SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Go Local - The Two of Scotland's Best in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 2 3/4 hrs

    Experience the joys of two iconic Scottish activities: drinking a wee dram of whisky and playing the bagpipes.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at a downtown venue for a whisky tasting. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will host the event, in which the whiskies will be served at cask strength. That means the drams will not have been subjected to chill filtration or any other interference that would alter their tastes.


    You will be served three drams, a dram being an eighth of a fluid ounce. The tasting will reveal the remarkable variety within the distillation processes and present the complexities that the different oak casks and aging times impart.


    Before each dram is sampled, one of the society’s members will describe the whisky’s characteristics. Some whiskies might taste spicy and dry while others may be heavily peated with strong smoky flavors. The experience will be enlightening and entertaining.


    Your immersion into the world of bagpipes will be just as fulfilling. Louise Marshall, one of Scotland’s most renowned pipers, will lead your workshop. She has played for Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI, and her instruction will be based on years of experience.


    Marshall will teach you basic chanter techniques, show you how bagpipes work and describe the instrument’s history. If you wish to look the part, Scottish attire such as kilts, sporrans and feather bonnets will be available.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking/standing; there will be some inclines and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, and are able to make their own way on and off the vehicle and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. And for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Children under the age of 18 will be offered light refreshments instead of Whisky but will not be allowed to enter the Members Room, where drinks can be purchased, and instead will remain in the Cask Room. This tour must be purchased no later than 3 days prior to the operating date

    • Adult from: £166,15 GBP
    • Child from: £166,15 GBP
    DURATION 2 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Local - Undiscovered Edinburgh

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 4 hrs

    Explore parts of Edinburgh that are often overlooked but shouldn’t be, as these revitalized areas have become thriving destinations.


    After departing from the pier, you will soon reach Dean Village, a historical area of Edinburgh where grains were milled for 800 years. Once a separate village where many mill workers lived, it still seems vastly different from busier Edinburgh.


    Highlights include a 19th-century residential building for the mill workers known as Well Court and Dean Bridge, which spans the Water of Leith. Thomas Telford, the engineer behind the ingenious Caledonian Canal, designed the bridge. While meandering about, you might also see decorative mill stones and stone plaques with carvings of baked breads and pies, a nod to the grains used to make them.


    Continuing on, you will next explore Stockbridge, a village on the north edge of Edinburgh that is wonderfully bohemian and artsy. Landmarks include the Roman temple-inspired St. Bernard’s Well, whose waters supposedly have medicinal qualities, and the Stockbridge Colonies, a cluster of 19th-century stone homes that is really a village within a village.


    A leisurely walk to Leith follows. A port for more than 1,000 years, Leith has been thoughtfully renovated and revitalized, yet its historical character has remained intact. During the guided portion of your visit, you might see what was once the largest swing bridge in the United Kingdom, a 17th-century signal tower that was originally a windmill, and the statue of Roberts Burns. During free time, you can explore even further.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking/standing; there will be some inclines and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

    • Adult from: £115,36 GBP
    • Child from: £115,36 GBP
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    The Royal Experience

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 8 hrs

    From the moment you arrive into the center of Edinburgh, you’ll be captivated by the stunning skyline and magnificent architecture. The castle clings dramatically to its rock as the ancient buildings ramble down the spine of the Royal Mile to the splendid Palace of Holyroodhouse.


    You first visit the Royal Yacht Britannia – once home to the Queen and the Royal Family, and host to glittering state and official occasions. Stop in the shore side Visitor’s Centre where you’ll be given an audio-phone which allows you to make your way through the various sections of the yacht on a self-conducted tour. Returning to the exhibition center, you can browse in the gift shop selling tasteful souvenirs and products connected with the yacht, now berthed as a permanent exhibition.


    Visit Holyroodhouse Palace, which today remains a royal residence and is the official home of the Queen when she visits Scotland. During your tour, drive to the top of Arthur’s Seat where you’ll enjoy a marvelous view of Edinburgh Castle, with the old and new town. To fulfill your shopping needs you’ll enjoy some free time to browse the fashionable stores on Princes Street or the smaller specialty shops on Royal Mile. In Edinburgh you’ll enjoy lunch at a traditional Scottish hotel.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Should Holyroodhouse not be available due to official visits, it will be substituted by Abbotsford House, former residence of Sir Walter Scott.
    • Adult from: £155,99 GBP
    • Child from: £86,34 GBP
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Glamis Castle & St. Andrews

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 8 3/4 hrs

    Travel to Glamis Castle, a royal residence since 1372, reputed to be the most haunted stately home in Britain. It was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret. Your tour of the interior shows you many of the rooms open to the public. Walking through the door leading from the dining room to the crypt is to pass in a few seconds from the era of Queen Victoria to the Middle Ages.


    The most splendid room in the castle is the drawing room. Together, the rooms present an array of china, paintings, tapestries and furniture spanning five centuries. In the grounds stand a pair of wrought-iron gates made for the Queen Mother on her 80th birthday. Leaving Glamis Castle, you continue via the impressive bridge crossing the River Tay to the town of St. Andrews, international home of golf. During free time here you can browse amongst the many shops specializing in golf memorabilia, have lunch on your own, or walk across the famous 18th green to capture some of the atmosphere of the great matches played here over the years.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 1.5 miles of walking over gravel terrain and managing 55 steps.
    • Adult from: £79,08 GBP
    • Child from: £54,42 GBP
    DURATION 8 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    A Walk on the Royal Mile & Holyroodhouse

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    The best way to appreciate the historical past of Edinburgh is to explore the Royal Mile on foot. This famous thoroughfare stretches from the high hillside setting of Edinburgh Castle for approximately one mile downhill to the palace of Holyroodhouse. It's really a continuation of four streets joined together - the Castle Hill, the Lawnmarket, the High Street and the Canongate. As you start the walk, Edinburgh Castle looms above you. You pass Gladstone's Land, Lady Stair's House, and St. Giles Cathedral, and stand adjacent to Parliament Square, where the buildings now house the Law Courts of Scotland.


    See the church of Canongate and just prior to arriving at Holyroodhouse Palace, you'll walk along White Horse Close, known as the starting point for stage coaches from Edinburgh to London. It's time now to pay a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This magnificent palace is the British Monarch's official residence in Scotland and is closely associated with Mary Queen of Scots, who resided here for six tragic years, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Your guided visit will include the state apartments which are filled with tapestries, paintings, and impressive furniture. Of special note is the picture gallery with over 80 portraits of Scottish Monarchs.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Should Holyroodhouse not be available due to official visits, you will have free time to explore independently and your tour price will be adjusted onboard.
    • Adult from: £68,93 GBP
    • Child from: £50,06 GBP
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Royal Yacht Britannia & Scenic Edinburgh

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Drive to the port of Leith to visit Britannia, the Royal Yacht proudly served Queen and country for 44 years during which time she sailed on 968 official voyages, from the remotest regions of the South Seas to the deepest divides of Antarctica. Within her magnificent state apartments and elegant living quarters, monarchs, world leaders, and eminent guests were entertained; princes and princesses honeymooned; men were knighted; and important national business was the order of the day.


    Your tour starts in the shore side Visitor’s Centre where you’ll see the engaging photo gallery documenting historical and personal moments of the yacht and her passengers. You’ll get an audio-phone which allows you to make your way through the various sections of the yacht on a self-conducted tour. Returning to the exhibition center, you can browse in the gift shop selling tasteful souvenirs and products connected with the yacht. Enjoy a brief panoramic drive through Edinburgh’s city center and get acquainted with some of its highlights.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 1 mile of walking over relatively flat terrain.
    • Adult from: £76,18 GBP
    • Child from: £47,16 GBP
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Limited Accessibility
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    Edinburgh Castle & City Highlights

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 4 hrs

    History and beauty come together in the city of Edinburgh. Arrive at Princes Street, with its array of fine stores on one side, and the beautifully laid-out formal gardens on the other. Visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle, home of Scottish Kings and Queens for centuries, perched on its rocky site 445 feet above the city. See the 15th-century Old Royal Palace which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and the apartment in which Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to the future King James VI of Scotland who also became James I of England.


    This castle has witnessed many tense moments in its thousand-year history. Take a drive through the Old Town, and see the historical area known as the "Royal Mile," Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate with delightful multi-storied houses and quaint side streets. Pass spectacular Holyrood House, the official Scottish residence of the Queen and the new Scottish Parliament building.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 1.5 miles of walking over cobblestone and steep terrain.
    • Adult from: £93,59 GBP
    • Child from: £90,69 GBP
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    St. Andrews - a Town Dedicated to Golf

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 6 hrs

    Even from a distance St. Andrews delights the visitor. It’s a town for all seasons and all tastes. Named after Scotland’s patron saint, St. Andrews, it is the home of the world’s oldest golf club, founded in 1754. The Club is the headquarters of world golf and the supreme authority in golfing matters. Crowds from all over the world have gathered round the 18th hole of the famous Old Course, knowing just how much depended on a putt.


    You’ll travel along the main route before branching off onto country roads with fine pastoral views heading towards St. Andrews. Upon arrival into St. Andrews Town, you’ll stop at the atmospheric ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral, which are among the most photographed in Scotland. Your tour continues with a panoramic drive-through of St. Andrews seeing the bustling market town, and then enjoying an overview of the layout of the golf courses. You’ll be able to view from the outside, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. You’ll have some free time for a short stroll around areas of the Old Course, or to browse in one of the many small specialist shops selling golf memorabilia and golf clothing.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 3 miles of walking over relatively flat terrain.
    • Adult from: £50,06 GBP
    • Child from: £32,65 GBP
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Leisurely Edinburgh

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    This is a perfect option to get to know Edinburgh for those who may not be able to negotiate walking and climbing. A narrated drive introduces you to the historic capital of Scotland. You’ll take in the main city sights and get an interesting overview of Edinburgh. Your tour takes you through the Old Town descending eastwards along the ridge from the castle. This is the historical area known as the ‘Royal Mile’ where you drive along Castle Hill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate passing delightful multi-storied houses and quaint side streets. In the area of the old town, you’ll get a flavor of what 16th and 17th century Edinburgh was like – a cramped, impossibly crowded area of tall buildings on either side of the mile of road between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood.


    At one end of the Royal Mile you’ll see splendid and regal Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the Queen when she pays official visits to Scotland. Drive to the top of Arthur’s Seat from where you’ll have a marvelous view of Edinburgh Castle standing proudly on its soaring rock. This notable landmark, dominates old town and the entire city. You’ll also drive along Princes Street, flanked by shops and beautiful garden parks as you continue to Georgian New Town where in the late 18th century, prosperous Edinburgh commissioned the finest architects to create a city of classical buildings, tree-lined squares and crescents linked by wide streets that exude elegance and harmony.

    • Adult from: £54,42 GBP
    • Child from: £35,55 GBP
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Falkirk Wheel, Canal Cruise & Stirling

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 7 hrs

    The highlight of this tour is a visit to one of Scotland’s most impressive feats of engineering – the Falkirk Wheel. The world’s first rotating boatlift links two canals - one 82 feet (25 metres) higher than the other. Sitting in your canal boat on the lower gondola of the wheel, it rotates, carrying some 500 tonnes of boat and water as you gracefully raise to the upper level, counterbalanced by the top gondola coming down. This experience is made all the better with a short cruise along the canal offering stunning views from the top.


    Continue to the city of Stirling, known as ‘the brooch that clasps together the highlands and the lowlands’. The lower town is packed with contemporary shopping malls, theatres and art galleries. Enjoy some free time here to look around, so you can browse the high street stores, sip coffee at a sidewalk café or head up to explore the Castle of the Holy Rude.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 1.25 miles of walking over relatively flat and steep terrain.
    • Adult from: £76,18 GBP
    • Child from: £50,06 GBP
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Limited Accessibility
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    Edinburgh On Your Own

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 7 hrs

    If you would like to explore Edinburg on your own, this private motorcoach transfer is ideal. You’ll be dropped off in a central location near the Royal Mile, and you’ll have nearly 6 hours to enjoy the city as you please. Your return transfer to the ship departs from the same place as your drop-off. A tour escort will be traveling with you to and from the ship to answer any questions you may have about sightseeing, dining or shopping.


    At the designated time, rejoin your motorcoach for the return to the port. Please confirm with your escort the meeting point and time of departure. There is only one timely return transfer and guests who are late would be responsible for expenses incurred to return to the ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: All meals and incidental expenses are at your own expense. Please return to the meeting point no less than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Drop-off location may vary; please confirm with the shore excursion desk onboard. Guests who are planning to visit religious sites during free time, please dress appropriately; no bare shoulders or shorts are allowed. Amount of walking and level of exertion on this tour are completely up to you.
    • Adult from: £28,30 GBP
    • Child from: £13,79 GBP
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Limited Accessibility

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Printed on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:17am