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Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland

10 days
From its ancient castles to its rolling landscapes and blaring bagpipes, Scotland is undeniably intriguing. With ten days 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

Maximum tour group size: 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.

Experience the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on a special summer departure of this tour.

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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, 4 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 Edinburgh today.

Edinburgh 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Edinburgh

  Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: 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-style New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the 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 $105pp* 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. Then, 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: $115)

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 decks. 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 4: Free day in Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - St Andrews $99pp* 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: $109)

Optional Excursion - Scottish Céilidh $129pp* 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: $139)

Inverness Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Travel to the Inverness Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Inverness, 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

Day 6: Free day in the Inverness Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye $109pp* 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: $119)

Western Highlands 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: The Western Highlands via Loch Ness

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue westward along the Great Glen, making several stops before arriving in the Western Highlands region.

• Visit the Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition, 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

• Stop at the Caledonian Canal, which runs between Fort William and Inverness

Day 8: Kilchurn Castle & Oban Distillery

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to the ruins of  Kilchurn Castle, located on the beautiful Loch Awe. Here, a local will introduce you to the castle’s engaging history on a guided tour. Then, transfer to the waterfront village of Oban for a tasting of Scotch whisky.

Glasgow 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Glasgow

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Glencoe, site of the notorious 1692 MacDonald clan massacre, and take the high road past Loch Lomond on your way to Glasgow. Arrive in Scotland’s “second city,” where you’ll embark on a guided tour. 

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

• Admire the city’s university and medieval cathedral

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

Later, join your group for a farewell dinner in Glasgow.

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 Glasgow.

Add Glasgow $299 pp

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

In Gaelic, Glasgow means "the Dear Green Place," a fitting title for the city with more parks per square mile than any other city in Europe. Famous for its passion for football (soccer) and its fabulous shops that beat those in Edinburgh hands-down, Glasgow is also renowned for its distinguished university, which is over 500 years old, and Kelvingrove Park, the vibrant meeting ground adjacent to it. Most impressive, though, are the Glaswegians, so genuine that their warmness and lyrical speech stay with you long after you depart Scotland's shores.

Glasgow 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Free day in Glasgow

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Glasgow on your own.

Day 11: Free day in Glasgow

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day 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)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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

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, 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 $109pp* 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: $119)

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 $129pp* 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: $139)

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 $105pp* 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. Then, 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: $115)

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 $99pp* 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: $109)

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 $349 pp

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 decks. 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.

How's the weather?

  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Glasgow, Scotland
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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Scotland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Scotland. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Edinburgh and depart from Glasgow. Included transportation is by private motor coach. All of the cities and towns on this itinerary are accessible on foot, but you  may want to break up periods of walking by using both have a fairly efficient bus system. Passes and packages are available. If you decide to take an excursion outside the cities on your own, make use of ScotRail’s excellent train system. You can pick up trains at Edinburgh’s main station (near the Scott Monument, between Old Town and New Town) and at Glasgow Central and Queen Street Stations.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Cuisine

Like the rest of Britain, Scotland often gets a negative reputation for its cuisine, but in truth the food here has been improving since an influx of international choices became available in the early 1990s. For traditional Scottish fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal, which often features delicious vegetarian options. Specialties of Scotland include shortbread, kippers, smoked salmon, Scotch broth, venison, oatcakes, jelly, jam, and of course, haggis (made of sheep innards). Indian, Chinese and Italian food are widely available and delicious. Scotch whisky is a favored local spirit, and Scotch ales (especially from microbreweries) are some of the best in the world.

Currency

The British pound is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Scotland, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/debit cards and credit cards. They may be used at ATMs, which are widely available in Edinburgh and Glasgow (mostly on the Cirrus and Plus international networks). We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa

In order to enter Scotland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Scotland. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Edinburgh and depart from Glasgow. Included transportation is by private motor coach. All of the cities and towns on this itinerary are accessible on foot, but you  may want to break up periods of walking by using both have a fairly efficient bus system. Passes and packages are available. If you decide to take an excursion outside the cities on your own, make use of ScotRail’s excellent train system. You can pick up trains at Edinburgh’s main station (near the Scott Monument, between Old Town and New Town) and at Glasgow Central and Queen Street Stations.

Clothing & packing tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Cuisine

Like the rest of Britain, Scotland often gets a negative reputation for its cuisine, but in truth the food here has been improving since an influx of international choices became available in the early 1990s. For traditional Scottish fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal, which often features delicious vegetarian options. Specialties of Scotland include shortbread, kippers, smoked salmon, Scotch broth, venison, oatcakes, jelly, jam, and of course, haggis (made of sheep innards). Indian, Chinese and Italian food are widely available and delicious. Scotch whisky is a favored local spirit, and Scotch ales (especially from microbreweries) are some of the best in the world.

Currency

The British pound is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Scotland, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/debit cards and credit cards. They may be used at ATMs, which are widely available in Edinburgh and Glasgow (mostly on the Cirrus and Plus international networks). We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First time solo

I have always wanted to see Scotland and after my divorce I thought why not now. We had previously used GoAhead before and were impressed with the tour so I decided that for my first solo trip, I would use them again. They have a good balance of guided tours and stuff to do on your own. Luckily for me, I was included in another group of wonderful women who allowed me to tag along with them on our free time. My favorite part of this trip was the Highlands. Being a big history buff, this was a dream! I had not read anything about the Highlands history, but after this tour I found myself drawn to books about this area and my love for it has grown. I would definitely recommend this trip!

 

Hi Kristi! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It sounds like you made great connections with some of your fellow travelers. We are so happy to hear that! We’re also pleased to hear you feel our tours strike a good balance between structured activities and down time. The Highlands are indeed a particularly beautiful region of Scotland. From the picturesque landscapes to the rich history, this is a part of the country that is easy to fall in love with. We’re glad you agree! Again, thank you for your glowing review. We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Vacation

My husband and I had such an amazing time on our vacation. Our tour director was hilarious and very knowledgeable. We will definitely be returning to Scotland. We made new friends from all over the country and world for that matter. I cannot thank Go Ahead enough.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best trip ever!

The whole trip to Scotland was wonderful and I hated that it came to an end. Ronnie (tour director) was excellent. He was very friendly and kept us amused the entire trip. He made sure we all enjoyed our trip and was available if we needed him for anything. Paul (driver) was amazing with driving the bus on some of the roads. He was friendly and kept us amused also. We saw a lot of sites during the short time there and got a taste of what Scotland had to offer. The hotels we stayed at were very nice, I had no complaints there. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in Scotland, everything was taken care of by Go Ahead and Ronnie, all we had to do was show up at airport. One thing I would recommend though is to take some wash clothes with you if they are used at home. The hotels we stayed at in Scotland did not offer them in their rooms.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Castles Galore

This was my first trip overseas so I wasn't sure what to expect. This was also my first trip with GoAhead tours. I've not used any other tour companies so my experience is limited. But our Tour Director Kristene was marvelous. Very funny, extremely accommodating, kept us on schedule and went out of her way to make sure everyone had a good time and had all their needs met. The hotels, food and excursions were fabulous. Never had a bad meal. The wifi at a couple of the hotels was poor, but we switched hotels every 2-3 days, so it was a short inconvenience. The coach was very comfortable and roomy.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Hard to beat this trip!

Scotland is so beautiful, we felt like we were in a fairy tale! We chose Go Ahead because of their desirable itinerary, reasonable prices, excellent customer service, and optional free time to do our own side trips. We could not have been more pleased with our experience. Our tour guide Khristiene and bus driver Paul were simply excellent. Khristiene was always positive, thoughtful, organized, and went out of her way to ensure that we were entertained, educated, and well cared-for. Extra details such as restaurant choices, bus music, funny stories, bits of history and culture, and impromptu road stops for photo shoots truly enhanced our experience. It's hard to imagine finding another tour that would beat this one. We are already planning future tours with Go Ahead, and would quite frankly go anywhere if Khristiene was leading trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A dream come true..

What an amazing experience!! I don't know that I will be able to put into words how amazing this trip was. I have always wanted to travel,, from a young age, long before I even knew what or where Scotland was, I knew I needed to go there. At 35 years old, I decided it was time to stop watching the world go by and to see it for myself. I spent months researching tour companies, reading reviews, checking their schedules and offerings before I decided on giving you a try, and I am grateful I did. When I told my parents my plan, much to my surprise, my mother decided to join me, which was our first trip since I was a child, and both of our first times out of the country. Right from the start all of the times I had interacted with GoAhead personnel it was smooth and easy, right from helping with finding flight options that worked for us, to helping us plan our open days that we opted to not join the group, your staff was friendly and accommodating. When we arrived Reuben our director was waiting for us with a welcoming smile and I knew right then I had made the right choice. There is so much to see and do, and this tour lets you get a taste of it all. While I agree with the posts citing a lot of time on the bus, I really didn't mind, as it enabled me to see much of the stunning countryside. Our driver Colin was amazing and made me feel like I was home. I honestly could have done without the time in Inverness, and would have much rather spent more time in the Ft.William area, but that is solely based on where I felt most comfortable. While my mother and I did many of the excursions offered, we did venture out on our own more than once, and Reuben was diligent in helping us arrange our day, be it calling for a taxi for us, or simply suggesting a place to have lunch. He always checked in after as well, making sure we were accounted for and getting the most out of our time with him. What also impressed me was how he liked to introduce us to some of his Scottish favorites, and was generous in purchasing them for the group, it was like him giving a piece of himself to us, which made it even more special. In hindsight I wish I had opted for the Glasgow extension, and allowed myself more time to explore there as well. I also can't say enough about Natalie, one of your customer service agents who also was on tour with us. She was sweet and giving of her time, remembered everyone by name, and really made time to sit and chat with each and everyone there. She is truly a credit to your company, and seems to embody the positivity that all associated with you have. You have given me the courage to explore the world, and can't wait for 2017, and my next experience, a trip to Italy and Greece...

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Scotland!

We just returned from 3 and 1/2 weeks in the UK. The first portion of our holiday was the Edinburgh and the Castles of Scotland tour with Go Ahead. As usual, we arrived a day prior to the start of the tour. That way we are fresh on day 1 of the tour. Our Go Ahead guide, Christienne was wonderful. She was professional, warm, funny and an enthralling story teller. We enjoyed her immensely. I think that she would be wonderful as a guide for Ireland (her homeland), Italy or France. Our bus driver, Paul also deserves an excellent rating. He and Christienne were a great team. The highlights for my husband and me were Edinburgh, the Highlands, Inverness, the Isle of Mull and Tobermory, the castles, Melrose Abbey and the Scots. The country is breathtakingly beautiful. Personally, I could have skipped the Nessie exhibit at Loch Ness. I am sure that some would feel cheated if they did not get to see it, but it is just not my cup of tea. I also would have loved more time in Inverness. The hotels were clean and serviceable. We enjoy exploring local restaurants and pubs and Go Ahead's itinerary allows time for this. Overall, I feel the tour was a good value for the money and would not hesitate to recommend it.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Terrific value

I am almost 60 having never traveled outside the country before, and when my daughter found this trip for us to take together I decided to go with reservations. I do not like to fly. My daughter knew that Scotland would be the only destination that would get me on a plane. Now, I cannot believe that I missed this experience this long into my years...from the planning and booking stage through the followup after returning your service was polite, efficient, and left this inexperienced traveler prepared and now with confidence to travel again. Our tour director, Reuben, was so familiar with the material presented and had a personality that did not stop. Ever. He was terrific. I am home again, hungry to learn even more about the places and things I have seen, and so very happy that my daughter found your agency to put our trust in. I could not recommend your service with any more enthusiasm. Thank you for much more than a "wee dram" of education and memories.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome tour and Khristiene is an exceptional Tour Director!!

I just got back from the "Edinburgh and the Castles of Scotland" tour and had an amazing time. I have Scottish family heritage but had no idea how incredibly gorgeous the country was. We started in Edinburgh and were lucky enough to have 2 full days of sun and just mild rain the third day. Our whole trip had incredibly good weather considering we were in Scotland. I absolutely loved all the locations we went to and the beautiful Scottish countryside. Our meals were also very tasty and at top quality resturants. The hotels were all comfortable and offered good breakfasts. Khristiene was our tour director and I can't say enough about how wonderful she made this experience. You never know who you'll get when you sign up for a guided tour and she went above and beyond to make this trip extremely special. She was warm and thoughtful, constantly upbeat and patient, played significant Scottish music, gave out Scottish chocolates, read Scottish poetry, told us history about every location and local stories, checked in with us regularly to find out how we were doing and if there was anything more we wanted to see or needed assistance with. She also was obviously passionate about what she does and I can tell you that she was so good that I'd sign up with just about any tour if I knew she was directing it. Hopefully Khristiene will be chosen to direct Italian tours. I know she speaks Italian and our next trip will most likely be the Venice, Florence & Rome. She's born to do this. Everyone loved her. What a memorable trip for my mother and myself, I didn't want it to end. Big thanks!!

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