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Edinburgh Sightseeing

Edinburgh Sightseeing

Alnwick Castle and the Scottish Borders

We travel out of bustling Edinburgh and make our way through the rolling Moorfoot Hills to the charming town of Melrose where we will enjoy a photo-stop at the ancient Abbey *. Dating from the 12th Century the Abbey was attacked and ransacked by the English troops on many occasions. Our famous King, Robert the Bruce, had the Abbey rebuilt and it is said that he loved it so much his heart was buried here. During our time here look out for the gargoyle of a pig playing the bagpipes!!

At the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot lies the pleasant market town of Kelso. The centre of the town is an impressive cobbled square surrounded by Georgian buildings. Shortly we will cross from Scotland into England and enter the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria.

Impressive Alnwick Castle * is our next treat. After Windsor Castle it is the second largest inhabited castle in England and has been occupied for over 700 years. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies then Alnwick is sure to be familiar to you as it was here that Harry and his classmates had their first flights using broomsticks. During our time here you can explore the impressive State rooms or stroll through the extensive gardens.

Our journey back to Edinburgh will take us towards the ancient Border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed then back into Scotland once more. There are wonderful coastal views to savour as we make our way towards Dunbar and journey’s end.

* Admission fees extra

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned touring coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays

Price:
Adult: 49 £
Child (3-11 years old): 45 £

Edinburgh City Tour

Edinburgh, the Royal and ancient capital of Scotland, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The ancient Royal Mile with its cobbled streets forms the backbone of the Medieval Old Town and leads from the Palace of Holyroodhouse (HM The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) all the way to Edinburgh Castle. This impressive fortress is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the historic Stone of Destiny. The views from the castle ramparts are just simply stunning. Along the way you’ll see the iconic Scottish Parliament building, John Knox House, St Giles Cathedral and much, much more!

Discover the sinister Grassmarket where the infamous murderers, Burke and Hare, had their lair. Many of their victims were enticed back here on their final journey! This was also the location of the city’s gallows and as executions drew a big crowd the expanse of the Grassmarket meant everyone could get a good view!

By contrast the 18th Century New Town boasts gracious Georgian terraces, crescents and grand squares. Shop until you drop in the designer shops of George Street or take a walk along Princes Street with its magnificent gardens, an outstanding feature making this one of the most spectacular shopping thoroughfares in the World.

Our open-top bus tour of Edinburgh is the ideal way to discover all that is best about Scotland’s Capital city. There are up to 4 departures every hour and you can hop on and off at stops along the route so that you can explore the places of interest that you are hearing about in the commentary. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours. The commentary is provided in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian plus ‘Horrible Histories’ Kid’s Commentary.

Included
– Transport by open-top bus
– Personal recorded commentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
– Dutch, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian
– plus ‘Horrible Histories’ Kid’s Commentary.
– Service charges and taxes

Not Included
– Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
– Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
– Gratuity to your driver

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 18 £
Child (5-15 years old): 7 £

Glen Coe, Loch Ness and Inverness

Our journey starts with wonderful views of Stirling, with its Majestic Castle standing guard over the surrounding countryside. Next we travel to Callander, the Gateway to the Highlands.

We travel through Rob Roy MacGregor country then enjoy the views as our coach climbs the “Black Mount” to reach the remote beauty of Rannoch Moor beyond. This unspoilt landscape extends over 50 square miles and is one of the most remote areas of Europe!

We will make a photo stop in haunting Glen Coe where 40 members of the Clan MacDonald were slaughtered by the Government troops of the Campbell Clan. Next we cross the Ballachulish Bridge and make our way to Fort William whose scenic location on the banks of Loch Linnhe and in the shadow of Ben Nevis makes it a popular tourist centre.

The grandeur of the Great Glen is just a foretaste to the highlight of our day together – mysterious Loch Ness! We’ll drive along the entire length of Loch Ness, stopping for a photograph at Urquhart Castle. There is a stop at the World famous Loch Ness Centre* where you can learn more about Loch Ness and its most famous resident. Why not take time to enjoy a monster-spotting cruise* on the deepest part of the loch?

It’s a short drive to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, before we make our way south towards the Spey Valley and through the stunningly beautiful Cairngorm National Park. There will be a brief meal stop in Perthshire before we drive towards Perth and through the Kingdom of Fife. We will end our tour with a drive across the dramatic Forth Road Bridge.

What a monster day out!

* Admission fees extra

What’s included:
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Personal recorded commentary in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish • Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included:
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 57 £
Child (3-12 years old): 53 £

Highland Whisky, Woodlands and Braveheart Country

Departing from Edinburgh we travel northwards to Stirling where our first visit of the day is to the imposing Wallace Monument*. This Victorian tribute is to Sir William Wallace, Scotland’s great freedom fighter and the real “Braveheart”! The monument contains various exhibits, including his mighty 1.7 metre two-handed sword. If you are feeling fit why not climb the 246 spiral steps to be rewarded with wonderful views towards Stirling Castle, the River Forth and the City of Stirling below.

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*, the home of the Famous Grouse. You can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery with a 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 to nearby Dunkeld, where we make a stop for refreshments and a visit to ancient Dunkeld Cathedral which is idyllically situated on the banks of the silvery River Tay.

Next 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.

* Admission fees extra

What’s included:
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned touring coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included:
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Price:
Adult: 42 £
Child (5-12 years old): 39 £

Loch Ness & the Highlands

From Edinburgh we head over the Forth Road Bridge and into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Our route takes us past Loch Leven to the Fair City of Perth. There is a stop for morning coffee in the delightful Victorian resort of Pitlochry before we travel through the dramatic scenery of Glen Garry to reach the wilderness of the Cairngorm National Park .

The soaring peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains guide us through the Spey Valley then our descent of Drumossie Moor brings us to Inverness. After a short panoramic tour of the “Capital of the Highlands” we make our way towards Loch Ness, Scotland’s largest and most famous loch. Why not mount your own Nessie spotting adventure by taking an optional cruise* on the loch?

Later we’ll enjoy glorious scenery as we tour the length of Loch Ness and make our way through the Great Glen to Fort William, which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis – Britain’s tallest mountain. A real highlight is our time in haunting Glen Coe, the “Glen of Weeping”. In 1692 40 of the resident MacDonald clan were massacred in cold blood by the Campbells for not forswearing the Jacobite cause. It is said that you can still hear their cries! We’ll make a stop in this awe-inspiring place so that you can marvel at the natural beauty of the glen for yourself.

The barren wilderness of Rannoch Moor extends for some 50 square miles and is one of the most desolate and unspoilt areas in Europe. Our descent of the Black Mount will afford wonderful views of Loch Tulla before we arrive in the little community of Tyndrum.

We desend through Glen Ogle to reach Lochearnside. Soon we enter Rob Roy MacGregor country and make our way from the Highlands back into the Lowlands. From Callander it is a short drive to reach the motorway and the direct route back to Edinburgh.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 52 £
Child (3-12 years old): 49 £

Oban and the Western Highlands

Our journey takes us northwards through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with it’s lochs and mountains and into the Highlands. From Edinburgh we travel to Glasgow then make our way through Rob Roy country towards the little Highland village of Tyndrum. Next we travel through Glen Lochy to romantic Kilchurn Castle, which stands guard at the head of Loch Awe. For years Loch Awe was a natural protection for the Campbells of Inveraray against their enemies from the North.

Oban is a picturesque fishing port set on the Firth of Lorn. We have plenty of time to discover this bustling town and enjoy the views towards the Island of Kerrera and the Inner Hebrides beyond.

The 3rd Duke of Argyll built the “new” town of Inveraray between 1746 and 1780 at the head of Loch Fyne. The town sits in the shadow of his castle and, as we will discover, this pleasant town retains much of its 18th Century charm.

During our descent of the “Rest and be Thankful” mountain pass we’ll see the original road, built by General Wade, winding its way up the through the glen. Soon we reach the Argyll Forest Park where icy streams cascade down through wooded glens. Shortly we will return to the gentle shores of Loch Lomond once more. It’s a short drive to Glasgow and then onward to Edinburgh.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned touring coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays

Price:
Adult: 52 £
Child (3-12 years old): 49 £

Quest for the Holy Grail

We start our journey of discovery with a drive across the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife. Historic Dunfermline is the site of a great Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th Century. The famous Scottish hero, Robert the Bruce, is buried in the choir of the abbey and we will discover more about his important role in Scotland’s history when we visit this historic place *

After a break we will travel westwards, following the River Forth, towards Stirling. Mighty Stirling Castle is set high on a volcanic plug over-looking the city of Stirling. Our stop will allow a leisurely visit to the castle * where you will have a chance to see the splendid Renaissance Royal Palace of King James V and the magnificent Chapel Royal, where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in 1543. The views from the castle ramparts are quite stunning.

Passing the battlefield of Bannockburn we’ll head back towards Edinburgh and the Pentland hills. At the foot of the hills is Rosslyn Chapel, the reputed resting place of the legend that is the Holy Grail, made famous by Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code. This is the templar holy of holies and you’ll have the chance to bask in its mystery and explore the chapel for yourself *.

* Admission fees extra

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Thursday

Price:
Adult: 45 £
Child (3-12 years old): 39 £

St Andrews

Departing from Edinburgh we will soon be crossing the Firth of Forth by the graceful Forth Road Bridge and journey into the Kingdom of Fife. There is a stop in the delightful village of Falkland where we will step back in time when we visit this traditional Scottish village and explore Falkland Palace (optional), the country residence of the Stuart Kings and Queens. The gardens contain the Royal Tennis Court which dates from 1539 and is the oldest in Britain!

On our arrival in St Andrews there will be a short orientation tour of the town before enjoying an extended stop during which time you can explore the many attractions from the ruins of the 13th Century castle to Scotland’s oldest university. Of course St Andrews is renowned as the home of Golf and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the games ruling body for much of the World, is located overlooking the Old Course. The R&A organises the Open Championship which has taken place in St Andrews on many occasions. You can learn more about the game and the important role that this community has played in its development by visiting the British Golf Museum (optional).

The remainder of the afternoon will be spent discovering the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife as we meander our way back to Edinburgh.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned touring coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Saturdays and Sundays

Price:
Adult: 45 £
Child (3-12 years old): 39 £

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery

We start our tour with a drive to the medieval city of Stirling. Here there is an opportunity to visit Stirling Castle *. The castle overlooks the ancient city of Stirling and is one of the historic buildings that have come to symbolise the spirit of Scotland. Our extended stop in Stirling will allow a leisurely visit to the Castle or the chance to explore the town itself.

The Trossachs is a wonderful area of lochs and wild mountain vistas. We travel to Loch Venachar then climb the dramatic Dukes Pass to the pretty village of Aberfoyle.
The Queen of Scotland’s lakes – Loch Lomond – is sure to put a song in your heart! Loch Lomond is the largest stretch of inland water in Britain. We’ll make a stop in Balmaha where you can enjoy lunch and take a stroll along the “bonnie, bonnie banks”.

Our last stop of the day is to pretty Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery *. As well as having a behind the scenes tour to learn all about the distillers art there will be a chance to taste the end product too!

* Admission fees extra

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned touring coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 45 £
Child (3-12 years old): 42 £

The Original Loch Ness Tour

Leaving 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.

* Admission fees extra

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned touring coach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 44 £
Child (3-12 years old): 37 £

West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles

Our journey starts with wonderful views of Stirling, with its Majestic Castle standing guard over the surrounding countryside. Next there’s a chance to visit magnificent Doune Castle (optional) (which featured in the cult movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’).

Shortly we cross from the Lowlands into the Highlands and are rewarded with views of lovely Loch Lubnaig before driving through “bonnie” Strathyre to reach Rob Roy MacGregor country beyond.

There are views of Loch Earn before we climb through impressive Glen Ogle,stopping nearby for lunch and beautiful views of thesurrounding scenery.

After time for lunch we tour through Glen Lochy to admire spectacular Kilchurn Castle, majestically situated on Loch Awe, and beautifully framed by the surrounding mountains.

Our next stop is Inveraray, a quaint small town built in the mid-18th century, on the shore of Loch Fyne. Here we can choose to visit Inveraray Castle*(April – October only), the historic home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, which is nestled in large beautiful gardens overlooking Loch Fyne. Alternatively, explore the town’s white-washed Georgian houses, wide streets and enjoy views across the shores of Loch Fyne.

Our journey southwards to Glasgow takes us through the dramatic “Rest and be Thankful” pass then into the Argyll Forest Park. Look out for “The Cobbler” a just one of the peaks of the “Arrochar Alps”.

Romantic Loch Lomond is next and when we make our last stop of the day in the picturesque conservation village of Luss you’ll have a chance to discover the “bonnie, bonnie banks” for yourself!

From Loch Lomond we follow the Kilpatrick Hills towards Glasgow then across the Central Belt of Scotland to Edinburgh.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English.
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 44 £
Child (5-12 years old): 42 £

West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles

Our journey starts with wonderful views of Stirling, with its Majestic Castle standing guard over the surrounding countryside. Next there’s a chance to visit magnificent Doune Castle (optional) (which featured in the cult movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’).

Shortly we cross from the Lowlands into the Highlands and are rewarded with views of lovely Loch Lubnaig before driving through “bonnie” Strathyre to reach Rob Roy MacGregor country beyond.

There are views of Loch Earn before we climb through impressive Glen Ogle,stopping nearby for lunch and beautiful views of thesurrounding scenery.

After time for lunch we tour through Glen Lochy to admire spectacular Kilchurn Castle, majestically situated on Loch Awe, and beautifully framed by the surrounding mountains.

Our next stop is Inveraray, a quaint small town built in the mid-18th century, on the shore of Loch Fyne. Here we can choose to visit Inveraray Castle*(April – October only), the historic home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, which is nestled in large beautiful gardens overlooking Loch Fyne. Alternatively, explore the town’s white-washed Georgian houses, wide streets and enjoy views across the shores of Loch Fyne.

Our journey southwards to Glasgow takes us through the dramatic “Rest and be Thankful” pass then into the Argyll Forest Park. Look out for “The Cobbler” a just one of the peaks of the “Arrochar Alps”.

Romantic Loch Lomond is next and when we make our last stop of the day in the picturesque conservation village of Luss you’ll have a chance to discover the “bonnie, bonnie banks” for yourself!

From Loch Lomond we follow the Kilpatrick Hills towards Glasgow then across the Central Belt of Scotland to Edinburgh.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English.
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 44 £
Child (5-12 years old): 42 £

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