In Quest of the Holy Grail - 1 day tour
In Quest of the Holy Grail
One day tour
Take a trip through the history of Scotland on this fascinating tour. See the iconic Forth Bridge and visit Dunfermline, once the Capital of Scotland. Visit mighty Stirling Castle and view Bannockburn battlefield before making the short drive to mysterious Rosslyn Chapel.
Forth Bridges - marvel at the engineering feat of the Forth Bridge and the sweeping lines of the Queensferry Crossing
Dunfermline Abbey - explore the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce
Stirling Castle - visit the magnificent castle to see the Royal apartments and admire the panoramic views
Bannockburn - learn the story behind Scotland’s battle for independence
Roslin Glen - take a stroll through this atmospheric wooded gorge
Rosslyn Chapel - discover the elaborate stone carvings and mysterious tales
Movie locations - Braveheart, The Da Vinci Code & Outlaw King
Full Tour Itinerary
We start our journey of discovery with a drive across the Firth of Forth to reach the ancient the Kingdom of Fife.
Historic Dunfermline Abbey is a great Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th Century. It is also one of Scotland's most significant royal sites being the resting place of several monarchs.
After exploring the Abbey and the nearby Palace, we will travel westwards, following the River Forth, to reach Stirling.
Mighty Stirling Castle is set high on a volcanic plug over-looking the city. Our stop will allow a leisurely visit to the castle where you will have a chance to see the splendid Renaissance Royal Palace of King James V and the magnificent Chapel Royal where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in 1543.
The views from the castle ramparts of the imposing Wallace Monument with the Ochil Hills as a backdrop are simply stunning.
We make the short drive to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, where the Scots led by Robert the Bruce had a famous victory over the English Army of King Edward II in June 1314. The victory by the Scots was an important step in gaining independence from English rule.
At the foot of the Pentland Hills is Rosslyn Chapel, whose intricate carvings and ornate interior have been a source of mystery for centuries. In recent years it has found world-wide fame thanks to Dan Brown’s book, “The Da Vinci Code”.
Could this be the final resting place of the Holy Grail? You can visit the chapel to learn the myths and legends that surround this remarkable building.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness.
During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more.
Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English.
There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks.
What are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they cost?
Admission fees are not included in the tour fare. Here are the attractions that are visited on this tour:
The above links will provide you with more details including prices. The tour itinerary has been carefully created to allow sufficient time for an interior visit, should you wish. In some cases discounts are available to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies on this tour. Some attractions don’t accept payment by credit/debit card so it’s recommended that you bring sufficient cash should you wish to make a visit.
If you plan to visit Edinburgh Castle as well as Stirling Castle during your time in Scotland you may wish to consider purchasing a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass. This ticket allows visits to up to 77 Historic Scotland attractions during the validity period of your pass.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 33 passengers, however at times of peak demand larger coaches may be used.
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat.
We recommend that you and your party arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service on this tour?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels.
By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 08:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 01 Aug 2023
Steven B our coach guide for the tour provided excellent historical snippets to/from the site visits and also additional trekking tourist spots that we could visit in our individual spare time ... like the views of Edinburgh City from atop a hill.Francis from Manchester, GB
Rating:(5 /5) 15 Feb 2018
It was the first time for me to travel alone, but it was very wonderful. Thank you very much!TSUTOMU from Hokkaido,
Rating:(5 /5) 01 Nov 2017
Der Ausflug mit Gerry war interessant. Er unterhielt uns mit Geschichten und Informationen und beantwortete alle Fragen. Ein kurzer Photoshop an der Forthbridge, genügend Zeit in Dunfirmline um die Abbey und castle zu besichtigen, auf dem Weg nach Stirling ein Stopp in Culross , wo ich einen wunderschönen Garten besichtigen konnte, 3 Stunden Aufenthalt in Stirling fand ich super und dann noch Rosslyn chapel eine Stunde. Alles in allem hat mir die Tour sehr gut gefallen.Elke from Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg ,