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Scotland Highlands Singles Vacation
40's - 50's and 60's Singles Vacations

Glasgow - Edinburgh - Inverness - Isle of Skye

Our Scotland Highlands singles vacation is a stunning journey through the dramatic lowlands and highlands of Scotland. Start and end in the largest two cities, ferry to the Isle of Skye, look for the Loch Ness monster, whale watch in Gairloch and visit ancient castles. This truly inspiring experience takes in a wonderfully diverse range of classic ‘must see’ sights while enjoying the company of new friends.

Scotland Highlands Vacation Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Home

Your vacation begins when you board your overnight flight to Glasgow. Plan your flight to arrive in the morning so you will have free time to relax or explore **Remember you are flying home from Edinburgh.

Day 2 - Arrive Glasgow, ScotlandScotland glasgowcathedral1

Today arrive at the Glasgow airport and take the shuttle to our hotel. This is one of the most vibrant and exciting of Scottish cities, which boasts excellent museums, art galleries, beautiful parks and buildings as well as having slendid shopping.

Your singles hostess will meet you in the hotel lobby at 7:00 pm for a meet and greet and an optional dinner.

Day 3 - Glasgow, Scotland

Today we explore Glasgow aboard an open-top double-decker bus. The city tour will take us from George Square in the city centre to the West End to admire Glasgow’s historic university buildings, River Clyde, City Chambers, Glasgow Green and People’s Palace. We will hop off at the impressive Glasgow Cathedral – the only mainland Scottish Cathedral to have survived the Reformation intact. It is the oldest building in Glasgow, dating back to the end of the 13th century.

With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Glasgow.

Tonight enjoy our Welcome Dinner at a local pub.
 

Glasgow Hop On Hop Off Stops:
  • George Square (City Chambers, Gallery of Modern Art, Tourist Information Center, Queen Street Stations, Trades Hall)
  • Glasgow Cathedral (St. Mungo Museum, Provands Lordship)
  • Merchant city (Merchants' Square Ramshorn Theatre) Scotland glasgow 
  • Glasgow Green (People's Palace, The 'Barras' Market)
  • St. Andrews Square
  • St. Enoch
  • St. Vincent Place (The Lighthouse, Princes Square Buchanan Galleries)
  • City Inn (Rotuna, Campanil Hotel)  
  • Tall Ship (Glasgow Harbor, Heliport)
  • SECC (Moat House Hotel, Science Center, IMAX Cinema)
  • Glasgow University (Hunterian Art Gallery & Museum, Charles Rennie Mackintosh House)
  • Byres Road (Botanical Gardens)
  • Museums (Transport Museum, Kelvin Hall Sports Arena)
  • Kelvin Park (Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel, Youth Hostel)
  • Charing Cross (Royal Highlands Fusiliers Museum, Mitchell Library, Tenement House)
  • Willow Tearooms (Glasgow School of Art, Center of Contemporary Arts, McLennan Galleries)
  • Theatres (Piping Center, Theatre Royal, Pavilion Theatre, RS Academy of Music and Drama)
  • Royal Concert Hall (Buchanan Galleries Shopping Center, Buchanan Bus Station, UGC Cinema Complex)

Day 4 – Loch Lomond & Inveraray Castle

Scotland IochlomondAfter breakfast we depart Glasgow and travel along Loch Lomond, the largest surface area fresh water lake in all of Great Britian. Lying on the Highland Boundry Fault, it is 24 miles long and five miles wide, with a deepest point of some 600 feet. It also houses approximately 38 Islands!

We travel to Tarbet on the western shore of Loch Lomond, the ideal location to board our cruise and explore the dramatic fjord northern end of the Loch. After the cruise we will take a short walk to enjoy the natural beauty and stop for a picnic lunch.

Next we visit Inveraray Castle, built between 1745 and 1790 and still home to the Duke of Argyll, Head of the Clan Campbell, whose family have lived in Inveraray since the early 15th century. Inveraray Castle provides visitors with a fascinating historical insight into one of Scotland's most famous ancestral homes.

Our drive continues via Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe, a peaceful and beautiful valley, believed to be a scene of a massacre, when the local MacDonalds were murdered by soldiers of the Campbell clan in 17th century, to our hotel in Fort William.Scotland urquhart4
Day 5 - Isle of Skye to Inverness

Our vacation continues as we take the ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye.

There is something about Skye that will stay with you forever. It may be the classic picturesque mountain range of the Cullin Mountains which dominate the western skyline of the isle, or the towering sea cliffs, the velvet moors, the magnificent sea views or the sleepy Highland villages. Whatever it is this is a wonderful region steeped in mythology, history, legends and fairies. We will drive trough part of the Island and return to the mainland by bridge, stopping for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle.

Scotland nessieThen we travel along Loch Ness famous for its resident - Nessie, the exceedingly friendly, though unfortunately extremely elusive, Loch Ness monster.

We will stop for photos at Urquhart Castle, magnificently sited, overlooking Loch Ness, it is one of the largest castles in Scotland, with a long and colourful history. Built in the 1230s, seized by the English in 1296, sacked by the MacDonald Lords of the Isles in 1545 and left to fall into decay after 1689.

Day 6 – Inverness - Highlands of Scotland

Scotland Culloden MoorWe will visit Leault Farm and watch a Sheepdog demonstration, see up to eight dogs working as a team maneuvering sheep and ducks through various obstacles. Watch demonstrations of sheep shearing and glimpse the hard work and skill that keeps a Highland farm going.

Then we continue to Culloden Moor. With over 1,200 dead in just one hour Culloden was a short but bloody battle – the last to be fought on British soil. With the site restored to as close as possible to that seen by the forces on that fateful day in April 1746, Culloden now welcomes visitors with an impressive new modern visitor centre and exciting interactive exhibition.

Scotland gairlochDay 7 – Inverness to Gairloch – Whale Watching Cruise

Today we travel to the Northwest coast of Scotland for a Whale watching cruise. Of course the best chance of seeing whales and dolphins is to travel to their feeding grounds, and that means an offshore voyage. We will travel out of Loch Gairloch and into the vast open waters of the North Minch, between the mainland and the Western Isles.

Day 8 – Inverness to Edinburgh

Today we say goodbye to the Highlands as we depart Inverness and travel towards Edinburgh.

Scotland Stirling CastleOur first stop is the picturesque town of Pitlochry. It is largely a Victorian town that has retained many stone-built Victorian buildings and the main street has an unusual period cast iron canopy over one side.

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most magnificent, built on a rocky outcrop and commanding a view for many miles around. It was built as an almost impregnable fortification, and visitors can explore many aspects of its long military history, particularly during the Wars of Independence in the 1300s. But it was also an important and luxurious royal palace. Visitors today can gain an insight into the life of Scotland’s royal court, especially that of James V.

Day 9 – Edinburgh, ScotlandScotland edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland since the 15th Century. Edinburgh stands on 7 hills creating a dramatic skyline.

After breakfast we visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city-centre skyline. Visit the room where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to King James VI, admire Mons Meg-a giant 15th century siege gun and learn about the famous One O’Clock Gun. The most important exhibits are the Honours of Scotland – the magnificent Crowned Sceptre and the Sword of State which are the oldest Crown jewels in the British Isles and the Stone of Destiny, the enigmatic symbol of nationhood used to inaugurate monarchs of Scotland, England and the United Kingdom for more than 1000 years.

Thereafter comes time for shopping and lunch along the Royal Mile before we join our 3 hour walking tour covering all the main sights of the Old City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile, we will walk through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions, cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter.

Tonight we celebrate our final evening at Jamie’s Scottish Evening. Enjoy the finest of traditional Scottish music, song, and dance . Relish the entertainment, including Highland piper and dancers, and a four course Scottish banquet with a chance to sample the famous Haggis.

Day 10 - Depart Edinburgh, Scotland

After a final breakfast we have to say goodbye to Scotland and all our new single travel friends as we are transferred to the airport and our flights home. 

 

Scotland Highlands Singles Vacation
October 1 - 10 '11

Vacation Includes

* 8 Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast Daily - 2-Dinners
   Welcome Dinner
   Farewell Show and Dinner
* Glasgow and Edinburgh Hop On Hop Off buses

* Guided Tours per itinerary
* Admissions per itinerary
* Best Single Travel Representative
* Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
* All Taxes and Surcharges

*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $750.

Not Included
* International Airfare
* Tips $12 per day collected on first day