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The distinctive drone of bagpipes. The stoic stateliness of hilltop castles. The fresh tingle of the wind wisping off the ocean. Trips to Scotland satisfy the senses in every way; what better way to delight in it all than by diving in with a guided tour?

Take off for Scotland

May 2024

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Landscapes of Scotland: Oban, the Highlands & Edinburgh
15 days | 17 days with St Andrews extension
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What to know before you go

POPULATION

Scotland’s population clocks in at roughly 5.5 million people, but the global diaspora dwarfs that figure. (Upwards of 20 million people of Scottish descent live in the U.S. alone.)

CULTURAL QUICK TAKE

Scotland’s national animal isn’t the Highland cow, nor is it the enigmatic golden eagle. It’s the unicorn—a symbol of purity, power, and innocence in Celtic mythology.

WHEN TO GO THERE

Summer might draw a crowd, but we’d suggest booking Scotland tours during the shoulder seasons. Spring and fall strike a lovely balance between milder weather and fewer tourists.

WHAT TO GO FOR

What’re you most interested in? You’ll come across medieval cities, castles galore, the Highlands’ epic expanses, and some of the nation’s 140-plus distilleries on our trips to Scotland. Speaking of...

LET’S TALK SCOTCH

The country produces more whisky (note the missing “e,” which the Irish and Americans add) than any other, exporting 43 bottles of Scotch globally every second.

Take your pick of these Scotland tours

FOR MEDIEVAL MARVELS

Edinburgh &
the Castles
of Scotland

Follow the shadows of clan
leaders and royals through
some of Scotland’s most
storied fortresses.

See this 10-day itinerary
FOR FAIRY-TALE SCENERY

Scotland: Oban,
the Highlands
& Edinburgh

From hilly cities to sleepy
islands, drink in Scotland’s
natural heritage, one photo
stop at a time.

The solo traveler’s guide to Scotland

Where to go. What to do. Why deep-fried Mars bars are such a hit. Gear up for our Scotland tours with a little help from one of our very own staffers.

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FOR MAKING NEW FRIENDS

Scotland Solo:
The Highlands
& Aberdeen

Come under Scotland’s spell
with just your passport,
your bag, and yourself.
(You’ll meet plenty of people
—and make plenty of pals—as you go.)

FOR A GRAND OCCASION

Scotland &
the Edinburgh
Military Tattoo

The rousing performances of
this cultural cornerstone draw
hundreds of thousands of
spectators annually. Want to
count yourself among that number?

12 Scottish landscapes you need to see

The U.K.’s largest national park and a famed crossing aboard the Hogwarts Express both make the cut. See them—and the rest of our picks—on our Scotland tours.

Sprinkle these signature experiences into your Scotland itinerary

Whether traveling in the bustle of summer, the quiet of winter, or the sweet spot of the shoulder season, these add-ons can switch your tune from “I need to go back” to “I never want to leave.”


Jump into a
traditional céilidh

Enjoy a night of song and dance on our Landscapes of Scotland: Oban, the Highlands & Edinburgh tour.


Sip afternoon tea
in regal surroundings

Enter Holyrood Palace for a one-of-a-kind outing on our Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland tour.


Breathe in a
peaceful moment

Roam the ruins of Melrose Abbey on our Scotland & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo tour.


Discover the heart of Scottish independence

Explore the siege-hardened childhood home of Mary, Queen of Scots on our Scotland for Solo Travelers tour.

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
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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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
Austin
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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Take off on your big adventure—
but why stop there? Every trip you book
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use to keep expanding your horizons.

Great Scot, why stop there?

England, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland are all close by. Broaden your Scotland travel with these multi-country tours.

Grand Tour of Great Britain: Scotland, England & Wales
15 days | 17 days with London extension

4.7 out of 5 stars

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