Embark on a wonderful 7-night tour of Scotland. Visit unique and traditional Scottish regions. You’ll explore wild Highland scenery, while also spending time in the rich cultural cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Edinburgh airport, meet your coach and guide. Transfer to your hotel in Edinburgh area.
Day 2: Edinburgh
Depart for a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh, and appreciate the contrast between the medieval ‘Old Town’, and the 18th century Georgian ‘New Town’ with its wide, tree-lined streets and elegant squares. The Royal Mile is the backbone of the old quarter, running from the Palace of Holyrood House to Edinburgh Castle. Visit Edinburgh Castle, one of the most famous castles in the world, housing the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. This afternoon, visit Malleny Garden, a three-acre National Trust walled garden set in nine acres of woodland. Explore the herbaceous borders, rose collection, 400-year old yews, and adjoining 17th-century house and dovecot. Dinner & overnight in the Edinburgh area.
Day 3: Edinburgh – Fife – St Andrews – Aberdeen
Depart for the Kingdom of Fife. Visit Falkland Palace, built by King James V in 1539. Continue to St Andrews, the Home of Golf. Visit St Andrews Castle, a 13th century castle overlooking the North Sea, where, during the Reformation, many evil deeds took place in the ‘Bottle Dungeon’. St Andrews Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Scotland, houses an outstanding collection of early Christian and medieval monuments. Enjoy the traditional small shops of St Andrews, and a stroll along the beaches and through the old university town. Continue to Aberdeen area. Near Stonehaven, a former fishing village with a picturesque harbour, you will enjoy a photo stop at Dunnottar Castle, a spectacular ruin 50 metres above the sea and an impregnable fortress where the Scottish crown jewels were once hidden. Dinner and overnight in Aberdeen area.
Day 4: Aberdeen – Fyvie Castle – Aberdeen
Enjoy a short city tour of Aberdeen, the granite city. Aberdeen is a maritime city with a story going back to its foundations as a royal burgh in 1124. See Duthie Park and its Winter Gardens, the largest covered display of roses in Europe, which extends over 1 hectare. Visit Pitmedden Gardens, with its formal walled parterre, and continue to Fyvie Castle, the grandest example of Scottish baronial architecture. The grounds and Fyvie Loch were designed around the beginning of the 18th century, and contain a garden of Scottish cultivated fruits. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Edinburgh – Crathes Castle- Speyside – Inverness Area
Depart Aberdeen. Visit Crathes Castle, a 16th century castle built on lands granted to the Burnett family by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. Continue through Speyside, and visit a Whisky Distillery, where malt whisky, the ‘water of life’, is distilled and matured. After an audio-visual introduction, tour the distillery, and take the opportunity to sample the whisky before you leave. Continue to Inverness area for dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Day 6: Inverness – Loch Ness – Glasgow Area
Take a city tour of Inverness, the ancient capital of the Highlands. Depart for Loch Ness, the largest body of water in the Great Glen running from Inverness to Fort William, and said to be home to the Loch Ness Monster. On the loch banks, visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, one of the largest castles in Scotland, which played a role in the Scottish Wars of Independence. Continue along the Caledonian Canal towards Fort William. Drive through the dramatic and historic Glencoe, a glen of volcanic origins, said to be the birthplace of Ossian. Continue via Loch Lomond, the largest stretch of inland water in Britain, framed by lovely mountain scenery. Dinner and overnight in Glasgow area.
Day 7: Ayrshire
This morning you will depart for a panoramic city tour of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music, and houses the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, and the National Theatre of Scotland. Considered one of Europe’s most exciting and beautiful destinations, it offers the energy and sophistication of any great international city, with a shopping experience second only to London. Visit Robert Adam’s Culzean Castle, one of the most romantic in Scotland, high on a cliff above the Firth of Clyde. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Edinburgh/Glasgow airport for your return flight home.