Experience the magic of Edinburgh and the mystique of the Scottish Highlands, soaking up history and local culture as you travel to fabled places from Glencoe and the Isle of Skye to Loch Ness. 

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 The Quairang on the Isle of Skye  The iconic Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands  Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Scotland: A Tailor-Made Journey to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands

9 days from $8,999

Experience the magic of Edinburgh and the mystique of the Scottish Highlands, soaking up history and local culture as you travel to fabled places from Glencoe and the Isle of Skye to Loch Ness. 

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

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Intercontinental Edinburgh The George

Edinburgh, Scotland

Based around five Georgian townhouses built at the end of the 18th century, The George has been welcoming guests for nearly 150 years. Suites are located in the townhouses, whereas standard rooms are in a newer building. Elegant common rooms as well as guestrooms feature classic décor and excellent service and amenities. The hotel opens onto George Street in the very heart of Edinburgh, and its popular Printing Press Bar and Kitchen offers an upstairs bar and a restaurant that highlights Scottish ingredients. 

Number of nights: 2

Loch Lomond Arms

Luss, Scotland

The Loch Lomond Arms is an attractive 17th-century coaching inn with a few rooms above its traditional bar and restaurant. Situated at the end of Luss’s main street, it is conveniently located for exploring the villages of the western shore as well as the loch itself. The bar has a lively, friendly atmosphere, while the restaurant has a casual air and serves excellent dishes, with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients. Individually styled rooms have contemporary decor with traditionally Scottish elements like tartan bed throws.  

Number of nights: 1

Ballachulish Hotel

Glencoe, Scotland

The Ballachulish is a lovely hotel in a fantastic setting: just outside Glencoe Village on the shores of Loch Linnhe. Built from local stone bricks, the main building is traditionally Scottish and grand in appearance. Despite the often chilly temperatures outside, the hotel stays warm and welcoming, and its old-fashioned decor lends a comforting charm. The hotel lounge is large and homelike, providing a welcome atmosphere for guests to relax with a drink from the bar in front of the TV or open fire. The good choice of dishes served in the hotel’s Bùlas Bar & Bistro which focuses on locally sourced ingredients.

Number of nights: 1

Eilean Iarmain

Isle of Skye, Scotland

This charming Victorian pub-style property is set right on the water’s edge. The hotel’s staff place great emphasis on speaking Scots Gaelic, welcoming guests in the language, and the public bar encourages locals to come and chat in Scots Gaelic. Local fishermen regularly come straight from their day’s work to have a drink at the bar, giving it a wonderfully friendly atmosphere. Rooms are styled fairly traditionally, with plain walls and carpets, dark wood furniture and flowery bedspreads and cushions. None of the rooms have a TV, and music isn’t played in the bar. The dining here is wonderful, offering seasonal, locally sourced ingredients for either a à la carte menu or, once a week, a five-course tasting menu.

Number of nights: 2

Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

Inverness, Scotland

Set on the banks of the River Ness, the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel is an attractive property just a short walk from the city center. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and some have great views across the river to the mountains north of the city. The stylish restaurant is popular with locals, and on weekends, a pianist plays for guests in the lounge. The bar is one of the best in the city, where you can choose from 30 gins and over 250 different whiskies. 

Number of nights: 1

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Stone Voices
By: Ascherson, Neal
Scotland: A Very Short Introduction
By: Houston, Rab
A History of Scotland: Look Behind the Mist and Myth of Scottish History
By: Oliver, Neil
DK Eyewitness Scotland (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness

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Highland Clans
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To the Lighthouse
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