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Best of Scotland

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $1,135 per person
Scottish Pipers

Countries Visited

UK ...more UK

Locations Visited

Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Inverness, Highland Folk Museum, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Glasgow, Ben Nevis, Stirling Castle ...more Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Inverness, Highland Folk Museum, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Glasgow, Ben Nevis, Stirling Castle
  1. Day 1 Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

    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 Leonardo Royal
  2. Day 2 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

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

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Highlander Hotel
  4. Day 4 Culloden, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Skye

    The tragic battlefield of Culloden is our first stop on this full-day sightseeing exploration through the Scottish Highlands “over the sea to Skye” and back. We pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising, then proceed to Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness keeping a keen eye out for our ever-elusive ‘Nessie’. The soul-stirring sight of Eilean Donan Castle is our last stop on the mainland before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye and continue our scenic drive across the enchanting Sleat Peninsula. Later, we return to the Scottish Highlands and our accommodation for the night.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  5. 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, 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 the 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. Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Enjoy views of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the centre of shipbuilding.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn City Centre
  6. Day 6 Stirling Castle Excursion

    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, join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard to 'Connect With Locals' over a home-cooked Farewell Be My Guest Lunch, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes. Then head to Glengoyne whisky distillery. Here we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and learn how whisky is made, followed by a chance to sample a wee dram.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
  7. 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 Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 3 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • 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)
  • 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
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Edinburgh
  • ORIENTATION of Glasgow and Stirling
  • VISIT Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle
  • 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

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry.  In 2019 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 2nd to August 24th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world. 

Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!

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.

Edinburgh

Scottish Show With Dinner

Adult Price: £60.00

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 delicious 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.

Rosslyn Chapel

Adult Price: £18.00

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on 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'.

Scottish Highlands

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

Adult Price: £20.00

Set in 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.

Highland Farm Experience

Adult Price: £14.00

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 sheep shearing, feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Adult Price: £15.00

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 savour the stunning scenery.

Glasgow

Glasgow City Evening

Adult Price: £37.00

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.

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Sharon
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Service
The booking experience went smoothly and I was kept apprised of the upcoming travel in a timely manner. I would use GET again and would highly recommend them to others.
Vacation
Scotland is a beautiful country. Our tour guide and bus driver were excellent!! Very knowledgeable about the history of Scotland. No request seemed trivial, always very kind and helpful.
Edward Brady
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Service
Kaitlyn , our rep, was very professional and helpful. Answered emails in a prompt manner!
Vacation
Loved the Tour Director, Steve. He was so knowledgeable about Scottish history and geography!! A wealth of information!! And a good sense of humor!! Made the trip more enjoyable!! Alan the driver did an amazing job on those narrow roads!! Hotels were good. Carrbridge was older but that was part of the charm! Food was good at all the hotels. Optional tours were great! Very enjoyable! The Be my Guest dinner was great fun!! Coach was clean and comfortable. The only downside was there was not enough time at Edinburgh Castle!! One hour and 45minutes was not enough! The military Tatoo was a once in a lifetime experience!! Fantastic!! All in all ... a fantastic time!
Virginia Capps
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Service
They were very responsive to all of my questions. I felt as if I was the only person booking this trip, and that they were tiring to make this my trip of a lifetime.
Vacation
This was the way to go for a single person. You make friends to share your with. And thought you don't feel alone, there is time to be on your own.
Kathleen Petters
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Service
I booked two couples with Barb Gardner and she worked with us to insure everything was taken care of. She responded quickly to our emails doing a great job.
Vacation
Sarah Jefferson did a great job taking care of everything. She was entertaining and very friendly. Her afternoon treats were well thought out. Our driver did a great job and was very helpful to everyone.
Christina Lyon
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Service
Travel Specialist, Lauren Vejar, sent emails and kept us on track every step of the way.
Vacation
For our first trip to Scotland this was definitely the best. We were fortunate to have good weather most of the time. Of course we couldn't stay everywhere as long as we would like. But we have great ideas now for our next trip. I cannot say enough good things about our guide, Deanne Monaghan. She was wonderful! And our coach driver, Kevin, had amazing skills maneuvering that huge vehicle through some tight spots. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who has not already been to Scotland.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Service
The agent couldn't give us assigned seating so we booked our own airfare. Other than that, polite.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It appears you were booked on American who does offer seating but only in the back of the plane. this is an airline restriction that GET has no control over. We are happy you were able to book the seats you preferred directly.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Vacation
We actually travelled with a company called Trafalgar and it was fantastic. We arrived at the hotel and made it in time for the "get to know one another" dinner at a museum. It was fantastic! I was unaware that you were going to hook us up with another company but it worked out fine. The driver and guide were exceptional!
Omar Peralez
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Service
Kept. Us informed from start to finish.
Vacation
Well informed guide. No worries care free vacation. Great accommodations. Bus driver was amazing. Friendly group of fellow travellers
David Magill
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Service
Rob Rainwater was quite responsive and guided us well through the experience.
Vacation
Learned that I am not that fond of group travel and would prefer to tour on my own time schedule.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that. We wish you happy travels in the future.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Trusted Customer
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Service
Every aspect of the trip was handeled perfectly. The tour director was outstanding and the trip exceeded our expectations!
Vacation
As previously mentioned, everything went well. It was our first trip overseas and we will be going again with your tours.
Jacqueline Stack
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Service
Excellent....full of energy tour director Kate Allen. Great hotels....comfortable bus and interesting travel agenda.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. We are ecstatic you were able to enjoy the beauty of Scotland on your trip. We hope you think of us the next time you want to book a guided vacation. All the best!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
Excellent value in all areas
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