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BEST OF SCOTLAND

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!

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
7 days / 6 nights

Regions visited:
Scotland

Start point:
Central Edinburgh

End point:
Central Glasgow

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Tour Style - At Leisure

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UK international:
+44 (0)2921 660 747

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1-866-209-4554

Email:
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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

Arrive Edinburgh

Best of Scotland Tour - Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Arrive in Scotland this morning and travel to Edinburgh either by transfer or rail. You're centrally located hotel will be waiting for you to check in this afternoon and your day is free to either relax and recover from your travels or explore the Scottish capital independently. Edinburgh is a fascinating city home to a host of magnificent national museums and galleries. This evening, meet your travel companions and tour director at a Welcome Reception, which includes your evening meal and drinks.

accommodationAccommodation: Novotel City Centre, Edinburgh (Includes Scottish pub dinner).

attractionsHighlights: Edinburgh City.

DAY TWO

Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, your expert Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city; admire the elegant Georgian architecture of the new town and the narrow winding streets of the old town, see the Royal Palace Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building before climbing the Royal Mile to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city. Your visit inside the grounds of the castle is included. Later enjoy more free time to explore further or indulge in some Scottish shopping along the famous Princes Street. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.

accommodationAccommodation: Novotel City Centre, Edinburgh.

attractionsHighlights: Edinburgh Castle and a chance for sightseeing.

DAY THREE

St. Andrews, Pitlochry and the Scottish Highlands

Best of Scotland Tour - St Andrews

St Andrews Castle, St Andrews, Scotland

Departing Edinburgh cross the Firth of Forth to historic St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university, where Prince William and Kate Middleton first met, and of course the spiritual home of golf. Continuing north, we cross the River Tay at Dundee before making our way in to the heart of Scotland where we visit Pitlochry, a charming Victorian village on the banks of the River Tummel. Enjoy free-time to explore the village or join an optional excursion to visit nearby Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Tonight we dine in our hotel located in the Highlands on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park.

accommodationAccommodation: Laggan Gaskmore Hotel, Newtonmore, Highlands (dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: Historic St Andrews, the Victorian village of Pitlochry and the Scottish Highlands.

DAY FOUR

Isle Of Skye & Scenic Highlands excursion

This morning we make our way to Scotland's scenic West Coast and travel the famous "Road to the Isles" with views of the Glenfinnan viaduct and Monument on route to Mallaig. From here we cross by ferry to the beautiful and remote Isle of Skye; we'll admire the scenery as we drive along the Sleat Peninsula before stopping for time to have lunch. After crossing back to the mainland by bridge we gain views of the iconic Eilean Donan Castle before traversing the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands. Passing Loch Ness and Inverness we visit the eerie Culloden Moor and visitor centre, site of the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745.

accommodationAccommodation: Laggan Gaskmore Hotel, Newtonmore, Highlands (dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: "Road to the Isles" taking in views of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and Culloden Moor.

DAY FIVE

Glencoe, Loch Lomond and vibrant Glasgow

Best of Scotland Tour - Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow, Scotland

Returning to Scotland's stunning west coast, stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Then continue south through Glencoe, 'Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Later we journey along the "bonny banks" of Loch Lomond, an area which was once the stomping ground of folk here Rob Roy and whose scenery was immortalised in the well-known Scottish song – there is an opportunity to enjoy an optional boat trip on the loch. Later we continue to Scotland's most populous urban centre, the lively city of Glasgow.

accommodationAccommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

attractionsHighlights: Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Glasgow City and Glasgow Cathedral.

DAY SIX

Stirling Castle Excursion and Glengoyne Distillery

Best of Scotland Tour - Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland

Your day today begins with an orientation of Glasgow including the Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of Scotland's shipbuilding industry. Enjoy some free time in the city before we visit nearby Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once the Royal Seat of Scotland. See the 'Stirling Heads' and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls we gain views of the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later we travel into the countryside of the Trossachs National Park where we enjoy a Cultural Insight in to Whisky making with a visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a 'wee dram'. Tonight, experience a Farewell Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard.

accommodationAccommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel OR Hilton Strathclyde Hotel, Glasgow (includes dinner at a local working farm).

attractionsHighlights: Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, Trossachs National Park and the Glengoyne Distillery.

DAY SEVEN

Depart Glasgow

After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. You may choose to continue to explore Glasgow independently or make your onward travel south in to England or back to nearby Glasgow Airport.

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Best of Scotland - Scotland escorted coach tour

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Tour with a Local Expert in Edinburgh.
  • Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and tasting.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner at a working 15th century hill farm on the banks of a Loch with beautiful scenery and Scottish cuisine and entertainment.

arrowSIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tour of Edinburgh.
  • Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling.
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle.
  • View the 18th hole at St Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Peopls Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow.

arrowDINING

  • 6 x full breakfasts.
  • 4 x dinners including welcome reception, two dinners in your hotel and a farewell dinner.

arrowTRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • All overnight hotel accommodation, as per the tour itinerary, featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Tickets to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival (selected departures).
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • Rail travel to/from Edinburgh or Glasgow before/after your tour.
  • Airport transfers or transportation to/from Edinburgh/Glasgow before or after your trip.
  • Your tour already includes a comprehensive sightseeing program however some additional excursions may be available to enhance your trip further - these are fully optional and bookable during your tour.

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PRICING

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017

START DAY
(in Edinburgh)
END DAY
(in Glasgow)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Sun 20 Aug, 2017 Sat 26 Aug, 2017 Limited availability £ 1,570
Sun 27 Aug, 2017 Sat 02 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,470
Sun 03 Sep, 2017 Sat 09 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,345
Sun 10 Sep, 2017 Sat 16 Sep, 2017 Limited availability £ 1,345
Sun 17 Sep, 2017 Sat 23 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,345
Sun 24 Sep, 2017 Sat 30 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,345
Sun 01 Oct, 2017 Sat 07 Oct, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,345
Sun 08 Oct, 2017 Sat 14 Oct, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,345

Single Supplement: £220.

This tour starts upon check-in at your Edinburgh Hotel and ends after check-out of your Glasgow hotel, please let us know if you require airport transfers and/or onward travel to London.

arrowDEPARTURE NOTES

  • Edinburgh Tattoo - August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17 and 20, 2017 departures we've included Tattoo tickets.

arrowPRICING 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.

arrow2018 DEPARTURES AND PRICING

We have 2018 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a quotation.

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