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Tour Dates and Prices
  • Edinburgh and Beyond: $1999 per person, double occupancy.  Have your own room for only $899 more.  Arrive Edinburgh September 11, 2018, Depart September 16, 2018.  SOLD OUT.  Get on our e-mailing list to get 1st notice of our 2019 tours.
  • Scottish Highlands: $2999 per person, double occupancy.  Have your own room for only $795 more.  Arrive Edinburgh September 15, 2018, Depart Glasgow September 24, 2018.
  • 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
  • Meals other than specified on the itinerary. 
  • Travel insurance. 
  • Tips (tipping is minimal) and 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.
  • Experienced travelers are preferred for The Traveling Professor’s Preview Tours.  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

The Traveling Professor Presents Two Special Preview Tours 

Tour 1 and Tour 2 are Designed So Travelers Can Do Both Tours

 TOUR 1: Edinburgh and Beyond

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

Day 1: Welcome to Scotland Check into hotel. Rest up and then join your hosts Steve and Linda for a Welcome Whisky tasting. 

Day 2: Walking Tour of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle Meet our guide and enjoy a walking tour of Edinburgh. Discover the Scottish capital during a city tour. Edinburgh will impress you mainly 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, Edinburgh Medical University also shows its modern side. 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 3000 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. Sited on top of an extinct volcano, gaining stunning views across the City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history and has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and spectacular views, it continues to marvel with its wonderful story

Day 3: 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 for the Cistercian Order, 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. Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, 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. Rosslyn has survived turbulent times and has recently been undergoing an extensive program of conservation to ensure its long-term future.  

Day 4: Holyroodhouse and HMY Britannia This morning after breakfast we will be using our Royal Edinburgh Ticket. 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. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland. 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 Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a program of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. 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, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. 

Day 5: Free Day The day is free to explore Edinburgh. With the Royal Edinburgh ticket, have access to the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus and VIP admission to many of Edinburgh’s attractions. 

Day 6: Farewell 

What’s Included 

  • 5 Nights at Centrally Located 4-Star Edinburgh Hotel. Breakfast is Included Welcome 
  • Whisky Tasting 
  • Guided Edinburgh 
  • Walking Tour Day Tour to Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel via Private Van 
  • Escorted Walking Tour to Holyroodhouse and HMY Britannia 
  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket 48 Hour (Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus, VIP Admission to Major Attractions) 

What Does It Cost? 

  • $1999 per person, double occupancy. Have your own room for only $899 more. 
  • Please note there are limited numbers of single occupancy rooms. Join us on our Highlands Tour and save $250 per person.  

What are the Dates of This Tour? 

  • Arrive in Edinburgh on September 11, 2018. 

Tour 2: Scottish Highlands

Edinburgh ● Dundee ● St. Andrews ● Dunnottar Castle ● Isle of Skye ● Loch Ness ● Kyle of Lochalsh ● Jacobite Steam Train ● Ft William ● Glasgow


Day 1:  Welcome to Scotland

Check into hotel.  

Day 2: Edinburgh to Dundee
This morning we depart on the scenic 1 ½ hour rail trip to Dundee.  Upon arrival, meet our guide and enjoy a walking tour of Dundee.  Walk through Dundee's past and experience its diverse culture. Between the early 15th century and the 1670s, Dundee was the second city of Scotland. Owing its pre-eminence to the safe anchorage of the Tay estuary until the seaport lost its pre-eminence to Glasgow in the 1670s, it reconfigured itself by importing flax from Riga, Danzig and St Petersburg, which was woven into Osnaburg cloth in the Forfar hinterland and then exported to Charleston and the West Indies. The tour meanders from the centre of the port of Dundee westwards through its early suburbs, to drop down onto the shore, 

The Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee is Scotland’s first design museum.   Please note this museum has scheduled its grand opening on September 15.  This museum may experience large crowds on the day of our visit.

Day 3: St. Andrews and the Old Course 
After breakfast, our private van brings us to St. Andrews.  St. Andrews is an historic town that attracts visitors from all over the world. Known worldwide as The Home of Golf, the town also boasts Scotland's oldest university. One of the top universities in Britain, St Andrews is often compared to Oxford and Cambridge for its defining presence and the collegiate feel it gives to the town. St Andrews has also two outstanding beaches, one being the magnificent West Sands, where the famous opening sequence of Chariots of Fire was shot.   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 as you join an expert guide on a tour of the world's most famous golf course. 

Day 4: Dunnottar Castle 
After breakfast, travel by private van to Stonehaven. Dunnottar Castle is a romantic, evocative and historically significant ruined Castle, perched on a giant conglomerate on the edge of the North-Sea. While wandering around the extensive buildings - from the keep through the barracks, lodgings, stables and storehouses to the chapel and drawing room - discover the importance of Dunnottar; an impregnable Castle holding many rich secrets of Scotland’s colorful past. William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II, all graced the Castle with their presence. Most famously though, it was at Dunnottar Castle that a small garrison held out against the might of Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction.

Day 5: Dundee to Inverness 

After breakfast, depart from Dundee to Inverness by train.  Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of Inverness to journey back in time to understand the dynamic history and culture as we explore the Highlands capital. From hidden stories of rebellions, witchcraft, prophecies, clans, Jacobite’s and curses to Inverness’s very own 15th Century pirate; the Earl of Marr. 

Day 6: Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh 
After breakfast, we travel to Kyle of Lochalsh via private van.  For the finest way to see Loch Ness, nothing compares to a cruise.  The viewing decks provide a clear view of the loch but sonar is on board to alert us of any mysterious activity beneath the dark waters. 

Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The power struggles continued, as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both castle and glen up until the 1500s. The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings blew up the castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents.

Day 7: Isle of Skye and Steam Train 
An exciting day ahead as we travel by private van to Fort William.  On the way, we journey through the Isle of Skye.  The island has a rich history covering many topics, such as; Dinosaur Fossils, Clan Warfare, Highland Clearances and the infamous ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and the Jacobite Rebellion.   We catch the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig then board the Jacobite Steam Train.  Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world passing a list of impressive extremes like crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Day 8: Fort William to Glasgow
What is a visit to Scotland without a visit to a distillery?  Established in 1826, the Ben Nevis Distillery today produces a range of quality single and blended malt whiskies under the name Dew of Ben Nevis. As one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland, the distillery is nestled at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, rising at 4,406 feet above sea level. This imposing mountain provides an impressive background to a traditional Scottish craft.   This afternoon we will catch the train from Fort William to Glasgow.

Day 9: Free Day in Glasgow 
Enjoy a free day in Glasgow with a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing city bus pass.

Day 10: Farewell

What’s Included
  • 9 Nights at centrally located 3 and 4-Star hotels.  Breakfast is Included.
  • Guided walking tours of Dundee, Inverness, St. Andrews.  Transportation included where applicable. 
  • Day excursion to Dunnottar Castle, transportation included.
  • Loch Ness cruise and Urquhart Castle excursion with transportation.
  • Train, ferry or private van transportation between cities.   Jacobite Steam train from Mallaig to Ft. William.
  • Ben Nevis distillery visit and tasting.
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus in Glasgow.

What Does It Cost?

  • $2999 per person, double occupancy.  Have your own room for only $795 more.  Please note there are limited numbers of single occupancy rooms.

What are the Dates of This Tour?

  • Arrive in Edinburgh on Saturday, September 15, 2018.  Depart Glasgow on Monday, September 24, 2018.