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Scottish Heritage Tour: Edinburgh, the Highlands & Glasgow

  • Duration: 11 days
  • Group size: 14-28
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Follow your family history through the lochs and hills of Scotland.

Discover familial connections on this genealogical journey through Scotland created in collaboration with Ancestry®. You’ll learn about the country’s rich history and lively legends by exploring iconic sites like Edinburgh Castle. In between visiting Scotland’s historic cities and traversing the countryside landscapes, enjoy time to research your family history and connect with your Scottish roots.

Your tour package includes
  • AncestryDNA® kit
  • Pre-trip family history review with AncestryProGenealogists®
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
Included highlights
  • Special AncestryProGenealogists® sessions
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • ScotlandsPeople Centre
  • Culross
  • Highland Folk Museum
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Edinburgh today.

Edinburgh3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Edinburgh
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Scotland! Meet your Tour Director, genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists®, and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh & ScotlandsPeople Centre
Included meal: 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, the largest monument to a writer in the world

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone Head to the ScotlandsPeople Centre, the country’s official government resource for ancestral research, this afternoon.

• Get an introduction to Scottish genealogy and the ways you will be tracing your heritage with your genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists®

• Enjoy free time to research your genealogy

Spend a free evening in Edinburgh or return to the Scotlands People Centre to spend more time researching your ancestry.

Day 4: Free day in Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day further researching your ancestry in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Rosslyn Chapel & Dunbar
Excursion (additional cost)
Perthshire1 night
Day 5: Perthshire via Culross
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Perthshire, stopping to tour the quaint village of Culross with a local guide. Then, continue on to Perthshire and sit down for an included dinner.

Scottish Highlands3 nights
Day 6: Scottish Highlands via Highland Folk Museum & Clan Cameron Museum
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

As you make your way to the stunning Scottish Highlands, stop to participate in ancestral research and learn about the area’s rich history.

• Explore the grounds of the Highland Folk Museum, which showcases historic art pieces, artifacts, clothing, jewelry, musical instruments, photographs, and more

• Visit the research library to discover the roots of Highland culture

• Make your way to the Clan Cameron Museum to learn about the role Clan Cameron played in the Jacobite rising of 1745

Continue on to the Scottish Highlands and enjoy an included dinner this evening.

Day 7: Culloden Battlefield, Inverness & Highland Archive Centre
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, uncover Scotland's dynamic history by visiting some of the most significant destinations in the Highlands.

• Take a self-guided tour of the Culloden Battlefield, site of the final fight of the 1745 Jacobite Rising

• Head to Inverness and walk through the historic city center with your Tour Director

• Visit the Family History Room at the Highland Archive Centre and meet up with specialists who will assist with ancestral research

Day 8: Free day in the Scottish Highlands
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore the Scottish Highlands or add an excursion.

Isle of Skye & Clan Donald
Excursion (additional cost)
Glasgow2 nights
Day 9: Glasgow via Glencoe & Inveraray Castle
Included meal: Breakfast

Admire striking scenery and learn about the local history as you travel through the Scottish Highlands today.

• Stop in Glencoe to see the site of the Massacre of Glencoe

• Journey to Inveraray Castle, one of the most famous castles in Scotland, which has been featured in the popular television show Downton Abbey

• Enter the castle and walk around the grounds to learn about its history as an ancestral home

• Enjoy free time to shop or visit the castle’s private archives

Then, take a scenic drive through Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first national park. Stop along the way to admire the striking scenery of Loch Lomond and the surrounding mountains as you travel to Glasgow.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Glasgow & Mitchell Library
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Walk through the Glasgow Necropolis

This afternoon, pay a visit to the Mitchell Library where you’ll enjoy a summary of all you’ve learned about Scottish heritage from your genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists®.

Then, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Flights

Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.

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  • Round-trip flight for your tour
  • Airport transfers at your destination
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  • 24/7 support from our dedicated service team
  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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About your Heritage Tour 
  • This tour was created in collaboration with Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics. Ancestry® harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives.
  • As part of your tour package, you’ll receive an AncestryDNA® kit within one month of booking your trip. Please complete the simple test as soon as possible to receive your DNA results.
  • Prior to your tour, we will contact you to schedule your 5-hour pre-trip family history review with AncestryProGenealogists®.
  • A genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists® specializing in Scottish research will accompany your group and provide unique genealogical and heritage insight throughout the entire trip.
  • Ancestry® offers customized ancestral home visits during and after the main trip for an additional cost. With these, one of the AncestryProGenealogists® staff will accompany you to the exact town, village or parish, in Scotland where your own specific ancestors lived. If you’re interested in an ancestral home visit, ask about organizing one during your pre-trip family history review.
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 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some 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.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • 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 Tours arrive in Edinburgh and depart from Glasgow. A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance 
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • 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 the United Kingdom.
  • 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 Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account 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 
  • The United Kingdom 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 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.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity 
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones 
  • The United Kingdom operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour.
Currency 
  • You will use the Pound sterling on tour.
  • 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 to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD 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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