Scottish Highland Fling - 10 day tour
This 10-day Scottish adventure starts in Scotland's ancient capital, Edinburgh. Enjoy a two night stay with time to discover the many delights "Old Reekie" has to offer, including a visit to mighty Edinburgh Castle. Head into the Highlands to visit the picturesque Cairngorms National Park and evocative Culloden Moor. From Inverness join the scenic North Coast 500 route to explore the Northern Highlands including a fabulous visit to the ancient Orkney Islands. Head westwards to visit the Hebridean islands of Skye, Mull and Iona before reaching stylish Glasgow, a cosmopolitan city by the River Clyde.
Price range: £2,059 - £2,804
Edinburgh - let a local expert show you the highlights of this historic city including a visit to mighty Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels
Inverness - enjoy an overnight stay in the Capital of the Highlands, a great base to explore nearby Culloden Moor
Orkney - discover the ancient history, unique culture and unrivalled wildlife of these Northern Isles
Isle of Skye - tour through the scenic beauty of the Sleat Peninsula, known as the Garden of Skye
Isle of Iona - visit this tranquil isle to see the ancient Abbey, founded by St Columba in 563 and the Reilig Oran, burial place of Scottish Kings
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Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh arrival
Welcome to Scotland's ancient Capital City. After settling into your hotel, why not enjoy a walk in nearby Princes Street Gardens or some retail therapy in one of the many designer shops found along George Street.
At 6 pm come together with your Tour Director and fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner served in your stylish hotel.
Overnight: InterContinental Edinburgh The George, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 2 - Exploring Edinburgh
This morning join a Local Expert for a tour of this flourishing UNESCO World Heritage city. First, we travel through the elegant streets of the Georgian New Town to view formal gardens and grand architecture. Cross over to the ancient Old Town to visit mighty Edinburgh Castle, home to the ornate Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Later take a drive along the famous Royal Mile through the Canongate to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of HM The Queen in Scotland. Close-by sits the modern Scottish Parliament building and the crags of Holyrood Park.
This afternoon is free for independent sightseeing. Tonight why not make a date to attend a Scottish Evening complete with Highland dancing, bagpipes and the Ceremony of the Haggis. If your tour departs between 6 and 20 August 2020 tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included. This dazzling show takes place on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and features the spectacular massed Pipes and Drums.
Day 3 - Edinburgh - St Andrews - Inverness
We bid farewell to Edinburgh and cross the Firth of Forth where we'll see the three bridges that span this wide estuary including the magnificent Forth Bridge, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our drive will take us through the Kingdom of Fife to reach St Andrews, renowned as the home of golf. Enjoy some free time to explore this historic town and its many golfing connections.
Later cross the River Tay to reach Dundee then make our way through the pleasant Perthshire countryside to reach the Victorian resort of Pitlochry. After some free time, we head through the Grampian Mountains to reach the picturesque Cairngorms National Park.
Haunting Culloden Moor was the site of a bloody battle between the Jacobite Army of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Government Forces led by the Duke of Cumberland in 1746. It was the last battle fought on British soil, and the outcome changed life in the Highlands for generations. Discover the story behind this famous event at the award-winning visitor centre before making the short drive to our hotel in the centre of Inverness.
Overnight: Mercure Inverness Hotel, Inverness (or similar)
Day 4 - Inverness - Dunrobin Castle - Thurso
After a hearty Highland breakfast, we travel northwards across the Moray Firth to reach the Black Isle and the Cromarty Firth beyond. Our first stop of the day will be to Distillery where we'll discover how expert distillers make Scotch Whisky, Scotland's national drink, using just three ingredients - water, barley and yeast. At the end of the tour, there's the chance to taste the end product too!
On the outskirts of Golspie lies Dunrobin Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Built to resemble a French chateau this fairy-tale castle boasts 189 rooms and extensive gardens as we will discover during our visit.
There are lovely coastal views to enjoy as we make our way northwards to reach Thurso, our home for the next two nights. After checking in to our hotel why not enjoy an optional excursion to a local pub?
Overnight: St Clair Hotel, Thurso (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 5 - Orkney Islands Excursion
Today we have a fascinating excursion to the ancient Orkney Islands. Our day of adventure starts with a drive to nearby John O'Groats, Britain's most northerly village, where the ferry awaits to take us on the 45-minute crossing of the Pentland Firth.
We will arrive on South Ronaldsay, where a local coach and driver/guide is waiting to greet us. On our tour, we will see Scapa Flow, the scene of momentous events during both World Wars, then cross the Churchill Barriers to reach Mainland Orkney.
Enjoy a light lunch of local delicacies at the Tasting Hall café then enjoy a tour of the award-winning Orkney Brewery, followed by a tasting of their craft beer.
We will spend this afternoon visiting the ancient treasures of Neolithic Orkney. First, we stop at Skara Brae, a fascinating 5,000 year-old Neolithic village complete with houses fitted with stone beds and seats. You can discover more pre-historic artefacts at the nearby Skaill House museum.
There is more ancient history on show when we visit the captivating Ring of Brodgar, a ritual site of gatherings and ceremony. Enjoy free time in Kirkwall, the main town on the islands. It's a great place to browse the craft shops and jewellery designers for a unique souvenir of our visit.
In the late afternoon, we return to the mainland and make our way back to our hotel in Thurso.
Day 6 - Thurso - Ullapool - Gairloch
Today's journey through the Northern Highlands will take us along the famous North Coast 500 route, famed for its seascapes and mountain scenery. As we travel along the very top of Scotland, discover a never-ending vista of expansive beaches, dramatic sealochs and wild moorland . Our journey will take us through the remote villages of Durness and Scourie then across the sweeping Kylesku Bridge to reach Ardvreck Castle which sits overlooking Loch Assynt.
We will break our journey in the picturesque fishing port of Ullapool where we will enjoy a tasty lunch of freshly landed fish and chips served in a local restaurant. Our scenic tour continues through Poolewe to reach Gairloch, our home for tonight.
Overnight: Gairloch Hotel, Gairloch (or similar)
Day 7 - Gairloch - Isle of Skye - Oban
There is more dramatic scenery today as we make our way through delightful Glen Carron to Kyle of Lochalsh where we drive "Over the sea to Skye". The magical Isle of Skye is famed for its natural beauty and today we'll travel through the attractive Sleat Peninsula, known as the Garden of Skye.
At Armadale, we board a ferry for the short sailing to Mallaig, a historic fishing port. A scenic drive along the famous "Road to the Isles" will take us to Glenfinnan, where we will stop to view the imposing Glenfinnan Viaduct, that featured in the Harry Potter movies and the poignant Memorial to the Highlanders that fought during the Jacobite Uprisings.
As we reach Fort William, look out for the peak of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain before we make a stop amongst the stunning beauty of Glen Coe. Later travel through the Appin Hills to reach Oban, a bustling ferry port and our home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Oban Bay Hotel, Oban (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 8 - Excursion to Mull and Iona
Today we visit the Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona. From Oban board the ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Craignure on Mull. As we make our approach lookout for Duart Castle, the cliff-top stronghold of the Clan MacLean.
Our tour through the Isle of Mull will take us along the banks of Loch Scridain where there are wonderful views of Ben More, the tallest peak on the island, to enjoy. The winding road through the Ross of Mull brings us to little Fionnphort, where we board the ferry for Iona.
St Columba landed on Iona in 563AD, bringing Christianity to Scotland and ever since then this little island has been a place of pilgrimage. During our time here you can visit the restored Abbey and the Relig Oran, where 48 early Kings, including Macbeth, are thought to have been buried. Iona is also famous for its beautiful un-spoilt beaches so why not seek out St Columba's Bay, famed for its sparkling green stones or the bright blue water and soft white sands of Port Ban.
Day 9 - Oban - Loch Lomond - Glasgow
It's a relaxed start today, so we can enjoy some free time in Oban before we make our way through the Western Highlands, a landscape that is renowned for its heather-clad mountains, sparkling sea lochs and ancient castles. A real highlight of the journey is Loch Lomond, where the Highlands meet the Lowlands. Our tour along the "bonnie, bonnie banks", lets us enjoy panoramic views of the Queen of Scotland's lakes.
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city. Our orientation drive will introduce us to some of the highlights including the 12th Century Cathedral and Provand's Lordship, the oldest building in the city. Tour through the city centre to see the ornate Victorian architecture and impressive City Chambers (Town Hall) in George Square. Later make for the leafy West End to see the imposing campus of Glasgow University, before arriving at our hotel.
Enjoy some free time before joining our Tour Director and fellow passengers for a farewell dinner with wine in a local restaurant.
Overnight: Principal Grand Central Station, Glasgow (or similar)
Day 10 - Homeward bound
Sadly our tour ends after breakfast.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect 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. You’ll 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, oversized windows and emergency washroom. 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 inclusive of superior tourist class accommodation, transportation, selected admission fees and many meals. You’ll 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.
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.
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
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.
Do I need to follow the complete tour itinerary?
Subject to the itinerary it may be possible to join the tour late; leave early or miss a day to pursue your own itinerary (proving the tour is staying in the same hotel for two nights, of course). Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements - we’ll do our best to help. Unfortunately we can’t discount the price of the tour to compensate for any unused portions of the tour.
- 9 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Edinburgh (2); Inverness (1); Thurso (2); Gairloch (1); Oban (2) and Glasgow (1)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (9)
- Lunch (2)
- Welcome dinner with your Tour Director
- Table d' hôte dinners (4)
- Farewell restaurant dinner with wine in Glasgow
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Visitor Centre, Dunrobin Castle, Skara Brae and Skaill House
- Tour and tasting at a Malt Whisky Distillery
- Tour and tasting at the Orkney Brewery
- City tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 6 to 20 August, 2020 departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with extra-legroom, reclining seats, on board washroom and Wifi
- Ferry to the Orkney Islands
- Ferry to the Isle of Skye
- Ferries to Mull and Iona
- 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 Intercontinental Hotel Edinburgh The George
19-21 George Street
Edinburgh EH2 2PB
The tour will end in Glasgow after breakfast on day 10
Check-in: 15:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 18:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 09:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 8 to 17 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.