2022 Scotland

The Gardens of Dunrobin Castle

2022 Scotland: 13 Days, 12 Nights, $3900 in Twin/Double Room, add $900 for single room.

Itinerary

Wednesday 29 June, Early group fly from USA

Book your flight to leave from the USA by June 29 to arrive in Glasgow by June 30.

Laurence Barker, Kay Van Nostrand & Barbara Filipiak, Carrol Smith & Sharon Budd, Roz Zager & Carole Jordan, Paddy Irwin & Rebecca Marti, Greg & Judy Parks, Dale & Patsy Meyers, Xavier & Polly Pena, Cindy Abbott, Gretchen Quinn & Gail Jarratt, Jeanette & Arthur Russ, Antoinette Acone

Thursday 30 June, Early group arrive, the rest fly from USA

Book your flight to leave from the USA on June 30 to arrive in Glasgow on July 1

Richard & Marcia Agnew, Kim & Dan Heintzman, Lydia Lawson

Friday/Saturday 1/2 July, Glasgow

I will have specific instructions for the transfer from the airport to the hotel later. Activities: You will be provided with a Hop On, Hop Off bus pass which will keep you well entertained. Most of the Glasgow museums are free.

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at the Grand Central Hotel 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow G1 3SF

Sunday 3 July: To Dunkeld

Check out and depart hotel in time to reach the Falkirk Wheel before our 10:40 reservation. The boat trip on the wheel and the river takes about 90 minutes. We then visit the Kelpies.followed by lunch on your own in Sterling. Continue on to the Dunkeld House Hotel.

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at the Dunkeld House Hotel

Monday 4 July: Dunkeld

Depart hotel in time for our 10:00A  visit of Crannog Centre Loch Tay followed by a pre-arranged lunch nearby (at own expense.) 13:30 visit the Scottish Deer Centre. We will be split into two groups taking turns at the Deer Center and a 4X4 tour of the Perthshire Hills. Late afternoon return to our hotel.

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at the Dunkeld House Hotel

Tuesday 5 July: Dunkeld

Free day to explore the river and the 280 acres that surround our beautiful hotel.

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at the Dunkeld House Hotel

Wednesday 6 July: Brora

Check out and depart hotel in time for 10:10 visit to  Blair Castle and Grounds. Plan on eating lunch here (at own expense.) Depart Blair Castle in time for 14:00 visit of the Highland Folk Museum.

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at the Royal Marine Hotel

Thursday 7 July: Brora

Depart hotel in time for 10:00 visit of Dunrobin Castle, (pictured above) followed by the Falconry display. Return for a  Whisky tasting at the Royal Marine hosted by an expert from the Clynelish distillery  including a tasting of 14 year old Clynelish Distillery exclusive single malt and Johnnie Walker gold label in the hotel with tutored tasting, history, and time for questions

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at the Royal Marine Hotel

Friday 8 July: Kirkwall and the Orkney Islands

Today we will head north and take the 13:15 Northland Ferry from Scrabster to Stromness and the Orkney Islands. Upon arrival, check in to notel and then visit nearby St. Magnus Cathedral

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at The Orkney Hotel

Saturday 9 July: Skae Brae

Today we will visit the 5,000 year-old Neolithic village, Skara Brae, and also walk amongst the tall Standing Stones of Stenness. Skara Brae is special, a major reason why a number of BETvets are coming on this tour. Ya gotta see it!

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at The Orkney Hotel

Sunday 10 July: To Inverness

Check out and depart hotel in time for the 1130 – Pentland Ferries crossing from St.Margarets Hope to Gills Bay  Possibility of going to John O’Groats for shopping and a visit as well as getting some lunch on the road to Inverness.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Best Western Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

Monday 11 July: Inverness

1030 – Cruise of Loch Ness from Dochgarroch harbour one way to Urquhart Castle. After visit of castle, the coach will pick us up t and take us back to the hotel. . (Free future BET tour for anyone who takes a certifiable photo of Nessie!) We should have time to explore the charming town of Inverness–our hotel is conveniently located for easy walking access. Tonight we will celebrate various July BET birthdays–77, 82 & 83. The hotel has promised to provide a cake with “396” prominently displayed signifying the total number of collective years. I’ve already ordered enough wine and Prosecco for the occasion. Should be fun.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Best Western Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

Tuesday 12 July: Culloden House Hotel

Check out and depart hotel for morning  transfer to  the Culloden House Hotel, a few miles south and east of Inverness where we will spend one night in the lap of luxury.  At the time of the Jacobite uprising in 1745-46, Bonnie Prince Charlie used Culloden House, this hotel, as his lodging and battle headquarters prior to that decisive battle on Culloden Moor. To fully understand the consequences of this battle, we will visit the Culloden Battle Site and Visitors Center at 10:30. After the visit, we will return to the hotel and bid farewell to our wonderful guide, Andy. Before dinner, we will meet in one of the hotel’s special rooms to perhaps share some Scotch that we may have picked up along the way.

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at the  Culloden House

Wednesday 13 July: Fly from Inverness

At 9:45 be down in the lobby packed and ready to roll at 10:00. Our first stop will  be at the Inverness Airport to let off  those of us who are on the 12:35 flight to Amsterdam. The coach will then continue on to the Inverness train station.  Those of you who are traveling independently will take your luggage now. The rest of you will have time for some shopping and lunch before the coach takes you and your luggage back to the airport in time check in for your 15:40 flight to London Heathrow. End of tour.

PARTICIPANTS ARRIVAL In Glasgow DEPARTURE From Inverness
Laurence Barker 30 June, 16:05, KL1477 13 July, 12:35, KL0924
Andy Plews (Guide) 1 July, Train 12 July, Coach
Lydia Lawson 1July,, Train from Edinburgh 13 July, Independent Travel
Kay Van Nostrand & Barbara Filipiak 30 June, 10::00A, DL9241 13 July,, 12:35 DL9246
Paddy Irwin & Rebecca Marti 30 June, 16:05, DL9635(RM) 9″45, BA1474(PI) 13 July, 12:35, DL9246(RM)15:40, BA1471(PI)
Carrol Smith & Sharon Budd 30 June. Train (CS), 10:00A, KL 1473(SB) 13 July, 15:40, BA1471
Roz Zager & Sally Pearson 30 June, 9:45, AA 6740 13 July,, 15:40, BA1471
Richard & Marcia Agnew 1 July, 19:35, EI 3228 13 July, Independent Travel
Kim & Dan Heintzman 1July,, 15:50, BA1486 13 July, Independent Travel
Greg & Judy Parks 30 June, 13:35, AA6682 13 July, 15:40, BA1471
Dale & Patsy Meyers 30 June, 10:00 A, DL9241 14 July, 12:35, KL0924
John Blue & Gary Behnke 30 June, 10:00A, DL9241 13 July, 12:35, DL9246
Tom & Melissa Mieras 30 June, 13:35, AA6682 13 July, 15:40, BA1471
Daniel & Melissa Scroggins 30 June, 13:35, AA6682 13 July, 15:40, BA1471
Jeanette & Arthur Russ 30 June, 10:00A, DL9241 13 July, 12:35, DL9246
Xavier & Polly Pena 30 June, 13:35, AA6682, 13 July, 15:40, BA1471
Cindy Abbott 30 June, 11:40, BA 6346 13 July, 7:00A, BA 6623
John & Margery Clark 30 June, 9:45, AA 6740 13 July, 15:40, BA1471
Gretchen Quinn & Gail Jarratt 30 June, Train from Edinburgh 13 July, 15:40, BA1471
Antoinette Acone 30 June, Train from Edinburgh 13 July,  15:40, AA6463