Scottish Outland Adventure - 7 day tour
Mount your very own Scottish adventure that embraces historical cities as well as the spectacular scenery of the Highlands. Start in cosmopolitan Glasgow then tour through the beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park for a two-night stay in historic Edinburgh. Enjoy an in-depth city tour and, if your travel dates match the famous Festival, tickets to the fantastic Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Head into the Highlands to discover spectacular landscapes that feature sparkling lochs, towering mountains and ancient castles. There is even a visit to the magical Isle of Skye! If you are looking for a tour that encompasses essential Scotland, this is the one.
Price range: £939 - £1,328
Glasgow - discover the style, design and architecture of Scotland's largest city
Trossachs - explore this scenic National Park known as "Scotland in Miniature"
Edinburgh - visit the mighty castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and ancient Stone of Destiny
Scottish Highlands - experience stunning landscapes including Assynt, Glen Coe and the Great Moor of Rannoch
Isle of Skye - cross "over the sea to Skye" for a tour through the picturesque Sleat Peninsula
Movie locations - Trainspotting, Harry Potter and Ae Fond Kiss
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Scotland awaits
Welcome to Glasgow. Once you've checked into your hotel why not enjoy a walk to discover more of your new surroundings. Enjoy café culture in stylish Hyndland or walk on a bit further to reach bohemian Byres Road and leafy Kelvingrove Park.
At 6 pm join your Tour Director and fellow passengers for dinner served in your hotel.
Overnight: Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End, Glasgow (or similar)
Day 2 - Glasgow - Stirling Castle- Edinburgh
Our day starts with a panoramic tour of Glasgow. First, we see the University Quarter and impressive Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Head into the city centre to view the grand blond and red sandstone buildings of the Victorian era including the ornate City Chambers (town hall), in statue-lined George Square. Our tour ends at 12th Century Cathedral where we'll hear the story of St Mungo, the city's patron saint.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is famed for its natural beauty. Enjoy a panorama of rolling hills, sparkling lochs and quaint villages as we drive to Aberfoyle, in the heart of Rob Roy MacGregor country. You can discover more about this folk-hero during our time in this delightful little town.
Stirling Castle has a commanding cliff-top position overlooking the city and was a favoured residence of the Scottish Kings and Queens. During our visit see the opulent Royal Palace and Great Hall. Later this afternoon we will arrive in Edinburgh. Tonight why not step out to attend a Scottish evening complete with dancing, bagpipes and the famous Haggis ceremony.
Overnight: Kings Manor Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 3 - Discover Edinburgh
A local expert joins us this morning to guide our city tour. First, we will see the neo-classical buildings of the Georgian New Town. These elegant squares and terraces were home to some of Scotland's greatest scientists and inventors. Later visit magnificent Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, then drive along the famous Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of HM The Queen.
This afternoon is at leisure so you can enjoy Edinburgh on your own. If you'd like to discover more about Royal Edinburgh, why not join the optional excursion to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Step aboard to learn what life was like for the Royal Family and crew during the 40 years this majestic ship sailed the oceans of the World. End this excursion with dinner, before returning to our hotel. If your tour departure coincides with the Edinburgh Festival season, tickets are included to a performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Day 4 - Edinburgh - St Andrews - Strathpeffer
We have lots to look forward to today. First, enjoy panoramic views of the Forth Estuary as we cross the Forth Bridge to reach the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Look out for the mighty rail bridge, built-in 1889, it has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.
The seaside town of St Andrews is known for its religious history as well as being the home of Scotland's oldest university. More famously, this attractive town is known as the home of Golf. Look out for the legendary Old Course and the R&A, who set the rules of the game for much of the World.
Later we tour through Highland Perthshire and make a stop in the attractive resort of Pitlochry. Our journey continues into the Cairngorms National Park, famed for its natural beauty and mountain panoramas.
Our last visit is to Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle fought on British Soil. The Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie met the Government forces here in 1746. The Jacobites were routed, as we shall hear, changing life in the Highlands forever.
Overnight: Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer (or similar)(2 nights)
Day 5 - Highland Excursion
Spectacular scenery awaits us as we leave Strathpeffer behind and make our way along the banks of the Dornoch Firth to reach the thundering Falls of Shin. This remote spot is one of the best places to view wild salmon as they strive to swim upstream to spawn. The viewing platform gives us the perfect spot to watch all the action.
Our drive continues through the Kyle of Sutherland then into the wilderness and ancient geology of the Knochan Crag National Nature Reserve. These dramatic landscapes date back over 500 million years and are awash with history.
The destination of our excursion is the picturesque fishing port of Ullapool which sits on Loch Broom. There is free time to relax in this bustling port before we return to Strathpeffer along the banks of Loch Glascarnoch.
This afternoon you can relax in the Victorian Spa town of Strathpeffer or join the optional excursion to Loch Ness which includes a monster-spotting cruise.
Day 6 - Strathpeffer - Isle of Skye - Glasgow
We start our last day in the highlands with a scenic drive through Glen Carron to reach Kyle of Lochalsh. Using the modern road bridge, we head "Over the sea to Skye" and enjoy a tour through the Sleat Peninsula, known as the garden of the Isle of Skye.
At Armadale, board a ferry for the short sail over to the historic fishing port of Mallaig where we join the famous Road to the Isles. We break the journey at Glenfinnan to see the impressive viaduct that appears in the Harry Potter movies then continue to Fort William, which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain.
There is a stop to admire the natural beauty of Glen Coe; then we travel over wild Rannoch Moor to reach the gentle shores of Loch Lomond. Enjoy a tour along the "bonnie, bonnie banks" before arriving in Glasgow.
Tonight dinner is served in our hotel.
Overnight: Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End, Glasgow (or similar)
Day 7 - Scotland bids farewell
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?
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.
What are optional extras?
The extended tours we offer are the perfect blend of discovery and free time. To enhance your tour and to add to your enjoyment a specially crafted programme of optional extras will be offered. These could include evening diversions such as a Scottish Banquet with music and entertainment or a speciality visit to a historic castle. A list of the options available on your tour will be included in your tour documentation together with information on how you can purchase them.
Who travels on an escorted tour?
These tours are immensely popular so expect to be travelling in the company of like-minded travellers from around the world. It’s a great way to make new friends! Age-wise it’s really difficult for us to give an accurate figure for any given tour departure, but experience has taught us to expect the median age to be between 45 and 50.
Can I bring a wheelchair with me?
You can bring a manual folding wheelchair on most tours. We’re sorry but we are unable to carry powered wheelchairs or scooters. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- 6 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Glasgow (2); Edinburgh (2) and Strathpeffer (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (6)
- Welcome dinner with your Tour Director
- Table d' hôte dinners (2)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Edinburgh Castle
- City/orientation tours of Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 9 to 23 August 2020 departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with extra legroom, reclining seats, onboard washroom and Wifi
- Ferry from the Isle of Skye
- 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 Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End
4 Shelley Road
Glasgow, G12 0ZD
The tour will end in Glasgow after breakfast on day 7
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.