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GORGEOUS LANDSCAPES, TARTAN PATTERNS, SHORTBREAD, THE HIGHLANDS, WHISKY, WILDLIFE, ARCHITECTURE

AND SO MUCH MORE.

JOURNEY TO BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND WITH L3.

A DISCOVERY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE


L3's trip to Scotland will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We've planned activities that are not available to the public as well as visits to cities and countrysides, conversations with historians and fascinating characters, and hands-on programs. We'll experience the true essence of Scottish hospitality, culture and personality. We've made arrangements to make this trip easy on our travelers with private-chartered flights from Glasgow to Islay and from Islay to Inverness. Our luggage will be transferred separately via coach to eliminate the need for baggage drop and claim at the airports. Our guide is a highly regarded professional with a deep knowledge of Scotland and a commitment to meet our group's needs.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

subject to change

Day 1 – August 4 – Travel Day

Some of you will begin your travel on August 3 and arrive early or midday on August 4. Let us know if you may want to add an extra night to your stay so you can check into your room upon arrival.


Some of you will begin your travel from the U.S. on this day and arrive early or midday on August 5. We've booked your rooms starting on August 4 so they'll be ready when you arrive.


Arrive at Glasgow(GLA) or Edinburgh(EDI) airport. We'll make arrangements for you to be transported to Loch Lomond and the Cameron House Hotel. Depending on your arrival time and airport, there may be additional charges for airport transfers. 


We'll have a casual dinner at the hotel's Marina bistro and enjoy some authentic Scottish folk music.

Overnight: Cameron House

Day 2 – August 5 – Your Day. Your Way.

While we wait for all our travelers to arrive, Cameron House will provide you with a choice of activities to make this day your day. The epic landscape along 24 miles of the Loch has something for everyone and it's a perfect way to start this exciting trip. Once you register for this trip, we'll send you the brochure of activities and L3 will help you book your choice of activity at your cost.


An afternoon tea and falconry display will help welcome us to Scotland.


We'll come together for dinner in a private room at the hotel with a local Scotsman speaking to us about clans, tartans and the tradition of wearing a kilt.

Overnight: Cameron House

Day 3 – August 6 – Glasgow

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll check out and take a walking tour of Glasgow, then depart for Glasgow airport for a 45-minute, private-charter flight to the Isle of Islay, an island known for its amazing beaches, whiskies and friendly islanders on Scotland's dramatic west coast. Dinner will be at Machrie Hotel on Islay.

Overnight: Machrie Hotel

Day 4 – August 7 – Islay Isle

Our guide will introduce us to the Isle of Islay. Our hotel is set on seven miles of pristine beach with a links golf course designed by former Ryder Cup Vice Captain DJ Russell and a PureGray spa onsite.

In the mid-afternoon, we'll visit the whisky distillery for a private tour and tasting. We'll continue to dinner in a typical island restaurant at The Islay Hotel, Port Ellen.

Overnight: Machrie Hotel

Day 5 – August 8 – Loch Ness, Culloden and Cawdor Castle

After breakfast, we'll check out and transfer to Islay airport for a one-hour, private-charter flight over the dramatic highland scenery and Loch Ness, to Inverness airport. A short distance from Inverness, we'll visit the Culloden battlefield where the Scottish Jacobites were defeated by British forces, ending their rebellion in 1746.


We'll continue to Cawdor Castle, where Shakespeare set his play "Macbeth," for a private audience with the dowager Lady Cawdor over scones and tea. We'll arrive at Candacraig Castle in the late afternoon, with time to relax and refresh before dinner. 

Overnight: Candacraig Castle – exclusive use

Day 6 - August 9 - Candacraig

An expert forager will guide us in the morning through the basics of foraging as we collect produce to use at lunch cooked al fresco. Our Candacraig chef will assist us in making some mouthwatering dishes. Next, we'll depart to Braemar for the Highland Games with instructors from "Men in Kilts." A short beer-tasting with a local brewer completes the day as we head back to Candacraig where kilt outfits will be laid out on our beds ready for our evening of Scottish traditions. A master of ceremonies will recite the ode to the haggis by Robert Burns. After dinner, Scottish dancers will demonstrate the dances and then everyone can have a go. This will be a memorable final evening at our private home in the Scottish Highlands.

Overnight: Candacraig Castle – exclusive use

Day 7- August 10 – Perthshire, Aberfeldy, Wildlife Safari and Edinburgh

We'll check out of Candacraig after breakfast and depart to rural Perthshire en route to Edinburgh. We'll stop at Aberfeldy for a Land Rover safari to a mountain bothy (mountain shelter) and stunning views. We'll learn about the wildlife and sample excellent homecooked soup and rolls for lunch. We'll continue south to Edinburgh and check into the hotel in time to relax before our dinner in a private room.

Overnight Kimpton Hotel

Day 8 – August 11 – Edinburgh Military Tattoo

After breakfast, we'll enjoy a two-hour walking tour through Edinburgh's old town. The afternoon is free time to have lunch and explore the shows and street theatre of Edinburgh's world-famous Fringe Festival. We'll return to the hotel to prepare for our finale. We'll have a VIP dinner in the Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle. After dinner, we'll make our way through the great oak doors of the castle drawbridge and walk down the center of the castle esplanade to our premier seats for the spectacular Royal Military Tattoo.

Overnight Kimpton Hotel

Day 9 – August 12 – Departure Day

Depart Edinburgh airport (EDI).

Would you like to stay and head to Ireland for a couple of days? Let us know how many and we'll get it organized. Otherwise, plan your departure for today from Edinburgh Airport.

Registration includes:

All meals, except for two lunches, wine with dinner, all scheduled activities, in-country flights and ground transportation, hotel accommodations and tipping.


Not included in your registration fee:

Flights to and from Scotland, individual user-pay activities at resorts, two lunches during free time and additional alcohol

COVID PROTOCOLS

You will need to be vaccinated and have a booster shot to travel with L3. We will send you the international requirements for testing and vaccinations when we get closer to our departure date. Re-entry into the United States will require a negative PCR test. We will make arrangements through our hotel in Edinburgh for your test. At this time, we do not know what the individual charge will be for this test.

CANCELLATION

Due to the limited number of seats on this trip, there will be no refund for a canceled reservation at any time. However, we anticipate a waiting list and will permit the reselling of your reservation to another L3 member or candidate, should you need to cancel. We encourage you to get travel insurance.


Should a COVID surge prohibit travel either by the United States or Scotland, the trip will be rescheduled. Our destination management company has listed this in our contract but warns there may be an additional fee if the Royal Military Tattoo is not canceled during the prohibited travel period. Military Tattoo tickets are non-refundable.