Finding the perfect tour gift voucher has just got much easier with the introduction of Scottish Gift Vouchers from Scottish Tours.
The lucky recipient can choose from a comprehensive range of Scotland tours departing from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness or London. There is everything from hop-on, hop-off city tours to 15-day deluxe road cruises to choose from, and everything in between.
For fans of hit TV series and movies, there are set-jetting itineraries to whet the appetite including Outlander, and Harry Potter themed tours.
Flexible and Secure
The vouchers are valid for 24 months, so there’s heaps of time to plan the perfect Scotland tour. The Book Assured scheme means there is the flexibility to change travel plans up to the last moment, should the need arise.
Could these be the best gift vouchers Scotland has to offer? There is so much choice it can be a bit bewildering, so we’ve asked our travel experts to suggest their favourite touring ideas to inspire you.
Harry Potter Tour Gift Voucher
Scotland has so many connections to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. As well as being where JK Rowling created her popular series of books, it was also used as a filming location for the highly successful films that followed.
Potterheads should plan to spend some time in Edinburgh. As well as being Scotland’s historic Capital City it’s where JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter story. Visit the Elephant House Cafe, where she created the plots that have enchanted readers across the globe.
Step across the street to visit Greyfriar’s Churchyard where the names on the gravestones inspired popular characters including Professor McGonagall, Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, Rufus Scrimgeour and Lord Voldemort.
Take a walk down colourful Victoria Street which is full of curiosity shops and specialist traders. It takes little imagination to see how this might have been the inspiration for Diagon Alley.
Head through the historic Grassmarket to see George Heriots School thought to be the basis for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Use your Scottish Tour Gift Voucher for a trip to Edinburgh. From London, it’s just under 4 hrs 30 mins by express train to the heart of Edinburgh. One-day and overnight tours are available, so visit our Harry Potter Tour page for some spell-binding ideas.
Jacobite Steam Train Vouchers
Scotland’s West Highland Line is rated by the travel magazine Wanderlust as one of the world’s most incredible train journeys. The 42-mile journey starts in Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain. The end of the line is the historic port of Mallaig which boasts impressive views towards the Cuillin Hills of Skye.
There is so much to experience during the journey. Glorious loch-side panoramas, mountain vistas and silver-sand beaches all slip by. You’ll also see an impressive monument that celebrates one of the most important historical events in Scotland’s story.
Perhaps the most thrilling part of the journey is crossing the fantastic Glenfinnan Viaduct. Of course, the Jacobite Steam Train starred as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies. Fans will remember the famous scene of Harry and Ron flying over the train as it crosses the viaduct on the way to Hogwarts.
One-day tours from Edinburgh and Inverness, which include a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train, make a magical present. If you fancy a more relaxed experience, why not consider the fabulous 3-day Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh which includes a Jacobite Steam Train trip.
Check out our Jacobite Steam Train page for details of tours that feature an unforgettable journey aboard the real Hogwarts Express.
Outlander Day Tours in Scotland
Ever since the popular novels were adapted into a hit TV series, Outlander fans have been flooding to Scotland to discover the places and stories that inspired author Diana Gabaldon. The good news is that many of the most famous filming locations have been included in one-day trips that are available from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Discover ancient Doune Castle which played the part of fictional Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), the home of our hero, Jamie Fraser. The Outlander bus tours also visit the picturesque village of Falkland, which was transformed to become Inverness and Linlithgow Palace, the setting for grim Wentworth Prison.
If you’ve got more time available, why not venture into the beautiful Scottish Highlands. As well as the spectacular scenery, there are many Outlander filming locations to visit.
Make sure you include ancient Clava Cairns, said to be the inspiration for Craigh na Dun, the split stone that started the whole adventure.
You can get more recommendations by visiting our dedicated Outlander tour page.
Isle of Skye Gift Ideas
The picturesque island of Skye offers impressive mountain scenery, romantic history, incredible wildlife and ancient castles. It’s little wonder that largest island of the Inner Hebrides is on most visitors “to do” list.
The volcanic activity that created the island over 60 million miles ago has left a landscape dominated by the striking Black and Red Cuillin Hills. Travel to the Trotternish Peninsula to find weird rock formations including the Old Man of Storr, The Quiraing and Kilt Rock.
Of course, Skye is forever connected to the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his attempt to capture the British Crown for the Stuart dynasty. Defeated at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, he managed to evade his pursuers by sailing “over the sea to Skye”. He was helped in his escape by Flora MacDonald, whose grave can be found in the little graveyard at Kilmuir.
It’s easy to give the perfect Isle of Skye experience as a gift. Scottish Gift Vouchers can be used to book a one-day tour from Inverness from as little as £51 per person. There is a selection of 2 and 3-day tours departing from Edinburgh and Glasgow where you choose to stay in Inverness or on the island itself. Check out the wide selection of Isle of Skye tour ideas here.
Best Loch Ness Tours
Scotland’s most mysterious loch has captured the imagination of visitors for centuries. With daily tours available from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London it couldn’t be easier to arrange the perfect adventure for the Loch Ness Monster fan in your life.
Most tours will give you the option of taking to the water for a short sail on the loch. As the depth of Loch Ness plummets to 230 m (755 ft) who knows what might be swimming around down below. If you are lucky, you could soon be having an up-close and personal encounter with “Nessie”, herself!
There is so much more to Loch Ness than monster-spotting, of course. On some tours, there is free time available in Fort Augustus, where the Caledonian Canal descends through eight locks to reach Loch Ness.
The dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle feature in many tours. Once one of Scotland’s mightiest fortresses it has played witness to over 1,000 years of turbulent history.
Visit our Loch Ness Tour page for more information and to find the perfect tour.
Scottish Island Hopping Tours
There is something magical about visiting Scotland’s beautiful islands. You’ll find that each has a character and charm all of its own. Discover World-famous pre-historic sites, captivating wildlife, sweeping beaches and contrasting landscapes on your island adventure.
Choose to visit the northern isles of Orkney and Shetland to discover a Viking legacy and rich pre-historic jewels, some of which are over 5,000 years old.
The islands of the Outer Hebrides sit in the Atlantic off Scotland’s west coast. Due to their remote location, they have a unique heritage and remain a stronghold of the Gaelic language.
The islands of the West are known as the Inner Hebrides. Mull is famous for its rugged scenery and majestic castles. The neighbouring island of Iona exudes calm and serenity, thanks to its ancient abbey and religious significance.
Islay and Jura are both famous for wildlife and their whisky distilleries which attract connoisseurs eager to sample the peaty, smoky nectar known as “Uisge Beatha”, the water of life.
No matter the motivation to visit Scotland’s islands, an island tour makes the perfect gift. Check out the options on our Scotland’s Islands page.
Scottish Gift Vouchers from Scottish Tours make the perfect present
Do you know someone whose travel plans have been put on hold or curtailed this year? When they are ready to travel again, the beauty of Scotland will be waiting. Giving Scottish Gift Vouchers will reignite their passion for Scotland. Let them choose to renew acquaintance with old favourites or discover somewhere new - the choice is theirs.
Scottish Gift Vouchers make the perfect present. Purchase some today.