A warm welcome to our group travel to Edinburgh!

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Friday

Overnight travel by coach from London to Scotland or early Saturday morning travel by train (depending on numbers of traveller). 

 

Saturday

Group-travel-to-Edinburgh-7Our tour guide will guide you through the lovely city of Edinburgh. You will get to see the sights and learn some fascinating facts about the country and its people. You will visit places such as Carlton Hill, Holyrood Palace, The Scottish Parliament, The Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle. Our walking tour has a duration of 1,5 hours, showing you the most interesting places of the capital of Scotland! So please bring your cameras!

Meeting point: 1 Parliament Square, Caffe Nero, High Street, Edinburgh

Recommendation for the night: Try a traditional Scottish dinner in one of the local pubs! 

 

Sunday

Highlands, Lochs & Mountains Tour 

Group-travel-to-Edinburgh-7-1Today you will travel into the Highlands with our Scottish tour guide to see the beautiful lochs and mountains in Braveheart country. We visit the Wallace Monument, see the famous Forth Bridge and stop for souvenirs & Tartan gifts at a Scottish woollen mill. 

The tour starts at 8 am from the city center. You will visit different landscapes from the classic Highlands such as Glen Coe and the Abbey Craig (Braveheart story). Arriving at Loch Ness, you have the chance to cruise around the Loch and go and hunt for the monster of Loch Ness!

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Head into the Highlands…

Board the world-famous ‘Nessie Bus’ and get ready for a monster day of adventure. As you head towards the Highlands you’ll see the amazing Forth Railway Bridge, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning example of Victorian engineering was opened in 1890. With its triple cantilever design it is the biggest one of its kind in Britain and the 2nd biggest in the world. Our journey continues past Perth, the old capital of Scotland. With a rich and influential history that stretches back over 800 years it has always been one of the most important political, judicial and commercial centres in Scotland. We will travel along the side of the Tay River, Scotland’s longest river, passing Dunkeld – ‘fort of the Celts’ – the ancient religious centre of Kenneth MacAlpin. Our first stop will be at about 9.30am in the beautiful, small Highland town of Pitlochry, one of the gateways to the Highlands which lies on the river Tummel. Here you can buy some delicious home baking and get ready to continue deeper into the Highlands.

Through the spectacular Cairngorms…

Then enjoy the stunning scenery as you travel through the spectacular and unique wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park, the largest National Park in Scotland. This large mountain range has five of the highest mountains in the UK within its limits. We pass Aviemore, the main town in this area, that is now a centre for outdoor and holiday activities, and then continue north and drive through Inverness – the capital of the Highlands. Perched picturesquely above the river, Inverness Castle dominates the horizon of this thriving city. Then it is on to the famous Loch Ness.

Lunch at Loch Ness…or take a cruise…

Loch Ness is the largest body of water in Britain by volume, incredibly, all lakes and rivers of England and Wales would fit in it. With these dimensions it’s not surprising that a monster is believed to live in the depth of the Loch. The famous “Nessie” was first seen by St. Columba in the mid-6thcentury. But it wasn’t until the 1930s that the mysterious creature came to widespread notice, when it was seen again by an American couple. Since then there have been thousands of sightings and who knows, maybe you will be the next to spot it? During our stop here you can purchase lunch, or eat the packed lunch you have brought with you. Then you’ll have time for an optional one-hour boat cruise out over the deepest waters of the loch* with beautiful views over to Urquhart Castle.

See UK’s highest mountain…

We then make our way through the Great Glen towards the Commando Memorial, erected in 1952 and dedicated to the remembrance of the Royal Marine Commandos who trained here during WWII. We stop here for a quick photo opportunity of Ben Nevis, UK’s highest mountain at 4,413 feet (1345metres). Next we go to Fort William, also known as the outdoor capital of Scotland. Lying in the shadow of Ben Nevis and on the shore of Loch Linnhe its setting is dramatically beautiful. We enjoy a stop for coffee, refreshments and perhaps a wee nip of whisky.

Relive the massacre of Glen Coe…

Glen Coe is broodingly beautiful and steeped in history. It is in the centre of an extinct volcano which exploded millions of years ago, leaving the rocky mountainous place we see today. As you stand at the mouth of the glen, you’ll feel the past come to life as our guide tells you about the terrible massacre of Glen Coe. You’ll learn the parts clans Campbell and MacDonald played in this brutal part of Scottish history. The other side of Glen Coe is Rannoch Moor, one of the last great wildernesses – 50 square miles of peatbog and marsh, and a site of special scientific interest. It is also where part of the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ was filmed. Salute William Wallace and head home… The route home takes you past the beautiful city of Stirling and its stunning castle, which is one of the most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary Queen of Scots. Not far away from here William Wallace had one of his greatest triumphs at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297. You’ll catch a glimpse of the Wallace Monument as we pass by Stirling. His exploits were dramatised in the Award-winning film Braveheart, starring Mel-Gibson. We’ll continue to Edinburgh arriving back at 8.00pm approximately.

Meeting point: 1 Parliament Square, Caffe Nero, High Street, Edinburgh, 7.45 am!

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Monday

After breakfast you will be checking out of the hotel and will for most of the day be travelling back to London. Time of arrival at your home is about 9pm – 11pm depending on where you live.

 

What Is Included In Tour Price


  • Return Travel
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Free map of Edinburgh
  • Free guided walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Free time for sights, shops & museums
  • Opportunity to see the Scottish National Gallery (Free entrance)
  • Photostop at Forth Railway Bridge
  • Day trip to Loch Ness & The Highlands

 

Tour Optionals


Optional extras are also available, but they are not included in the tour price.

 

  • Visit to Edinburgh Castle – £16 or for child (5-15) £9.60
  • Highlands, Lochs, William Wallace Monument, Mountain Tour & Whisky Distillery – £35

 

Hotel Accommodation


Optional room upgrades available at extra cost.

Standard price is for sharing a triple room or quad room (3-4 people) with en-suite shower and breakfast included on Sunday and Monday morning. Note: in busier periods it can be 4 or 5 sharing in hostel accommodation but still with ensuite bathroom and breakfast included.

 

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