Multi-Day Tour

SCOTLAND IN DECEMBER (12 days)

Adams & Butler United Kingdom

Glasgow, United Kingdom To Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jun 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Cameron House Breakfast

Arrive Glasgow

You will be met in the arrivals hall by your driver guide.

An overview of the main attractions of Glasgow. See the red sandstone Victorian buildings and some of the delightful parks. Pass Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for its shipbuilding industry. Visit the extensive Museum of Transport featuring many Scottish inventions.

Explore Glasgow City before heading to Loch Lomond

  

On arrival at your hotel, enjoy a relaxing 2 hour spa experience to recover from your flight.

Relax the body and mind with a selection of thermal and hydro experiences, originating from a number of cultures dating back thousands of years, providing ‘hands off’ therapies to cleanse and rejuvenate – Option to add on treatments.

Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight – drinks payable direct.

Day 2
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Cameron House Breakfast

Glengoyne Distillery and Afternoon Tea & Champagne Cruise


Often described as Scotland's most beautiful distillery, Glengoyne is open all year for guided distillery tours, whisky tastings, special events and a superb whisky shop. The distillery is easy to reach; just 40 minutes’ drive from Glasgow or 30 minutes from Stirling and Loch Lomond.

Glengoyne is distilled more slowly than any other malt whisky. The spirit is nursed through the stills at one third the usual rate to create this complex, fruity, award-winning spirit.

Unique to Glengoyne, the Master Class offers the most in-depth and comprehensive distillery tour in Scotland. This specialised tour includes a visit to the Glengoyne warehouses which are not normally open to the public and explores the key areas of whisky making in some depth.


 

This experience includes tastings of Glengoyne 12 and 18 year old Highland Single Malt, 3 Glengoyne Single Cask whiskies and 5 sherry samples.  Guests will have the opportunity to create their very own Glengoyne Highland Single Malt in the whisky Sample Room. A light lunch is provided. At the end of the visit, guests are presented with a 200ml bottle of their one-off creation and a Master Class certificate.


AFTERNOON

Step on-board the luxury motor cruiser 'Celtic Warrior' and join a 60 minute cruise on Loch Lomond for two, with a glass of bubbly. Return to the hotel for a traditional afternoon Tea for two, including a selection of freshly cut sandwiches, cream cakes and homemade scones, with cream and preserves and a decadent glass of Moet champagne, overlooking the shores of Loch Lomond.

  

Day 3
Inverlochy Castle, United Kingdom
Inverlochy Castle Hotel Breakfast

Christmas at Inverlochy Castle

Christmas Eve

The festivities begin on Christmas Eve with a Champagne Reception with Canapés at 6.30 p.m. prompt, to give everyone the opportunity to meet their fellow guests over the Christmas break; may I request that on Christmas Eve you assemble in the Great Hall at 6.30 p.m. sharp to allow the musicians to set up for your entertainment on the main staircase.

During dinner the musician will be playing in the Great Hall.

Day 4
Inverlochy Castle, United Kingdom
Inverlochy Castle Hotel Breakfast

Christmas Day

Wake up on Christmas Day where a truly festive breakfast awaits you. This morning why not brave the Winter Weather with a stroll around Inverlochy's grounds, which offers stunning views of the Castle with Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain in the background. For those who wish less energetic pursuits, log fire burn welcomingly in the Great Hall, ideal for snuggling up to with a good book.

A glass of Champagne is served as Father Christmas visits your bedrooms at 11.00a.m. bearing gifts to all our guests.

Traditional Christmas Day Lunch is served from 12.30 p.m. when our musician, will be playing until 2.30 p.m.

The Queen's Speech will be available for viewing in the Front Hall at 3.00p.m.

Our Christmas Night cold supper will be served from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in either our Dining Room or Room Service during which our musician will play from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Day 5
Inverlochy Castle, United Kingdom
Inverlochy Castle Hotel Breakfast

Boxing Day

Boxing Day, with a chance to sleep in this morning before Brunch served between 8.00am and 10.30 a.m. After Brunch get your cameras ready to capture the spectacular Falconry Display on the front lawn at 11.00 a.m., with Hawks, Owls and Falcons. You may even have the opportunity to join in!

Inverlochy will host Clay Pigeon Shooting at 12.30 p.m., where allocated times will be given, followed by a Sheep Dog Trial at 1.30 p.m.

The rest of the day is yours until dinner in the evening, with some light musical entertainment from our resident musician.

Day 6
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
Fonab Castle Breakfast

Pitlochry

Start your day driving to Pitlochry. In 1863 the Perth to Inverness railway was opened and Pitlochry became accessible for visitors from the South who wanted a taste of the newly discovered romanticism of the Scottish Highlands.

    

Blair Atholl is a lovely village in Highland Perthshire, which is also home to the impressive Blair Castle. Enjoy some fantastic scenery in and around Blair Atholl with the River Garry flowing through the heart of the village and linking other picturesque villages and glens, such as Calvine, Bruar, Killiecrankie and Struan. For over 700 years the spectacular Blair Castle has acted as gatekeeper to the Scottish Highlands.  Discover the turbulent history of this home to the Duke of Atholl and Britain’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders.  After taking in some thirty treasure-filled rooms, take a tour around the wonderful grounds and gardens and enjoy Diana’s Grove and the restored Hercules Garden.

Visit Blair Athol distillery. Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. After enjoying a leisurely conducted tour, you can mull over the distinctive character of the finished article as you sip your dram of Blair Athol 12 Year Old.

Day 7
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
Fonab Castle Breakfast

 Red Deer encounter & Private charter

Red Deer Barn at 12pm. From the shelter of the Red Deer Barn stroke, feed and photograph these magnificent and iconic animals as well as meeting our Barn Owl in a hands on demonstration all in the company of our knowledgeable Safari Ranger.

  

Private charter at 1pm. This exclusive, tailored Safari with your Safari Ranger is perfect for those looking for a versatile, personalised adventure. Create memories to last a lifetime!

You may even be lucky enough to see the Majestic Red Deer, the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare or the soaring Golden Eagle as you travel through forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks. This Safari will inspire you with an insight into this magnificent natural wilderness and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Included in the Private Charter are tea, coffee, Kenmore Shortbread and a dram of Dewars Whisky in one of our Mountain Bothies, surrounded by inspiring mountain views. You may wish to extend your Safari experience to include a delicious picnic lunch or if you are celebrating a special occasion, perhaps include a bottle of champagne.

Day 8
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Prestonfield House Breakfast

Tour to Edinburgh

To Scone Palace at Perth.  Scone is a name that has a deep resonance for anyone with any interest in Scottish history. With a story that dates back the better part of 2000 years, Scone has served as the capital of a Pictish Kingdom, a religious centre, and the site of the coronation of a series of Scottish monarchs. Scotland's story is an incredibly turbulent one, and much of that story featured Scone in one way or another.

Then finally on to Edinburgh city

Welcome to Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in an unforgettable setting.

 

The Palace of Holyroodhouse - This is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty the Queen and was once home to Mary Queen of Scots. The Palace stands at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The Royal apartments are used by the Queen for state ceremonies and official entertaining. The new Queen’s Gallery was opened recently by Her Majesty. The Gallery provides a state-of-the-art facility to enable exhibitions of the most delicate works of art from the Royal Collection to be seen in Scotland for the first time.  As the palace is a working royal palace, opening arrangements may change at short notice.

A striking addition to the Old Town Skyline, The Scottish Parliament is architecturally stunning, set among beautiful public gardens.

The Royal Mile is the famous cobbled street linking the Castle with The Palace of Holyroodhouse and passing St. Giles High Kirk, John Knox House, The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Camera Obscura and many other museums and historic buildings of interest

Edinburgh Castle. Scotland's top visitor attraction, stands high upon an extinct volcano. See the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny in the Castle's Royal Apartments. Birthplace of James VI, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, he became the first Stuart King of England after the Union of the Crowns in 1603. Look for the tiny St. Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh's oldest building. Listen for the One O'clock Gun, fired daily from Mills Mount Battery.

Day 9
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Prestonfield House Breakfast

Royal yacht Britania & SMWS

Kick start your last day with a tour of Royal yacht Britania (can also be done privately).

Walking on board Britannia is like stepping back into the 1950’s.  Discover what life was like on board The Queen's floating Royal residence. You can follow in the footsteps of world leaders such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Rajiv Gandhi.

You'll receive a truly warm welcome at Britannia's Visitor Centre in Ocean Terminal, which has free parking. Before you step aboard, learn about the history of Royal Yachts, view displays and historical photographs of Britannia's fascinating past.

  

Enjoy delicious, and freshly prepared, home-made food, stunning views and a warm welcome at The Royal Deck Tea Room for lunch.

Previously where the Royal Family enjoyed drinks receptions, sumptuous buffets, or played deck games. Now you can treat yourself with speciality teas, coffees and lunch in spectacular surroundings.

Afternoon: Pay a visit to The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society with one of our members. 30 years’ worth of expert knowledge with articles on everything from the joy of the single cask and the art of whisky making to individual distillery profiles. But the adventure doesn't stop there.

Day 10
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Prestonfield House Breakfast

A total sell-out each year (torches are sold out but it’s still an incredible site to watch), the Torchlight Procession is the official start of three-days of spectacular Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events. Last year’s event welcomed over 35,000 participants and spectators, joining the Up Helly Aa’ Vikings, massed pipes & drums and thousands of torch carriers as they illuminate the city from our start position on George IV Bridge to the finale viewing areas at Waterloo Place and Calton Hill. The Torchlight Procession fireworks finale can be viewed across the city and beyond!

Day 11
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Prestonfield House Breakfast

New Years Eve

Spectacular Scottish food, drink and seasonal entertainment at Prestonfield's Gala Hogmanay Ball.

Prestonfield's annual Gala Hogmanay Ball is an unrivalled evening of spectacular food, drink and entertainment set in the velvet and gilt splendour of Prestonfield's circular Stables Ballroom.

 

Welcome in the New Year in traditional Prestonfield style with a Champagne Reception, pipers, lavish four course dinner and Celtic Cabaret entertainment. A lively ceilidh band will play until the bells at midnight, then a disco will see you back on the floor until 1am.

Day 12
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Depart - Private Transfer

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SCOTLAND IN DECEMBER

About Us

We custom-design all our itineraries to suit your interests and wishes. We create trips of distinction. Recent special-interest trips include antiques, gardens, golf, gourmet, Jewish heritage, art, architecture and even ghosts! Our aim is to fulfill your dreams, to provide our clients with imaginative, fun and memorable trips and to bring quality and style to travel. At Adams & Butler, we give you the vacation you want – a unique experience, designed just for you. We conduct business in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French.

Insider Tip

Don't miss a private visit to the Scotch Whisky Society with its founder Charles MacLean, reputed to be 'the World's Leading Expert on Scotch Whisky" according to the London Times.

Terms & Conditions

DEPOSIT & FINAL PAYMENTS: Tour & customised itinerary bookings are provisional until a 30% deposit is received and confirmations issued, and until that time accommodation and services cannot be guaranteed. The balance is due 3 months prior to arrival. • Vacation home rental bookings are provisional until a 50% deposit is received and a confirmation issued. The balance is due 3 months prior to arrival. • If payment is not received as scheduled, your reservation may be automatically cancelled and deposit payment become forfeit. MEANS OF PAYMENT: Payment can be made by major credit card, cheque, or bank transfer. If you do choose to pay by bank transfer / Euro bank draft or cheque we will need a credit card number in order to confirm your booking until the transfer is received. We issue invoices in Euros for bookings in Ireland and Europe, Sterling for bookings in Scotland, England and Wales, and US Dollars for bookings in Kenya, Africa and elsewhere. Please send the remittance in the currency you are invoiced to the appropriate bank account below: (1) Euro bank transfer to Allied Irish Bank, Westmoreland St., Dublin 2 Bank Code 93-33-84 Ac Adams & Butler Ltd 03879002 Inter bank Swift Code AIBKIE2D IBAN Number IE37 AIBK-9333-8403-879-002. There is a €9 transfer charge on every payment made by bank transfer. Please add the €9 onto the total amount due. (2) Sterling bank transfer to Allied Irish Bank, 11 Old Jewry, London EC2 8DP - Inter bank Swift Code AIBKIE2D IBAN Number GB64 AIBK 2385 9009 0941 88. There is a £10 transfer charge on every payment made by bank transfer. Please add the £10 onto the total amount due. (3) Dollar bank transfer to Allied Irish Bank, Branch NSC : 930067 Account Name : Adams & Butler Ltd Account Number: 26058105 Swift Address AIBKIE2D IBAN IE01AIBK93006726058105. There is a $15 transfer charge on every payment made by bank transfer. Please add the $15 onto the total amount due. (4) Payment by MasterCard, Visa, American Express is subject to a 3% service charge per transaction (waived for Virtuoso Travel Agents) REVISION FEE Any revision made after the original booking has been processed and deposit received will incur a €50 handling fee per booking per change. TRAVEL INSURANCE Please ensure that all travellers are in possession of valid travel insurance CANCELLATIONS TOURS & ITINERARIES: (a) All cancellations must be notified in writing by email or fax to Adams & Butler (b) The following Cancellation Charges apply to all bookings - Up to 3 months prior to date of arrival – €500 administration charge 1 to 3 months prior to date of arrival – 15% plus €500 administration charge. 3 to 4 weeks prior to date of arrival - 25% plus €500 administration charge Less than 21 days prior to date of arrival - 75% plus €500 administration charge Less than 7 days prior to date of arrival - 100% In all events the client will be refunded for any accommodation or services that are re-sold. ACCOMMODATION: We reserve the right to substitute hotels for accommodations in similar categories. VISITS, ENTERTAINMENT AND OTHER FEATURES: We reserve the right to substitute visits, entertainment and other features when establishments are closed or cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control. UNUSED TOUR ARRANGEMENTS: Adams & Butler Ltd. cannot make refunds or exchanges for unused accommodations, services or features of any tour or itinerary unless agreed upon prior to departure. RESPONSIBILITY: Adams & Butler Ltd is not responsible for any personal injury, property damage or other loss a passenger incurs arising from acts or omissions by any public transport company, hotel, car rental company, subcontractor or other person or organization, whether or not such company is rendering any services supplied by Adams & Butler. All vouchers are issued and supplied subject to the foregoing and to any and all terms and conditions under which transportation and services are provided. Adams & Butler Ltd reserves the right to decline to accept or to cancel or alter any booking. We accept no responsibility for losses or expenses due to delay or changes in schedules, flight cancellations or misconnections due to mechanical problems, sickness, quarantine, weather, acts of God, strikes, government actions, war, terrorism or other circumstances beyond its control. Passengers must bear all such losses or expenses. To guard against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you purchase travel insurance. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Any devaluation or revaluation of currencies may affect quoted prices. Tours may be subject to currency surcharges, as imposed by our suppliers. CAR RENTAL COMPANIES: Car rental companies in Ireland and Britain reserve the right to substitute cars for other models in similar category. CAR RENTAL INSURANCE: (1) Car rental insurance includes unlimited mileage, local taxes and third party insurance, which includes passenger indemnity in respect to injuries resulting from an accident involving the rental car. The driver is not covered by this insurance but can purchase Driver & Baggage Protection (DBP/PAI) and or Optional Theft Protection (TP). This can be purchased at time of rental in Ireland or Britain. (2) The hirer must leave an imprint of a major credit card with the car rental company at the start of the rental to cover any damage which may occur. (3) The policy includes Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) subject to an excess. To insure against CDW deductible amounts, the hirer may purchase a Super CDW at start of hire. AGE LIMIT: In Ireland drivers aged 23/24 years may drive groups B and E only and are subject to a young driver surcharge. In Britain and Northern Ireland persons aged 23-25 can drive groups A, B, C, D, E, F & I only and are subject to a surcharge. Maximum driving age in Ireland & Britain is 75 years. Drivers 76-79 years of age may rent but certain restrictions and surcharges apply - contact us for details. LOCATION SERVICE CHARGE: A location service charge may apply. This charge is payable locally. DRIVING LICENSE: Drivers must produce a current driving license issued in their state or country of residence without any endorsements and have a minimum driving experience of one year. EXTRA DRIVER: The supplementary charge to cover an additional driver is payable at start of hire. CLAIMS OR DISPUTES: You should inform Adams & Butler Ltd immediately of any problems and prior to the end of the tour. Passenger contract with Adams & Butler Ltd is subject exclusively to Irish Law and Jurisdiction. ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS FOR CHARTER BOATS AND CRUISER HIRE: Bookings are accepted subject to the craft being available, as there is always the possibility of a previous hirer causing accidental damage, which would hold up the craft for repair. In this event every effort will be made to supply a similar craft, if this is not possible the deposit shall be returned to them in full, but the hirer shall have no claim whatsoever against the owner. Cruising after dark is prohibited. We shall not be responsible for any delay caused by floods, repairs or damage to navigational works. All hire periods commence after 16.30 and terminate at 10.00a.m on the final day of the booking period. We will endeavour to arrange flexible arrival & departures times. The craft must be returned not later than 10a.m. in a clean condition throughout with full-fuel and water tanks on the day on which the hirer period terminates. If the hirer fails to return the craft in due time, as stated above , they shall pay the owners €800 for every day or part of a day which the craft is delayed away from base, plus any consequential damage or loss for breach of contract. No experience is necessary but we reserve the right to refuse to hand over to any hirer who in our opinion is not considered suitable to take charge. On take over, a trial run will be given to familiarize hirer with craft. After this trial run the hirer shall take full responsibility for the craft and her equipment. If any repairs or adjustments become necessary the owners must be notified immediately. Repairs cannot be carried out by any other firm without the owner’s permission. We at all times try to give a specific description of craft, but we shall not be responsible for any inaccuracies that may occur. It is in your interest, as well as ours, that rubber soled shoes should be worn on board. The company will not be responsible for time loss due to breakdowns, damage or other defects and no financial adjustments can be made in these circumstances. Only crew members named on the booking form are admitted to hire our craft and the company takes no responsibility for other persons boarding our craft. A returnable deposit of €1,000 must be paid by the hirer upon arrival (depending on the class of cruiser). If no loss or damage has occurred to the cruiser, its contents, dinghy or third party, the deposit will be returned in full. All extras must be paid upon arrival to the marina. Fuel used will be paid on completion of the hire period. Bicycles are hired at clients risk and we accept no responsibility for loss or injury sustained by the hirer. Before departing the marina, make sure that your outboard motor is in good running order, as we do not facilitate a repair service for outboard motor outside the marina, and we do not offer refunds or cash adjustments for this at the end of the hire period. A separate refundable deposit of €150 is paid upon arrival for the hiring of the outboard motor. If the outboard motor is lost or stolen the hirer is responsible for the full replacement

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wonderful service great team work nothing that they would not do for you

By: marge


Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

great tour guide Helpful and ever knowledgeable never lets a hitch bother her
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

INTERESTING

By: Jose


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2016

The tour was fun and interesting, the gide has a very good knoledge about the city and the diferet items around it.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy