Best of Scotland - 7 day tour
Best of Scotland
7 day / 6 night
This tour has the perfect mix of stunning scenery, intriguing history and sophisticated cities. Discover historic Edinburgh and its famous castle. Travel to the home of golf, St Andrews and tour through the stunning beauty of the Scottish Highlands to discover its famous landscape of lochs and glens. Visit evocative Culloden Moor and haunting Glen Coe then enjoy a wee dram at picturesque Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery. End the tour in the lively city of Glasgow.
Price range: £1,175-£2,075
Edinburgh - enjoy a city tour with a local expert including a visit to Edinburgh Castle
St Andrews - visit the home of golf
Isle of Skye - take the ferry “over the sea to Skye” and explore the beautiful Sleat Peninsula
Culloden Moor - explore the historic battlefield and discover the tale of Bonnie Prince Charlie
Scottish Highlands - enjoy a two night stay in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park
Movie locations - Ae Fond Kiss, Braveheart and Rob Roy
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Welcome to Edinburgh
On arrival, relax and explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, which includes a light meal and drinks.
Overnight: Novotel Centre/Apex Haymarket Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 2 - Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Castle
This morning, your local guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture of the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Day 3 - Edinburgh - St Andrews - Scottish Highlands
See the iconic Forth Rail Bridge as we travel across the Firth of Forth to reach St. Andrews, where we view the celebrated ancient university, St Andrews Cathedral and the famous Old Course. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming community on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the town or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Overnight: Gaskmore Hotel, Laggan/Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 4 - Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Excursion
This morning travel to the coast and take the ferry "over the sea to Skye" from Mallaig to Armadale. Drive through the Sleat Peninsula and admire the spectacular scenery before stopping for lunch. Cross back to the mainland to see romantic Eilean Donan Castle then continue your journey past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to visit Culloden Battlefield. This site was where the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite uprising took place. It was to be the last battle ever to take place on British soil. Later return to your hotel in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park.
Day 5 - Scottish Highlands - Glen Coe - Glasgow
Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glen Coe, ‘Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza, Glasgow (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 6 - Stirling Castle and Glengoyne Whisky Distillery Excursion
Start your day with an orientation of Glasgow including the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. You'll view the magnificent People's Palace and Winter Gardens which opened in 1898. Enjoy some free time to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the ‘Stirling Heads' and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Cultural Insight into whisky making with a visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a ‘wee dram'. Tonight, experience a Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard.
Day 7 - Depart Glasgow
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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 kind of accommodation do you use?
The group will stay together in first class or superior tourist class hotels. Each has been carefully selected for comfort, quality and ambiance located in the best locations close to the shopping areas and the key sights. You will discover a pleasant balance of familiar brand hotels such as Hilton, Marriott and Accor together with locally owned family-run hotels. In rural locations your accommodation will be in the best available hotels. A full hotel list will be provided as part of your EDocumentation.
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.
How much luggage can I bring?
You can bring one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. The maximum weight allowance and luggage dimensions varies by tour so you should check the tour documentation for the luggage policy that applies to your tour.
- 6 nights hotel accommodation - all rooms with private bathrooms
- Location: Edinburgh (2); Scottish Highlands (2) and Glasgow (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (6)
- Welcome reception with drink and light meal with your Tour Director
- Table d’hôte dinners (2)
- Farewell lunch on a working Scottish farm
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle
- City tour of Edinburgh
- Orientation tours of Glasgow and Stirling
- Tour and tasting at Glengoyne Whisky Distillery
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 6 to 27 August, 2020 departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with extra-legroom, reclining seats, on board washroom and Wifi
- Ferry to 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 The Novotel City Centre
80 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh EH3 9DE or
Apex Haymarket Hotel
90 Haymarket Terrace
Edinburgh EH12 5LQ
The tour will end in Glasgow after breakfast on day 7
Check-in: 14:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 14:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 09:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 5 to 17 years inclusive on the basis that they share a room with an adult.
We’re sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of the 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.
Rating:08 Jun 2015
The hotel in the country badly needs an upgrade. Poor plumbing- no water pressure, no room fridges. No shop anywhere nearby to purchase tissues etc which are not supplied. Addittionally the management likes people to sit at the same table each night- however this is not always appropriate- we had a disagreeable individual on the trip that no one wished to sit with more than once.Roberta from Toowoomba, Australia