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Tour Itinerary

Experience the Best of Scotland from Edinburgh Castle to the eclectic streets of Glasgow. Revel in the romance and history of the Scottish Highlands and contemplate the mysterious depths of Loch Ness, before toasting bonnie Scotland’s lochs, glens and legendary locals.

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Edinburgh
    Get lost in the narrow lanes of Edinburgh – the Scottish capital with a mystical air that combines ancient heritage with the verve of a modern city. Spend your day at leisure delving into its rich history and embracing the warm culture of the Scots, before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a light meal and drinks.Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Discover Enchanting Edinburgh
    Join your Local Specialist this morning for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city. Ascend Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, which watches over the surrounding city from its elevated vantage point. Stroll through the Old Town along the Royal Mile and see the stunning Palace of Holyroodhouse before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the city's festive atmosphere.Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Venture into the Scottish Highlands
    Tread in the footsteps of the world's golfing greats and head to St. Andrews en route to the glorious Scottish Highlands. A scenic drive takes us north and across the Firth of Tay, past the city of Dundee to Pitlochry. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore its riverside setting. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cozy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.Accommodation: Highlander
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Explore Culloden, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye
    Follow the Great Glen towards Fort Augustus where we stop to view Loch ness, keeping a keen eye out for the elusive ‘Nessie'. The soul-stirring sight of Eilean Donan Castle is our last stop on the mainland before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye. The tragic battlefield of Culloden will be our final stop of the day, where we pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising.Accommodation: Highlander
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Journey to Thriving Glasgow
    Our first stop today sees us commemorate World War II history at the Commando Memorial near Fort William, from which we admire spectacular views of Britain's highest peak – Ben Nevis. We journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains that lie just beyond Glencoe to see the 'Glen of Weeping'. Here we remember the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred in 1692. Continuing towards the River Clyde, we arrive at our final stop for the day – Glasgow.Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn City Center
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Walk the Walls of Stirling Castle Connect with Locals Dive Into Culture
    Journey to Stirling, to see its hilltop fortress, which stands as a symbol of national pride. Stirling Castle was once the seat of Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots. View the Wallace Monument from the castle walls, paying tribute to the Scottish hero who fought for Scotland's independence. Later, join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard to Connect With Locals over a home-cooked Farewell Be My Guest experience, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes during lunch. Next, we head to a whiskey distillery. Here we'll Dive Into Culture and learn how whiskey is made, followed by a chance to sample a wee dram.Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn City Center
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  7. Day 7
    Farewell Glasgow
    The rugged beauty and warmth of Scotland’s people forever in your memory, we enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before wishing them and your Travel Director a fond farewell.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Dining Summary

  • 3 Dinner (D)
  • 6 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Kinlochard: Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest lunch, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes.

Dive Into Culture

  • Stirling:

Iconic Experience

  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Scottish Highlands: Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Glencoe: Visit this Highland village on Loch Leven.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square.
  • Stirling: Visit Stirling and see its castle, once the seat of Scottish royalty.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Glasgow and Stirling
  • : Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Glasgow Cathedral, Culloden Battlefield, Stirling Castle and a whisky distillery.
  • : View the 18th green at St. Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, Necropolis and George Square in Glasgow
  • : Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : Ferry from the Isle of Skye to Mallaig
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Ferry from the Isle of Skye to Mallaig
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Health and Safety Protocols for Trafalgar Tours

Trafalgar has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Trafalgar and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Trafalgar is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Trafalgar will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Trafalgar have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Trafalgar is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Trafalgar does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Trafalgar only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Trafalgar is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Do you have 2020 dates for Scotland?

2020 preview dates have just been released. Please search for 2020 Scotland tours on our website. You can filter your search results for specific dates if needed.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 43 reviews - currently showing 14 reviews with comments only

I took my 22 year old nephew with me on this tour as a gift for his college graduation. I was a bit worried he would not like the pre planned daily scheduled / excursions / dinner, but he absolutely loved it! We have not stopped sharing our experience with family and friends! I look forward to more adventures planned with Affordable Tours /Trafalgar !

Trafalgar tour Best of Scotland was exceptional! We enjoyed our tour director & our driver very much!

The tour was everything we hoped. It is well balanced between city and nature. The Isle of Skye was a highlight and well worth the long bus day. We really enjoyed the included and optional excursions that involved connecting with the local people. Highly recommended.

We toured Scotland. Out tour guide and bus driver were from Scotland which helped to make the trip arrangements go extremely well.

It was a great trip. The tour group leader (Gary) was excellent.

It would be best if they included several of the optional tours as standard part of the package. For example Rosalind Chapelle and Blair castle

It was nice to know of optional tours before leaving on vacation to allow for extra money to be set aside. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and very approachable and friendly. Mason was very helpful and returned calls quickly. Very professional.

We had a wonderful trip including an excellent tour director and bus driver.

Our tour guide Malcom was excellent. Born and raised in Scotland, he was very knowledgeable not only of the complex history of his country, but gave us a glimpse of the present daily life there. He was very attentive to our needs. And whenever the ever changing weather of the Highlands dampened plan A, he always had a very good plan B up his sleeve. I will most likely want him back as my guide for my next trip to Scotland. There is so much more to explore. Nigel, our bus driver, showed us his remarkable skill, driving us through those oh so very narrow roads up in the Highlands! Another highlight for me was to experience a shepherd farm. I can't remember the shepherd's name but to see him work with 15 plus dogs and the sheep was very interesting. The meal at the Ladard farm was also a remarkable experience. I found the people in Scotland very warm, friendly and honestly polite. My only little disappointment was that we didn't get to go in to see the Holyroodhouse, which was listed as one of the places we were going to see. We only drove around it. I was looking forward to walking this iconic site. Everything else was fantastic!

Booking agent was wonderful and assisted us in every issue; she went out of her way to make it a memorible and pleasant trip.

Rachel was our tour director and was wonderful. She offered so many tips and facts as we were on the bus. It made those long drives bearable. I would gladly book another trip with her as the director.

Kate was excellent..very knowledgeable, personale and would love to travel with her again. Ian a fabulous bus driver!

The trip was fabulous and included everything we wanted to see! The price was a great value.

Everything was smooth and professional. The group was friendly and fun to be with . The trip was a wonderful experience and I will definitely refer Trafalgar and Affordable Tours to everyone!

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