7 Day Best of Scotland
7 Day Trip exploring the best of Scotland, see Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Isle of Skye, Scenic Highlands and visit Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a ‘wee dram'
Our adventure map
Day by day
First day Arrive in Edinburgh
On arrival, relax and explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical Scottish pub meal and drinks.
Second day Enjoy Edinburgh Sightseeing
This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyrood house in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.
Third day Travel to St. Andrews then Pitlochry
Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an optional experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Fourth Visit the Isle of Skye and Scenic Highlands Excursion
Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel.
Fifth day its the Scottish Highlands, Glencoe and Glasgow
Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow.
Sixth Day Glasgow Sightseeing then Stirling Castle Excursion
Start your day with an orientation of Glasgow including the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. You’ll also visit to St Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city. Enjoy some free time to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the ‘Stirling Heads' and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Cultural Insight into whisky making with a visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a ‘wee dram'. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard.
Seventh day Depart Glasgow
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
City tour of Edinburgh
Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling
View the 18th green at St Andrews, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe
Visit Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye and Clan Donald Centre, Glasgow Cathedral and Stirling Castle
6 full breakfasts, 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 2 three course dinners and Be My Guest Farewell Dinner)
Be My Guest
Farewell dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch. Admire the picturesque Scottish scenery as your hosts serve traditional Scottish cuisine and wine. The perfect way to end your trip!
Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and tasting.
Local Specialists in Edinburgh.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked on-line; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Edinburgh Rosslyn Chapel
We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. You’ll also visit one of Scotland's most unusual 15th century buildings, famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'.
Scottish Show With Dinner
Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle
Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, you’ll visit the castle and find out more about the home of the Duke of Atholl – the only man in Britain to have a private army.
Highland Farm Experience
Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Glasgow City Evening
You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.
Loch Lomond Boat Trip
Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye.
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival.
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights
Guarantees, Bonds and Awards
- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
- ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
- Part of the Trade Right Foundation
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