Travel to Scotland

By January 18, 2017Events

Presbyterian Heritage Tour

Presented by Grace Presbyterian Church and Adonde Travel Inc

Escorted by the Rev. Dr. Mike Fry and Mrs. Carol Fry

Thursday, August 24 to Saturday, September 2, 2017

For more information: Please contact Nanette Dawson at Adonde Travel 713-780-1699 or  

Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Scotland. Arrive at Edinburgh airport, where we will meet and take you to your centrally located hotel with a panoramic tour of Edinburgh en-route. Rest and relax before your welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 – Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Tattoo Show. In the morning you will visit Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure before the Tattoo show in the evening.

Day 3 – John Knox and Holyroodhouse Palace. Start your day with a tour of John Knox house and St Giles Cathedral. After lunch, your guide will walk you down the Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace where John had discussions about Christianity with Mary Queen of Scots. Time permitting you will visit Canongate Kirk on the way.

Day 4 – Stirling and Aberfoyle. Explore Stirling where James VI was educated by Scottish Reformer George Buchanan and see the nearby church of the Holy Rude, once a royal cathedral where John Knox preached for James VI baptism in 1566. Spend the afternoon in the lovely Scottish village of Aberfoyle watching a dog and duck show and shopping for cashmere, Harris Tweed and many gifts to take home.

Day 5-St Andrews and Pitlochry. Today head to St Andrews, a spiritual centre in Scotland for centuries and home of golf. St Andrews cathedral was once the largest church in Scotland but fell into ruin after John Knox’s sermon. In the ruined castle, you will see the Bottle Dungeon where George Wishart was imprisoned before being burned at the stake. You will stop in Perth to see the church where John preached and unleashed the storm of the Reformation before arriving at the Atholl Palace Hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 6 – Cairngorm National Park and Steam train journey. After a leisurely morning enjoying the Castle’s grounds, travel to Aviemore and enjoy a light lunch onboard of the steam train while admiring picturesque scenery of the Cairngorm National Park. There will be a free time to wander around before departing for Inverness.

 Day 7 – Inverness. There will be a panoramic tour of Inverness before your Loch Ness cruise (2hrs) and a visit to Urquhart Castle which has seen some of the most dramatic chapters in Scottish nation’s story. The rest of the day is free.

Day 8 – Culloden Battlefield and Cawdor Castle. Explore Highlands with its fascinating history and unspoilt scenery. Start with a visit to Culloden Battlefield and find out why so many Highlanders lost their lives in this bloody confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Then see Clava Cairns, an exceptionally well-preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns which were built around 4000 years ago. Drive past the iconic Culloden railway viaduct before winding down a country road to Cawdor Castle of Macbeth fame.

Day 9 – Whiskey Distillery and Scottish Dinner Show. Travel to back to Edinburgh via Spey Valley, a land of lochs, mountains and picturesque villages. You will visit one of the famous whiskey distilleries in the area, pass the Balmoral Castle and have a late lunch in one of the villages before arriving to Edinburgh. Check-in into your hotel and get ready for a memorable night at Scottish Dinner show.

Day 10 – Edinburgh. Free day in Edinburgh

Day 11 – Home Time. Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home.