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Key Features
Tour type: Coach Tour
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Tour feature: Full sightseeing programme - no extra excursion costs!
Starting: Glasgow
Ending: Edinburgh
Tour Highlights
Towns and Cities: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Portree
Key attractions: Edinburgh Castle
  1. Day 1 Glasgow Arrival and Bagpipes

    Arrive in the thriving city of Glasgow where your Scottish trip begins (fixed time transfers available from Glasgow Airport). At 2.30pm meet your tour director at your city centre hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow; see the sights of the city from red sandstone Victorian buildings to green parks, see the imposing Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for its shipbuilding industry. We'll stop at the National Piping Centre where we'll learn about the traditional Scottish instrument, the bagpipes, and perhaps even try our hands at playing a tune or two! By evening join your tour director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink in your hotel before an evening free to dine at your leisure.

    Overnight: Novotel Glasgow Hotel, Glasgow

  2. Day 2 Isle of Bute and Mount Stuart House

    Today, we are headed off to the Isle of Bute via ferry. We will first be taking the scenic highland route and over the mountain pass of “Rest & Be Thankful”. We then visit the opulent Victorian manor at Mount Stuart House, built in the late 1870s for the 3rd Marquess of Bute; we discover the highly decorated chambers and many Victorian comforts and innovations of the time. Finally, we spend some time in Rothesay, the main town on the island before returning to the mainland and to your hotel in Glasgow.

    Overnight: Novotel Glasgow Hotel, Glasgow

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Loch Lomond and Eilean Donan Castle

    Leaving the Lowlands, we travel along the "bonny banks" of Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty then through the deep valley of Glen Coe, notorious for the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. We pass through port town of Fort William before continuing north to visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle; constructed at the meeting point of three lochs and with parts dating back to the 13th century it is an undoubted icon of Scotland. By evening we check in to our Highland hotel.

    Overnight: Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  4. Day 4 Isle of Skye and Dunvegan Castle

    Today is dedicated to exploring the majestic Isle of Skye; we'll see parts of the enchanting Trotternish peninsula in the far north of the island and visit Dunvegan Castle, a stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. Here we'll view priceless family heirlooms and stroll through the elegant formal gardens. Later we stop in the isle's main town of Portree to see the brightly-painted houses that cluster around the harbour. Return to your hotel for free time before dinner.

    Overnight: Balmacara Hotel, near Kyle of Lochalsh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  5. Day 5 Inverewe Gardens and Ullapool

    Today we enjoy a journey of spectacular highland scenery as we make our way north along the west coast to visit Inverewe Gardens. Created in the 1800s, Inverewe spans more than 50 acres and is set on a remote headland; the gardens provide a lush sub-tropical oasis of diverse trees and shrubs which thrive due to the warm currents of the Gulf-Stream. Later we continue to Ullapool, a charming fishing and ferry port perched high on the far north-west coast; we enjoy a brief drive around the town before checking-in to your hotel.

    Overnight: Royal Hotel, Ullapool

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  6. Day 6 The Far Northern Highlands and NC500

    Our exploration of the far northern Highlands continues as we journey along segments of the renowned NC500 trail through one of Scotland's most sparsely-populated regions; see barren landscapes of bog tracts, moors, heather-strewn hills, rugged mountains and dramatic coastline. We learn about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the USA, Australia and elsewhere. Later we continue to the far north of the British mainland before taking the nearby ferry to Orkney - we enjoy our evening meal as we travel on board the ferry.

    Overnight: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall, Isle of Orkney

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (on board ferry) included

  7. Day 7 Isle of Orkney and Skara Brae

    Today we discover the enchanting Isle of Orkney and a host of historic and pre-historic sites. Firstly, we cross the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines and see the Italian Chapel constructed by Italian prisoners of war. Then we make our way to the fascinating Skara Brae an excavated village dating back more than a 5,000 years and view the stunning Ring of Brodgar, a circle of prehistoric standing stones pre-dating Stonehenge. By afternoon we return to Kirkwall, the island's main town and enjoy some free-time to explore and dine independently.

    Overnight: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall, Isle of Orkney

    Meals: Breakfast included

  8. Day 8 Dunrobin Castle and Inverness

    Returning by ferry to the Scottish mainland we make our way South through the remote landscapes of Caithness with views of off-shore sea-stacks and coastal cliffs. We visit Dunrobin Castle, a stately house, whose elegant, turreted structure resembles a glorious French Chatueau; wander the stunning interiors of the house, an array of priceless artefacts and view the beautiful manicured gardens. Later we continue south to our hotel in the heart of Inverness, Capital of the Highlands.

    Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  9. Day 9 Urquhart Castle and Culloden Battlefield

    This morning we enjoy a visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle on the weather beaten shores of Loch Ness; after a stroll around hte castle we embark on a loch-cruise - keep an eye out for Nessie! Later we stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746; walk around the eerie moor and see monuments to the various regiments. Later, we return to Inverness for free-time for a stroll along the River Ness before dinner at your hotel.

    Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  10. Day 10 Sheepdog Trials and Whisky Tasting

    Making our way South we pass through the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains to a Highland Farm where we see the farmer and his dogs herd their flocks of sheep in a demonstration of skill. We then pass south to Pitlochry to visit Blair Athol Distillery set in a picturesque location outside the town; we see how whisky is distilled and enjoy a tasting a wee dram at the end of the tour. Later we make our way to Edinburgh, the Scottish capital for an evening at leisure.

    Overnight: Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  11. Day 11 Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

    This morning, discover Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour; we see the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian "New Town" and walk along part of the Royal Mile to see rambling, medieval houses. We end our tour at the imposing Castle where we gain panoramic city views and can wander the historic buildings to see the Scottish Crown Jewels. tonight we enjoy a traditional Scottish evening of typical dance, entertainment and cuisine. On departures from August 1 to August 15 we'll enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which takes place on the Castle esplanade (on these dates your Scottish evening will take place on Day 10).

    Overnight: Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  12. Day 12 Tour Ends in Edinburgh

    Today our programme ends after taking a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. You are then free to return to the airport for a return flight to your home nation (group transfers available at fixed times).Alternatively, continue to explore Edinburgh independently or to make your way to the nearby railway station to embark on your onward travel within Scotland or England.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique experiences

  • Visit the Scottish islands including the Isle of Bute and the Isle of Skye
  • Experience parts of the scenic highland NC500 route in Scotland's Northern Highlands.
  • Spend two nights ont he enchanting Isle of Orkney.
  • Visit the 5000 year old village of Skara Brae.
  • Watch sheep-dog trials on a highland farm.
  • Enjoy a Scottish evening in Edinburgh or the Military Tattoo (selected departures).

What's included

  • 11 nights hotel accommodation, as detailed on itinerary
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • All transportation by luxury motor-coach
  • The services of your professional tour director
  • Ferry crossings to the Isles of Bute and Orkney
  • 7 x evening dinners
  • Complimentary welcome drink on the first day of your tour
  • Full Sightseeing tour programme and admissions to include:
    • Mount Stuart House
    • Spean Bridge Woollen Mill
    • Eilean Donan Castle
    • Dunvegan Castle
    • Inverewe Gardens
    • Skara Brae
    • Ring of Brodgar
    • Magnus Cathedral
    • Italian Chapel
    • Dunrobin Castle
    • Urquhart Castle
    • Loch Ness Cruise
    • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
    • Sheepdog trials at a Highland Farm
    • Distillery Tour and Whisky Tasting
    • Edinburgh Castle.
    • Tickets for the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (selected August departures, please see pricing tab)
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack

Tour feature

  • This tour includes a complete sightseeing programme - there are no unexpected costs for extra excursions during your tour!
  • See three of Scotland's isles including Bute, Skye and Orkney.
  • Multiple two nights stays for your comfort.

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
  • Rail travel to Glasgow prior to your tour (from any other Britain destination).
  • Onward rail travel from Edinburgh after your tour.
  • Private airport transfers.

Departure Dates 2019/20

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice
(per person)*
 
April 11, 2020
April 22, 2020
Guaranteed departure
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£
2450
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April 25, 2020
May 6, 2020
Small group - Guaranteed
from
£
2810
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May 2, 2020
May 13, 2020
-
from
£
2415

Fully booked

May 9, 2020
May 20, 2020
Guaranteed departure
from
£
2415
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May 16, 2020
May 27, 2020
Guaranteed departure
from
£
2415
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May 23, 2020
June 3, 2020
Guaranteed departure
from
£
2415
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May 25, 2020
June 5, 2020
-
from
£
2845

Fully booked

May 30, 2020
June 10, 2020
-
from
£
2520
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June 1, 2020
June 12, 2020
-
from
£
2595

Fully booked

June 6, 2020
June 17, 2020
Guaranteed departure
from
£
2595
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June 13, 2020
June 24, 2020
Small group - Guaranteed
from
£
3020
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June 15, 2020
June 26, 2020
Guaranteed departure
from
£
2630
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June 27, 2020
July 8, 2020
-
from
£
2630
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July 4, 2020
July 15, 2020
Small group
from
£
3060
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July 11, 2020
July 22, 2020
Guaranteed departure
from
£
2630
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July 18, 2020
July 29, 2020
-
from
£
2700

Fully booked

July 25, 2020
August 5, 2020
Guaranteed departure
from
£
2700
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July 27, 2020
August 7, 2020
Small group
from
£
3130
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August 1, 2020
August 12, 2020
Tattoo tickets - Guaranteed
from
£
2985
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August 3, 2020
August 14, 2020
Tattoo tickets - Guaranteed
from
£
2985
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August 8, 2020
August 19, 2020
Tattoo tickets - Guaranteed
from
£
2985
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August 10, 2020
August 21, 2020
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from
£
2985
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August 15, 2020
August 26, 2020
Tattoo tickets - Guaranteed
from
£
3415
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August 29, 2020
September 9, 2020
Guaranteed departure
from
£
2735
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August 31, 2020
September 11, 2020
-
from
£
2735
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September 12, 2020
September 23, 2020
Small group
from
£
3095
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September 14, 2020
September 25, 2020
-
from
£
2665
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September 26, 2020
October 7, 2020
Small group
from
£
3060
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October 3, 2020
October 14, 2020
-
from
£
2380

Fully booked

October 10, 2020
October 21, 2020
-
from
£
2380
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.

Pricing 2019/20

Single Supplement: from £725.

Pricing Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) for approximate costs in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however are subject to change.
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