This year’s tour in co-operation with Sweet Bakery will be an 11-day exploration of the Scottish Highlands. We will enjoy the magnificent heather-clad glens, misty islands and purple hued mountains while being introduced to the mysteries of fine whisky, walk Culloden Moor and cruise Loch Lomond. A wonderful opportunity to experience Celtic culture and the Clan social fabric. Tour hosts: Stacey Bester and Sandra Pauwels.
Evening departure from Toronto to Glasgow with Air Transat. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
Morning arrival at Glasgow International Airport. Late morning panoramic coach tour of the city's sites including St. Mungo's Cathedral, George Square, Rennie Mackintosh House and ubiquitous Sauchiehall Street. Afternoon hotel registration and time to refresh before our first foodie experience of the trip, welcome dinner at the Two Fat Ladies City Centre restaurant. Overnight at the Dakota Deluxe Hotel. (http://glasgow.dakotahotels.co.uk/).
Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure for the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, one of the top museums in Scotland with its stunning architecture and 22 galleries (https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum).
At noon we transfer to the starting point of our Glasgow food tour. During the tour we will wander through Glasgow’s West End, tasting the fabulous Scottish food and drink the city has tooffer, enjoying the Glasgow patter and some Gaelic, while exploring the history and culture of Glasgow itself. Following the tour we return to the hotel. No group dinner this evening.
Following a morning departure from Glasgow we embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire the fabulous Highland views. Later we enjoy free time in Inveraray for lunch on your own before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle (https://www.inveraray-castle.com/), which some of you will recognize from the “Downton Abbey” series. From here we continue to Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places but in the 17th century it was the scene of the Clan MacDonald massacre - more recently, a setting for James Bond's Skyfall. By early evening we arrive at our hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Morning departure as we travel the scenic Road to the Isles...keep an eye open for the Hogwarts’Express (Jacobite Steam Train) as it crosses the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct. This stunning viewpoint marks the spot where Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) raised his Standard prior to the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. Over the sea to Skye where we will have a panoramic tour of this breathtaking landscape, known by the Norse Vikings as the ‘Winged Isle’ or by Scots, romantically, as ‘The Misty Isle’... recently voted the Fourth best island in the worldto visit by National Geographic Magazine! Lunch on the island before returning to the mainland for a visit of Eileen Donan Castle (https://www.eileandonancastle.com/). Keep your cameras handy as we travel along Loch Ness to our hotel in Inverness. No group dinner tonight but we suggest fish and chips in a local pub followed by an evening of live music at Hootenanny’s.Overnight.
Departure after breakfast before a short drive to Culloden Moor (https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/culloden) where, in 1746 the troops of George II destroyed both the Jacobite Rebellion with its Stuart ambitions and the centuries old social fabric of clan life. The memorial cairns and plaques offer mute testimony to the last battle on British soil and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s quest for the Throne. Lunch on-site before we continue on to picturesque Speyside with its magnificent landscape and clear running streams. At the Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery set almost 1,200ft above sea-level in the heart of the Cairngorms’National Park, we explore the merits of Scotland's principal export! Later a stop at Newtonmore where we will visit the excellent Highland Folk Museum (https://www.highlifehighland.com/highlandfolkmuseum/) also used as a filming location for Outlander, to give you a look at what life was like in the Highlands 300 years ago. Following the visit we continue to our charming country residence in the Eastern Highlands, the Castle Hotel in Huntley (http://www.castlehotel.uk.com/). Dinner in the restaurant of our hotel.
A visual day as we explore Highland hospitality along the way...decisions decisions - where to visit, Rothes, Glen Grant, Glenlivet, or Strathisla? We end our day with a touch of Canada as we tour Craigellachie Cooperage (http://www.speysidecooperage.co.uk/) with demonstrations of traditional barrel making, so fundamental and essential to whisky maturation! Late afternoon return to your hotel and dinner.
Early morning departure via Dundee and the Tay Bridge. Lunch at The Peat Inn, a Michelin star restaurant followed by a brief visit to St. Andrew's. Late afternoon arrival in Edinburgh. Registration at the hotel followed by a free evening.
This morning will be a private class at one of Edinburgh’s celebrated cooking schools. Learn how to prepare local specialties and to master additional cooking techniques! Remainder of day is at leisure.
Morning guided tour of Edinburgh including a visit to the Castle with its Battlements, Argyle Battery, St. Margaret's Chapel, the Crown Room and Mons Meg. The afternoon is at leisure for personal choices; a quick city bus will take you to nearby Leith and the Royal Yacht Britannia...how the Royals lived at sea! Farewell dinner this evening at one of Edinburgh’s many fine restaurants.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure for the Glasgow airport for your return flight to Toronto.
• Return airfare from Toronto on Air Transat, including all taxes and security fees • Accommodations in 4-star hotels – the single room surcharge is $895.00 • Buffet breakfast daily, six lunches or dinners • All sightseeing as per the itinerary • Private coach throughout the tour • Entrances and admissions as per the itinerary • Cooking class in Edinburgh, Michelin starred restaurant in St. Andrews, Food tour in Glasgow • Four whiskey tastings • Loch Lomond cruise • All taxes and gratuities • Fully escorted
• Beverages and meals not indicated • All expenses of a personal nature • Coach driver gratuities: approximately £40- $75.00 • Optional travel insurance: contact office for premiums.
June 06 - 16, 2019
$3,775.00 including return air from Toronto
June 13 - 14, 2019
$635 + HST based on sharing accommodation
August 05 - 20, 2019
$4,995 from Toronto