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This 18-day trip could be yours!

Donate to Knowledge between September 22 and November 6, 2023, at 5 pm PT to be automatically entered to win a magical 18-day trip to Scotland. Experience the stunning scenery of Scotland's islands and highlands and travel through the ages of Scottish history.

Monthly Donors are automatically entered

Scotland’s Islands & Highlands

Some places are impossible to describe sufficiently, no matter how hard we try. The experience is so potent, so powerful, it must be felt through all five senses. Scotland is one of those places. 

Her sounds: the melancholy wail of bagpipes, crashing waves and charming brogues.

Her sights? Landscapes so striking you’ll feel like you’ve dreamed them up. Ancient architecture, from stone circles and sprawling castles to thatched cottages in quaint highland villages. Lovely lochs (and perhaps a glimpse of the elusive Nessie?).

Tastes and smells include buttery shortbread, milky tea, and oaky scotch whisky (or perhaps peated if you prefer?). For the brave at heart, haggis; or if organs aren’t your thing, maybe some hearty mince and tatties.

To the touch, Scotland is warm and toasty village pubs, woolly tartans, and sea spray on your face as you sail from isle to beautiful isle.

But why settle for mere words? We want you to experience the islands and highlands of Scotland for yourself.

Enter now to be the lucky winner of our Scotland’s Islands & Highlands Contest and enjoy the sights and sounds of this dreamy destination (plus the other senses too).

How to Enter:

Donate to Knowledge Network between September 22 and November 6, 2023, at 5 pm PT to be automatically entered to win. 

Monthly donors are automatically entered.

  • No purchase necessary
  • Open to BC residents 19 years of age and older
  • See Official Contest Rules for more details on How to Enter

Grand Prize Includes:

  • Return airfare for two from Vancouver - Edinburgh
  • 15-day Scotland tour plus two additional nights in Edinburgh
  • Accommodation in boutique hotels and meals included as outlined in the itinerary
  • $2,000 cash

See Detailed Itinerary for inclusions and exclusions.

*Accommodations are in boutique hotels throughout the trip and are subject to change

Day 1 – Fly from Vancouver to Edinburgh

Ready for liftoff? Your spectacular Scottish escape begins with a flight from Vancouver.

Day 2 – Edinburgh (on own)

Touch down in Edinburgh and become acquainted with this vibrant, historical, and first-class city on your own. Accommodation is located steps away from the famous Royal Mile.

Day 3 – Edinburgh (on own)

Meal Plan: Full Breakfast

Featuring rustic cobbled streets, captivating cultural landmarks, and a diverse food scene, enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer.

Day 4 – Edinburgh to Oban

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Begin your islands and highlands adventure with a view of the magnificent Stirling Castle and spend the afternoon exploring Argyll before arriving in Oban – the gateway to the islands.

Day 5 – Mull, Iona and Staffa

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Experience the Isle of Mull’s picturesque coastlines before taking a ferry to historic Iona – the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. The tour continues with a trip to the dramatic basalt columns on the Isle of Staffa.

Day 6 - Oban to Plockton

Meal Plan: Breakfast

After departing from Oban, you’ll be immersed in a full day of natural beauty. Travel along the coast to see the dramatic peaks of Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the British Isles. End the day exploring the picturesque fishing village of Plockton.

Day 7 - Isle of Skye

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Your tour guide will use their local knowledge to develop an adventurous day on the Isle of Skye. Possibilities include visiting the 13th-century home of Clan Macleod or the captivating valley of Glendale. After, you’ll enjoy a free evening to meander around Plockton.

Day 8 - Loch Ness

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Begin your day by visiting the historic Eilean Donan Castle, which once protected against Viking raids. Travel onwards to Loch Ness and keep your eyes peeled for “Nessie”, the famous Loch Ness Monster!

Day 9 - Inverness to Kirkwall

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Immerse yourself in Scotland’s first-class beauty as you travel across the dramatic Highland coastline to John o’Groats, Scotland’s most northerly village. Cross into the Orkney Archipelago via ferry and explore the enthralling Viking history of Kirkwall.

Day 10 - Mainland Island

Meal Plan: Breakfast

From visiting the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae to inspecting the 12th century Viking runic inscriptions in Maeshowe, take a step back into history and enjoy all of Orkney’s historical culture.

Day 11 - Orkney to Ullapool

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Sail the Viking waters back to the Scottish mainland and then travel along the coastline, with the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben Hope mountains looming beside. Visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle before arriving in the fishing village of Ullapool.

Day 12 - Ullapool

Meal Plan: Breakfast

From visiting the small craft boutiques to taking an idyllic ‘Summer Isles’ cruise, Day 12 is your opportunity to savour the sights and sounds of Ullapool at your own pace.

Day 13 - Lewis Island

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Spot wild dolphins and whales as you ferry across The Minch toward Lewis Island. Upon arrival, you'll travel through traditional crofting townships and experience their integral role in Scotland’s agriculture.

Day 14 - Lewis Island

Meal Plan: Breakfast

From the 2000-year-old Carloway Broch to the crofting communities of Gearrannan and Showbost, you’ll be fully immersed in all the history that Lewis Island has to offer.

Day 15 - Harris

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Enjoy the natural Scottish landscape as you travel from Lewis’ idyllic moorlands to the dramatic mountains of Harris, famous for its locally produced cloth – Harris Tweed. After a seaside lunch at Tarbet, hop aboard a late afternoon ferry towards Portree, the cultural hub of Skye.

Day 16 - Isle of Skye

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Your tour guide will decide on an experience that’ll make the most of your second visit to the Isle of Skye. Opportunities may involve visiting the rugged Quiraing mountain pass, the stunning waterfalls of Kilt Rock, or the historic 13th-century Dunvegan Castle.

Day 17 - Edinburgh (on own)

Meal Plan: Breakfast

The final leg of your islands and highlands adventure enchants with an exploration of the rustic Fort William and the beautiful Falls of Dochart, before arriving in Edinburgh for the evening.

Day 18 – Departure from Edinburgh

Meal Plan: Breakfast

With memories that'll last a lifetime, you’ll bid farewell to picturesque Scotland.

"Scotland’s Islands & Highlands Contest"

  1. The Contest is only open to those who are no younger than the age of majority in British Columbia as of their date of entry, and who are legal residents of British Columbia. Individuals who are officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (as well as the immediate family members or persons domiciled with them) of Knowledge Network Corporation (“Knowledge”), its agents, parent, affiliated or related companies, subsidiaries, divisions, prize sponsors, and promotional and advertising agencies and administrators, are ineligible to enter. No purchase is necessary.
  2. The Contest runs from 12:01 am Pacific Time (“PT”) on Friday, September 22, 2023, to 5:00 pm PT on Monday, November 6, 2023 (the “Contest Period”). To be eligible, entries must be received by Knowledge no later than 5:00 pm PT on Monday, November 6, 2023. The winner of the Contest (the “Winner”) shall be determined by random draw conducted by Knowledge on or about November 15, 2023. Odds of winning depend on the number of valid entries received during the Contest Period.
  3. There are three (3) ways to enter (each, a “Contest Entry”):

    1. making a single donation to Knowledge during the Contest Period; OR
    2. making a donation to Knowledge during the Contest Period as a monthly donor; OR
    3. legibly printing your name, address and telephone number on a plain piece of paper (no donation or other cash consideration is required) and mailing it to:

      Knowledge Network      
      4355 Mathissi Place      
      Burnaby BC V5G 4S8      
      Attention: Scotland’s Islands & Highlands Contest

    Each valid mail-in Contest Entry must be received by Knowledge before Monday, November 6, 2023, at 5:00 pm PT. There is a limit of one (1) Contest Entry per person regardless of method of entry (the “Limit”). Duplication of a mail-in Contest Entry may result in disqualification. Individuals making donations may request by phone, email or in writing that they be excluded from the Contest by submitting a written request to the address above or by email to partners@knowledge.ca or by phone to 1-604-431-3222 or toll free to 1-877-456-6988, at any time during the Contest Period. By submitting a Contest Entry, the entrant indicates that they have read and accepted these Contest Rules.

  4. Any late, incomplete, fraudulent, illegible, unidentified, or delayed Contest Entry shall be void. Knowledge is not responsible for any lost, damaged, illegible, misdirected, postage due or undelivered Contest Entry, including any lost or corrupted Contest Entry resulting from an online donation. Proof of entry submission does not constitute proof of receipt of any Contest Entry by Knowledge. Contest Entry must be submitted by the entrant themselves. Any Contest Entry from the same individual in excess of the Limit shall be void. Entrants may only use one (1) address and one (1) phone number in connection with the Contest. In the event Knowledge discovers multiple attempts at Contest Entry by one entrant using the same, different, or multiple addresses, identities, phone numbers, or any other methods, all duplicate attempts at Contest Entry shall be void and the entrant may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Knowledge. Each Contest Entry is subject to verification by Knowledge.
  5. There is one (1) prize package available to be won (the “Prize”). The Prize components are subject to change and consist of the following:

    1. round trip economy airfare for two (2) from Vancouver to Edinburgh departing on or about July 5, 2024
    2. a fifteen (15) day tour of Scotland’s islands and highlands for two (2) operated by Goway Travel;
    3. two thousand Canadian dollars (CDN$2,000.00) cash;
    4. seventeen (17) nights’ accommodation (double occupancy) including three (3) nights in Edinburgh;
    5. fifteen (15) breakfasts for two (2);
    6. touring transportation for two (2) on tour days; AND
    7. services of a professional driver and/or guide on tour days.

    Knowledge reserves the right to substitute any element of the Prize with a comparable element from any other third-party vendor. For certainty, none of the brands or their associated companies are sponsors of this Contest, and Knowledge disclaims any association of such brands, trademarks or sponsors with this Contest.

  6. The approximate value of the Prize is eighteen thousand Canadian dollars (CDN$18,000), which value may vary based on the then-current market value of the components of the Prize, together with any substitutions of elements made by Knowledge in its sole discretion and in accordance with these Contest Rules. Apart from the cash contribution detailed above, Knowledge shall not be responsible for: airport transfers to and from Vancouver; insurance (including but not limited to travel insurance); optional excursions; entrance fees; meals not specifically described as included in the Prize; gratuities; or expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, dry cleaning, phone calls, drinks, travel documentation or excess baggage charges, all of which shall be the sole responsibility of the Winner.
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  9. Knowledge shall select the winning entry on or about November 15, 2023. Knowledge shall contact the Winner by telephone in order to award the Prize. In order to be eligible to receive the Prize:

    1. the Winner must be reached by telephone within seven (7) days immediately following the selection of the winning entry.
    2. prior to winning, the Winner must answer a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question.
    3. the Winner shall be required to sign, have witnessed, and return to Knowledge a declaration and release affirming compliance with these Contest Rules and releasing Knowledge from liability with respect to the Contest and the Prize.

    If any one of the above conditions in awarding the Prize is not met, the selected entrant shall be disqualified as the Winner and shall not be entitled to receive the Prize. Knowledge reserves the right to randomly select an alternate Contest Entry to replace any disqualified Winner.

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