Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907

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Hotel
Single £ 1,445.00
Twin £ 1,275.00

All prices are per person

Child* discount £120
*child rate apply from 5-17 years inclusive.
We regret that children under the age of 5 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
£1,275-£1,709

Tour Type: Escorted Tour


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Dates of Operation

Sundays
27 April to 12 October, 2014
Thursdays
7 to 21 August, 2014

Departure Information

Check In: 14:15
Departs: 14:30
Returns: 09:00

From: Novotel Edinburgh City Centre Hotel, 80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DE

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What's included

• First Class hotel accommodation includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• 6 full Scottish breakfasts
• 2 three-course dinners
• Welcome Pub Reception with your Tour Director in Edinburgh
• Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm
• Admission to Edinburgh Castle, Clan Donald Centre, Glasgow Cathedral and Stirling Castle
• Tour and tasting at Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery
• All hotel tips and baggage handling fees
• Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and a washroom onboard
• The services of a professional Tour Director
• Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 3 to 21 August departures
• A qualified local city guide in Edinburgh
• Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7
• Service charges and taxes

What's NOT included

• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your driver/guide

Product Code: TT 00185

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Best of Scotland

from Edinburgh

Tour Highlights: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews, Pitlochry, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Fort William, Glen Coe, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Stirling Castle and the Trossachs National Park

The serene Isle of Skye, perfectly photogenic castles and the grand cities of Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Glasgow beckon. Your experience of Scotland is enhanced with visits to a traditional whisky distillery and breathtaking views of the beautiful Cuillin Mountains and Scottish Highlands.

Day One
Arrive Edinburgh (2 nights)

Welcome to Bonnie Scotland! Courtesy transfers from Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) operate at 09:00 hrs, 11:30 hrs and 14:00 hrs. After check-in to your hotel in Edinburgh you have time to relax or start exploring this fascinating capital city. Later join your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome drink and typical Scottish pub meal.

Hotel: Novotel City Centre Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)
 
Day Two
Edinburgh Sightseeing

Your guided morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to impressive Edinburgh Castle perched high on a volcanic rock. During our visit you’ll see the Scottish Crown Jewels, "Mons Meg”, a 15th Century cannon and St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh. You will also see the Royal Mile, the 18th century New Town with its classical facades, the new Scottish Parliament building and Princes Street with the ornate Scott Memorial. During the Edinburgh Festival, included tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo are provided. This evening, why not enjoy a Scottish night out.

Day Three
Edinburgh – St Andrews - Scottish Highlands (2 nights)

This morning start with a drive over the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews, one of the most renowned golf courses in the world. It is believed that golf has taken place on the Old Course since the 15th century. Time to take a picture at the 18th hole and stop at the ecclesiastical ruins in the town before continuing through Dundee and Perth to charming Pitlochry. Why not enjoy an excursion to Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, which houses the headquarters of the Atholl Highlanders, Europe's only remaining private army? We enter the majestic Cairngorm National Park and our hotel for the next two nights.

Hotel: Gaskmore Hotel, Laggan/Four Seasons Hotel, Aviemore (or similar)
 
Day Four
Isle of Skye Excursion

We start the day with a drive along the banks of mysterious Loch Ness. Keep a close watch, just in case "you know who" makes an appearance! There are wonderful views of iconic Eilean Donan Castle before we take the road bridge "over the sea to Skye". Listen to romantic tales of Flora MacDonald and her daring rescue of Bonnie Prince Charlie as you enjoy the beauty of the Cuillin Hills. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles before making the short drive to catch the ferry to Mallaig. Follow the famed "Road to the Isles" and along the way see the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct sure to be familiar to Harry Potter fans.
 
Day Five
Scottish Highlands - Glen Coe - Glasgow (2 nights)

Drive past Fort William and have views of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. The stunning scenery of Glen Coe has a tragic tale to tell, as it was here in 1692 that Campbell soldiers slaughtered 40 Macdonalds who had been their hosts. This infamous act remains controversial to this very day. We will pass close to the Clan Memorial where each year, on the 13th February, the Clan Donald Society of Edinburgh arranges an annual wreath laying ceremony attended by Clansmen from across the world along with local people. Desolate Rannoch Moor is next before we descend into the little village of Tyndrum. A drive along the "bonnie, bonnie" banks of Loch Lomond will bring us to Glasgow, Scotland’s second city. This afternoon visit St Mungo's Cathedral, dedicated to the Patron Saint and founder of the City. Your orientation tour will also include magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, once the heart of the ship-building industry.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)
 
Day Six
Stirling Castle excursion

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of National pride and once home to the Scottish Court. See the "Stirling Heads" and visit the Grand Hall and the Chapel Royal of this imposing castle. From the castle battlements view the Wallace Monument, dedicated to Sir William Wallace (the real Braveheart), which sits overlooking the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Later journey into the Trossachs National Park to visit pretty Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery to sample a "wee dram".

Tonight experience a Farewell Dinner ata  working hill farm by the banks of Loch Ard.

Day Seven
Homeward Bound

This morning after breakfast it is time to bid farewell to your Tour Director and new-found friends as this tour of Bonnie Scotland comes to an end. Return home with many happy memories. Transfers are available to Glasgow International Airport (GLA) at 07:00 hrs and 09:00 hrs.


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