Experience Scotland from coast to coast on a journey that explores the legacy of the clans amid spectacular landscapes, from Glencoe and the Highlands to the stark beauty of the Isle of Skye and from charming St. Andrews to the historic treasures of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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 Skyline of Edinburgh with St. Giles Church
 Edinburgh Castle
 Victoria Street in Edinburgh's Old Town area
 Military Tattoo, Edinburgh
 Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh
 The brooding landscape of Glencoe
 Glenfinnan Monument
 The Black Cuillan Hills with Sligachan Bridge, Isle of Skye
 Village of Portree, Isle of Skye
 Urquhart Castle and Loch Lomond
 The memorial at Culloden
 Wester Ross landscape
 A Red Stag found in Scotland's Highlands
 Dunrobin Castle, the Highlands
 The gardens at Dunrobin Castle
 Traditional whisky distillery
 Traditional Scotch whisky
 St. Salvator’s Quadrangle, the University of St. Andrews
 Pollok House, Glasgow
 Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow

Scotland's Treasures

Featuring the Royal Military Tattoo (on select dates)*

12 days from $6,396 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Experience Scotland from coast to coast on a journey that explores the legacy of the clans amid spectacular landscapes, from Glencoe and the Highlands to the stark beauty of the Isle of Skye and from charming St. Andrews to the historic treasures of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was my first experience traveling with a group, and for me it was a major success. I'd recommend a Smithsonian tour to anyone who wishes to let a knowledgeable team expedite the process of planning and facilitate the pleasure of travel.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

I thought that the Smithsonian tours would provide an extra bit of information and local knowledge. I was not disappointed! 

- John B.

This tour went above my expectations! Everything was first rate.

- Craig M.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: One of our Classic Land Journeys, this tour is comprehensive, , but well paced and finely tuned. Expectations include longer touring days with many full-day motor coach excursions and five different hotels. Mostly full-day excursions last from four to six hours, and five afternoons are at leisure. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and outdoor activities; daily walks of up to three miles, sometimes over difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. The longest drive is approximately five hours, but stops are made along the way. There will be a 30-minute ferry ride between the mainland and Isle of Skye; return is by coach via Skye Bridge. Departures featuring the Edinburgh Tattoo will encounter a city with more crowds than usual.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

This was my first experience traveling with a group, and for me it was a major success. I'd recommend a Smithsonian tour to anyone who wishes to let a knowledgeable team expedite the process of planning and facilitate the pleasure of travel.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

I thought that the Smithsonian tours would provide an extra bit of information and local knowledge. I was not disappointed! 

- John B.

This tour went above my expectations! Everything was first rate.

- Craig M.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S. for Glasgow, Scotland

Fly overnight to Glasgow, and transfer to your hotel upon arrival. After time at leisure, meet your group for a briefing on the journey ahead. Then enjoy a welcome dinner at the National Piping Center or the well-appointed Corinthian Club. (D)

Day 3 — Glasgow

Set out to discover the city’s unique architectural heritage on a morning tour. Learn about “the Glasgow Style,” born at the turn of the 20th century, and see some of its most celebrated buildings, including the Glasgow Central Station, the Royal Exchange, Glasgow City Chambers, and Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Then browse the collection at the remarkable Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a Victorian gem that houses important Renaissance and Impressionist works. Later, take a private, curator-guided tour of the Pollok House, an Edwardian country manor that was the ancestral home of the Maxwell clan.  See its superb museum of Spanish art, and enjoy lunch in the award-winning restaurant. Explore the new Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum before returning to your hotel. (B,L)

Day 4 — Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Fort William

Head for the sweeping landscapes of the Highlands, Scotland’s vast, sparsely populated northern region. On the way, stop on the banks of Loch Lomond for a short cruise. The island-dotted lake is Great Britain’s largest and part of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Continue to beautiful Glencoe, a place of emerald valleys and lochs flanked by vertical slopes that gained infamy as the site of the Clan MacDonald massacre in 1692. Turn north toward Fort William, the second largest settlement in the Highlands, and arrive late this afternoon. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 — Isle of Skye

Embark on a full-day excursion to the Isle of Skye, the largest of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides known for its Gaelic culture and stunning scenery. En route, visit Glenfinnan Monument honoring “Bonnie Prince Charlie” for his leadership in the Jacobite Rising in 1745. Board a ferry for Armadale on the southern tip of Skye, then set out on a scenic drive, passing through the jagged peaks of  the  Cuillin Hills, often known as the “Black Cuillin” for their dark, rocky summits. In the fishing town of Portree, sit down to lunch at a local pub. Your tour of Skye continues this afternoon. Return to the mainland via the Skye Bridge, and stop to see iconic Eilean Donan Castle, set at the junction of three lochs. Dine tonight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Loch Ness, Culloden Moor, and Brora

Spend today exploring the northern Highlands, beginning with fabled Loch Ness. Drive the full 23-mile length of the lake, taking in the scenery and hearing local tales of the mythical creature said to inhabit the deep. Visit the ruins of the 13th-century Urquhart Castle, perched on a bluff at the water’s edge. At Culloden Moor, hear about the last battle of the Jacobite Rising , which took place here in 1746. Settle into your hotel in the quaint village of Brora early this evening. (B,D)

Day 7 — Brora and Highlands

Delve into the prehistory of the Highlands as you follow the Pictish Trail, linking Iron Age and Celtic sites. Discover the history and culture of the ancient Picts at the acclaimed Tarbat Discovery Center. Then stop by Dunrobin Castle and Gardens to witness a falconry demonstration. A late afternoon drive along the coast brings you through rolling farmland, where sheep, cows, and Shetland ponies graze in verdant pastures. (B,D)

Day 8 — Kincraig, Pitlochry, and St. Andrews

Start the day in Kingcraig, within Cairngorms National Park, watching border collies adeptly herd their charges during a sheepdog demonstration. Travel to Pitlochry, a town in the heart of Scotland, and enjoy some free time to stroll through the charming town center. Continue to Scotland’s eastern coast, where your home for the night is the historic university town of St. Andrews, renowned as the birthplace of golf.  Dinner is on your own. (B)

Day 9 — St. Andrews and Edinburgh

Get acquainted with this medieval seaside town on a morning walking tour followed by a traditional pub lunch. After time to explore on your own,  journey to Edinburgh, where you’ll have a free evening to enjoy the city’s vibrant culinary scene. (B,L)

Day 10 — Edinburgh

Set off on foot to discover the two sides of Edinburgh: the 18th-century Georgian "New Town" and the medieval "Old Town." Tour Edinburgh Castle, built on the volcanic Castle Rock some 900 years ago. Enjoy a full afternoon at leisure to experience Edinburgh as you wish; museums, galleries, and shops abound. Select departures in July and August include an evening performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the spectacular annual pageant set in the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (B)

Day 11 — Edinburgh

Explore the Royal Mile, the historic boulevard connecting Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyrood House. Visit the State Apartments at Holyrood, where Mary Queen of Scots and other royals lived and ruled. The remainder of the day is yours for independent exploration. Gather this evening for a private whisky tasting with an ambassador from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Then celebrate your sojourn at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 12 — Depart for the U.S.

Transfer this morning to the airport for return flights to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

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