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13 Day Scotland Tour from Edinburgh

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13 Days
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Scotland

16 Cities

Edinburgh, Firth of Forth, Falkland, St. Andrews, Dundee, Scottish Highlands, Inverness, Thurso, Orkney Islands, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Fort William, Glencoe, Pitlochry, Stirling, Glasgow

18 Meals

5 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
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Travel with Claire and Jamie on a blockbuster trip inspired by the award-winning drama about their love affair through the ages. Visit some of the notable film locations and other highlights of Scotland, including the Scottish Highlands, Orkney Islands and the Isle of Skye.

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Day 1

Welcome to Edinburgh

A captivating tale of Redcoats and rugged Highlanders is revealed on this Outlander-inspired jaunt through the dramatic landscapes of Scotland. We begin our journey in the enchanting capital of Edinburgh with some free time to ramble through its medieval streets before joining our fellow travelers and Travel Director for a hearty Scottish Welcome Reception.

View of Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Edinburgh Center
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Discover Enchanting Edinburgh

Soak up the mystical atmosphere of Auld Reekie this morning as you join a Local Specialist for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock. Tread in the footsteps of Jamie and his beloved sassenach, embarking on an Outlander walking tour through Old Town's winding cobblestone lanes. Spend the rest of the day at leisure seeking out more locations of Outlander fame like the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Bag Piper in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Edinburgh Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

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

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Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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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

Explore Outlander Film Locations

We visit the 15th-century walls of Blackness Castle on the shores of the scenic Firth of Forth – the backdrop for the infamous Fort William prison in Outlander season 1. Then, cross the Forth to the fictional village of Cranesmuir, real-life Culross, delving into tales of witchcraft and spells. Here we'll see Claire's herb garden and Geillis Duncan's home in the remarkably well-preserved 16th-century town center.

Village and street in Culross, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Edinburgh Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience See the 15th-century walls of Blackness Castle, Scotland
See Blackness Castle

See the 15th-century walls of 'the ship that never sailed', Blackness Castle.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Visit the quaint streets of Culross, Scotland
Visit Culross

Visit the quaint streets of Culross, Oulander's Cranesmuir.

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Optional Experiences Visit Midhope Castle and Hopetoun House in Edinburgh, Scotland
Midhope Castle & Hopetoun House

Today we'll visit Midhope Castle to see the setting for "Lallybroch", the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser. This will be followed by a tour of Hopeto...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a ghost walk and drink in Edinburgh, Scotland
Ghost Walk and Drink

Tonight, we'll discover some of Edinburgh's most haunted places with our Local Specialist, who’ll share ghoulish tales. After we've recovered, we'l...

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Optional Experiences Dinner and Kilt wearing demonstration in Falkland, Scotland
Kilt Wearing Demonstration and Drink

Tonight we'll enjoy a glass of wine or beer, followed by a demonstration of how to pleat and tie "The Great Kilt", which was worn in the pre-Jacobi...

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Day 4

See Outlander Sights and Journey to Dundee

Traversing the lush green Lowlands to the Kingdom of Fife, we arrive in Falkland. This former royal burgh was the Outlander film location for 1940s Inverness and the springboard to Claire's spellbinding story. Stop in at Covenanter Hotel, which doubled as Mrs Baird's B&B in the series, before heading to the home of golf, St. Andrews.

Our final stop for today is Dundee, where we'll see the impressive Tay Rail Bridge and view the RRS Discovery, the last traditional wooden three-masted ship built in Britain, which served as Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic exploration vessel.

See Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee, Scotland
Accommodation Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Golf Course of 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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Iconic Experience Stop in Falkland, a popular film location, Scotland
Visit Falkland

Stop in Falkland, a former royal burgh and Outlander film location. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience RRS Discovery in Dundee, Scotland
Dundee Orientation

See Dundee's highlights, the Tay Rail Bridge and RRS Discovery, on an orientation upon arrival. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Drummond Castle gardens in Crieff, Scotland
Drummond Castle Gardens

Drummond Castle Gardens are one of Scotland's undiscovered treasures and used as a stand-in for the gardens of Versailles in Season 2 of Outlander....

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Day 5

Venture into the Scottish Highlands and Inverness

Celebrate rural Scottish heritage at the Highland Folk Museum, with its recreated 18th-century township, once used as a location in the filming of Outlander season 1. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into rural life in Scotland from the 18th century to the mid-20th century, admiring the extensive collection of artefacts. We continue through the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to explore the cultural capital of the Highlands, Inverness.

Highland Cow, Heather, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Accommodation Columba Hotel Inverness
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Highland Folk Museum
Discover the Highland Folk Museum

Visit the Highland Folk Museum which brings Highland history to life, showcasing how the 18th-century Highlander lived and worked.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Visit the scenic Scottish Highlands
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Highland farm experience in Kincraig, Scotland
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 d...

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Optional Experiences Dinner in Cawdor, Scotland
Cawdor Dinner Evening

Join us for dinner at a traditional country pub in the charming village of Cawdor, home to Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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Day 6

The Sights of Culloden and Thurso

We start the day with a visit to the bloody battlefield of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was defeated in 1746. The windswept moors on which this final battle took place played a significant role in the Outlander series as the catalyst which forced Claire and Jamie to part ways. We relive the brief, but brutal battle at the contemporary Visitor Center, before heading to Thurso, the most northerly town in mainland Scotland, and our home for the next two nights.

Visit Thurso Caithness, Scotland
Accommodation Pentland Hotel Thurso
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Jacobite Gravestone in 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

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise Loch Ness in Scotland
Loch Ness Cruise

Today, we'll experience a scenic cruise on Scotland's most famous waterway, Loch Ness. On the lake, we'll also see beautiful Urquhart Castle, found...

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Day 7

A Day on the Orkney Islands

From the coastal village of John O'Groats, we catch the ferry that crosses the Pentland Firth and arrive at South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands. The legend of Orkney's mythical Selkies, which shift their aquatic form on land to walk as humans, is revealed in Outlander and explored today as we roam these mystical islands bound for the remains of the Neothilic Skara Brae village, which was lost for millennia. Wander freely amongst the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar before the ferry ride back to the mainland.

Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland
Accommodation Pentland Hotel Thurso
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit Skara Brae and hear the stories of this Neolithic village, Scotland
Discover Orkney Isles

Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.

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Iconic Experience

Day 8

Over the Sea to Skye

We travel south to soak up the seafaring heritage of Ullapool, a fishing town on Loch Broom and home to Thomas Telford's famous herring port. We traverse the rugged countryside and see the spellbinding spot where three lochs meet and are guarded by the island fortress of Eilean Donan Castle. Continuing to the picturesque Isle of Skye, we hear about Bonnie Prince Charlie's daring escape 'over the sea to Skye' aided by Jacobite heroine, Flora MacDonald. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Colorful Houses in Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Accommodation The Kings Arms Hotel Kyleakin
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie, Scotland
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Explore the historic fishing village of Ullapool, Scotland
Explore Ullapool

Enjoy time at leisure to explore the historic fishing village of Ullapool.

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Iconic Experience

Day 9

Continue to Fort William and Pitlochry

We leave the craggy landscape of Skye behind, boarding a ferry back to the mainland to Mallaig. Our journey continues to Fort William via the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, the now famous 'Harry Potter' bridge which Hogwarts Express crosses on its journey across the Scottish Highlands. Impressive in their own right are the exquisite views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, which you’ll get to admire before traveling past the precipitous mountains of Glencoe to see the 'Glen of Weeping'. Learn from a ranger about the conservation of endangered species on Glencoe National Nature Reserve. Despite the tragedy that befell the Clan MacDonald here in 1692, the irresistible beauty of this place cannot be denied and you’ll spend a quiet moment paying tribute to the brave clansmen who lost their life in the massacre. Our final stop today is Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel, a quaint little town best known for its natural beauty, fresh air, and rich Victorian heritage. 

View of Pitlochry Church in Pitlochry, Scotland
Accommodation Crieff Hydro Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Glenfinnan viaduct in Fort William, Scotland
See the Glenfinnan Viaduct

See the Glenfinnan Viaduct, along which the Hogwart's Express once crossed in the Harry Potter series. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Stop in Fort William near the foothills of Ben Nevis, Scotland
Fort William Visit

Near the foothills of Ben Nevis, stop in Fort William for a stroll along the charming High Street.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Must-see Highlights Conservation Range Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe Visit

See this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip

Must-see Highlights

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Meet a Glencoe Ranger

Join a wildlife Ranger in Glencoe and learn about the rich biodiversity of wildlife including insects, invertebrates and mammals, such as otter and fallow deer.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Scenic drive in The Isle of Skye, Scotland
Isle of Skye Drive

An opportunity to travel around the Isle of Skye with your Local Specialist. You’ll hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean Islan...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Learn about traditional crafts in the Isle of sky, Scotlandisle
Local Crafts on Skye

Join us this morning to gain a real insight into crafts on the Isle of Skye.  First we’ll drive up to Slig Hotel to take in magnificent views of th...

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Day 10

Experience the Local Whisky

Today, we Dive Into Culture and learn about the local whisky industry at one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Hear about how the distillery was founded in 1798 and how it makes its famous 12-year-old Single malt using an ancient water source that flows from the foothills of the Grampians to the distillery. Sample a wee dram of Scotland's much-loved golden nectar and perhaps buy a bottle as a special souvenir of your trip to the Highlands.

Visit the scenic Scottish Highlands
Accommodation Crieff Hydro Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Scottish whisky tasting at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands
Explore a traditional whiskey distillery in the Scottish Highlands

Warm your heart with a little Scottish whisky at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Visit Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

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 remain...

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Day 11

Admire Scottish Castles and on to Glasgow

Head to Doune Castle, which served as the film location for Castle Leoch in Outlander. We see the site where Clan Mackenzie welcomed and hosted Claire upon her arrival in 18th-century Scotland, then head to Stirling and its magnificent castle, a symbol of Scottish national pride and once home to Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots. Explore its halls, chapels and bedrooms, see the famous 'Stirling Heads' and admire the poignant Wallace Monument and battlefield of Stirling Bridge from its 16th-century walls. View the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, before arriving in Glasgow for a visit to the masterfully crafted St. Mungo's Cathedral, the Outlander film location for 'L'Hopital des Anges' in Paris. It was here that Claire persuaded Mother Hildegard to let her put her medical knowledge to good use. Later, explore Glasgow at leisure.

Visit the National Wallace Monument in Stirling, Scotland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Glasgow City
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Stirling Castle in Scotland
Stirling Visit

Visit Stirling and see its castle, once the seat of Scottish royalty.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Doune Castle in Stirling, Scotland
See Doune Castle

See Doune Castle, famous for its appearances in film, literature and television. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Scenic drive and dinner in Torphichen, Scotland
Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your a...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Jacobite Outlander evening in Inverness, Scotland
Jacobite Evening Inspired by Outlander

Join together for a truly authentic Jacobite experience. Complete with costumed actors and our very own Piper, tonight we'll dine and discover the ...

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Day 12

Glasgow City Tour and a Medieval Farm Visit

This morning we enjoy an orientation tour of the city, including views of Glasgow City Chambers, George Square and the River Clyde. Next, we visit Callendar House where the authentic Georgian working kitchen was used as part of Bellhurst Manor, the home of the Duke of Sandringham, during season two. Our encounter with Highland stories not yet at its end, we join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard, where we’ll Connect With Locals over a home-cooked Farewell Be My Guest Lunch amidst intriguing tales of Rob Roy.

Linlithgow Palace in Scotland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Glasgow City
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Meet the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard
Lunch with the Wood Family at their 15th-Century Farm on the Shores of Loch Ard

Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest lunch, tales of Rob Roy and a few ...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Glasgow City Chambers and George Square in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 13

Farewell Glasgow

As the chapter closes on our Outlander-inspired journey through the wilds of Scotland and centuries of fascinating heritage, we say farewell to our newfound friends and prepare to return to reality.

Park District in Glasgow, Scotland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Edinburgh City Tour

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

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Blackness Castle

See the 15th-century walls of 'the ship that never sailed', Blackness Castle.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Culross

Visit the quaint streets of Culross, Oulander's Cranesmuir.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
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
Iconic Experience
Visit Falkland

Stop in Falkland, a former royal burgh and Outlander film location. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Dundee Orientation

See Dundee's highlights, the Tay Rail Bridge and RRS Discovery, on an orientation upon arrival. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Highland Folk Museum

Visit the Highland Folk Museum which brings Highland history to life, showcasing how the 18th-century Highlander lived and worked.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
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
Iconic Experience
Discover Orkney Isles

Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Ullapool

Enjoy time at leisure to explore the historic fishing village of Ullapool.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Glenfinnan Viaduct

See the Glenfinnan Viaduct, along which the Hogwart's Express once crossed in the Harry Potter series. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Fort William Visit

Near the foothills of Ben Nevis, stop in Fort William for a stroll along the charming High Street.

Included in Trip
Must-see Highlights
Glencoe Visit

See this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Meet a Glencoe Ranger

Join a wildlife Ranger in Glencoe and learn about the rich biodiversity of wildlife including insects, invertebrates and mammals, such as otter and fallow deer.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Explore a traditional whiskey distillery in the Scottish Highlands

Warm your heart with a little Scottish whisky at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Stirling Visit

Visit Stirling and see its castle, once the seat of Scottish royalty.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Doune Castle

See Doune Castle, famous for its appearances in film, literature and television. 

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch with the Wood Family at their 15th-Century Farm on the Shores of Loch Ard

Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest lunch, tales of Rob Roy and a few ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

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

What to expect

Explore Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
Discover Dundee, Orkney Islands, Glasgow and Stirling
Visit Edinburgh Castle, filming locations for: Fort William, 18th-century Cranesmuir, 1940s Inverness and Wentworth Prison, the 18th green at St. Andrews, Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, the Culloden Battlefield, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, a whisky distillery in Pitlochry, Stirling Castle, St. Mungo's Cathedral and Callendar House.
View Inverness Castle and Eilean Donan Castle
See Ben Nevis and the Battlefield at Bannockburn

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
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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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
Midhope Castle & Hopetoun House

Today we'll visit Midhope Castle to see the setting for "Lallybroch", the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser. This will be followed by a tour of Hopeto...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ghost Walk and Drink

Tonight, we'll discover some of Edinburgh's most haunted places with our Local Specialist, who’ll share ghoulish tales. After we've recovered, we'l...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kilt Wearing Demonstration and Drink

Tonight we'll enjoy a glass of wine or beer, followed by a demonstration of how to pleat and tie "The Great Kilt", which was worn in the pre-Jacobi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Drummond Castle Gardens

Drummond Castle Gardens are one of Scotland's undiscovered treasures and used as a stand-in for the gardens of Versailles in Season 2 of Outlander....

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cawdor Dinner Evening

Join us for dinner at a traditional country pub in the charming village of Cawdor, home to Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Loch Ness Cruise

Today, we'll experience a scenic cruise on Scotland's most famous waterway, Loch Ness. On the lake, we'll also see beautiful Urquhart Castle, found...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Isle of Skye Drive

An opportunity to travel around the Isle of Skye with your Local Specialist. You’ll hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean Islan...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Local Crafts on Skye

Join us this morning to gain a real insight into crafts on the Isle of Skye.  First we’ll drive up to Slig Hotel to take in magnificent views of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

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 remain...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Jacobite Evening Inspired by Outlander

Join together for a truly authentic Jacobite experience. Complete with costumed actors and our very own Piper, tonight we'll dine and discover the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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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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Review date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
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Syracuse to Chicago to Edinburgh? Really? If I had been a more savvy traveler this wouldn’t have happened. Added more time (4 hours in the air) to an already long flight.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about your dissatisfaction with your flights. Scotland has very limited options available flight wise and we always book the most direct flights available at the time of your booking. It certainly is not our intention to make anyone go out of their way when they don't have to. We are glad to see that you enjoyed the trip and the beautiful country
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Vacation
Our tour itself was great. It was a whirlwind vacation full of great people, great sights, great guide and awesome driver. Scotland is a amazing country
Gina Morlan
Review date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Service
I would buy from GET again. I was annoyed they changed the airfare that I chose and it was going to cost more to change it back. This was my only complaint. Everything else was fantastic.
Vacation
I wanted more time at each area we visited. I felt it was a bit rushed. The overall trip around Scotland was absolutely amazing on every level! Our Travel Director was top notch and delivered the best information and even gave us extra excursions when our itinerary had to change! Mom and I had the best time and can't wait to go back!
Claudette Murphy
Review date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Service
The process from reservation to final confirmation was seemless; the staff is friendly, concerned about your needs and wants. Wonderful experience!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your wonderful comments. We hope to see you on another trip very soon!
Monday, August 20, 2018
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As a fan of Outlander it was perfect!
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