Overview

Immerse yourself in the culture of this beautiful and rugged country as you journey to some of Scotland's most impressive places. There is plenty to learn and explore with guided tours and visits to historical sites, museums, castles, and galleries. The famed Highland Games and interactive cultural performances are sure to be memorable highlights.

Home Hospitality

There is no home hospitality on this Journey, but you will have the opportunity to attend the Highland Games and other cultural performances.

Live With a Local

  • Attend the Highland Games in the village of Braemar, viewing traditional sports and performances
  • Enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration. You'll be serenaded by a band playing Scottish folk tunes, see dancers perform a series of traditional dances, and have the opportunity to join the company on stage to try the steps for yourself
  • Meet with a professional bagpipe player. Learn about the history of the bagpipe, Scotland’s national instrument, and listen to the musician play a few songs, then pick up your own bagpipe and follow along as they teach the group breathing techniques and tips on how to play

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Culzean Castle
  • Loch Ness
  • Culloden Battlefield Centre
  • Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Guided tour of Edinburgh
There are few places in my life that I’ve found more ruggedly beautiful than the Highlands of Scotland. The place is magical - it’s so far north, so remote, that sometimes it feels like you’ve left this world and gone to another. - Julia London, American writer

Best of Scotland

11 Days / 10 Nights Program and Itinerary:

August 29, 2021 – September 8, 2021
Coordinator: Shelley Bain, FF Greater Des Moines
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Aug. 29, 2021 - Travel Day

Board your overnight flight to Glasgow today

Aug. 30, 2021 - Arrival in Glasgow

Welcome to Scotland!

Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner

Included meal: welcome dinner

Aug. 31, 2021 - Sightseeing tour of Glasgow

Set out to explore Scotland’s “second city” today with a local as your guide.

Drive past the Burrell Collection Museum and admire the city’s university

Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which features everything from medieval suits of armor to a collection of work by Scottish artists

Discover local highlights, including George Square and the River Clyde

Stop outside the city’s medieval cathedral for photos

Transfer to the Glasgow City Chambers for a guided tour

Included meal: breakfast

Sept. 1, 2021 - Culzean Castle & Ayr

Visit Culzean Castle this morning and tour the castle with a local guide

Continue on to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace museum

Enjoy free time in Ayr before returning to Glasgow

Included meal: breakfast

Sept. 2, 2021 - Transfer to the Eastern Highlands

Continue on to the Eastern Highlands, stopping along the way for a tour of Stirling Castle

Sit down for an included dinner in the Eastern Highland this evening

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Sept. 3, 2021 - Eastern Highlands

Surrounded by legend and lore, Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most mysterious sites

Today, get to know the country’s largest loch as you explore the area

Pay a visit to the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle

Cruise along the legendary Loch Ness, a deep, freshwater lake, and dock in Clansman Harbour

Stop in Inverness and enjoy free time to explore the city

Included meal: breakfast

Sept. 4, 2021 - Eastern Highlands

Transfer to the Culloden Battlefield Centre and tour the grounds and the interactive battlefield area

Stop at Clava Cairns prehistoric burial site

Continue on Cawdor Castle for tour of castle and grounds.

Included meal: breakfast

Sept. 5, 2021 - Braemar Gathering Highland Games

Transfer to the village of Braemar to attend the Highland Games today

Spend the day viewing traditional sports and performances before returning to your hotel

Included meal: breakfast

Sept. 6, 2021 - Transfer to Edinburgh

En route to Edinburgh, stop in Perthshire, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands

Visit medieval Blair Castle and Hercules Garden, the former home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl

Explore Edradour distillery with a guide and enjoy a whisky tasting

Enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration

Sit down to an included dinner and be serenaded by a band playing Scottish folk tunes while you dine

As the evening winds down, dancers take to the stage to perform a series of traditional dances

Then, cap it all off by joining the company on stage to try the steps for yourself

Included meal: breakfast

Sept. 7, 2021 - Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert

View the elegant Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

Pass the King George statue, Bute House, and Sir Walter Scott monument

Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

Travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford this afternoon

Enjoy an included lunch

Visit Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott, designed by the poet in the Romantic style to imitate the elaborate baronial estates of British aristocrats

Visit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Sept. 8, 2021 - Free day & Bagpipe Lesson

Enjoy a free day in Edinburgh to explore at your own pace

This evening, head to a private room at a local restaurant and meet with a professional bagpipe player

Learn about the history of the bagpipe, Scotland’s national instrument, and listen to the musician play a few songs

Pick up your own bagpipe and follow along as they teach the group breathing techniques and tips on how to play

Celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner

Included meals: breakfast, farewell dinner

Sept. 9, 2021 - Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring Edinburgh

Included meals: breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Rate:

$3974 USD

Price Includes: FFI fees, 10 nights in handpicked hotels, 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners with beer or wine, expert tour director and local guides, private deluxe motor coach, and guided sightseeing tours.

Availability:

25Spaces Remaining

Moderate

Know before you go

  • Journey number 21334.
  • Deposit of $500 is due upon acceptance of application
  • 50% of balance is due January 1, 2021
  • Final payment is due March 1, 2021
  • Risk-free deposit period lasts until January 1, 2020
Interested in this Journey?

We would love to have you on this Journey with us.

Our Mission

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
Read more.

I​ am interested in traveling on journey 'Best of Scotland' with Friendship Force!

Complete this form to receive additional information about this trip. Thanks for your interest - we will contact you soon!

First name is required.
Last name is required.
×
LATEST NEWS FROM FRIENDSHIP FORCE. News & UpdatesVirtual ExperiencesDonate