Play Mor 2020 Scotland Tour
From $4,500 to $5,500 per person + air
Optional Single Supplement $725
Where Will We Be Going And What Will We Be Doing?
The tour starts off in Edinburgh. With the Fringe Festival and Military Tattoo amongst the events happening in August, Edinburgh is an exciting place to begin our tour. We then set off on our journey across Scotland stopping off in Perth, Kirriemuir, Stirling, Dundee and weaving our way up North to Loch Ness and Culloden. Places and people along the way have inspired Outlander, musical compositions of wonderment and honor, stories of love and romance, emigration to the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. We then head down to the region of Argyll to Oban, taking in the magic of Mull, Iona before heading to Glasgow via Inverary, Loch Lomond. Music from the heart and the heritage of connection and culture travel with us on our Play Mor 2020 Scotland Tour.
You are responsible for the investment of aperitifs and free time activities e.g. sightseeing
Daily Activity Key
Light: Still able to hold a good amount of inspiring conversation
Moderate: Holding a good amount of inspiring conversation and stopping more to take in the beauty of the scenery
Strenuous: Stopping a lot to take in the beauty of the scenery with little conversation
Day 0 - Arrive Edinburgh
As everyone arrives from different parts of the world for the Play Mor 2020 Scotland Tour, we greet everyone with the traditional Scottish welcome of Ceud Mile Failte (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes). There will be a chance to mingle, listen to some music and depending on when everyone arrives, commence our tour with a visit to one of Edinburgh's pubs and a music session.
Bus: No Bus. Walking: Easy and Light Going With Inspiring Company.
Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
Wake up to an inviting morning and breakfast briefing at our Edinburgh hotel. We will be taking in some of the local attractions, including a tour of the Old Town, Greyfriar's Bobby, catching up with President Lincoln, sampling some traditional Scottish products, finding out more about the Kilt and Bagpipes and what it was like to live and work in Edinburgh last century. Afternoon and evening options include Fringe Festival shows and an evening in the Old Town taking in one of the best Scottish music sessions in Edinburgh which has been going on for more than twenty years.
Bus: No Bus. Walking: Easy, Inspiring and Light With Enquiring Conversation With Inquiring Minds, Local Stories AND Perhaps Some Fiddle Music.
Day 2 - Stirling And Surrounds
We set off from Edinburgh for Doune Castle with its Outlander connections and pop into Stirling castle on the way to our overnight stay in Stirling.
In the evening, we will be attending a special event in Stirling. You never know who might join us for this occasion.
Bus: 2 Hours Walking: 2-3 Hours. Light To Medium With Inquiring And Inspiring Conversation, Local Stories and Fiddle Music.
Day 3 - Fife
On Day 3, we continue the journey to Fife and the village of Falkland and town of St. Andrews. Falkland has inspired the kings of Scotland and also the TV Show 'Outlander'. Our stop in St. Andrews will take in the vistas of the famous Golf course, have some ice cream at Janettas, visit the Bishop's Palace and perhaps nip along the coast to the sea coast village of Anstruther for fish and chips. We then head up the road to Kirriemuir, a town outside Dundee which is famous for its Ginger Bread and being the birthplace of J.M. Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan.
Bus: 2-3 Hours Walking: 4-5 Hours. Light To Medium With Inquiring And Inspiring Conversation, Local Stories and Fiddle Music. We'll be taking breaks and hanging out in interesting places.
Day 4 - Perthshire
In the morning, our journey continues to Perth and Scone Palace where the kings of Scotland were formerly crowned and find out what all the fuss was about regarding the Stone Of Destiny. We'll then head up the A9 to Inverness and Loch Ness, stopping off in Dunkeld and Blair Atholl. If we are lucky, we might hear a rendition of the pipe tune, The Atholl Highlanders. The Atholl Highlanders are a private army of the Duke Of Atholl. One of the annual appearances of the Atholl Highlanders is at the Atholl Highland Games which is held each year in the area during the month of May.
Bus: 4-5 Hours Walking: 2-3 Hours. Light To Medium With Inquiring And Inspiring Conversation, Local Stories and Fiddle Music.
Day 5 - Loch Ness/ Culloden
The morning begins with a tour of Loch Ness. We can test the water to see if some Scottish fiddle music will encourage Nessie to make an appearance. Ressie McFiddle, a cousin of Nessie, will also join us on the cruise. After our cruise, we'll pay a visit to Culloden (the last battle site of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion) and find out more about the connection between Scottish emigration to the US at that time. And what about a ceilidh? We'll round off the evening in Inverness at a local restaurant followed by a ceilidh or perhaps a visit to a local music session!
Boat: 45 Minutes Bus: 3-4 Hours With Stops Walking: 1-2 Hours. Light To Medium With Inquiring And Inspiring Conversation, Local Stories and Fiddle Music.
Day 6 - Oban, Argyll
In the morning, we head to Oban, Argyll. We'll stop off in Glenfinnan and find out more about the Harry Potter connection and the Jacobite steam train. As we reach Oban, we'll discover more about the connection with Flora MacDonald who rowed Bonnie Prince Charlie from the Isle Of Skye over to the mainland to escape his pursuers. On reaching Oban, we'll see if we can squeeze a trip to the Distillery and in the evening, be prepared to experience some of Scotland's best musical talent performing live! Oban also hosts some mighty fine ice cream and fish and chip outlets!
Boat: No Boat Bus: 3-4 Hours With Stops Walking: 1-2 Hours. Light To Medium With Inquiring And Inspiring Conversation, Local Stories and Fiddle Music.
Day 7 - Iona/ Oban
Oban is the gateway to the Isles and from Oban we travel to the island of Iona where St. Columba landed in Scotland from Ireland. Be prepared for some fresh air and possibly catching up with Ralph and Huey on our boat trip to Mull. We then travel across Mull to take the boat on the other side of the island to Iona. Iona has been described as one of thin places in the world, where Heaven meets Earth. AND, the Book of Kells, which helped to take Europe out of the Dark Ages, was written on Iona. In terms of the Dark Ages in Europe, this was a time when people feared looking at perceptions in a different way. For example, people believed that the world was flat and Christopher Columbus, the explorer, was one of the people who proved that the earth was in fact round.On return to Oban, we'll pop into Oban Distillery and if there is time, head down to Esdale, crossing the Atlantic and visiting Esdale Island, where the World Stone Skimming Championships are held in September of each year .
Boat: 30 Minutes Bus: 2-3 Hours With Stops Walking: 1-2 Hours. Light To Medium With Inquiring And Inspiring Conversation, Local Stories and Fiddle Music.
Day 8 - Tour of Inverary
From Oban, we travel along Loch Fyne, call in on Kilmartin Museum, visit the Crinan Canal and head for historic town of Inverary. Inverary Castle is home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll and each year hosts the Best In The West Music Festival. We'll call into the Castle and see who is at home. The present Duke of Argyll took Scotland to win the World Elephant Polo Championships twice within the last 15 years! Our accommodation for the evening will be somewhere local and somewhere special!
Bus: 1-2 Hours With Stops Walking: 1-2 Hours. Light To Medium With Inquiring And Inspiring Conversation, Local Stories and Fiddle Music.
Day 9 - Glencoe/ Loch Lomond/ Glasgow
We set off for Glasgow to catch the early morning ferry, stop off in Glencoe and savour the sights of Loch Lomond on the way. People are aware that Glencoe was where the MacDonalds and Campbells got together in the late 1600s. Something which is not talked about is the impact which this event had on Scottish emigration to the US and we will touch on more about that on the tour. And when we reach Loch Lomond, remind me to tell you a bit more about the musical inspiration which Loch Lomond has yielded for Scots the world over! Our stay that evening will be in Glasgow city center. Indian restaurants in Glasgow have a worldwide reputation for their cuisine or perhaps we will visit one of the restaurants in Merchant City!
Bus: 4-5 Hours With Stops Walking: 1-2 Hours. Light To Medium To Strenuous Depending On Chosen Terrain With Inquiring And Inspiring Conversation, Local Stories and Fiddle Music.
Day 10 - Glasgow/ Farewell Meal
We explore some of the local delights of Glasgow, including Glasgow Cathedral (John Knox, the Scottish philosopher is buried in the graveyard behind the Cathedral), The Rennie McIntosh Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
In the evening, we join together around the table to celebrate the friendships and fun of the past few days as we have journeyed through Scotland and afterwards head out to one of the local music sessions..
Bus: 1-2 Hours With Stops Walking: 3-4 Hours. Light To Medium With Inquiring And Inspiring Conversation, Local Stories and Fiddle Music.
Day 11 - Farewell
We say cheerio to everyone.
NOTE: This Itinerary is subject to change and the actual tour will very much depend on the people who are part of it to turn their moments into memories.
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