Featuring the Royal Edinburg Military Tattoo
12 days, August 15 - 26, 2020
Arranged and guided by Collette Vacations
Escorted by Doug Jackson
Discover a land of rolling green Highlands, friendly sheepdogs, and smooth Scotch whisky. From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles layered in history, Scotland awaits!
Learn to play the bagpipes and enjoy dinner at the National Piping Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant. Visit a distillery and sample the Highland malt whiskey, considered to be the worlds’ finest. Travel to the legendary Isle of Skye. Cruise scenic Loch Ness. Explore the Orkney Islands, viewing its ancient village of Skara Brae and the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar. Visit a family farm for a sheepdog demonstration, and enjoy stops at the Culloden Battlefield, Dunrobin Castle, and St. Andrews Old Golf Course.
We complete our adventure in the regal city of Edinburgh, with one of Scotland’s greatest events - the thrilling Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo!
Day 1, Saturday, August 15
Depart home, board overnight flight
This afternoon, following our at-home-pickup-service, we transfer to the Vancouver Airport and depart this evening aboard Iceland Air’s overnight flight via Reykjavik to Glasgow, Scotland.
Day 2, Sunday, August 16
Flight arrives Glasgow
Arriving in Glasgow this afternoon, we begin a two-night stay near the city centre at the Hilton Glasgow. The rest of the afternoon and the evening are at leisure.
Day 3, Monday, August 17
Glasgow, city tour
Following a leisurely breakfast, we enjoy an introductory city tour, viewing landmarks of Glasgow including George Square, Glasgow Green, People’s Palace, Glasgow Cathedral, and the Buchanan Street shopping district. Following leisure time this afternoon, we visit the National Piping Centre, for a piping demonstration, and a lively welcome dinner at their farm-to-table restaurant. Meals BD
Day 4, Tuesday, August 18
Departing Glasgow, and travelling to one of Scotland’s renowned whisky distilleries, we’ll taste and see why Highland malt whisky is considered the worlds’ finest. Continuing through the scenery of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, we admire the Highland countryside of green hills and mountainside waters, and arrive for a two-night stay at the remote Ballachulish Hotel, on the shore of lovely Loch Linnhe. Meals BD
Day 5, Wednesday, August 19
Ballachulish-Isle of Skye-Ballachulish
This morning begins with a beautiful drive along the Road to the Isles and over the Skye Bridge to the legendary Isle of Skye, known in poetry and song as Eilean a’ Cheo (the Misty Isle). We enjoy views of Skye’s Cuillin Hills, some of the most spectacular peaks in Scotland. Visiting Armadale Castle and Gardens, and the Museum of the Isles, we learn about island life and the history of Skye. This afternoon we return to the mainland by ferry, and stop at Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. We return to Ballachulish for dinner and an evening at leisure. Meals BD
Day 6, Thursday, August 20
This morning we journey further into the Highlands, through the unspoiled landscapes of the Great Glen, famous for its many lochs (lakes). We visit the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle and enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness, one of Britain’s most scenic bodies of water. This afternoon we leave the beaten path and travel to Thurso, one of the Scottish highlands most remote North Coast towns, and settle in for a two-night stay at the Royal Thurso Hotel. Meals B
Day 7, Friday, August 21
This morning (weather permitting) we board a ferry bound for a day of adventure in the Orkney Islands. Enjoying the sights of seabirds and perhaps porpoises, seals, and otters we arrive in the Orkneys, where a local guide introduces us to this magical place that very few visitors to Scotland get to experience. Visiting Skara Brae, we discover the remains of a Neolithic village, built at the same time as the Great Pyramids in Egypt. We pass the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar, reported to be older than Stonehenge, and continue through the town of Kirkwall where the Vikings left their mark in 1137. Ferrying back to the mainland, we return to Thurso for an evening at leisure. Meals BD
Day 8, Saturday, August 22
Thurso to Eastern Highlands
Departing Thurso, we travel southward along windswept cliffs overlooking Scotland’s rugged east coast. We visit majestic Dunrobin Castle, built-in 1275 and resembling a French chateau. Near Inverness, we visit Culloden Battlefield where in April of 1746, a half-hour battle changed the course of history and the lives of the Highland people. Tonight, in the quaint Eastern Highlands village of Grantown-on-Spey, we overnight at the Grant Arms Hotel. Meals BD
Day 9, Sunday, August 23
Eastern Highlands to Edinburgh
This morning at a family-run farm we’ll see sheepdogs at work, while surrounded by the mountain wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. We stop for lunch in the vibrant Victorian town of Pitlochry. Continuing to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf, we’ll see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Arriving in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh, we begin a three-night stay at the Radisson Blue Hotel, located in the heart of the historic Royal Mile in the city’s Old Town. Tonight we enjoy dinner and an interactive cooking experience at a premier culinary institution. BD
Day 10, Monday, August 24
Edinburgh, city tour & military tattoo
Our morning tour of this regal city explores both the Old and New Towns and visits the Palace of Holyroodhouse* - the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh, and Edinburgh Castle - home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. Returning to our hotel, we prepare for this evening’s performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo! Against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the worlds’ most spectacular Tattoo presents talent from around the world including pipers, gymnasts, singers, dancers, an amazing motorcycle display team, and of course the music of the Massed Pipes and Drums and of the Massed Military Bands! Meals B
*The Palace of Holyroodhouse may occasionally be closed for official state functions or when the Queen is in residence.
Day 11, Tuesday, August 25
Edinburgh, a day at leisure
We enjoy a free day exploring this fascinating city. Our hotel is just a short walk to major city center attractions including Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament, and Princess Street, the city’s famous shopping thoroughfare. Tonight at our farewell dinner we celebrate a memorable visit to Scotland. Meals BD
Day 12 Wednesday, August 26
Following breakfast at our hotel, we transfer from Edinburgh to the Glasgow Airport and board our afternoon flight with Iceland Air via Reykjavik to Vancouver. Transfers included to home from the Vancouver Airport. Meals B
Our itinerary includes moderate physical activity, blending some longer days with shorter days and leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, upstairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. This tour is not suitable if you require a walker.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
To reach the Edinburgh Tattoo we must walk uphill about three blocks from our hotel to Edinburgh Castle. The Tattoo takes place outdoors. If any part of the performance is cancelled through inclement weather, our tickets are not refunded. No performance has ever been cancelled.
Even in August, Scotland can be cool, wet, and windy. A raincoat with a hood is required.
This tour requires that a Canadian passport be valid until November 27, 2020. However, we strongly recommend having a passport with seven-month validity for all travel outside Canada – valid for this tour until March 26, 2021.
- Airfare and taxes, Vancouver to Glasgow & return
- Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Gratuities to drivers and guides
- At home pickup and return (lower mainland)
- Hotel accommodations, baggage handling
- 17 meals (10 breakfasts, 7 dinners)
- All attractions as described in brochure
- Collette Insurance (see below)
Tour Price (Canadian funds)
Each person, 2 sharing room…$8,790
Deposit Due: $900 per person, 10 days after reservation.
Balance Due: June 3
Waiver & Insurance Plan
(included with your tour)
Payments for this tour are fully refundable until February 10. After February 10, in the event of cancellation for any reason prior to the day of departure, the Collette Cancellation Waiver, which is included with this tour, guarantees a full refund of all payments, less a cancellation fee of $400. On the day of departure, the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price, unless the cancellation is for a medical reason supported by a doctor's letter, in which case only the $400 cancellation fee will apply.
The plan does not cover any single supplement charges. If your travelling companion cancels, you may continue by paying the single supplement, or cancel and receive a refund less the cancellation fee. After departure, the plan provides transportation home and a refund of unused services, if you are forced to cancel due to personal illness, or the personal illness or death of an immediate family member. You, your travelling companion, and any immediate family member booked to travel with you must be medically capable of travel when you pay your deposit.
The Collette plan also includes medical coverage without exclusions due to age or pre-existing medical conditions. Please note that you must have valid hospital and medical insurance under a Government Health Insurance Plan of a Province or Territory of Canada. For full details, please review the Description of Coverage information for the Collette Cancellation Waiver & Insurance Plan.
- Jackson Tours Inc is a registered tour operator in the Province of British Columbia, registration #1347. Deposits by BC residents are secured by the British Columbia Travel Assurance Fund, through Consumer Protection BC.
- Jackson Tours is a member of the Better Business Bureau of Mainland British Columbia.
We do not accept credit card payments. Avoiding credit card fees, allows us to put more value into your tour. Your personal cheque is welcome.
At Home Service, Door-to-Door Pickup and Return
Service included throughout the lower mainland from Chilliwack to Vancouver.
Jackson Tours at Roblin Travel Service
#102B – 45793 Luckakuck Way, PO Box 428
Chilliwack BC V2P 6J7
Toll-free phone: 1-800-541-8687
Chilliwack phone: 604-858-9481
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