May 9-16, 2017

Edinburgh, inverness & Stirling


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Hello my creative friends.

I am beyond delighted to share all this updated information with you! We have quite the adventure planned! I’m getting more and more excited by the minute. You might notice that there are a few updates from the original itinerary. We have been working diligently with our tour company to ensure the very best Scottish Outlander experience for you all.

One of the most lovely tweaks to the plan is our upgraded stay at the ACHNAGAIRN LODGE HOTEL just outside Inverness! This magical property has it’s very own castle and gorgeous grounds for us to explore. We will be taking up residence in several of the luxurious lodges so this will be a very fun and different experience to the typical hotel rooms. I can’t wait to gather in one of the lodges to have our portrait class together! Think Outlander/Art slumber party! lol!

Of course you will all still retire to a comfortable private room or shared room with your roommate. Each bedroom has a private bathroom too.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. I will be seeing you all in Scotland VERY SOON!

xo,

 

MAY 9: Arrival

Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

DINNER: Radisson Blu Hotel

This morning you arrive in Edinburgh and will be greeted by our tour directors.

Take a half day tour of Scotland's capital city. Start your sightseeing with a drive through the heart of the city along Princes Street, famous for its shops on one side and gardens on the other. See the 18th century New Town with its broad streets, spacious squares and elegant town houses. Stop to visit the Scottish Storytelling Centre, which is a vibrant arts venue with live Scottish storytelling.

Enjoy a storytelling session, where your professional storyteller will incorporate the well-known Outlander book series. Then return to your hotel independently and check in for your overnight stay. The afternoon is at leisure for independent activities. In the evening, join your group for dinner in the hotel restaurant. 

 

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

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The Radisson Blu Hotel

The Radisson Blu Hotel

MAY 10: Sightseeing

Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

DINNER: OPEN

After breakfast, set off on another half day tour of Edinburgh. Start your sightseeing with a drive along the Royal Mile and pass the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, The Queen.

Then take a guided tour of the imposing Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on volcanic rock. Finish your sightseeing tour at the National Gallery of Scotland. This gallery contains paintings by the world’s leading artists.

Then, return to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. 

The afternoon and evening is open for us to gather, make some art and prepare for our trip into the Highlands!

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle


MAY 11: Culross Palace & Pitlochry

OVERNIGHT: ACHNAGAIRN LODGE HOTEL, INVERNESS

DINNER: TABLES MANOR RESTAURANT

Drive to Culross to visit Culross Palace, which was built between the later part of the 16th century and into the 17th century by a man named Sir George Bruce. For many years, Culross Palace was at the center of town life. Today, the National Trust maintains the property, which includes the magnificent garden in the back of the property. 

Continue north to visit Falkland, a charmingly preserved 17th century town. Enjoy a picnic lunch with your group, before continuing north to visit Pitlochry. Here, you will have time on your own. After your visit, drive into Inverness and check into your hotel for your overnight stay. 

Tonight enjoy an independently booked dinner at the Tables Manor Restaurant. After dinner enjoy a Portrait Class at your hotel.

Culross Palace

Culross Palace

Achnagairn Castle

Achnagairn Castle

Pitlochry

Pitlochry

Achnagairn Lodge Hotel

Achnagairn Lodge Hotel

Achnagairn Lodge Hotel

Achnagairn Lodge Hotel


Castle Leod

Next, view the nearby peaceful and inspiring Clava Cairns, which have an atmosphere all of their own. There are two types of Clava Cairn, ring cairns, which are a ring of loose stones with kerbing inside and out, and chambered cairns, which have an access passage into the central area. Both types have circles of standing stones around them. Stop at the Dores Inn for an independent lunch with your group. 

Standing stones at Clava Cairns

Standing stones at Clava Cairns

May 12: Castle Leod, Beauly Priory, CULLODEN & CLAVA CAIRN

OVERNIGHT: ACHNAGAIRN LODGE HOTEL, INVERNESS

DINNER: OPEN

After breakfast, begin your journey by driving to Culloden Moor to tour the Visitor Centre. Walk around the battlefield where, on April 16, 1746, British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in just one hour and ended hopes of restoring the Jacobite Stuarts to the British throne. The brutal measures imposed after the battle signaled the end of the distinctive Highland way of life and culture. 

Beauly Priory

Beauly Priory

After lunch, drive to Strathpeffer, which has been the site of several battles as the village is in a strategic location. As arrange by your group leader, explore the Castle Leod and walk aroung the grounds. Continue on to visit Beauly Priory, which was founded by the Valliscaulians. Then head back to Inverness, where you can sightsee, shop and dine on your own. 


MAY 13: LOCH NESS CRUISE & INVERNESS

OVERNIGHT: ACHNAGAIRN LODGE HOTEL, INVERNESS

DINNER: OPEN

After breakfast, travel along the shores of Loch Ness and embark on a short scenic cruise and perhaps spot the famous monster. Next, motor alongside the loch and to Urquhart Castle to visit the ruins of what was once the largest castle in Scotland. The castle is situated on a scenic promontory where many sightings of the monster have been reported. 

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

Return to Inverness to visit Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Here, you will learn about the traditions, history and people of the Highlands. In the afternoon you are free to visit Leakey’s Bookshop independently. Enjoy the remainder of the day free for individual pursuits and dining. 

Leaky's Bookstore

Leaky's Bookstore


MAY 14: glencoe & STIRLING

OVERNIGHT: HIGHLAND HOTEL, STIRLING

DINNER: BIRDS AND BEES RESTAURANT

Leaving Inverness, travel pass the Glencoe Region, an area known for the Massacre of Glen Coe in 1692. During the massacre the Campbells slaughtered many of the Macdonald clan. Stop for photos of the historical region. 

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Continue south and stop for an independent lunch with your group at Green Welly Stop. After lunch, south to Stirling and visit the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, which is home to many European arts and artifacts. After your visit, check in to your nearby hotel. 

In the evening, join your group for independent dinner at the Birds and Bees Restaurant. 

 

Highlands Hotel

Highlands Hotel

Culcross Palace

Culcross Palace


MAY 15: Doune Castle, LINITHGOW PALACE & BLACKNESS CASTLE

OVERNIGHT: RADISSON BLUE HOTEL, EDINBURGH

DINNER: DORIC tavern

Leaving Stirling, travel north to visit Doune Castle, which was first constructed in the 13th century. The castle was most likely damaged during the Scottish Wars of Independence because during the 14th century the castle had to be rebuilt.

Continue on your journey to Linlithgow to visit the village of Blackness to visit the 15th century Blackness Castle. Next, visit Linlithgow Palace, an important royal residence that is now ruined. Enough still remains that it’s possible to imagine what life in such a vast palace must have been like. There are many rooms, passages and stairways so that it’s easy to get lost walking around. Yet the apartments are all arranged around a central courtyard, so it is easy to look through windows to get a bearing on where you are.

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle

Doune Castle

Doune Castle

Then from Linlithgow, drive to Edinburgh and check into your hotel. Enjoy some time to relax or freshen up before joining your group for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 


Day Eight

We say our farewells and depart for home.