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!
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- 2 nights in Glasgow
- 2 nights in West Coast
- 2 nights in Inverness
- 1 night in Aberdeen
- 2 nights in Edinburgh
- 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
Day 1: Depart from the U.S
Depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Europe. Our tour includes airfare from the U.S.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Glasgow on Day 2.
Day 2: Arrive in Glasgow (Scotland)
Welcome to Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city! Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport, we'll travel 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
Day 3: Glasgow
This morning, our tour begins with one of Scotland's grandest castles. Situated on a volcanic outcrop guarding the lowest crossing point of the River Forth. Stirling Castle is a symbol of Scottish independence and a source of national pride. We'll return to Glasgow for a panoramic city tour taking us past the magnificent St. Mungo Cathedral, the People's Palace, and Glasgow Green. We'll explore Glasgow's rich past as a religious center and one of Britain's most important industrial cities. The city center's Victorian architecture is a striking contrast to the extensive parks of the West End. Among those, Kelvingrove offers a haven of peace in the city with amazing views of Glasgow University's striking buildings and the Kelvingrove Museum.Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Glasgow SEC or similar
Day 4: Glasgow – West Coast
Today, we'll journey to the West Coast with a scenic drive along Loch Lomond. We'll visit the iconic Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell, with a chance to explore the many historical rooms open to the public. This castle may look familiar as Inveraray was chosen to serve as Duneagle Castle in Downton Abbey. Next, we'll visit Falls of Dochart Smokehouse, a working salmon smokehouse. Our host will explain the smoking process, where the salmon comes from, the local countryside, and the River Tay system. Before we continue to the West Coast, we'll enjoy a selection of canapes featuring Whisky Smoked Hot and Cold Smoked Salmon, Whisky Smoked Pate, and cheese accompanied by locally made chutney.Accommodations: Loch Fyne Hotel or Imperial Hotel or similar
Day 5: Iona Excursion
This morning we'll take a ferry to the Isle of Mull and travel to mystical Iona, a holy isle. St. Columba and his followers came here from Ireland in 563 AD and founded a monastery that became the heart of the early Scottish Church. Today, the Iona community continues the tradition of worship first established by St. Columba 1450 years ago and Iona Abbey is one of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites as Iona remains an enduring symbol of Christianity in Scotland and a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage. After our visit, we'll return to our hotel on the mainland.Accommodations: Loch Fyne Hotel or Imperial Hotel or similar
Day 6: West Coast – Inverness
We'll depart the West Coast today and journey through the Highlands to Inverness with a Loch Ness cruise en route. Loch Ness is the deepest, freshwater lock in the Scottish Highlands and is one of the most visited locations in Scotland. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie".Accommodations: Macdonald Drumossie Hotel or similar
Day 7: Inverness
After breakfast at our hotel, we can spend the day at leisure exploring Inverness independently or join an optional full-day excursion to explore the Highlands.Accommodations: Macdonald Drumossie Hotel or similar
Day 8: Inverness – Aberdeen
On our way to Aberdeen today, we'll visit the remains of Elgin Cathedral, one of Scotland's most beautiful medieval buildings, and the inspiration for many an artist. The imposing yellow sandstone ruin is one of the most important architectural legacies from a bygone age, whose intriguingly complex building history will reward the patient visitor. We'll have some free time for shopping and an independent lunch at Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Visitor Centre. Afterward, we'll continue to a distillery to enjoy a tour and a dram of whisky. This evening, we'll enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner at our hotel.Accommodations: Macdonald Norwood Hall or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Aberdeen – St. Andrew's – Edinburgh
Today we'll enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to the Kingdom of Fie and St. Andrews. First, we'll visit St. Andrew's Cathedral, Scotland's largest and most magnificent medieval church and the seat of the country's leading bishops. Next, we'll enjoy some leisure time in the seaside town of St. Andrew's, known for its historic university and medieval streets. We'll continue to Edinburgh by crossing from Fife, with a chance to admire the splendid view of the red Fort Railway Bridge.Accommodations: Doubletree by Hilton or similar
Day 10: Edinburgh
This morning, we'll embark on our combined panoramic and walking tour of Edinburgh. Thanks to its cultural diversity and impressive history, Edinburgh is one of the world's finest capital cities. Each of the many medieval streets that run through the whole city tells its own story about the 1,000-year-old traditions and myths that permeate Edinburgh. We'll get to know the different parts of the city including the Royal Mile, the Princes Street Gardens, Calton Hill, and many more. We'll also have a fantastic view of the city, the port, and many more. This afternoon, we might consider an optional tour to Edinburgh Castle or explore Edinburgh independently. This evening, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.Accommodations: Doubletree by Hilton or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Edinburgh – U.S
Take a last look at Scotland before our airport transfer and flight back to the U.S.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 11 in Edinburgh.Meals: Breakfast
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.
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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.
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
Take a tour exploring the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. First, we'll enjoy a sheepdog demonstration at a farm where we'll see up to eight dogs working as a team—maneuvering sheep and ducks through various obstacles. Next, we'll visit the Highland Folk Open-Air Museum that brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples. We'll conclude the day with a visit to Culloden Battlefield, the scene of the 1746 Battle of Culloden between the Jacobite and British armies. As the last battle fought on British soil, Culloden marks the beginning of the dismantlement of the structures of Highland society.
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED!
This tour must be pre-booked prior to final payment as it is not available to book in-destination.
Explore Edinburgh Castle, a world-renowned icon of Scotland and one of the oldest fortified places in Europe. Built over 900 years ago on Castle Rock above the city, Edinburgh Castle dominates the city's skyline and has served as a royal residence, military garrison, prison, and fortress. Today, the castle is now a world-famous visitor attraction and an part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
*Note: Edinburgh Castle has steep slopes, and uneven surfaces on cobblestone.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Courtyard by Marriott Glasgow SEC
Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa
Fraser Square, Fort William PH33 6DW Scotland
Macdonald Drumossie Hotel
Macdonald Norwood Hall
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre
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Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
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Advance Seat Assignment
Airlines do not assign seats in advance for group fares – seat assignments are arranged upon check-in at the airport. smarTours is not involved with seat assignments. If you require a specific seat due to a medical condition, please obtain a doctor’s note that you can present to the airline at check-in.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Land-only services start upon independent check-in at the hotel in Glasgow on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast in Edinburgh on Day 11 of the itinerary.
Passport & Visa Information
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Before your trip, review travel requirements and restrictions by country to review passport and visa requirements. You can also learn more about passport and visa services. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
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Immunizations are not currently required, however you may wish to consult your personal physician or local health authorities for their suggestions. The CDC recommends you stay up to date on routine vaccinations, and consult your physician at least one month prior to travel. Learn more about the CDC’s destination-specific recommendations.
Scotland typically has cool summers, mild winters and rainfall throughout the year, with the west coast typically a bit warmer and wetter than the east coast. Given the cool, windy and rainy weather, it is highly recommended you bring a raincoat and/or other waterproof outerwear and layer clothing to adjust as temperatures warm up during the day and cool in the evenings.
Credit Cards & Local Currency
The currency in Scotland is the British Pound. Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash to local currency or you can draw local currency at any ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Please bring an adapter as Scotland, like the rest of the United Kingdom, uses plug type G. Please check your devices to determine if a converter is needed as the voltage is 220 – 240.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.