Our Guide to the UK and Ireland

Edinburgh & the Lowlands

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is sometimes dubbed the Athens of the North. With its famous castle, cobbled streets and royal pageant, this lively and vibrant city is simply captivating. Away from the capital, Glasgow is a dynamic city to explore, while there are ancient castles, links golf courses to play, rivers to fish and old fishing ports to discover, seemingly at every turn.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, has long been thought of as one of the finest cities in the world. With its famous castle, quirky cobbled streets and royal pageant, this lively and vibrant city is somewhere anyone wanting to get a real taste of Scotland should go, and if you are lucky enough to be there in August, you can enjoy the fun and culture of the world’s largest festival. Along the Fife coast north of Edinburgh are the university town of St. Andrews and the atmospheric fishing ports of Crail and Anstruther, which together make a very enjoyable day trip from the capital.

The Scottish Borders are just as impressive as their capital city, with a rich history and phenomenal scenery, and there is plenty to explore and see from the pastoral beauty of the Tweed Valley to the mystical stone carvings of medieval Rosslyn Chapel. For those who fancy a spot of sport whilst on their holidays, Scotland has unrivalled golf courses, including Troon and St Andrews, and fly-fishing is also high on the agenda in this part of the world.

Across from Edinburgh, Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and this former industrial powerhouse has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, becoming one of Europe’s cultural capitals, and anyone who has a yen for the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh or who appreciates a bluff sense of humour should definitely make a point of staying a night or two. For those who like the odd tipple, this is the perfect destination for a whisky tour or two. With an inordinate number of distilleries in this region, it would be rude not to sample the local delicacy.

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Highlights of Scotland and Ireland

Dublin, Co. Galway, Edinburgh, Loch Creran

This multi-country itinerary is a perfect way to explore both Dublin and Edinburgh, as well as the glorious countryside of Scotland and Ireland. With your private guide, experience the local ways of life and admire the breathtaking scenery.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Couples, Off the beaten track

Classic Scotland

Edinburgh, Braemar, Loch Torridon

From days out exploring glens, castles and lake monsters to evenings cosying up with a malt whisky by the fire, Scotland offers so much to enjoy. Staying at some of Scotland’s finest hotels, from a luxury castle in the Highlands to a central hotel in the midst of lively Edinburgh, you’ll discover just what a special part of Britain Scotland is....

Best for: Couples, Culture, History, Adventure

Scotland for Families

Edinburgh, Isle of Eriska & Gleneagles

Scotland's vast open landscapes and open stretches of waters offer the perfect canvas for a fun-filled family adventure, where you can enjoy the great outdoors together with a range of fun activities, as well as delving into Scotland's peppered history. Along the way we've included a plethora of exciting experiences for you to enjoy together as a...

Best for: Adventure, Family, Couples

Off the beaten track in the Scottish Highlands

Edinburgh, Cairngorms, Wester Ross

Scotland is known as much for it's stunning scenery as it's history and culture and on this epic off the beaten track adventure, we have showcased the very best of what Scotland has to offer. Beginning with a few days in Edinburgh to acclimatise and get your culture fix you'll then head into the Highlands where lochs, mountains, wildlife and an...

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Scotland in Ultimate Luxury

Edinburgh, Belmond Royal Scotsman, Gleneagles

This memorable once-in-a-lifetime adventure is the ultimate was to explore the Scottish Highlands in luxury style. The Belmond Royal Scotsman offers simply outstanding personal service, fine dining, sumptuous comfort and the companionable atmosphere of a country house hotel as you glide past glens, castles and heather-clad mountains in the...

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