Tartan Adventure - Edinburgh

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    Tartan Adventure - Edinburgh

  • Driving Holidays

    Tartan Adventure - Edinburgh

  • Driving Holidays

    Tartan Adventure - Edinburgh

Tour length

8 days

From

$1,369.00

Experience the best of Scotland! Stay in cozy family run B&B’s, four-star city centre hotels, and then top it all off with a stay in a Scottish Castle or Manor. Step back in time and enjoy a stay in some of our favourite castle accommodations where the elegance and comfort are only surpassed by the genuine hospitality and warmth extended.


Edinburgh Tartan
This holiday starts with 2 nights in the enchanting capital of Scotland. Visit the dominating castle overlooking the city and make your way down the Royal Mile. As you make your way North, visits include Falkland Palace and Culloden Moor, before arriving at Tulloch Castle for some Scottish luxury. Visit Loch Ness on your way to Oban, and then explore the islands of Mull & Iona.  

SCOTTISH HERITAGE PASS INCLUDED (April to October)
The Scottish Heritage Pass offers entry to Scotland’s most outstanding historic attractions. It makes visiting a host of ‘must-see’ heritage attractions all over Scotland – including Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle, and Stirling Castle – simple and great value for money.‚Äč

Itinerary


Day

1

Arrival

Arrive at Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport and pick up your self-drive car. Depart for the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. As one of Europe’s must see destinations Edinburgh offers much for the visitor, great museums and art galleries, fantastic shopping, great restaurants and bars and one of the most unforgettable skylines overlooking Princes Street Gardens.

Overnight - 4-star Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh (2019 4-star Crowne Plaza - Royal Terrace) 


Day

2

Edinburgh

Enjoy a full day in the Scottish capital. You will visit Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city from its 400 foot rock where you will see the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, now back in Scotland where it belongs. You can also visit the private apartments of Mary Stuart and St Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building in the city which dates back to the 11th century. Continuing down the Royal Mile, you will visit Saint Giles’ Cathedral. Founded in the 1100s, it is a triumph of 14th and 15th century architecture with a crown spire that has dominated the Edinburgh skyline for 500 years. It became the church of John Knox during the Reformation and contains memorials to many great Scots, including Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Burns.

Overnight - 4-star Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh (2019 4-star Crowne Plaza - Royal Terrace) 


Day

3

Falkland & Perthshire

After your Full Scottish Breakfast depart Edinburgh heading north crossing the Forth Road Bridge with its dramatic views of the Victorian feet of engineering; the Forth Railway Bridge. En route you will visit Falkland Palace built by the King James V in 1539. It became a favourite retreat of the Stuart Dynasty including Mary Queen of Scots. The gardens contain the original and oldest Royal Tennis Court in Britain. Continue through Fife and in to Perthshire, where you will overnight.

Overnight - Perthshire B&B


Day

4

Speyside & Inverness

Today you will take the very scenic & dramatic road over the Drummochter Pass one of the highest roads in Scotland. Descend into Speyside an area of Scotland famous for its whisky producing tradition. Follow the Whisky Trail & visit one of the many famous distilleries in the area. You can visit Glenfiddich, Cragganmore, Grants, Cardhu and many more. Each gives a guided tour of the distillery to learn of the processes and for many the highlight is a tasting at the end of the tour. Visit Culloden Moor, the site of the battle on 16 April 1746, when the forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were defeated by English government army, so ending the Forty-Five Jacobite uprising.

Overnight - 4-star Tulloch Castle, Dingwall (2019 4-star Mansfield Castle, nr Inverness)


Day

5

Loch Ness & Glencoe

Today travel south again going via Loch Ness. Loch Ness forms part of the Caledonian Canal a feat of some great engineering by Thomas Telford linking East Scotland with West by using a series of lochs linked by a canal system. Make a stop at Urquhart Castle, one of the largest castles in Scotland which fell into decay after 1689 and was blown up in 1692 to prevent it being occupied by Jacobites. Most of the existing remains date from the 16th century and include a tower. This is a very scenic spot and also the place where the most sightings of “Nessie” have been. From Loch Ness, continue south through Fort William and Glencoe. Before arriving in Oban, Visit Dunstaffnage Castle. Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls. The castle, with its huge curtain wall, was captured by Robert the Bruce in 1309 and remained in royal possession for some years. Dunstaffnage became the temporary prison of Flora MacDonald in 1746.  

Overnight - Oban area B&B


Day

6

Mull & Iona

Today spend the day exploring Mull and Iona either by car or enjoy the sites from the sea and take a day boat trip to Mull Iona and Staffa. The tour leaves from Oban Harbour and is renowned as one of the best day tours in the UK, providing a scenic route through the beautiful island of Mull and a visit to the Isle of Iona where St Columba landed in 563 brought Christianity to Scotland from Ireland. You can also visit the famous Iona Abbey & Chapel founded by St Columba before you continue on to the uninhabited Island of Staffa, which is famous for its basaltic formations, the best know of which is Fingals Cave, immortalized in Mendelssohn’s Hebridean Overture.

Overnight - Oban area B&B


Day

7

Stirling

Continue south into the heart of the Trossachs, the ‘gateway to the Highlands’. You will drive along the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the largest stretch of inland water in Britain, and framed by lovely mountain scenery. The landscape of this area has played a significant part in the history and literature of Scotland. It was the inspiration and setting for Sir Walter Scott’s major work, “The Lady of the Lake”, inspiring the first tourists to venture to Highland Scotland. Travel via Stirling Castle, which has played such an important role in much of Scotland’s vibrant history. The Visitor Centre has a very good audio-visual exhibition explaining much of the history. Just a shore walk from the castle you can discover Argyll’s Lodging, a superb mansion built around an earlier core in about 1630 and further extended by the Earl of Argyll in the 1670’s. It is the most impressive town house of its period in Scotland. The principal rooms are now restored to their former glory.  

Overnight - Stirling area B&B (2019 Edinburgh Airport Hotel)


Day

8

Home

Unfortunately it is now time to leave Scotland. Return your hire car and join your flight home.


Availability

Room Type TwinTriple (1x Twin, 1x Single)Single2xTwin
Oct 1-Dec 6$1369.00$1499.00$1909.00$1319.00
Dec 7-Dec 31$1569.00$1629.00$2259.00$1429.00
Jan 1-Apr 10$1499.00$1699.00$2299.00$1429.00
Apr 11-Apr 22$1609.00$1759.00$2579.00$1539.00
Apr 23-May 24$1499.00$1699.00$2299.00$1429.00
May 25-Jun 30$1549.00$1749.00$2399.00$1449.00
Jul 1-Jul 31$1849.00$1999.00$2699.00$1749.00
Aug 1-Sep 30$1799.00$2099.00$2999.00$1719.00
Oct 1-Dec 4$1499.00$1699.00$2299.00$1429.00
Dec 5-Dec 31$1609.00$1759.00$2579.00$1539.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.  Subject to availability.
Child rate $809 is applicable for 1 child sharing with 2 adults.
Triple is based on 2 rooms (1 Twin & 1 Single).
Subject to availability.

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Tour Highlights

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Royal Mile
  • Falkland Palace
  • Speyside Whisky
  • Culloden Moor
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Glencoe
  • Mull
  • Iona Abbey
  • Stirling Castle

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation pre-booked including 2 nights city centre hotel in Edinburgh and a deluxe castle stay
  • 7 Day "Royal Coverage" self-drive standard car rental
  • 7 Day Scottish Heritage Pass - offers admissions to over 120 attractions (valid from April to October)
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • Touring map of Scotland

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