Staff Pick
AARP Member Benefits
AARP Members Save on select departures

Scotland's Highlands, Islands and Cities

13 Day Scotland Tour of Edinburgh, Glasgow​

AARP Member Benefits
AARP Members Save on select departures
SAVE UP TO $448
From $4,028
WAS $4,475
Find this price
13 Days
1 Country

Scotland

20 Cities

Edinburgh, Jedburgh, Melrose, St. Andrews, Glamis, Dundee, Pitlochry, Culloden, Inverness, Thurso, Orkney Islands, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Fort William, Oban, Isle of Mull, Iona, Glencoe, Glasgow, Stirling

18 Meals

5 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

Trafalgar

If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

View all Trafalgar Tours

Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours

Enjoy included tickets to Scotland's prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo on select August departures. Military bands from around the world travel to Edinburgh Castle Experience the breathtaking spectacle of music, dance, and precision performances at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

View all Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours

This unforgettable trip through the Scottish Highlands travels into the far-reaches of Scotland’s rugged countryside. Keep your eyes peeled for Nessie, delve into the history of the kings and warriors and join the Wood family for a ceilidh and lunch in the ‘presence’ of Rob Roy.

Reviews
17
Average group size
average 40-45
Tour brand
Trafalgar
Travel style
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Globe

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 >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Edinburgh

Embrace the allure of Auld Reekie and explore its labyrinthine lanes, before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for dinner to kick-start your tour through an unimaginably beautiful part of the world.

View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Voco Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Discover Enchanting Edinburgh

Let your Local Specialist take you on an informative sightseeing tour of Edinburgh. See the regal Palace of Holyroodhouse, the new Scottish Parliament Building and the Royal Mile, delving into the heart of the city, before visiting Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Stroll through the grand New Town with its Gothic façades enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. Tickets to see the Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

West Bow Street in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Voco Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh
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...

See More
Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

A Day of Abbeys, Landscapes and History

A scenic day's excursion brings us to the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian Jedburgh Abbey, which we will have an opportunity to view. Continue to nearby Melrose Abbey, said to be the final resting place of the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. We take the scenic route back to Edinburgh this afternoon, following the lush green landscapes along the Tweed River.

See lush landscapes along the Tweed Riverin Melrose Scotland
Accommodation Voco Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Old Ruins at Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland
See Jedburgh Abbey

See the impressive 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey that dominates the center of town. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Historic ruins of Melrose Abbey, Scotland
See Melrose Abbey

View the historic ruins of Melrose Abbey and appreciate its many carved decorative details.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walk with fish and chips in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Historic Old Town Edinburgh Walk With Traditional Fish & Chips

Walk through Edinburgh's Historic Old Town with a Local Specialist. Stroll along Victoria Street, with its unusual shape and collection of quirky s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Explore Glamis Castle and on to Creative Dundee

This morning, we cross the Firth of Forth to the celebrated home of golf - St. Andrews, to view its ancient university and famous golf course. Shakespeare's Macbeth takes center stage as we visit Glamis Castle, once the home of the beloved Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and explore its beautiful gardens, before we travel to the waterfront city of Dundee, distinguished for its status as the first UNESCO City of Design, and the original home of marmalade.

Castle Glamis in 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.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Glamis Castle, Scotland
Glamis Castle Visit

Visit Glamis Castle, and appreciate the building's illustrious history and picturesque setting.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences See Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee, Scotland
Dundee Walking Tour

Wander along Dundee’s waterfront with our Local Specialist and hear about Dundee’s maritime past. You will be regaled with stories of the Voyages o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Venture to Culloden and Inverness

Today we wind our way to the tragic battlefield and Visitor Center at Culloden, past rugged landscapes and the imposing Cairngorms Mountains. Visit the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was defeated. Our final stop for the night is Inverness, the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands, where we’ll overnight.

Visit Inverness in Scotland
Accommodation Columba Hotel Inverness
Included Meals Breakfast
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 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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Journey to Loch Ness and Thurso

The mystical haunt of Nessie is our first stop today en route to Dunrobin Castle. This stately home and its magnificent gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles, comes straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Spend your afternoon exploring its château-like structure and surrounds, once home to the Clan Sutherland. Dive Into Culture and learn about the local whisky industry at a distillery, including a tasting of Scotland's much-loved golden nectar. Arriving in Thurso, our home for the next two nights, we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Loch Ness view with Urquhart Castle in the distance, Loch Ness, Scotland
Accommodation Pentland Hotel Thurso
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, Scotland
Dunrobin Castle Visit

Explore the grand castle and admire its magnificent gardens during your visit of Dunrobin Castle. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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 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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

A Day on the Orkney Islands

After stopping at John o' Groats, we board a ferry to South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. See the prehistoric free-standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar before visiting Skara Brae and delving into the stories of the Neolithic village. We stop at beautiful Kirkwall Cathedral for a photo opportunity before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Atlantic Puffin in Orkney Islands, 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.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

Over the Sea to Skye

Dramatic landscapes accompany our scenic drive along the rugged north-west coastline of the Scottish Highlands to remote Ullapool on the shores of Loch Broom. We journey to Eilean Donan Castle, built in the 13th-century perched on a tiny island where three sea lochs meet, then continue to the Isle of Skye where we'll stay overnight and enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel.

Scenic drive in The Isle of Skye, Scotland
Accommodation The Kings Arms Hotel Kyleakin
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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

Iconic Experience Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie, Scotland
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 9

Onwards to Oban

We return to the mainland following a beautiful route that takes us past the Glenfinnan Viaduct, along which Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express once crossed to his beloved school of magic. We pass Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe, renowned as the gateway to Ben Nevis, before continuing to Oban, our Highland home for the next two nights.

Train on Arch Bridge in Fort William, Scotland
Accommodation Royal Hotel Oban
Included Meals Breakfast
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

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Landscape of Loch Lomond, Scotland
Dinner by a Scenic Scottish Loch

We'll enjoy dinner and drinks this evening at our favorite local restaurant, by one of Scotland's scenic lochs.

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Sail to the Isles of Mull and Iona

Set sail from Oban to the Isle of Mull, disembarking at Craignure. Cross the pretty island countryside to catch a ferry from Fionnphort to the island of Iona, which was once the home of a Gaelic monastic community in Iona Abbey. Before our journey back to Oban, we'll have the chance to view Rèilig Odhrain, the final resting place of many Scottish kings.

Highland Cattle in Isle of Mull, Scotland
Accommodation Royal Hotel Oban
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Highland Cattle in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Visit to the Isles of Mull and Iona

Explore the Scottish Highlands in depth as you travel to the Isles of Mull and Iona. Visit the Reilig Odhrain, sacred burial ground of 48 Scottish Kings. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Off to Glasgow

A solemn reminder of the MacDonald clansmen, who were massacred at the 'Glen of Weeping', marks our morning journey south to Glasgow. Join an expert guide to unlock Glasgow’s sustainable secrets on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

Park District in Glasgow, Scotland
Accommodation Leonardo Royal Glasgow
Included Meals Breakfast
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

Must-see Highlights Conservation Range Glencoe, Scotland
See Glencoe

Drive through this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip

Must-see Highlights

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Great Western Road in Glasgow, Scotland
Sustainable Glasgow Sightseeing

From wind powered murals to historic sites, tenements to the Clyde - discover the real impact of climate change on Glasgow, and learn more about Sc...

See More
Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Visit the Falkirk Wheel to learn about Scotland's canal system
The Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel

Discover two of modern Scotland's great achievements as a contrast to its scenery and historic sights. Watch the Falkirk Wheel in action, an engine...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening meal in Glasgow, Scotland
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, drinks, and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walking tour learn about the music scene and enjoy a meal in Glasgow, Scotland
Music City Tour and Meal

Join us tonight for a chance to explore more of Glasgow, get beneath its skin and learn about its music scene and folk culture. After a guided walk...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Uncover Stirling Castle’s Secrets

Venture to Bannockburn, where King Robert Bruce of Scotland defeated Edward II of England during the First War of Scottish Independence. Mary, Queen of Scots and several Scottish kings and queens have made Stirling Castle their home over the centuries. Enjoy a visit to its grounds and delve into the history of this royal residence and fortress, besieged by Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 18th century. We'll visit the splendidly decorated Royal Palace of King James V and view the renowned Stirling Heads. Later, we Connect With Locals, joining the Wood family this afternoon for a memorable Be My Guest experience at their 15th-century farm, on the shores of Loch Ard, amidst tales of Rob Roy. This evening, we return to Glasgow for time at leisure to enjoy true Scottish hospitality.

Castle in Stirling, Scotland
Accommodation Leonardo Royal Glasgow
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 your hosts, the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish lunch, amidst tales of Rob Roy and...

See More
Included in Trip

Be My Guest

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

Day 13

Farewell Glasgow

Our epic journey across Scotland’s highlands, islands and cities has come to an end. It’s time to say a fond farewell to our travel companions and Travel Director as our memorable holiday comes to an end.

Bag Piper in Glasgow, Scotland
Included Meals Breakfast

Select your date

Tour Start {{ getFormattedDate(departure.departureDate) }}
Tour End {{ getFormattedDate(departure.returnDate) }}
Definite Departure
Twin Room
{{departure.leadPrice}} per person
{{departure.fullPrice}} Save {{departure.highestDiscountAmount}}
{{departure.dealsLabel}} {{departure.epdDueDate}} {{departure.advertisementMessage}}
{{departure.dealsLabel}} {{departure.epdDueDate}} {{departure.advertisementMessage}}

Special Departure

Special Departure

Included Highlights

Top rated highlights

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

Iconic Experience
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...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Jedburgh Abbey

See the impressive 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey that dominates the center of town. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Melrose Abbey

View the historic ruins of Melrose Abbey and appreciate its many carved decorative details.

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
Glamis Castle Visit

Visit Glamis Castle, and appreciate the building's illustrious history and picturesque setting.

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
Dunrobin Castle Visit

Explore the grand castle and admire its magnificent gardens during your visit of Dunrobin Castle. 

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
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
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

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

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

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
Visit to the Isles of Mull and Iona

Explore the Scottish Highlands in depth as you travel to the Isles of Mull and Iona. Visit the Reilig Odhrain, sacred burial ground of 48 Scottish Kings. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Glasgow Orientation

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

Included in Trip
Must-see Highlights
See Glencoe

Drive through this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Sustainable Glasgow Sightseeing

From wind powered murals to historic sites, tenements to the Clyde - discover the real impact of climate change on Glasgow, and learn more about Sc...

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

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

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Stirling Visit

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

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
Return ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Edinburgh 
Discover Dundee, Orkney Islands, Glasgow and Stirling
Visit Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, Blair Athol whisky distillery in Pitlochry, the battlefield and Visitor Center of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, John O'Groats, The Italian Chapel and Skara Brae on Orkney Islands, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow and Stirling Castle
View Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th​ green at St. Andrews, Inverness Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe
See Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and the Battlefield at Bannockburn
Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

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...

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 Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

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
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
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
Historic Old Town Edinburgh Walk With Traditional Fish & Chips

Walk through Edinburgh's Historic Old Town with a Local Specialist. Stroll along Victoria Street, with its unusual shape and collection of quirky s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dundee Walking Tour

Wander along Dundee’s waterfront with our Local Specialist and hear about Dundee’s maritime past. You will be regaled with stories of the Voyages o...

See More
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.

See More
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
Dinner by a Scenic Scottish Loch

We'll enjoy dinner and drinks this evening at our favorite local restaurant, by one of Scotland's scenic lochs.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel

Discover two of modern Scotland's great achievements as a contrast to its scenery and historic sights. Watch the Falkirk Wheel in action, an engine...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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, drinks, and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Music City Tour and Meal

Join us tonight for a chance to explore more of Glasgow, get beneath its skin and learn about its music scene and folk culture. After a guided walk...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Compare similar tours

Best of Scotland
7 Days from $1,665
Best of Ireland and Scotland
15 Days from $4,703
Country Roads of Scotland
9 Days from $3,758
Highland Trail inspired by Outlander
13 Days from $4,650

Scotland

  • 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.

Your GET Wishlist

{{ tour.title }}
{{ tour.duration }} Days from {{ tour.displayPrice }}

Find Your Perfect Destination

Italy
45 tours from $1,100
Britain & Ireland
44 tours from $1,452
Spain & Portugal
31 tours from $1,283
France
27 tours from $2,199
Greece
10 tours from $2,125
United States
53 tours from $1,404
Australia
8 tours from $4,473
Africa
12 tours from $3,095
Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
William Parsons
Review date: Thursday, September 21, 2023
Service
Good job of presenting itinerary, significant help in planning flight, and a certain discount helped
Vacation
Great guide. Interesting meetings and visits.
Barbara Butler
Review date: Saturday, August 26, 2023
Service
No real change suggestions.
Vacation
I would recommend not including the cost of drings with the meal.
Carl F. Herbold
Review date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Service
Very helpful whenever I have had a question.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had an outstanding trip to Scotland. We are glad we were able to help you plan your vacation. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
The country is fabulous, and our tor director and driver made sure that we saw the best of it.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, August 29, 2022
Service
Everything was great! The only thing I would say was that our airline tickets had to be adjusted a few times.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a wonderful time exploring Scotland on your vacation. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for choosing us to help you plan and book your tour. We appreciate your review and feedback.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Vacation
Great tour guides, excellent hotels, wonderful side trips and experiences, simply everything I wanted it to be!
Elizabeth Grey
Review date: Saturday, August 13, 2022
Service
The itinerary was all I could have hoped for. The agent I worked with is someone I have used several times. I wouldn’t think of not using Tess!!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is so wonderful to hear and we will be sure to share this with Tess. Thank you for your business and we look forward to helping you plan your next trip.
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Vacation
The TD and Wellness Director were thorough in their handling of day-to-day details. Out main driver knew exactly where we needed to be - and when - and we never missed a time slot.
Marion Mclauchlan
Review date: Saturday, August 13, 2022
Service
It was a good experience. All my questions were answered.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip to Scotland and that our Travel Specialists were able to answer your questions. We hope you came back with lifelong memories of your vacation. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Vacation
Our accommodations, guides, itineraries were outstanding.
Jerry Havens
Review date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Service
We have booked with Grand European twice now and had good experiences with them both times.
Vacation
We loved Scotland, the tour was wonderful and our guide was knowledgeable and organized, everything flowed along nicely.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, September 24, 2018
Service
Would definitely recommend for people who enjoy group travel. Easy web site, good communication and documentation.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We love hearing that we made it even easier for you to enjoy planning your vacation to Scotland.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation
Good overview of most of Scotland with hidden gems and island trips.
Pierre Giani
Review date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Service
GET provided great service especially when bad weather caused a change in plans at te very last minute.Your air department saved the day!
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's so great to hear! Our team loves knowing that we helped make your trip that much better! We hope that you had a wonderful time in Scotland. Thanks for sharing.
Friday, September 7, 2018
Vacation
I think that some of the optional tours should have been included in the base price
Kerilyn Sheppard
Review date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Service
I would buy from Grand European Travel and highly recommend them to others. Their service is excellent.
Vacation
There is no way in hell anybody from the US should be allowed to drive in all of the United Kingdom! A professional driver and coach is the only way to go. We were safe and very comfortable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We could not agree more! Thank you for taking the time to write.  We're so happy you enjoyed Scotland.
Friday, October 13, 2017
See More Reviews
Dates & Prices Back to Top