Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Isle of Skye, Scotland

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Overview

Is Scotland on your bucket list? Discover the best of this destination with hand-picked local guides, starting in Edinburgh. Take advantage of the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster during your cruise on the lake as well as enjoy a ride on a steam train along the best-recognized symbol of Scotland, Glenfinnan Viaduct. Traverse the historic Scottish castles, including the Stirling Castle, and immerse yourself in Scotland's outstanding nature to the fullest as you travel to the Island of Skye.
 

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.91 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4 or 5-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    7 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport-hotel transfers
    4 train rides
    2 boat cruises
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided city tours
    4 day trips outside cities
  • MEALS
  • 7 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Edinburgh

Welcome to the gorgeous ancient city - Edinburgh! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

Day 2
Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh

Today is your first day touring the capital of Scotland, unsurpassed Edinburgh. Following breakfast, you meet with a guide in a lobby, together you start the tour from the historic Old Town or the Royal Mile, running through the heart of the city and packed with lots of amazing must-visits.

During the walking tour, you take an inside visit to the Edinburgh Castle to immerse into the history of this famous fortification that was once the residence of Scottish monarchs, and admire great panoramic views over Edinburgh. Within 4 hours with a private guide, you get the best introduction to the city.

After the tour, you return to your hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Train to Inverness

Following breakfast and check-out from your hotel, walk to the train station and take the train to Inverness.

In about 4 hours you arrive at Inverness and your private driver takes you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

We recommend going to one of the local bars to taste the renown Scottish malt whiskey which is produced here or stopping by Leakey's Bookshop, housed in a former church and noted as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the UK.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Exploration of the Isle of Skye

After breakfast at your hotel, you get to enjoy the beauty of the untouched nature in its glory, embarking on a full day small group tour to the famous Isle of Skye.

Early in the morning, you leave the city of Inverness with your guide-driver, passing the legendary Loch Ness, observing the dramatic Highland scenery and paying a visit to the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle.

The next destination on your agenda is the picturesque Kyle of Lochalsh, a village on the mainland which serves as the gateway to the scenic Isle of Skye, a place of inspiration for many movie makers, poets, and travelers. Upon arrival on the Isle, you travel around the island’s east coast through the gorgeous Cuillin Mountains, experiencing truly breathtaking panoramas.

Then, you arrive at the lovely town of Portree, overlooking a sheltered bay and serving as the capital city of the island. While in Portree, you have some free time to explore the town and grab a snack.

Afterwards, you proceed to the northernmost peninsula of the Isle of Skye, Trotternish, to observe some unusual natural formations like the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing, and take some memorable photos of this extraterrestrial place.

Following the tour, you are transferred back to Inverness. The route you take back differs from the one in the morning so you have even more opportunities to admire the Highland scenery.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Exploration of Loch Ness & Arrival in Fort William

Following breakfast and check-out from your hotel, meet your guide-driver and have a city tour of Inverness. Being the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness boasts an amazing medieval Old Town with 18th-century Old High Church and gorgeous Inverness Castle.

During your 4-hour walking tour, you discover tales of Jacobites and exciting ghost stories, pay a visit to St Andrew's Cathedral and the Inverness Castle* viewpoint to catch the vibe of marvelous Scotland in its glory.

After the city tour, you depart to Fort William. On the way, you have a stop for a 1-hour memorable cruise around one of the most iconic locations of Scotland, mysterious Loch Ness. Board a vessel equipped with color sonars and radar, an underwater camera, and take the chance to catch a glimpse of the world-famous monster. Enjoy an informative expedition coupled with comfort and great service on board the spacious boat.

Then continue to Fort William where upon arrival you check-in your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

  • Note: an inside visit is not included as the Inverness Castle is not open to the public.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Day Trip to Mallaig & Wildlife Cruise

Following breakfast at your hotel, you have a trip by the Jacobite steam train ride along the famous West Highland Line which is described as the greatest railway journey in the world.

This 84-mile round trip covers the most impressive must-sees, starting near the iconic mount Ben Nevis, passing Loch Morar, and River Morar, arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis. During the ride, you enjoy the dramatic views and cross the most famous bridge in Scotland - the Glenfinnan Viaduct featured four of the Harry Potter movies, as well as see beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar, and Mallaig along the route.

Upon arrival to the destination point Mallaig, you take a 1-hour wildlife cruise safari. You travel out to Green Island on the Knoydart Peninsula and witness seals relaxing on the rocks. The waters are frequently visited by a variety of birds, porpoises, dolphins, whales and basking sharks.

After the cruise, you take the train back to Fort William and the rest of the day is at your own leisure.

  • Please note: taxi services in Fort William are not included and paid on the spot if required.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Stirling Castle & Arrival in Edinburgh

After breakfast and check-out from your hotel, meet your guide-driver to have a tour on the way to Edinburgh to continue exploring Scotland and admiring the scenic Scottish nature.

The first stop on your route is one of the largest Scotland Lakes, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, the most scenic areas which are also known as "the Highlands in miniature", considered to be one the wildest and thrilling areas in the country, definitely worth discovering.

Afterward, you continue to the medieval market town of Stirling and visit its grandest castle with an imposing position and impressive architecture.

The last stop on the route is the Kelpies, the largest pair of horse sculptures in the world made from 300 tonnes of steel. If time allows, you may step into one of the local whiskey distilleries to have an introduction to this Scotland's national drink.

Upon arrival to Edinburgh, you check-in and have the evening at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Departure

This is the last day of your adventure! In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel and driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you had a journey of a lifetime and we will be looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Breakfast is included.


Included

7 nights in centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
7 nights in centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable 4-star or 5-star hotels in Edinburgh, Inverness and Fort William;
  • Breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides and guide-drivers in Edinburgh, Inverness & Loch Ness, Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle;
  • Small group tour to Isle of Skye;
  • Entrances to: Edinburgh Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle;
  • Boat ride on Loch Ness and Wildlife Safari Cruise;
  • 1st class train tickets Edinburgh - Inverness;
  • Standard class steam train tickets Fort William - Mallaig - Fort William;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.​

Tour highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Edinburgh;
  • Day tour to the famous Isle of Skye;
  • Riding the Jacobite steam train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct;
  • Enjoying a wildlife cruise safari in Mallaig;
  • Exploring Scottish lakes: Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, and Trossachs;
  • Visiting the historic Edinburgh Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle.
What to Know
  • The currency used by default in the UK is British Pound, also known as Pound Sterling. To be on the safe side, make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Many of the tours will require a lot of walking, make sure to pack comfortable shoes
  • It rains a lot in the UK throughout the year, so it is worth bringing a water-resistant jacket and an umbrella

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers, 4 star (price per person)
$3,299
Deposit $660
Friends trip: 4+ travelers, 5 star (price per person)
$4,299
Deposit $860
Two travelers: double occupancy, 4 star (price per person)
$3,499
Deposit $700
Two travelers: double occupancy, 5 star (price per person)
$4,499
Deposit $900
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers, 4 star (price per person)
$3,299
Deposit $660
Friends trip: 4+ travelers, 5 star (price per person)
$4,299
Deposit $860
Two travelers: double occupancy, 4 star (price per person)
$3,499
Deposit $700
Two travelers: double occupancy, 5 star (price per person)
$4,499
Deposit $900

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The trip was very enjoyable and we had a good time. The weather didn’t really warm up until the end but it didn’t prevent us from doing what we wanted or make the day trips less enjoyable. Below is a brief summary of some of our observations from the trip that you might find helpful: 1. All drivers to and from the ...

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Great Southern English Adventure June, 2017

We had a wonderful trip! The hotels were lovely and located in just the right areas, the guide was informative and accommodating, and everyone had a great time. Thank you for arranging a beautiful tour!

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October 16, 2016

Highlights of our Northern Europe Capitals

The trip was very enjoyable and we had a good time. The weather didn’t really warm up until the end but it didn’t ...

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Great Southern English Adventure June, 2017

We had a wonderful trip! The hotels were lovely and located in just the right areas, the guide was informative and ...

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October 16, 2016

We had a top-notch tour to the UK. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say!

We had a top-notch tour to the UK in June 2016. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say! The Treasures of ...

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