Sights of Scotland Tour

From $1499 (was $1749)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

10 Days

Passport Required

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Introduction

Experience a wild, otherworldly country filled with history, mystery, and magic—where craggy mountains stand sentry over misty moors, and grand castles overlook murky lochs. Visit ancient cities and see why Scotland’s culture, history, scenery and food are unlike anywhere else!

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Sights of Scotland Tour! 

Trip Includes

Sightseeing
  • Edinburgh
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Loch Ness
  • Inverness
  • Western Highlands
  • Isle of Skye
  • Glasgow
Hotel Accommodations
  • 8 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • 8 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
Service
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

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Trip Highlights

  • See Edinburgh and tour Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels
  • Witness the spectacular scenery of the  Scottish Highlands
  • Discover Loch Ness and take a scenic cruise
  • Explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle
  • Stop at the historic battlefield site of the Battle of Culloden Moor
  • Tour Cawdor Castle and its lovely gardens
  • See the rugged and beautiful Isle of Skye
  • Included whisky distillery tour & tasting
  • Learn about the history and culture of the Scottish Clans

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Sights of Scotland

Tours Starts: Edinburgh, Scotland

Tours Ends: Glasgow, Scotland

Day 1

Depart for Scotland

Your journey begins on your overnight flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure until the included welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport or similar

Day 3

Edinburgh

Your first full day in Scotland starts with a comprehensive tour of Edinburgh. The beautifully maintained capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and tour highlights include the Royal Scottish Academy, The Georgian House, St. Giles Cathedral, The Scottish Parliament, and Greyfriars Bobby. Your final stop this morning is Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and Edinburgh’s oldest building, St. Margaret’s Chapel. Admission to the castle is included for you to enjoy a self-guided tour. The guided portion of the day concludes at lunchtime, after which you are free to remain in the city and explore on your own, or to join our afternoon optional tour. (B)

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport or similar

Day 4

Edinburgh to The Highlands

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head to one of the most historically significant places in all of Britain—the iconic Scone Palace in Perth. Scone Palace is the home of the Earl of Mansfield, and has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots since the 9th century. Robert the Bruce was crowned at Scone in 1306, and the last coronation was of Charles II in 1651. Continue to the Highlands to enjoy some free time. Today also includes a visit to the Leault Working Sheepdogs Farm for a 45-minute demonstration of up to eight dogs working as a team to herd sheep and responding to their own personalized commands and individualized whistles. Meet the collie pups, see the orphan lambs and perhaps take part in shearing a sheep. Before you reach your hotel, you’ll see Britain’s tallest mountain range in Cairngorms National Park. (B, D)

Highlander Hotel or similar

Day 5

Loch Ness & Inverness

Enjoy stunning views of Inverness and the Moray Firth as you make your way into the Great Glen, and Loch Ness. Up to 755 feet deep at places, the murky lake has plenty of hiding space for the mythical Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie,” as she has been referred to locally since her first sighting in 1933. You’ll take a short scenic cruise across the loch to Urquhart Castle, where you will have time to explore the ruins dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy the afternoon at your own pace, taking in the sights of Inverness, the ancient capital of the Highlands, populated since 565 BC. (B)

Jurys Inn Inverness or similar

Day 6

The Highlands

Our first stop this morning is the historic battlefield site of the bloody Battle of Culloden Moor. This brutal battle in April 1746 saw thousands of casualties and marked the end of the 60-year-long Jacobite Uprising against the English monarchy. Enjoy an innovative interactive exhibit about the battle, as well as area history at the Visitor Centre. Continue to Cawdor Castle, an ancient medieval fortress with three very different and extraordinary gardens. Explore the grounds on a guided tour before continuing to Glen Ord Whisky Distillery for an informative tour and tasting of beautiful Scotch Whisky—no trip to Scotland would be complete without it! (B, D)

Jurys Inn Inverness or similar

Day 7

Isle of Skye & Western Highlands

Today you’ll visit one of the most ruggedly beautiful places in Scotland, the unforgettable Isle of Skye. This magical island has been occupied since the Mesothelic era, and its history is something you will learn about during your stop today at the verdant Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum. The Highland estate features romantic ruins, historic gardens, and an award-winning museum all for you to enjoy during your visit today. (B)

Royal Hotel or similar

Day 8

Argyll & Glasgow

Today’s itinerary takes you farther south along the rugged shoreline into Argyll. First, you will visit Inveraray Castle, built in 1743 in the Gothic Revival style. You’ll enjoy seeing the extensive collection of pikes, muskets and other weaponry. There will also be a short break on the banks of Loch Lomond, the largest lake in the country. After leaving the tranquility of the Highlands, your trip takes you into Glasgow, the biggest city in Scotland. (B)

Alana Hotel or similar

Day 9

Glasgow

During a panoramic morning city tour, you will see the remnants of the monastery at Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis, an ancient cemetery in the middle of the city. You will also visit George Square, named after King George III and the de facto center of Glasgow. The rest of the afternoon is yours until our final sit-down Farewell Dinner (B, D)

Alana Hotel or similar

Day 10

Depart for Home

Bid farewell to Scotland and depart for home. On certain tour dates, you may choose to combine our Scotland and Ireland tours. If you are joining us for our Ultimate Scotland & Ireland tour, you will fly to Dublin on day 10 to join our Best of Ireland itinerary. (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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