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What comes to mind when you think of Scotland? The rugged beauty of the country's Highlands, the pageantry of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, or maybe the distinct smoky flavor of scotch? You can experience all these and much more on our 7 - 21 day Scotland tours.

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Tour magical Scotland, where you’ll lose yourself in a delightful land of legends and romance. From cozy old-fashioned pubs to misty moors, our Scotland vacation packages to this northern land will capture your heart. Whether you crave the majestic moors and lochs of the Highlands or the cultured, captivating cities of the south, our trips to Scotland will enchant you. Explore the cobbled lanes of historic cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh, where the streets are lined with magnificent architectural relics from medieval to Georgian. Historic cathedrals, castles, abbeys, and estates will invite your imagination into centuries gone by. In the Highlands, trod on ancient battlefields and linger loch-side, gazing at dramatic mountains and herds of shaggy Highland cattle. Watch the mist roll through prehistoric pagan stone circles and envelop castles flanked by green hillsides. You’ll taste the landscape from north to south in iconic Scotch whisky, flavored with peat from Scottish bogs and aged in oak. Don’t know what you want to see? Start with our guide to The Best Things to Do in Scotland. 

Scottish Highlands  

Our Scottish Highlands tours take you to a land of drama and wide, windswept panoramas, where a network of mountain ranges has kept the population small and nature glorious.  See rugged Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, soar above Fort William. Surveil the surface of the 23-mile-long Loch Ness, seeking the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. Check out the shops and pubs of charming Inverness, protected from the North Sea by Moray Firth. Nearby, explore Culloden Moor Visitor Center and learn how Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was defeated in 1746. Our Scottish vacation packages are renowned for the stunning scenery accompanying your journey to Thurso, Britain’s most northerly town, and nearby John O’Groats, an ancient Norse port, and fishing village.  

Scottish Lowlands  

Visit the Scottish Lowlands, where Glasgow and Edinburgh have roots going back 15 centuries. Dynamic Glasgow, the largest shipping port in Scotland, hums with energy as home to cultural attractions like ballet, opera, symphony, and art museums. Visit Edinburgh, renowned for its famous Fringe Festival and pedestrian paradise. Gothic, Georgian, and neoclassical facades line the streets, and the fortified 12th-century Edinburgh Castle, housing the Scottish Crown Jewels, overlooks it all from its perch on Castle Rock. Get a taste of the city’s past with a stroll along the Royal Mile, through the Old Town, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the British Monarch’s official residence in Scotland. Visitors on an Edinburgh tour in August may witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

Other cultural touchstones include Alloway, the birthplace of celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns; the wonderfully intact Alnwick Castle, a film location representing Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films; and Stirling Castle, the royal residence of Mary, Queen of Scots, and several Scottish kings and queens. On the English border, Quaint Gretna Green gained fame as a wedding destination for young eloping English couples. Explore Scotland’s two first National Parks: the vast Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Let’s not forget the waterfront city of Dundee, distinguished for its status as the first UNESCO City of Design and the original home of marmalade. 

Scottish Isles  

Scotland has over 900 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Our Scotland travel packages take you to the best of the Orkney Islands off the north coast, dividing the North Atlantic and the North Sea, and two islands of the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Mull. The Orkney Islands are accessed by boat from John O’Groats, the most northerly inhabited village in mainland Britain. Meet the rugged people of these beautiful Scottish Islands, who say they live ‘below the wind and above the water. Enjoy the majestic countryside, dramatic coastlines, and tranquil pace. This remote place harbors fascinating features, from pagan stone circles to WWII relics. Few castles are more picturesque than the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle on the way to the Isle of Skye. It’s reached by bridge on a tiny island where three sea lochs meet. The Isle of Skye is the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides, rich in wild scenery and sweeping views. Just south lies the Isle of Mull, with a picturesque seaside town of brightly colored houses. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Scotland Tours  

  • How many days do you need to see Scotland?  
    If the major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are on your agenda, they each deserve at least two days. While the Highlands and the Lowlands each merit a week, a 7–10-day tour will give you an excellent introduction to the country.  
  • Do you need a visa to travel to Scotland? 
    No visa is required to visit Scotland.  
  • Is Scotland a separate country?  
    Scotland is a country and a sovereign state within Great Britain, which consists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.  
  • What is the best time of year to visit Scotland?  
    Scotland is fairly far north, with a similar latitude to the Alaska panhandle or Denmark. Summer visitors will enjoy long days and short nights, while shoulder season visitors may encounter more of the wet, chilly weather that keeps the moors and mountains green and the people hardy. 
  • Where is the most beautiful place in Scotland? 
    It’s hard to top the highlands, celebrated for the stunning scenery and dramatic skies. Prehistoric ruins and mighty castles dot the striking landscapes guaranteeing indelible memories.  
  • What is considered the Scottish Highlands?  
    The “Highlands” refers to the mountainous area in the north of Scotland, where the rocky landscape and limited agriculture contributed to smaller, isolated communities and fervent clan loyalty. In contrast, the area known as the Lowlands, which lie to the south, is more hospitable to agriculture, with rolling hills and urbanization.  

Why You Should Visit Scotland  

Rugged, tranquil, and mysterious, Scotland is an exceptional destination. From dense green highland forests to foreboding ancient castles, it’s a land of endless natural and man-made treasures waiting to be discovered. Uncover the secrets of centuries past as you take in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrews, where golf originated. Along the way, embrace the heart of Scottish culture and its long-standing passion for festivals, bagpipes, history, and more. Scotland is a heart-pounding, awe-inspiring country unlike any other. The terrain, towns, castles, and cathedrals evoke mythic imagery of ancient deities, Lord of the Rings, fairy tales, and folklore. Expect vistas, views that take your breath away, and endless skies embracing emerald moors.  

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