A succinct Scotland Driving Tour – Our Simply Scotland itinerary offers you a great introduction to this enchanting nation. In the course of just a few days you’ll experience the rugged landscapes of Glencoe, and the Scottish Highlands and the magical capital city of Edinburgh. Highlights along the way include historic Stirling, Loch Lomond, the West coast and Scotland’s most famous body of water - Loch Ness.View this tour
Our guide to visiting Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions and is inextricably linked with Scottish history. Perched 400 feet over the city on a long extinct volcanic rock, it also provides Edinburgh with an icon of its famous skyline.
The existence of a settlement at Edinburgh Castle dates back to around 600 AD, however the castle as we know it today was first constructed in the late 11th century during the reign of David I. It is easy to see the strategic importance of its location as a royal stronghold with its lofty position and flanked on three sides sheer rock face or steep terraces, a challenge for any attacker. The Castle was, and remains today, most accessible from the East where a softer slope rises to the crag along what is now the bustling Royal Mile.
Entry to the Castle is gained via the Esplanade which acts as vehicle parking for the most part of the year but which springs to life throughout August when it hosts the magnificent Edinburgh Military Tattoo as part of the Edinburgh Festival. Passing through the Gatehouse you then cross the drawbridge to some of the Castle’s original and impressive military defences including the Portcullis Gate and the Half Moon Battery from where you can gain stunning views over the city. Don’t miss the ritual of the firing of the one o’clock gun on Mill’s Mount Battery.
Within the grounds of the Castle you’ll discover a number of interesting areas. What was once a castle hospital now houses the National War Museum of Scotland a fascinating collection of medals, uniforms and other military memorabilia detailing 400 years of Scottish military history. St Margaret’s Chapel, is believed to be one of the oldest structures not only within the Castle grounds but within Edinburgh and dates back to the 11th century.
On one side of Crown Square lies the Palace which dates back to the 1400s but was later renovated considerably in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots. Within the Palace one of the main attractions is the Honours of Scotland containing the Scottish crown jewels which were last used in the coronation of Scottish Monarch Charles II. Also amongst the honours is the Scottish Stone of Destiny surrounded by myth it was stolen by the English and placed in Westminster Abbey for nearly 700 years until its return to Scotland in 1996. On the other side of Crown Square you’ll find the fitting Scottish National War Memorial commemorating Scottish men who fought and died for their country in the First World War.
A visit to Edinburgh Castle will be a highlight of any Edinburgh city break or Scottish vacation.
A brief tour of Britain – discover the essence of Britain on this whirlwind escorted coach tour taking you from the South of England to Scotland. Enjoy a journey of contrasts from the bustling cities of London and Liverpool to the historic elegance of Bath and Edinburgh. Along the way you'll see the natural beauty of the English Cotswolds and the Lake District as well as Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and the very Royal Windsor Castle.View this tour
A Brief Scotland Tour - Enjoy a flavour of Scotland visiting the principal cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and a night in the enchanting Scottish Highlands. Along the way you'll experience the highlights of Scottish history, heritage and natural beauty - you’ll enjoy a loch cruise, sample single malt whisky at a Highland distillery and indulge in a traditional Scottish night of food, music and dance.View this tour
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.View this tour
An Orkney Coach Tour - Enjoy a journey through majestic Highland scenery and explore Scotland's remote islands on this comprehensive tour of Scotland. Experience the tranquillity of the Isle of Skye, the undiscovered wilderness of the Isle of Bute, the dramatic landscapes of the Northern Highlands and the ancient pre-history of the Isle of Orkney, not to mention the beautiful city of Edinburgh.View this tour
A Premium Scotland Tour - explore Scottish history, highlands and heritage by day and indulge in quality Scottish hospitality by night on this enchanting journey through Scotland. From the heart of Scotland to her rugged Highlands, Scottish Supreme offers a comprehensive touring itinerary coupled with a mixture of high-end and boutique overnight hotels providing the very best of Scottish welcomes.View this tour
A Scottish Castle Driving Tour - Experience Scottish hospitality at its traditional best on this exclusive tour staying in sumptuous and historic castle and manor-house hotels. This itinerary takes you from historic Stirling and Edinburgh to the remote Mull of Kintyre and the dramatic West Coast to the Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands. Along the way 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.View this tour
Classic Britain - a snapshot of the countryside and historic cities of England, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy the rolling hills and thatch villages of the Cotswolds to the towering mountains and fortresses of North Wales. Pass through the lakes and dales of the English Lake District and the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands and Yorkshire Dales. Historic cities to explore on route include Regency Bath, Medieval York, and the capital cities of Edinburgh and London.View this tour
A Complete Britain Tour - Enjoy the highlights of Britain on this leisurely 15-day tour which takes you from the far South West of England 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, the mountains of North Wales and the remote towns and dales of Yorkshire.View this tour
Scenic Britain Tour - 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 two of Scotland’s most elegant cities in, Edinburgh and St Andrews.View this tour
The British Journey tour is a Britain driving tour that takes you on an expedition from the capital of Scotland to the capital of England touching upon Wales and enjoying a wealth of cultural highlights along the way. Explore Scotland’s “Highlands in miniature” and the historic city of Edinburgh before passing south through the inspiring landscapes of the Lake District, Cotswolds and Wye Valley to glorious historic cities including Chester, Cardiff, Stratford upon Avon and Bath. Your trip ends in the thriving metropolis of London.View this tour
A driving tour of England and Scotland - indulge in a unique trip taking in two of Britain’s most unique nations. Your self-drive vacation will take you through the rural landscapes of England and Scotland before returning your vehicle in Edinburgh and returning to London by rail. The trip will take in the beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, Lake District and Scottish Highlands not to mention a host of elegant cities including York, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.View this tour
A Britain Castle Tour - 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. With your overnight accommodation in quality castle or manor house hotels, your tour will take you through the elegant cities of 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.View this tour
A Britain Escorted Tour - Spend ten days exploring the very best of Britain on this journey to discover the nation's highlights. We'll stay in the exciting captial cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff and in between we'll discover Britain's historic charm and beautiful landscapes. Highlights include Royal Windsor, the rustic Cotswolds, Medieval York and the Lake District.View this tour
This Britain Small Group Tour takes you from London to Edinburgh providing the full British history and culture experience along the way. See Oxford and the Cotswolds, shop at Chester's Rows, wind through Wales' stunning Snowdonia National Park, enjoy medieval York and explore Wordsworth's Lake District before finally visiting mysterious chapels and stately homes in the Scottish Lowlands.View this tour
A Royal Tour of Britain - Sweeping through a land rich in history and tradition, this small group journey takes in bustling cities and picturesque villages, rolling green hills and rugged coastlines. As the name suggests this tour is specifically designed to visit many Royal sites and connections across the UK including opulent palaces, Royal residences and grandiose castles. 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.View this tour
An exclusive luxury Britain coach tour - Discover the essence of Britain through knowledgeable experts and passionate locals introducing you to stories of Britain from past to present. Visit significant destinations once frequented by British greats such as Shakespeare and renowned kings. Travel in style on this elegant tour, and spend your evenings in a hand-picked selection of exclusive hotels. Enjoy travel through England to Scotland, whilst relishing in a range of VIP experiences such as the Tower of London for a private viewing of the Ceremony of the Keys, Edinburgh castle and visits to royal gardens. On route visit the Georgian city of Bath and the mesmerising dales of the Lake District on this relaxing, well-paced tour is a trip of a lifetime.View this tour
A Comprehensive Britain Tour - This elegant excorted coach tour of Scotland and England evokes a bygone age; discover traditional villages, stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens. Enjoy a leisurely touring pace with two-night stays in each overnight destination. With expertly planned day excursions or city tours from your accommodation bases, not to mention a fabulous array of local visits, this tour is designed to showcase each region in depth. A truly engaging and well balanced itinerary of Britain.View this tour
Make use of Britain's extensive rail network on this comprehensive rail tour of England, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy train rides through the glorious scenery of the Cotswolds, North Wales, the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands on route to cultural and historic cities including Bath, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, York and London.View this tour
A Scottish Islands Coach Tour - A truly unique experience, venture off the beaten track on this journey of discovery to Scotland's enchanting Western Isles. The Outer Hebrides lie on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and are home to some of Britain's most remote communities, wildest landscapes and an ancient Gaelic culture. Our journey will take us from the bright lights of Glasgow and Edinburgh and to the wilderness of no fewer than six of Scotland's remote islands including Barra, Benbecula, Lewis and Harris.View this tour
A Scotland Coach Tour - Experience the Scottish Highlands and the heart of Scotland on this eight day journey through this small but characterful country. From the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the remote Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, the Cairngorms and central Scotland, you'll see ancient clan seats, baronial manors, remote castles, royal palaces, ancient battlefields, malt distilleries and the spiritual home of golf.View this tour
One of our best Scotland Driving Tours – Scotland Explorer offers a comprehensive itinerary taking you on a journey to the corners of this beautiful nation; see Scotland from the bustling cultural and historic cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh to the expansive wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. From the rugged beauty of the West coast and Isle of Skye to the cultural sites of the East Coast and Aberdeenshire. Along the way see sparkling lochs, towering mountain ranges, ancient castle ruins, and whisky distilleries – a truly Scottish experience.View this tour
Discover English and Scottish landscapes and heritage on this rail journey through two great nations. Taking you from vibrant London to romantic Edinburgh and a host of English and Scottish towns and cities on route, you'll also enjoy the British countryside at its most majestic.View this tour
A Great Britain driving tour - 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 an d spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Along the way you’ll experience diverse cultures and histories and see world-famous landmarks including Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, Cardiff Castle, the Cotswolds, Hadrian’s Wall, Loch Ness and Edinburgh Castle.View this tour