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Explore ancient castles in the Highlands, stroll Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and kick up your heels at a cèilidh (that's a dance party with bagpipes)—our Scotland tours offer adventures aplenty.

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What our travelers say about their trips to Scotland

Splendid & Perfect!
04/14/22 by 1st-time traveler Barbara
As a huge Outlander fan, I appreciated and was blown away that Tim took it upon himself to research filming locations and memorable spots in the television show for us to see. Needless to say, now I am spoiled. for all future trips. This was truly a trip to last a lifetime.
Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland
Edinburg & the Castles of Scotland
03/10/22 by 1st-time traveler Maggie
Amazing adventure! Beautiful & scenic! Our hotels were located in the City Centre, very convenient. Our tour guide, Cornelius, brought the history alive, through his vast knowledge & witty commentary.
Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland
Absolutely Amazing!!
11/18/21 by 3rd-time traveler Michelle
This tour was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide Rueben was truly stupendous!!! The architecture and scenery was so beautiful. If you like castles this is the tour to take.
Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland
Scotland the Grand
By 4-time traveler Eugene on 8/24/2018
Once we arrived at Glasgow we found welcoming tour guide who makes sure she has all her people. She checked multiple times so none were left behind. Each day was a new adventure of sights, history and conversation. Our main tour coach driver (don't say buss!) was a wonderful person as well.
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Land That I Love
By 5-time traveler Jessica on 4/10/18
This tour provided a wonderful experience to get up close and personal with Scotland! Starting in Glasgow, driving through the Highlands, and ending the tour in Edinburgh allowed us to see a large portion of this beautiful country.
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By first-time traveler Theresa on 7/5/2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our recent trip through Scotland and Ireland with Austin as our tour director. Our drivers were great as well, especially on those narrow streets that we traveled in those big coaches. Ireland was beautiful and we had a great time
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Travel tips for Scotland trips

When to visit Scotland

The best time to visit Scotland depends on your travel preferences; our tours to Scotland run year-round because it’s a destination that can be enjoyed in any season.

Despite being very far north, the Scottish climate is fairly temperate. Winters—while still chilly!—are much warmer than locations on similar latitudes, and comparable to the East Coast of the U.S. Summer is mild and pleasant, making it a popular time to visit Scotland. In the summer, you’ll also find the days are very long, which means you’ll have plenty of time for exploring. In Edinburgh in June, the sun doesn’t set until around 11pm! Spring and fall are also great times for visiting Scotland, when seasonal changes bring bursts of beautiful color to the Highlands and crowds are smaller at the most popular sites.

A few of our Scotland tour packages are specially designed to take you to the heart of local events, so you can experience unique cultural moments firsthand. In August, you can attend the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to view performances by the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth, and international military bands. Or, travel on a special trip in October to join revelers for Halloween night at the Samhuinn Fire Festival. Both of these local events occur right in Edinburgh, and when you travel with us you'll enjoy exclusive access to these distinctly Scottish celebrations.

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Where to go in Scotland

If you’re planning on visiting Scotland, you may already have a few places you’d like to see in mind. Popular stops include the capital of Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Scottish Highlands, and Loch Ness (just keep your eyes peeled for the mythical Loch Ness monster while you’re there!). Our tours cover all the best places to visit in Scotland—and include special sightseeing and activities that give you a closer look at local culture.

You’ll find that our Scotland tours range from trips that invite you to explore multiple countries to more focused Scottish tours—including an exclusive heritage trip that we created with Ancestry.com. If you’re interested in visiting Scotland, one of our expert Tour Consultants can help you narrow down your perfect trip!

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Dining tips for Scotland

Scottish cuisine has historically relied on readily available ingredients; game meats, dairy, and seafood all play an important role. Haggis, a savory pudding made with sheep’s innards, is Scotland’s national dish and is probably the meal most often associated with Scottish food. “Bangers and mash” (sausage and potatoes), fish and chips, and smoked salmon are also favorites on Scottish dinner tables. Scotch whisky is also world-famous.

While traditional cooking is still prevalent across the country, you’ll also find plenty of restaurants serving elevated European-style dishes as well as international cuisine. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions—they’re sure to know the best local spots—and enjoy included meals that reflect Scottish flavors on all of our guided tours of Scotland.

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Packing tips for Scotland

No matter when you plan on visiting Scotland, you’ll want to have your rain boots and umbrella handy. The weather at any time of year is notoriously changeable, and rain showers are common—it's best to be prepared! Layers are also a good idea as evenings can be quite cool, even in summer. Depending on the time of year, you may also want winter wear such as gloves and a hat.

Once you’ve booked one of our tours of Scotland, you’ll receive more detailed information to help you get ready for your trip! You can also download the Go Ahead Tour Companion app <link: /travel-app> to have all your getting-ready-to-go information right on your smartphone. That includes a detailed packing list you can check off so you don’t leave anything behind!

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