Scottish Tours

Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907


  • Cuillin Mountains
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Iona Abbey
Scottish Highlands, Islands and Cities
See, Visit & Explore: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Jedburgh, St Andrews, Glamis Castle, Dundee, Culloden Moor, Inverness, Loch Ness, Dunrobin Castle, Orkney Islands, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glenfinnan, Ben Nevis, Oban, Mull, Iona, Glen Coe, Glasgow and Stirling Castle.

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13 day tour from £2375

Mondays
09, 16 & 30 May, 2016
13 & 20 June, 2016
04 & 18 July, 2016
01, 08, 15 & 22 August, 2016
05 & 12 September, 2016
Saturday
13 August, 2016

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from 2375 per person
Children from 2125 per child
Single room from 2800 per person

Accommodation information

Notes

Child reduction applies to children aged 5 to 17 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with an adult.

We regret that children under the age of 5 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
2,375-3,100

Product code: TT 00328

Tour Summary

Step back in time with this epic tour. Pagan monuments, Roman ruins, majestic cathedrals, medieval castles, geological wonders, famous universities, Highland glens, historic cities and majestic scenery will grip your imagination!

Day 1: Welcome to Scotland. The remainder of today is free for you to rest. This evening join your tour director at a welcome reception.

Day 2: This morning enjoy a city tour of Edinburgh including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Afternoon is free.

Day 3: Today enjoy an excursion to Jedburgh Abbey and the Scottish Borders.

Day 4: Visit St Andrews and Glamis Castle before heading to Dundee.

Day 5: Tour to delightful Pitlochry. Travel through the Cairngorm National Park to reach evocative Culloden Moor. Spend tonight in Inverness.

Day 6: Go monster-spotting at Loch Ness and visit grand Dunrobin Castle.

Day 7: Explore the Orkney Islands including ancient Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar.

Day 8: Enjoy a tour across the very top of Scotland to reach Ullapool and the Isle of Skye.

Day 9: Spend today exploring the Isle of Skye and visiting the famed Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Day 10: Explore the neighbouring isles of Mull and Iona.

Day 11: Visit awesome Glen Coe and drive along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. In Glasgow enjoy a city tour.

Day 12: Today there is an excursion to Stirling Castle and Bannockburn. Enjoy a Farewell lunch on a working farm before returning to Glasgow.

Day 13: The tour ends after breakfast. Airport transfers are available.

  • Visit the Orkney Islands, Mull and Iona and the Isle of Skye
  • Overnight accommodation: Edinburgh (3); Dundee (1); Inverness (1); Thurso (2); Isle of Skye (1); Ballachulish (2) and Glasgow (2)
  • Depart from Edinburgh and return to Glasgow
  • Tour duration: 13 days/12 nights
  • Escorted Tour

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Step back in time with this epic tour. Pagan monuments, Roman ruins, majestic cathedrals, medieval castles, geological wonders, famous universities, Highland glens, historic cities and majestic scenery will grip your imagination!
Day One

Welcome to Edinburgh (3 nights)

Welcome to bonnie Scotland! There are airport transfers from Edinburgh Airport at 09:00, 11:30 and 14:00 hrs. Conditions apply. Relax after your journey. This evening, meet and get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical Scottish pub meal and drinks.

Overnight: Novotel City Centre Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)

Day Two

Discovering Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a rugged and beautiful city. See Princes Street, the New Town, the Royal Mile, Scottish Parliament and Arthur's Seat during your morning sightseeing tour with an expert Local Guide. Visit the apartments at the historic castle with views of Holyrood House, the former residence of Mary Queen of Scots. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets for the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are also included.
Day Three

The Scottish Borders

This morning see the impressive 12th century ruined Abbey at Jedburgh. Admire Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, before following the valley of the River Tweed back to Edinburgh.
Day Four

Edinburgh - St Andrews - Pitlochry

Cross the spectacular Forth Bridge to St. Andrews, considered by many as the home of golf, Take a photograph at the famous 18th green or enjoy discovering the ancient University there is so much to enjoy. Later visit Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late 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 Pitlochry on the banks of the River Tummel which is known as the Gateway to the Highlands. Visit a local malt whisky distillery to learn more about the distillers art and to sample a wee dram.  Dine tonight at your hotel.

Overnight: Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry (or similar)

Day Five

Pitlochry - Culloden - Inverness

Travel through dramatic Highland landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains. Visit the site of the Battle of Culloden where, in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was defeated. Lately, the site has featured in Diane Gabaldon's fictional novel "Outlander". It's a short drive to our hotel in Inverness.

Overnight: Thistle Hotel, Inverness (or similar)

Day Six

Inverness - Loch Ness - Thurso (2 nights)

It is a short drive to admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster. Visit Dunrobin Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland, which resembles a French chateu with its towering conical spires. Stroll through the formal gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Enjoy wonderful sea views as we travel northwards to Thurso, our home for the next two nights.

Overnight: Royal Hotel, Thurso (or similar)

Day Seven

Discovering the Orkneys

Take the ferry (weather permitting) from John O'Groats across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney island of South Ronaldsay. Our drive through Orkney will take us back through mans history. These fascinating islands boast countless reminders of the people who have lived here. See Scapa Flow, one of the world's great natural anchorages. Visit the Italian Chapel and see the remains of a Neolithic village at Skara Brae. Pass the pre-historic Ring of Brodgar en-route to Viking Kirkwall. Later, take the ferry back to Thurso on the mainland.
Day Eight

Thurso to the Isle of Skye

The landscape along the northern coastline is stunning! See misty valleys and glens and visit the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool, which sits on Loch Broom. View impressive Eilean Donan Castle then continue via the Kyle of Lochalsh and over the sea to Skye, following in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie!

Overnight: Dunolie Hotel/Kings Arms Hotel, Portree (or similar)

Day Nine

Isle of Skye - Fort William Glen Coe (2 nights)

The main town on the island is Portree, which sits overlooking its attractive harbour. There is time to enjoy Portree for yourself before joining the ferry for the short sailing to Mallaig. Tour the famous "Road to the Isles" and see the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct which features in the Harry Potter movies. At Fort William you will see Britains highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in all its glory. Dine this evening at your hotel in Ballachulish.

Overnight: Ballachulish Hotel/Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish/Caledonian Hotel, Oban (or similar)

Day Ten

Explore Mull and Iona

Cruise from Oban across the mouth of Loch Linnhe to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, the fourth largest Scottish island and a jewel of moorlands, forests and cliffs. Drive to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. It was here that St Columba built a monastery in 563. Visit the Abbey, one of the oldest and most important religious sites in Western Europe, before returning to your hotel for dinner.
Day Eleven

Ballachulish - Glen Coe - Glasgow (2 nights)

Enter dramatic Glen Coe, known as the Glen of the Weeping after the tragic massacre of 1692 of the resident MacDonald Clan. The beautiful scenery continues as we make our way over Rannoch Moor and via Tyndrum to Loch Lomond, where you can stop for photographs and perhaps take a cruise on the Loch.  Later your orientation of Glasgow includes views of George Square, the impressive City Chambers and a visit to St. Mungos Cathedral.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Theatreland/Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow (or similar) (2 nights)

Day Twelve

Stirling Castle and Bannockburn

This morning is free in Glasgow. Later enjoy Scottish hospitality with a very special lunch on a working farm in the Trossachs National Park. Later there is a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads before making your way to nearby Bannockburn the site of the famous Battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England.  
Day Thirteen

Homeward Bound!

Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful holiday draws to a close. Airport transfers are available at 07:00 hrs and 09:00 hrs. Conditions apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I experience on this Escorted Tour?
If you enjoy the art of first class travel whilst enjoying amazing value then an Escorted Tour is just for you. All these tours are carefully researched and combine quality hotels, luxury travel, informative visits and leisure time. Youll find our Escorted Tours to be memorable for all the right reasons!
You will travel aboard a state of the art motorcoach with air-conditioning, on-board WiFi, reclining seats and oversized windows. For your comfort there is an emergency washroom on-board too. An experienced tour manager will lead the tour and your coach will be expertly driven by a professional driver. In certain cities youll be joined by a local guide who will provide local insight and show you the highlights.
These tours are inclusive of accommodation, transportation, admission fees and many meals. Youll have the chance to personalise your touring experience by participating in some carefully planned optional excursions. These are at additional expense and details will be provided with your tour documentation.
The group will stay together in first class or superior tourist class hotels. Each has been carefully selected for comfort, quality and ambiance located in the best locations close to the shopping areas and the key sights. In rural locations your accommodation will be in the best available hotels. Breakfast is usually a buffet, where you can choose from cereals, yoghurts and the bread basket. From the hot plate youll be able to select from freshly grilled items and local specialities. A stop is usually made for lunch in a town or city where there is a choice of restaurants available.
Dinner is usually enjoyed as a group and the menu will be table dhote, which means a selection of house specials. On some tours there will be a featured meal such as a Scottish evening, with bagpipers, dancing demonstrations and a taste of haggis!
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect from the hotel accommodation offered as part of your tour:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed.
Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed
Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).
Please note that a family room is normally a standard double or twin room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
All room types other than twins are subject to availability.
How much luggage can I bring?
You can bring one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. The maximum weight allowance and luggage dimensions varies by tour so you should check the tour documentation for the luggage policy that applies to your tour.
What meals are included?
One of the great things about travelling on an Escorted Tour is the generous number of meals included as standard. Start the day with a freshly cooked breakfast or, if you prefer, theres always a lighter continental option available too. Youll find that some evening dinners included which will give you the opportunity of sampling some local delicacies. Check the "Whats Included list for the exact number of meals that are featured on this tour.
Can you arrange pre-tour accommodation?
If you are flying internationally to reach the United Kingdom then it is worth considering arriving a day early to relax and let the jet-leg subside. Please email us for a quotation at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seats cannot be pre-booked however your tour director will implement a seat rotation system which will allow all passengers the opportunity of experiencing spectacular views from different seats on the motorcoach.
Are airport transfers included?
Complimentary transfers are included on day-one from Edinburgh Airport to the Edinburgh Hotel at 09:00 hrs, 11:30 hrs and 14:00 hrs and on day-thirteen from the Glasgow Hotel to arrive at Glasgow Airport at 07:00 hrs and 09:00 hrs.

What's Included

  • 12 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
  • 12 full Scottish breakfasts
  • 5 x table dhote dinners
  • Welcome Pub Reception in Edinburgh
  • Home cooked lunch on a farm
  • Farewell dinner with wine
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 4 to 18 August departures
  • Admission to Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, Culloden Moor, Dunrobin Castle, Italian Chapel, Skara Brae, Glasgow Cathedral, Stirling Castle and Bannockburn
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned motorcoach with reclining seats and washroom onboard
  • Ferry charges to the Islands of Mull and Iona
  • Ferry charges from Skye to Mallaig
  • Ferry charges to the Orkney Islands
  • Tour of Edinburgh with a local expert guide
  • All hotel service charges including baggage handling fees
  • Services of a tour host
  • Service charges and taxes

Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your guide or driver

Departure information

You can check in to the Edinburgh hotel at your leisure on day one.
The tour will commence at 17:00 hrs at
The Novotel City Centre, 80 Lauriston Place, Scotland, Edinburgh EH3 9DE
The tour will end after breakfast on day 13


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