You can expect to be escorted in luxury through the romantic mountains of the Highlands visiting ancient and historic castles, gardens and houses. Visit the vibrant and diverse city of Glasgow and soak up the local culture and don't forget Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, so much to see including its wonderful Castle. There are many distilleries throughout the country so why not visit some and have a dram of their wonderful single malt whiskies.
Come with me on a tour of this wonderful city of culture and art, museums and galleries, architecture and design, of great shops and interesting markets and even more interesting people.
Visit the 12/13th century Glasgow Cathedral, Provands Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow, St Mungo's Museum with its painting of Christ of St John on the Cross by Salvador Dali, Glasgow University (we have two others), Glasgow Cross, the site of 18/19th century public hangings, Pollok Park and House, gifted to the city in 1966 by the Maxwell family and the site of the world renowned Burrell Collection and other fascinating places.
You cannot 'do' Glasgow in a day, like its friendly rival Edinburgh, several days are required, however, this tour and selected visits, will give you a real appetite to come back!
Pictured here is the impressive Edinburgh Castle which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and the huge cannon 'Mons Meg'. As you enter the castle you pass between the massive stone statues of Wallace and Bruce, one on either side.
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), Scotland's National Poet was born in a small cottage near Ayr into a life of poverty and social disadvantage. Much has been written about him, and his poems and songs are heard throughout the world. Many people are unaware that when they sing 'Auld land syne' at New Year, they are singing one of his songs!
His cottage is now a museum and nearby is the Auld Kirk and its graveyard which contains the graves of Burns' parents and is also the scene of Burns' fantasy epic poem, Tam O'Shanter. This wonderful poem is shown, in all its eerie and exciting details, in an audio-visual presentation at nearby the visitor centre.
Culzean Castle(right) is built on the site of an earlier 12th century tower house, the Earl of Cassillis commissioned the building of this imposing Italianate 'castle'. It was built in the late 18th century by one of Scotland's premier architects, Robert Adam, and is another 'not to be missed' visit. The interior is magnificent, from the imposing entrance hall with its display of weapons to the fine furniture and ceilings throughout.
There is also a suite of rooms that had been reserved for the use of ex-U.S. President Eisenhower, in recognition of his services during World War II.
The gardens cover over 560 acres where many plants and flowers, palm trees and wild life can be seen. The Kennedy family presented the estate to the National Trust for Scotland in1945.
There will be time allowed to visit Ayr. The town was granted its Charter in 1204 and nearly 800 years later it is still worthy of a visit with some nice buildings and a good shopping centre.
This strategically placed town has been at the heart of Scottish history. It was here that, in 1297, William Wallace (Braveheart) defeated King Edward I of England and 17 years later King Robert the Bruce defeated the army of Edward II, King of England.
Dominating the town is its Castle. Records date it to the early 12th century however the earliest structure is from the 16th century. Over the last few years a vast amount of renovation has been carried out and the castle is slowly being returned to its former glory.
Pictured here is the statue of Robert the Bruce at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre. He led the Scots into battle against the English army and he not only routed them but won Freedom for Scotland and it's people.
Other places of interest include the Wallace monument, which, along with the Castle, dominates the skyline. The statue of Wallace is certainly worth seeing!
The Trossachs is an area of land in some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, with Loch Katrine at its heart. It is an area full of tales of cattle rustling, sheep stealing and heroes. Rob Roy MacGregor was born in this area and carried out many of his 'business' activities here. Nestling at the foot of the hills is the little village of Aberfoyle, the tourist centre for the area.
Loch Lomond is the largest area of fresh water in mainland UK. Formed by glacial action 10,000 years ago and crossing a geological fault line dividing the Highlands and the Lowlands, the loch has been made famous in song. Surely there are few people in the English speaking world, and from other areas too, who cannot sing: 'You'll tak the high road and I'll tak the low road, And I'll be in Scotland afore you, Where me and my true love will never meet again, On the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond
With Ben Lomond towering on its Eastern Shore, the area is spectacular in all weathers, if misty, you can almost hear the beat of the oars on the Viking long ships as, in the 9th century, they slipped through the mist to plunder the villages and islands. When it is sunny, you just give thanks for its beauty and if, by some small chance, it might just rain, then you give thanks for the waterfalls and the greenery of the countryside!
Iona, the Sacred Isle, the ancient seat of Christianity in Scotland. The Abbey was founded in 563 A.D. by Saint Columba as a base from which he and his monks would convert the pagan Picts of Scotland into Chritianity. The island is a tranquil and peaceful haven with quiet, warm summers.
Extended tours can be arranged for any areas of the country including the Islands, the Highlands, the Lowlands and the cities. Fire your imagination with the western islands of Mull, Iona and Skye, the northern the rugged grandeur of Wester Ross, the history of St. Andrews (golf also plays a small part) and the rolling beauty of the Borders with tales by Sir Walter Scott and the former glory of the Border Abbeys.
The Glenfinnan Monument, Highlands marks the place where the Jacobite Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard to rally the Clans against the British throne and the beginning of the '45 rebellion.