I’m Going to Scotland. Wanna come? No really you can.

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought

So here’s the deal. I’m going on a research trip for a book I have in my head. It’s about a murder on a tour of Scotland. For that I need to go on a tour of Scotland.

I could just book myself on a standard tour and off we go. But wouldn’t it be more fun to do a custom tour with people who like my work, or like me, or just want to go stay in a castle in Scotland?

I’m looking for between 15 and 30 people who want to hang with me for ten days, have our own private tour bus and our own private tour guide and have a ton of fun. We fly out March 17, 2016 and return March 26.  If you want to go leave me a message in the comments and I’ll send you the cost etc…   It’s bound to be a ton of fun.

And for you Outlander fans there will be a couple of opportunities to see where it’s filmed.

ETA: Okay, I told the travel agency Highlander instead of Outlander. Oops. My bad. However, it is being fixed. And when I get the changes to the itinerary I will post them here.

Here’s the itinerary:

Thu, Mar 17
UNITED STATES TO EDINBURGH
? Depart the US on an overnight flight to Edinburgh
Fri, Mar 18
EDINBURGH ARRIVAL & FREE TIME
? Arrival into Edinburgh Airport
? Transfer to your hotel and check in
? Afternoon at leisure
OVERNIGHT: PARLIAMENT HOUSE HOTEL, EDINBURGH
Sat, Mar 19
EDINBURGH HIGHLIGHTS & LINLITHGOW CASTLE
? Tour of Edinburgh with a local guide
? Visit Edinburgh Castle
? Drive west to Linlithgow
? Visit Linlithgow Palace
? Enjoy panoramic views of the Borders
? Return to Edinburgh
OVERNIGHT: PARLIAMENT HOUSE HOTEL, EDINBURGH
Sun, Mar 20
REAL MARY KING’S CLOSE
? Guided tour of Real Mary King’s Close
? Afternoon at leisure
OVERNIGHT: PARLIAMENT HOUSE HOTEL, EDINBURGH
Mon, Mar 21
PITLOCHRY & DINGWALL
? Drive north to Pitlochry
? Visit Blair Athol Distillery (tour/tasting)
? Continue to Dingwall and check into your hotel
OVERNIGHT: TULLOCH CASTLE HOTEL, DINGWALL  (Yes a real castle!!) This will be the second time I’ve stayed in a castle.
Tue, Mar 22
INVERNESS
? Travel southwest to Inverness for a look around
? Drive a short distance for a scenic cruise on Loch Ness
? Then drive a short distance to visit Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
? Return to Dingwall
OVERNIGHT: TULLOCH CASTLE HOTEL, DINGWALL
Wed, Mar 23
EXCURSION TO THE ISLE OF SKYE
? Depart Dinglwall and travel southwest to Dornie
? Visit Eilean Donan Castle – This is for those Highlander oops, Outlander, fans among us.
? Continue over Skye Bridge to Isle of Skye
? Upon arrival take a tour of the isle
? Stop in Armadale to take ferry to Mallaig
? From Mallaig, drive the Road of the Isles to Fort William
? Then check into your hotel
OVERNIGHT: BEN NEVIS HOTEL, FORT WILLIAM
Thu, Mar 24
GLENCOE & GLASGOW
? Leaving Fort William travel into the Glencoe region
? Stop to visit the Glencoe Visitor Centre
? Continue passed Loch Lomond to Glasgow
? Upon arrival take a panoramic tour of the city
? Check into your hotel for your overnight stay
OVERNIGHT: THISTLE HOTEL, GLASGOW
Fri, Mar 25
GLASGOW AT LEISURE
? Spend the entire day at leisure to explore the city
OVERNIGHT: THISTLE HOTEL, GLASGOW
Sat, Mar 26
RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES
? Transfer to Dublin Airport to check in for your flight
? Enjoy your flight back to the United States

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

kim hebard July 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

i would like to know the cost as well please!!!

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Mimi July 9, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Wow, I would love to go with! Let me know the cost when you know….thank you!

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Aunt Jude July 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm

It seems like there is opportunity for individuals to take walks and look for birds on their own. Also possibility for staying on in Ireland on our own after the tour. How locked in would we be to the air travel arrangements. When we joined a group in Italy we did our own extensions on both ends and met them at the airport at their arrival. This would sure be a fun way to spend time with you.

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Kate July 9, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Well as we are setting up the tour and the flights separately I don’t see any reason you couldn’t opt out of the group flights. It would be a ton of fun to have you along AJ, and as you point out there is ample opportunity for doing your own thing. And no one is going to force you to go on any of the day trips if you don’t want to.

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Pam Simmons July 8, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Send me more info plz. Very excited!

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Kate July 8, 2015 at 11:24 pm

Will do as soon as we get the new pricing sorted out. I’m so glad you are excited!

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melisaa July 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Send the costs and stuff. I’m interested

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Kate July 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm

As soon as I get the revised (Outlander not Highlander) itinerary and costs I’ll send them to you.

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Toni July 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm

I’m interested. Send me the info!

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Kate July 8, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Ditto what I said to Melisaa: As soon as I get the revised (Outlander not Highlander) itinerary and costs I’ll send them to you.

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