Scottish Highlands & Islands (GJ)

14 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow

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What’s playing tonight? Nothing as dramatic as the stunning scenery of lush and verdant Scotland. With its glacial glens, mysterious lochs, and dramatic coastlines, Scotland has rightfully served as the beautiful backdrop for many of our favorite dramas, thrillers, and cliff-hangers. While James Bond, Harry Potter, and the clans of Outlander have introduced us to this awe-inspiring land, the magnificent moors, mountains, woodlands, and waterfalls steal the scenes. See them all on this splendid tour of Scotland as you take the low roads, high roads, and winding roads through the Lowlands, Highlands, and islands to witness the country’s breathtaking castles, hallowed battlefields, and mysterious ruins—stopping to catch your breath in the boisterous breweries and dizzying distilleries along the way. Spoiler alert—this is the most unspoiled scenery you’ll witness in your lifetime.

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Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner

See the world’s largest equine sculptures

Guided tour of the 17th-century village

Visit the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (excluding August and other occasional dates)

Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house

Visit the abbey

Visit the home of golf

Visit the Highland capital

Visit the sacred prehistoric site

Visit the battle site’s visitor center

Visit the castle

LF Guided tour of the whisky distillery

Visit the castle and gardens

Take the ferry to and from the Orkney Islands

Board a local coach for a driver-guide commentary and visit the Churchill Barriers, Skara Brae and Skaill House, and Kirkwall; visit the LF Orkney Brewery and enjoy lunch at the Tasting Hall café

LF Fish & chips lunch

Visit the Museum of Island Life and the Museum of the Isles

Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry; glenfinnan Take pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaduct; lochaline–fishnish Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull

Take pictures of the monument and the Harry Potter viaduct

Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull

Visit Tobermory

Take the ferry to the island and visit the center of Celtic Christianity

Take the ferry back to the Scottish mainland

Take photographs of this stunning spot


  • August 8, 15 & 22 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included


Motorcoach; ferries to/from the Orkney Islands, the Isles of Skye, Mull, and Iona.


 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 9 three-course dinners


Day 1

ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND Welcome to Glasgow! Free time the remainder of the day. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

GLASGOW–FALKIRK–ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS–LINLITHGOW–EDINBURGH Sculpted Horses & Scottish Heroines FALKIRK See The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world.
ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS Take a walking tour with a Local Guide.
LINLITHGOW See Linlithgow Palace ruins, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and a filming location for the Outlander TV series.
EDINBURGH Free time.
Breakfast Breakfast
74 mi / 119 km

CULTURE & TRADITION The Royal Burgh of Culross is considered one of Scotland’s most picturesque examples of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. No wonder it is the filming location for many film and television productions, as well an inspiring destination for history lovers. Its well-preserved buildings with red-tiled roofs line steep cobblestone streets from the market cross to the hilltop abbey.

Day 3

EDINBURGH Traditions & Treasures EDINBURGH Walking tour with a Local Guide includes Royal Mile, a visit to St. Giles’ Cathedral, and Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels.
Breakfast Breakfast

HISTORIC SPOT Edinburgh Castle, one of the most important historical strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, rules with an 11,000-year history as “the most besieged place in Great Britain.” Here, you’ll find the royal regalia and Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The Castle also marks the starting point of the Royal Mile, the historic processional route and location of many of the city’s famous landmarks, including St. Giles’ Cathedral.

Day 4

EDINBURGH. EXCURSION TO ABBOTSFORD Regal Manors & Royal Music ABBOTSFORD Take a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House.
EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures August 5 through August 19 only).
Breakfast Breakfast
80 mi / 129 km

LEGENDARY LIVES The 19th century comes alive with echoes of triumph and tragedy at Abbotsford House, where Scottish legend Sir Walter Scott became the biggest-selling author of his day and the fashion for Scots baronial architecture began. Learn how the “Great Scott” popularized tartan, saved the Scottish banknote, and reclaimed his country’s Crown Jewels.

Day 5

EDINBURGH–ST. ANDREWS–PITLOCHRY–INVERNESS Scottish Drams & Scenic Drives ST. ANDREWS See the home of golf and famous university town then drive across the Firth of Tay via Dundee to Pitlochry.
PITLOCHRY Walk through the Victorian mountain resort and LF visit a whisky distillery. Take a scenic drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park en route to Inverness.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
200 mi / 325 km

LOCAL TASTES Feel your heart skip a beat in the heart of Scotland. Pitlochry fills the senses with spectacular scenery and warm hospitality. Raise a dram of whisky at an historic, local distillery whilst you learn all about Scotland’s favorite spirit.

Day 6

INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION The Bronze Age & Brave Battles THE HIGHLANDS Visit the Bronze-Age chamber tomb site of Clava Cairns. See the Culloden battlefield site and visitor center. Visit Cawdor Castle.
INVERNESS Free time the remainder of the day.
Breakfast Breakfast
45 mi / 70 km

LITERATURE & ARCHITECTURE In The Bard’s words, ‘This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses.’ Walk through history in the dramatic countryside of the Scottish Highlands to visit Cawdor Castle, the ancestral home of the Campbells of Cawdor. Discover the castle’s literary connection to The Scottish Play by William Shakespeare - also known as Macbeth.

Day 7

INVERNESS–THURSO Gardens & Grandeur DUNROBIN Visit the castle and gardens.
THURSO Free time this afternoon.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
109 mi / 176 km

HISTORIC SPOT Perched in the Northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth is Dunrobin Castle, the historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. One of the oldest continuously inhabited “Scottish great houses,” the castle evokes images of a French château with towering spires and grand gardens inspired by the Palace of Versailles.

Day 8

THURSO. EXCURSION TO THE ORKNEY ISLANDS Breathtaking Views & Brews JOHN O’GROATS Ferry crossing to the Orkney Islands.
ORKNEY ISLANDS Sightseeing includes the four Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, and Kirkwall. LF Enjoy a guided tour of The Orkney Brewery with a light lunch at the brewery’s Tasting Hall café and visit Skaill House. Return to the mainland by ferry in the late afternoon.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner
119 mi / 191 km

LEGENDS & LORE Orcadian water, the best malt, hops, and yeast are the only four ingredients of hand-crafted ales such as Orkney Dark Island, Northern Light and the world-famous Skull Splitter named after a vicious Orkney Earl. Join a guided tour of the brewery and learn the traditions of beer making and a long, long history of brewing quality ales.

Day 9

THURSO–ULLAPOOL–ISLE OF SKYE Scottish Fish Stories ULLAPOOL Visit the fishing port and enjoy LF a traditional fish & chips lunch at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner
219 mi / 353 km

LOCAL TASTES Walk along the whitewashed cottages with views of lovely Loch Broom in the charming harbor town of Ullapool. Feast on traditional fish and chips, a Scottish specialty that never fails to satisfy.

Day 10

ISLE OF SKYE Sea & Skye ISLE OF SKYE Drive across the Inner Hebridean island; visit the Museum of Island Life; stop in the picturesque island capital of Portree and take in the views of the Cuillin Hills.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
100 mi / 161 km

NATURAL WONDERS Magic abounds on the Isle of Skye, home to some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes to enchant the senses. With magnificent mountain ranges, miles of captivating coastline, and heroic history, Skye casts a spell with its breathtaking beauty and sense of island adventure.

Day 11

ISLE OF SKYE–GLENFINNAN–FORT WILLIAM-OBAN Brave Lads & Bonnie Lands ISLE OF SKYE Visit Museum of the Isles. Ferry crossing on the Sound of Sleat to mainland.
GLENFINNAN See the monument to fallen Jacobite clansmen and the famous Glennfinnan Viaduct.
FORT WILLIAM See the gateway to Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak.
GLEN COE Scenic drive en route to Oban.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
109 mi / 175 km

HISTORIC SPOT Long before it was made famous by the Harry Potter films, the Glenfinnan Viaduct was hailed one of the most visually stunning railways in Scotland. Flanked by rolling green hills that are home to the iconic Scottish red deer, the elevated curves of the longest concrete railway in Scotland traverses through a world of adventure and history.

Day 12

OBAN. EXCURSION TO ISLES OF MULL AND IONA Highland Isles & Miles OBAN Ferry crossing to the Isle of Mull.
ISLE OF MULL Take a scenic drive across the island.
ISLE OF IONA Continue to Iona with a ferry to the island and visit the center of Celtic Christianity before returning to mainland.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
97 mi / 156 km

PICTURE PERFECT Called “Eagle Island” by wildlife watchers, the Isle of Mull is a paradise for birds of prey keeping a watchful eye on the wonderful wild landscapes below. Watch for Scottish red deer, iconic Highland cattle, and rolling hills that paint a picture of quintessential Scotland.

Day 13

OBAN –INVERARAY–GLASGOW Glasgow Sights & Grand Heights INVERARAY Take a scenic drive over the mountainous Pass of Brander.
LOCH LOMOND Stop for photos.
GLASGOW Enjoy an orientation drive to see Glasgow’s landmarks, including the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares. Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
108 mi / 174 km

ART & ARCHITECTURE Spanning both banks of the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands, Glasgow gives art and architecture lovers a grand time. From its Victorian and art nouveau architecture to its beautiful Georgian-style squares and the medieval grandeur of its cathedral, Glasgow is brimming with historic and artistic sights to savor during an orientation drive through this national cultural hub, home to the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, and National Theatre of Scotland.

Day 14

GLASGOW Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Escorting tours for more than 5 years

"It's a real pleasure to guide around Great Britain and Ireland and to bring to life the history of our ancestors. There is a story for every corner; our land is a puzzle of fascinating history and as we travel through the country side and cities you will see the complete picture. Guiding for me is being able to leave you with memories you'll never forget."

Tour Director -  NICI RIDGE


Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"What makes being a Tour Director fulfilling? The look on people's faces when they see where their ancestors come from, or the realisation that kicks in when history and location collide and it all starts to fall into place...the characters, anecdotes, and laughter. I was once asked to be Best Man for a couple who chose to get married on one of my tours. I'll never forget it because they made the male coach driver the Maid of Honor!"

Tour Director -  ANDREW HYND




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