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Gaelic Explorers

  • Star Legend
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom

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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Isle of Man, Castle Rushen & Vintage Steam Train
Departing from the pier, take a scenic drive to Castletown and enjoy a visit to the magnificent Castle Rushen which stands alongside the harbor. Castle Rushen is one of the best examples of a medieval castle in Europe and was the former seat of the Kings and Lords of Mann, with the Castle’s oldest part dating back to the time of Magnus, the last Norse King of Mann, who died here in 1266. The exact date when the Castle was built is unknown, though it is believed to be around 1200. Today, spectacular displays illustrate the Castle at various times in history, with figures in period costume, historical furnishings, wall hangings and medieval speech bringing the Castle's medieval and 17th century periods to life. Following your visit of the Castle, time permitting, you will enjoy some free time before re-joining your coach for the short transfer to Castletown station. Board the vintage steam train for a delightful and traditional journey to Douglas.  Dating from 1874, the Isle of Man Steam Railway is the Island’s oldest Victorian rail impressive Victorian terminus in Douglas and re-join your coach for the short transfer back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users as the rooms of the castle can only be accessed by stairs, some of which are narrow and spiral.Order of the tour may be reversed i.e. train first then Castle Rushen.


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

concierge

culture

dining

wine
Isle of Man, Concierge Collection: Cook Shack
Nestled in the beautiful countryside at the northern tip of the Isle of Man with panoramic views looking toward Scotland and Cumbria, lies a little haven of pure joy. The Cook Shack Cookery School is a unique place where a true Manx welcome, and cooking extravaganza await.  Upon arrival meet your host, Georgie and enjoy a warm welcome with locally sourced beverages and canapes before the real Manx experience begins. Georgie has a passion for all things local and that is evident during her entertaining and most enjoyable cookery experience sessions. Cooking together the group will use endemic produce such as loaghtan lamb, Manx queenies and kippers.   The Cook Shack uses as much local produce as possible. The milk herd is grass fed and the fat stock is grass fed on the purest of land where there is zero pollution and it is a partner of the UNESCO Biosphere. Isle of Man is the first entire island to receive this prestigious endorsement from UNESCO and the Manx people are very proud of it. Upon the successful creation of variety of Manx dishes, enjoy the fruits of your labor followed by a selection of Georgie’s delicious puddings, accompanied of course by excellent wine and locally produced beverages.  

Please note:  The Cook Shack is accessible to wheelchair users but space is very limited.  Not more than one wheelchair is advised per tour.


price $269
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Isle of Man, Cregnaesh & Castle Rushen
Depart your yacht this morning and travel via the “Plains of Heaven,” the magnificently scenic elevated highway that bisects the island running east to west, and the Southern Hills which offer panoramic views of the south of the island down to Cregneash where you will pause for photographs. Cregnaesh is the oldest settlement on the Isle of Man, a hamlet of white-washed, stone-walled thatched cottages, just as they were in 1900.  You will continue along the southeast road to Castletown, which takes its name from the magnificent Castle Rushen standing alongside the harbor.  Castle Rushen is the best example of a medieval castle in the British Isles, and served as the residence of the last Norse King of Mann, who died here in 1266. The exact date it was built is unknown, though it is believed to be around 1200. Enjoy a visit here today with your guide.  Afterwards return to your yacht via the legendary “Fairy Bridge.”  Don’t forget to say Laa Mie (good day) to the fairies!   
                                  
Please note:  This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users as the ground at Cregneash is uneven and sometimes muddy. There is limited access for wheelchairs at Castle Rushen – the inside rooms can only be accessed by staircase and there are lots of steps with some narrow spiral staircases. We request that any wheelchair guests are accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them during the tour. 

price $149
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary around Isle of Man. 

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1099
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Isle of Man, Milntown House & Gardens
Enjoy a visit to Milntown House and Gardens. The estate dates back to the early 16th  century and was handed down from father to son for successive generations until the death of William Bell Christian when the house was first run as a private school and then as a hotel before becoming a family home once more in 1947.  The estate was later sold to Sir Clive Edwards in 1963. Sir Clive moved into Milntown with his mother Lady Kathleen Edwards and his lifetime friend Bob Thomas. They spent a considerable amount of time and money improving the Milntown Estate including renovating the water wheel of the corn mill that gives the estate its name. On his death in 1999 Sir Clive bequeathed his estate to the Milntown Trust.  You will have a 60-minute ride to the Estate where you will enjoy a guided tour of the house.  Most of the contents of the house were left in trust by Sir Clive Edwards and include a fine collection of paintings, furniture, ceramics and silver.  The Library houses a large collection of books and magazines.  Following your visit to the house relax over Morning Coffee served in Milntown's cafe, a spacious conservatory overlooking the gardens.  You will then have free time to explore some of the 15 acres of gardens and woodlands in this historical setting. Throughout the gardens there are many excellent rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias and many other species too, all of which provide a dazzling display of blooms from early spring right through to summer. Garden will not be in full bloom in September. You will return to the pier via the coast road and Laxey, a former mining village that is home to the ‘Lady Isabella’ water wheel.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible.


price $135
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Isle of Man, Volcanoes & Vikings Walking Tour
This is one of the most beautiful walks on the island, renowned for its stunning coastal scenery, bird life and archaeological remains.  Your tour will begin with a 30-minute drive by coach via the famous Fairy Bridge, where according to legend, you should greet ‘the little people’ to ensure a good journey. You will arrive at Castletown, the former capital of the Isle of Man. After a short stop and comfort break at Castletown, your walk will begin following part of the ‘Raad ny Foillan’ (the Way of the Gull). This is the Isle of Man’s long distance coastal footpath around Scarlett Head and here you will have the opportunity to see sea birds, plants, limestone outcrops and volcanic rocks against a backdrop of stunning scenery. This part of the exposed southern coast has an abundance of historic sites. There are traces of ancient forts, chapels, old farms, a WWII radar station and a now disused, flooded quarry which once supplied stone for the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The historic highlights of the walk are at Chapel Hill, Balladoole. Here you will see a Bronze Age burial site, an Iron Age hillfort, a Viking ship burial site and Keeill Vael (St Michael’s Chapel) which has extensive views over the south of the Island and the Iron Age and Norse promontory fort at Close ny Chollagh.  At the conclusion of your walk, rejoin the coach and return to Castletown and then on to Douglas via a route with views over ‘the Plains of Heaven’ across the central valley and to the northern hills.

Please note: The route involves crossing several stiles with up to 9 steep wooden steps on both sides and walking on a mix of coastal grassland and farm tracks. This is a coastal location exposed to the weather. Uneven surfaces with occasional rabbit holes which can be slippery when wet and some areas can be muddy. Guests MUST bring warm, waterproof clothing appropriate to the weather on the day, carry water and wear sturdy footwear (boots or trainers / sneakers) with thick tread and ankle support. Walking poles may be helpful, but this route is not suitable for users of wheelchairs, walking sticks or other walking aids.This is a walking tour and is not suitable for guests with limited walking or walking aids.


price $155
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2 HRS

Easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Isle of Man, World Famous TT Course by Motorbike
The Isle of Man is the home of motorcycle racing and as such draws fans of the sport from all over the world.  If you have been nervous about riding motorbikes but have always wanted to  just have a go, at least once, this tour will let you fulfill this dream as passengers on a specially designed 3-seater Trike. The emphasis of this tour is on enjoyment rather than high speed; though when you are traveling at 30 mph it will feel more like 60 mph on the Trike when the wind is blowing through your hair!  You will experience the course that the world’s most daring riders have experienced, though you will not reach the 200 mph+ that they do. You will travel through some very pretty towns and villages, around tight twisty roads, over the renowned Ballaugh Bridge before riding over the spectacular Mountain area. You will have a short stop at the Creg-ny-Baa, before returning to Douglas.

Please note: The route may be altered due to traffic or weather conditions.  This tour cannot operate in heavy rain/high winds. Helmets, jackets, and gloves will be provided.


price $199
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Portrush, Ireland



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

essentials
Portrush, Antrim Coast & Causeway
After tendering ashore to Portrush, you will board your motor coach and in the company of your local guide head off along the Antrim Coast. Your first stop will be at Dunluce Castle for an inside visit.  Most of the fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Dunluce Castle is one of the most extensive ruins in Northern Ireland.  The castle is dramatically surrounded by terrifyingly steep drops on either side. Next, you will visit the Giants’ Causeway, where for centuries, visitors have marveled at its majesty and mystery. The unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms. To stroll the Giants’ Causeway is to voyage back in time. Your imagination will travel along stepping-stones that lead to either the creative turbulence of a bygone volcanic age or into the myths and legends of the past. Enjoy the audio-visual presentation and causeway exhibition before boarding the “Causeway Coaster” minibus, which will bring you to the causeway itself.  Rejoin your motor coach for the return drive to Portrush and your ship waiting in the bay.

Please note: Walking at the Causeway is strenuous but there is a shuttle bus service between the center and the actual stones. Cost of this shuttle is included in tour. Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them. 


price $139
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Portrush, Bushmills Distillery & The Giants Causeway
After tendering ashore to Portrush, board you motor coach and in the company of your local guide head off along the Antrim coast. Your first stop this morning will be to photograph Dunluce Castle, a dramatic and picturesque ruin on a rocky headland, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway, where for centuries, visitors have marveled at its majesty and mystery. Enjoy the audio-visual presentation and causeway exhibition before boarding the “Causeway Coaster” minibus, which will bring you to the causeway itself.  Rejoin your motor coach and proceed to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, Old Bushmills. Granted its license in 1608 by King James I, the distillery has continuously produced whiskey for almost 400 years.  During your guided tour, discover the secrets of crafting the renowned whiskey. Rejoin your motor coach and guide for the return drive back to your ship waiting in the bay.

Please note:  On occasions, including weekends, and throughout the year there will be periods when Bushmills distillery is not in full production (Silent Period) due to schedule demands and essential maintenance. This means that the tour of the Distillery will still operate but it will be without laborers and instead displaying the processes on audio visual screens. Guests will still get to walk through the factory itself but will see the story of the distillation through audio visual screens throughout. Occasionally the distillery may have to close without prior notice.  The silent period is determined each year but is usually in July. Walking at the Causeway is strenuous but there is a shuttle bus service between the center and the actual stones. cost of this shuttle is included in the tour.


price $145
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6.75 HRS

Strenuous

dining

culture

walking

essentials
Portrush, Delights of Londonderry
Journey by motor coach to Londonderry. With its history revered and its charm and vivacity still intact after “the Troubles,” Londonderry makes for an interesting visit. Begin your city discovery with a photo stop at St. Columb’s Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece constructed in the early 17th century.You will appreciate the church’s fine exterior, including the spire with 13 bells, before continuing your guided Londonderry introduction by foot. Walk along the city walls, hearing informative commentary as you go. From the top of the walls you will see the Bogside, the Catholic area with the famous mural that announces, “You are now entering free Derry.” Reaching Union Hall Place, enjoy a visit to the Tower Museum, where you will be engaged by “The Story of Derry,” an exhibit that acquaints you with the history of the city. The museum includes an audio-visual component, shedding light on the 1973 civil rights march through Derry that later became known as Bloody Sunday. At the top of the Tower Museum, you will have the chance to access the only open-air viewing facility in the heart of the city, affording panoramas of the inner city and River Foyle. Following your museum experience continue on foot to your lunch location before taking advantage of free time. Then rejoin your guide and return by foot to your awaiting motor coach, which will deliver you to the. pier in Portrush.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes as Derry has uneven surfaces including inclines and declines. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. 


price $229
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Portrush, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1199
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

refreshments

essentials
Portrush, Glenarriff Forest Park & Coastal Drive
From the rugged cliffs of the coast to the magical beauty of the Glens, here is the best of what Northern Ireland has to offer.  Travel via the inland route to the beautiful Glenariff Forest Park, situated amid the world famous Glens of Antrim, an area to which tourists have been coming for over a century. The Park, now including the former Parkmore Forest, covers an area of 2,926 acres of which 2,223 have been planted with trees. The remainder consists of several small lakes, recreation areas and open space left for landscape and conservation reasons. Bisecting the park are two small but beautiful rivers; the Inver and the Glenariff, containing spectacular waterfalls, tranquil pools and stretches of fast flowing water tumbling through rocky steep-sided gorges. Enjoy some free time at the park before proceeding to the famous Tea Rooms for morning /afternoon tea or coffee and homemade scones. Your return drive to port will be via the coastal road. You will be constantly delighted as you travel around each bend in the road with dramatic headlands and bays coming into view. On a clear day, you may even be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre.

Please note: Guests with physical difficulties will need to be accompanied as the guide cannot take responsibility for them. Walking throughout the park is at each guest’s discretion. In order to see the waterfall you will have to walk about half a mile.


price $109
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Portrush, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Portrush, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $999
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4.25 HRS

Strenuous

walking

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Portrush, North Antrims Coastal Escape
Tenderashore to Portrush, board you motor coach and journey to visit the Giants’ Causeway, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Summer of 2012 marked the opening of the new Visitor Centre at the Giant’s Causeway. This interpretative centre will allow you to decide for yourself which explanation of how the causeway’s 40,000 basalt stones were formed is most likely (or simply most interesting!) Stories about the area’s rich mythology, history, geology, flora and fauna will paint the Causeway in your mind’s eye before you make your way to the stones themselves. The unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms and the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire. Your imagination will travel along stepping-stones that lead to either the creative turbulence of a bygone volcanic age or into the myths and legends of the past. The “Causeway Coaster” minibus will bring you to the causeway itself.  You will rejoin your motor coach and guide to travel further along the North Antrim Coast to Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge.  Upon arrival, set out on foot along a winding and bumpy pathway (just over a 1/2 mile) to navigate the steps that leads to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Along the way, there are wonderful vantage points to stop and take in the natural beauty of this setting. The geology, flora and fauna have won Carrick-a-Rede recognition as an area of special scientific interest.  The moment of truth awaits as you find yourself at the bridge. It is definitely not for those who are faint of heart of afraid of heights as it sways some 98 feet above steep cliffs and crashing waves. Once you have completed your bridge crossing and your heart rate has returned to normal, re-board your coach for a short drive to Portrush and your ship waiting in the bay.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. The stones at the Causeway canbecome slippery when wet and the rope bridge may close on short notice due to weather conditions. Warm comfortable, waterproof clothing and flat shoes.


price $149
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

essentials
Portrush, Titanic Belfast & City
Depart from the pier in Portrush and drive to Belfast City, the capital of Northern Ireland. Belfast or 'Hibernian Rio' as one writer once called it.  You will visit the recently constructed Titanic Belfast. Opened in April 2012, the new signature building tells the story of Titanic. It contains 9 galleries offering a variety of interpretative materials and media. A high point will be a ride though the Titanic under construction. The adventure will begin the moment you walk through the door and into the building's giant atrium surrounded by the four high impact “hull” shaped sections which house the experience. The stories of passengers, crew and the heroes of the day will be told in an exciting way. At the conclusion, you will visit the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic. You will continue to a local establishment where lunch will be served.  Rejoin your motor coach and guide and enjoy a short panoramic tour of the city with commentary on such sites as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial. There will be a drive through the alternative sites of Belfast including the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which will be a unique cultural experience. Return to port via your motor coach.

Please note: Guests with physical difficulties will need to be accompanied as the guide cannot take responsibility for them. 


price $249
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Tobermory, Scotland



5.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Tobermory, Traditional Weaving on the Inner Hebrides
The Hebrides are famed all over the world for their precious, hand woven fabrics. This unique tour will give you the opportunity to experience the traditional craft. At Ardalanish Farm & Mill you will gain an insight into the making of this popular cloth, all the way from sheep to shop. From Tobermory, you will board your coach to the typical southern Mull village of Bunessan. From here, head along a narrow and more deserted route towards the remote and spectacularly scenic Ardalanish Bay.  Here you will visit the Isle of Mull Weavers at Ardalanish Farm. Upon arrival, your group will be divided up into smaller groups (depending on numbers) to enjoy the different areas and outbuildings of the farm. In the course of a guided tour of the mill you can admire the old, traditional, Victorian power looms and see how this wonderful, coarse fabric is woven, inch by inch. Transferring to other parts of the farm, you will enjoy a meet-and-greet with the purveyors of the famed Hebridean wool, the black Hebridean sheep. There is also the chance for a photo-shoot with the small herd of shaggy, but majestic Highland Cattle, a popular postcard motif all across Scotland. Finally, you will be treated to island hospitality of tea/coffee and biscuits, followed by free time to stroll to the nearby beach, enjoy the beautiful island scenery or simply browse in the upscale shop for that special souvenir that can last for generations.

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues and you will be walking on uneven ground, through a pasture and on footpaths that do not accommodate wheelchairs or mobility scooters. There is likely to be Highland cattle along the walking route. Wear comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and bring currency/credit cards.


price $159
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5 HRS

Easy

wildlife

refreshments
Tobermory, Wildlife of Mull
Join your expert local guide who specializes in the wildlife of Mull.  Travelling as part of a small group you will have no set route as the wildlife hotspots are dictated by conditions of the day. Your knowledgeable guide will track down as much wildlife as possible during this tour. Mull’s “Big Three” are the golden eagle, white tailed sea eagle and the otter so your guide will be particularly keen to help you spot these.  You may also see Peregrine falcons and perhaps seals and deer! A lunch snack and afternoon tea will be provided for you during your adventure.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rain gear and your camera. Binoculars will be provided if needed.


price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments

walking
Tobermory: Glengorm Castle Walking Tour
Your guide will take you on a 2-hour walking tour through Glengorm’s history, taking a look around the Castle’s exterior, visiting the 4,000-year-old Standing Stones and strolling out to Dun Ara, one of two Iron Age forts. If you’re lucky you may also spot exciting wildlife, with Hen harriers and white-tailed eagles often passing through. This tour is very special and exclusive as Tom the owner will also be joining you on your tour and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the wider history of Glengorm Castle and Highland life.  This walk will also take you past the beautiful “Flower Fields” in summer, with a wealth of invertebrate and plant life waiting to be admired. You may also be fortunate enough to see seals and wading birds by the shore, with the islands of Coll and Tiree providing a beautiful backdrop out at sea.  After your walk you are invited to the castle’s private dining room to enjoy a hot drink or wee dram of whisky along with some traditional Scottish shortbread.

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues and you will be walking on uneven ground, through a pasture and on footpaths that do no accommodate wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm layered clothing. There is likely to be Highland cattle along the walking route. 


price $199
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

boating
Tobermory: Iona Abbey & Scenic Mull
Today’s tour will take you through the lovely scenery of the island of Mull to the small ferry port of Craignure.  You will continue on from there across the south end of Mull to the hamlet of Fionnphort.  You will leave your coach here to take the little foot ferry over to the idyllic island of Iona. Iona is steeped in Christian history and is regarded as the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland with the arrival of St. Columba in 563 A.D. and the founding of the abbey.  Over a century ago, the abbey and monastic buildings were restored and, in 1938, the Iona community was founded to continue the tradition of worship in the abbey through daily services and teaching.  Today, Iona remains a place of pilgrimage and spirituality. Tour the abbey with your guide and see the cloisters, graveyard, the burial site of numerous early Scottish, Irish, and French kings as well as seeing the impressive collection of over 180 medieval carved stones and crosses.  Enjoy plenty of free time here to soak up the atmosphere of the abbey, as well as to explore the lovely little shops and cafes of the village, before taking the ferry back to Fionnphort, and the coach returning through Mull back to Tobermory once more.

Please note: There is wheelchair access to the Abbey but guests may require a taxi to drive ¼ mile up a gentle hill. This can be arranged on request.  Wheelchair guests will need to be accompanied as the guide cannot take responsibility for them during the tour.  Lunch is not included so it is recommended that you request a lunch box from the ship.  


price $229
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
Tobermory: Mulls Duart Castle with Tea
Standing proudly on a cliff top guarding the Sound of Mull, Duart Castle enjoys one of the most spectacular positions on the west coast of Scotland.  You can relive the past with a walk through the ancient keep, visiting the dungeons where officers of Tobermory’s Spanish Galleon were imprisoned, and taking a journey back through the ages in the exhibition of clan history where many objects of historical interest are on display.  In 1911 Sir Fitzroy Maclean repurchased and restored the castle, which is now occupied by Sir Lachlan Maclean, 28th chief of the clan Maclean.  Subject to availability, Sir Lachlan Maclean himself will be pleased to welcome you to his fabulous 400-year-old castle and home which is the clan seat.  Enjoy a tour of the castle at your leisure with your guide on hand to answer any questions. A refreshing cup of tea or coffee with Scottish shortbread or cakes will be served in the tea rooms, before you return to your ship.

Please note: Duart Castle is not suitable for wheelchairs and there are many steps and spiral staircases throughout. Photographs and filming are not permitted inside the castle.


price $169
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Portree, Scotland



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Portree, Dunvegan Castle & The Cullins
Depart the charming port of Portree via motor coach and drive across the lovely Isle of Skye to its west coast to the castle of Dunvegan, seat of the Clan MacLeod chiefs since the 13th century.  One of the greatest and most renowned among the Hebridean strongholds, Dunvegan Castle is the only one to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family over a period now spanning 8 centuries. Within the castle are priceless heirlooms, some of which have come down through the hands of the Chiefs of MacLeod since medieval times, including such treasures as the Dunvegan Cup, the mysterious Fairy Flag and Rory Mor’s Horn.  You will explore the lovely gardens that surround the waterfall known as Rory Mor’s Cascade and enjoy the varied landscape including views of the dramatically beautiful Cuillin Mountains as you return to Portree.

Please note: Unfortunately the castle is not wheelchair accessible.  There are two steps into the castle and 18 steps to the first floor plus uneven surfaces in the garden. 


price $145
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Portree, Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is arguably one of the most recognizable castles in the world.  Located strategically on a little island where three sea lochs meet in the midst of some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery it is no wonder that the castle has been featured in many films.You will travel south from Portree past the majestic Cuillin Mountains and cross the iconic and controversial Skye Bridge to the Scottish mainland and on to Eilean Donan. The Castle is named for the 6th  century Irish saint who set up the first community on the island.There has been a fortified castle on this site since the 13th  century although it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times in its long and turbulent history.The restored castle you will see today was completed in the 1930s. During your visit you will have the opportunity to learn the rich history of the castle and its clansmen and to take in the stunning views.

Please note: The castle is not accessible to wheelchairs. There are three floors of the castle that can be visited and many steps are involved. For those that are not able to tackle the steps a computer-based virtual tour is available in the castle’s visitor centre. There is a gift shop at the castle and free time to shop after the tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring currency/credit cards.


price $139
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3.5 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Portree, Northern Skye Scenic Drive
Head north via motor coach from Portree to the Trotternish Peninsula. During your scenic tour you will learn much of the fascinating history of the Isle of Skye and its geography and social history – in particular its crofting history. Passing the curious rock outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr, journey north to Kilt Rock – a dramatic 200-foot-high cliff marked in an almost tartan-like pattern by the rock strata with a waterfall tumbling sheer to the pebbled shore below. Enjoy some time here to absorb the scenery and take photographs. Continuing your journey north, you will pass the crofting township of Staffin which overlooks the sandy Staffin Bay and drive around the northern tip of the island, hearing more of the myths and legends of Skye.  On arrival at the settlement of Kilmuir you will visit the fascinating Skye Museum of Island Life to learn more of the traditional crofting life.  Continue through Uig and back to Portree.

Please note: The Skye Museum of Island Life is not completely wheelchair accessible, involving steps over thresholds with firm ground-packed paths.


price $115
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

hiking

outdoors

sightseeing

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Portree, Walkers Dream - Old Man of Storr
Departing Portree your motor coach will take  you  on a 30-minute drive through some beautiful coastal and hilly scenery as you head towards “Old Man of Storr” car park on the Trotternish Peninsula. On arrival at the car park, your guide will give a quick safety brief before setting off.  This very popular walk will take you for a close look at the massive pinnacle “Old Man of Storr,” one of the Isle of Skye’s iconic landmarks.The walk will be challenging in places but is achievable to the average walker.  En-route your guide will talk about the geography and describe what to expect on the next leg of the walk. As you catch your breath, revel in the fresh air and fabulous vistas;  you will have time to get your camera out as snapshots are a must to keep the memories alive. At the top  you will see the Islands of Raasay and Rona and beyond to the mainland, looking south, see “Storr Lochs,”  Portree Harbour and the magnificent Cuillin Hills (described as the hiker’s dream). On completion of your walk,  you will return by coach to Portree.

Please note: This tour will involve walking on some uneven and occasionally muddy footpaths, steep in places and is recommended for experienced hikers. Wear comfortable shoes for hiking, warm layered clothing and bring your camera and bottled water.

price $145
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Kirkwall, Scotland



4 HRS

Easy

refreshments

sightseeing

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Kirkwall, Distillery & Churches with Connoisseurs Whiskey Experience
You will leave Orkney’s biggest island and follow the coast of Scapa Flow to the smaller South Isles. Drive over the first of the Churchill Barriers, built during the Second World War to protect Scapa Flow. You will visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war who were interned on this small island during World War II. The chapel stands as a lasting memorial to peace but also to the ingenuity and skill of the prisoners. You will continue your journey to Highland Park to discover Orkney’s highly acclaimed 12-year-old malt whisky at the world’s most northerly whisky distillery. Here there will be an opportunity to tour the distillery and try a wee dram! Returning to Kirkwall you will visit the beautiful 12th  century sandstone St. Magnus Cathedral, built by the Vikings during their 700-year rule over the islands.

Please note: Guests can stay on the motor coach if the tour becomes too strenuous. 


price $229
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco
Kirkwall, Orkney Treasures
Depart Kirkwall and head into the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. This tour passes through gentle rolling landscape and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology.  Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness you will stop at the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years.  You then continue on to the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the visitor center.  See the remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago.  From here it is only a 656-foot walk to visit Skaill House, Orkney’s finest manor.  Skaill was built by Bishop George Graham in 1620 on the site of a farmstead thought to date to the Norse period.  In its 400 year history all 12 of its Lairds have been related and all have contributed to the history and collection in the house. Return to your coach and continue this circular route following the coastline of Scapa Flow, made famous for its role in both World Wars.

Please note: The ground around the Ring of Brodgar is very soft and not suitable for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing.


price $145
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

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Kirkwall, Sea-Faring Stromness
You will start this tour with a short coach transfer from Kirkwall to Stromness. On arrival in Stromness you will begin a walking tour with your informative guide from the picturesque harbor along the pretty flag-stoned street of this seafaring town. Making your way along the twists and turns of the street, you will explore the narrow lanes and tiny piers which intersect the street along its length. Stromness is a town of quirky architectural character, with many connections to the famous Hudson's Bay Company. You will hear fascinating stories about Stromness’ maritime history as well as learning about its arts and literary heritage. Following your walk you will have the option to visit the Stromness Museum and the beautifully refurbished Pier Arts Centre (time permitting) with exhibitions by both local and international artists. There will be time to explore the craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery, and art work before your coach returns you to Kirkwall

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues as there are cobblestone walkways with steep inclines.


price $149
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3.75 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

sightseeing
Kirkwall, Sites of the South Isles with a Taste of Orkney
This is a wonderful tour for exploring the South Isles of Orkney and sampling some local produce. You will leave Orkney’s biggest island and follow the coast of Scapa Flow on a 30-minute drive to the smaller South Isles. Drive over the first of the Churchill Barriers, built during the Second World War to protect Scapa Flow. You will visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war who were interned on this small island during World War Two. The chapel stands as a lasting memorial to peace.  You will then continue south across two further Churchill Barriers to the island of Burray and stop for delicious refreshments in the lovely small fishing town of Burray Village for a taster plate of some local produce including Bere Bannocks (local bread) and local farmhouse cheese, and Orkney Fudge Cheesecake.  The tour will also include a glass of wine or beer. You will then continue to the Fossil and Heritage Centre.  Here you will learn more about the heritage of Orkney and the building of the Churchill Barriers in addition to an opportunity to learn more about Orkney’s geological history before returning to the ship.

Please note: Dress in warm, comfortable clothes and bring along waterproof things like an umbrella or rain poncho. This tour is wheelchair accessible.


price $199
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Invergordon, Scotland



3.5 HRS

Strenuous

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Invergordon, A Walk in Rogie Falls
Depart the ship today for a visit to Rogie Falls and a walk in Torrachilty Forest.  Rogie Falls is a beautiful spot located on the Blackwater River near the village of Contin.  Your guide will accompany you on foot to the impressive larch-decked suspension bridge which crosses the falls giving you fantastic vistas of the river and the surrounding woodland.  Take a delightful riverside walk along the banks of the river and through mixed woodland which provides varied habitats for a wide range of plants and animals including the elusive pine martens, wildcat, and red squirrel. Following your walk board your coach for the return journey to your ship.

Please note: Dress accordingly for the walk, wearing comfortable, warm and waterproof clothes and sensible, sturdy footwear.


price $119
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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Invergordon, Cawdor Castle & Culloden
Depart your ship this morning and take a journey back in time.  Your motor coach will take you on a 75-minute drive to Cawdor Castle; the 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor, reputedly Macbeth’s castle and the site of the murder of Duncan. Today it is considered to be one of the Highland’s most romantic stately homes with its fine collection of rare tapestries, portraits, and furniture, and outside its lovely gardens and grounds.  You will tour the beautiful rooms of the castle at your leisure with an audio guide that will be provided on entry. In addition, castle stewards will be on hand to answer any of your questions).  Afterwards head to the famous Battlefield of Culloden for a brief stop where your guide will give you a description of the battle and you will have a chance to take photos. This is the site of the last battle to be fought on British soil, namely the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746 between Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Duke of Cumberland. The desolate fields where the conflict took place have scarcely changed over the past 250 years.  Following your visit return to your ship in time for lunch. 

Please note:  Guests with limited mobility and wheelchairs are not recommended for this tour as there are lots of stairs at the castle including spiral stairs which are unavoidable. A boxed lunch can be taken from the ship if need be.


price $175
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing

concierge
Invergordon, Concierge Collection: In the Pursuit of Tartan
Depart Invergordon with your guide and head to Scotland’s only Visitor Attraction devoted to their famous national dress! You’ll enjoy a fascinating insight into the history, tradition and culture of the kilt. The Centre creates a colorful, authentic and memorable experience, brought to life by audio-visual, costume and tartan displays in all their brilliance. You will be led through the exhibition space by one of their very own expert guides.  There will be free time to peruse the impressive shop which has a range of superior gifts, tartans, tweeds, clan Items, jewelry, kilts and Highland dress accessories as well as enjoying a refreshment of tea or coffee with a scone and shortbread. Once you have been suitably informed as to what Tartan means to Scotland and its culture, you will then have the opportunity to don a kilt and all it’s trimmings (for the men) or a beautiful sash and brooch (for the ladies). Don’t forget to take your camera!!! You will be allowed to wear your Highland Dress outside where a photo opportunity awaits you with the beautiful and imposing Inverness Castle as the backdrop. Then it’s time to change back into your regular attire and board your motor coach which will take you back to Invergordon where your ship awaits you.

Please note: Bring local currency if you wish to purchase anything from the shop.


price $249
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing

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Invergordon, Dunrobin Castle & Lovely Dornoch
Depart Invergordon to head northwards  on a 60-minute drive through the delightful Highland scenery .  You will arrive at the lovely town of Dornoch with its attractive sandstone buildings and tiny 13th century cathedral which  you will have an opportunity to visit  with your guide. There will be a short stop here to explore Dornoch for yourself. Then it’s on to Dunrobin Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland. Over the centuries there have been many changes to the castle including a 15th century keep, a 17th century courtyard and in the mid-19th century the castle was remodeled and enlarged. The castle interiors are beautifully appointed and the formal gardens are exceptional. Explore the Castle at leisure or with your guide before seeing the castle’s great walled gardens overlooking the sea. Displays of the ancient sport of falconry take place in the gardens.. Finally, enjoy the relaxed drive back to Invergordon and your yacht in time for lunch.

Please note: There are no ruck sacks,large bags or photography allowed in the Castle.There are  flights of stairs and about 1.5 hours of walking so wear comfortable walking shoes. Wheelchair access at Dunrobin is extremely poor and not recommended.


price $139
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4.5

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Invergordon, Glenmorangie Distillery & Lovely Dornoch
A visit to Scotland is not complete without tasting some of the fine whiskey that the country is so famous for! You will depart the yacht in Invergordon today and head for nearby Tain and the world-renowned home of the Glenmorangie Distillery. Tour the distillery with your guide and learn all about the fascinating process that turns the simplest of raw materials into the most complicated combination of flavors. Your tour today will include a tutored tasting of two drams ( a 10-year-old and a private edition), which is an opportunity for whisky connoisseurs and aficionados alike to experience a rare and intriguing single malt brought to life by the Glenmorangie Whiskey Creation Team. Those wishing to bring home a souvenir will enjoy the mouth-watering shop!  Following your visit, continue north to the lovely small town of Dornoch for some free time to explore and shop, and visit the charming cathedral. Finally, you will enjoy the relaxed drive back to Invergordon and your yacht.                                                   

Please note: No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to participate in the whiskey tasting. There is no wheelchair accessibility in the distillery and the interior of the distillery is on two levels. Guests must climb approximately 30 stairs up and down.


price $145
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

boating

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Invergordon, Loch Ness Cruise & Historic Urquhart Castle
Depart Invergordon today for the drive south to the banks of Loch Ness.  On arrival at Dochgarroch Harbour, embark the charming cruise boat for a short voyage on the Loch that will give you the perfect vantage point for photographing the stunning ruins of Urquhart Castle.  On arrival at the Castle’s jetty, disembark the boat for a tour of Urquhart Castle: a critical strategic stronghold in the highlands, positioned on the banks of Loch Ness, which would have been a main route through the Great Glen of the highlands.  Its checkered history came to a dramatic demise in 1692 when the castle was blown up to stop it falling into Jacobite hands. What remains are picturesque and impressive ruins, surrounded on three sides by the cold deep waters of Loch Ness.  An excellent visitor’s center offers exhibits, a film show, shop and restaurant.  Learn of its dramatic history that dates back in written records to the 6th century, but in archaeology and folklore right back to the time of the Pict. Enjoy exploring at your leisure.

Please note: Walking at the castle may be a challenge for those with mobility issues but is purely at the discretion of the individual. 


price $129
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8.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

sightseeing

boating

sightseeing

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Invergordon, The Ultimate Loch Ness Outlander Experience
Want to get to the heart of Scotland’s history and mystery? Then this tour is for you. A fun filled Highland Adventure, the ‘Monster’ of all trips. Head south of Invergordon today and enjoy a picturesque journey through rolling hills and farmland and learn about the history of the area as your guide shares their experiences of life in the Scottish Highlands. First visit the wonderful 14th century Urquhart Castle, magnificently situated right on the edge of the banks of Loch Ness and one of the most photographed scenes in Scotland. Enjoy free time to explore the ruins and views over Loch Ness. Enjoy a 60-minute cruise on the world-famous loch, this is a unique opportunity to look for the evasive Loch Ness Monster, which has baffled some of the world's most notable researchers for decades. The deep lake, ('loch' in Gaelic), has drawn visitors from all over the world in search of the monster. The loch is 23 miles (about 37 kilometres) long, one mile (1.6 kilometres) wide and 755 feet (230 metres) deep. Disembarking your cruise at Dochgarroch Loch, continue by coach and pass through the city of Inverness for a stop at the stunning Kingsmill Hotel to enjoy lunch and a Scottish dram. Then travel the short distance to reach the famous battlefield of Culloden. During a stop here, see wooden plaques detailing the battle, clan graves and the Well of the Dead, where wounded Highlanders were slain as they drank water to revive themselves. The wonderful new visitor center has a fascinating exhibit which includes a 360-degree immersive cinema experience.  Stepping back further in time, discover one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sites – the exceptional remains of an ancient cemetery, set on a terrace above the River Nairn. The Clava Cairns are about 4,000 years old and were built to house the dead. The standing stones are a huge draw for Outlander fans as the best example in the area. 

Please note: Uneven ground at Urquhart Castle with walking up to an hour at both the Castle and Culloden Visitor’s Centre. Clava Cairns is an outdoor attraction with a mix of soft and uneven ground with lots of stones. All other walking is at the visitor’s discretion. Bring local currency if you wish to purchase anything and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $259
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Edinburgh, Scotland



4 HRS

Strenuous

unesco

sightseeing

essentials
Edinburgh, Panoramic Tour of Edinburgh & The Castle with Airport Transfer
Your tour today begins with a panoramic tour of the city of Edinburgh. See the Georgian architecture of the New Town, Princes Street and head out towards the famous Forth Railway Bridge and Forth Road Bridge viewing platform at South Queensferry. The 126-year-old Forth Railway Bridge is considered an iconic structure as well as being voted Scotland's greatest man-made wonder. This symbol of Scotland is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have time to take some photographs here before heading back to the city to visit Edinburgh Castle. This majestic landmark which dominates the capital city’s skyline just as it has dominated Scotland’s long and colorful history, is the best known and most visited of Scotland’s historic buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognizable fortress is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once inside, you will have the opportunity to see the castle’s many different architectural styles, reflecting its importance throughout the history of Scotland, with the oldest section dating back to the 12th century. Also take the opportunity to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. You will be transferred to the airport.

Please note:  Bring local currency,  a light jacket or cardigan as it can be windy at Edinburgh Castle. Any guests with limited mobility wishing to see the Crown Jewels can ask for a guide to take them up in the lift instead of the stairs.  For the June 28, 2019 call, this tour is for guests with flights at 4 p.m. or later. For the August 30th call, this is for guests with flights at 2 p.m. or later.


price $199
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4 HRS

Strenuous

unesco

sightseeing

essentials
Edinburgh, Panoramic Tour of Edinburgh & The Castle with Windstar Hotel Transfer
Your tour today begins with a panoramic tour of the city of Edinburgh. See the Georgian architecture of the New Town, Princes Street and head out towards the famous Forth Railway Bridge and Forth Road Bridge viewing platform at South Queensferry. The 126-year-old Forth Railway Bridge is considered an iconic structure as well as being voted Scotland's greatest man-made wonder. This symbol of Scotland is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have time to take some photographs here before heading back to the city to visit Edinburgh Castle. This majestic landmark which dominates the capital city’s skyline just as it has dominated Scotland’s long and colorful history, is the best known and most visited of Scotland’s historic buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognizable fortress is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once inside, you will have the opportunity to see the castle’s many different architectural styles, reflecting its importance throughout the history of Scotland, with the oldest section dating back to the 12th century. Also take the opportunity to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. You will be transferred to the Windstar-appointed hotel.

Please note:  Bring local currency,  a light jacket or cardigan as it can be windy at Edinburgh Castle. Any guests with limited mobility wishing to see the Crown Jewels can ask for a guide to take them up in the lift instead of the stairs.  


price $199
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