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Best of Scotland

7 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

Enjoy Scotland: experience its cities, and discover its castles, legends and lochs.

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    • Drinking Water: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle.
    • New Year's Eve Highlights: The 31 December 2019 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Edinburgh.
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      • Drinking Water: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle.
      • New Year's Eve Highlights: The 31 December 2019 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Edinburgh.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Travel from Scotland's literary capital, Edinburgh and Glasgow to the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe, as your quest takes you past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: WBOS

      6 Nights

      accommodation

      10 Meals
      • 6 breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)

      • 3 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Edinburgh

        • ORIENTATION of Glasgow and Stirling

        • VISIT Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle

        • VIEW the 18th green at St Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, People's Palace and Winter Gardens and George Square in Glasgow


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 6 breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 3 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      1. Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

      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 Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks..

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Leonardo Royal

      2. Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

      Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.

      Adult Price: £48.00

      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. One of Scotland's most unusual 15th-century buildings, Rossyln is famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'.

      Adult Price: £21.00

      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.

      Adult Price: £60.00

      3. Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

      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 river-side setting or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cosy dinner at our hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Highlander Hotel

      Optional Experiences

      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 lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.

      Adult Price: £15.00

      Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

      Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remaining private army. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Blair has hosted royalty from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Victoria.

      Adult Price: £20.00

      4. Culloden, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Skye

      The tragic battlefield of Culloden is our first stop on this full-day sightseeing exploration through the Scottish Highlands “over the sea to Skye” and back. We pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising, then proceed to Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness keeping a keen eye out for our ever-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 and continue our scenic drive across the enchanting Sleat Peninsula. Later, we return to the Scottish Highlands and our accommodation for the night.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Dinner

      5. Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights)

      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 the 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. Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Enjoy views of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the centre of shipbuilding.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Hilton Garden Inn City Centre

      Optional Experiences

      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.

      Adult Price: £37.00

      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.

      Adult Price: £15.00

      6. Stirling Castle Excursion

      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 Lunch, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes. Then head to Glengoyne whisky distillery. Here we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and learn how whisky is made, followed by a chance to sample a wee dram.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Be My Guest Dinner

      7. Depart Glasgow

      The rugged beauty and warmth of Scotland's people forever in your memories, we enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before wishing them and your Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-za/tours/best-of-scotland?season=winter%202019%202020&tripcode=wbos for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Join the Wood family at their 15th-century historical 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. (Day 6)

      • Dive in Culture
        Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and a tasting of their unique Highland single malt whisky. (Day 6)

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Edinburgh

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Edinburgh

        • ORIENTATION of Glasgow and Stirling

        • VISIT Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle

        • VIEW the 18th green at St Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, People's Palace and Winter Gardens and George Square in Glasgow


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 6 breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 3 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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