Scottish Escape - 7 day tour
This relaxed tour showcases the best of Scotland during the quieter travel months. Start your journey in Glasgow. This vibrant city is Scotland's largest and makes a great base to explore nearby Glengoyne Whisky Distillery and ancient Stirling. Leave the city behind and head into the beautiful Scottish Highlands to see awesome Glen Coe and mysterious Loch Ness. Spend a night in Inverness before heading south through the Grampian Mountains to visit St Andrews. The tour concludes with a two-night stay in Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital city where you'll see the famous castle and have a drive along the ancient Royal Mile.
Price range: £659 - £939
Glasgow - discover this dynamic city famed for its stunning Victorian architecture and sprawling green spaces
Glengoyne Distillery - tour this pretty distillery to learn the traditional methods used to produce Scotch Whisky
Glen Coe - stop to admire the natural beauty of this picturesque valley
St Andrews - enjoy time is this pretty seaside town famed as the home of golf
Edinburgh - join a local expert for a guided tour of this picturesque city including a visit to mighty Edinburgh Castle
Movie locations - Fast and Furious 9, The Batman and Harry Potter
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival in Glasgow
Welcome to Scotland! Transfer to your hotel in the centre of Glasgow. The remainder of today is free to relax in Scotland's largest city. Why not take a stroll along the banks of the River Clyde, just a short walk from your hotel.
At 6 pm join your Tour Director and fellow passengers for a welcome dinner served in your hotel.
Overnight: Jurys Inn, Glasgow (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 2 - Excursion to Glengoyne Distillery and Stirling
Our tour of Scotland starts with a drive to pretty Glengoyne Distillery where, during your visit, you can discover how three simple ingredients, water, barley and yeast, combine to create Scotland's national drink – whisky. Later enjoy a tutored tasting and the opportunity to buy a souvenir at the distillery shop.
A scenic drive will bring us to Stirling, where there is a visit to Stirling Castle, once the sumptuous residence of the Scottish Kings and Queens. Back in Glasgow enjoy an orientation tour which will let you see historic 12th Century Glasgow Cathedral, the impressive Victorian architecture of the city centre then the leafy West End which is dominated by Glasgow University and delightful Kelvingrove Park.
Day 3 - Glasgow - Glen Coe - Inverness
Leaving the city behind we head to the "bonnie, bonnie" banks of Loch Lomond then travel over the wilderness of Rannoch Moor before reaching incredible Glen Coe, scene of the infamous massacre of the MacDonald Clan in 1692. Travel through Fort William which sits at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain. A drive through the Great Glen brings us to Loch Ness. As we travel along the banks of this mysterious loch lookout for any signs of its famous resident - Nessie!
On the outskirts of Inverness lies evocative Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle fought in Britain. It was here in 1746 that the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie met the Government forces under the command of the Duke of Cumberland. A bloody battle followed, and you can learn all about the outcome at the award-winning Visitor Centre.
Overnight: Mercure Inverness Hotel, Inverness (or similar)
Day 4 - Inverness - St Andrews - Edinburgh
After breakfast depart the Highland Capital of Inverness and head for the scenic beauty of the Cairngorms National Park. Tour through the Grampian Mountains to reach Highland Perthshire. Enjoy free time in the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry; it's an excellent place for some souvenir shopping or enjoying a relaxing stroll along the banks of the River Tummel.
St Andrews is famed as the home of golf, but there is much more to discover in this historic town. Look out for the ancient University, founded in 1413; St Andrews Cathedral and the ruined castle, once the home of Scotland's leading bishop. Golf fans will want to seek out the famous Old Course and the R&A, the body that makes the rules of the game for most of the World.
Later in the afternoon travel across the Forth Estuary to reach Edinburgh, our home for the next three nights. Why not join your fellow travellers for a fun Sottish evening complete with traditional Highland dancing, music and even a wee taste of Haggis?
Overnight: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar) (3 nights)
Day 5 - Discovering Edinburgh
After breakfast, join a local expert to explore Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. First, see the grand squares, magnificent architecture and glorious gardens of the Georgian New Town. Next, head into the medieval Old Town to visit mighty Edinburgh Castle to see the Honours of Scotland and the splendid Royal apartments. Later tour along part of the famous Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a Royal residence that is forever linked with the tragic story of Mary, Queen of Scots.
This afternoon why not enjoy an optional excursion to the nearby Port of Leith to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Follow in the footsteps of the many World leaders who visited this impressive vessel to attend glittering State banquets as the guest of HM The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Day 6 - Relax in Edinburgh/Outlander Excursion
Today you can relax in Edinburgh to do your own thing. Why not visit one of the city's popular galleries or museums? If some retail therapy is on your mind, you will find a wide range of independent retailers, designer labels and artisan craftworkers all ready to welcome you.
If you would like something more structured, you can join the optional Outlander themed excursion that will visit several of the locations used in the filming of the popular TV series.
Tonight, gather with your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner served at your hotel.
Day 7 - Homeward Bound
Your Scottish adventure ends after breakfast. Haste ye back!
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, reclining seats, oversized windows and emergency washroom. Many coaches are equipped with WiFi too. An experienced tour manager will lead the tour and your coach will be expertly driven by a professional driver. In certain locations 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.
Can you cater for special dietary needs?
Yes, it is possible to cater for passengers who are vegetarian or have medically-recommended diets. Please advise any special dietary requirements that you may have at time of booking. Unfortunately it is not possible to arrange meals in accordance with strict religious requirements.
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.
Where can I purchase travel insurance?
We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance in place for your trip to Scotland, especially if you are visiting from overseas. To purchase a policy speak to your insurance broker or undertake a search on-line. We would also suggest checking your home policy or credit card contract as many suppliers include travel insurance as part of their offering.
- 6 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Glasgow (2); Inverness (1) and Edinburgh (3)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (6)
- Welcome dinner with your Tour Director
- Table d' hôte dinners (1)
- Farewell dinner with wine in Edinburgh
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Stirling Castle, Culloden Visitor Centre and Edinburgh Castle
- Tour and tasting at Glengoyne Whisky Distillery
- City tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with extra-legroom, reclining seats, on board washroom and Wifi
- 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
60-96 Jamaica Street
Glasgow G1 4QG
The tour will end in Edinburgh 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.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.