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
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 Britain Rail Tour – Experience the cities and landscapes of two great nations on this rail journey of discovery through England and Scotland. Travelling from vibrant London in the South to romantic Edinburgh in the North and back again your itinerary will take you through the historic cities of Oxford, Glasgow and York. Along the way you’ll experience scenic rail-rides through the rolling British countryside and enjoy hand-picked day tours to reach the rural sites and villages of the Cotswolds, the Lake District and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.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
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 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
Scottish Highlands Rail Tour – Enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful rail journeys as you tour the scenic Western Highlands and the West Coast of Scotland by train. Experience the famous West Highland Line, cross the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct and travel over the sea to the tranquil Isle of Skye. You’ll experience the best of both worlds with overnight stays in the cultural cities of Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh and day trips to the remote landscapes of Glencoe, Skye’s northern peninsula and the shores of Loch Ness.View this tour
A Britain Small Group Tour - Travel from Edinburgh to London through England's enchanting Eastern regions where the Celts, Romans, Angles and Vikings all left their marks. On this Eastern England small group tour 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.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
A Private Tour of Britain - Indulge your senses in the history, heritage and landscapes of Britain. Relax as in the company of an experienced private driver who’ll share their local knowledge and insight as they guide you through the countryside of England, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy quality and characterful accommodations each night and a wealth of included sightseeing each day including a unique local experience in the heart of the Cotswolds. For those seeking something a little special, the British Indulgence is a “must”.View this tour
Classic Britain Driving Tour - 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 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
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
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
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 Great Britain Rail Tour - Make use of Britain's extensive rail network on this comprehensive rail tour through England, Scotland and Wales. Your journey will take you from the bustling city of London over scenic rail routes to the remote Highlands of Scotland. You’ll experience Britain’s many cultural highlights along the way including the historic cities of Cardiff, Bath, York and Edinburgh. In selected destinations your trip is complemented with small-group day tours to ensure you reach those out-of-the-way highlights such as Stonehenge, the rustic scenery of the Lake District and Loch Ness.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
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 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
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
A Small Group Tour of Britain - This Tour takes you from London to Edinburgh providing the full British history and culture experience along the way. Experience the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, Wales’ stunning Snowdonia National Park and the Lake District in between visiting cultural highlights such as Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Beatles’ Liverpool and medieval York. Your tour ends in the Scottish capital after a journey through the rolling landscapes of the lowlands.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
A Scottish Rail Tour – Traverse the rails of central Scotland and the Eastern Highlands on this train trip to experience the heart of Scotland. This rail journey takes you from the bright lights of Edinburgh through the historic highland towns of Stirling, Inverness, Aberdeen and the lesser-known gem of Pitlochry. You’ll enjoy Scenic rail journeys through the Cairngorm Mountains and over the Grampian Highlands whilst selected day-tours from Inverness and Aberdeen will enable you to experience the mysteries of Loch Ness and Royal Deeside.View this tour
Scotland Rail Tour – Experience some of Britain’s most spectacular and scenic rail journeys as you explore Scotland and the Scottish Highlands by train. Your epic Scottish rail trip will take you from the vibrant cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to Scotland’s scenic West Coast, through the dramatic Scottish Highlands and over the sea to the remote Isle of Skye. A hand-picked selection of small-group day tours will allow you to discover the remote landscapes and sites of the Highlands and Skye which cannot be reached by rail alone.View this tour
Rail Tour of Britain – Travel by train on this rail adventure through Britain touching the highlights of England, Scotland and Wales. Visit the elegant historic cities of York, Bath and Chester and enjoy scenic rail journeys through the rolling hills of the English Lake District, the Scottish Lowlands and the Welsh border Marches. Your trip is rounded off with stays in no fewer than three capital cities in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff and includes selected day-tours to reach more rural sites such as the Cotswolds and Stonehenge.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