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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

An escorted Scotland tour, 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.

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.

Tours of London - Tower Bridge

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.

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.

Tours of England - Hampton Court

Sweeping through a land rich in history and tradition, the Royal Tour of Britain 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.

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.

Scotland Tours Loch Awe

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.

Tours of London - Tower Bridge

An escorted tour of England and Scotand, discover some of Britain’s finest cities and all that’s in between on this leisurely trip of the East of Britain.  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.

England Tours - Stonehenge

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.

Castle Tours - Blenheim Palace

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.

Scotland Toura - Scottish Dancing

A scotland escorted coach tour, 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.

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Tours of England - Liverpool

A brief escorted Britain tour – discover the essence of Britain on this whirlwind coach tour of England and Scotland. Enjoy a journey of contrasts from the thriving capital cities of London and Edinburgh to the tranquil areas of natural beauty in the English Lake District and the Scottish Highlands. Along the way you’ll discover the bustling cultural hubs of Glasgow and Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles, where you’ll enjoy live music in the world-famous Cavern Club!

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 - Liverpool

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.

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.

Scotland Tours - Inverness

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.

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Scottish Islands Tour

A Scottish Islands Driving Tour - Escape to an enchanting wilderness as you explore the frontiers of the Scottish nation and her remote outer islands.  Experience the raw natural beauty of Glencoe, Scotland’s West Coast and the isles of Skye, Lewis and Harris on our Hebridean Highlights tour. The tranquillity of the Western Isles provides visitors with a peaceful retreat from modern life to a back-drop of dramatic natural landscapes. On your journey you’ll see sparkling lochs, barren moorlands, deserted golden beaches, fascinating historic sites and wildlife in abundance.

Coach Tours of Scotland

Enjoy this Scottish Highlands escorted tour for a leisurely trip 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.

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England Tours - Cotswolds

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.

Coach Tours of Scotland

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.

England Tours Salisbury

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.

Tours of Scotland

A Driving Tour to Skye – Our Skye and the Highlands tour does what it says on the tin offering an itinerary which takes you away from the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the remote wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Experience the enigmatic scenery of Glencoe Valley, Scotland’s West Coast and the majestic isle of Skye. Then onwards along the Great Glen to the capital of the Highlands itself! Along the way you’ll see sparkling lochs and ancient castles, the perfect Highland escape.

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 two of Scotland’s most elegant cities in, Edinburgh and St Andrews.

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. 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.

Scotland Tours - Ben Nevis

A Scottish Highlands Coach Tour - 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.

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