Essential Scotland

Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness, Glasgow

From £3800 per person in low season
From £4700 per person in high season

based on 6 nights inc. flights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Private guide

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At a Glance

  • A perfect combination of cities and Highlands taking in the highlights of Scotland

  • Take a boat trip to the fabled Loch Ness and look out for monsters!

  • Enjoy guided tours of Edinburgh and Glasgow

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8025 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

Journey through the magical cities and the picturesque Highlands of Scotland, where high peaks give way to mysterious lochs and enchanting castles. In the bustling and historically-rich capital of Edinburgh, step inside its famous castle and tour the Old Town. Visit Stirling’s spectacular fortress and keep an eye out for the Loch Ness lake monster, which according to folklore, lurks beneath the murky waters of the loch.

  1. Days 1-4: Edinburgh

    Welcome to Edinburgh! This picturesque city is strongly defined by the imposing castle which dominates the skyline of this hilly city. A guided walking tour will take you around the castle and along the iconic Royal Mile, the largest inhabited street in the world. Visit the home of Scottish parliament, located within the UNESCO World Heritage site at Holyrood. Constructed from a mixture of steel, oak, and granite, the complex building was hailed on opening as one of the most innovative designs in Britain.

    Over the next couple of days, you’ll be taken to the surrounding areas of Edinburgh, where there is plenty to see including Rosslyn Chapel, which dates all the way back to 1446 and featured in the Hollywood movie the Da Vinci code. The National Museum of Scotland is one of the most visited museums in the world featuring over 20,000 artefacts and is also a must-see during your visit.

    Accommodation: Intercontinental Edinburgh The George (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-5: Perthshire

    Leaving Edinburgh behind head towards the mighty Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. Nearby the Wallace Monument, a tower standing on the summit of Abbey Craig, a hilltop near Stirling, commemorates Sir William Wallace, a 13thC Scottish hero.

    After, continue to Perth, a beautiful and romantic city in central Scotland, located on the banks of the River Tay.

    Drive up to the Kinnoul Hill and enjoy a local walk with fantastic views of Perth and the lower Tay valley.  Visit the one of the heritage highlights in Perth: Scone Palace, the ancestral home of the Earls of Mansfield; the crowning place of Scottish Kings and Perth Black Watch Museum.

    Accommodation: Kinloch House Hotel (1 night)

  3. Days 5-6: Inverness

    Venture north into the Highlands, passing Blair Castle to the capital of Highlands – Inverness! This scenic journey takes around 2 and a half hours passing through breath-taking landscapes which will keep you mesmerised along the way.  

    Blair Castle stands near the village of Blair Atholl and is the ancestral home of the Clan Murray, as well as being the seat of their chief, the Duke of Atholl. This pristine white castle has a large armoury which includes weapons used during the battle of Culloden. A visit to Scotland is not complete without sampling the “water of life”.  On a visit to a whiskey distillery, you’ll have the chance to understand how this iconic drink is made and perhaps try a tipple for yourself.  

    Finally, we’ll take you to the fabled Loch Ness and its kaleidoscope of theories and stories surrounding the Loch Ness Monster. The freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extends for approximately 23 miles (37km) southwest of Inverness. 

    Accommodation: Ness Walk (1 night)

  4. Days 6-7: Glasgow

    For your final day you’ll have a guided tour of Glasgow, visiting The Mackintosh House which features the meticulously-reconstructed principal interiors from the Glasgow home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret, complete with original furniture. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular attractions and features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8,000 objects, including the Salvador Dali masterpiece ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’ and Sir Roger the Asian elephant. You will also visit the city centre and see Glasgow Cathedral and Buchanan Street. 

    From Glasgow, it is easy to get to your next destination with a range of international flights. Otherwise, you may wish to extend your trip, perhaps journeying to the magical Isle of Skye.  

    Accommodation: Blythswood Square Hotel (1 night)

Experiences

  • Explore the Cairngorms

    The Cairngorms is the largest National Park in the United Kingdom and home to a quarter of Scotland's native forest, a third of the UK's land above 600 meters and a quarter of the rare and endangered species in the British Isles.

  • Hogwarts Express

    The Jacobite Steam Train runs between Fort William and Mallaig on the wonderfully scenic West Highland railway line, famed for its iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct which may seem familiar as it is on the way to Hogwarts in three of the Harry Potter films.

  • Holyroodhouse

    The Queen's official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Originally founded as a monastery in 1128, Holyroodhouse has played a key role in Scotland's turbulent history.

  • Loch Ness cruise from Fort Augustus

    Search for the mythical Loch Ness Monster during a cruise across the impressive loch. Take in the beautiful views as you cruise across the water, before landing at Urquhart Castle and exploring its ancient ruins.

  • Private Luxury Cruise on Loch Ness

    Step aboard a luxury motor cruiser to enjoy an exclusive boat trip along Loch Ness. Your charming local hosts will regale you of stories of the loch and its many mysteries, as well as giving a delightful insight into the local life of Inverness.

  • Stirling Castle & the Trossachs

    Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s history. It has witnessed the

    crowning of many Scottish Kings and Queens, and the earliest parts of the building date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.

Location

Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness, Glasgow

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