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Tour Details

 Durations : 7 Night / 8 Days
Scotland :offers more than ever before for both mind and body, whether your client just wants to relax or if a more active holiday is required. CIE Tours International is delighted to be your source for all of your individual clients accommodation and motoring requirements. With desks in the arrivals halls of Glasgow Airport, you can be assured of a convenient point of contact for your customer.
 Tour Itinerary

Day 1:
Glasgow City Tour
Arrive in Glasgow Airport where your Local Guide or representative will greet you.
Complimentary group transfers Depart Glasgow Airport at 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 noon. Passengers arriving later will transfer to the hotel at their own expense. Your hotel is centrally located within easy reach of major attractions and the shops of Buchanan Street. At 2:30 pm take a coach tour to see the main attractions of Glasgow including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding. Visit extensive collections in Kelvin grove Art Gallery and Museum, originally opened in 1901 and recently refurbished. Chat With your Local Guide and fellow travelers over a welcome drink before dinner. (D)

Day 2:
Loch Lomond Cruise Inveraray Castle
Depart Glasgow and drive north along the banks of Loch Lomond with views of Ben Lomond and other Highland peaks. At Tar bet embark on a short cruise to appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Then travel across the mountain pass of “Rest and Be Thankful” to visit Inveraray Castle. this imposing Campbell family home with four conical spires was built between 1746 and 1789. A guided tour will reveal the history of the family and region as you view the magnify cent Armory Hall and many fine rooms with tapestries, porcelains and portraits. Browse around the nearby town, planned by the Campbell family. Then journey across mysterious Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, a spectacular glen made famous by the Campbell’s’ massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692 and continue to Ballachulish on the coast. (B, D)

Day 3:
Isle of Skye Clan Donald Centre
This morning head north via Fort William and take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfi nnan Monument. At Mallaig cross by ferry to the Isle of Skye, sometimes called the Misty Isle. Visit the Clan Donald Centre to discover the history of the Clan Donald, Lords of the Isles and the most powerful clan of the Isle of Skye. Drive through part of the island and return to the mainland by bridge, stopping for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Then drive along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness, famous for its monster before continuing to your hotel. Enjoy a special cabaret with Scottish Music and dance. (B, D)

Day 4:
Culloden Battlefield Distillery
Drive to Culloden Moor to tour the Visitor Centre.Walk around the battlefield where, on 16th April 1746, British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in just one hour and ended hopes of restoring the Jacobite Stuarts to the British throne. Continue into Spey side to tour the Spey side Cooperage and and also Glen Fiddich Distillery to view Whisky making and sample “a wee dram”. Continue to your 19th Century Mansion Hotel in Blair’s. (B, D)

Day 5:
Royal Deeside afternoon Tea
Drive along “Royal Deeside” , an area that came into favour with Queen Victoria during the 19th century. Pass the Royal Family’s Balmoral Castle and visit the Lovely Crathie Church Near the village of Banchory stop at the Falls of Feugh, a charming tea shop, which is popular with local people. Sample afternoon tea with delicious freshly baked scones and enjoy a talk on bagpipes, fishing or other aspects of Highland life. Continue to Blairs to your elegant 19th century mansion in time for dinner. (B, D)

Day 6:
Glamis Castle St. Andrews
Travel south through the lush countryside of Aberdeen shire to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Drive across the modern Tay Bridge to St. Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course and enjoy free time to visit the British Golf Museum or browse through the medieval town with its cathedral and castle. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. In the evening take a tour of Edinburgh’s hidden gems before sitting down to some wholesome Italian food at a waterside restaurant. (B, D)

Day 7:
Edinburgh Castle City Tour
This morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. Compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. See Princes Street, the main shopping thorough fare that separates the two areas. Learn about many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers. Finish your tour at the imposing Edinburgh Castle where you can see historic buildings and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh. The balance of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping and dining. On July 29 to August 19 departures enjoy the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. (B)

Day 8:
Depart Edinburgh Airport or Extend your Stay
If you are on an 8-day tour, your Holiday ends with a group transfer to arrive at Edinburgh Airport by 6:30 am or 9:00 am. This will allow you plenty of time for check-in procedures and duty-free shopping before boarding the aircraft for your return flight.(B)

 
 Package Price
Rs. 70,799/- *
USD 1,315.60/- *
EUR 1,014.26/- *
GBP 816.575/- *
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 Package Inclusion
  • Breakfast and Dinners.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Hotel Accommodation.
  • Airport Transfers.
  • Group transfers on arrival and departure
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach throughout
  • Services of a professional driver/Guide
  • Superior first class hotels with private bath/shower for 7 nights
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily (B) except Day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including:

A) Dinner at Prezzo Italian Restaurant in Leith, near Edinburgh
B) Scottish Highland Cabaret
C) 4 table d’ hote dinners

  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Sightseeing tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Scenic cruise of Loch Lomond
  • Ferry to the Isle of Skye
  • Whisky tasting and tour at Glen Fiddich Distillery
  • Scottish afternoon tea and scone Sat Falls of Feugh
  • Twilight tour of Edinburgh
  • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 29 to August 19 departures
  • Visits and admissions to Kelvin grove Art Gallery Museum, Inveraray Castle, Clan Donald Centre, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Spy side Cooperage, Cathie Church , Glam is Castle, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Castle
 
 Exclusion
  • Airfare and Taxes
  • Medical Insurance Items of Personal Nature
  • Visa Fees and service Charges
  • Any other service or meal which is not mentioned in above inclusions
DEPOSIT PAYMENTS
A non-refundable land deposit of Euro 175 per person is required for coach tours, u105 per person for self drive and city holidays and u140 for river cruises. Deposits are required within 5 days of making the reservation.

FINAL PAYMENTS
Full payment must be made no later than 70 days prior to departure date for coach tours and self-drives; 95 days prior for river cruises. CIE Tours accepts payment by major credit cards or Electronic Bank Transfer. If payment is not received as scheduled, your reservation will automatically cancel and deposit payment become forfeit.

DOCUMENTATION
Tours booked between may incur a late fee of Euro 35 per reservation if they require physical documentation welcome pack/flight bag etc. Alternatively, we can provide electronic documents free of charge for all bookings.

LAND REVISION FEE
Any revision to land arrangements made after the original booking has been processed will incur a Euro 35 handling fee per booking. We cannot accept revisions within 14 days of departure or once we have issued documents.
 
 Cancellations Policy
PARTICIPANT CANCELLATIONS
All cancellations must be advised in writing (by mail, fax or e-mail) to CIE Tours prior to tour departure during normal business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm GMT/BST, Mondays through Fridays). Cancellations received within 70 days of departure date are subject to the following penalties on the land portion: Between: 70 days or longer forfeiture of deposit.
  • 69- 46 days 25 Percent per person
  • 45- 8 days 35 Percent per person
  • 7- 1 days 50 Percent per person
  • On day of departure 100 Percent per person
  • Minimum cancellation fees are 35 Percent per person.

CRUISE CANCELLATIONS
Penalties per person apply:

  • 95 days or longer forfeiture of deposit.
  • 94-60 days 35 Percent of total price.
  • 59-30 days 50 Percent of total price.
  • 29-1 days 80 Percent of total price.
  • Departure day or later 100 Percent of total price.

TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN
Unfortunately we are unable to offer travel insurance policies to persons traveling on our coach tours, but we do require all passengers to have the appropriate best travel insurance policy. Please ask your local insurance provider/ bank.

TOUR MEMBERSHIP
To promote an enriching travel experience, CIE Tours reserves the right to reject any client whose conduct is incompatible with the interest of the tour group.

TRAVELERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Passengers necessitating unique attention must advise CIE Tours at time of booking. Passengers who require particular assistance must travel with a qualified travel companion as CIE Tours drivers and guides cannot provide individualized help. As our coaches are not equipped with wheelchair ramps, all tour members must be able to mount 3 or 4 steps into coach. CIE Tours is not responsible for denial of services by any of our suppliers.

COACH TRANSPORTATION
Coach tours are usually operated by 48 seat motor coaches. When passenger numbers are low, a smaller coach may be used.

TOUR DIRECTOR
The entire land portion of all motor coach tours is conducted by a professional driver/guide and/or tour director as indicated for each tour. When numbers on a coach tour fall below 25 persons the operator reserves the right to substitute our tour director with a qualified driver/guide.

ACCOMMODATION
Land arrangements are provided as described in each tour program. CIE Tours reserves the right to substitute hotels for accommodations in similar categories. Accommodation in BBs (farmhouses, town and country homes) is clean, comfortable and includes private bathrooms. Accommodation is subject to availability.

MEALS
Meals are provided as specified in each tour program. Dinners in hotels are on a table d’hôte basis.

VISITS, ENTERTAINMENT AND OTHER FEATURES
CIE Tours reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment and other features when establishments are closed or cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control.

CRUISE ITINERARIES
Deviations to the planned cruise itineraries and hotels are possible if conditions render them advisable or necessary. All cruise routes are subject to change without notice. In the rare event of water level problems on the River Danube, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach.

CIE TOURS CANCELLATIONS
If it becomes necessary to cancel a coach tour prior to departure, CIE Tours will offer the next available date at no additional land cost or will make a full refund of all monies paid to CIE Tours. CIE Tours cannot accept responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to such a tour booking or for any cancellation penalties due to non-refundable airfares.

LUGGAGE
Handling of one piece of luggage per person is included in the cost of all coach tours. Only one suitcase per person is permitted and size should not exceed 30 x 20 x 10 inches. Luggage is carried at owner’s risk throughout the tour unless insured. Hand baggage and small articles such as coats, umbrellas or cameras are entirely in the care of the passengers. Trunk space in self-drive cars is limited so pack lightly, preferably using soft-sided suitcases.

TIPS
Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.

CHILDREN
Children under 8 are not permitted to travel on coach tours. Children 8 or over are charged the full adult rate (less u70 discount) and must travel with an adult.

SMOKING POLICY
Smoking is not allowed on the motor coach but frequent stops are made throughout the day.

NOT INCLUDED
All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the passenger.

UNUSED TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
CIE Tours cannot make refunds or exchanges for unused accommodations, services or features of any tour unless agreed upon prior to departure.
ROE 1 Euro = 70 INR.

 
 Remarks
  • All prices quoted per person on twin sharing basis in Indian Rupees. Rates are applicable for a minimum of two (2) persons travelling at one time. Rates valid for Indian Nationals only
  • Rates subject to change without notice depending on currency fluctuation.
  • Rates are based on Standard category of rooms.
  • Rates not valid during conventions and special events.
  • In case carrier is Air Asia, package price does not include charges for checked baggage and meals.
 

Destination Information

ABOUT THE TERRITORY:
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland constitutes over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Scotland is generally seen as clean, unspoilt destination with beautiful scenery which has a long and complex history, combined with thousands of historic sites and attractions. These include prehistoric stone circles, standing stones and burial chambers, and various Bronze Age, Iron Age and Stone Age remains. There are also many historic castles, houses, and battlegrounds, ruins and museums. Many people are drawn by the culture of Scotland.

The cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are increasingly being seen as a cosmopolitan alternative to Scotland's countryside, with visitors year round, but the main tourist season is generally from April to October inclusive. In addition to these factors, the national tourist agency, VisitScotland, have deployed a strategy of niche marketing, aimed at exploiting, amongst other things, Scotland's strengths in golf, fishing and food and drink tourism. Another significant, and increasingly popular reason for tourism to Scotland - especially by those from North America - is genealogy, with many visitors coming to Scotland to explore their family and ancestral roots.

The continued existence of legal, educational and religious institutions distinct from those in the remainder of the UK have all contributed to the continuation of Scottish culture and national identity since the Union. In 1999, a devolved legislature, the Scottish Parliament, was founded with authority over many areas of home affairs following a successful referendum in 1997. In 2011, the Scottish National Party (SNP) won an overall majority in parliament and intends to hold a referendum on independence in the autumn of 2014.

RELIGION:
Since the Scottish Reformation of 1560, the national church (the Church of Scotland, also known as The Kirk) has been Protestant and Reformed in theology. Since 1689 it has had a Presbyterian system of church government, and enjoys independence from the state. About 12% of the populations are currently members of the Church of Scotland, with 40% claiming affinity. The Church operates a territorial parish structure, with every community in Scotland having a local congregation.

Scotland also has a significant Roman Catholic population, 19% claiming that faith, particularly in the west. After the Reformation, Roman Catholicism in Scotland continued in the Highlands and some western islands like Uist and Barra, and it was strengthened during the 19th century by immigration from Ireland. Other Christian denominations in Scotland include the Free Church of Scotland, various other Presbyterian offshoots, and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Islam is the largest non-Christian religion (estimated at around 40,000, which is less than 0.9% of the population), and there are also significant Jewish, Hindu and Sikh communities, especially in Glasgow. The Samyé Ling monastery near Eskdalemuir, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007, includes the largest Buddhist temple in Western Europe.

Christianity is the largest religion in Scotland. The Church of Scotland, often known as The Kirk, is recognized in law as the national Church of Scotland. It is not an established church and is independent of state control. However, it is the largest religious grouping in Scotland, with 42% of the population. The other major denomination is the Roman Catholic Church, the traditional Christian Church of Scotland prior to the Reformation, which claims around 16% of the population, and is especially important in West Central Scotland and the Highlands. There are also around 15,000 each of Baptists, Episcopalians and conservative Presbyterians, with smaller numbers of Quakers, Pentecostal, and Gospel Hall. The only churches to witness an increase in attendance are independent churches, which include the popular evangelical wing.

Judaism has been established in Scotland since at least the High Middle Ages. In recent years other religions have established a presence in Scotland, mainly through immigration, though also partly through the attraction of converts. Those with the most adherents are Islam (mainly among immigrants from South Asia), Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism. Other minority faiths include the Bahá'í Faith, Rasta and small Neopagan groups. There are also various organizations that actively promote humanism, rationalism and secularism, reflecting the 28% who claim to have no religious beliefs, or did not state a religion.

Orthodox Christianity has a significant presence in most of the large cities of Scotland. Although it was once present mainly through the Greek Orthodox Church, its churches have become the place of worship for many other Orthodox Christians from Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and many other countries (mainly former USSR states).

CULTURE:
The rich Scotland culture has gone through many changes since the past years. Scotland was mostly inhabited by the Celtic decedents in the Scottish Highlands. Scots dominated the Southern part of the country. Mostly the Scots are smart and vigilant. There is some influence of the Nordic and Anglo Saxon people on the culture of Scotland.

The church going majority in Scotland are the members of the Scotland church. The Scottish people always had a thirst for learning. Farmers called crofters live on the northwestern coastal region of Scotland. They live in houses built of pebbles and stones. Apart from farming the people are interested in forestry, cottage industries and roadwork.

The Highlands are famous for more than 100 clans and these groups of people are famous for sports and athletic shows. There are also some Bagpipers and Highland dancers.

The Scottish culture is very energetic. The Edinburgh's International Festival of Music and Drama reflects the culture of Scotland. It is one of the biggest cultural events.

Most of the traditional practices in Scotland have died out but still some minority groups follow them. People now don’t believe in evil spirits.

Marriage is always a huge event in the culture of Scotland and it is celebrated with pomp and show. 'Hand fasting' was one of the most important customs of Scotland. It was a custom in which if marriage did not happen between two people then they were allowed to get married somewhere else. Scotland culture is very colorful.

As one of the Celtic nations, Scotland and Scottish culture is represented at interceltic events at home and over the world. Scotland hosts several music festivals including Celtic Connections (Glasgow), and the Hebridean Celtic Festival (Stornoway). Festivals celebrating Celtic culture, such as Festival Interceltique de Lorient (Brittany), the Pan Celtic Festival (Ireland), and the National Celtic Festival (Port Arlington, Australia), feature elements of Scottish culture such as language, music and dance.

CLIMATE:
The climate of Scotland is temperate and oceanic, and tends to be very changeable. It is warmed by the Gulf Stream from the Atlantic, and as such has much milder winters (but cooler, wetter summers) than areas on similar latitudes, for example Labrador, Moscow, or the Kamchatka Peninsula on the opposite side of Eurasia. However, temperatures are generally lower than in the rest of the UK, with the coldest ever UK temperature of −27.2 °C (−16.96 °F) recorded at Braemar in the Grampian Mountains, on 11 February 1895. Winter maximums average 6 °C (42.8 °F) in the lowlands, with summer maximums averaging 18 °C (64.4 °F). The highest temperature recorded was 32.9 °C (91.22 °F) at Greycrook, Scottish Borders on 9 August 2003.

In general, the west of Scotland is usually warmer than the east, owing to the influence of Atlantic ocean currents and the colder surface temperatures of the North Sea. Tiree, in the Inner Hebrides, is one of the sunniest places in the country: it had more than 300 hours of sunshine in May 1975. Rainfall varies widely across Scotland. The western highlands of Scotland are the wettest place, with annual rainfall exceeding 3,000 mm (118.1 in). In comparison, much of lowland Scotland receives less than 800 mm (31.5 in) annually. Heavy snowfall is not common in the lowlands, but becomes more common with altitude. Braemar experiences an average of 59 snow days per year, while many coastal areas average fewer than 10 days of lying snow per annum.

For such a relatively small country, one of the most surprising things about the Scottish climate is just how much it varies from one region to another.

For example, because it is so mountainous and the prevailing winds come in from the Atlantic, the western Highlands are some of the wettest and windiest places in Europe. By contrast, the eastern part of the country from the 'Highland capital' of Inverness across to Aberdeenshire and down to Angus, Fife and the Lothians enjoy an annual rainfall that is actually similar to or less than New York, Barcelona, Rome or even Rabat in Morocco.

Scotland's high latitude means that although winter days are short, during the summer months, the days are very long, often with an extended twilight. For example, Lerwick in Shetland has about four hours' more daylight at midsummer than London and at this time of year there is actually no complete darkness in the far north of Scotland.

The average number of days with snow falling in Scotland ranges from 15 to 20 days, whereas on the peaks and mountains in the Highlands the average number of days with snow falling is about 100 days.

LANGUAGE:
The languages of Scotland are the languages spoken or once spoken in Scotland. The numerous languages spoken in Scotland during its recorded linguistic history fall into either the Germanic or Celtic language families. The classification of the Pettish language was once controversial but it is now generally considered a Celtic language. Today, the primary languages spoken in Scotland are English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic. The dialect of English spoken in Scotland is referred to as Scottish English.

The Celtic languages of Scotland can be further subdivided into three more groups. These are the Goidelic languages, otherwise known as Q-Celtic, the Brythonic languages, otherwise known as P-Celtic, and the Pictish language, which seems to have been distinct from both. All three groups are known collectively as the Insular Celtic languages.

After Gaelic became a little less popular, Scots was the main language of Scotland. Scots was spoken and written for about 400 years in Scotland. When Great Britain came to be established in 1707, Scotland's government moved to London, and Scots lost its political status to English. Scots was being rapidly reduced to a purely spoken one, to the status of an everyday colloquial language, not something one could use in school, or in business. From having been an independent language used by all people on all levels, Scots has descended to the status of being considered a dialect of English, a dialect being used only by ignorant peasants, fishermen, and laborers, not by gentleman.

The Anglian language of Scotland developed on its own thereafter. By the late 15th century perceptions of the difference to the language spoken further south arose and English-speaking "Scots" started to call their language "Scottis," Gavin Douglas being the first to use the term in this way. Scots has loan words resulting from contact with Gaelic. These loan words are mainly for geographical and cultural features, such as clan and loch ('lake'). Like any living language, Scots has changed to some extent over the years, though it has arguably remained closer to its Anglo-Saxon roots than English. Many Scots words have become part of English: flit, 'to move home', greed, eerie, cuddle, clan, stob, 'a post'.

Scots has its origins in the variety of Early northern Middle English spoken in southeastern Scotland, also known as Early Scots. That began to diverge from the North Umbrian variety due to twelfth and thirteenth century immigration of Scandinavian-influenced Middle English-speakers from the North and Midlands of England. Later influences on the development of Scots were from Romance languages via ecclesiastical and legal Latin, Norman and later Parisian French due to the Auld Alliance as well as Dutch and Middle Low German influences due to trade and immigration from the Low Countries. Scots also includes loan words resulting from contact with Gaelic. Early medieval legal documents include a body of Gaelic legal and administrative loans. Contemporary Gaelic loans are mainly for geographical and cultural features, such as ceilidh, loch and clan.

Scottish (Standard) English is the result of language contact between Scots and the Standard English of England after the 17th century. The resulting shift towards Standard English by Scots-speakers resulted in many phonological compromises and lexical transfers, often mistaken for mergers by linguists unfamiliar with the history of Scottish English. Furthermore, interdialectal forms, hypercorrections and spelling pronunciations, also influenced the process. Gaelic has influenced Highland English. The most Gaelic influenced variety being Hebridean English, spoken in the Western Isles.

Norn language
Norn is an extinct North Germanic, West Scandinavian, language that was spoken on Shetland and Orkney, off the north coast of mainland Scotland, and in Caithness. Norn evolved from the Old Norse that was widely spoken in the Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland and the west coast of the mainland during the Viking occupation from the 8th to the 13th centuries. After the Northern Isles were ceded to Scotland by Norway in the 15th century, its use was discouraged by the Scottish government and the Church of Scotland (the national church), and Lowland Scots gradually replaced it over time. Norn died out in the 19th century.

CUISINE OF SCOTLAND:
Scottish cuisine is the specific set of cooking traditions and practices associated with Scotland. It has distinctive attributes and recipes of its own, but shares much with wider European cuisine as a result of foreign and local influences both ancient and modern. Traditional Scottish dishes exist alongside international foodstuffs brought about by migration.
Scotland's natural larder of game, dairy, fish, fruit, and vegetables is the integral factor in traditional Scots cooking, with a high reliance on simplicity and a lack of spices from abroad, which were often very expensive.
Scottish cuisine is enjoying a renaissance. In most towns, Chinese and Indian take-away restaurants exist along with traditional fish and chip shops. Larger towns and cities offer cuisine ranging from Thai and Japanese to Mexican, Pakistani, Polish and Turkish.
The signature dish of Scotland is undoubtedly Haggis, and impressive though it is, Scotland's kitchens have a whole lot more to offer. Traditional Scottish cuisine is based on local produce - oats for porridge and oatcake biscuits (bannocks), salted, or smoked meat and game. Fish is a staple and the city of Aberdeen has been known for its cured fish since the 13th Century.
Today Scotland's chefs take the best of their culinary heritage, re-interpreting their grandmothers' recipes to produce delectable variations on the old standards. Recipes highlight Scottish ingredients at their very best. Scotland is famous for Aberdeen Angus Beef, succulent Lamb, and delicate summer fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. An increasing number of specialist farms in the Highlands produce Venison, and cheese making is a rediscovered art.
The Scots are a nation of self-confessed sweet addicts and aside from their heavenly fudge and boiled sweets (boilings) link "rhubarb rock" and "Soor Plooms", there is a host of traditional puddings like cranachan and cream crowdie, girdle scones and clootie dumpling, not to mention jams, jellies and preserves of all kinds.
Aside from whisky the Scottish have a second national drink - Irn Bru. It is very sweet, very orange and defies description except to say that it consistently outsells Coca Cola in Scotland.

Meat

Scotland's free-range beef is renowned for its taste and tenderness. The herds roam freely on Aberdeenshire's rolling hills eating a natural diet free of recycled protein, hormones or additives.
The distinctive Scottish Black Face sheep produces lean and succulent lamb which is a staple in the Scottish diet. The Scots cook with ALL of the animal as witnessed by Haggis.

Haggis

Haggis is one of those dishes that divide people - you love it or you hate it. It is made from sheep's offal (pluck) which is chopped finely, mixed with toasted oatmeal then sewn into the sheep’s stomach lining and boiled for a further three hours.
Haggis is traditionally eaten on Burns Night, January 25, when Scotland celebrates the birth of its most famous poet, Robert Burns. During the celebration, Burns’s poems are read, and a member of the party, addresses the haggis with verses from Burns' poem, 'Address to a Haggis.'

Fish
Scotland produces some of the finest salmon in the world. The Rivers Tay and Tweed are major salmon fisheries and salmon fishing has been a traditional pass-time for the aristocracy and commoners alike. In order to protect the dwindling fish stocks fish farms have bee tends to be smoked, and thinly sliced, served as an entrée.

Scotland also has a large sea fishing industry yielding cod, haddock, plaice, halibut, and whiting.
Scottish produce is world-renowned. When celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay cook with wild trout and salmon their fish will, more than likely, have come from the banks of the Tay or the Tweed. Similarly, when you say beef, most Michelin-starred chefs automatically put the words 'Aberdeen' and 'Angus' together.

There's a huge market for our venison and lamb, and Scotland is becoming recognised as one of the world's most exciting cheese producers: from Brodick Blue cheese from the Isle of Arran, through to more exotic cheeses like Strathkiness, the Scottish equivalent of Gruyere.

Whisky is Scotland's most famous drink and today there are over a hundred distilleries in Scotland. From Speyside to the Highlands and Islands of the west coast, the range and variety of whiskies on offer is astonishing. The tiny island of Islay, for example, has eight distilleries alone, including Bruichaddich, which still makes its malt using the same Victorian process it did over a century ago.
Famous the world over and a Scottish invention to boot, Scotch whisky is as popular as ever. Mature, single malt whiskies are now viewed as an investment in the same way as wine and some very old, rare bottles sell for thousands of pounds. Whisky tasting can be taught in much the same way as wine tasting and the subtlety and variety of flavours created by the different distilleries is astounding.

TOUR ATTRACTIONS:
Scottish attractions have seen tourism at an all time high due to the number of famous sights that keep visitors flocking back time and again. With sights like Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Science Centre and the Falkirk Wheel, attractions in Scotland hold something of interest for everyone.
Things to do in Scotland would obviously have to include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, and I have featured it on my Scottish Castles page.
I have had the privilege of seeing many of Scotland's great attractions and some of them are pretty awesome. Obviously everyone has different tastes, so my top ten, listed here in no particular order, is quite varied.

  • Blair Drummond Safari Park
  • The Falkirk Wheel
  • Glenmorangie Distillery Tour
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Melrose Abbey
  • Edinburgh's Royal Mile
  • Glasgow Science Centre
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

There is a wealth of Scottish attractions to discover with the UK’s finest Victorian architecture, internationally acclaimed museums & galleries to inspire as well as Glasgow’s own unique atmosphere to soak up.
The National Museums of Scotland show Scotland to the World with extensive collections that have been built up over more than two centuries. There are nearly 300 museums and galleries, so it's not surprising that they are among the most popular Scottish attractions.

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Cost and Dates

Package Type: Price Per Person
Rs. 70,799/- *
USD 1,315.60/- *
EUR 1,014.26/- *
GBP 816.575/- *
Validity: Valid till July 29, 2012
(For other location please contact OR Send Query)
 
 

Hotel Details

Ardoe House Hotel
Address: South Deeside Road Blairs, Aberdeen AB12 5YP, Scotland
Star Category:
Hotel Description:
The Baronial splendour of Ardoe House, hidden away amongst thirty acres of rolling Aberdeenshire countryside, bears a distinctively familiar grace. Inspired by the royal residence at Balmoral Castle, Ardoe House Hotel is a luxurious modern hotel, beautifully crafted from an imposing 19th century mansion house. With the focus on the roaring open fire of the grand fireplace, original features of rich wood panelling, opulent furniture impressive artwork combine to make this the ultimate indulgence. Enjoy refreshments home bakes to light lunches suppers.

How to reach:
Aberdeen Airport (ABZ) is 6.8 kms away.
Isles of Glencoe Hotel
Address: Near Fort William, Ballachulish PH49 4HL, Scotland
Star Category:
Hotel Description:
Almost afloat, the Isles of Glencoe Hotel nestles on the lochside, and this friendly family hotel offers everything for which you dream on holiday; spacious loch and mountain view bedrooms and a relaxed convivial ambience.

How to reach:
Glasgow Airport is the nearest airport to hotel.
Menzies Hotel
Address: 27 Washington Street (formerly Milton Classic Hotel), Glasgow G3 8AZ, Scotland
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Set in the heart of Glasgow The Menzies Glasgow Hotel is a modern stylish hotel built on the site of an old Rice Mill dating back to 1854 The Mill part of the building has been retained and houses 12 luxury apartments The hotel has been designed to offer tastefully created facilities including 129 Feng Shui bedrooms equipped with air conditioning and Quadriga entertainment systems.

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Glasgow Airport (GLA) is 10.4 km away.
 
 
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