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Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland

10 days |  12 days with Edinburgh extension
10 days |  12 days with Edinburgh extension
Group size1538 travelers
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Get to know the land of lochs, glens, and legends.

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

Special departures of this itinerary

Royal Edinburgh Military Tatto

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 liquor tasting
  • 4 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Loch Ness
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Glasgow today.

Glasgow2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Glasgow
Included meal: Welcome dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Glasgow
Included meal: 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.

Historic Scotland & Stirling Castle

From $159 per person

Scottish Highlands3 nights
Day 4: Transfer to the Scottish Highlands
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to the Scottish Highlands, admiring incredible sights as you go.

  • Pass Loch Lomond as you drive through scenic Trossachs National Park.
  • Stop to explore Inveraray Castle and its gardens.
  • Take in stunning scenery as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Please note: Entrance to Inveraray Castle is seasonal and runs from April through October only. When entrance is out of season, it will be replaced with a visit to the Ardkinglas House.

Day 5: Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness & Inverness
Included meal: 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.

  • Pay a visit to the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle.
  • Cruise along the legendary Loch Ness, a deep, freshwater lake, and dock in Clansman Harbour.
  • Stop in Inverness and enjoy free time to explore the city.
Day 6: Free day in the Scottish Highlands
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in the Scottish Highlands or add an excursion.

Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye

From $165 per person

Edinburgh3 nights
Day 7: Transfer to Edinburgh
Included meals: Breakfast, Liquor tasting

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

  • Visit medieval Blair Castle, the former home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl.
  • Explore Blair Athol Distillery with a guide and enjoy a whisky tasting.

Please note: Entrance to Blair Castle is seasonal and runs from April to late October only. When entrance is out of season, it will be replaced with a visit to Black Watch Castle & Museum.

Enjoy a free evening in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Scottish Céilidh

From $175 per person

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
Included meal: 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.

Please note: The order of today's activities are subject to change.

Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey

From $145 per person

Day 9: Free day in Edinburgh & bagpipe lesson
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

This evening, head to a private room at a local restaurant and meet with a professional bagpipe player.

  • Learn about the history of the bagpipe, Scotland’s national instrument, and listen to the musician play a few songs.
  • Pick up your own bagpipe and follow along as they teach the group breathing techniques and tips on how to play.
  • Celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner.

St Andrews

From $159 per person

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Edinburgh
Continue your tour to keep exploring this historic, hilly city, and discover the charms waiting at the end of every close. Spend your extra time in Edinburgh however you'd like, and lean on your Tour Director to point you toward the most exciting sites.
Edinburgh2 nights
Day 10: Free day in Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Rosslyn Chapel & Royal Yacht Britannia

From $159 per person

Day 11: Free day in Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Palace of Holyroodhouse & Afternoon Tea

From $185 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Dreams Do Come True!
    3/21/24 by 1st-time traveler Willene

    I have dreamed of visiting Scotland, every since I was a little girl. I have read stories & thought that was as close as I would come to getting to be there. This was my first trip with Go Ahead Tours. It certainly won’t be my last! I already have another tour booked & I am looking forward to findin...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 4/8/24

    Hi Willene, Thank you so much for sharing your ex...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    A good variety of attractions and landscapes
    3/21/24 by 2nd-time traveler Susan

    Our Scottish guide and driver (the two Ians) really take pride in their country and share so much with visitors. We had a lot of laughs! They took good care of our congenial group. Be aware that Scottish weather can be a challenge, but, with the right attitude it will NOT affect your trip. We “fe...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Scenic Scotland
    3/14/24 by 2nd-time traveler Stephanie

    This was my 2nd trip with EF Go Ahead, and it did not disappoint. I learned so much about the history of Scotland and enjoyed visiting many of the castles. Cornelius was an excellent tour guide and Paul was a superb driver. They were both very knowledgeable and shared great stories. We also had a gr...

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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.
    Novotel Glasgow City Centre
    Novotel Glasgow City Centre

    This contemporary hotel is located in the Glasgow city center. Guests enjoy the fitness center, sauna, and bar. Nearby, you'll find the Burrell Collec...

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    Alexandra Hotel
    Alexandra Hotel

    This charming hotel is located in downtown Fort William. Guests enjoy a bar, restaurant options, and a lounge. Nearby you’ll find the West Highland Mu...

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    Holiday Inn Express - Edinburgh City Centre
    Holiday Inn Express - Edinburgh City Centre

    This modern hotel is located in the New Town of Edinburgh. Guests enjoy the lounge bar, the relaxing Great Room, and convenient location. Nearby, you’...

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