featuring the Edinburgh Tattoo Show
- Scone Palace
- St Andrews
- The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
- Edinburgh Castle
- The Kelpies
- The Falkirk Wheel
- Stirling Castle
- Doune Castle
- Loch Katrine Cruise
- Whiskey Distillery Tour
Your Tour Includes
- Experienced driver guide
- Luxury coach transportation
- Return Stena Line sailing (Belfast port to Cairnryan)
- 5 Nights hotel accommodation
- 5 Scottish breakfasts
- 4 Evening meals
- Admission to Scone Palace
- Admission to the Kelpies
- Admission on the Falkirk Wheel and canal cruise
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo Ticket
- Cruise on Loch Katrine
- Admission to a Whiskey Distillery
- Admission to Edinburgh Castle
- Admission to Stirling Castle
- Admission to Doune Castle
- Dublin Hueston Station
- Dublin City Centre
- Dublin Airport
- Carrickdale Hotel
Hotel: The Westerwood Hotel (4 star)
Following local pickups, we travel to Belfast Port by coach and take the lunchtime sailing Stena Line across the Irish Sea to Cairnryan and travel to our hotel in the town of Cumbernauld in Lanarkshire.
Start the day with a hearty Scottish Breakfast and join our coach and driver for an excursion. Our first stop today is Scone Palace, which was the original place of coronation of Scottish Kings. The palace has been home to the Earls of Mansfield for over 400 years and is situation just on the outskirts of Perth poised above the River Tay and overlooking the routes to the Highlands northwards and to Strathmore east to the coast. It has the longest room in Scotland which has entertained many royal figures throughout history.
We continue to the City of St Andrews (named after Scotland’s Patron Saint), home to the oldest University in Scotland, at nearly 600 years old and the third oldest in Britain. The town is surrounded by history and we’ll meet a super local tour guide who will take you on a gently pace walking followed by some free time. We’ll return to our hotel for dinner this evening.
After breakfast we travel to Edinburgh. Capital of Scotland, where you have the day at leisure to explore, shop, sight-see and to dine.
We’ll meet our local guide for panoramic tour of this gracious city, ending with an included visit to Edinburgh Castle. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is on from 2nd to 26th August so you might like to grab a show in the afternoon.
Our day is rounded off by taking our seats at the 9 pm Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacular outdoor show held in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle. The floodlit Castle itself forms a spectacular backdrop for the thousand or so musician, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers performing in the Esplanade. The Tattoo itself is a unique and memorable celebration of pageantry and is one of Scotland’s most famous tourist attractions, staged every year as part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival. At the end of a fabulous evening, our coach will collect us and take us back to our hotel.
Enjoy a relaxing morning at our hotel and in the early afternoon visit we’ll visit The Falkirk Wheel. It’s the only rotating boat lift in the world and it connects the Union Canal and the Forth & the Clyde Canal. After our gentle cruise, we’ll drive to the nearby Kelpies, a world-renowned contemporary sculpture and a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland. We have arranged a guided tour which includes entering the inside of the sculpture.
Our day ends with a visit to the town of Stirling with the magnificent Stirling Castle dominating the sky line. Known as the ‘Key to Scotland’ for centuries this was the most important castle in Scotland with magnificent views of the National Wallace Monument and Stirling Bridge.
Today we travel to the stunning Trossachs a virtually unchanged landscape for nearly 300 years and made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott. Our first stop is the village of Doune and a visit to the 14th century Doune Castle. Once home to Robert, Duke of Albany (the Great Grandson of “The Bruce”), more recently Doune castle has been the film location for Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Macbeth, Outlander and Game of Thrones.
Our next stop is to a local distillery, where we will enjoy an expertly guided tour of Deanston Distillery and have a wee tasting afterwards.
We pass through Callander, the gateway to the Highlands stopping for lunch at a local pub before heading into “The Trossachs”.
Our coach travels along the shores of Loch Venachar to Loch Katrine, one of Scotland’s hidden gems for a one-hour cruise with breathtaking scenery before travelling up and over the “Dukes Pass” and down to the Victorian village of Aberfoyle. If time permits, we will pay a quick visit to the Scottish Woolen Centre before travelling back to our hotel for dinner.
On this our final morning, we check out of our hotel, head west for the ferry to Belfast and homeward bound with wonderful memories of our Scottish Holiday.