2017 - 13 Day Scottish Isles & Glens: Special Access Photography

3 Star Vacation - 12 Nights - 22 Meals


Whether you have a smartphone or DSLR camera, CIE Tours' photography trips are designed to have you come home with the travel album of a lifetime. Meet and learn from a celebrated landscape photographer before your trip begins and continue learning as you travel with a professional photographer who is there to answer your photography questions and help you capture the photos of a lifetime.


  • Meet with a celebrated landscape photographer who will spend two evenings with you sharing tips for capturing the best of scenic Ireland and providing guidance on framing and displaying your photos once you're home.
  • Travel with a professional photographer dedicated to helping you capture memorable moments every step of the way.
  • Discover the lush, sub-tropical-style oasis that is Inverewe Gardens. Perched on a peninsula at the edge of Loch Ewe amid the rugged landscape of Wester Ross, this world-famous historic garden is one of Scotland's most popular botanical attractions.
  • Have your camera ready as you cruise Loch Ness. Admire the ruins of Urquhart Castle, situated on a rocky promontory with an open outlook up and down Loch Ness.
  • Visit Leault Farms, set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, where you'll see working dogs working as a team maneuvering sheep and ducks through various obstacles.

    This Tour Features:

  • Tour of Edinburgh
  • Loch Katrine steamboat cruise and cruise on Loch Ness
  • Ferry rides to Isles of Bute and Orkney
  • Sheepdog trials at Leault Farm
  • Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting and tour
  • Edinburgh open-top bus tour
  • Walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Nine dinners (D) including
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - 8 table d'hote dinners
  • Visits and admissions to Mount Stuart House, Eilean Donan Castle, Dunvegan Castle, Kilt Rock, Inverewe Gardens, John o'Groats, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, St Magnus Cathedral, Italian Chapel, Dunrobin Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre and Edinburgh Castle


    First Class & Highland

  • The Winnock Hotel
    Drymen, near Glasgow (2 nights)
  • Balmacara Hotel
    near Kyle of Lochalsh (2 nights)
  • The Royal Hotel
    Ullapool (1 night)
  • Kirkwall Hotel or
    Ayre Hotel
    Kirkwall (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel
    Inverness (2 nights)
  • Apex Grassmarket Hotel
    Edinburgh (3 nights)

    All CIE Tours Include:

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • Full daily breakfasts (except Day 1)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Audio headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches
  • Deluxe documents wallet and backpack
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Call (301) 977-4141 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13454186

    Tour Operator
    CIE Tours
    Offer valid through 9/30/2017
    13 Days
    Escorted - Yes
    Day 1GlasgowGLASGOW ARRIVAL & LOCH KATRINE CRUISE : Your Scottish getaway kicks off at 3:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your hotel, located in the village of Drymen, 20 miles north of Glasgow. From there, set out on a short drive through part of the Trossachs, often called "The Highlands in Miniature." Continue on and embark on the steamboat "Sir Walter Scott" for a short cruise on Loch Katrine to admire lovely scenery. Then it's back to the hotel to join your tour director and travel companions for a welcome get-together drink. You'll meet with a celebrated landscape photographer, who will give an informative talk before offering suggestions as to where you can take the best photographs while on your tour. Wrap up the first day by joining your fellow travelers for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
    Day 2GlasgowISLE OF BUTE & MOUNT STUART HOUSE : This morning, journey across a scenic Highland route and over the mountain pass of "Rest & Be Thankful." Take a short ferry ride to the Isle of Bute where a drive around the coast will reveal stunning sea and island scenery. Enjoy a guided tour of the highly-decorated chambers of Mount Stuart House, built in the late 1870s for the 3rd Marquess of Bute, and don't miss the many Victorian comforts that were highly innovative for the era. Next, spend some time in Rothesay, the main town on the island. Then, it's back to the hotel for free time to relax before dining on-site.
    (B, D)
    Day 3Kyle of LochalshLOCH LOMOND & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE : Get ready to travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. From there, journey through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland's most spectacular and beautiful places, and travel through Fort William with a stop at a woolen mill for some refreshments and shopping for Scottish goods. Continue the journey north to visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle, the first fortified castle that was built in the 13th century, rebuilt several times, and partially ruined in 1719. Check into a charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh. Take some time to settle in before joining your group for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
    (B, D)
    Day 4Kyle of LochalshISLE OF SKYE & DUNVEGAN CASTLE : Today explore the Isle of Skye and its Bonnie Prince Charlie associations (he fled to the island after his defeat at Culloden Moor). Next, travel to Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years, making it the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. View priceless family heirlooms and stroll through formal gardens. Then it's time for a stop in Portree to have a look at brightly-painted houses that cluster around the bay. Return to your hotel just in time for dinner.
    (B, D)
    Day 5UllapoolINVEREWE GARDENS & ULLAPOOL : Prepare to take in Highland scenery along the west coast on the way to Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of trees and shrubs was created from 50 acres of bleak headland in 1862 (the varied plantings thrive due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream). Next continue to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port that was built in 1788 to provide a living for the people in this region. After a brief drive around the town, check into the hotel. You will have time to relax before dinner with your group.
    (B, D)
    Day 6KirkwallHIGHLAND SCENERY & ISLE OF ORKNEY : Explore the northernmost section of the Highlands, which is sparsely populated with remote hamlets. See huge tracts of bogland, rugged mountains, coastline and vast areas of open land while learning about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the United States, Australia and other countries. Next continue to John O'Groats and take a nearby ferry (dinner we be served onboard) to the Isles of Orkney. Upon arrival to Kirkwall, check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
    (B, D)
    Day 7KirkwallORKNEY SIGHTS & SKARA BRAE : Explore the Isles of Orkney beginning with a drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines. You'll discover the charm of the tiny Italian Chapel, built from two Nissen huts with elaborate paintings. View the Ring of Brodgar, a group of prehistoric standing stones and see Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old village with remains of dwellings before returning to Kirkwall to see 12th century St. Magnus Cathedral. The remainder of the day is to sightsee, shop and dine on your own.
    Day 8InvernessDUNROBIN CASTLE & INVERNESS : Return by ferry to the mainland and drive down the east coast to visit Dunrobin Castle, dating to 1275 but renovated in the mid-1800s. Visit chambers containing priceless artifacts, including the dining room, music room and library with over 10,000 volumes, and take a walk through the well-tended castle gardens. Continue south to the hotel in the center of Inverness, and check in for dinner and your overnight stay.
    (B, D)
    Day 9InvernessURQUHART CASTLE & CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD : The day begins with a short trip to take a scenic cruise on Loch Ness. Visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland's largest castle, which was destroyed in Jacobite wars. Then head to nearby Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict in 1746, which ended the clan system in Scotland. Next, it's a stop for photos at Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial place with a circle of standing stones that inspired the "Outlander" books. Finally return to Inverness with time to relax, shop or freshen up before dinner at the hotel.
    (B, D)
    Day 10EdinburghSHEEPDOG TRIALS & WHISKY TASTING : Drive past the majestic scenery of the Cairngorm Mountains to visit Leault Farm, where skilled dogs obey commands to round up sheep. Continue south to Pitlochry to visit Blair Athol Distillery, Scotland's smallest, set in a picturesque location outside the town. See how whiskey is distilled and enjoy a tasting at the end of the tour. After the visit, check into your hotel in Edinburgh where you'll have the chance to settle in before meeting again with your photography mentor, who you greeted you at the start of the tour. This time, he'll discuss various matting and framing ideas with your group. Wrap up the day with a Scottish evening featuring excellent Scottish cuisine and a lively show.
    (B, D)
    Day 11EdinburghEDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR : This morning, discover Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. Enjoy the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian "New Town," and walk along a section of the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city where some houses reach 11 stories tall. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see historic buildings, the Stone of Scone, and the Scottish Crown Jewels. Be sure to have your camera at hand for the panoramic views over the city from the ramparts. Spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure.
    Day 12EdinburghEXTEND YOUR STAY IN EDINBURGH : The day is entirely yours in Edinburgh. It's a great opportunity to use your hop-on hop-off bus tour voucher to explore numerous places within the bustling city. Also included with your voucher is a walking tour around parts of the city's historic areas - you will have a selection of different tours and routes you can take. This evening, take the opportunity to dine at the endless restaurants and pubs that Edinburgh has to offer.
    Day 13Depart EdinburghDEPART EDINBURGH FOR HOME : Your tour ends after breakfast.

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    The Winnock Hotel, Drymen, near Glasgow (2 nights)
    Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh (2 nights)
    The Royal Hotel, Ullapool (1 night)
    Kirkwall Hotel or Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall (2 nights)
    Columba Hotel, Inverness (2 nights)
    Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh (3 nights)

    Single room supplement: $676

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