Scotland is always an interesting place to visit, it’s a place of mythical creatures, highlands, interesting food, men who wear skirts and whiskey. Or better yet that’s what people think about when they think about the place, modern-day Scotland on the other hand offers so much more.
Scotland’s geography is rather varied, it is in fact divided into three distinct areas: the Southern Uplands, the Central Lowlands and the northern Highlands and Islands.
Surely very few of those who travel to Scotland for the first time will be aware of what most of the country offers as far as attractions and activities go, most visitors won’t be aware of the great fishing and other country sport opportunities that the country offers, or the potential of getting involved with activities such as riding, rock climbing, paragliding, skydiving and let’s not forget golf – this is after all the country that invented the sport, so golf enthusiasts will jump at the opportunity to play a round in the place that spawned it all.
Day 1 Arrival and Day at Leisure
Arrival at Edinburgh airport, where you are met and transferred to the 4 star Scotsman Hotel (or similar 4 star hotel) with accommodation in superior room including breakfast daily.
City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour of Edinburgh Open-top double-decker sightseeing tour Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Royal Mile, Our Dynamic Earth Hop on and off at 14 stops around the city Onboard commentary Ticket valid for 24 hours Venture through Edinburgh with ease on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Use your 24-hour pass to board the open-top double-decker bus at any stop. Travel the entire route in one hour, or hop off at any of the 14 stops to explore further on your own. You’ll get to know the 15th-century capital of Scotland and its dramatic skyline with onboard commentary about the sights. Edinburgh bus tour highlights include the Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyrood House, the historic Royal Mile, Our Dynamic Earth and much more.
Day 2 Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh with Optional Whisky Tour
Start your tour by leaving Edinburgh and make your way to the ancient Scottish capital of Stirling, its skyline dominated by its castle and the iconic Wallace Monument. Learn about Scotland’s most famous patriot and his part in the medieval Wars of Independence. Drive further into the Highlands with the chance to spot one of Scotland’s famous residents, the ‘Hairy Cow’. Continue on through the scenic beauty of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. We pass the shimmering beauty of Loch Earn before stopping for lunch at one of Scotland’s most famous whisky distilleries. Continue on to the Hermitage in the heart of Perthshire and take a short woodland walk to see the spectacular Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. Visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, in Macbeth country, whose stunning cathedral sits by the banks of the River Tay. Conclude your tour in Edinburgh, passing by the iconic Forth Bridge on the way. Whisky Distillery Tour The guided tour will give you an insight into how ‘uisge beatha’ (the ‘water of life’) is made and takes you on a journey to discover the history behind one of Scotland’s most iconic exports.
Day 3 Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour
Meet your guide at 124 High Street in front of Starbucks to join the Castle Tour. Skip the often long entry line and proceed directly into the castle for your 1.5-hour walking tour. During the walking tour, learn the secrets of this famous castle, including seeing one of the world’s few official dog cemeteries and the smallest shrine in the world. Walk through Crown Square, the main courtyard of the castle. See the Crown Jewels of Scotland, including the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish monarchs. Visit the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and the National War Museum, which enables you to learn more about battles that have shaped Scottish history. After the conclusion of your walking tour, you are free to stay and explore the castle independently for as long as you like.
Day 4 Departure
This trip includes:
3 nights at 4* Scotsman Hotel (or similar) in superior room with Breakfast Daily
Tours Mentioned above
Roundtrip airport/rail station to hotel transportation
This trip doesn’t include:
Meals and beverages not indicated in “The rate includes”
Local city tax (about € 3,5/5 per person per night)
Entry fees to sights and museums unless noted
Transportation to tour meeting points and from tour end point unless noted