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
Max Group Size: 30 travelers
Activity Level: Level 2
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.
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
Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 one of the largest freshwater lakes 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Aberdeen – St. Andrew's – Edinburgh
Today we'll enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to the Kingdom of Fife 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 9: 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 10: Depart Edinburgh
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will take a last look at Scotland before our airport transfer and flight back to the U.S.Meals: Breakfast
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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.
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Courtyard by Marriott Glasgow SEC
Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa
Fraser Square, Fort William PH33 6DW Scotland