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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. Then, head a little off the beaten path, moving farther into the untamed Highlands and along 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 paved roads and unpaved trails, with some 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, 4 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 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 New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott Monument, the largest monument to a writer in the world

• 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 $95pp* 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: $105)

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 4: Free day in Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add excursions.

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)

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)

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 ancestral home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl which 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 $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)

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 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

• 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 past the ruins of  Kilchurn Castle, located on the beautiful Loch Awe. Then, continue on 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. 

• Admire the city’s university and cathedral 

• 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

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 Starting from $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 another 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

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 $95pp* 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: $105)

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.

How's the weather?

  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Glasgow, Scotland
Temperature Precipitation
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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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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

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