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Tour Dates and Prices
  • Edinburgh and Beyond: $1799 per person, double occupancy.  Have your own room for only $499 more.  Starts in Edinburgh on May 7, 2019.
  • Scottish Highlands by Scenic Rail: $3299 per person, double occupancy.  Have your own room for only $899 more.  Starts immediately after the Edinburgh and Beyond tour on May 11.  Tours are designed so that travelers can go on both Edinburgh and Beyond and Scottish Highlands by Scenic Rail.
  • Save $250 per person when signing up for both tours.
What's Not Included
  • Airfare between North America and Europe.  The Professor is happy to consult with you regarding getting the best air itinerary for you.
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers to/from airports.
  • Meals other than specified on the itinerary. 
  • Travel insurance. 
  • Tips (tipping for guides is minimal).  The Traveling Professor does not accept tips
  • Fees for individual activities not included on the itinerary.
How to Book
  • Send an email to info@travelingprofessor.com saying you want to go on the trip.  Include contact info and the name and date of the trip(s) you want to go on.
  • Within 7 days follow up with a $400 per person deposit made to TRAVELING PROFESSOR LLC, and send to TRAVELING PROFESSOR, PO BOX 747, GREAT BARRINGTON MA 01230.
  • Deposits are fully refundable within 21 days of receipt.  However, deposits are not refundable if a trip is scheduled to start within 65 days.  In any case, all payments and deposits are fully refundable upon cancellation if we can fill trip to capacity.
  • Credit cards and PayPal are accepted subject to fees.
Important Notes
  • Leading this tour is Professor Steve Solosky and Linda Sloan.  They are on this tour from start to finish.
  • Solo Travelers are Welcome on this tour.  Every tour is different but typical Traveling Professor consist of single women travelers, women traveling with friends, and couples.
  • Travelers need to be in good health, ambitious, and energetic.  Everyone is expected to handle their own luggage without assistance, walk 2-3 miles daily, up and down stairs and on rugged terrain.  This tour is NOT recommended for those with mobility issues.  
  • Most of our travelers are in their 40’s through 70’s.  Usually about half are solo travelers and others have travel partners.
  • Tour is limited to 12-14 participants.
  • Carry-on luggage is STRONGLY recommended.  Please pack light.
  • Travelers are strongly encouraged to have health, emergency evacuation, and trip interruption/cancellation insurance.
  • The Professor is happy to assist in getting you the best air itinerary.  Do not purchase airfare until the trip is designated as a “go”.  
  • The Professor will advise on money matters, itinerary, shipping goods back to the US, what to wear, etc.  You will be WELL PREPARED for this tour.
  • The Professor is happy to communicate with you prior to the trip via e-mail or telephone to answer questions or address concerns.
Scotland: Edinburgh and Beyond. Scottish Highlands by Scenic Rail.

The Traveling Professor Presents

 TOUR 1: Edinburgh and Beyond
May 7, 2019 to May 12, 2019

Edinburgh Castle ● Holyrood Palace and Abbey ● Stirling Castle ● HMY Britannia ● Melrose Abbey ● Rosslyn Chapel

Click for Photos of Our September 2018 Tour

small group tours to Scotland

Day 1, May 7: Welcome to Scotland check into hotel. Rest up and then join your hosts Steve and Linda for a wonderful Scottish get-together. 

Day 2, May 8: Walking Tour of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle Meet our guide and enjoy a professionally guided walking tour of Edinburgh.  Edinburgh will impress with its cultural diversity and unique history. The medieval streets meander through the whole city and tell their own story of more than 1000 years of traditions and myths. During the tour, get to know different parts of the city - such as the Royal Mile and Princes Street Gardens.  Many international festivals, art exhibitions and restaurants give the city its own lively atmosphere, without masking that certain Scottish twist. Edinburgh’s Castle Rock has been a stronghold for over 3,000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and spectacular views, it continues to marvel with its wonderful story

Day 3, May 9: Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel We depart by private van on this day trip outside of Edinburgh. Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry. Probably the most famous ruin in Scotland, the abbey was founded by David I in 1136 and it was largely destroyed by Richard II's English army in 1385. The surviving remains of the church are of the early 15th century, and are of an elegance unsurpassed in Scotland. The abbey is also thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart, marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds.  Made famous by the movie "The Da Vinci Code", Rosslyn Chapel is a unique building with its and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting. The chapel took some 40 years to complete, its ornate stonework and symbolism have inspired - and intrigued – artists and visitors ever since it has been completed. Today, there are countless theories, myths and legends associated with the Chapel, many of which are impossible to prove or disprove conclusively.  

Day 4, May 10:  Stirling Castle: One of the grandest castles in all of Scotland.  It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland's past. Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish pride and independence.  After a complete tour of the castle, we have an exciting demonstration of the sport of falconry.  After it's all over, let's complete this very Scottish day with a tour and whisky tasting at Glengoyne Distillery before returning to Edinburgh for dinner. 

Day 5, May 11: Free Day in Edinburgh.   his morning after breakfast we will be using our Royal Edinburgh Ticket.   This gives travelers full use of the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus as well as VIP admission to Holyroodhouse and the HMY Brittania.  A visit Palace of Holyroodhouse founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland and is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past. Mary, Queen of Scots lived here between 1561 and 1567.  At the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile and against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat, the Palace of Holyroodhouse visitors can explore the 14 historic State Apartments and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey. The Royal Yacht Britannia (as featured in the Netflix series, The Crown) was home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh,  follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. 

Day 6, May 12: Farewell 
For those not continuing on with us, Steve and Linda will say goodbye and help travelers on their way.

What’s Included:

  • 5 Nights at Centrally Located 4-Star Edinburgh Hotel with Breakfast. 
  • Private Tour to Stirling Castle with Falconry Demonstration and Whisky Tasting. 
  • All Tours and Guides as Described in Itinerary.
  • All transportation as described in Itinerary (trains, vans, taxis to/from train stations)
  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket 48 Hour (Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus, VIP Admission to Major Attractions) 

What Does It Cost? 

  • $1799 per person, double occupancy. Have your own room for only $499 more. 
  • Please note there are limited numbers of single occupancy rooms. Join us on our Highlands Tour by Scenic Rail and save $250 per person.  
Tour 2: Scottish Highlands by Scenic Railway

Edinburgh  ● St. Andrews  ● Inverness ● Culloden Battlefield ● Eilean Donan Castle ● Isle of Skye ● Loch Ness ● Kyle of Lochalsh 
Ft William ● Glasgow

May 11, 2019 to May 20, 2019

Click for Photos of Our September 2018 Tour

Scottish Highlands Tour

Day 1, May 11:  Welcome to Scotland

Check into hotel.  If you are on the tour above, this is your free day in Edinburgh.  For those arriving in Scotland today, check-in, rest up, and let's have a wonderful Scottish welcome this evening. 

Day 2, May 12: St. Andrews and the Old Course
A private van picks us up at the hotel for the short and scenic drive to St. Andrews.  Famously known as the Home of Golf, this Scottish town offers so much more.  It  boasts Scotland's oldest university as well as two great beaches, one of which where the film Chariots of Fire was filmed.  Golf has been played in St Andrews for more than 600 years. Walk in the footsteps of icons of the game and experience a player's eye view of the fabled links with an expert guide.  We guarantee this walk will be enjoyed by golfers and non-golfers alike.

Day 3, May 13: St. Andrews

On the slate for this morning is a private guided walking tour of St. Andrews town.  Get an in-depth view of St Andrews University, the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral, and All Saints Church.  It's a walk through time as our guide weaves history, architecture, tradition and culture into our experience.  Spend an afternoon of discovery on your own.  Travelers even have the option to make the short trip to Dundee to visit the newly-opened Victoria & Albert Museum.

Day 4, May 14: Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands 

We begin our first scenic train ride up and across Scotland.  You'll know you are definitely in the Highlands after checking into the special Royal Highlands Hotel. There's time to do a 90-minute guided walking tour to learn about the town's history from rebellions to witchcraft to the Jacobite's to pirates and the Beatles. 

Day 5, May 15: Inverness: Loch Ness, Urquart Castle, Culloden Battlefield

Get ready for a full day in the Highlands.  The best way to see Loch Ness is by modern sonar-equipped ship.  We "guarantee" a Nessie sighting, for those who have consumed enough whisky that day.  We land at scenic and historic Urquart Castle, the center of conflict between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The Culloden Battlefield visit is an amazing experience. Scotland's history was changed here 250 years ago by the hour-long battle.  It's an engrossing story told by genuine characters involved in the battle, a 360-degree theater, and a bird's eye view of the forces and tactics at play.

Day 6, May 16: Glen Ord Distillery and Free Afternoon in Inverness 
In the morning, a short but scenic train ride takes us to Muir of Ord.  A visit to the distillery is a delight to the eye and the palate. We'll tour the distillery and watch distillers at work to create a magical malt whisky sweet and malty to the taste. A true Highlands experience.  Return to Inverness by train for a free afternoon on your own. 

Day 7, May 17: Kyle of Lochalsh, Isle of Skye
Check out of the Royal Highlands hotel and embark on an incredibly scenic morning rail journey.  Our private van picks us up in Kyle of Lochalsh and drives to Portee on the dramatic Isle of Skye.  The island has a rich history covering many topics like Dinosaur Fossils, Clan Warfare, Highland Clearances and the infamous ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and the Jacobite Rebellion.   That evening, we stay in Kyle of Lochalsh.

Day 8, May 18: Fort William
This morning we spend some time at one of favorite places of our last tour, Castle Eilean Donan, a Scottish icon.  It's a scenic drive over to Fort William, in the shadow of imposing mountain of Ben Nevis.  We'll spend the night in a charming hotel.

Day 9, May 19: Free Day in Glasgow 
This morning's train scenic train from Fort William to Glasgow famously known as one of the most beautiful in the world.  We arrive in Glasgow mid-afternoon and we have time to visit George Square and Merchant Square before choosing one of the many pubs and restaurants to have dinner.

Day 10, May 20: Glasgow
Every traveler gets a ticket for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, a great way to explore sprawling Glasgow. Many choose to hop off at the University of Glasgow, the Kelvingrove Gallery, Riverside Museum, or Glasgow Cathedral.  It's a full day in exciting Glasgow.  That night, join us for a farewell dinner.

Day 11, May 21: Farewell
Steve and Linda will help you on your way to your next destination.

What’s Included
  • 10 Nights at centrally located 3 and 4-Star hotels with breakfast.
  • All guided tours as described in itinerary.
  • All local transportation (vans, trains, taxis to/from train station, Ho-Ho bus, Loch Ness cruise).
  • Admission to all tours described in itinerary.

What Does It Cost?

  • $3299 per person, double occupancy.  Have your own room for only $895 more.  Please note there are limited numbers of single occupancy rooms.