Pre and Post Tour
Options for the
2017 Scotland's Islands and Highlands
David (right) and Coach Captain Jay
on a ferry crossing during an earlier Scotland's Islands and
Add further to your
Scotland experiences and enjoyment with these additional touring
opportunities before or after the main Islands and Highlands
Our tour's main core itinerary, almost
two weeks in duration, gives you a great exposure to the
most distinctive parts of Scotland and its culture - the
islands off its west coast, its Highlands and Loch Ness.
There is of course plenty more to see and do in
We are offering some Travel Insider options both before and after
the main tour. Exact details and pricing will depend on the number of people
participating in the options, but we're showing the itinerary
and activity details below so
you can decide which (or all) of these options to choose.
After you've finished viewing
the details of the tour options below, please
click here to return to the
main Scotland's Islands and Highlands Tour page and/or
to the main tour's detailed
You can choose to add one or
two nights before the main tour, and two or four nights after
the main tour.
Details of these different
Pre-Tour Option 1 - Culcreuch Castle
The oldest parts of Culcreuch Castle (the 'Keep' on the
left) date back to 1299.
Culcreuch Castle is located in lovely grounds close to
the tiny town of Fintry.
A friendly bar gives you a chance to mix with locals and
two restaurants ensure you have lots of dining choices.
If you'd like to add one additional
night to your tour, we recommend you join us at Culcreuch Castle for Sunday evening
This commences with your collection from Glasgow's Central
Railway Station at 1.30pm. We then travel through
scenic countryside up to this lovely 14th century castle, in
stately grounds and on the outskirts of the tiny town of
The castle has walking trails,
two restaurants and a cosy bar, as well as several public
reading rooms for you to relax in, in addition to your room
for the night.
Although the castle is
old, your room does have modern plumbing and a private
After a memorable night at
the castle, and - who knows - possibly even an encounter
with the castle's ghost (a harpist), we return a different way to
Glasgow on Monday morning to meet up with the start of the
Pre-Tour Option 2 - Stirling,
Wallace Monument & New Lanark World Heritage Site
(then Culcreuch too)
An iconic view of the National Wallace Monument that
dominates the surrounding countryside.
Stirling Castle is mounted on a craggy rise, similar to
The engineering marvel that is the Falkirk Wheel enables
canal boats to go from one level to another.
The New Lanark World Heritage Site comprises the mills,
houses, and other buildings that date back to the
Industrial Revolution, and on is on the banks of the
upper River Clyde.
The lovely hotel at New Lanark is in one of the mill
A variety of presentations and exhibits even includes a
ride through a recreation of life back then.
If you have an additional day to spare, then join us on Saturday 10
a richly varied day of sightseeing.
We start at Glasgow Central Railway Station at 10.15am and
travel first northwest to the Stirling region, and visit the
National Wallace Monument (the Scottish nationalist leader
portrayed in the movie 'Braveheart').
This Victorian Gothic style monument has commanding views
over the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, a shattering
defeat for the English in 1297.
Then we go to visit magnificent Stirling Castle, one of the
largest and most important castles, both historically and
architecturally, in Scotland.
We will have time for lunch in Stirling.
After lunch we travel down to New Lanark, stopping at the
amazing Falkirk Wheel on the way.
New Lanark is a
very interesting and very beautiful site, south of Glasgow,
and was founded in 1786, and which operated as a cotton mill
complex until 1968.
It is now a world heritage site and shows a good example of
an Industrial Revolution cotton mill and the related life of
However, workers at New Lanark were very fortunate,
because during the period it was owned and managed by noted
social reformer and philanthropist, Robert Owen, it became a
successful business and an epitome of utopian socialism as
well as an early example of a planned settlement and so an
important milestone in the historical development of urban
We spend a night at the lovely hotel located in one of the
former mill buildings, and have time to tour around the site
as we wish.
The next morning (Sunday) we return to Glasgow where we
have time for lunch and then join up with other people for the
tour up to Culcreuch Castle.
Post-Tour Option 1 - Edinburgh
and Enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel
The Edinburgh skyline.
Fascinating two-level Victoria Terrace in Edinburgh's
Old Town district.
The outside of mysterious Rosslyn Chapel.
Mysterious symbols and patterns on the chapel ceiling.
Our first post-tour option has
you spending two nights in Edinburgh.
We will arrive in Edinburgh mid/late afternoon on
Thursday 22 June, and spend two nights there.
During Friday we will enjoy a city tour around the major
highlights of this glorious and very historic city, and then
we will travel a short distance south to visit Rosslyn
Rosslyn Chapel was featured in the popular novel 'The Da
Vinci Code' as being the home of the Holy Grail. This
was of course fiction, but there are enduring stories
connecting this small church with some of the Christian
church's most ancient mysteries.
Rosslyn Chapel also shows strong hints in some of its
symbolism of having a link to the Knights Templar.
Other strange patterns hint at codes and hidden meanings.
Come visit Rosslyn with us and see if you can puzzle out
any of these enduring mysteries.
On Saturday morning 24 June, this tour option ends, and if you
wish, you can travel down to York with us - see the next
Post Tour Option 2 - (Edinburgh
and then) York, Pickering, and Steam Train to Whitby
The York city walls and the Minster in the background.
Pretty quiet little Pickering.
One of the trains to Whitby, with the Abbey ruins in the
Following on from the conclusion of
the Edinburgh option, on Saturday morning 24 June we take a high
speed train from Edinburgh down to York. This journey
takes just over 2½ hours.
We will enjoy two nights in York, and
have the afternoon free today to stroll around England's
finest ancient walled city, and perhaps to visit some of its
wonderful attractions, including the glorious York Minster
Cathedral and fascinating Jorvik Viking Museum.
On Sunday we will travel to the
lovely historic market town of Pickering, where we then
travel by a beautifully restored steam train, across the
North Yorkshire Moors and on to the coastal town of Whitby.
Whitby is a pleasant seaside town,
with very evocative ruins of an Abbey on the hill alongside
the town. The area featured in the Dracula legend as
being where Dracula landed in the UK, and when you look
around, you can understand why this location was chosen.
We return back to York for our second
night, and on Monday morning 26 June this option concludes.
We recommend you then travel on by
train from York, perhaps to London or wherever else to
continue or conclude your travels.
Indicative pricing is $150
per person for the one night at Culcreuch before the tour, and
$125 per person for the one night at New Lanark before the tour.
The two night post tour in
Edinburgh is about $350 and the two nights in York is about the
Exact costs depend on how
many people choose these options and the hotel standard you
For More Information
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2017 Scotland's Islands and
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