Fàilte! After clearing customs, you are greeted by an Adventures by Disney representative who helps with your luggage. Relax as a driver whisks you away to the beautiful Balmoral Hotel.
The Balmoral Hotel
Get ready for a warm Scottish welcome when your Adventure Guides greet you within. Unwind from your trip and marvel at the stately décor while your Guides check you into this historic hotel.
Welcome Reception and Dinner
Say halò to your fellow Adventurers at this exclusive feast in the Balmoral's elegant dining room which overlooks Edinburgh's scenic cityscape. Raise a glass to toast the beginning of an unforgettable trip. Slainte!
After a hearty Scottish breakfast at the hotel, climb aboard a coach for an excursion to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. A Blue Badge Guide leads you on a tour of this royal palace that is the Queen of England's official residence in Edinburgh. Over the centuries, great events at Holyroodhouse have shaped the fates of England, Scotland and France. Scotland's deadly struggles for power, love and family are all part of the history within.
National Museum of Scotland
Follow a private guide through this collection of Scottish treasures! Imagine what it was like to be accused of witchcraft in medieval Scotland as your guide reveals the harrowing stories of a time before science when superstition reigned. Next, your guide introduces you to the Chessmen of Lewis—one of the most significant archaeological finds of the last 200 years. Merida and her mother play with these iconic chess pieces in the Disney•Pixar movie Brave!
Lunch in the National Museum
Join your fellow Adventurers for lunch in the National Museum. Our exclusive venue offers some of the best views of Edinburgh Castle in the entire city!
Dovecot Studios Tour
Discover how this 101-year-old studio creates tapestries through a rich collaboration between the artist, weavers and commissioners. An expert demonstrates the fundamentals of this ancient art and invites you to try your hand at a wee bit of weaving by running a wooden bobbin through an actual tapestry. Take home your very own bobbin as a souvenir.
Late Afternoon and Dinner On Your Own
Edinburgh is rich in history and eye-catching architecture. Stroll the Royal Mile, the commercial center of Old Town, and hear the Scottish brogue sing to your ear in passing conversations. You're sure to fall in love with this winsome city as you explore the shops, restaurants and historic buildings of Lawnmarket and High Street. At dinner time, feel free to ask your Adventure Guides to recommend the perfect place to have a family meal.
*Holyroodhouse Palace may be closed on some dates in May and June due to Elizabeth, Queen of England, being in residence. In the event the Palace is closed, a tour of St. Giles Cathedral and the Thistle Chapel will be featured.
Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey by coach to one of the most famous islands of Scotland—the mystical, magical Isle of Skye. Travel across the Scottish West Highlands past some of the most magnificent scenery in the country!
Glorious Glen Coe and Bonnie Prince Charlie
Scotland is rich with daring tales from the days of old. On your way to Skye, sit back and listen as your Adventure Guides tell tales of centuries past. Your journey takes you on the trail of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who raised his standard and began the Jacobite uprising in 1745 to reinstate the exiled Stuarts as rulers of Scotland. We'll pass through the rugged valley of Glen Coe, home to the infamous Massacre of Glen Coe in the late 17th century. The coach stops midway so you can take in the stunning natural beauty.
Lunch On Your Own at Fort William
Fort William thrives where the sea meets the Rivers Nevis and Lochy, with mighty Ben Nevis—the highest mountain in the British Isles—towering in the background. Spend a little time strolling the town's Highstreet before you sit down for a midday meal with your family. If you need a restaurant recommendation, feel free to ask your Adventure Guides.
Eilean Donan Castle
Make your way by coach to one of the most beautiful castles of Scotland! This majestic national icon sits at the dramatic junction of three great saltwater lochs. Take a self-guided tour to uncover the turbulent history of this extraordinary fortress that's been rebuilt several times over the centuries.
The Journey to the Isle Continues
Climb back aboard the coach and resume your scenic trek to the Isle of Skye. As you cross the Skye Bridge that spans Loch Alsh, revel in the views of the stunning coastal scenery.
Arrive at Cuillin Hills Hotel
Overlooking the waters of Portree Bay, with spectacular views of both the Sound of Raasay and the grand Cuillin Mountain Range, this comfortable hotel is your home for the next 2 nights. Unwind in the lobby as your Adventure Guides take care of your luggage and check-in.
Calling all Scotch whisky lovers! Try varieties of this smoky liquor at a private tasting event. A drop or two of water? Or none at all? Delight in the nuances of selected blends and single malts.
Junior Adventurer Dinner
While adults eat at their leisure in the hotel restaurant, Junior Adventurers join the Adventure Guides for their own supper shindig, topped off with mini-highland games! Play classics like Tug of War, Wellie Boot Toss and Ring Toss.
Disney Movie Night
Snuggle up with your wee bairns as you watch a Disney movie in a private room of the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, board a coach for an unforgettable ride to the rugged Sound of Raasay. Along the way, keep an eye out for the Old Man of Storr, a large standing stone that rises above the jagged formations that crown the hilltops blanketed in mists.
Hiking at Brothers Point and The Quiraing
Grassy pathways take you over gentle verdant hills to Brothers Point, a rocky promontory that reaches out into the sea. Hike as far as you choose on this walk surrounded by enchanting views of the shining waters, rugged shoreline and endless sky kissing the horizon. Rest up for a moment on the short coach ride to The Quiraing, a hilltop with an even more breathtaking landscape. The hike into the grass-carpeted hills rewards you with jaw-dropping sights as you look out over the sparkling blue bay and the slopes that tumble past spectacular land formations. On a sunny day, you can see for miles across the waters to the mainland and Hebrides Islands.
Lunch at a Local Restaurant
Enjoy a hearty lunch featuring delicious local fare at a restaurant on the Isle of Skye.
On the way back, the coach stops at the dramatic rocky formation known as Kilt Rock, with its "pleated" cliff sides that drop 295 feet (90 meters) straight down into the Atlantic Ocean. Take in the romantic scenery at this stop near a waterfall spilling into the ocean.
Scone-Making in Portree
Return to Portree and join the talented pastry chef at the Isle of Sky Baking Company to see how Scottish scones are made! Try your hand at creating one of these buttery treats yourself.
Céilidh Dancing at Cuillin Hills Hotel
Enjoy an engaging performance of Céilidh (pronounced "kay-lee") dancing by local school children who perform traditional Scottish dances and play musical instruments, including bagpipes and accordions.
Dinner On Your Own in Portree
Set off for dinner on your own in this charming little seaside town! Fresh seafood, Scottish traditional cuisine and much more is on the menu. Don't hesitate to ask your Adventure Guides for dining recommendations.
Spend time on your own exploring the center, with its artful presentation of both facts and lore about the loch. Make up your own mind whether the famous monster, Nessie, really exists! Visit the art gallery or shop for a special souvenir of this legendary lake.
Exclusive Lunch at the Loch Ness Café
Take a break from your Nessie hunt for lunch with your fellow Adventurers at this cozy café.
Cruise or Canoeing to Urquhart Castle
Board a motor launch for a trek across Loch Ness and hear the skipper's tales of hunting the legendary creature. Or feel a brisk breeze as you canoe across the dark blue waters, the great forested shores rising to either side.
Disembark at the ruins of this once-mighty fortress that commands breathtaking views of Loch Ness. Built upon the remains of an ancient burial cairn, this castle was captured numerous times over the centuries by warring forces contending for the throne of Scotland. It's also one of the most frequent locations of Nessie sightings! Perhaps you will be the one to snap the next provocative picture…
Arrive at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Relax as your Adventure Guides check you into this stylish new annex of the Kingsmills Hotel. Nestled in the countryside, these comfortable accommodations are your home for the next 3 nights.
Dinner at the Hotel
This evening at the Kingsmills Hotel, select your meal from an a la carte menu and dine at your leisure.
Board a flight to the place where Gaelic is spoken alongside English and the scent of peat drifts in the wind. This most northerly of the Hebrides Islands, Lewis is full of friendly people and intriguing ancient sites, as well as many inspirations for the movie Brave!
The Blackhouse of Arnol, No. 42
Imagine what it was like to live in a blackhouse, where local people and their domesticated animals dwelled together under the same peat roof! On a privately guided tour, find out how this unique and precious relic of a bygone era has been preserved.
Black Arnol House and Dun Carloway Broch
Step back in time as you learn about the role of the blackhouse in crofting society, an environmentally friendly lifestyle that thrives to this day. Next, venture to Dun Carloway to see a broch—an ancient stone structure from the Iron Age only found in Scotland—and hear what scholars know about life in that era from its remains.
The Callanish Standing Stones
Step between the mysterious standing stones just as Merida does on her journey in Brave. Your guides reveal some of the scientific theories about the site, as well as the folklore surrounding how the stones came to be.
Scottish Pub-style Lunch
Dine on a typical Scottish pub-style lunch at a venue favored by local Lewisians.
Depart Isle of Lewis
Fly back to Inverness for a delicious dinner.
Dinner at the Mustard Seed
After an invigorating day on the Isle of Lewis, you'll revel in the simple cooking, friendly service and a warm, welcoming ambiance of the Mustard Seed where you and your fellow adventurers will experience an unforgettable dining experience. Marvel at the architecture of this restaurant that was once an old church, bringing the old and new together in an appetizing way.
Welcome to wild Scotland! Fuel up for an active day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey to Rothiemurchus Estate—one of the greatest tracts of natural forest in Britain. The ancient woodland forest is home to an extraordinary variety of wildlife, as well as pretty Loch an Eilein, with its 13th-century castle sitting on the lake's wee island. The glorious scenery will steal your heart if the mop-headed Highland cattle don't steal it first!
Spend the morning riding the Highland ponies. Ride over peaceful hills and heather moorlands, past stunning views of the Cairngorm mountain range.
Exclusive Lunch at Rothiemurchus Estate
Take a lunch break with your fellow adventurers. Select a salad or sandwich from a menu that specializes in locally grown meats and produce, and admire the moss-laden Caledonian Forest.
Climb onto a mountain bike and pedal into the primeval Caledonian forest on one of 3 routes that take you to battle sites of old and other landmarks surrounded by beautiful woodlands and unique wildlife.
Dinner On Your Own in Inverness
Set off for dinner on your own in this ancient capital of the Highlands, once the home of Pictish Kings! From traditional to contemporary, local to international, Inverness offers a rich variety of culinary experiences in riverside restaurants, bustling bistros, country houses or even castles. Don't hesitate to ask your Adventure Guides for dining recommendations.
*Horseback riding activity has a maximum weight limit for each rider of 200 lbs (90.7 kg).
Share a buffet breakfast with your family at the hotel before boarding a coach for a scenic 3-hour trip across the Scottish Highlands!
Once defender of the Scottish crown jewels and fortress against the armies of Oliver Cromwell, this castle perches on cliffs rising high above the vast blue sea, overlooking what was once a strategic merchant route during the Middle Ages. It was also an inspiration for Merida's castle in Brave! Explore the ruins on your own and learn about the castle's colorful past.
Arrive at Glamis Castle
Your tour of Scotland's historic castles continues as you climb aboard the coach and head to Glamis Castle, whose grim history inspired one of Shakespeare's most renowned plays, Macbeth.
Gather with your fellow Adventurers for a delightful picnic lunch on the picturesque castle grounds.
Privately Guided Tour
Your private guide shares tales of royal intrigue as you explore this famous fortress rumored to be haunted by its ill-fated inhabitants. Discover the surprising truth about Shakespeare's King Macbeth and marvel at the sumptuous décor of this stately castle where The Queen Mother herself was born.
Join an expert on the castle grounds for a private lesson in archery. Don't have a longbow and quill? Nae problem! All equipment is provided. May the sure aim of Merida inspire you.
Welcome Reception at Edinburgh Castle
Commanding the city from its military loft, Edinburgh Castle is one of the most recognizable and famous castles in the world! Come together for a welcome reception, complete with live bagpipe music.
After-Hours Private Tour
Once the castle is closed to the general public, join a guide for an exciting private tour of this magnificent monument. Glean the secrets of this fortress and its important role in Scottish heritage. Be dazzled by the Scottish Crown Jewels, which were lost for over 100 years, and the Stone of Destiny, rumored to be Jacob's pillow from the Book of Genesis. This after-hours visit is a rare treat just for Adventures by Disney guests!
Exclusive Dinner at Edinburgh Castle*
Celebrate the end of an extraordinary vacation with your newfound friends at this farewell banquet in Edinburgh Castle. During this feast fit for royalty, toast one another and the adventures you've shared—and get ready for an after-dinner surprise!
*From late July through August, the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place at Edinburgh Castle. During this time, we will host your farewell dinner reception at the historic Signet Library in Edinburgh.
Say guid cheerio the nou to all your fellow Adventurers at this last breakfast in Edinburgh!
Transfers to Airport
Relax and enjoy your final moments in Scotland as we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to the airport.