For April 28th 2016- May 7th 2016
Proposed outline June 20th. to June 29th. 2017
Tuesday June 20th.
Fly to Edinburgh Scotland.
Wednesday June 21st.
Arrive Edinburgh transfer by taxi to Edinburgh Hotel for two nights.
Afternoon will be free to visit city on your own, or join our tour of the Scottish Parliament.
Welcome dinner at 7.00pm with Whisky tasting and entertainment by Colin Grant-Adams at Hope Vere’s Edinburgh Club The Royal Overseas Club on Princess Street overlooking Edinburgh Castle.
Thursday June 22nd.
Take city tour on bus to Arthur’s seat, via Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace.
National Museums of Scotland Guided tour by fellows of the Society of Antiquaries.
Lunch on own
The afternoon free to explore The Royal Mile, New Town, and Edinburgh Castle, or famous world class shopping etc.
This evening we depart our hotel at 6.00pm for short drive to attend the wonderful taste of Scotland dinner and show at Prestonfield House full dinner with wine included before show begins.
Friday June 23rd.
Drive to Calander via the Trossachs then onto Braemar and Balmoral Castle for guided tour of the Queen’s private residence in Scotland .
This evening return to Stirling city centre for overnight and dinner included at our hotel.
Saturday June 24th.
Today we will visit the site of the Battle of Bannockburn on the 703rd. Anniversary of King Robert the Bruce’s Victory over the English.
We will accompany Hope Vere The Baron of Bannockburn and will lay a wreath at Bruces Monument in recognition of this most famous turning point for independence in Scottish History.
After the celebrations at Bannockburn we will have a guided tour of Stirling Castle and return to our hotel for dinner which is also included this evening.
Sunday June 25th.
This morning we will drive south to the border country to first visit Abbotsford House the home of Sir Walter Scott.
We will continue onto Melrose Abbey where King Robert the Bruces heart was buried after being returned from the crusades, Forward Brave Heart.
Our drive this afternoon will continue on via Hadrians Wall to the ancient walled city of Carlisle for overnight and dinner which is included.
Monday June 26th.
City tour of Carlisle on our bus before driving to Penrith and the ancient English - Scottish border near Temple Sowerby controlled in the 13th century by the Knights Templar until transferred to the Knight Hospitalers under Sir James Sandilands a Vere ancestor of Hope Vere Grand Master of the Templars at the time and the First Baron of Bannockburn in the 14th century.
We will drive through the debatable lands once part of 12th. to 14th. century Scotland controlled by the Border Reivers and visit 14th century sites of the Knights Templar and then onto Lake Windermere in the Lake District before returning to Dumfries for the evening.
Tuesday June 27th.
Leaving Dumfries early this morning we will travel through Dumfries and Galloway then Ayrshire to Ardrossan to board the ferry for the Isle of Arran.
Arriving on Arran we will travel for a guided visit to Brodick Castle then a tour of the Island will follow before returning via the evening ferry to Ayr for overnight.
Wednesday June 28th.
This morning we will drive to Alloway to visit the Robert Burns centre and Museum for a guided tour. We will have tea and coffee at the center following the tour, before departing for the ancient Kingdom of Fife.
This afternoon we will be the private guests of the Laird of Balgonie at Balgonie Castle for a farewell candlelit banquet to be entertained by the castle’s honory roving minstrel and balladeer Colin Grant Adams, the laird is a great favourite of Blue Grass.
After our farewell Banquet at Balgonie Castle we will drive our Edinburgh airport hotel for the evening.
Wednesday June 29th.
Have early morning breakfast at hotel, before transfer to Edinburgh airport, for flights home to USA.
We wish you a very safe flight and hope you have enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to welcoming you again on one of our future adventures.

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