Overview

Join us on an exciting 12-day exploration of Scotland! You and your fellow ambassadors will be guided through Glasgow, Eastern Highlands, and Edinburgh, visiting castles, museums, and attending cultural performances that will give you a great cross-section of the country.

Home Hospitality

There is no home hospitality on his Journey, but you will have opportunities to meet with locals to learn about Scottish culture.

Live With a Local

  • Enjoy a welcome and farewell dinner with your fellow ambassadors
  • Visit the village of Braemar to attend the Highland Games
  • Enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration
  • Hear the history of the bagpipe from a professional bagpipe player, then pick up your own bagpipe and follow along as the group learns breathing techniques and tips on how to play

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Glasgow City Chambers
  • Culzean Castle
  • Stirling Castle
  • Loch Ness
  • Culloden Battle Fields
  • Clava Cairns
  • Cawdor Castle
  • Blair Castle and Hercules Garden
  • Georgian New Town
  • Royal Mile
  • Edinburgh Castle
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. - Author Julia London

Best of Scotland

12 Days / 11 Nights Program and Itinerary:

August 29, 2020 – September 9, 2020
Coordinator: Shelley Bain, FF Greater Des Moines
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

August 29, 2020

Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Glasgow today

August 30, 2020

Arrival in Glasgow

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

Included meals: welcome dinner

August 31, 2020

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 meals: breakfast

September 1, 2020

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 meals: breakfast

September 2, 2020

Transfer to the Eastern Highlands via Stirling Castle

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

September 3, 2020

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness & Inverness

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 meals: breakfast

September 4, 2020

Culloden Battle Fields, Clava Cairns & Cawdor Castle

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 meals: breakfast

September 5, 2020

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 meals: breakfast

September 6, 2020

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 meals: breakfast

September 7, 2020

Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, Abbotsford & Melrose Abbey

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

September 8, 2020

Free day in Edinburgh & 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

September 9, 2020

Departure

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

Included meals: breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

OPTIONAL EXTENSION:

Rosslyn Chapel & Royal Yacht Brittania

Visit Rosslyn Chapel today, a place shrouded in mystery and legend, famous for its connections to the Holy Grail as depicted in the best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code

Step inside with a local guide to marvel at the crypt, colorful stained glass windows, and the intricate carvings that adorn the interior pillars and arches

Make your way back to Edinburgh where you’ll board the Royal Yacht Britannia

Once the floating residence of Queen Elizabeth II, you’ll see how the Royal family and the ship’s crew lived and worked above and below decks during the ship’s commission

Included meals: breakfast

September 10, 2020

OPTIONAL EXTENSION, CONTINUED:

Palace of Holyroodhouse & Afternoon Tea

Make your way down the Royal Mile to pop by the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, the Scottish home to British monarchs for more than 600 years

Take a self-guided audio tour of the palace and gardens to learn more about the royal family

Walk through the state apartments, throne room, and portrait gallery, before heading outside to stroll along the pathways that wind through the manicured grounds

Enjoy a spot of afternoon tea complete with unlimited tea, sweet and savory pastries, plus scones served with clotted cream and jam

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members

Included meals: breakfast

September 11, 2020

Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight

Included meals: breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Rate:

$3724 USD

Price Includes: FFI fees, 10 nights in handpicked hotels, breakfast daily, one lunch, four dinners with beer or wine, an expert Tour Director, a private deluxe motor coach, and guided sightseeing and select entrance fees.

Does NOT include: Gratuities for English speaking guides/drivers, personal items on tour such as phone calls, laundry, etc., travel insurance (required by FFI), or airfare.

Availability:

24Spaces Remaining

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Know before you go

  • Journey number 20407.
  • Single supplement is $750 USD.
  • Optional Edinburgh extension: Continue your tour to keep exploring this historic, hilly city, and discover the charms waiting at the end of every close. Spend your extra time in Edinburgh however you'd like, and lean on your Tour Director to point you toward the most exciting sites. The cost of this optional extension is $549, there is an additional cost of $200 if you would like a private room.
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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.
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