Scotland

Great things come in small packages and Scotland certainly has many treasures. For the history buff, visit Edinburgh and Glasgow; for the hungry, try haggis, Angus beef or smoked salmon or, for the thirsty, sample the nation’s malt whiskeys. There are cold, glittering seas washing against the Outer Hebrides and untamed mountain scenery of the Highlands and Northern Islands. Wildlife watchers should look for otters, eagles, whales and dolphins, while hill walkers can table almost 300 peaks. There’s turbulent history, castles and country pubs, canoeing and caber-tossing, golfing and fishing.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Escorted TourBest of Scotland7 Contact usFrom $1,975.00
Escorted TourScotland's Highlands, Islands & Cities13 Contact usFrom $3,925.00
Escorted TourScottish Highlands & Islands14 Contact usFrom $4,669.00

Best of Scotland

The land of the ancients – cliff-top castles, standing stones and Rob Roy. Travel from Scotland’s literary capital, Edinburgh, to feisty Glasgow, the heart and home of golf, St. Andrews, and the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe, as your quest takes you past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and Glengoyne Whisky Distillery for a well-deserved ‘wee dram’.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh

On arrival, relax and explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, which includes a light meal and drinks.
Hotel: Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Edinburgh

This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.

Day 3: Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands

Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Laggan Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Scottish Highlands

This morning travel to the coast and take a ferry over the sea to Skye from Mallaig to Armadale. Drive up the Sleat Peninsula and admire the spectacular scenery before stopping for time to have lunch. Cross over a road bridge to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle back on the mainland. Continue your journey past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and visit Culloden battlefield. This site was where the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 took place and also played a part in the religious civil war in Britain. Later return to your hotel.

Day 5: Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow

Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, 'Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow, 2 nights

Day 6: Glasgow

Start your day with an orientation of Glasgow including views of the magnificent People's Palace and Winter Gardens which was opened in 1898, the impressive George Square as well as the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Enjoy some free time to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the 'Stirling Heads' and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument - dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Cultural Insight into whisky making with a visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a 'wee dram'. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard.

Day 7: Depart Glasgow

After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Ticket: Mallaig / Armadale
Accommodation: 6 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Scotland’s Highlands, Islands & Cities

Scotland’s arresting natural beauty and centuries-old heritage are the highlights of this adventure that will see you visit the isles of Skye and Mull, the Orkney Islands and the beauty of Loch Ness. View the remarkably intact ruins of Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, and see Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh

Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel, 3 nights

Day 2: Edinburgh

This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.

Day 3: Edinburgh

This morning view the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey as well as and visit the neighbouring Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, before following the River Tweed back to Edinburgh.

Day 4: Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Glamis Castle – Dundee

Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Visit Glamis Castle, former home of the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, and the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and free time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. Later arrive in Dundee, a waterfront city in the Tay Estuary which is the UK's first UNESCO City of Design?
Hotel: Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa

Day 5: Dundee – Pitlochry – Culloden – Inverness

This morning, gain a Cultural Insight into whisky distilling by visiting a local distillery for a tour and a 'wee dram'. Travel through untamed Scottish landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains. Visit the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746. Lately, the site has featured in Diane Gabaldon's fictional novel 'Outlander'. Arrive later in Inverness.
Hotel: Columba Hotel by Compass Hospitality

Day 6: Inverness – Loch Ness – Thurso

Admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster, en route to visit Dunrobin Castle. Dunrobin Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland and resembles a French château with its towering conical spires. Stroll through the formal gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Royal Hotel ‘A Bespoke Hotel’, 2 nights

Day 7: Thurso

Visit John O'Groats, then take the ferry from Gills Bay across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defence to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow during World War II. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and look down on the remains of the famous Neolithic village. Wander freely round the standing stones of Ring of Brodgar, before a final photo stop at Kirkwall cathedral and the ferry back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Day 8: Thurso – Ullapool – Isle of Skye

Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning north west coastline. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ullapool. View the impressive Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Kings Arms Isle of Skye

Day 9: Isle of Skye – Ballachulish

More breathtaking scenery leaving Skye for the mainland. Drive past the Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films, to Fort William at the head of Loch Linnh. Follow this great loch south to Ballachulish, home for the next two nights.
Hotel: The Ballachulish Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: Ballachulish

Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the remote island to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval abbey, and the ancient burial ground of many Scottish Kings at Rèilig Odhrain. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Day 11: Ballachulish – Glasgow

This morning, travel south through Glencoe, 'Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, before arriving in Glasgow. Your orientation tour includes views of the magnificent George Square as well as a visit to St. Mungo's Cathedral.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Theatreland, 2 nights

Day 12: Glasgow

This morning enjoy a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads making your way to nearby Bannockburn - the site of the famous battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. Enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working Scottish farm with your companions and Travel Director.

Day 13: Depart Glasgow

Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful holiday draws to a close. Transfers are available

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Ticket: Isle of Skye / Mallaig - Fionnphort / Island of Iona - Isle of Mull / Fionnphort
Accommodation: 13 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Scottish Highlands & Islands

From its historical castles to its stunning landscapes and from its exciting cities to its charming, small towns, Scotland has it all. On this comprehensive Scotland tour, you’ll overnight in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Mull. Along the way, you’ll visit some of its historical castles; witness its unspoiled, breathtaking scenery; experience its cities and some of its small towns; learn about its fascinating history; and much more.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Glasgow

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland's largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Hotel: Doubletree By Hilton Glasgow Central

Day 2: Glasgow – Glengoyne – Stirling – Bannockburn - Edinburgh

Start your grand tour of Scotland with a guided tour of a Whisky Distillery, where you hear about the ancient art of converting barley, water, and yeast into a heart-warming liquor. Next, visit Stirling Castle, a great symbol of Scottish independence and favoured residence of Scotland's kings and queens. Today's final highlight is the Bannockburn Visitor Centre, commemorating the key battle in the Scottish Wars of Independence of June 23-24, 1314. Drive on to Edinburgh, your base for the next three nights. Tonight, don't miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Hotel: The Principal Edinburgh George Street, 3 Nights

Day 3: Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the "Old Town," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels, then explore Holyrood Palace (when available). After time on your own in Edinburgh, why not take an optional excursion to Rosslyn Chapel, made world-famous by Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, and also one of Scotland's most remarkable buildings.

Day 4: Edinburgh

Today's excursion brings you into parts of the Scottish Lowlands and Border Counties. Drive through rolling hills and leafy valleys to Abbotsford House and enjoy a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's home. It contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor, as well as an extensive library with over 9,000 rare volumes. Then, visit Melrose Abbey, the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart. This afternoon, join a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening.

Day 5: Edinburgh - St. Andrews – Braemar - Inverness

Over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews. Cross the Firth of Tay and from Dundee, head into the Highlands with a lunch stop in pretty Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games. Drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park to Inverness, the Highland capital, where you spend the next two nights.
Hotel: Mercure Inverness Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Inverness

Fascinating visits on today's excursion. Stop first at Clava Cairns, featured in the popular TV series Outlander and one of Scotland's most evocative sacred prehistoric sites with three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. At Culloden Visitor Centre, the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scottish clans. Then, call at romantic, fairytale Cawdor Castle, set in stunning grounds with beautiful gardens and home to the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation for this afternoon would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch.

Day 7: Inverness - Thurso

Continue an unforgettable journey and follow the coast road to majestic Dunrobin Castle, for centuries the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Visit the formal gardens and enjoy a Fascinating Falconry Display. Overnight is in Thurso, the most northerly town on Britain's mainland. Before dinner, you may want to join an optional excursion to a local pub.
Hotel: St. Clair Hotel, 2 nights

Day 8: Thurso

A fascinating day full of adventure. At John o'Groats, board a Ferry for the 45-minute crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands, where a local coach and driver-guide await you. Cross the four Churchill Barriers and overlook Scapa Flow, where the German fleet scuttled itself in World War I. After a light Lunch at the Tasting Hall cafe, take a guided tour of the award-winning Orkney Brewery and sample the local ale. Then, head For Skara Brae, where you see the fascinating remains of a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village and Visit Skaill House. Yet more highlights: the Ring of Brodgar, the Orkneys' Stonehenge, and finally Kirkwall, the small and picturesque island capital. Return to the mainland by Ferry in the late afternoon.

Day 9: Thurso - Durness – Ullapool - Isle Of Skye

A day to sit back and enjoy the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery, some of the finest in Britain. The northern coast is lined with miles of yellow-sand beaches and pretty estuaries, and the hills and mountains take on a purple hue as the summer progresses. This is Scotland at its best! Drive via Durness to the quaint fishing port of Ullapool, where you enjoy a traditional Fish & Chips lunch at a local restaurant. Lateafternoon arrival on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye.
Hotel: Dunollie Hotel - A Bespoke Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: Isle Of Skye

Striking landscapes, weird rock formations, and dramatic waterfalls will capture your attention on your drive around the Trotternish peninsula. Visit the thatch-roofed cottages at the Museum Of Island Life, close to the last resting place of Highland heroine Flora MacDonald. Then, follow the spectacular coast route, stopping for photos of waterfalls and gorges, to the island capital of Portree. On the way back to Broadford, take in the views of the jagged and dark peaks of the Cuillin Hills.

Day 11: Isle Of Skye – Glenfinnan – Isle Of Mull

Call at the Clan Donald Centre for a visit to its Museum Of The Isles and insight into 13 centuries of clan history before boarding your Ferry at Armadale to sail across the Sound of Sleat. Rejoin the mainland at Mallaig and follow the "Road to the Isles." Stop at Glenfinnan with its viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films, then take the Ferry to the Isle of Mull, where you conclude your day with a visit to the quaint island capital of Tobermory.
Hotel: Isle Of Mull Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 12: Isle Of Mull

A leisurely day to relax and enjoy the best of the Scottish western isles. Drive across Mull to visit the beautiful and fascinating Isle of Iona. Time to visit the Abbey and explore the religious settlement before returning to the hotel in the early afternoon.

Day 13: Isle Of Mull – Inveraray - Glasgow

The final island Ferry crossing brings you to Oban. Then, over the Pass of Brander and from Inveraray to the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond. Back in Glasgow this afternoon, your orientation city tour takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. Time for last-minute shopping before Enjoying A Farewell Dinner With Wine At Your Hotel.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

Day 14: Depart Glasgow

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Ticket: John o'Groats / South Ronaldsay / John o'Groats - Armadale / Mallaig
Accommodation: 13 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary