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Best of Scotland

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $1,975 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Close up of bagpipers in blue, Scotland

Countries Visited

United Kingdom ...more United Kingdom

Locations Visited

Edinburgh, Laggan, Armadale, Mallaig, Glasgow, Kinlochard, Stirling ...more Edinburgh, Laggan, Armadale, Mallaig, Glasgow, Kinlochard, Stirling
  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.

    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 journey past Scotland's infamous Loch Ness. The rugged beauty of Eilean Donan Castle will leave you speechless before you continue your journey 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. Journey 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 memories, 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

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Glasgow and Stirling
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Glagow Cathedral, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle
  • View the 18th green at St. Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, Necropolis, George Square and Glengoyne whiskey distillery in Glasgow
  • Connect with Locals Join the Wood family at their 15th-century historical 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. (Day 6)
  • 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. (Day 6)

Dates & Prices

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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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh with our Local Specialist to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel. One of Scotland's most unusual 15th-century buildings, Rossyln is famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code.'
Adult Price: £21

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £48

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 Scottish 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: £62

Scottish Highlands

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

Set on its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remaining private army. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Blair has hosted royalty from Mary, Queen of Scots to Queen Victoria.
Adult Price: £20

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 feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: £15

Loch Lomond

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 savor the stunning scenery.
Adult Price: £15


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: £37

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Saturday, February 22, 2020
The tour was well-planned, accommodations were very nice, and the tour guide was fantastic.
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
Great.....This trip was with 20 people and details already set up. We just joined in.
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
James was awesome, funny, informative and very helpful.
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
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
Very well organized and beautiful. Great coach and driver and knowledgeable guide.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 7, 2019
Everyone was very helpful whenever I called with questions and made me feel I was in good hands.
The guide and bus driver were very helpful and made the trip very enjoyable and informative.
Ruth Baird
Sunday, October 6, 2019
It was a wonderful trip and amazing sites to see as we are from this country. Love the places we stayed at and the people were so helpful when I need it.
everyone was great and great information and history along the way. Kept us all up and ready for a new adventure at every castle and site.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Everything was arranged very well and everyone was very helpful along the way.
Our vacation was wonderful! Our only suggestion would be to only spend one night in the highland motel and then spend one night somewhere near skye, allowing time to explore the island.
Michelle Albanese
Monday, September 9, 2019
They answered all of my questions, gave me timely reminders, and made the booking process easy.
It was a trip of a life time. I had dreamed of walking in the footsteps of my ancestors my entire life. Our tour guide, Andrew, was knowledgeable of the area and the history, throwing in extra facts and small side trips which added to our experiences. For the most part we didn't feel rushed which was one of my fears taking a guided tour. The pictures are of Blair Castle (my ancestral home), Glasgow Cathedral, and Stirling Castle (another ancestral home). I enjoyed every minute. A guided tour was definitely the way to go in an area you aren't familiar with. We had no stress like we would have trying to figure out where to go, how to get there, and then driving on the wrong side of the road. We will know for next time what we want to see and those places we need more time for our next trip to Scotland. We will definite take another Trafalgar Tour when we got to Italy and then Ireland.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
It was very easy to book this trip to "The Best of Scotland". The agent was informative and explained all that was involved with this wonderful trip.
Fabulous experience! I saw all that I'd hoped to see during this comprehensive trip. Some of my favorites included castles (of course), the shepherd working with his sheep dogs was amazing. The Tattoo in Edinburgh was an experience I will not forget. The visit to the special dinners at both venues was great fun. The music was lovely. Our tour guide, James Smith, was delightful and patient with all of us. Thank you for providing this wonderful adventure.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Customer service is stellar.
There were a lot of stops with not much time. James and Tommy were excellent and had a chemistry making it seem they were good friends, but in fact this was the first time together. Everyone in the group was fun. I would do it again in a heartbeat. The Military Tattoo was a bucket list item and it did not disappoint. It was a magnificent show.
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