Scottish Tours

Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907


  • Ullapool and Loch Broom
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • St Andrews
Scottish Isles and Glens
See, Visit & Explore: Glasgow, Loch Katrine, Isle of Arran, Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Dunvegan Castle, Inverewe Gardens, John O’Groats, Orkney Islands, Dunrobin Castle, Inverness, Loch Ness, Culloden Moor, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle.

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12 day tour from £1649

Saturdays
16 April to 15 October, 2016
Mondays
20 June, 2016
01, 08 & 15 August 2016
19 September, 2016

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from £ 1649 per person
Children from £ 1484 per child
Single room from £ 2009 per person

Accommodation information

Notes

Child reduction applies to children aged 8 to 18 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with an adult.

We regret that children under the age of 8 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
£1,649 - £2,319

Tour Summary

Let this comprehensive tour of Scotland introduce you to the delights of historic Edinburgh; the ancient Orkneys, scenic Skye and Arran, known as “Scotland in miniature”. You'll visit castles, gardens, battlefields and even a whisky distillery. What better way is there to explore Scotland?

Day 1: Arrive in Glasgow. Transfer to your hotel in the heart of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. This afternoon enjoy a cruise on Loch Katrine

Day 2: Today enjoy a full-day excursion to the Isle of Arran including a visit to the islands picturesque malt whisky distillery.

Day 3: Tour along the banks of Loch Lomond to reach Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe. Later visit iconic Eilean Donan Castle.

Day 4: Explore the magical Isle of Skye and visit Dunvegan Castle.

Day 5: Spend quality time visiting Inverewe Gardens then make your way to Ullapool on Loch Broom.

Day 6: Head northwards to the very top of the Scottish mainland. Visit John O’Groats before catching a ferry to the Orkney Islands.

Day 7: Today explore the ancient sites of the Orkney Islands.

Day 8: Return to the mainland and visit Dunrobin Castle. Later make your way to Inverness.

Day 9: Enjoy a monster spotting cruise on Loch Ness and visit evocative Culloden Moor.

Day 10: Drive through the Grampian Mountains. Visit St Andrews before driving to Edinburgh. This evening attend a lively Scottish show.

Day 11: Morning City Tour of Edinburgh then free time for shopping.

Day 12: Tour ends after breakfast. Airport transfer available.

Tour features:

  • Visit Isle of Arran, Isle of Skye and the Orkney Islands
  • Overnight accommodation: Drymen (2); Kyle of Lochalsh (2); Ullapool (1); Kirkwall (2), Inverness (2) and Edinburgh (2)
  • Depart from Glasgow (Drymen) and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 12 days/11 nights
  • Premium Escorted Tour

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Day One
Glasgow Arrival & Loch Katrine Cruise
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your hotel, located in the village of Drymen. It is located 20 miles from Glasgow Airport so please ensure that you have appropriate transfer arrangements in place. Set out from your hotel and take a short drive through part of the Trossachs, often called "The Highlands in Miniature”. Embark on the steamboat, "Sir Walter Scott,” for a short cruise on Loch Katrine to admire lovely scenery. Return to your hotel and relax for a time before joining your tour director and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner.
Overnight: Winnock Hotel, Drymen (or similar)
Day Two
Isle of Arran & Whisky Distillery Excursion
Drive south to Ardrossan to take a ferry ride to the Isle of Arran, one of the most accessible of the Scottish islands and one of the most southerly. You will see how the northern half of the island belongs to the Highlands with rugged mountains while the south has the softer landscape of the Lowlands. Visit the Isle of Arran Distillery which was opened in 1997 and see how whisky is distilled and sample some of the finished product. Stop in Blackwaterfoot for lunch on your own and spend some free time at the Home Farm Visitor Centre. Return to the mainland and to your hotel in time for dinner.
Overnight: Winnock Hotel, Drymen (or similar)
Day Three
Drymen – Glen Coe – Kyle of Lochalsh
Travel alongside the famous banks of Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Travel through the deep valley of Glen Coe, notorious for the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Continue through Fort William and stop at the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, which offers a good selection of quality Scottish goods. Continue your drive north to visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle. The first fortified castle was built in the 13th century, rebuilt several times and partially ruined in 1719. Check in to your charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh.
Overnight: Balmacara Hotel, Kyle of Lochalsh (or similar)
Day Four
Dunvegan Castle Excursion
Today explore the Isle of Skye and its strong connections with Bonnie Prince Charlie. He fled to the island after his defeat at Culloden Moor. Travel to Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years, making it the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. View priceless family heirlooms and stroll through formal gardens. Stop in Portree for a look at brightly-painted houses that cluster around a large bay. Return to your hotel for free time before dinner.
Overnight: Balmacara Hotel, Kyle of Lochalsh (or similar)
Day Five
Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverewe Gardens - Ullapool
Enjoy Highland scenery as you drive north along the west coast to visit Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of trees and shrubs was created from 50 acres of bleak headland in 1862. The varied plantings thrive due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Continue to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port that was built in 1788 to provide a living for the people in this region. Take a brief drive around the town and check in to your hotel.
Overnight: Royal Hotel, Ullapool (or similar)
Day Six
Ullapool - John O’Groats – Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)
Today explore more of the Highlands as you travel through one of Scotland’s most sparsely-populated regions with huge tracts of bogland, rugged mountains and coastline. Drive around the coastline through remote hamlets and vast areas of open land. Learn about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the United States, Australia and other countries. Continue to John O’Groats, the most northern place on the British mainland and take a nearby ferry to the Isle of Orkney, enjoying dinner as you travel. Check in to your hotel in Kirkwall.
Overnight: Ayre Hotel/Kirkwall Hotel, Kirkwall (or similar)
Day Seven
Isle of Orkney & Skara Brae Excursion
Today explore the largest island of Orkney. Visit Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old village, to see remains of dwellings. View the Ring of Brodgar, a circle of tall, prehistoric standing stones. Drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines and see the Italian Chapel, built from two Nissen huts with elaborate paintings. Return to Kirkwall to see 12th century St. Magnus Cathedral. Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon and evening to browse around the town centre and dine on your own.
Overnight: Ayre Hotel/Kirwall Hotel, Kirkwall (or similar)
Day Eight
Kirkwall (Orkney Islands) - Dunrobin Castle - Inverness
Return by ferry to the mainland and drive down the east coast tovisit Dunrobin Castle, dating from 1275 but renovated in the mid-1800’s. With 189 rooms this is the largest mansion in northern Scotland. Visit the dining room, music room and library with over 10,000 volumes and all containing priceless artefacts. Watch a demonstration of falconry in the castle gardens to see trained birds of prey. Continue south to your hotel in the centre of Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands.
Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness (or similar)
Day Nine
Urquhart Castle & Culloden Battlefield Excursion
Cruise Loch Ness to visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle which was destroyed in Jacobite wars. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746. Walk around the moor and see monuments to the various regiments who lost men. Return to Inverness in time to relax, shop or walk alongside the River Ness in front of your hotel.
Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness (or similar)
Day Ten
Inverness - St Andrews - Edinburgh
Drive past the majestic scenery of the Cairngorm Mountains to visit Leault Farm where skilled dogs obey commands to round up sheep. Continue south to St Andrews, located on the east coast. This town is renowned as the "Home of Golf” and for its university, Scotland’s oldest, where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied. Spend some time to explore on your own. Drive south to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital City. Later enjoy a Scottish Evening where you’ll dine on excellent Scottish cuisine followed by a lively show.
Overnight: Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)
Day Eleven
Edinburgh City Tour & Edinburgh Castle
This morning discover Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. See the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian "New Town” and walk along part of the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city where some houses reach 11 stories tall. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see historic buildings, the Stone of Scone and the Scottish Crown Jewels. Also appreciate great panoramic views over the city from the ramparts. The afternoon and evening are free.  On July 30 to August 15 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
Overnight: Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)
Day Twelve
Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast. Airport transfers are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I experience on this Premium Escorted Tour?
If you enjoy the art of travelling in comfort and style then a Premium Escorted Tour is for you. You’ll travel in a group that is restricted to around 40 fellow travellers. Travel is 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 you’ll be joined by a local guide who will provide local insight and show you the highlights. These tours are fully inclusive of accommodation, transportation, admission fees and most meals. Savvy travellers appreciate that these tours have no hidden extras – all the ingredients needed for a great tour are included in the tour price. There are no optional extras for you to budget for during your holiday. The group will stay together in first class/superior standard 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 you’ll 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 d’hote, 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 twin rooms 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 a Premium Escorted Tour is the generous number of meals included as standard. Start the day with a freshly cooked breakfast or, if you prefer, there’s always a lighter continental option available too. You’ll find a number of evening dinners included which will give you the opportunity of sampling some local delicacies. Check the "What’s 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 Scotland 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/div>
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. 
How many people will be on the tour?
The number of people travelling on a Premium Escorted Tour will not normally be more than 40 passengers.
Are airport transfers included?
Complimentary transfers are included on day-one from Glasgow Airport to the Drymen Hotel at 08:00 hrs, 10:00 hrs and 12:00 hrs and on day-twelve from the Edinburgh Hotel to arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 06:30 hrs and 09:00 hrs.

What's Included

  • 11 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 - 12)
  • Welcome drink with your Tour Director
  • 8 table d’hôte dinners
  • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
  • Admission to Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, Eilean Donan Castle, Dunvegan Castle, Inverewe Gardens, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, St Magnus Cathedral, Italian Chapel, Dunrobin Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Moor Visitor Centre and Edinburgh Castle
  • Sheep dog demonstration on a working Highland farm
  • Tour and tasting at the Isle of Arran Whisky Distillery
  • Ferry to the Isle of Arran
  • Ferry to the Orkney Islands
  • Cruises on Loch Katrine and Loch Ness
  • City tour of Edinburgh
  • Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 30 July to 15 August departures
  • All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
  • Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
  • Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and a washroom onboard
  • 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 Drymen hotel at your leisure on day one.
Please note that this hotel is located 20 miles from Glasgow Airport.
The tour will commence at 14:30 hrs from
The Winnock Hotel, The Square, Drymen, Loch Lomond, G63 0BL
The tour will end after breakfast on day 12


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