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Welcome to Scotland

Ceud Mile Failte - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

You’ll see this traditional Gaelic welcome everywhere you go, and we really mean it!

Hospitality is an integral part of Scotland’s DNA and goes back to the earliest of times. We are proud of our beautiful home, and nothing gives us more pride than showing it off for the world to see.

Wherever your travels take you, there are tonnes of incredible places to visit in Scotland and you’ll always receive the warmest welcomes.  Discover Scottish day tours or epic week-long adventures to explore this enchanting corner of the world.

Visit Scotland to Explore Unforgettable Landscapes

Landscape

Awesome, stupendous, breathtaking — just some of the words used to describe our beautiful land.

So much is untouched by the hand of man and little has changed over the centuries. Enjoy rugged mountains, tumbling waterfalls, enchanting lochs, and some of Europe’s finest sandy beaches.

Scotland is also a nation of rolling hills, peaceful pastures, meandering rivers and cultivated forests. It’s no wonder that Queen Victoria described it as “Our Dear Paradise”.

The incredible diversity of landscapes offers something for everyone.

Ancient Towns & Cities

From the bustling streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow to tiny Highland hamlets, Scotland is home to some of the world’s most magical towns and cities.

Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can discover the Georgian grandeur of the New Town and the rich history of the Royal Mile. You can’t visit the Scottish capital without a trip to Edinburgh Castle which has stood guard over the city for centuries.

Edinburgh

A mere fifty miles to the west sits Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Here, you’ll discover elegant Victorian architecture, World-class museums, sprawling parklands and the friendliest people on the planet.

A short distance away, Stirling lies at the heart of Scotland and boasts a majestic castle that was once the favoured home of the Scottish Royal Family.

Inverness, known as the Capital of the Highlands, is a bustling cultural destination and, to the east, Aberdeen offers a wealth of historic attractions and seaside activities.

Heading southwards, Dundee sits on the banks of the River Tay and is home to the V&A, Captain Scott’s Discovery and Desperate Dan. The elegant city of Perth also sits on the River Tay — boasting impressive Georgian architecture, magnificent parks and a vibrant artistic scene.

History & Traditions

Inveraray Castle

Today’s Scotland echoes to our long and eventful history. Scotland has a deep understanding of our heritage and how the past influences life to this very day.

Although nobody knows exactly how many castles there are in Scotland, experts believe there could have been as many as 3,000 at one time. Thankfully, many have survived and have opened their doors for visitors to enjoy.

Explore iconic fortresses, grand palaces and romantic ruins to learn the importance they played in Scotland’s dramatic story.

Scotland is Different

Although we are part of the United Kingdom, you’ll discover we do things a little differently over here. Our colourful banknotes and the appearance of the Gaelic language on traffic signs are just two examples.

Our law, educational system and religious institutions have been influenced by the fact that Scotland was an independent European country for over 1,000 years.

Art & Culture

No matter where your travels take you, you’ll find local culture being celebrated across the land. Whether you’re letting your hair down at a traditional ceilidh or embracing local arts at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, you’ll never be at a loss for fun things to do.

Up Helly AA

Edinburgh is famous as The Festival City where a year-long programme of exciting events culminates in the Edinburgh International Festival. The annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August is the largest festival of its type in the world.

Scottish Ballet, Opera and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra all have a worldwide reputation for excellence and provide regular performances throughout the country. 

Local culture is an important part of Scottish life. In the summer months traditional Highland Games take place throughout the country, each a celebration of music, dancing and athletics.

In the Shetland Islands, “Up Helly Aa” is a celebration of Viking culture which takes place each January, and in the Border country, you’ll find common ridings. These colourful equestrian ceremonies mark out the town boundaries, as they have for centuries.

Traditional Crafts

Tartan

Harris Tweed, woven on hand-looms, is just one of the many crafts that will make a wonderful souvenir of your Scottish travels. You can find anything from coats, scarves, and even iPad covers!

Tartan is one of the icons of Scotland, and there are over 3,500 different designs to choose from. You can discover your family tartan at one of the many woollen mills that can be found throughout the country.

Even if you don’t have Scottish ancestry, there is still a tartan for you to wear. Visit the official Register of Scottish Tartans website for more information.

There is a vibrant craft industry where workers create hand-made jewellery, ceramics, wood-carvings and other items using local raw materials and fashioned in both traditional and modern designs. There are craft shops in most towns stocked with the work of local artists.

Food & Drink

Whisky

Thanks to our rich and fertile soil, Scottish food is known and appreciated throughout the world. Enjoy fresh seafood from the North Atlantic, incredible wild salmon, quality Aberdeen Angus beef or succulent wild goose for the ultimate Scottish grub.

Scotch whisky is one of our largest exports. If you have a favourite dram, it might be possible to visit the distillery to observe the manufacturing process using time-honoured methods and enjoy a tutored tasting.

A visit to the distillery shop is a must where you can often purchase fine malts that aren’t available in your home market.

Scotland is also becoming famous for our gin production. Premium brands like Hendricks and Gordons are produced here along with an increasing number of small-batch distillers who create quality spirits using botanical and fruit influences.






Quality Sightseeing since 1907

For over 100 years we've been making touring Scotland a quality experience for visitors from all over the World. Over the years our Scottish tours have been chosen by many thousands of travellers who want to tour Scotland in comfort and style.

Scottish Tours has a long and distinguished pedigree and we are proud to include the famed names of Scottish Motor Traction, Scottish Omnibuses and Eastern Scottish as part of our heritage. For more information on our history click here

Today we continue to offer our clients the highest standards of service and the very best value. You can tour Scotland with Scottish Tours confident in the knowledge that no one has more experience.

Tour Scotland with Scottish Tours. Discover the highlights of Scotland on a tour to Loch Ness, The Scottish Highlands, Skye and Loch Lomond.