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Best of Scotland

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $1,550 per person
OCT 2021 - APR 2022
Close up of bagpipers in blue, Scotland

Countries Visited

United Kingdom ...more United Kingdom

Locations Visited

Edinburgh, Newtonmore, Glasgow, Stirling ...more Edinburgh, Newtonmore, Glasgow, 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 Jurys Inn
  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. 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 Highlander
  4. Day 4 Explore Culloden, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye

    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. Follow the Great Glen towards Fort Augustus where we stop to view Loch ness, keeping a keen eye out for the 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. The tragic battlefield of Culloden will be our final stop of the day, where we pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising.

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

    Visit Fort William on the banks of Loch Linnie, before 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. 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 Walk the Walls of Stirling Castle

    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 experience, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes during lunch. 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
  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
  • 1 Lunch (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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Glasgow
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Glagow Cathedral, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle
  • View the 18th green at St Andrews, 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 lunch, 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)

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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.

Edinburgh

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

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

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
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.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 7, 2019
Service
Everyone was very helpful whenever I called with questions and made me feel I was in good hands.
Vacation
The guide and bus driver were very helpful and made the trip very enjoyable and informative.
Ruth Baird
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Service
Everything was arranged very well and everyone was very helpful along the way.
Vacation
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
Service
They answered all of my questions, gave me timely reminders, and made the booking process easy.
Vacation
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
Service
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.
Vacation
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.
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