Colourful Kilts, Courageous Celts:  12-Day Scotland Independent Tour

12 Days – Prices start from $3,995.00 USD per person (based upon double occupancy)

Your Tour Price Includes:

  • Airport transfer from Edinburgh International Airport to your Edinburgh hotel
  • Six (6) days' car rental in a mid-size, automatic transmission car (Vauxhall Insignia or similar)
  • Five (5) nights at a well-located 4 star hotel in Edinburgh
  • Three (3) nights at a well-located 4-1/2 star country house hotel in Inverness / Loch Ness
  • Two (2) nights at a 4-star hotel in Stirling
  • 2-Day Edinburgh Pass+
  • Dinner and Celtic Show in Edinburgh
  • 1-Day Escorted Small Group Tour to the Highland Lochs, Glens and with Whisky Tasting
  • One day of country activities in/around Loch Ness (such as horse riding, cycling,
    clay pigeon shooting, archery)

  • Suggested castle visits
  • Full Scottish breakfast, daily
  • Customization of tour, if desired
  • 24/7 en route support, as needed

SUMMARY: Day 1 - Departure from U.S. to U.K.
Day 2 - Airport transfer from Edinburgh International Airport to your centrally located 4-star hotel. Sightseeing on own, today.
Day 3 - Full Scottish breakfast, 2-Day Edinburgh Pass, overnight at same Edinburgh hotel
Day 4 - Full Scottish breakfast, 2-Day Edinburgh Pass, overnight at same Edinburgh hotel
Day 5 - Full Scottish breakfast, Small Group Day Tour to the Scottish Highlands with whisky tasting, overnight at same Edinburgh hotel
Day 6 - Full Scottish breakfast, visit Edinburgh Castle, dinner and Scottish show, overnight at same Edinburgh hotel
Day 7 - Full Scottish breakfast, collect rental car, visit Glamis Castle, drive to Loch Ness, overnight at 4-1/2 star Loch Ness hotel
Day 8 - Full Scottish breakfast, "Sporting Day" (horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, etc. additional costs apply), overnight at same Loch Ness hotel
Day 9 - Full Scottish breakfast, Visit Eilean Donan Castle, Cawdor Castle and Culloden Battlefield
Day 10 - Full English breakfast, Airport transfer from Windsor, depart or continue on (please inquire for additional tour days)

Inspired by Disney's movie, 'Brave,' this tour encompasses the rich history of Scotland combined with its many delights!

Day 1 – Departure – Depart on your overnight transatlantic flight.    

Day 2 – Welcome to Scotland - Upon arrival at Edinburgh International Airport, you are greeted by your driver who will take you to your 4-star hotel. The day is yours to do as you please, whether you choose to get caught up on your sleep from a flight across the pond, or the excitement of the city overcomes you, and you decide to go exploring on your own. Perhaps you can find your local pub and get to know the regulars. Then, it’s back to your very well-located 4-star hotel for a good night’s rest.   

Day 3 – Scotland's Capital – You’ll start your day off with a Full Scottish breakfast at your hotel. Then, the day is yours to explore some of Edinburgh's highlights using your 2-Day Edinburgh Pass+. The Pass includes entrance to over 30 attractions in the city! (See below for everything covered in the Edinburgh Pass.) Overnight at your same Edinburgh hotel.

Day 4 – Exploring Edinburgh - The day starts with a full Scottish breakfast at your hotel. Continue to utilize your Edinburgh Pass+ again today. This evening, join a walking tour in Edinburgh to see it's more "disturbed" side, including things that go bump in the night! Overnight at same 4-star Edinburgh hotel.

Day 5 – Historic Highlands - After a full Scottish breakfast, you'll join a small group of fellow day-trippers to visit the Scottish Highlands, and do a bit of whisky tasting. Returning in the evening, you'll have seen miles of mountainous beauty and sipped on some of the finest whisky in the world! Overnight at same Edinburgh hotel.

Day 6 – Royal Edinburgh - Again, a full Scottish breakfast at your hotel starts the day off right. Today, visit Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh's proud fortress which sits atop a dormant volcano. The history of the castle dates back over a millennia.  This evening, you'll have a romping good time at a dinner and show with traditional Scottish fare, music and dancing. Overnight at same Edinburgh hotel.

Day 7 – North to Nessie - After your full Scottish breakfast, you'll check out and collect your rental car (automatic transmission) and head north. We recommend stopping in St Andrews to see the historic city and the university, then to Glamis Castle, former home of the late Queen Mother (Queen Elizabeth II's mother.) Finally, make your way up to Loch Ness where you will overnight in a beautiful 4-1/2 star country house hotel.

Day 8 – Loch Country - Full Scottish breakfast at your hotel, then the day's activities are of your choice. Take a boat tour on the lake to see if you can spot the mystical Loch Ness Monster (boat tours are seasonal). Then, enjoy some lovely country pursuits, such as clay pidgeon shooting, cycling, horse riding, etc. We'll cover you for this up to £50.00 (GBP) per person so you can enjoy your day. Overnight at the same country house hotel.

Day 9 – Castle Ruins - After breakfast (included as before), we recommend a drive to Eilean Donan Castle or Cawdor Castle. Or, you may wish to head to Inverness (very near by) and see Culloden Battlefield and the town of Inverness. Overnight at same country house hotel.

Day 10 – Sterling Stirling - After breakfast (included as before), you'll check out and head south. We recommend driving by way of Pitlochry where you can visit some more distilleries, or by way of Loch Lomond National Park - either is a great choice! Overnight at a 4-star Stirling hotel.

Day 11 - Brave! - Gear up for a full day with your full Scottish breakfast. Today, you'll visit Stirling Castle - most often associated with Braveheart, Robert the Bruce, and a very rich but gruesome history of Scotland's past. Overnight at same Stirling hotel.

Day 12 - Farewell to Scotland - After breakfast, you'll drive back to Edinburgh International Airport where you can return your rental car. (Flight home not included in land tour rate.) Farewell to Scotland!

* Tour price based on double occupancy. Rates subject to change based on availability and seasons.

+ Edinburgh attractions include: The 3D Loch Ness Experience, The Cadies & Witchery Tours-Ghost & Gore Tour, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World, Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, Glenkinchie Distillery, John Knox House, Maid of the Forth, Mercat Tours - The Historic Vaults Tour, National Museum of Flight, Gladstone's Land, Nelson Monument, Scottish Seabird Centre, Surgeons' Hall Museum, Auld Reekie Tours-The Haunted Underground Tour, Auld Reekie Tours-Terror Tour, The Cadies & Witchery Tours - Murder & Mystery Tour, Dynamic Earth, The Edinburgh Dungeon, Edinburgh Zoo, Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Hopetoun House, Lauriston Castle, Mercat Tours - Secrets of the Royal Mile, Mercat Tours-The Ghostly Vaults Tour, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, National Galleries of Scotland, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, Georgian House, Newhailes, The Queen's Gallery (Palace of Holyroodhouse), Scottish Mining Museum, Seafari Adventures: High Speed Boat Trips (attractions subject to change

++ Indicates admissions are on your own.

* Prices from $3,995/pp based on double occupancy. Single, triple and quadruple occupants will change rate. Final price will be based upon exchange rate at time of booking, and time of year traveling.

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