Amy Bertrand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 3, 2011
Every Thursday I write about a place I'd like to go. Sometimes it's a place I've always dreamed of going; sometimes it's just an email that catches my eye.
Today, I'm writing about a 12-day trip to Scotland from small-group specialist Odysseys Unlimited. Ever since I was a grade-schooler I've dreamed of visiting Loch Ness. This trip takes you to Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, the Isle of Sky, Loch Ness, Inverness, Wester Ross, Culloden Moor, St. Andrews and Edinburgh.
From the email:
Designed for a small group of 12 to 24 guests, the tour kicks off with a welcome dinner at Glasglow's National Piping Center replete with a live Scottish folk band. Other small group highlights include a privately guided tour of Pollock House, ancestral home of the Maxwell clan and now a museum with the United Kingdom's greatest collection of Spanish art; and a falconry demonstration in the gardens of the Royal Palace of Falkland, country home of the Stuart monarchs including Mary, Queen of Scots. Guests also will see a sheep dog demonstration with working Border Collies in Kinraig.
Priced from $3,995 air and land inclusive, Odysseys Unlimited's 12-day Scotland: Highlands and Island includes 10 nights' accommodations in superior first class and first class hotels; many meals; extensive sightseeing including all entrance fees; luggage handling; gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters and all drivers; and the services of a skilled Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director. The tour debuts May 12, 2012, with eight additional departures scheduled through September 2012. August departures include reserved seating at an evening performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tatoo.