Tour the Castles of Scotland
Tour the Castles of Scotland!
7 Day Scottish Castle Tour
Edinburgh, dominated by a medieval castle, has one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, making it the ideal city break destination. Discover world-class museums and galleries. From the world famous Festivals to top-class restaurants and bars, not to mention fabulous shopping, you'll be spoilt for choice. Glasgow is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan city destinations in Europe. The city has been reborn as a centre of style and vitality set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, the best shopping in the United Kingdom outside London, and the most vibrant and exciting nightlife in Scotland.
Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh
On arrival in Edinburgh, you will be met by a chauffeur driven car and transferred to your city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy this magnificent city, which is dominated by a medieval castle on a towering crag and the Royal Mile with its museums and visitor centers on everything from weaving to childhood toys. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 2: Edinburgh City Tour and the History of Whisky
Today, take an open top bus tour of the City. Highlights include Holyrood Palace, Parliament Buildings, Greyfriars Bobby and the domineering Edinburgh Castle (admission to Edinburgh Castle is included). Later today, learn about whisky making on The Scotch Whisky Experience tour. Experience for yourself the varying aromas of our regional whiskies and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky favors our experts will help you select your perfect dram. Enter the vault containing the world's largest collection of Scotch Whiskies and enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting of your dram. Conclude your visit exploring Scotland's whisky history from the very beginnings of a cottage industry through to the global success of today. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 3: Loch Ness & the Highlands
Depart from Edinburgh on a full day tour to Loch Ness & the Highlands. Our journey northwards takes us through Rob Roy MacGregor country to desolate Rannoch Moor. We'll travel through haunting Glen Coe, the "Glen of Weeping". In 1692 40 of the resident MacDonald clan were massacred in cold blood by the Campbells for not forswearing the Jacobite cause. It is said that you can still hear their cries! We'll make a stop in this awe-inspiring place so that you can marvel at the natural beauty of the glen for yourself. Next we travel to Fort William, which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis—Britain's tallest mountain. A real highlight is our drive through the Great Glen which is also the route taken by the Caledonian Canal. We will crisscross the canal several times as we make our way to Inverness. The Great Glen contains three lochs which will offer us spectacular vistas. Firstly Loch Lochy then Loch Oich and lastly Loch Ness. The pretty little village of Fort Augustus is our gateway to Scotland's largest and most famous loch. We will tour the entire length of Loch Ness, stopping at Urquhart Castle for a photograph. Here you can visit the Castle and enjoy a cruise on the loch— could that shadow be the monster? Shortly we will arrive in Inverness. We will make a further stop so that you can discover the Capital of the Highlands for yourself. Later we will start our journey southwards through the Spey Valley then on to the dramatic scenery of Glen Garry. We'll make a brief stop for refreshments in the rolling Perthshire countryside before we head for Perth then Edinburgh arriving back around 21:00hrs. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 4: Edinburgh to Glasgow
Travel by train from Edinburgh's Waverly Rail Station to Glasgow's Queen Street Rail Station. As the journey time is only 60 minutes and trains run very frequently you can select a departure time to suit yourself. You will be transferred by chauffeur driven car to the Railway Station in Edinburgh and met by a chauffeur drive car in railway Station in Glasgow and transferred to you Glasgow hotel. The remainder of the day is free for some personal sightseeing, shopping or just relaxing in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Overnight in Glasgow.
Day 5: Glasgow City Tour
Explore one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe. The most vibrant and exciting of Scottish cities boasts excellent museums and art galleries as well as beautiful parklands and buildings. To complete your tour of Glasgow a visit to Glasgow Cathedral is included in your package. Glasgow Cathedral, also called the High Kirk of Glasgow or St Kentigern's or St Mungo's Cathedral, is today a congregation of the Church of Scotland in Glasgow. Originally a Roman Catholic cathedral, the building is a superb example of Scottish Gothic architecture. It is also one of the Scottish medieval churches ( and the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland ) to have survived the Reformation unscathed. The rood screen is also a very rare survivor in Scottish churches. Technically, the building is no longer a cathedral, since it has not been the seat of a bishop since 1690. However, like the vast majority of pre-Reformation cathedrals in Scotland, it is still a place of active Christian worship, hosting a Church of Scotland congregation. The building itself is in the ownership of the Crown, is maintained by Historic Scotland and is also a popular destination for tourists. Remainder of the day is free. Overnight in Glasgow.
Day 6: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Glengoyne Distillery
Start with a drive to the medieval city of Stirling. Here there is an opportunity to visit Stirling Castle. The castle overlooks the ancient city of Stirling and is one of the historic buildings that have come to symbolize the spirit of Scotland. Our extended stop in Stirling will allow a leisurely visit to the Castle or the chance to explore the town itself. The Trossachs is a wonderful area of lochs and wild mountain vistas. We travel by Loch Venachar then climb the dramatic Dukes Pass to the pretty village of Aberfoyle, where we will make a stop for lunch (not included). Loch Lomond is the largest stretch of inland water in Britain and we'll make a stop here so you can take a stroll along the "bonnie, bonnie banks". Our last stop of the day is to pretty Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery. As well as having a behind the scenes tour to learn all about the distiller's art there will be a chance to taste the end product too! Overnight in Glasgow.
Day 7: Glasgow and Home This morning you say farewell to Glasgow. A chauffeur driven car will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Glasgow Airport for return flight home.
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*flights not included
- 6 Nights hotel accommodation in three star hotels
- All accommodation is Pre-booked for Self Drive (excludes car)
- Rates are per person based on double occupancy
- Rates are inclusive of Service Charge and 20% VAT
- Based on GBP/USD conversion of 1.00/1.56 (subject to change)
- Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
- Tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh including tasting
- Full day Coach Tour of Loch Ness & the Highlands (Cruise is an optional extra)
- Full day Coach Tour of Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle
- Stirling Castle and Glengoyne Distillery are optional extras)
• Child supplements are ON REQUEST and apply when a child between 3 and 12 years is sharing with 2 full paying adults with a maximum of 2 children in the room. A child sharing with a single adult is charged the normal per person rate. Children sharing 0-2 years are free and meals paid directly to the hotel.
Price Does Not Include
- International flights, or flights of any nature
- Travel Insurance
- Self-drive car rental
- Daily meals, except breakfast
- Vehicle fuel, maps, tolls, parking fees
- Items of a personal nature
- Adapted wheelchair accessible van*
*All of our wheelchair accessible vacations are created for self-drive by standard rental car or by chauffeur driven accessible van. Self drive accessible vans are not available for hire in Scotland. Self drive accessible vans can be delivered from England.
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