Spirit of Scotland

Highlands, Castles & Islands

tour only from
10 days
with flights from
11 days

Glasgow, West Coast, Inverness, Aberdeen & Edinburgh

Enjoy it all with castles, lochs, scenic landscapes, history, legends, and more! Visit Stirling Castle, which guards the lowest crossing point of the River Forth, and explore the creative, cultural hub of Glasgow from St. Mungo Cathedral to Glasgow Green. We’ll wander the rooms of historic Inveraray Castle (which may look familiar to fans of Downton Abbey), and ride the ferry to the Isle of Mull and mystical Iona, one of Scotland’s most sacred sites. Enjoy the Scottish Highland’s picturesque landscapes and stop to look for Nessie at Loch Ness. We’ll appreciate the remains of one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings, Elgin Cathedral; and get acquainted with Edinburgh’s medieval streets. Along the way we’ll enjoy a smoked salmon tasting, a dram of whiskey, and a Scottish feast!

Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Glasgow
  • 2 nights in West Coast
  • 2 nights in Inverness
  • 1 night in Aberdeen
  • 2 nights in Edinburgh

Tour Highlights

  • Stirling Castle
  • Glasgow Panoramic Tour
  • Inveraray Castle (featured on "Downton Abbey")
  • Salmon smokehouse visit & tasting
  • Isle of Mull
  • Iona Abbey
  • Loch Ness Cruise with Urquhart Castle
  • Whisky distillery tour & tasting
  • St. Andrew's Cathedral
  • Edinburgh walking & panoramic city tour

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 12 meals: 9 breakfasts, and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director/Driver

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Intermediate

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

For flight details, see Before You Depart.

Day 1: Arrive in Glasgow (Scotland)

Welcome to Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city! Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport, continue to our hotel where we'll have some time to relax and get settled before we enjoy a welcome dinner with our fellow travelers.

Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Glasgow SEC or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Glasgow

Day 3: Glasgow – West Coast

Day 4: Iona Excursion

Day 5: West Coast – Inverness (Inverness/Scotland)

Day 6: Inverness

Day 7: Inverness – Aberdeen

Day 8: Aberdeen – St. Andrew's – Edinburgh

Day 9: Edinburgh

Day 10: Depart Edinburgh

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Mar. 31, 2023 to get the best price.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

2023 Tours With Flights  
Mon — Thu
Sep 4 — 14
$4,825 $4,325
 Book with Flights
Mon — Thu
Oct 2 — 12
$4,499 $3,999
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2023 Tours Tour Only  
Tue — Thu
Sep 5 — 14
$3,925 $3,425
 Book Tour Only
Tue — Thu
Oct 3 — 12
$3,499 $2,999
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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am - 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Full Day Highlands Experience

Edinburgh Castle