England & Scotland: London to Edinburgh Pilgrimage
Moderate – High
Join us on a pilgrimage to England & Scotland. Enjoy London, Stonhenge, Bath, and Liverpool before continuing on to Glasgow. We will enjoy Fort William, the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the Isle of Skye, visit the legendary Loch Ness, home of the Loch Ness Monster and countless Scottish Castles before we end our tour in Edinburgh.
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Today we will visit St James Palace, which has been the setting for some of the most important events in Royal history, having been a residence of Kings and Queens of England for over 300 years until the reign of Queen Victoria. We will continue on to Buckingham Palace, the homestead of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Big and Westminster Bridge. We will go by boat along the Thames passing London Eye, Festival Hall, National Theatre, and Shakespeare Globe, to the Tower of London. Walk from Tower of London to St. Paul’s Cathedral (approx. 30 min) then stop off at Blackfriars Pub before returning to the hotel. Lunch and afternoon free (shopping, Camden Towne, Hampstead Heath, National Shrine to the Holy Rosary)
Overnight London (B)
Today after breakfast, we will depart to Stonehenge-the prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain! On arrival, enjoy time to explore this atmospheric site at leisure and with the guide. Marvel at the gigantic stones and ponder how they were transported and raised here. Then, learn how and why Stonehenge was built – most scholars believe it formed a temple aligned to the sun – through archaeological exhibitions and experiences at the visitor center. Next, continue west to the 18th-century city of Bath. All honey-stoned townhouses, terraces and bridges, this UNESCO-listed city is one of England’s crowning glories. Visit the original 2000-year-old Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Room with its natural mineral water. Free time to explore Bath with it’s beautiful streets and handsome Georgian architecture such as the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge that spans the Avon River.
Overnight Bath (B)
Today we drive north through the Cotswolds home to some of the most unspoilt, historic and famous towns and villages in England. We will take a stop in Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands, is the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. Possibly the most famous writer in the English language, Shakespeare is known for his sonnets and plays such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Hamlet’. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs his plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and adjacent Swan Theatre on the banks of the River Avon. Next, we will travel to Liverpool to check out the areas where the Beatles rose to fame! We will then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight Liverpool (B, D)
Today, travel along the shores of Windermere, the largest lake in England at the heart of the rolling hills of the picturesque Lake District, stopping for tea and fresh-baked scones at a local farmhouse. Continue towards the charming village of Grasmere, the 19th century home of the poet William Wordsworth. Next, cross into Scotland at the border town of Gretna Green, famous for its “runaway” weddings, and past Moffat, known for its high-quality wool products. Arrive in Glasgow, for an orientation tour before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight Glasgow (B, D)
This morning’s tour highlights “Glasgow Style,” the city’s distinct architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though Glasgow has a rich medieval history, very few structures from that time survive; it is the Victorian-era buildings of red or blond sandstone with long lines that define the city’s historic built environment. Among the standout buildings we see Glasgow Central Station, the Royal Exchange, Glasgow City Chambers, and Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We also visit Sir John W. Simpson’s immensely popular Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Following our city tour, we visit Pollok House, ancestral home of the Maxwell clan and now a museum with the United Kingdom’s greatest collection of Spanish art. Here a curator takes us on a privately guided tour of the Edwardian country house after we enjoy lunch in the award-winning restaurant. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon; the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight Glasgow (B, D)
Highlands, Fort William
We leave Glasgow this morning by motor coach, bound for the scenic Highlands, Scotland’s sparsely populated historic northern region. We stop by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Great Britain’s largest lake and part of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Our tour here includes a brief cruise on the island-dotted loch before continuing on to Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most beautiful spots with deep valleys flanked by steep-sided mountains, rushing rivers, and dramatic waterfalls. Then, we travel on to Fort William, the Highlands’ second largest settlement, arriving late afternoon.
Overnight Fort Williams (B, D)
Isle of Skye
We embark on a full-day excursion to the Isle of Skye, the largest of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides known for its vivid history and stunning scenery. En route, we visit Glenfinnan Monument honoring “Bonnie Prince Charlie” for his leadership in the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Then we board a ferry for Armadale on the southern tip of Isle of Skye, where our touring begins with a visit to Armadale Castle and gardens. Next, we set out on a scenic drive through the imposing Cuillin Hills (or “Black Cuillin”) to the fishing town of Portree. Here we enjoy lunch together at a local pub before continuing our tour of the island, known for its strong Gaelic infuence. Returning to the mainland via the Skye Bridge, we make a photo stop at iconic Eilean Donan Castle then dine tonight at our hotel.
Overnight Fort William (B, D)
Loch Ness, Brora
We depart today for the Highlands, stopping en route at fabled Loch Ness. We drive the full 23-mile length of the lake best known for the unearthly creature alleged to live in its deep waters. We also visit the ruins of lakeside Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular attractions. Dating to at least the 13th century, the castle sits surrounded by water on three sides, giving it a once-formidable advantage in battle. Then we travel on to the historic Culloden Moor battle site. After time on our own to tour the museum here, we take a private guided tour of the hallowed grounds, site of the last battle of the Jacobite Rising in 1746. Early this evening we’ll arrive in Brora, a quaint Highlands village and our home for the next two nights.
Overnight Brora (B, D)
Our exploration of the Highlands continues on today’s excursion along the Pictish Trail, sites connected with the late Iron Age/ early Medieval Celtic people who once lived here. We learn about the ancient Picts at the acclaimed Tarbat Discovery Center, featuring excavated relics from the region. Continuing on, we visit striking Dunrobin Castle & Gardens, where we see a falconry demonstration. Then we drive along the scenic coastal road flanked by small farms with sheep, cows, and Shetland ponies before returning to our hotel.
Overnight Brora (B, D)
St. Andrews, Edinburgh
Home of Scotland’s oldest university (St. Andrews) and renowned as the home of golf, where the game has been played for some 600 years, delightful – and compact – St. Andrews measures just one mile across. This morning we embark on a walking tour of the medieval seaside town, followed by lunch together then free time to explore this picturesque medieval town on our own. Later this afternoon we continue on our way to Edinburgh. Dinner tonight is on our own in the Scottish capital, which boasts a robust culinary scene.
Overnight Edinburgh (B)
Our morning tour of this stately city built on seven hills includes the 18th-century Georgian “New Town,” and the medieval “Old Town.” We explore both areas – together, a UNESCO World Heritage site – on this morning’s tour, including an inside visit to Edinburgh Castle, the symbolic heart of the country. Highlights here include the Great Hall, with its original hammer beam roof; the Honours (crown jewels) of Scotland; the Scottish National War Memorial; and the Royal Palace, the one-time apartments of the Scottish royals. We then encounter the Royal Mile, the historic boulevard connecting Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyrood House. We tour Holyrood, as it is called, and see where British royalty schemed and slept as we tour the State Apartments. The remainder of the day is at leisure, perhaps to visit the Royal Museum to learn about the country’s cultural, industrial, and natural history. Tonight, we celebrate our Scotland sojourn over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight Edinburgh (B, D)
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