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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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    • 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. Trafalgar includes tickets and arrangements for our guests for every trip in this brochure that stays in Edinburgh during the Tattoo dates above.
    • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on the departures 02 August, 05 August, 09 August, 12 August, 16 August and 19 August
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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. Trafalgar includes tickets and arrangements for our guests for every trip in this brochure that stays in Edinburgh during the Tattoo dates above.
      • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on the departures 02 August, 05 August, 09 August, 12 August, 16 August and 19 August
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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 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

      The land of the ancients - cliff-top castles, standing stones and Rob Roy. Travel from Scotland's literary capital, Edinburgh, to feisty Glasgow, the heart and home of golf, St. Andrews, and the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe, as your quest takes you past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and Glengoyne Whisky Distillery for a well-deserved wee dram.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: BBOS

      6 Nights

      accommodation

      10 Meals
      • 6 full breakfasts

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Edinburgh

        • Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling

        • 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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 6 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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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)

        • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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

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

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

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      Day 2

      Edinburgh Sightseeing

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      Day 3

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

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      Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highlands Excursion

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      Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights)

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      Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion

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      Depart Glasgow

      Day 1

      Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

      Get lost among the enchanting cobbled lanes of Edinburgh - the quirky Scottish capital with a mystical air that combines ancient heritage with the verve of a modern city. Spend your day at leisure exploring 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.

      Hotel

      Novotel Centre

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Novotel Centre

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Edinburgh Sightseeing Day 2 - Edinburgh Sightseeing

      Join your Local Specialist this morning for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city. Ascend Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, watching imposingly over the surrounding cityscape. Meander through the picturesque Old Town along the Royal Mile and see the stunning Palace of Holyroodhouse before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the city's charming atmosphere. If your travel dates coincide with the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the magnificent Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

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

      Tread in the footsteps of the world's golfing greats and head to St. Andrews, the home of golf en route to the glorious Scottish Highlands. A scenic drive brings us north and across the Dundee Firth to the picturesque village of Pitlochry. Spend your afternoon rambling through the village's charming river-side setting, browse its woollen crafts or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end over a cosy dinner at our hotel sharing tales of the day with our fellow travellers.

      Hotel

      Laggan Gaskmore Authentic Accommodation/Highlander

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Laggan Gaskmore Authentic Accommodation/Highlander

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highlands Excursion Day 4 - Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highlands Excursion

      Meandering to the coast, we arrive in Mallaig where we'll board our ferry and cross to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Heather-clad peaks provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive around the breathtaking Sleat Peninsula where we will have some free time to enjoy lunch before crossing a road bridge back to the mainland. The rugged beauty of Eilean Donan Castle will leave you speechless before you continue your journey past the lochs and glens of the Highlands to the tragic battlefield of Culloden. Pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the fierce final battle of the Jacobite Uprising before returning to your hotel this evening.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights) Day 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, where we admire spectacular views of Britain's highest peak - Ben Nevis. We journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains that lie just beyond the quaint village of Glencoe to see the "Glen of the Weeping" and remember the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred in 1692. Continuing towards the River Clyde, we arrive in our final stop for the day - Glasgow.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion Day 6 - Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion

      Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your fascinating orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Begin your day seeing Glasgow's iconic sights. Enjoy views of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the epicentre of shipbuilding. Spend some time at leisure before we travel to visit the hilltop fortress of Stirling Castle. Today a symbol of national pride, the royal residence 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, we indulge in a Cultural Insight at Glengoyne Whisky Distillery and enjoy a wee dram before we join the Wood family at their 15th century historical farms on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Be My Guest Farewell Dinner, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-taping Ceilidh tunes.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Depart Glasgow Day 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.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 7

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/uk/tours/best-of-scotland for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Enjoy Highland hospitality at Laggan Gaskmore Hotel located within Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands

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

      • Cultural Insights
        Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and a tasting of their unique Highland single malt whisky

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Edinburgh

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      What's Included

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        • City tour in Edinburgh

        • Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling

        • 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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 6 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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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)

        • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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

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

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        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.


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        Service rating : Everything was well organized. All activities were efficiently conducted. Our guide and bus driver made everything transparent to us. We would gladly take another trip done by Trafalgar.Product : We saw everything that we wanted to see. And lucky for us the weather was perfect!

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        Service rating : The Tour director was great. We arrived and our baggage was delayed. My friend didn't have any cooler weather gear so the director gave her some warmer clothes till ours arrived. The tour itself was great local experts were knowledgeable and interesting to listen too. The tour

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        Service rating : Absolutely would travel again with them. Tour guide Kate & driver Ian were top rate- professional, caring, couteous, kind and had a great sense of humor. Learned a lot about history to present day. Comfortable accommodations, great sites visited, amazingly clean bus...all made

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        Service rating : Fabulous experience. Our Tour Director Joel was wonderful. His knowledge of Places, History and Events was great! We would not hesitate to use Trafalger again!Product : The experiences are wonderful memories! Some of the extras were amazing add on's and we were so glad we

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