Edinburgh & the Scottish Highlands

7-Day Independent Vacation: Trip begins and ends in Edinburgh

From the sights of Edinburgh with its imposing 12th century Castle to the dramatic Highlands where you'll visit the Isle of Skye and cruise on famous Loch Ness—Bonnie Scotland awaits you on this independent exploration offered by Brendan Vacations. Hotel stays, airport transfers, train travel and more are prearranged plus a local host is available 24/7.

Create your own journey:
• Add an 8th or 9th day in Edinburgh and/or Inverness.
• Enjoy a choice of centrally located Moderate, First Class and Premier hotels.*
• Local hosts are available 24/7 to assist with advice on excursions and dining.
AAA Complimentary Inclusion: $40 per person dining credit at select eateries.

From $1,703
per person* (7 days)
Daily departures through 2014
AAA Member Benefits
  • $40 per person discount on packages totaling $2,000 or more per person

  • AAA Complimentary Inclusion: $40 per person dining credit at select eateries**

  • AAA Vacations® Best Price Guarantee and 24/7 Member Care**

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Special Interest: 18-35 Year Olds, City & Resort Stay, Deals & Specials, Family, Rail
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Package details include

Close up of a bagpiperExplore the "Bonnie Land" of Scotland on a 7, 8 or 9-day vacation that includes self-guided bus tours of Edinburgh and Inverness and two excursions—Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle and a cruise on Loch Ness. After that, the rest is up to you! Famous for its dramatic history, storied castles, traditional Highland games and beautiful lochs, Scotland is also the setting of world-famous movies—think Braveheart, Trainspotting and the new Under the Skin film starring Scarlett Johanesson—plus cutting-edge cultural events like the annual Edinburgh Festival, a series of festivals held throughout the city every August and a proven launching pad for budding new stars in the performing arts. Top it off with a Highland reel and a wee dram o’ whisky to make your Scottish adventure complete!

Stewart Monument overlooking EdinburghBegin in the capital of Edinburgh, a vibrant, cosmopolitan and stunningly beautiful city on the banks of the River Forth. It has an ancient and enthralling history that stretches back millennia and even its most dramatic cultural landmark, Edinburgh Castle, has been inhabited by Scotland's monarchs for nearly a thousand years. See this amazing castle at your leisure on your Hop-On/Hop-Off bus tour that lets you take in Edinburgh's sights over a 1 or 2-day period. After your visit stroll down the Royal Mile to the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the English Monarch stays when she is in the city. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and if you visit during the Edinburgh Festival, tickets are included to see the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo, a traditional military exercise at Edinburgh Castle that is both musical event and historical spectacle.

Ruined castles on the shores of Loch NessThen you're off to the wild Scottish Highlands, a region of famous battlefields, grand forts, ancient burial sites and Neolithic stone circles. Feel the echo of history and discover tales of the Celts, Picts and Vikings as you soak in this compelling corner of Scotland. From your home base of Inverness, journey to Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most recognized castles in Scotland. Strategically located on a small island overlooking the Isle of Skye, the castle dates from the 13th century and is now a restored replica of its Jacobean version from 1719. Your trip also includes a cruise on the River Ness along a portion of the Caledonian Canal to nearby Loch Ness, famous as the home of the mysterious and mythic sea monster. Keep your eyes peeled for sights of "Nessie" as you cruise Scotland’s second largest lake, skirted by forestland and a history as old as time.

Price includes:
• Airport transfers in Edinburgh on Days 1 and 7
6 nights in your choice of Moderate, First Class or Premier hotels*
• Daily breakfast
• Services of a local host
Sights - Hop-On/Hop-Off tours in Edinburgh and Inverness
Tours - Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Excursion and cruise on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal
• Round-trip train travel between Edinburgh/Inverness

Limitations & Restrictions

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to availability at time of booking, and may change without notice. Prices given based on Moderate hotels with daily breakfast; rates for First Class and Premier hotels may be higher. Single supplement may apply. Except for packages including air transportation, unless stated otherwise, airfare, taxes and government fees are not included. Offers valid for new bookings only. Member Benefits are per person and apply to first and second traveler only. Member Benefits are available only with advertised fare and are subject to change without notice. Your travel arrangements may be modified or canceled subject to the travel providers’ policies. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. We make every effort for accuracy at time of printing but reserve the right to correct errors. AAA Travel strongly recommends the purchase of trip protection insurance. Except for packages including air transportation, fares may not reflect additional fuel supplement or port charges and vary by provider.

**The AAA Vacations® dining credit voucher is redeemable at participating pre-selected restaurants only. Advance reservations must be made through the local host. Credit vouchers are non-refundable and have no cash value. Restrictions apply to the AAA Vacations® Best Price Guarantee and 24/7 Member Care. Should you find a valid better rate for the exact same itinerary within 24 hours of booking, AAA will match the lower rate. Ask your AAA Travel Counselor for details.

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