Destination Guide to Central Scotland

Scotland is a land like no other. Small in stature but brimming with a distinct character, fewer countries can offer as many globally recognized national icons, whether it be the tartan kilt, the highland cow, the scotch thistle, the haunting tune of the bagpipes or a dram of finest malt whisky.

Her geography is equally iconic, a beguiling blend of barren highlands, heather strewn glens and misty lochs where wildlife thrives and landscapes are studded with ancient castles and enshrouded in myth. To experience Scotland is to enjoy an unforgettable feast for the senses.The Scots, with their thick (and sometimes unintelligible) accent are renowned for being stern, dour and fiercely patriotic, but behind this facade they hide a sharp, dry wit and offer an unrivalled and welcoming hospitality. Food and drink play an important role in thishospitality; in Scotland you'll enjoy hearty offerings such as the finest Aberdeen Angus beef, warming Scotch broth, or the national delicacy, Haggis. To be followed up, of course, with a dram or two of the finest scotch whisky (or "Water of Life") distilled locally but renowned internationally. The Scots love their sport, whether it be the raw energy of a Highland Games event or a more refined pursuit such as 18 holes at the spiritual home of golf in St Andrews. The pinnacle of Scottish culture, however, must be the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Festival, a world-famous and truly enchanting celebration of Scottish heritage.

Physically, Scotland is a vast wilderness waiting to be discovered. Accounting for over a third of Britain's land area, but less than 10% of her population, vast swathes of Scotland remain untouched and largely uninhabited leaving them for nature to shape at her will. Often overlooked by visitors, the lowlands provide stunning vistas of undulating hills and lush valleys punctuated with historic border castles and Abbey ruins; a land which inspired many works of national poet Robert Burns. It is, however, the untamed Highlands and Islands which offer the more dramatic and spectacular of Scotland's landscapes. Awe-inspiring in their rugged beauty the Highlands and Islands are home to sweeping, deserted bays, craggy cliff faces, heather-swept moors, towering mountain ranges, thick forests and shimmering lochs not to mention Britain's tallest peak (Ben Nevis) and deepest lake (Loch Ness). Wildlife thrives in these isolated regionsfrom deer and an array of birdlife inland to whales, dolphins and seals off the coastlines. Feeling the fresh, clean air fill your lungs, taking in nature in its rawest forms and glimpsingwildlife in its most natural habitat is an experience to behold.

Scotland's cityscapes can be equally impressive. The Scottish capital's skyline is iconic, Edinburgh is dominated by her castle perched high above the city overlooking the romanticPrinces Street Gardens, the Royal Mile and the city's Old and New Towns both of which are designated as World Heritage sites. Whilst history and tradition resound, contemporary politics and culture are alive and kicking, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and one of Europe's largest cultural events at the annual Military Tattoo and International Festival. Glasgow, however is hot on her heels, with a larger population than Edinburgh, a long history and a resurgence in recent years, Glasgow is home to stunning architecture, a thriving commercial scene and vibrant, urban nightlife. Also not to be missed are historic Stirling, Aberdeen's "granite city" and capital of the highlands, Inverness.

Whether you visit Scotland for the historic city-life, to enjoy her glorious Highland panoramas or simply to soak-up an utterly unique culture and heritage, your experience will be truly unforgettable.

Relevant Tours

Tours of Scotland

A chance to explore Scotland's glorious and remote countryside including the west coast, the stunning Isle of Skye, the Great Glen and the Capital of the Highlands in Inverness.  On route you'll discover some of the country's finest distilleries and most iconic castles.

Scotland Tours - Edinburgh at night

Experience cityscapes and scenic lakes on this lively tour which will give you a flavour of England, Scotland and Wales. From London to medieval York, historic Edinburgh, vibrant Liverpool and the Welsh capital of Cardiff, you'll enjoy an insight in to British culture and craftsmanship. And by popular demand, Real Britain also offers a number of Winter departures.

Tours of England - Hampton Court

Sweeping through a land with rich history and tradition, bustling cities and picturesque villages, rolling green hills and rugged coastlines, The Royal tour of Britain, new for 2018 has been specifically designed to include Royal connections of the UK. From the gates of Balmoral to Buckingham Palace explore the historic streets of Edinburgh to the excitement of London, one breath-taking step at a time.

Scotland Toura - Scottish Dancing

Experience the Highlands and the heart of Scotland on your Scottish Dream tour. From the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the remote Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, the Cairngorms and the heart of Scotland, you'll see clan seats, baronial manors, remote castles, royal palaces, ancient battlefields, malt distilleries and the spiritual home of golf.

Tours of Scotland - Edinburgh Arthurs Seat

Uncover the myths, legends and history of this amazing isle! On this tour you'll discover both cultural highlights and unrivalled scenery; from the towns and cities of Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Glasgow, Liverpool and Bath to the majestic scenery of the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District and the Wye Valley.

Britain Tours - Lake District

Experience the very best of England, Scotland and Wales on this quality tour of all of Britain. Enjoy the fabulous cities of York, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff and pass through areas of outstanding scenery in the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, the Trossachs, the Lake District and the renowned coastal counties of England's West Country; Devon and Cornwall.

Coach Tours of Scotland

Enjoy this comprehensive tour of Scotland, a captivating land of contrasts which is both aesthetically beautiful and historically fascinating. From Edinburgh to the remote islands of Skye and Mull, enjoy dramatic coastlines, towering mountains, shimmering lochs and heather covered highlands all richly peppered with castles, abbeys and ancient sites which tell the tale of Scotland's intriguing and often turbulent history.

Scotland Tours - Edinburgh at night

Enjoy the very best of Bonnie Scotland, from the country's urban and cultural hubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh to the remote wilderness and scenery of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Experience the glory of Edinburgh Castle, visit the home of golf in St Andrews, admire the history of Culloden Moor and top it all off with a dram o' whisky and a yard of your favourite tartan!

Tours of England - Liverpool

Explore two of Britain's great nations touring from London, the exuberant English capital to the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Along the way you'll experience thriving cities from the Beatles' Liverpool, vibrant Glasgow and historic Edinburgh as well as areas of outstanding scenery in the Cotswolds, Lake District and the along the shores of remote lochs, Loch Ness and Loch Lomond.

Scotland Rail Tours Glenfinnan

Experience some of Britain's most spectacular and scenic rail journeys as you explore Scotland and the Highlands by train.  Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct on the famous West Highland way and visit famous destinations including the Isle of Skye, Inverness and the capital city of Edinburgh.

Scotland Tours - Edinburgh at night

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the contrasting cityscapes of the British capitals in Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.  Travelling by rail you can maximize your vacation time by gliding between these cultural centres in super-quick time.

Tours of England - Bath

Discover some of Britain’s finest cities and all that’s in between on this leisurely tour of the East of Scotland and England. Travelling from Edinburgh to London via York, you’ll enjoy overnight stays in our most renowned historic and cultural centres whilst your daily excursions will take you to a host of smaller towns and areas of natural beauty including St Andrews, the Scottish Borders, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cotswolds.

Coach Tours of Scotland

Experience Scottish hospitality at its traditional best on this exclusive tour staying in sumptuous and historic castle and manor-house hotels. Taking you from historic Stirling and Edinburgh to the remote Mull of Kintyre and Scottish Highlands, you'll experience the very best of both Scotland's landscapes and heritage. Enjoy included admission to dozens of historic attractions by day and the utmost of comfort and character at your accommodation each night.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Indulge in a tour of two of Britain's unique nations as you explore the sights and sounds of England and Scotland. From the vibrant and historic cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and York to the stunning landscapes of the Lake District and the Scottish Trossachs not to mention a host of icons and lesser known gems along the way.

Tours of London - Tower Bridge

Discover some of Britain's finest cities and all that's in between on this leisurely tour of the East of Scotland and England. Travelling from Edinburgh to London via York, you'll enjoy overnight stays in our most renowned historic and cultural centres whilst your daily excursions will take you to a host of smaller towns and areas of natural beauty including St Andrews, the Scottish Borders, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cotswolds.

Tours of London - Tower Bridge

This journey takes you from London to Edinburgh providing the full British history and culture experience. See Oxford and the Cotswolds, shop at Chester's Rows, wind through Wales' stunning Snowdonia National Park, sample local Welsh cuisine, enjoy medieval York and explore Wordsworth's Lake District before finally visiting mysterious chapels and stately homes in the Scottish Lowlands.

Scotland Tours - Inverness

The Simply Scotland Tour introduces you to this enchanting nation from the rugged landscapes of the highlands to the magical capital city of Edinburgh. Highlights include historic Stirling, the West coast, Loch Ness and Inverness.

Coach Tours of Scotland

Enjoy this leisurely tour of Scotland which focusses on the spectacular history, culture and scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Discover a host of iconic and lesser known Scottish castles, the seats of royalty and ancient clans, cruise on misty lochs and take a stunning highland rail journey. The leisurely pace offers stays of a minimum of two nights in each location.

Scotland Tours Loch Awe

The ultimate tour of Scotland, the Scotland Explorer Tour let's you see this beautiful nation in all her glory. From the bustling historic cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh Aberdeen and Inverness to the enchanting landscapes of the remote highlands, the Great Glen, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye.

England Tours of Oxford

Experience all that is great about Britain on the ultimate tour of England, Scotland and Wales. See it all, from the thriving capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to the remote Scottish Highlands, tranquil Lake District and spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Along the way you'll experience diverse cultures and histories and see world-famous landmarks.

Scotland Tours - Ben Nevis

Explore beyond Scotland's tartan façade where there lies 8,000 years of history and a rich cultural heritage, while the drama and variety of her natural features never fail to impress. Explore the Northern Highlands and Isles of Orkney and Skye on the Country Roads of Scotland Tour which is well paced and offers two-night stays in both Edinburgh and Thurso.

England Tours - Stonehenge

A British Journey takes you from Scotland to England's capital city enjoying a wealth of cultural highlights along the way. Explore the Highlands in miniature and the metropolis of Glasgow before passing south through the inspiring landscapes of the Lake District and Cotswolds to glorious historic cities including Chester, Stratford upon Avon and Bath.

Tours of Scotland Inverness

Ride the scenic Scottish rail routes through the heart of the nation to the stunning Highlands and back again taking in some of Scotland's most visited heritage towns and cities along the way.  The Heart of Scotland tour takes you from the Grampian Highlands and the Cairngorm National Park to Stirling, Inverness and the beautiful capital of Edinburgh.

Tours of Scotland - Edinburgh Castle

Travelling by train explore central Scotland and three of her iconic cities; uncover stark contrasts as you uncover the dynamic urban centre of Glasgow and the historic charm of Stirling not to mention the nation’s famous capital in Edinburgh.

Castle Tours - Blenheim Palace

Indulge in the history and heritage of England, Scotland and Wales by day and see its character reflected in your unique and distinguished accommodation each night on this deluxe tour of Britain. Enjoy elegant cities in York, Bath, Oxford and Edinburgh as well as the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Moors, the Scottish Lowlands and the mountains of Snowdonia.

Tour the North of England - Durham

Travel from Edinburgh to London through England's historic Eastern regions where the Celts, Romans, Angles and Vikings all left their marks. We'll discover rich and contrasting history and culture as we explore the cathedral cities of Durham and York, drive through the stunning and remote landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District and wind our way through the colleges and cobbled streets of Cambridge. On route we'll encounter hidden villages, stately homes and Royal Palaces.

England Tours - Stonehenge

Get off the beaten tourist track as you journey from Windsor to Edinburgh through the beautiful West of Britain. Explore England's picturesque coastal counties of Devon and Cornwall, see unrivalled vistas in Wales' Snowdonia National Park, pass through the majestic Lake District and tour Scotland's most elegant city in, Edinburgh.

Scottish Islands Tour

Escape to an enchanting wilderness as you explore the frontiers of the Scottish nation on her remote outer islands. With raw natural beauty and wildlife in abundance the islands and highlands are also home to a unique and a fascinating history and culture.

A succinct but feature-packed tour, this spirited journey captures the essence of Britain in only a few days. Visiting England, Scotland and Wales it includes a fantastic cross-section of Britain's historical towns, traditional heritage, cultural figures and idyllic scenic landscapes not to mention some real gems of this great nation.

England Tours Salisbury

Enjoy the highlights of Britain on this leisurely 15-day tour which takes you from the most southerly tip of England at Land's End to Scotland's St Andrews. On route discover national icons such as Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle and Windsor Castle alongside more "off the beaten path" destinations as you explore the coast and countryside of Devon and Cornwall, ancient Wales and the towns and dales of Yorkshire.

Enjoy a flavour of Scotland and all this enchanting nation has to offer.  From Glasgow you’ll journey along the Great Glen in to rugged Highlands and back to Edinburgh, the elegant capital. On route you’ll enjoy a loch cruise, sample single malts and enjoy a traditional Scottish evening of local cuisine and entertainment.

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