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Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907


  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Inverness
  • Arthur's Seat
Country Roads of Scotland
See, Visit & Explore: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews, Pitlochry, Spey Valley, Inverness, Culloden Moor, Loch Ness, Thurso, Orkney Islands, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Ben Nevis, Glen Coe, Loch Lomond and Glasgow.

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9 day tour from £2075

Saturdays
23 April to 08 October, 2016

Mondays
06 & 20 June, 2016
06 & 20 July, 2015
01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 August, 2016
12 & 26 September, 2016

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from 1775 per person
Children from 1595 per child
Single room from 2075 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
1,775-2,315

Tour Summary

From the great Capital of Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands and Skye, youll travel through 8,000 years of history and a rich cultural heritage, while the drama and variety of Scotlands natural features never fail to impress.

Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh. Free day for independent sightseeing.

Day 2: Edinburgh City Tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle.

Day 3: Tour from Edinburgh to Inverness via St Andrews, Pitlochry and the Scottish Highlands.

Day 4: Travel to Culloden Moor and Loch Ness then head to the Far North.

Day 5: Full day excursion to the Orkney Islands.

Day 6: Drive along the scenic Northern coast to reach the Isle of Skye.

Day 7: Discover the Isle of Skye. See iconic Eilean Donan Castle and massive Ben Nevis.

Day 8: Travel along the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond then enjoy a tour of Glasgow.

Day 9: Tour ends after breakfast. Airport transfer available.

Tour features:

  • Visit Edinburgh, Orkney Islands and St Andrews
  • Overnight accommodation: Edinburgh (2); Inverness (1); Thurso (2); Skye (1); Ballachulish/Oban (1) and Glasgow (1)
  • Depart from Edinburgh and return to Glasgow
  • Tour duration: 9 days/8 nights
  • Premium Escorted Tour

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Day One
Welcome to Edinburgh
Welcome to Scotland - land of legends and romance, from the great cultural cities in the south, to the dramatic mountains and misty lochs of the Highlands. On arrival at Edinburgh Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00 & 13:00. Then the rest of the day is yours to relax before joining your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Selected departures also attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza-The Roxburghe Hotel/The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)
Day Two
Explore Edinburgh
Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial, then tour the 18th century New Town with its classical Adam faades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland's crown jewels. Enjoy a guided tour along part of the Royal Mile where, at the bottom stands the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Centre or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza-The Roxburghe Hotel/The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)
Day Three
Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Inverness
Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, where golf was born on the Old Course in the 15th century. After some time to explore this university town, cross the Tay and drive to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap. Continue via Blair Atholl and over the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley. The Scottish Border Collie is world-renowned for its herding abilities. Visit a working Highland farm for a personal insight into the daily life of a shepherd and his dogs. Continue to stately Inverness, where your luxury signature hotel is set within four acres of manicured grounds, offering the very best in Highland hospitality.
Overnight: Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness (or similar)
Day Four
Inverness - Loch Ness - Thurso (2 nights)
See Culloden Moor in the morning, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746. Visit the Culloden Visitor Centre before continuing along the shores of Loch Ness. Keep your eyes peeled for the monster! Next, follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of the national drink. Visit John OGroats, Britains most northerly town then stay in the town of Thurso, which looks out over the Pentland Firth towards the Old Man of Hoy'.
Overnight: Station Hotel/St Clair Hotel, Thurso (or similar)
Day Five
Excursion to the Orkney Islands
Start the day by driving to the most northerly town on the British mainland, John O'Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands - where the hardy locals live below the wind and above the water'. Sightseeing with a Local Expert includes visits to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during WWII. Return to your Thurso hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Station Hotel/St Clair Hotel, Thurso (or similar)
Day Six
Thurso - Ullapool - Isle of Skye
Travel through stunning and pristine landscapes along the northern coast with its white sandy beaches, and further inland to misty valleys and glens, lochs and rushing waters. Then it's Over the Sea to Skye' the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. See the dramatic Cuillin Hills and on the way to Broadford, hear romantic tales of how young Flora MacDonald helped rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Overnight: Dunollie Hotel, Broadford (or similar)
Day Seven
Isle of Skye - Glen Coe - Ballachulish
A chance to explore this wild and beautiful island, before crossing to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Stop for a photo at remote Eilean Donan Castle, which, under a clear sky, offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial where there is a fine view of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. We enjoy more spectacular scenery en route to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. At night, get together with your friends at a sumptuous grand-finalé Celebration meal. Don't be surprised if, by the end of the evening, you're 'Toasting to the Lassies' or singing 'Auld Lang Syne'.
Overnight: Ballachulish Hotel/Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish or Columba Hote, Oban (or similar)
Day Eight
Ballachulish Loch Lomond Glasgow
(Relaxed Start) Spend time on peaceful Loch Lomond, Queen of Scottish Lochs' and the largest in Great Britain. Perhaps experience the beauty and tranquillity of the loch with an optional cruise before continuing to Glasgow. An orientation drive shows you the city's grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral. Then the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight: Marriott Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)
Day Nine
Depart Glasgow
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Glasgow Airport at 07:00 hrs & 09:00 hrs.

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. Youll 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 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/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 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 bedsDouble 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, theres always a lighter continental option available too. Youll find a number of 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 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.
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 Edinburgh Airport to the Edinburgh Hotel at 09:00 hrs, 11:00 hrs and 13:00 hrs and on day-nine from the Glasgow Hotel to arrive at Glasgow Airport at 07:00 hrs and 09:00 hrs.  
 

What's Included

  • 8 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 - 9)
  • Welcome drink and light informal meal with your Tour Director
  • 4 table dhte dinners
  • Celebration dinner in Ballachulish or Oban
  • Admission to Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Moor, Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar
  • Sheep dog demonstration on a working Highland farm
  • Tour and tasting at Old Pulteney Whisky Distillery
  • Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 06 to 27 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 driver and guide

Departure information

Check-in at your leisure between 14:00 16:00 hrs*
Your Edinburgh hotel accommodation will be confirmed at time of booking.

* Left luggage facilities are available at the hotel if you wish to check-in earlier.
Please note - your room may not be available until the standard check-in time.


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