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Country Roads of Scotland

9 Day Tour to Edinburgh & the Scottish Highlands

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9 Days
1 Country

Scotland

13 Cities

Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Inverness, Culloden, Loch Ness, Wick, Thurso, Orkney Islands, Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Glasgow

15 Meals

6 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts, 1 Afternoon Tea

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 33
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Set foot on the stomping grounds of the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, see the grand Georgian architecture of Glasgow and sail across the sea to the Isle of Skye—the most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. Enjoy a quieter pace of life on the tranquil Orkney islands as you explore the 1000-year-old Norse Town of Kirkwall and the mysterious Ring of Brodgar. In Wick, whet your whistle with a wee dram of whisky at the Old Pulteney Distillery or visit the fascinating Heritage Museum on this Insight Choice. After exploring the charming cobbled streets of St. Andrews, take afternoon tea at Blair Castle—the historic home of the Atholl family for over seven centuries.

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Day 1

Welcome to Edinburgh

Join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. On select departures, during your time in Edinburgh you will also attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo — a colorful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh

About the Hotel

Edinburgh, Scotland

The boutique Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh resides within a former Seaman's Mission in the heart of Edinburgh's trendy Shore area. The hotel describes its rooms as "super-slinky," featuring plush, funky décor and furnishings. Located just 15 minutes from the heart of Edinburgh you'll be able to make the most of your free time in the happening capital of Scotland.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner in Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers. 

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Witness Edinburgh's Military Tattoo, Edinburgh, Scotland
Witness the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from t...

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Day 2

Edinburgh, The Capital of Culture

Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. In the Old Town, see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the King. Drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial, then see the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Georgian facades. Venture up the Royal Mile to visit Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is at leisure; why not visit the art treasures in the National Gallery?

Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland
Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh View Hotel Details
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Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh

About the Hotel

Edinburgh, Scotland

The boutique Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh resides within a former Seaman's Mission in the heart of Edinburgh's trendy Shore area. The hotel describes its rooms as "super-slinky," featuring plush, funky décor and furnishings. Located just 15 minutes from the heart of Edinburgh you'll be able to make the most of your free time in the happening capital of Scotland.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Guided castle tour of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle Visit

Your Local Expert walks with you inside the walls of the Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg and other artefacts.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Princes street in Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Expert as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Skyline view of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Edinburgh

We’ll enjoy views of the Queen's Park and take in a spectacular panorama of Scotland’s Capital before arriving at Holyrood Palace - the King’s offi...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh - The Untold Story

Walk Edinburgh's heart with your Local Expert, to hear about the ultimate loyal dog, grave robbers, executions and other untold stories. Stroll thr...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy Ceilidh evening dinner see Scottish Piper Ghillie dhu, Edinburgh in Scotland
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

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Day 3

To St. Andrews and the Highland Capital of Inverness

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and journey to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course, home of golf since its creation in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed? Alternatively, wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton meeting her Prince Charming began. Continue via Blair Atholl and pass the Grampian Mountains on the way to the sparkling Spey Valley. Stop at Atholl Palace and Gardens for a delicious cream tea. Originally opened in Victorian times, the hotel retains many traditional features.

Saint Andrew's cathedral in St Andrew, Scotland
Kingsmills Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner with Wine

Kingsmills Hotel

About the Hotel

Inverness, Scotland

Originally the mansion of a prominent local family, today the Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury accommodation in the heart of the Highlands. Renovated with contemporary rooms, the hotel is well-known for it's impeccable hospitality.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Swilcan Bridge, St Andrews, Scotland
Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Inverness In The Scottish Highlands, Inverness, Scotland
Inverness Orientation

See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and beautiful scenery as you explore the history of this Highland city.

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Enjoy tea and scones at Lissadell House in Westport, Ireland
Afternoon Tea at Blair Castle and Gardens

Visit Blair Castle and Gardens, which has been home to the Atholl family for over seven centuries, and tour the ballroom to learn about the history...

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Authentic Dining

Day 4

Culloden, Loch Ness and onto Thurso

Keep your eyes peeled for the Loch Ness monster this morning duringa scenic drive along the legendary lake. See Culloden Moor in the morning, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was crushed in 1746. Visit the Culloden Visitor Center. Next, follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Choose to visit the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of its award-winning whiskeys. Alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with a visit to the highly rated Wick Heritage Museum and hear about the past of this once thriving fishing community.

Loch Ness view with Urquhart Castle in the distance, Loch Ness, Scotland
The Pentland Hotel View Hotel Details
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The Pentland Hotel

About the Hotel

Thurso, Scotland

Centrally located in the heart of Thurso, the Peatland Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome from staff.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter An old lighthouse light in the Wick Heritage Museum, Wick, Scotland.
Discover Wick's Heritage on a Visit to the Wick Heritage Museum

Visit the highly rated Wick Heritage Museum to gain a full picture of this once thriving fishing community and how your visit helps keep the story ...

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Make Travel Matter

Authentic Dining Guests tasting Whisky in Wick, Scotland
Old Pulteney Distillery Whisky Tasting

Whiskys are known for their distinctive flavors, often bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller wh...

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Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Grave stone at the Battlefield of Culloden, Scotland
Highlands Culloden Visitor Center

At the exciting Culloden Visitor Center, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Urquhart Castle ruins on the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland
Drive the Shores of Loch Ness

Drive along the shores in search of the legendary monster.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history awa...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland
Blair Castle

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Bl...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

A Day in the Orkney Islands

Start the day by boarding the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands where the countryside is breathtakingly majestic and the tranquillity supports a quieter pace of life. Here the hardy locals say they live ‘below the wind and above the water.’ Your Travel Director accompanies you as you visit the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the old Norse Town of Kirkwall, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners during World War II.

The neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, Orkney, Scotland
The Pentland Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The Pentland Hotel

About the Hotel

Thurso, Scotland

Centrally located in the heart of Thurso, the Peatland Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome from staff.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sunset on Neolithic Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Island, Scotland
Discover the Orkney Isles

Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands on a full day guided journey. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles...

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Day 6

Over the Sea to Skye

Travel through stunning, pristine landscapes along the northern coast with its white sandy beaches, and further inland to misty valleys and glens, lochs and rushing waters. Then it’s ‘Over the Sea to Skye,’ the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. On the way to Broadford, hear romantic tales of how young Flora MacDonald helped rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie and see the dramatic Cuillin Hills.

Scenic view with highland cow in Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Dunollie Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The Dunollie Hotel

About the Hotel

Broadford, Scotland

Boasting an incredible location by Broadford Bay, The Dunollie Hotel is set at the base of outstanding mountains. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Tarskavaig and the Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye, Scotland
See Cuillin Hills

See the dramatic Cuillin Hills and stay in pretty Broadford.

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Day 7

Through the Scottish Highlands to Glencoe

Explore this wild and beautiful island on your own, before crossing to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Stop for a photo at remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial where there is a fine view of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Enjoy spectacular scenery en route to the Valley of Glencoe. Join a ranger for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, learn about the protection of this rare ecosystem and the important work reintroducing lost indigenous species to its flora and fauna. In the evening, enjoy market-fresh Scottish ingredients and wine, as you get together with your newfound friends for a sumptuous Celebration Dinner. Don't be surprised if, by the end of the evening, you're 'Toasting to the Lassies' or singing 'Auld Lang Syne'.

Scenic valley below the mountains of Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland
Ballachulish Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Ballachulish Hotel

About the Hotel

Glencoe, Scotland

Ballachulish Hotel offers spectacular views over the bay of Oban and the islands of the west coast of Scotland. This hotel is set in some outstanding scenery which can be used for picturesque walks.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Safe deposit box
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter Conservation Range Glencoe, Scotland
Meet a Ranger to Learn about Conservation in Glencoe

Join a ranger in the spectacular Valley of Glencoe, learn about the protection of this rare ecosystem and the important work reintroducing lost ind...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, Eilean Donan, Scotland
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Commando Memorial, Fort William, Scotland
Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Glencoe in The Scottish Highlands
Glencoe Orientation

Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with your fellow guests in Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe Celebration Dinner

Your adventure culminates with a wonderful Celebration Dinner. Enjoy the best Highland hospitality and market-fresh ingredients accompanied by delicious wine or beer.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Old Man Of Storr in Isle Of Skye, Scotland
Isle Of Skye Tour

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a Local Expert. Hear about the way of life on this ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond to Glasgow

Spend time around peaceful Loch Lomond, ‘Queen of Scottish Lochs’ according to Sir Walter Scott and the largest in Great Britain. Perhaps experience the beauty and tranquillity of the loch with an optional cruise before continuing to Glasgow? An orientation drive through the city will show you the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Then the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Beautiful natural landscape, Loch Lomond, Scotland
Radisson Blu Hotel View Hotel Details
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Radisson Blu Hotel

About the Hotel

Glasgow, Scotland

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Picturesque landscape of Loch Lomond, Scotland
Explore Loch Lomond

Enjoy time to explore the beautiful 'Queen of Scottish Lochs'.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights George Square in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Boat trip in Loch Lomond, Scotland
Lake Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise around picturesque Loch Lomond - the largest stretch of inland water to be found in the British Isles. Settle with a compli...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening meal in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, tonight's dining experience will featu...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Guided Visit and Dinner at The Mackintosh at the Willow

Step inside the stunning surroundings of Mackintosh at the Willow after-hours and relax with a glass of prosecco. Explore the history of the tearoo...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Depart Glasgow

Today, bid farewell to your journey along the country roads of Scotland as you transfer to the airport.

Depart Glasgow, Scotland
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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Witness the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from t...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Edinburgh Castle Visit

Your Local Expert walks with you inside the walls of the Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg and other artefacts.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Expert as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Inverness Orientation

See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and beautiful scenery as you explore the history of this Highland city.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Discover Wick's Heritage on a Visit to the Wick Heritage Museum

Visit the highly rated Wick Heritage Museum to gain a full picture of this once thriving fishing community and how your visit helps keep the story ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Highlands Culloden Visitor Center

At the exciting Culloden Visitor Center, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Drive the Shores of Loch Ness

Drive along the shores in search of the legendary monster.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Discover the Orkney Isles

Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands on a full day guided journey. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Cuillin Hills

See the dramatic Cuillin Hills and stay in pretty Broadford.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Meet a Ranger to Learn about Conservation in Glencoe

Join a ranger in the spectacular Valley of Glencoe, learn about the protection of this rare ecosystem and the important work reintroducing lost ind...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Glencoe Orientation

Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Explore Loch Lomond

Enjoy time to explore the beautiful 'Queen of Scottish Lochs'.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

6 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts, 1 Afternoon Tea

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Edinburgh Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers. 

Afternoon Tea at Blair Castle and Gardens

Visit Blair Castle and Gardens, which has been home to the Atholl family for over seven centuries, and tour the ballroom to learn about the history of the estate. Relish a delicious afternoon sipping on freshly brewed coffee or tea and tasting homemade scones with berry jam and sweet cream.

Old Pulteney Distillery Whisky Tasting

Whiskys are known for their distinctive flavors, often bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques.

Glencoe Celebration Dinner

Your adventure culminates with a wonderful Celebration Dinner. Enjoy the best Highland hospitality and market-fresh ingredients accompanied by delicious wine or beer.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh
Kingsmills Hotel
The Pentland Hotel
The Dunollie Hotel
Ballachulish Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Royal Edinburgh

We’ll enjoy views of the Queen's Park and take in a spectacular panorama of Scotland’s Capital before arriving at Holyrood Palace - the King’s offi...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Edinburgh - The Untold Story

Walk Edinburgh's heart with your Local Expert, to hear about the ultimate loyal dog, grave robbers, executions and other untold stories. Stroll thr...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history awa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Blair Castle

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Bl...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Isle Of Skye Tour

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a Local Expert. Hear about the way of life on this ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise around picturesque Loch Lomond - the largest stretch of inland water to be found in the British Isles. Settle with a compli...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, tonight's dining experience will featu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Guided Visit and Dinner at The Mackintosh at the Willow

Step inside the stunning surroundings of Mackintosh at the Willow after-hours and relax with a glass of prosecco. Explore the history of the tearoo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Scotland: English
  • Currency used in Scotland: British Pound Sterling (£)
  • Capital of Scotland: Edinburgh /li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Scotland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1)

 

Scotland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Scotland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Scotland has a temperate maritime climate, characterized by mild and wet winters, and cool summers. The country's weather is highly changeable and can vary from region to region. The western coastal areas tend to be wetter and milder due to the influence of the Gulf Stream, while the eastern regions are drier and slightly cooler. Scotland experiences frequent rainfall throughout the year, with the western Highlands receiving the highest precipitation. Winter temperatures average around 0°C to 6°C (32 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit), while summer temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Donald Mueller
Review date: Wednesday, August 2, 2023
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I've enjoyed having GET organize my vacations for the past four years and I will continue to do so as I've always had a great travel experience with either Trafalgar and now Insight for this last trip to Scotland.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for being an important part of our travel family. We appreciate you!
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Vacation
Daniel was a terrific tour leader and Ian, our coach drive was great too. The hotels in the Scottish Highlands were a bit disappointing however.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Service
They did a great job redoing everything when the trip was postponed for a year due to covid. They answered my questions or got back to me with the answer quickly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your patience and sticking with us during a very frustrating time. We are glad you finally made it to Scotland and enjoyed your trip.
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Vacation
The tour director was very knowledgeable and added much to what we were doing. Our bus driver was very friendly and handled the bus masterfully.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Service
Had a difficulty reaching an agent after expressing interest online.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for the wait and difficulty in speaking to an agent during this unusually busy time. We have noted your comments and will pass them on to our call center management to review for improvement. Thank you
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Vacation
Scotland was fabulous. The tour director, Melissa was great great and the driver, Arthur was extremely skillful the way he navigated the country roads.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 17, 2022
Service
In spite of pandemic related issues they remained friendly and helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a great time exploring the Country Roads of Scotland. We hope you were able to come home with memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for your feedback. We certainly do appreciate it!
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Vacation
All the local people were extremely friendly . Tour director was outstanding. Loved every minute of the tour!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Service
Better hotels and food.
Vacation
I have taken several Insight Country Roads tours before and enjoyed them. I have also taken one Trafalgar trip to Ireland. This trip is on Trafalgar level. Hotels were about 3 stars, except for one, starting the Malmaison in Edinburgh (actually it was in Leith); there are several good hotels in Edinburgh. Leith is hard to get to especially with the construction which has been going on for years and probably will take more. The Malmaison food service does not do a good job handling large groups, the food was all overcooked (group of 23 people). The bath tubs were slippery and dangerous; you had to call the desk for a tub mat. Need to find hotels with stand alone showers. Except for Glasgow all other hotels had no elevators (hard on us old folks.) Food everywhere was terrible. So, provide fewer included meals and let us fend for ourselves. I ate in several restaurants in Scotland that were quite good.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest review. We will share your feedback with the team at Insight Vacations and ask them to review all areas for improvement.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 3, 2022
Service
All went as expected
Vacation
I loved everything we saw Hotels were very average so not luxury as touted Food was boring and bland as well as repetitive
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 3, 2022
Service
They fulfilled my needs preparing for my trip
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy we were able to help you plan your vacation to Scotland. It sounds like your trip went well and you made some lasting memories. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your business and your feedback!
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Vacation
A trip I wanted to make. Scotland was a country that I wanted to see,
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 3, 2022
Service
The attitude of the booking agent was negative and she was not helpful. When contacted, she acted put out. (Tess Diaz) Other agents were very nice though, particularly Michelle G.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. We will address this with these agents immediately.
Friday, July 8, 2022
Vacation
Beautiful scenery and knowledgeable travel director. Accommodations were mixed; food was good about half the time. Excellent driver of coach.
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Howard Robinson
Review date: Friday, July 1, 2022
Service
This was our 4th GET tour. The other 3 were a good tour for the money. This started with Malmaison Hotel broken elevator (old problem). And they did not offer to take our bags up. Next the Isle of Skye was poor. We did it 14 years back & it is the high lite of Scotland. The Dunollie Hotel is a dump! We used the Kinloch, which is great. Our option here was drive across the island. Poor. There are two good places: The Armadale Castle & just off the island, the Eilean Donan Castle. Cam Wilson was the poorest group leader we have had in many years. We had a missing bag (airline) & ask him to call Iceland Air (we did not have their number) & on line was not helping. We learn 3 days later his bag report was just what we saw on line. We learned when he did call, the airline agent never entered the report in the computer. Days lost.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment with the hotels and Travel Director on your trip. We will be share to share this information with the operating company Trafalgar and ask them to review the standards immediately. We appreciate you bringing these shortcomings to our attentions so we can help to correct them.
Friday, July 8, 2022
Linda Young
Review date: Sunday, June 19, 2022
Service
GET extremely helpful throughout the whole process.
Vacation
Not worth the extra cost when compared to other tour companies. Food lousy except for 2 meals, accommodations so so.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment with the food and hotels. We will pass this along to the operating company for immediate review.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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