Posted: 24 Jan 2018 Celebrate Robbie Burns Festivities in Scotland with Insight Vacations
Journey through the land of lochs and legends
Insight Vacations, an award-winning global leader in premium escorted travel, in anticipation of the upcoming Robert Burns celebrations, invites clients to revel in the rich history of Scotland. With stunning mountain wildernesses, majestic castles, and one of Europe’s most amazing capital cities, Scotland is a country well-loved by South Africans. Guests will enjoy unique Insight Experiences including the highly anticipated Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and farm-to-table cuisine at Ballindalloch Castle for an afternoon of local tea and tasty scones.
“Scotland is a fascinating country of incredible natural beauty and vibrant culture with more than 50 million people across the globe claiming to have Scottish ancestry, which has become a top 2018 bucket list destination,” says Pieter Beyers, General Manager of Insight Vacations. “Our guests can continue the Robert Burns festivities with one of our authentic Insight Experiences which is a visit to the Old Pulteney Distillery in the Highlands, where they can taste a wee dram of whisky, using traditional methods for nearly two centuries.”
On January 25th, people will travel from all over the world to imbibe on haggis, whisky and poetry for Burns Night, an annual celebration dating back to 1801 of Scottish poet Robbie Burns. The infamous day is accompanied by the Scottish dish, performances, recitings of Burns’ most famous works (including Address to a Haggis), and a group sing-a-long to Auld Lang Syne. Not to worry, most dining celebrations in Scotland end on a singsong note even if Burns Night has long passed. Insight Vacations’ guests can continue the festivities by joining one of these Scotland premium journeys.
From the great capital of Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands and Skye, clients will travel through 8,000 years of history and become immersed in Scotland’s rich cultural heritage on this 10-day Country Roads style journey. For a limited time in August, guests can experience the incredible spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an annual series of military tattoos (last duty calls) performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands and artistic performance teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. This year’s 2018 extravaganza will celebrate 'The Sky's the Limit', embracing Scotland's Year of Young People which includes fireworks, bagpipes, drums, dancing, and a parade of performers from over 48 countries. Travellers will visit Ballindalloch, one of the few remaining inhabited castles of Scotland to enjoy farm-to-table cuisine with authentic Scottish tea and scones. History buffs will love a stop in Orkney Isles for a fascinating excursion of discovery with a Local Expert to see relics that span human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
Clients will enjoy the natural affinity of Ireland and Scotland, tracing back to their Gaelic roots, together with stunning landscapes, and warm-hearted communities. This 15-day Country Roads style journey includes visits to Glasgow, Inverness and the scenic Scottish Highlands to the Culloden Moor battlefield. The journey continues to Ardgowan where Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart welcomes Insight guests with an exclusive tour of his property, set on a 10,000-acre coastal estate. Learn of the histories of the area, the Shaw Stewart family and the house, followed by the elegant tradition of a Scottish High Tea. The fascinating mythology of the Loch Ness monster comes to life with a cruise to soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of Nessie in the heart of Scotland's great glen. Royal family fanatics will get to wander through St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton and Prince William began, before seeing the Crown Jewels and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen in Edinburgh.
Your clients can save 10% on featured Scotland and UK itineraries, including Country Roads of Scotland and Best of Ireland and Scotland. For more information, please contact your Area Sales Manager or visit us at www.insightvacations.com.