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Scotland & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

10 days |  12 days with Edinburgh extension
10 days |  12 days with Edinburgh extension
Group size1538 travelers
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Get to know the country that marches to the beat of its own drum.

Get to know Glasgow, Scotland’s “second city.” Then, head to the untamed Scottish Highlands, searching for the Loch Ness monster and wandering through ancient castles along the way. In Edinburgh, you’ll witness Scotland’s cultural high notes for yourself at the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the festival features performances by the world’s best martial bands and dancers.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Loch Ness
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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 meal: Breakfast

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 Cèilidh

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.

Tonight, join thousands of others under the lights of Edinburgh Castle for an evening of military bands, dance, and performances at the Military Tattoo.

Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey

From $145 per person

Day 9: Free day in Edinburgh
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.

Palace of Holyroodhouse & Afternoon Tea

From $185 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.

St Andrews

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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4.5 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.5 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Relaxing vacation
    8/5/23 by 1st-time traveler Kathryn

    EF Tours took care of everything....it was a whole lot less stressful because they took care of everything. I highly recommend this tour agency to work with you and plan your next vacation.

    5 out of 5 stars

    We had a great tour!
    8/12/23 by 1st-time traveler Elsa Helen

    My husband and I decided to take this tour with less than 2 months before the scheduled date. We wanted it to include the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and a quick look around Scotland. The trip was all that and more. A great Tour Director in Pascal Wilson, our driver Dave, and all the others on the...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Well organized itinerary highlighting Scotland
    8/12/23 by 7th-time traveler Patricia

    This tour was my seventh with Go Ahead and third as a group coordinator for Go Ahead. Having had three tours depart within the last nine months and this being the third, admittedly I focused less on the details of this itinerary prior to the few months before we departed than my other two tours and...

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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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