See the best of Scotland with this wonderful 8 day tour. Breakfast daily, 5 mouth-watering evening meals, breathtaking scenery, a private tour of Edinburgh Castle and a visit to of one of Scotland’s finest distilleries finishing off with a wee dram, just a few of the delights on this truly wonderful vacation.
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Welcome to Scotland! Meet your tour guide at your designated pickup point before undertaking a panoramic tour of Glasgow. You will see Glasgow's highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, and the River Clyde, once important for shipbuilding. We will visit Glasgow Cathedral, one of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. There will also be time to visit the extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Afterward we check into our hotel where we spend our first two nights.
Dinner/Overnight — Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow or similar
Depart for Rabbie Burns Country, where the first stop of the day is Burns National Heritage Park. The museum is the focal point of this beautifully landscaped park where visitors can cross the Brig o’Doon and visit the poet’s birthplace.
Later, continue to Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. Culzean is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests, and secret gardens.
Overnight — Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow or similar
Loch Ness & Inverness
Depart Glasgow for Inverness travelling along Scotland’s West Coast and Loch Ness. Highlights of the day include Loch Lomond, dramatic Glencoe, a visit to Urquhart Castle and a cruise on Loch Ness in search of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.
Dinner/Overnight — Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Located just one mile from Inverness city centre and the River Ness the Kingsmills is set in four acres of carefully kept gardens and manicured lawns. All rooms feature luxurious ensuite bathrooms with separate baths and showers, wi-fi, iPod docks, satellite television, goose-down quilts and cotton sheets. The hotel also has fully equipped leisure facilities and spa that guests can take advantage of during their stay.
Isle of Skye
Today a day trip to the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands. First stop is Portree, capital of the island. You can enjoy some free time here, exploring the multi-coloured harbour, or warming up by a real coal fire in a local pub. On our return to Inverness, you will visit Eilean Donan Castle.
Dinner/Overnight — Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Culloden & Speyside
Today we head to Perthshire via Culloden Moor, site of the 1746 Battle of Culloden. Before leaving Speyside, stop at Kincraig for an impressive display from the Working Sheepdogs. Continue onto Perthshire, where on arrival at your hotel, you will be welcomed with “wee dram!”
Dinner/Overnight — Hotel Indigo Dundee, Dundee
Poised between Dundee’s waterfront and the heart of its shopping district, Hotel Indigo® Dundee reflects the fascinating heritage of this proud city. Indeed, a stay at this iconic hotel invites you to become part of a story spanning nearly 200 years! We also offer a fully-equipped gym, as well as a bar and a restaurant, perfect for experiencing Scotland’s finest produce and handcrafted bespoke cocktails, wines and coffees.
St Andrews & Falkland
Enroute you will stop for a distillery visit at Kingsbarns Distillery. This tour is the perfect introduction to Scotch whisky. You will visit the exhibition space, go on a guided tour of the distillery, and then be led up to one of the tasting rooms for some sampling. A shop and café await you at the end of the tour. After the distillery tour, we will travel to St. Andrews, home of Scotland’s oldest university and capital of golf. Leaving St. Andrews, we head to Falkland to visit the village and the Palace, built by King James V in 1539. It became a favourite retreat of the Stuart Dynasty including Mary Queen of Scots.
Overnight — InterContinental Edinburgh The George
The InterContinental Edinburgh The George has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881. At its heart are five listed Georgian townhouses, built in 1775 as homes for Edinburgh’s most prosperous citizens. Winner of Luxury Brand Hotel of the Year at the 2019 Scottish Hotel Awards, The InterContinental Edinburgh The George is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The sensitive, multi-million-pound restoration and refurbishment combines luxurious natural materials such as oak, marble and leather with a palette of colours inspired by the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters. The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier whilst Burr & Co. is a lovely coffee shop with a devoted local following. The hotel also has a newly equipped gym.
After an early breakfast in the hotel, you will enjoy an exclusive, pre-opening tour of Edinburgh Castle. You will then enjoy a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh which features the “New” and the “Old” towns. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city further. Tonight, you will attend the Spirit of Scotland Show, an evening of traditional entertainment and dinner at The Royal College of Surgeons.
Dinner/Overnight — InterContinental Edinburgh The George
Your tour ends this morning after a hearty Scottish breakfast. Please inquire about our group transfer on offer.
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Prices are land-only per person in Canadian dollars.
Arrival & departure transfers included for those who have air booked in conjunction with tour.
NOTE for tours departing July 29, Aug 5, 12 & 19, 2023: Dinner at hotel prior to Tattoo performance in lieu of Farewell Scottish evening. Early opening tour at Edinburgh Castle not possible during Tattoo; a tour during normal business hours will be available in lieu.
Child rate 7-11 years sharing with 2 adults $1799.
All triples are on request (Grand Central & Dunblane Hydro does not have triple rooms suitable for 3 adults; 2 rooms may be booked at this hotel).
- Culzean Castle
- Burns Country
- Loch Lomond
- Loch Ness
- Urquhart Castle
- Culloden Moor
- Isle of Skye
- Eilean Donan Castle
- St Andrews
- Falkland Palace
- Transportation throughout by modern touring coach
- Experienced driver and local touring guide
- 7 nights accommodation in first class hotels
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Full Scottish breakfast daily
- 4 table d’hôte evening meals
- Farewell Scottish evening with dinner & entertainment
- Working Sheepdog performance at Kincraig
- Visit Eilean Donan Castle, the famous 13th century castle in the Highlands
- Guided tour of a whisky distillery
- Cruise on Loch Ness
- Exclusive, pre-opening tour of Edinburgh Castle
- Panoramic tours of Glasgow & Edinburgh
- Admissions to: Saint Mungo’s Cathedral, Culzean Castle, Burns National Heritage Park, Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Moor Visitor’s Centre, Falkland Palace
- Baggage handling charges
- The Famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo included on July 29, Aug 5, 12 & 19, 2023 departures (in lieu of Scottish evening)