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Best of Scotland

7 Days 1 Country 12 Cities

Enjoy Scotland at a leisurely pace: experience its cities, and discover its castles, legends and lochs.

"Everything was exceptional"

Michael from USA

About this trip

The urban hubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Legends and lochs. Castles and country. This leisurely look at Scotland covers the essentials – but still has time to stop for a ‘wee dram' or two.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… being greeted by father and son farmers at their working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard, who recount legends of local outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor and share homespun dishes with you in their barn.


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: BBOS

6 Nights

accommodation

10 Meals
  • 6 full breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Day 2

Edinburgh Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 3

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

Day 4

Isle of Skye and Scenic Highlands Excursion

Day 5

Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights)

Day 6

Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion

Day 7

Depart Glasgow

Day 1

Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

On arrival, relax and explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, which includes a light meal and drinks.

Hotel

Novotel City Centre

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Edinburgh Sightseeing and At Leisure

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 Holyroodhouse 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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'.

Adult Price: £17.50

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: £54.00

Day 2

Day 3

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

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.

Hotel

Highlander/Laggan/Morlich

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

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 pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.

Adult Price: £13.00

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.

Adult Price: £20.00

Day 3

Day 4

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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights)

Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking 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.

Hotel

Radisson Blu

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

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: £34.00

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: £13.00

Day 5

Day 6

Glasgow Orientation and 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 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 7

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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

The Trafalgar Difference

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    One of the most spectacular annual events is the Edinburgh Tattoo. It is simply not to be missed. Military bands from all over the world take to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle to play rousing tunes culminating in the haunting bugle call of the Last Post. The Tattoo is run for charitable causes and has donated over £5 million to military and civilian charities and organisations.

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Edinburgh.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and tasting.

  • Be My Guest
    Dinner of traditional Scottish cuisine and wine at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch. The perfect way to end your trip.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Edinburgh

    • Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling

    • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye and Clan Donald Centre, Glasgow Cathedral and Stirling Castle

    • View the 18th green at St Andrews, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 full breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival.

    • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye.

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

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


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The Trafalgar Experience

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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 91 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : Our tour director, Vanessa, was wonderful. She was flexible and was very sensitive to needs and preferences of the tour guests. Our bus driver was top notch. He was an excellent driver.Product : The itinerary could use some fixing. There were a few disappointments:-Edinburgh

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    Service rating : Excellent service. Well informed tour guide, extremely well organized tour, courteous and friendly driver. Fellow passengers courteous and interesting.Product : Excellent itinerary. We took advantage of all the optional experiences, making each day very busy! In hind sight, would

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    Service:

    Service rating : some very thoughtful things - a nip of something alcoholic and a biscuit one time; a thoughtful washroom break before we went to the catered dinner at the sheep farm. Well organized.Product : the itinerary was good, lots of castles and amazing majestic scenery - mountains and

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    Service rating : Overall, tour director was fine, driver was very helpful and locations we visited and things that we saw were very nice. Biggest issue was the accommodations which for several days on the trip was unacceptable. I don't think I could ever do another Trafalgar tour or recommend to

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    • Please Note: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands are generally simpler establishments typical of the region.
    • Edinburgh Tattoo 5-27 August 2016: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departures 4 August 2016, 7 August 2016, 11 August 2016, 14 August 2016, 18 August 2016 and 21 August 2016.
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