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Best of Scotland

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $1,935 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Tours of Scotland with bagpipers

Countries Visited

United Kingdom ...more United Kingdom

Locations Visited

Edinburgh, St Andrews, Pitlochry, Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Glasgow, Stirling ...more Edinburgh, St Andrews, Pitlochry, Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Glasgow, Stirling
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Edinburgh

    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.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Novotel Centre/Apex Haymarket
  2. Day 2 Discover Enchanting Edinburgh

    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. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Venture into the Scottish Highlands

    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 located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Laggan/Craiglynne
  4. Day 4 Explore Culloden, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye

    Continue your journey to the tragic battlefield of Culloden. Pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising, then travel past Scotland's infamous Loch Ness. The solitary beauty of Eilean Donan Castle will leave you speechless before you continue  to the coast and cross to the Isle of Skye. Heather-clad peaks provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive across the Sleat Peninsula. Indulge in some free time for lunch before boarding your ferry in Armadale and crossing to Mallaig, back on the mainland.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Journey to Thriving Glasgow

    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 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  6. Day 6 Walk the Walls of Stirling Castle

    Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Begin your day seeing Glasgow's iconic sights. Enjoy views of the Necropolis, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the centre of shipbuilding. Continue 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, we Dive Into Culture at Glengoyne whisky distillery and enjoy a wee dram before joining the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard to Connect With Locals over a home-cooked Be My Guest Farewell Dinner, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  7. Day 7 Farewell Glasgow

    The rugged beauty and warmth of Scotland’s people forever in your memory, we enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before wishing them and your Travel Director a fond farewell. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Scotland
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 2 Dinners
  • 6 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Ferry from the Isle of Skye to Mallaig
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Glasgow and Stirling
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Glasgow Cathedral, Culloden Battlefield, Stirling Castle and Glengoyne whisky distillery in Glasgow
  • View the 18th green at St. Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, Necropolis and George Square in Glasgow
  • Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates
  • Connect With Locals Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest dinner, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and a tasting of their unique Highland single malt whisky.

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Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Friday, September 16, 2022
Service
The team was very helpful in getting an misspelling of my wife's name correct without and change to our airfares.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour of Scotland. It truly is a spectacular country to visit. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help you plan and book this memorable trip. We appreciate your feedback and kind words. Take care!
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Vacation
We had a great trip touring all around Scotland. Edinburgh is an amazing city and the Tatoo was fantastic.
Trusted Customer
Friday, September 9, 2022
Service
Definitely would recommend them! A few problems but after three years waiting we finally got to take the trip. The travel Specialists we interacted with were excellent but at least one of my emails was not answered. Originally with Barbara who was great! A good cook also!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so excited to hear you were finally able to take your trip to Scotland after having to wait three years. Barbara is definitely a gem. We are glad you enjoyed working with her. Thank you so much for leaving such a positive review and recommending our services. We truly appreciate your business. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Vacation
It was very packed but well worth the wait. The tattoo was wonderful. Our travel guide was excellent as were the driver and medical support person. We saw so much in such a short period of time but never really felt any of the sights were slighted. There were some extras that weren’t on the itinerary which were super.
Carl Smith Jr
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Service
Customer service was very good during the Covid years. And rescheduling the trip several times was very easy. There was always a person to talk to, Usually Tess, who knew all of the details and difficulties we were having.
Vacation
To much time on the bus without seeing alot. A 12 hour day going to the isle of Skye only to stop for lunch at a petrol station. This time could have been used in a more productive way. We had a wellness director assigned to the trip that really served no purpose because she never mentioned the wearing of masks to those who were continually coughing, and a out half of the tour group tested positive for Covid after we got home. ( this fact was gleaned from a private facebook group that was set up by our tour director)
Diane Smith
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Service
Tess was a wonderful contact during these 3 years. Yes, if a river cruise. Bus tours are no longer for me. I can't ride for hours on a daily basis.
Vacation
Too many hours on the bus. Also, a health and wellness directors salary could be of better use elsewhere. Last day 3 people stayed at hotel as they were sick. Last night I got sick, both my husband and I have had covid for the past week. Lots of coughing on bus, we're not advised except 1st evening to wear masks.
Steven Brown
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Service
It was easy and the follow up was great
Response from Grand European Travel:
Oh my goodness! It sounds like you had a fabulous trip and thoroughly enjoyed Scotland. We are so excited to have helped you plan this wonderful vacation. We thank you for your kind words!
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Vacation
Andrew was a fabulous tour guide and Carl was a great driver. We got lucky with no rain over the 6 days. The trip did not disappoint and exceeded our expectation. The welcome and goodbye dinners and experience was EXCEPTIONAL. At 67 this was first tour trip and I was surprised at how GREAT it was!
Elizabeth Miller
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Service
Everyone I spoke to in the planning process was very kind and professional. In this new world of travel, they were able to answer my questions and set up everything that was required in a way that did not hinder our travel experience at all.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It certainly is a new world of travel but we couldn't be happier to see that it didn't stop you from enjoying the beauty of Scotland. Thank you!
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Vacation
Everything about the trip was highly enjoyable and well planned.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Service
The tour was well-planned, accommodations were very nice, and the tour guide was fantastic.
Vacation
The trip was very nice, and when the Edinburgh Castle was closed, the tour guide found suitable alternatives. Some of the stops seemed a little rushed, but other than that everything went very well. Kate Allen was an excellent guide.
Carolyn Abbott
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Service
Great.....This trip was with 20 people and details already set up. We just joined in.
Vacation
Our guide had a little bit of an ego problem. When she told the person that got our trip together that "I'm in charge now" I knew not to buck her. Our leader is very meek and soft spoken and would have never bothered her authority.
Paula Arsenault
Friday, October 25, 2019
Service
James was awesome, funny, informative and very helpful.
Vacation
everything was first class, travel was slow enough for my handicapped husband and James was terrific.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is so fantastic to hear! Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
Friday, October 25, 2019
Trusted Customer
Friday, October 11, 2019
Service
We were contacted a few extra times to be sure we we happy and had received our documents.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We pride ourselves on our service and it seems that everything went perfectly with your booking and trip. Thank you!
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Vacation
Very well organized and beautiful. Great coach and driver and knowledgeable guide.
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