Saturday, July 20
Depart from USA

Sunday, July 21 – EDINBURGH,
Arrive Edinburgh.
REST OF DAY FREE.

Overnight: Edinburgh


Monday, July 22 – Holy Island, Rosslyn, Edinburgh

Leave early and drive to Holy Island (if tide is low). 70 mile drive.
On the way back to Edinburgh, we will visit Rosslyn Chapel. It was founded in 1446 and made famous by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

Overnight: Radisson Blu, Royal Mile, or Doubletree Hilton, Edinburgh


Tuesday, - July 23 - LINLITHGOW
Today we will visit Linlithgow Palace – a favored residence of the Stuart Kings and the birthplace of James V and Mary Queen of Scots.

Overnight: Radisson Blu, Royal Mile, or Doubletree Hilton, Edinburgh


Wednesday – July 24 - HOPETOUN, MIDHOPE HOUSE

Today we travel to Hopetoun House on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the largest stately house in all of Scotland. We will take a guided tour of this spectacular house.

Next is a visit to Midhope House (castle ruins).

Blackness Castle – a 15th-century fortress. We will take a guided tour of this historic castle.

Attend church at 8 p.m.

Overnight: Radisson Blu, Royal Mile, or Doubletree Hilton, Edinburgh

 

Thursday – July 25 – Stirling, Culross Village
We begin the morning with a visit to Doune Castle in Stirling. We will take a tour of the castle.

Next, we head to Stirling Castle – Mary Queen of Scott’s childhood home. It was also probably the most strategically important castle in Scotland. We’ll learn about “Braveheart” (William Wallace,), who led the Scots to a victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. We will also visit the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce decisively defeated the British, under Edward II in 1314. It was a significant Scottish victory in the First War of Scottish Independence, and a landmark in Scottish history.

While in Stirling, we’ll visit the Church of the Holy Rood (Holy Cross). This is the only active church in Great Britain that can say that a coronation was held here. James VI was quickly crowned when he was less than a year old – witnessed by about 13 men, with John Knox preaching the coronation sermon.

Next is a drive to Culross Village and Abbey, a rustic town in Fife. It shows to some degree what a town in the 17th and 18th centuries in Scotland would have looked like.

Overnight: Radisson Blu, Royal Mile, or Doubletree Hilton, Edinburgh

 

Friday, July 26 – Glencorse Old Kirk
Glencorse Old Kirk, near Edinburgh. A lush parkland, with a lake, and a beautiful garden, Glencorse is a wonderful place and one of the most romantic wedding venues imaginable.

Preston Mill is one of the oldest working water-driven mills in Scotland.

Overnight: Radisson Blu, Royal Mile, or Doubletree Hilton, Edinburgh

Saturday, July 27 – Falkland, Angus
Today we visit the town of Falkland.

Glamis Castle in Angus. The childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret. It is the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Overnight: The Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry

Sunday, July 28 – Perthshire
Today is a scenic drive and visit Loch Rannoch in Perthshire. Then we head northwards to Inverness.

Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness

Monday, July 29 – Inverness
Today we travel to Culloden Battlefield Visitor’s Centre to learn more about the conflict where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746. Walk around the moor and see monuments to the various regiments who lost men during the battle.

Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness

 

Tuesday, July 30 – Loch Ness
Travel by boat along Loch Ness for a 2-hour cruise. We will stop and look at Urquhart Castle.

Travel the scenic “Road to the Isles” via Glencoe and Fort William and pause at the Glenfinnan Monument, which marks the place where Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his standard, thus beginning the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Prince Charles initially landed from France on Eriskay in the Western Isles. He then travelled to the mainland in a small rowing boat, coming ashore at Loch nan Uamh, just west of Glenfinnan. Here he was met by a small number of MacDonalds. He waited at Glenfinnan for a number of days as more MacDonalds, Camerons, McPhees and MacDonnells arrived.

When he saw he had enough support, he climbed the hill and the McPhees raised his royal standard, on Monday 19 August 1745, and claimed the Scottish and the English thrones in the name of his father James Stuart ('the Old Pretender'); A MacPhee (Macfie) was one of two pipers at Glenfinnan when Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his banner there in 1745. Brandy was distributed in celebration.

So began the rebellion that was to end in failure eight months later at the Battle of Culloden (16 April 1746). Many MacPhees (Macfies) followed Cameron of Lochiel in the second line into the Battle of Culloden in 1746. After Culloden, in his flight to evade government troops, Charles came to the same area again. After being hidden by loyal supporters he boarded a French frigate at the shores of Loch nan Uamh, close to where he had landed and raised his standard. Today the Prince's Cairn marks the spot from which he departed.

Overnight: Moorings Hotel, Fort William

 

Wednesday, July 31 – Oban
Today we head to Oban via Loch Lomond. This is a freshwater Scottish loch which crosses the Highland Boundary fault. It is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area.
Visit Arduaine Garden.

Overnight: Oban

 

Thursday, August 1 – Isle of Mull
We will take an early morning ferry to the Isle of Mull and then take another short ferry to the tiny, peaceful Isle of Iona. Here we will visit the Abbey and Nunnery. The island is barely three miles long by one mile wide, but this site has had an influence out of all proportion to its size to the establishment of Christianity in Scotland, England and throughout mainland Europe. Iona’s place in history was secured when in 563 A.D. St. Columba arrived on its beaches with 12 followers, built his first Celtic church and established a monastic community. Once settled, the Irish monk set about converting most of pagan Scotland and northern England to the Christian faith. Iona’s fame as a missionary center and outstanding place of learning eventually spread throughout Europe turning it into a place of pilgrimage for several centuries to come.

Overnight: Oban area

 

Friday, August 2
Drive back to Edinburgh (94 miles Oban to Edinburgh)

Overnight: Radisson Blu, Royal Mile, or Doubletree Hilton, Edinburgh

 

Saturday, August 3
Depart for USA.

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Cost

$3,500.00 per person. If you would like a single room, with no roommate, there will be an additional $1,200 charge to the $3,500 ticket price.

In order to secure your spot, place a deposit of $400.

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Cost Includes
  • 13 nights of 4-star deluxe hotel accommodations
  • Headsets
  • Private coach bus transportation
  • Driver expenses (except gratuity)
  • 13 breakfasts + Welcome dinner
  • All activities and admissions per itinerary
  • A Blue Badge Tour guide for the duration of the tour (except gratuity)
  • Talks by Kristy Christian during the tour
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