8 day / 7 night
On this ultimate Scottish touring experience you’ll stay in first class and de-luxe hotels, including the famous Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, and experience fine dining throughout. The carefully crafted itinerary includes guided tours of no less than five of Scotland’s great castles - Stirling, Urquhart, Cawdor, Glamis and Edinburgh. But that’s not all you’ll also visit the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Whisky Trail and even take a cruise on Loch Ness. This really is the best way to discover Scotland!
Price range: £2,800 - £4,489
The Trossachs - enjoy a tour through the delightful scenery of the National Park
Loch Ness - visit the mighty ruins of Urquhart Castle and experience a cruise on Loch Ness
Cawdor Castle - discover the beauty of this historic castle forever linked to Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”
St Andrews - explore the home of golf on a walking tour and visit St Andrews Cathedral and Castle
Edinburgh - tour through the Georgian New Town and ancient Royal Mile to visit Edinburgh Castle
Movie locations - Chariots of Fire, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and The Water Horse
Hotel accommodation included
Our tour starts with a drive into the Heart of Scotland to reach our Victorian-era hotel located in extensive grounds. This magnificent hotel has been carefully restored and offers a health-spa and indoor swimming pool. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea served at the hotel followed by free time to relax. In the evening join our tour director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink before dinner.
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane (or similar) (2 nights)
After a tasty breakfast we make the short drive to the historic city of Stirling where we visit Stirling Castle. This stunning cliff-top castle is where the Stuart Kings and Queens held court and during our tour we’ll see the Royal Palace, Chapel Royal and the impressive Great Hall. The views from the battlements are simply stunning! Later we’ll enjoy a tour through the picturesque scenery of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, known as the “Highlands in Miniature”. On our return to Dunblane the remainder of the day is at leisure before dinner is served at our hotel.
We bid farewell to Dunblane and make our way across expansive Rannoch Moor then into hauntingly beautiful Glen Coe where we will learn the tragic story of the infamous massacre that took place here in 1692. Tour through the Great Glen to reach the scenic banks of Loch Ness. We’ll stop to visit the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle then embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness. The views are captivating and you never know if Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, might make an appearance! It’s a short drive to Inverness and our castle hotel.
Overnight: Achnagairn Estate Castle Hotel, near Inverness (or similar) (2 nights)
We start our day visiting fairytale Cawdor Castle with its beautiful gardens. This 14th Century castle is reputedly where Duncan, Thane of Cawdor, was murdered as immortalised in Shakespeare's play “Macbeth.” During our guided tour we’ll discover more about the castle’s turbulent past as well as it’s more peaceful role as a family home for over 600 years.
Next is a visit to Johnstons of Elgin where we marvel at the craftworkers who create the finest woollen and cashmere goods using natural fibres sourced from famers as distant as Australia, Mongolia and Peru. Learn the history of this innovative family company who have been working here for over 200 years.
Later visit Glenfiddich Whisky Distillery to discover the fascinating story behind the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing. At the end of our tour there is a wee taste of the end product! On returning to our hotel enjoy leisure time before savouring dinner in the castle’s fine restaurant.
Journey through the rolling Angus countryside to reach Glamis Castle, the fabled setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother. This is an impressive building filled with priceless artworks, objet d’art and furnishings. We cross the silvery River Tay Bridge and make the short drive to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” Relax with some time at leisure before enjoying dinner in our hotel which overlooks the famed Old Course.
Overnight: Old Course Hotel, St Andrews (or similar)
After breakfast we join our tour director for a walking tour to see the highlights of St Andrews. For golf fans see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the popular British Golf Museum. Visit ancient St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral, which occupies a worship site from the 8th century. See the collection of medieval sculpture, carved stones, and other relics. This afternoon we make our way to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital City. Tonight enjoy dining out at a popular Edinburgh restaurant.
Overnight: The Principle Charlotte Square Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Discover the history and beauty of Edinburgh on a guided city tour. First visit the wide streets, grand squares and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town”. Later travel to the medieval “old town” where we’ll see the narrow closes and towering townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the impressive Edinburgh Castle where you view the magnificent Scottish Crown Jewels and enjoy the amazing vista over the city skyline. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping and dining. On August 2 - 16 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
Sadly our tour ends after breakfast.
If you are planning the “trip of a lifetime' where every last detail is taken care of then joining a Deluxe Escorted Tour could be just for you. These amazing tours are the epitome of grand travel. You’ll travel in a smaller-sized group aboard a state of the art motorcoach with air-conditioning, on-board WiFi, reclining seats and oversized windows. For your comfort there is an emergency washroom on-board too. You’ll stay at the very best addresses in de-luxe hotels and enjoy fine dining throughout. Special inclusions will enhance your experience such as enjoying a traditional afternoon tea at Gleneagles Hotel or meeting the bagpipe player who was a favourite of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Savvy travellers appreciate that these tours have no hidden extras – all the ingredients needed for an extraordinary holiday are all included in the tour price.
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.
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.
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.
All the deluxe motorcoaches that operate Deluxe Escorted Tours are equipped with WiFi which is sufficient for accessing social media and checking emails. Please note that the service may be disrupted due to signal availability. WiFi access is offered in most hotel bedrooms, where this is not possible there is usually free WiFi access in hotel public areas.
Please check your tour documention for the commencement time of the tour
From The Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro
Dunblane FK15 0HG
The tour will end in Edinburgh after breakfast on day 8
Check-in: 16:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 17:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 09:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 8 to 18 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.