Taste of Scotland
5 day / 4 night
If you only have a limited amount of time available and want to see the highlights of Scotland then this tour may have been designed just for you! Discover the vibrant city of Glasgow then head into the Scottish Highlands to experience a journey through a landscape of majestic mountains, dramatic lochs and historic villages. Enjoy a two-night stay in Edinburgh complete with city tour and visit to its famous castle.
Price range: £840 - £1,778
Glasgow - enjoy a fascinating tour and visit The Provand’s Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow
Loch Ness - experience a short cruise on Scotland’s most famous loch
Blair Athol Distillery - discover how Scotch whisky is produced and enjoy a wee taste of the end product!
St Andrews - see the famed Old Course and historic castle
Edinburgh - join a local expert for a guided tour and visit to Edinburgh Castle
Movie locations - The Angels’ Share, Hallam Foe and One Day
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Glasgow Arrival & City Tour
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director at your Glasgow hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. This is a city that flourished in Victorian times due to the shipbuilding industry and international trade. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers and visit Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house built in 1471. The house was originally part of a hospital and has been extensively restored and furnished. Close-by sits ancient Glasgow Cathedral and the fascinating necropolis. Later join your tour director, guide and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner.
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)
Day 2 - Glasgow - Loch Ness - Nairn
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 a Woollen Mill, which offers a good selection of quality Scottish goods. At Fort Augustus embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to keep an eye out for "Nessie.” Continue your journey north along the banks of Loch Ness, passing mighty ruined Urquhart Castle, to reach Nairn for your overnight stay.
Overnight: Newton Hotel, Nairn (or similar)
Day 3 - Nairn - St Andrews - Edinburgh
Drive to Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry to see how whisky is distilled and then sample a "wee dram”. Continue south to St Andrews, renowned as the "Home of Golf” and for its university, Scotland’s oldest. See ancient St Andrews Cathedral then enjoy some time to explore on your own. Drive south to Edinburgh and to your gracious manor house hotel, set on 1,000 acres with two golf courses and spa facilities a few miles from the city. Dine at a Scottish Evening on some excellent Scottish cuisine followed by a lively show with songs, stories and traditional dancing.
Overnight: Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 4 - Edinburgh City Tour & Edinburgh Castle
This morning tour the principal sights of Edinburgh with a local guide. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach 11 floors tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels (known as the Honours of Scotland)and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. On 31 July to 21 August departures, seats are reserved for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Day 5 - Homeward Bound
Your tour ends after breakfast.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect 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 first class/superior class 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.
What type of room should I choose?
There are different bedrooms types to choose from, here is what you can expect: Single room - one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - two people sleeping in two separate beds. Double room - two people sharing one large bed. Family room - three people sharing a room sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person). Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
Tell me what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process. Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
Tell me about the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo?
Staged every year as part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a unique and memorable celebration of music, dance and military pageantry. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit Edinburgh Castle, almost a thousand musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the cobbled Esplanade. Each year some of the most memorable highlights are the stirring performances of the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands that emerge from the huge castle gates playing the stirring battle tunes of Scotland's famed regiments. Add to this the spectacular displays from the many overseas performers who bring music, action and colour to the event in Edinburgh and you have a winning blend that always keeps the Tattoo fresh, exciting and alive, even for the many faithful fans who return here every year. This unforgettable spectacle is brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as a lone piper, spotlit high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament. Fireworks, a mass chorus of Auld Lang Syne from the audience and the roar of jets from a military flypast bring the curtain down on a truly memorable night's entertainment.
Can you arrange pre-tour accommodation?
If you are flying internationally to reach 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 4 nights hotel accommodation - all rooms with private bathrooms
- Location: Glasgow (1), Nairn (1) and Edinburgh (2)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (4)
- Welcome drink with your Tour Director
- Table d’hôte dinners (2)
- Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Provand's Lordship, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill and Edinburgh Castle
- City tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh
- Cruise on Loch Ness
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 30 July to 20 August departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with extra-legroom, reclining seats, on board washroom and Wifi
- All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
- Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
- Service charges and taxes
Please check your tour documentation for the commencement time of the tour
From The Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central Hotel
Glasgow G2 3HN
The tour will end in Edinburgh after breakfast on day 5
Check-in: 14:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 14:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 09:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 8 to 18 years inclusive on the basis that they share a room with an adult.
We’re sorry but children aged under 8 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Selected departures include a visit to this famous celebration of music, dancing and culture performed against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.