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PRE-TOUR: THE HIGHLANDS AND BEYOND
August 9-15, 2005
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Wednesday. August 10 - GLASGOW Pick up at Glasgow Airport. Introductory city mini-tour of Glasgow including George Square, the Cathedral, medieval Provand's Lordship, and Sauchiehall Street. Thursday. August 11 - ON TO NVERNESS Northward along the "Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond", Rob Roy's cave, Rannoch Moor and on to Glencoe. Stop to visit the 'Glen of Weeping' site of the notorious massacre of 1693, then through the Great Glen to Inverness. Cruise on mysterious Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle, near the site of the the major 'sightings' of Nessie. Friday, August 12 - AROUND INVERNESS Short tour of Inverness, the Highland capital, then to nearby Culloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's '45 Rising' ended in 1746. Visit nearby Cawdor Castle-scene of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. Conclude with a visit to whet our whistles at one of Speyside's celebrated malt whisky distilleries. Saturday, August 13 - NETHYBRIDGE Leave for Nethybridge, on the edge of the Cairngorms, to attend the Abernethy Highland Games dating back to 188O! Events include Heavy Events, Piping Competition, Track Events, Highland Dancing and over 100 pipers in the grand massed band display! Sunday, August 14 - FORT WILLIAM Continue westward into Wester Ross, along the route taken by Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden, we cross the road bridge 'over the Sea to Isle of Skye'. Visit Armadale Castle, which is the hereditary seat of Clan Donald (Macdonald) and view the spectacular Cuillin Hills before returning to the mainland and passing Eilean Donan Castle en route to Fort William, located at the foot of towering Ben Nevis. Monday, August 15 - FORT WILLIAM to GLASGOW Eastward bound past Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain at 4,406 feet and on into the mighty Grampian Mountains, then on over the Pass of Killiecrankie to the spa and festival town of Pitlochry. Continue into The Trossachs, the 'bristly country' via Aberfeldy and along the shores of Loch Tay to Callander. Visit the Rob Roy Visitor's Center and then on via Aberfoyle to return to the big city of Glasgow.
MAIN TOUR: Glasgow, Stirling, Aberdeen & Edinburgh
August 15-22, 2005
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Monday, August 15 Glasgow Welcome and Dinner Tuesday, August 16 - GLASGOW AREA Day tour of the William Wallace homeland, including Elderslie and the monument marking his birth; Robroyston where he was betrayed and captured; and beautiful Paisley Abbey with its stained-glass window of Sir William Wallace. Wednesday, August 17 - EDINBURGH Guided tour of Stirling Castle and also tour the Old Town, including the Church of the Holy Rude (Cross). Visit Wallace Monument, Continue on to Edinburgh and time permitting, Falkirk. Thursday, August 18 - EDINBURGH Tour the Scottish capital, seeing both Old and New Towns, the Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral, the Castle, and "New Town" to see Princes Street and Charlotte Square. Tour Holyrood Palace. Attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Friday, August 19 - EDINBURGH Full free day in Edinburgh. Saturday, August 20 - TO ABERDEEN Aberdeen via St. Andrews and Dundee. Attend a special civic reception for Clan Wallace Society hosted by the City's Lord Provost (Mayor). Sunday, August 21 - ABERDEEN Tour Drum Castle with David Irvine, Laird of the Castle. Afternoon as invited guests of the Wallace 700 Society of Aberdeen at their solemn wreath-Iaying ceremony commemorating the 700th anniversary of the execution of Wallace. Special 'Farewell' dinner. Monday, August 22 - RETURN TO GLASGOW Return to Glasgow via Deeside. View Balmoral Castle and Crathie Church. Visit Braemar. Continue via Glenshee and Blairgowrie into the Lowlands to Glasgow.
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