The Boone Society organized an eight-day/seven-night bus tour of Scotland. We arrived in Glasgow on May 11th and the tour started on May 12th. We had sightseeing via luxury coach with a professional tour guide on board. Carolyn Compton was the tour organizer and did a great job of choosing CIE Tours international as our tour company.
We stayed at four and five-star accommodations with a hot breakfast every morning and a three to five course dinner in the evenings. Valet service was provided with baggage delivered to our room, and upon departure, it was left outside your door to be loaded on the bus.
Day 1…Began with a tour Glasgow Cathedral and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Day 2…We embarked on a short cruise of Loch Lomond; later visiting Inveraray Castle, then we journeyed across Rannoch Moor through Glencoe and Fort William on the shore of Loch Levin.
Day 3…We took the scenic “road to the isles” stopping at Glenfinnan Monument, visited the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle and drove along the Loch Ness.
Day 4…We drove to the Battlefield Culloden, walked the grounds to see the ancient markers of the clansmen. Visited a local farm for demonstrations of trained sheep dogs herding and watched sheep shearing.
Day 5…We visited Blair Castle and the Blair Atholl Distillery and strolled around Pitlochry.
Day 6…Traveled to Glamis Castle, home of the late Queen Mother. Then a traditional dinner with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing.
Day 7…We explored Edinburgh and its elegant mansions, visited and Edinburgh Castle and ended our day in a tearoom having Scones with clotted cream and tea.
Day 8…Our tour ended with breakfast for our group; then said goodbye to our wonderful travelers after much talk about planning for our next trip to Europe.