Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland

10 days
From its ancient castles to its rolling landscapes and blaring bagpipes, Scotland is undeniably intriguing. With plenty of time to explore, you’ll get your dose of well-known Scottish icons and then head a little off the beaten path, moving farther into the untamed Highlands and through craggy hillsides laden with lochs and Gaelic-speaking villages.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved trails, with some steep hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Scotland

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Glasgow today.

Glasgow 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Glasgow

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Scotland! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Glasgow

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to explore Scotland’s “second city” today with a local as your guide. 

• Drive past the Burrell Collection Museum and admire the city’s university

• Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which features everything from medieval suits of armor to a collection of work by Scottish artists

• Discover local highlights, including George Square and the River Clyde

• Stop outside the city’s medieval cathedral for photos

Spend a free afternoon in Glasgow or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Historic Scotland & Stirling Castle $115pp* Details

Visit Stirling, a town steeped in the history of the Wars of Scottish Independence. For generations, Sterling Castle held off British advances and served as a rallying point for rebellious Scots. It was within Stirling Castle that the infant Mary Stewart was crowned Mary, Queen of Scots. In addition to the castle, you’ll also tour Stirling's quaint Old Town, which still retains its medieval look and feel. Then journey into the valley where "Braveheart" William Wallace beat back the British at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Your excursion also includes a visit to the Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 142 AD, just 20 years after the completion of Hadrian’s Wall. Visit what remains of the wall at Falkirk before taking a ride on the famous Falkirk Wheel, an ingenious boat-lift that carries boats from one canal to another.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Scottish Highlands 3 nights

Day 4: Transfer to the Scottish Highlands

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way into Trossachs National Park en route to the Scottish Highlands. As you go, pass along the banks of Loch Lomond and stop in Glencoe, site of the notorious 1692 MacDonald clan massacre.

Day 5: Loch Ness

  Included meals: Breakfast

Surrounded by legend and lore, Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most mysterious sites. Today, get to know the country’s largest loch as you explore the area.

• Stop at the ruins of Urquhart Castle for photos 

• Enter the Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre, where you’ll see a full-scale replica of the loch’s legendary monster

• View an audio-visual exhibit detailing the history, sightings and myths surrounding the loch

Spend a free afternoon in the Highlands or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Historic Highlands: Culloden Moor & Cawdor Castle $95pp* Details

Though they are most well known for their misty mountains and mirror-like lochs, the Scottish Highlands are also rich with history. Delve into the region’s fascinating past as you set out to visit two notable sites. Your first stop is Culloden Moor, where Jacobite forces were defeated by the British at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Here, you’ll enter the visitor center to learn about the Jacobite Uprising before heading out to the battlefield to see where it all took place. After free time for lunch on your own, make your way to explore the nearby Cawdor Castle. With its Shakespearean ties, Cawdor is considered one of the most romantic castles in the highlands. Please note: When Cawdor Castle is closed, the group will visit Brodie Castle instead.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 6: Free day in the Scottish Highlands

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring the Highlands on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye $99pp* Details

After a scenic drive to the coast, hop a ferry and travel to the Isle of Skye, famous for its association with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Visit the stately Clan Donald Centre, which portrays clan life on the island and pays homage to Gaelic culture and Highland history. Make your way back to the mainland and over to the banks of Loch Duich to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, arguably the world's most photographed castle.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Edinburgh 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Edinburgh, stop in Perthshire, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.

• Visit the historic Blair Castle, the home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl that dates back to medieval times

• Explore Edradour distillery with a guide and enjoy a whisky tasting

Enjoy a free evening in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Scottish Céilidh $119pp* Details

Enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration. Along with a savory dinner of local favorites, the evening will feature folk dancers, bagpipers, fiddlers and the “Ceremony of the Haggis.”

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert.

• View the elegant Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the King George statue, Bute House and Sir Walter Scott monument

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

Spend a free afternoon in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey $69pp* Details

Travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford, where you’ll enjoy an included lunch. Continue on to Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott. The poet designed his home in the Romantic style to imitate the elaborate baronial estates of British aristocrats. Today it serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artifacts that Scott collected throughout his lifetime. Later, visit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April to October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 9: Free day in Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Later this evening, join your group for a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - St Andrews $89pp* Details

St Andrews may be most well known as the home of golf, but it’s also the site of Scotland’s oldest university. On this excursion, you’ll pass by the 16th-century grounds of St Andrews University, the alma mater of Prince William, who met Kate Middleton here. You’ll also join a local guide to enter the ruins of the town’s medieval cathedral and 13th-century castle which overlooks the North Sea.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Edinburgh.

Add Edinburgh Starting from $349 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Edinburgh 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Free day in Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Edinburgh on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Royal Yacht Brittania $85pp* Details

For over 44 years, the Royal Yacht Britannia served as a floating residence for Britain’s Royal Family, playing host to world leaders during state visits and acting as a private escape for Queen Elizabeth II. Step back in time as you make your way through lavishly furnished royal apartments and the more modest crew’s quarters below deck. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from November through March.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 11: Free day in Edinburgh

Enjoy a full free day in Glasgow or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Rosslyn Chapel & Glenkinchie Distillery $89pp* Details

Famous for its connections to the Holy Grail as depicted in the best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel is a place shrouded in mystery and legend. Step inside with a local guide to marvel at the crypt, colorful stained glass windows and the intricate carvings that adorn the interior pillars and arches. Then, discover how Scotch whisky, or “the water of life” is made during a tour of Glenkinchie Distillery, one of six single-malt distilleries in the Scottish Lowlands. Here, you’ll enjoy a tasting before heading back to Edinburgh. Please note: There is no photography permitted inside of Rosslyn Chapel.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.                

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved trails, with some steep hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.         

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Glasgow and depart from Edinburgh. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.    

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).         

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.          

Cuisine

  • Scottish cuisine relies on readily available ingredients like game, dairy and fish, with little use of exotic spices. Pickled kippers and smoked salmon are popular as well as hearty dishes like Scotch broth (stew of meat and root vegetables) and haggis (a savory pudding of sheep innards). Scotch whisky is a legendary local spirit, and Scottish ales are world-famous.         

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Scotland operates within 230-240 volts and use a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter. 
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.      

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though charges may apply.
  • There is no internet access on the motor coach.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.         

Time zones

  • Scotland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in Edinburgh.

Currency

  • You will use the Pound sterling in Scotland.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.          

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Castles of Scotland

The sharing of the background and history of multiple places in Scotland from the Tour Director's knowledge as well as the driver's added to the richness of the experience. Edinburgh was fun in that the older style is being maintained in the city to help capture the history. The scenery of the Highlands is exceptional and was such a visual and photographic treat. I appreciated the many spontaneous stops for stories about place along the way - with an already busy schedule planned - and the many opportunities for taking photos. thank you, Diane

 

Hi Diane! We’re glad that your Tour Director’s expertise enhanced your experience. There is much history to learn about this region! We’re delighted that you enjoyed the itinerary and that you feel you had enough opportunities to take photos. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 01, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VT

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Good times in Scotland

We had a wonderful time in Scotland! This was my first vacation using a tour service and it was nice not having to worry about transportation or planning which attractions to see. I would say that some of the outings were a bit rushed. We ended up going back to a few of them on our free days so we could really get an idea of them. The tour director was great, although since this was his first time doing the Scotland tour he didn't have all the history down, but our driver did and they made a pretty good team.

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Hello! We're so glad you enjoyed the worry-free aspect of traveling with Go Ahead. We love to take care of the details for you! We regret to learn that you feel some excursions were rushed, but we're glad that you were able to go back in your free time to experience them at your leisure. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director and your bus driver, and we will be sure to share that with our team internally. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of my husbands dreams

I Booked this tour for my husband for Christmas 2015. We went on this tour in October 2016. Prior to the trip, the extension we signed up for got cancelled due to low enrollment, but we got our money back and reinvested it into the trip doing our own thing. Everyone else that signed up for the trip, did the same thing, or even added other countries. It was definitely NOT the end of the world. The actual trip: By day two, my husband (who HATES traveling, but agreed to Scotland because of Crookston Castle {our namesake}), told me this we worth every penny we spent, and it REALLY was. The Tour Director was such a great leader and bent over backwards for us, and added so much to our tour. She never lead us astray, i never regretted doing/eating anything she told us. We tried Haggis- which is amazing, if you would care to know. the places we saw, were stunning, and our driver was a very funny man who has such a big heart. I gave it 4 stars on an accommodation because one of our hotel rooms was near a busy train station..which was a tad loud. But it could be worse. I slept just fine. I am looking into a sister trip next year, so definitely planning another trip with go ahead.

 

Hi Stephanie! We’re delighted that you and your husband enjoyed exploring Edinburgh & the castles of Scotland. We regret that your extension had to be cancelled, but we’re glad that you had other wonderful and unique experiences instead. We’re thrilled to hear that your Tour Director added value to your experience and provided you with wonderful suggestions along the way. It’s also great to know that your bus driver made a positive impact on your experience. We appreciate your feedback on the accommodations, and we regret that one of your hotel rooms didn’t meet your expectations. We will be sure to share this with our Operations team for review. Thank you for writing such a detailed and wonderful review. We can’t wait to welcome you and your sister on tour next year!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great tour of Scotland

This tour was fantastic. The tour director - Tom Quinn and the driver Liam were amazing. We had a great group of people, as well. The itinerary really gave us a good glimpse of each city. The excursions we excellent - beautiful scenery and informative. I would recommend this tour.

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Hi Julie! We're thrilled to learn that you had a great time on tour! Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing

It was a great tour. Rob was very knowledgeable, great at adding and altering the itinerary to make the best possible tour experience. I would go again in a heart beat

 

Hi Stacy! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 28, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Scotland Tour 9/8/16

Wonderful Tour! Beautiful country. Rob our tour director was outstanding. His knowledge was extraordinary. Highly recommend this tour.

 

Hi Pat! Thank you for recommending this tour, and we hope to welcome you on the road again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Scotland Tour

Great tour of both the city and countryside. We really enjoyed Andrew, our tour director and Colin, our coach driver. They were very entertaining. We had a great group of fellow travelers as well. There were directed activities and also free time to explore on our own. The only thing that would have made it better was to have visited Doune Castle ( of Monty Python fame).

 

Hi Raquel! We're so glad that you enjoyed your tour of Scotland. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director and driver, as well as your group. It's also great to know that you feel this tour strikes a good balance between structured activities and independent exploration. We thank you for your suggestion to include a visit to Doune Castle and will be sure to share it with our Product Development team. We look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/21/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Scotland

Having just returned from Edinburgh and the Castles of Scotland, I am ready to go back. It was a wonderful trip and cannot wait to do another tour with Go Ahead Tours. I want to have the same tour director for sure. Matthew L was the BEST. He told us stories, played music for us on the bus. Everyday he had a surprise stop or treats for us. He did his best to get us to stops when the crowds were not too great. The only down side was he was pulled from our tour with two days left as he had to fill in for an ill tour guide. We missed him for our tour of Glasgow. As for meals they were very good. Accommodations at Holiday Inn Express hotels were fine. The Aviemore Resort is very much in need of renovation. Ballachulish was old but well cared for and in a lovely location. Our bus driver, Paul was amazing on the Scottish, narrow roads. He was also very personable and friendly.

 

Hi Peg! The fact that you’re ready to go back is a wonderful testament to this tour! Wow! We can’t wait for you to travel with us again. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director, as well as your bus driver, meals, and hotels. We will be sure to share it all with the relevant departments. Thank you for your review, and let us know when you’re ready to travel again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/21/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WONDERFUL!!

I am so glad i went on this tour. The tour guide Matthew was very helpful and energetic even the bus driver, Paul, was awesome! Both were very knowledgeable and spoiled us a ton :) Things i would recommend, bring clothing/umbrella for cold and rainy weather, you will need it especially in the highlands, i went in August and weather was very chilly and wet. Also expect LOTS of walking so bring comfy shoes. The only thing i kind of wished i skipped is the Scottish ceilidh. In a nutshell, its dinner theater and i would rather have done more sight seeing.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/21/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Scotland trip

My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary with Goaheadtours Scotland trip. This was my husbands first trip abroad ever and you guys have definitely given him the travel bug. We loved it! Nicely paced tour with enough time to explore on our own along with fun group activities. We were so lucky to have Matthew as our tour guide. He was the absolute best especially with all his little surprises along the way and surprising us with a specially anniversary gift. Honeymoon suite??. We would travel anywhere with him. Also a shout out to our coach driver, Paul. What a talent he is! He connected with us just as much as Matthew. You almost become family. Scotland was beautiful and Edinburgh has become one of my favorite cities ever. We are fixing on booking out next trip next year. Rose

 

Hi Rose! First of all, happy belated anniversary! What a wonderful way to celebrate twenty-five years. We’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed your tour. It’s also wonderful to know that your husband was bit by the travel bug! We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director and coach driver, and we will be sure to share it with their supervisors. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next trip!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 15, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Trip

This was a wonderful way to experience the beauty of Scotland. The trip was fantastic, I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to visit this country.

 

Hi Jenni! We're so glad you feel this tour was a wonderful way to experience Scotland. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead tour soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/23/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour and Director

Firstly, Rueben out tour director was great!! Took great care of us and added some extra excursions he felt were good (not free). Best was boat trip across Loch Lomond. His knowledge of the history of Scotland and the U.K. was unbelievable. Told great stories and tales of the wars and conflicts and history. We were very impressed! The Tour Director either makes or "breaks" the tour. Rueben made this one memorable. Thanks!!!! The Highlands were beautiful. Were reminded of New Zealand.

 

Hi Michael! It’s great to know your Tour Director made your tour extra memorable by being informative and engaging. You certainly chose an incredible destination, and we’re so pleased you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 13, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director/Trip of a Lifetime

My first trip across the pond was spectacular! I must admit, my first thoughts when booking were not positive related to a "group tour." I can honestly say it is the only way to travel. Our tour director, Tom Q. is so well versed on the history of Scotland and makes the tour much more interesting than trying to learn on your own. I happened to be there during the "Brexit" (referendum). Tom provided great political insight without interjecting any type of slanted opinions. What a memorable time to be part of an historical event! In addition to structured tours, there is ample free time to explore on your own. Tom provided plenty of suggestions for individual adventures. Colin, our coach driver was a native Scot and interjected a great deal of insight into the country as well. You cover a lot of territory during this tour - from Edinburgh and the castles to Pitlochry and the Edradour Distillery, Inverness, Glencoe, (Highlands),Oben, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and Glasgow. Food was great, and the Scot's were warm and welcoming. I should mentioned, this trip was especially memorable for me. My boyfriend proposed to me in St. Margaret's Chapel inside of Edinburgh Castle. So romantic (I said Yes!). Highly recommend this tour and be sure to request Tom Q. as your Tour Director and of course, "Sir" Colin as your Coach Driver. Karen (aka - Tim's Karen)

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Hi Karen! Congratulations to you and your fiancé! What an incredible way to propose! We are thrilled for both of you. We’re also happy to hear that your first international trip went smoothly and that you enjoyed exploring beautiful Scotland. It’s wonderful to know that both your Tour Director and coach driver offered valuable insight into the political and cultural state of the country. We will be sure to share this feedback with their supervisors. Again, we’re so pleased that you enjoyed your tour and we wish you congratulations on your recent engagement. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour of Scotland

What a wonderful tour of Scotland! Ronnie, the Tour Director, was the best - always thinking of our comfort and needs. Paul, the bus driver, was personable and an amazing driver. This was our first trip to Scotland and was a stress-free way to see the country. The accommodations were diverse and interesting, and all the meals were superb, especially the dinners. I can't imagine seeing Scotland for the first time any other way, and I'd recommend this tour to anyone considering a first time trip to this wonderful country.

 

Hi Pam! We’re glad you had a wonderful time exploring beautiful Scotland. It’s wonderful to hear you felt relaxed throughout tour and that your Tour Director was attentive to your needs. We’re also pleased to know that you enjoyed the meals and will be sure to share this feedback with our Operations team. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Another wondeful trip with Go Ahead

This was my sixth tour with Go Ahead and it was terrific. Our tour guide, Eva was pleasant and very informative. With one exception, our accommodations were exceptional, good rooms, good location and great morning breakfasts. Our coach driver was fantastic and gave us time at several stops for photo shoots. I'm looking forward to tour #7.

 

Hi Bill! That’s fantastic that this was your sixth tour with us – wow! Thank you for choosing Go Ahead! We’re so glad you enjoyed your Tour Director and most of your accommodations and amenities. Thank you for your review, and we can’t wait to welcome you on tour #7.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 10, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Overview of Scotland

We travelled in May--a good time since the weather is not too hot or cold. Our tour director, Ronnie was superb. He was very engaging--never too busy to answer questions. The bus driver, Colin, was a miracle worker getting the large coach through some very tight places. Edinburgh and Glasgow both had so much to see. And Oban was an unexpected gem--even saw some high schoolers practicing bagpipes. Some constructive criticism 1. The hotels in Oban and Inverness could have used some sprucing up. They had charm--but worn carpets and squeaky floors are not a selling point. 2. Would be great if the Eilan Donan castle was part of the general tour (not an optional)--it is truly iconic Scotland. Also--since the tour is named Edinburgh and the Castles of Scotland--it would be appropriate to for the base tour.

 

Hi Joanne! We’re pleased that you feel this tour provides a wonderful overview of Scotland. It’s also good to know that you enjoyed your Tour Director and found him to be very helpful and engaging. You’re right that there is a lot to see on this tour, as Scotland is a scenic and culturally rich country. Speaking of which, catching the high school bagpipers playing some tunes must have been such a cool experience! Regarding your suggested improvements, we do appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass it along to our Operations and Product Development teams. We are constantly evaluating our accommodations and itineraries, so your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 09, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director ... EVER!

I just returned from the Castles of Scotland Tour. Our Tour Director, Ronnie was top notch. Calm, funny, knowledgeable ... I could go on and on. And our coach driver, Colin ... the patience of a Saint! This was a fantastic tour, with the exception of the hotels in Inverness and Oban. I don't mind old hotels with character, but the individual rooms had some serious issues (mold in bath tubs, no hot water, stains on sheets, etc.). And there were two distillery tours. One was enough. I would recommend dropping the tour in Oban as they do not allow pictures. Other than that, it was an excellent trip. I travel alone, but there were 30 in our group, and we all got along fabulously. We were the Dream Team! The sites were incredible and our local guides top notch. And for those of you who worry about Scottish food ... I did not have one bad meal. This was my third tour using GoAhead and I found it easy getting the flights I wanted. The GoAhead staff was very accommodating. I was met at the Airport; I was delivered to the airport on my departure date without any issues. And now my countdown begins for my 4th tour in 2017 ... Historic Germany!

 

Hi Bonnie! We’re glad you had a fantastic time on tour and that you enjoyed your Tour Director. It’s also great to know that your group became fast friends and that the meals provided were good. We regret to hear that the hotels in Inverness and Oban did not meet your expectations. A member from our team called out to you to discuss your experience further. If you would like to do so, please call us back at 1-800-597-0350 and ask for Quality Control. We thank you for traveling with Go Ahead and for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful trip!

This was my 6th go ahead your and probably my favorite. Con was a terrific guide making the trip even better than expected! I got to see such wonderful sites and learn a lot about Scotland that I didn't know. The people are so friendly and helpful-I want to go back!

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Hi Karen! Thank you for your review. We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your tour, as well as the warm and welcoming people of Scotland. We’re also pleased to learn that your Tour Director enhanced your time on tour. Let us know when you want to go back! In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour later this year.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 12, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Vacation Ever!!

If you're considering whether or not to go on this tour, I would say, go! Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful, the castles were amazing and the scenery was absolutely gorgeous!! The tour director was very knowledgeable and helpful, he did his best to make sure everyone was taken care of and he went out of his way to ensure our experience was unforgettable. The rooms, food and amount of time we spent at each excursion was well-balanced and there was plenty of time to explore and shop.

 

Hello! We’re thrilled to hear that every component of your tour went off without a hitch! Between your Tour Director, the beautiful scenery, and the wonderful people you met along the way, it sounds like a dream trip. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 26, 2016

1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 3/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Need to rename this tour

Tour Director and our driver, Accommodations & the People that I met was great. But, this tour just needs to be Named Edinburgh & a short tour of Scotland. The Itinerary changed many times from the time I booked it until time I left for the trip. I was able to extend my stay in the U.K for two weeks. Luckily for me I was able to see 14 castle After I left the Go Ahead tours. The Extend stay in Glasgow was cancelled losing out on two castles & Hadrian’s wall which I made up on My own. And a week before I left on the trip They cancelled Eilean Dornan castle, one of my Favorites. I was able to modify my trip by rebooking several accommodation’s and losing several non-refundable deposits. But, I was able to add Eilean Dornan to my list of visits, then a few days before leaving Go ahead called and said they had added the Castle trip back on & wanted me to rejoin the group. Needless to say I would look like a fool to try and reschedule after what I had just gone through. BTW you think that all the Breakfasts that are added to the Itinerary was scheduled by go ahead? they are not, all my accommodation’s that I booked had full breakfast included. One more good thing about this tour was that there was not the projected 30 to 35 people, only 13 was on this trip which made bus travel & bathroom breaks move much smoother.

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Dear Michael, We’re glad that you enjoyed your Tour Director, accommodations, and the people you met on tour. However, we regret that the tour did not meet your overall expectations. Unfortunately, the extension and a couple of the optionals on your tour were cancelled due to low enrollment. If there is not enough interest in a particular activity or extension, we cannot run it. Again, we regret the frustration this caused you. We are glad that you were able to extend your stay and see many of the castles you were hoping to see. We are also happy that one of our team members was able to speak with you about your experience. If you should like to discuss it further, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-597-0350.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 25, 2016

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