The mist rises off of Loch Ness as your boat glides across the deep, dark water. In the distance, the towers of a crumbling castle emerge from the fog. Around and above you loom the Scottish highlands. It’s mysterious, arcane, and although you’re pretty sure that the stories of Nessie, the legendary Loch Ness Monster, are just stories…was that just a big rock or a log poking out of the water, or something else?
To be sure, Scotland’s reputation as a rugged, adventurous land is deserved – Scottish freedom fighters William Wallace and Rob Roy and the immortal Highlander Connor Macleod loom large in our collective imagination. But we’ll show you another side of the Scottish highlands. You’ll spend time with kindly shepherds lovingly tending to their flocks, join master distillers and sip their whiskeys in search of that perfect balance of flavor and heat, and (if golf’s your passion) gather at dawn to play a round on the legendary course where the game itself began. You’ll roam the highlands, taking in the spectacle—watching eagles soar above you as you peer out from the ramparts of a medieval castle—as well as enjoying the quiet moments with your new Scottish friends, the people who make this part of the world so unique and wonderful. Your nights will be spent at lodgings that are both world-class and uniquely Scottish, beautiful country house hotels that have provided the best possible comfort and service for generations of travelers. And you’ll dine on local cuisine, from a classic Scottish breakfast (try the black pudding!) to possibly the best salmon you’ll ever eat.
Castles, whisky, wool and golf—these are some of the ingredients in our Scotland tours, but your Classic Journeys experience in Scotland is more than a dish, it’s a feast. We’ll take you inside the myths and history of Scotland; your Scottish guide will be a friend, companion and teacher, leading you through the green hills of this magnificent country. Scotland’s beloved poet Robert Burns once wrote: “My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here; my heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer”. After your Classic Journeys Scotland trip is done, you may find that you feel the same way.
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