From its delightful cities to its rolling valleys and distant mountains, this tour offers the best of Scotland. Explore the magic of cultural Edinburgh and vibrant Glasgow, hike in the verdant Scottish Highlands and while away time on the stunning Isle of Skye, discover historic ruins, castles and forts and set out looking for Nessie at the famed Loch Ness. Apart from natural beauty, also experience castle stays and see Scotland’s world famous distilleries.
Known by a variety of unique sobriquets such as Old Smoky for the smoke cloud that seems to perpetually hang over it, the beautiful city of Edinburgh sits perched on a range of rocky hills with the sea in the distance.
Bohemian Broughton Culinary Indulgence Lay out a Scottish feast for your tastebuds with the Bohemian Broughton food and drink tasting tour, which takes you through the splendid Georgian New Town. Start off by sampling artisanal Scottish cheese in a specialty store and then move on to that perennial classic, haggis. Explore creative varieties of haggis – served with nachos and even in vegan and gluten-free variations – all of which you can wash down with local ale. Next it is time to drop in at a traditional tea shop, where a tray of aromatic teas and scrumptious scones with jam and cream awaits. Enjoy Argyle smoked salmon, prepared according to a special recipe at a shop that has been in this business for almost a century. Nibble on marshmallows offered in delectable flavors like gin and raspberries. Finally it is time to experience the national icon, the Scotch malt whisky or traditionally decadent chocolates, which make for the perfect close to an Epicurean day. (Private Activity; Duration: 3 hrs; No Transfer Included; Times: 1300 hrs; Please inform of any special dietary requirements before the start of the tour.)
Edinburgh Royal Splendor Explore Edinburgh’s royal past by visiting some of its most beautiful palaces and castles. Set off for Arthur’s Seat, a viewing point on top of a volcanic hill, which offers truly spectacular views of the city and nearby countryside. Get bonus views of Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh. Next stop is the Rosslyn Chapel, which dates back to the early 15th century but was rebuilt in mid-19th century on the orders of Queen Victoria. Explore this spectacular building covered with mystical symbols, which has also served as the setting for Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Da Vinci Code’ because of its Knights Templar and Masonic associations. Once you have taken in highlights of the chapel like the Apprentice Pillar, Green Man and the angel with bagpipes, it is time to proceed to Linlithgow Castle, which once served as a military base and even the royal residence before it was burnt down in mid-1700s. Head next for Blackness Castle, remembered especially for its dramatic location on the shores of the Firth of Forth in the popular television series, ‘Outlanders’. The last stop on your tour today is the magnificent country manor, Hopetoun House. Walk through the winding driveway to approach the ornate building and note priceless objects d’art and paintings as you explore its rich interiors. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 8 hrs.)
Famed for its proximity to Loch Ness, Inverness is a busy city that was founded in the 12th century. A splendid castle, cathedral, a pair of battlefields, and graves dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age are the important historical landmarks of the city.
Loch Ness Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle Embark on this exciting boat cruise to explore the scenic and mysterious Loch Ness. Settle into a comfortable spot and enjoy gorgeous views of the lake and its surroundings as the boat slices through the water. As you sail along, listen to the audio narration featuring numerous facts and legends that have made this lake a world-famous attraction. Assisted by the boat’s sonar equipment, be on the lookout for Nessie, the mythical monster thought to dwell within the depths of this freshwater lake! Step ashore to explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle, dating back to the 13th century. Overlooking the magnificent loch, this castle with a turbulent past has changed many hands over the centuries. Capture stunning images of the ruins and the lake before you return to the boat. (Times: On the hour from 0900 – 1600 hrs; Duration: 2 hrs; Shared Activity; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please be at your departure point at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Do wear comfortable shoes and bring along warm clothing as well as a raincoat.)
Land Rover Tour of Rothiemurchus Discover the attractions of family-run Rothiemurchus estate situated at the heart of Cairngorms National Park. Settle into a comfortable Land Rover as you head out to see Highland cattle at Dell Farm. Sit back as an amiable Rothiemurchus ranger drives you through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest with its majestic trees, whose ancestry dates back to 7000 BC. Savor the tranquil beauty of Loch an Eilein, where the clear water mirrors the majestic pines. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain views at Tullochgrue before heading on to stately Doune House. This elegant country house sits amid a scenic landscape of stunning trees next to a flat-topped mound that gives the residence its name. Step out to pet and hand-feed the red deer at the farm on the estate before you turn back. (Duration: 3.5 hrs; Tea/Coffee and Biscuits included; Private Activity; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes as there will be opportunities to step down and explore. A pair of binoculars and a warm Rothiemurchus tartan blanket will be provided for use during the tour.)
Tomatin Whisky Distillery Tasting Tour Set out from Inverness for the Tomatin whisky distillery that shares its name with the village it is located in. This single malt Scotch whisky distillery has been around since 1897 and is known for its brands, Antiquary and Talisman. Learn all about the intricate process of distilling excellent whisky as your knowledgeable guide explains it all. Pick up knowledge about the different stages involved in processing the ingredients and the time it takes for the whisky to mature and develop its characteristic flavor. After the tour, settle in for a tutored nosing and tasting session featuring six different whiskies from the distillery’s core range. Understand the nuances that distinguish each of these and leave the distillery feeling like a connoisseur of fine whisky! (Duration: 2 hrs; Shared Activity; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Framed by craggy mountains, mysterious lochs, and picturesque sea cliffs, the Isle of Skye has a magical allure all of its own. Besides spectacular scenic vistas, this mystic island is home to stately castles, museums, and awe-inspiring natural rock formations such as the Old Man of Storr.
Dunvegan Castle Ramblings Head out to explore majestic Dunvegan Castle set on the shores of scenic Loch Dunvegan. Having been occupied by the same family for over eight centuries, this stately castle sits amid beautiful formal gardens featuring exotic plants, colorful flowers, and waterfall-fed pools. Saunter across the Walled Garden, the Larch Pergola and the glass house, pausing to click some great photographs. Stroll around the castle as you sip on a glass of whisky and browse through the antiques on display. Soak in the historical ambiance of the building as you accompany the castle custodian around the rooms, listening to tidbits on the upkeep of the place. If weather conditions are favorable, you can embark on a short boat trip to see the seal colony and observe the mammals up close in their natural habitat. Spot other wildlife species such as otters and enjoy gorgeous views of the castle from the water before turning back. (Half Day; Duration: 3-4 hrs; Private Activity; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Explore the Isle of Skye Today head out with your guide as your explore the Isle of Skye in your own style. Feel as though you have been transported to another world when visiting the incredible natural features and landscapes of the island, places such as Fairy Pools, Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. You could also choose to visit the charming, picturesque sea harbor of Portree instead for some shopping or dining on fresh local seafood. No matter what you wish to do, trust your guide to customized this tour of the Isle of Skye to your extact liking.
Leisurely Rona Island Cruise Head to Portree Pier in the mid-morning for a leisurely cruise to the charming island of Rona. Settle into your sturdy catamaran and savor stunning views of the iconic Storr and Cuillins mountains as you sail to the gorgeous harbor in Rona. Make use of the binoculars on the boat to get a closer look at the island’s resident seals basking in the sun. Spot different species of seabirds and other wildlife as you cruise along. At Rona, you can disembark and explore the island with your pick of walking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Walk to the 14th century chapel An Teampull or hike to the ruins of a settlement dating back to the Scottish Clearances of the 18th century. Or, you can head to the Church Cave where Sunday worship was held right up to 1912. Put your two hours ashore to good use and work up an appetite! Return to the boat for a delicious lunch spread featuring the fresh local catch of the day and refreshments. After lunch, sit back and relax as the boat sails back to Portree Pier. (Full Day; Times: 1100; Duration: 5 hrs; Seafood Lunch included; Shared Activity; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Moderate. Please bring along a pair of sturdy walking shoes.)
The Western Highlands region is famed for its soaring, rocky mountains and lush greenery dotted with lochs or lakes as far as the eye can see. For hiking and trekking enthusiasts, the Scottish Highlands are the stuff of dreams.
Second in popularity only to its northern cousin Loch Ness, Loch Lomond straddles Scotland’s Highland Border, starting as a glacier-cleaved trench in its northern reaches to fan out into a vast expanse studded by islands and skirted by rolling meadows in the south.
Exploring Luss and Tarbet Hop on your bicycle and head out from Tarbet to the charming village of Luss. Pedal along the scenic Loch Lomond cycle path that gently winds its way over easy terrain. Travel with the road on one side and the tranquil loch on the other till you reach Luss. Set on the west bank of the loch, this conservation village takes you back in time. Wander amid the identical slate and sandstone cottages that dot the hamlet. Stop to admire the gorgeous Victorian stained glass windows of the 19th century parish church. Watch the kilt maker and bagpipe craftsman at work before you head to the pier. Step aboard the waterbus and relax as you cruise towards Rowardennan, situated across the loch. Sit back and watch the spectacular landscape as you continue onwards to reach Tarbet in about an hour and a half. (Half Day; Duration: 3-4hrs; Shared Activity; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Moderate. Please note that the ferry to Tarbet operates on a fixed time schedule and leaves at 1615 hrs. Also, please factor in some extra time to collect a suitable bike.)
Discover Glasgow’s rich culture and architectural heritage as elegant Victorian buildings and impressive mansions rub shoulders with newer, innovative designs that line the riverside.
Transfer to the Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 9,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 9,690 /person
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All activities as listed :
Edinburgh: Bohemian Broughton Culinary Indulgence
Edinburgh: Edinburgh Royal Splendor
Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle
Inverness: Land Rover Tour of Rothiemurchus
Inverness: Tomatin Whisky Distillery Tasting Tour
Isle of Skye: Dunvegan Castle Ramblings
Isle of Skye: Leisurely Rona Island Cruise
Isle of Skye: Explore the Isle of Skye
Loch Lomond: Exploring Luss and Tarbet
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All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
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