Treasures of Scotland - 7 day tour
Treasures of Scotland
7 day/6 night
This combination of independent city stays and a fully-escorted Highland tour is the ideal introduction to Scotland. Start your Scottish experience by visiting Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Next, the romantic bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, sweeping Highland glens and moors and mystical castles are all calling. Beautiful Skye and its rugged Cuillin Mountains are unforgettable, while a bloody history lesson awaits at Culloden battlefield. The tour ends on a high with a two-night stay in Edinburgh where you can discover the history of Edinburgh Castle and take a stroll along the ancient Royal Mile.
Price Range: £750 - £1,160
Glasgow - join a hop-on, hop-off tour to discover the many highlights of the "Dear Green Place"
Glen Coe - visit the heart of this impressive valley to experience stunning scenery and hear tragic tales
Loch Ness - will you be lucky enough to spot the beast in the depths of Loch Ness?
Isle of Skye - see island highlights including the Old Man of Storr; Kilt Rock and the mighty Cuillin Hills
Edinburgh - explore the Georgian New Town, ancient Royal Mile and the mighty castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels
Movie locations – World War Z, Skyfall and Eurovision
Hotel and Guest House accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour
Welcome to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. After checking in to your hotel, join a local guide for a walking tour of Glasgow's historical city centre which will give you an excellent opportunity to get your bearings of the city and find out about its history and culture.
The tour will take a look at famous figures to Glasgow and their stories. Some of the sites covered include George Square, Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, Glasgow Green, the River Clyde plus some hidden treasures, known only to the locals!
After your tour why not relax with a coffee, or something slightly stronger, in one of Glasgow's uber-trendy bars?
Overnight: Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre (George Square) Hotel (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 2 - Hop-on, Hop-off tour of Glasgow
After breakfast, make your way to George Square to join your tour of Glasgow. Head to the upper deck, for the best views as the tour makes its way to the Cathedral Quarter, where the city was first established. See Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow and the magnificent Cathedral that dates from medieval times.
Later head west, along the banks of the River Clyde, to see Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow University. Why not take time out to visit the Riverside Museum, which tells the story of transport and travel in the city, before heading back into the city centre.
There are a total of 21 stops, so you can hop-off to visit one of the city's many attractions before catching the next bus to continue your tour.
Day 3 - Glasgow - Glen Coe - Isle of Skye
Time to bid farewell to Glasgow as we join our driver/guide and fellow passengers to head into the Highlands for the next three days. We leave the bustling streets of Glasgow and head into the spectacular scenery of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Our first stop is the heavenly village of Luss. Imposing Ben Lomond dominates the skyline as the crystal clear waters of Loch Lomond lap at the shores of this picturesque place. It's impossible to ignore the romance in the air as the bonnie banks work their magic.
Waving goodbye to this beautiful spot, sensational views lie around every corner as we head to the Highlands. The panoramic views of Loch Tulla are especially awe-inspiring and are framed perfectly as our coach climbs the Black Mount to reach remote and mysterious Rannoch Moor.
The haunting beauty of Glen Coe can only fully be appreciated by stopping there. With plenty of time for a few photos, we then enjoy all Fort William has to offer under the gaze of the snow-capped summit of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak.
Another spectacular sight awaits as we head towards the fairytale castle of Eilean Donan. Perched on a little island, it sits majestically at the confluence of three lochs. We'll explore its many secrets and legends before crossing the engineering marvel of the Skye Bridge and make for our accommodation.
Overnight: Guest House, Isle of Skye (2 nights)
Day 4 - Exploring the Isle of Skye
After breakfast, the beautiful Isle of Skye is waiting to be discovered. Our tour starts with a coastal drive towards the towering mass of the Cuillin Hills, which dominate the island. We'll make a stop at Sligachan, where the craggy peaks of the Black Cuillins meet the gentler, more rounded Red Cuillins - it makes a spectacular scene.
On the western shores of Skye, we find Dun Beag Broch, a ruined tower-like building that dates from the Iron Age. With a strategic location overlooking Loch Bracadale, experts think it may have been built as a defensive home for a local chieftain.
Portree, the island's capital, is the perfect place for a spot of lunch and a chance to taste the real Scotland. Lose yourself in its little streets and browse unique and independent boutiques. Don't miss the colourful houses that surround the harbour – the ideal backdrop for a keepsake photo.
Reinvigorated and ready for more exploration, The Old Man of Storr will leave you gasping in amazement. This pinnacle of rock proudly stands on the Trotternish Peninsula and can be seen for miles around. We then soak up more mystery and mythology, from The Quiraing and Kilt Rock to the spectacular Mealt Waterfall.
Day 5 - Isle of Skye - Culloden Moor - Edinburgh
The sun rises on our final day of island life and any sadness at leaving Skye after breakfast is quickly followed by excitement and anticipation as we return to the mainland and wind our way to the most famous loch of them all – Loch Ness. We'll take in the full majesty of its icy depths as we drive along its banks before stopping to take a tour of the mysterious ruins of Urquhart Castle. A short cruise on the calm waters of the loch gives us an opportunity to hunt for the elusive Nessie, and we'll learn more about the legendary creature.
Heading to the outskirts of Inverness, we next explore the bloody history of Culloden Moor, where the Jacobites' last stand against government forces in 1746 comes to life thanks to the impressive visitor centre and interactive exhibition.
We leave behind the rugged beauty of the Highlands on a spectacular drive south. The Spey Valley and Cairngorms National Park will take your breath away, and a stag or soaring eagle at the Pass of Drumochter and Glen Garry may be spotted.
Pausing in Pitlochry, we reinvigorate in the heart of Scotland before enjoying the gently rolling countryside towards Perth and Fife and journey's end in Edinburgh.
Overnight: Motel One – Edinburgh Princes Street, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 6 - Discovering Edinburgh
Enjoy breakfast before heading out to enjoy exploring Edinburgh, Scotland's beautiful Capital City on a hop-on, hop-off tour.
The tour starts with a drive through the neo-classical architecture of the Georgian New Town then into The Grassmarket, where the city's bustling market once stood. It has a darker side as a place of execution so during your time here learn the tale of "Half-hangit Maggie" and the notorious story of Burke and Hare.
Edinburgh Castle has stood guard over the city for centuries. It has played home to the Scottish Kings and Queens and protected them from numerous sieges and attacks. On your visit see the Royal Palace and the stunning Scottish Crown Jewels, known as the "Honours of Scotland". Lookout for Mons Meg, one of Europe's oldest siege guns and St Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh.
The tour continues with a drive along the famous Royal Mile to reach the Palace of Holyroodhouse, HM The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Close by sits the modern Scottish Parliament building. We'll get a good view of both, with Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat as a backdrop as we travel back into the city centre.
The remainder of today is free for independent sightseeing or some retail therapy.
Day 7 - Homeward Bound
Our tour ends after breakfast, but you are free to remain in your hotel until the official check-out time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from this Freestyle Combo Tour?
These tours are ideal if you are an independent spirit as they offer the perfect blend of structured sightseeing and relaxing free time. Enjoy discovering Glasgow and Edinburgh on your own with included tickets for the popular hop-on, hop-off city tour in each city. In Glasgow, you will also enjoy a guided walking tour of the city centre, and in Edinburgh, a visit to Edinburgh Castle is included. Comfortable hotel stays in both cities are included.
When it’s time to explore the Highlands, you’ll join a three-day tour to the Isle of Skye departing from Glasgow. On tour, you’ll see some of Scotland’s most famous sights including Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe and the Cuillin Hills. Get the chance to meet the locals with a two-night stay in a friendly guest house on the Isle of Skye. All accommodation has en-suite bathrooms, of course. During the tour, you’ll have the chance to visit fairytale Eilean Donan Castle and take a monster-spotting cruise on Loch Ness.
Start each day with a hearty Scottish breakfast, or the lighter Continental option, if you prefer. No arrangements have been made for lunch or dinner, so you are free to dine as the mood takes you.
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.
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.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service?
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 .
What sort of clothing should I bring with me?
We recommend bringing comfortable waterproof shoes and layered clothing that you can remove or add as conditions change. If your tour involves travel by ferry or cruise boat you might want to bring a light jacket if you plan to sit out on deck.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Glasgow (2) and Edinburgh (2)
- 2 nights guest house accommodation with en-suite facilities
- Location: Isle of Skye (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (6)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Edinburgh Castle
- Hop-on, Hop-off tours of Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Walking tour of Glasgow City Centre
- Three-day tour to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye with a local driver/guide
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach (tour)
- Live commentary in English (tour)
- Services of an experienced driver/guide (tour)
- Official Edinburgh and Glasgow Guides
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges, unless stated above
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
Please check your tour documentation for the commencement time of the tour
From the Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre (George Square) Hotel
187 George Street,
Glasgow G1 1YU
The tour will end in Edinburgh after breakfast on day 7
Check-in: 12:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 12:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 09:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We're sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes hotel and guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)
To give you maximum flexibility, admission fees (except Edinburgh Castle) are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.