5 Days 4 Nights Best of Scotland
*Twin Sharing Room Holiday Inn Express City Centre or similar
Day 1 Edinburgh
Arrival transfer at London Heathrow Airport to your Hotel. Check into Hotel by 1400hrs. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2 Edinburgh
Breakfast at Hotel. Hop On Hop Off Edinburgh Tour with 1 Day Ticket - Make your own way to the starting point of the tour which is Hanover Street. . Edinburgh has been the Capital of Scotland since the 15th Century and stands proudly on seven hills creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan city. What better way to see this fantastic city than from the top of a Edinburgh Tour Bus?. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. See the Royal Mile which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. The tour will highlight all the things to do and see in Edinburgh as you tour through the city streets.Overnight at Hotel
Day 3 Edinburgh
Breakfast at Hotel, Full Day Original Loch Ness Tour - Make your own way to the starting point of the tour. This is the Original Loch Ness and the Highlands tour. Created in 1985 and still the best! Explore the beautiful Scottish Highlands, discover majestic Urquhart Castle and take a monster cruise on Loch Ness. We leave Edinburgh behind we head towards Stirling with its ancient castle then stop for morning coffee stop at Kilmahog. Next it's Rob Roy Country and dramatic Rannoch Moor before arriving at the Weeping Glen - Glen Coe, the infamous site of the 1692 Massacre of the resident MacDonalds by Government troops of the Campbell Clan. After a short drive we arrive at Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. After time for lunch there's a photo stop at Spean Bridge before we enter the scenic beauty of the famous Great Glen, a landscape of soaring mountains and shimmering lochs. Our journey follows the route of the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness and the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle. The Castle provides a superb vantage point to see the deepest part of the loch. Here you can enjoy an optional visit to the castle and take a short cruise on the loch. On our homeward journey, we pass by Inverness then enter the wild beauty of the Cairngorm National Park. Our descent through the Grampian Mountains takes us into scenic Perthshire. We'll stop for refreshments in the heart of "Big Tree Country”. The last part of our tour takes us through the ancient Kingdom of Fife to the famous Forth Rail Bridge and the conclusion of our tour in Edinburgh. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 Edinburgh
Breakfast at Hotel, Highland Glens, Castles and Whisky Tour - Make your own way to the starting point of the tour. We make our way into the Kingdom of Fife and our first stop of the day at Dunfermline Abbey and Palace. The great abbey of Dunfermline (optional) was founded in the 11th century by Queen Margaret and the foundations of the original building lie under the stunning 12th century Romanesque style nave. The Abbey Church is the last resting place of many Scottish kings and queens including the great freedom fighter Robert the Bruce..We continue our tour through beautiful Glen Devon and pass the famous Gleneagles Hotel, the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup. The attractive spa town of Crieff is the location of quaint Glenturret Malt Whisky Distillery (optional), the home of the Famous Grouse. You can get a behind-thescenes tour of the distillery with an opportunity for a tasting and visit to the shop, a must for any whisky connoisseur. Select a tasty dish from the lunch menu in the restaurant or take a stroll in the distillery’s extensive grounds. Next we venture into the Highlands taking the picturesque route through the "Sma Glen” and Strathbaan. Here the scenery takes on a rugged splendour, which is a fine introduction to the Highlands of Scotland.The picturesque villages of Dunkeld and Birnam are set on opposite banks of the River Tay in the heart of Highland Perthshire and make a very pleasant stop. There’s an opportunity for a gentle stroll when we stop at The Hermitage, an impressive wooded gorge. A pleasant walk will reward us with views an 18th Century folly overlooking the dramatic Falls of Black Linn. After our leisurely stroll we head southwards and travel through the undulating hills towards Perth and then through the Kingdom of Fife. Watch out for Loch Leven, forever linked to the tragic story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Enjoy fine views of the Firth of Forth and the Forth Bridges when we make our last stop of the day in pretty South Queensferry. It’s a short drive back to Edinburgh. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 Edinburgh
Breakfast at Hotel. Day free at leisure until departure transfer to Edinburgh Airport or Train Station for your onward journey. (Private Transfer).
- 4 Nights Accommodation at Hotels as mentioned or similar
- Continental Breakfast Daily
- Return Airport or Train Station Transfers
- Sightseeing Tours on Seat in Coach Tours as mentioned in program