Best of Scotland & Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Friday(pm) August 2 - Sunday, August 11
Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, & Scottish Highlands
Scotland is the land of rolling green hills, rugged coastlines, cosmopolitan cities and majestic beauty. Our journey this summer takes us to spectacular castles, adventurous outdoors, whiskey distilleries and the famous Loch Ness. We'll travel on the scenic Harry Potter train and a ferry ride to Isle of Skye. Join us as we conquer "best of" visiting Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world! Edinburgh's Fringe Festival welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe and never disappoints!
International airfare (NYC)
Small group, max 14pp
Private Scottish guide and driver
CTW trip leader
2 night Isle of Skye
1 night Fort William
1 night Inverness
1 night Pitlochry
3 night Edinburgh (central location)
5 breakfasts (except in Edinburgh)
Entrance fee to 2 Castles
Harry Potter Train
Walking Tour of Edinburgh
Save $200 until MAR 3! Pay-in-Full $3195 (must pay-in-full at time of purchase)
Early Bird Price until MAR 17 w/$1000 deposit: $3395 w/airfare OR $2595 w/out
Base Price after MAR 17: $3595 w/airfare or $2795 w/out
$1000 deposit to reserve your spot!
*See below for payment due dates and procedures*
Friday, August 2: Departure
If you are flying with us, our flight will depart NYC on Friday evening. If you fly on your own, you need to meet the group any time before 11am Saturday at Glasgow airport.
Saturday, August 3: Arrival & Drive to Pitlochry
Upon landing we will get picked up from our driver and guide for the next 5 days. We’ll start our drive along the shores of Loch Lomond and Loch Tay to Pitlochry, with stops in Luss and Glencoe. Our overnight stay will be in the charming town of Pitlochry. This is a favorite of the towns heading north to stop and stay in.
Sunday, August 4: Inveraray Castle & Distillery Tour
We'll follow the Great Glen to Invergarry, stopping for a photo of Scotland’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. After spectacular Highland scenery photos at Loch Garry we travel onwards through stunning Glen Shiel (Five Sisters of Kintail) to Inveraray Castle. This castle is perhaps the most iconic image of Highland Scotland and has been used as the backdrop for countless famous movies. It is perfectly situated on an island, surrounded by water and awesome scenery. A ‘must-see’ Scottish castle!
A trip to Scotland would not be complete without a scotch whiskey tasting. Our stop will be at the unique Deanston Distillery. Here we have time to enjoy some tasty home baked treats in the coffee shop before sampling their well-rounded Highland malt. There are great views from the Skye Bridge as we drive onto the island and under the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains to Portree. We should be arriving just in time for sunset.
Monday, August 5: Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle
Next stop is famous Loch Ness! Scotland’s legendary lake - best known for the alleged sightings of a monster. We'll stop for lunch in Fort Augustus at the southerly tip of Loch Ness after which you will have the opportunity to walk by the shores of the loch or along the canal and lock system, built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800s. Our 1hr boat ride will take us on Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle.
In the late afternoon, we'll head to the largest and most northerly large island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland-Isle of Skye~!
Isle of Skye is known as one of the most breathtaking experiences in the Highlands of Scotland and the gateway to a unique and inspiring landscape. This is a must area of Scotland not to be missed~!
We'll continue through Fort William to perhaps the most famous of all Scotland’s glens – Glencoe. This narrow valley is where the bloody massacre of the Macdonalds took place in 1692 and one of the most notorious acts in Scotland’s long and violent history.
Tuesday, August 6: Full Day Isle of Skye
A whole day touring the Isle of Skye on foot and car. Our day begins with a scenic drive alongside the dramatic Trotternish Ridge and includes stops at Lealt Waterfall and the Kilt Rock. After a walk at the Quiraing amongst the unique and unusual rock architecture we drive to Uig for a lunch.
After lunch we explore the magic of the Fairy Glen, a delightful miniature Highland landscape and legendary home of the "wee people"!We continue on to the most westerly point on Skye and walk to Neist Point lighthouse with spectacular views to the Western Isles, and see some of the most dramatic sea cliffs in Scotland, sea birds and maybe even marine wildlife.
Wednesday, August 7: Harry Potter Train & Fort William
As we leave the Isle of Skye, we'll depart the island by means of a scenic ferry ride to take us on our Harry Potter Train. Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84-mile round-trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain's most westerly mainland railway station Arisaig passes close by to the deepest freshwater in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis.
Thursday, August 8: Sterling Castle & Edinburgh
After breakfast, and on or way to Edinburgh, we'll visit Sterling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland both historically and architecturally.
From here we'll depart for Edinburgh, arriving in the afternoon. For the remainder of the afternoon, you may choose to explore on your own or visit the Edinburgh Castle. The Edinburgh Castle will take approximately 2-3hrs to cover and cost is not included. You could also start attending your Fringe Festival shows!
Friday and Saturday Aug 9 & 10: Open Days Edinburgh & Fringe Festival
On Friday after breakfast, we'll meet our guide for a 2-hour walking tour and cover all the main sights of the Old City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile, we'll go through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions, cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter. With a unique style of combining history, added with pure showmanship, this tour has been one of the most popular walking tours in all of Europe!
This will be 2 days of Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Edinburgh City, so take it in any way you see fit!
What is the Fringe Festival? The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Join us in the celebration of arts and entertainment! Read or watch the video introduction to find out more.
Besides the Fringe Festival, below are some examples of how to spend your time in Edinburgh!
-Chocolate walking tour
-Food walking tour
-Museums and National Galleries
-Climb Arthur's Seat in city center
-Shop on Victoria Street
-Scale the Scott Monument
-Visit Camera Obscura
-Underground ghost tours
Sunday, August 11: Departure Home
After breakfast we'll depart to the airport, arriving to NYC in
Payment Due Dates and Procedures
All payments must be made on time to secure your spot. You may pay the balance in full anytime on/before the first due date.
You can pay the balance in either 3 ways:
-Venno or Zelle
-Pay online through website (3% service fee will be added to total)
$1200 April 7th
$1195/$1395 June 2 (final payment)
(if you signed up after sale price, your final balance is $1395)