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Scotland for Solo Travelers: Highlands, Aberdeen & Edinburgh

10 days |  12 days with Edinburgh extension
10 days |  12 days with Edinburgh extension
Group size1522 travelers
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Roam from whisky country to underrated urban centers (and see plenty of castles while you’re at it).

Lochs, glens, moors—what more could you want from Scotland? Let this Solo Tour show you. Over the course of this journey, we’ll whisk you and your fellow travelers up, down, and all about this inimitable country. Begin in Glasgow before checking off some of the country’s major destinations: Loch Ness, Speyside, and Aberdeen. Along the way, you’ll stop in Inverness and the Highlands, two places that deserve their own share of the spotlight. And if you haven’t had enough old-world charm, get your fill during your trip’s grand finale—a stay in elegant Edinburgh.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 liquor tasting
  • 1 food tasting
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Included highlights

  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Glencoe
  • Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness
  • Speyside Cooperage & distillery
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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! Settle in at your hotel, then meet your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer. Afterward, continue getting to know one another over an included dinner, served with either beer or wine.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Glasgow
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore Glasgow—Scotland’s second city and the U.K.’s cultural and creative capital—with a local as your guide.

  • Drive past The Burrell Collection museum and admire the city’s university—founded in 1451, it’s the fourth-oldest in the English-speaking world and one of four Renaissance universities still operating in Scotland today.
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. First opened in 1870 as Glasgow’s first municipal museum, it features substantial exhibitions of everything from European portraiture to Egyptian antiquities.
  • Discover local highlights, including 18th-century George Square and the River Clyde.
  • Stop outside the city’s medieval cathedral—the oldest building in all of Glasgow—for photos.

Spend a free afternoon in Glasgow or add an excursion.

Historic Scotland & Stirling Castle

From $159 per person

Inverness2 nights
Day 4: Inverness via Glencoe & Loch Ness
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on through the famed Scottish Highlands, admiring winding lochs and pausing at two incredible spots as you make your way to Inverness.

  • Drive through The Trossachs, one of Scotland’s two national parks, and pass by Loch Lomond—the largest on the island of Britain by surface area.
  • Stop in Glencoe, a village of fewer than 400 people and the site of a 1692 massacre of a Scottish clan by members of government forces. Learn about the area and the infamous ambush, and why Clan MacDonald was attacked by the Scottish army in the first place.
  • Stop for a photo at the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle and take in panoramic views of Loch Ness—a freshwater lake whose depths are purportedly home to the mythical Nessie.

Continue to Inverness and enjoy an included dinner, served with either beer or wine, after settling into your hotel.

Day 5: Free day in Inverness
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Inverness or add an excursion.

Historic Highlands: Culloden Moor & Cawdor Castle

From $165 per person

Aberdeen2 nights
Day 6: Aberdeen via Speyside Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Liquor tasting

Set out for Aberdeen, Scotland’s third-largest city, by way of the Malt Whisky Trail and get a good understanding of why the Speyside Region produces some of Scotland’s best pours.

  • Take a tour of the Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage of its kind in the U.K., seeing firsthand how—and why—barrel makers exclusively make casks out of American Oak to age Speyside whiskies.
  • Visit a distillery and sample the fruits of that labor: some of the region’s best Scotch whisky.

Continue on to Aberdeen and enjoy a free evening.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Aberdeen
Included meal: Breakfast

Meet up with a local guide this morning and get to know the “Granite City” on a guided tour.

  • Pass through the campus of the University of Aberdeen, another of Scotland’s four ancient universities, and learn about its three ceremonial colleges: Christ’s College, King’s College, and Marischal College.
  • Admire the 13th-century Brig o’ Balgownie, the oldest bridge in the country, and contemplate how it’s inspired poetry and folklore over the years.
  • Visit Footdee (pronounced “fittie”), a beautifully preserved traditional fishing village marking the eastern end of Aberdeen Harbour.
  • Take a short walk through Old Aberdeen—the historic heart of the city and home to its famed university’s King’s College—followed by free time to explore the area.

Enjoy an afternoon to yourself in Aberdeen or add an excursion.

Balmoral Castle

From $145 per person

Edinburgh2 nights
Day 8: Edinburgh via farm visit & St Andrews
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Lunch

Travel deeper into the Aberdeenshire council area to visit a working cattle farm and learn about Scotland’s agricultural pedigree.

  • Meet up with your farm guide and set off on a walking tour of the grounds, including its barns and land.
  • Learn about the history of the iconic Highland cow. Then, hear about the farm’s high standards for raising beef cattle, before sitting down to a tasting of some fine cuts produced on-site.
  • Sit down for a delicious included lunch at the farm. (Vegetarian options will be available.)

Later, stop in St Andrews—the home of golf and of Scotland's oldest university.

  • Walk by the grounds of the University of St Andrews, an institution of higher education that has existed since 1413. (Fun fact for our anglophiles: Prince William met Kate Middleton while studying there!)
  • Join a local guide to enter the ruins of the town’s medieval cathedral—a 12th-century structure that, in its heyday, was the largest church ever built in Scotland. Then, make the short walk to St Andrews Castle, and marvel in the view of the North Sea.

Finally, make your way to Edinburgh and enjoy a free evening in the capital city.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh & bagpipe lesson
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert.

  • Pass through a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the elegant New Town, before moving through another (the Old Town) to see the Royal Mile—a famous street that connects Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • See the King George statue, Bute House (the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland), and the Sir Walter Scott monument.
  • Enter Edinburgh Castle to view two timeless icons: the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Scone, a fixture at coronation ceremonies since at least the 13th century.

This evening, head to a private room at a local restaurant and meet 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 essential breathing techniques and share other playing tips.

Celebrate your trip, and your fellow travelers, over a farewell dinner served with beer or wine.

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. (That’s Scots for “alley.”) Spend your extra time in Edinburgh however you’d like, leaning on your Tour Director to point you toward the most exciting sights. And for a taste of royal life, sit down for afternoon tea at the Palace of Holyroodhouse—our treat!
Edinburgh2 nights
Day 10: Palace of Holyroodhouse & afternoon tea
Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Make your way down the Royal Mile and pop by the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Kings’ official residence in Edinburgh. Also known as Holyrood Palace, this 16th-century retreat has been the Scottish home to British monarchs for more than 600 years.

  • Take a self-guided audio tour of the palace and gardens to learn more about the Royal Family.
  • Walk through the state apartments, throne room, and portrait gallery before heading outside to stroll along pathways that wind through manicured grounds.
  • Enjoy a spot of afternoon tea complete with unlimited refills, sweet and savory pastries, and scones served with clotted cream and jam.

Please note: Photography is not permitted inside the palace.

Spend a free evening in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Scottish Céilidh

From $175 per person

Day 11: Free day in Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion.

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

Rosslyn Chapel & Royal Yacht Britannia

From $159 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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4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    My First Solo Trip
    5/11/24 by 1st-time traveler Melissa

    This was an amazing trip! This was the first time I've ever traveled solo, but the way this trip is set up is perfect. The group setting of all solo travelers made it easy to talk to anyone and make new travel buddies. If you have been on the fence about solo travel, do it! I'm so glad I tried this ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Saw so much in just 9 days!
    4/20/24 by 1st-time traveler Roberta

    Our tour director Richard was excellent. We received information about what was going to happen every day. He was always available when needed. He shared so much information as we were traveling on the coach. The hotel in Inverness was not as up-to-date as the other three hotels which were excellent...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Scotland is beauiful!
    4/20/24 by 2nd-time traveler Anonymous

    I just got back from the Scotland/Highlands tour. It was wonderful! We toured Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, St Andrews (golf course, University and town) and of course Edinburgh. We also had many stops in between such as Stirling Castle, Loch Ness and Holy Roodhouse Palace to name a few. Richard...

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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.
    Motel One
    Motel One

    This contemporary hotel is located in Glasgow’s city center. Guests enjoy the on-site coffeehouse, an impressive bar, and comfortable rooms. Nearby, y...

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    Royal Highland Hotel
    Royal Highland Hotel

    Located in the Highland city of Inverness, this grand hotel boasts more than 160 years of history. Guests enjoy the traditional decor, rotating art ex...

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    Leonardo Hotel Aberdeen
    Leonardo Hotel Aberdeen

    This stylish hotel is located in the heart of Aberdeen. Guests enjoy the coffee bar, city views, and spacious rooms. Nearby, you’ll find the Aberdeen ...

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    Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket
    Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket

    This modern hotel is located in Edinburgh’s West End. Guests enjoy the fitness center, a bar, and stylish rooms. Nearby, you’ll find Edinburgh Castle,...

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    Flights

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