Scotland – Flying Longhorns
  • $3,055
  • $600
  • AHI
  • Moderate
  • Land Only

From deep glacial lakes shrouded in mist to rugged highland hills, Scotland’s legendary landscape has always set a scenic stage for epic adventure. Through the centuries, an intricate blend of Celtic, Norse and Norman cultures have intermingled like the weave of a tartan plaid to fashion colorful seaside towns and fairy-tale castles. Discover the very best of Scotland by walking in the footsteps of freedom fighter William Wallace, tracing the pathways of Bonnie Prince Charlie and leaving your own footprints along the “bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.”

 


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Itinerary

Day 1

Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Edinburgh, Scotland.

Meals — Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 2

Edinburgh, Scotland / Stirling

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport. An AHI Travel representative will meet AHI FlexAir passengers in the arrivals hall.

Your AHI Travel Director will be with you throughout your journey to handle all program logistics and will be available daily to assist with sightseeing arrangements, dinner reservations, shopping suggestions and any other assistance you may require.

Transfer to Stirling and The Stirling Highland Hotel.

Enjoy afternoon tea at the hotel.

Tonight, gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner, featuring a traditional haggis ceremony and Highland dancers.

Accommodations — The Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals — Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner

Day 3

Stirling

Educational Focus: Medieval History
Discover the history of medieval Scotland and Scotland’s struggle for freedom. Hear the stories of two of the most famous of that era, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

Excursion: Stirling
Discover the strength and majesty of Stirling Castle. Throughout history, this castle has witnessed fierce battles and endured at least 16 sieges. The last was in 1746 during the final Jacobite Rising when Bonnie Prince Charlie failed in his attempt to take the castle and ascend the Scottish throne. Explore the castle, its gardens, the Great Hall and Chapel Royal. Visit the site of the Battle of Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the English to gain Scottish independence in 1314.

Local Flavor
Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Stirling.

Independent Exploration
The afternoon is free to explore Stirling on your own. Visit the one of the local art galleries or museums. There also is a whisky shop at the hotel.

Educational Focus: Meet the People
Learn about life in Scotland today during a panel discussion with local residents.

Dinner is served at the hotel.

Accommodations — The Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

From deep glacial lakes shrouded in mist to rugged highland hills, Scotland’s legendary landscape has always set a scenic stage for epic adventure.

Day 4

Loch Lomond / The Trossachs

Excursion: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
Visit the town of Luss on the “bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.” Luss is a charming conservation village on the western side of the lake. Originally made for the workers at the nearby slate quarries, many of these quaint cottages were built with local slate. After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive through Aberfoyle and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, which stretches from Loch Lomond into the heart of the Trossachs.

Local Flavor
Enjoy lunch and views of the lake in Luss.

Accommodations — The Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals — Breakfast and lunch

Day 5

St. Andrews

Excursion: St. Andrews
En route to St. Andrews, see the Wallace Monument, built to honor Scottish hero William Wallace. Continue to St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf. See St. Andrews Cathedral and the ruins of a 12th-century castle that has served as the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St. Andrews, the administrative center of the Church of Scotland and a prison. Stop at the Old Course, where golf was first played 600 years ago.

Local Flavor
Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in St. Andrews.

Independent Exploration
Spend some time exploring St. Andrews on your own.

Elective Activity: Dinner in Stirling
Enjoy a special dinner at a restaurant in Stirling at a restaurant that features locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Available at an additional cost.

Accommodations — The Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals — Breakfast and lunch

Day 6

Stirling / Edinburgh

Educational Focus: The Stewart Line and the Jacobite Rebellions
Examine Scottish history from the time of Mary, Queen of Scots, through the rise and fall of the Stuart line to the onset of the Jacobite Rebellions.

Independent Exploration
Enjoy some time at leisure in Stirling for exploring and lunch on your own.

Excursion: Edinburgh and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
En route to the Scottish capital, visit the Forth Bridge, the oldest multispan cantilever bridges and one of the longest. Built with sophisticated engineering methods of the day, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to Edinburgh. One of Europe’s most distinguished capitals, Edinburgh fostered the 18th-century Scottish Enlightenment. The city is a showcase of medieval structures in historic Old Town and Georgian buildings in the New Town. Journey along the Royal Mile in Old Town. Visit Edinburgh Castle and High Street. This evening, witness the matchless spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Independent Exploration
Spend some free time in Edinburgh for sightseeing and dinner on your own before the tattoo.

Accommodations — The Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals — Breakfast

Day 7

Stirling / Perth / Crieff

Independent Exploration
Spend some time at leisure in Stirling this morning.

Enjoy lunch at the hotel.

Excursion: Scone Palace and the Famous Grouse Experience
Visit Perth and Scone Palace, where Scottish kings were crowned until the 13th-century. Continue to Glenturret Distillery in Crieff to enjoy The Famous Grouse Experience and a whisky tasting.

Dinner is served at the hotel.

Accommodations — The Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Stirling

Educational Focus: Scotland Today
Discuss current affairs in Scotland today.

Independent Exploration
The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. A complimentary shuttle will be available for those wanting to spend the day in Edinburgh. You may also wish to stay in Stirling, visit nearby distilleries or venture further afield to see the Falkirk wheel or the nearby town of Pitlochry for beautiful scenery and a visit to one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries. Your Travel Director can help you plan your day.

Gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception, Graduation Ceremony and Farewell Dinner. Experience a ceilidh, a traditional Celtic party featuring music and dancing.

Accommodations — The Stirling Highland Hotel
Meals — Breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Depart for your gateway city

After breakfast, depart for the airport for your return flight home. (Provided for AHI FlexAir passengers.)

Meals — Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE: Itinerary schedule may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.


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