Welcome to Scotland, a bonnie country bursting with ancient castles, misty mountains, and friendly people. You can experience it all as we take care of your Scotland vacation essentials while you choose from our optional experiences to create your dream trip to Scotland. Whether you want to explore medieval cities or head out to the wild highlands to find mythical Nessie, you’ll have the freedom to lose yourself in Scotland, but always your way.
Our Scotland tours will show you all the best places to see and things to do in Scotland, from strolling along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to soaking up the beautiful landscapes of Glencoe.
WALK ALONG THE ROYAL MILE IN EDINBURGH
Grab your camera and join your Local Specialist for a memorable journey down the most famous street in Edinburgh - the Royal Mile. It’s approximately one Scots mile long (or 1.81 kilometers) and you’ll follow in the footsteps of kings and queens as you walk from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
WITNESS THE WILD LANDSCAPES OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
It may be a ‘wee’ country, but Scotland is filled with some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. We’ll show you all the highlights, from the volcanic ruins of Glencoe and the moving ‘Glen of Weeping’, to the ancient Eilean Donan Castle and the peaks of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.
JOURNEY TO GLASGOW CATHEDRAL
This stunning medieval cathedral marks the birthplace of Glasgow and is thought to have been built on the site of St Kentigern’s tomb… but this impressive building doesn’t stop there. It’s also one of the few churches in Scotland to survive the Reformation of 1560 unscathed. Today you can still admire the ancient carved stone and fine stained-glass windows.
SCOTLAND TAILORED BY YOU
Tailor your ultimate Scotland trip your way with our range of Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like cruising the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond' and visiting a real Highland sheep farm.
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VISIT HARRY POTTER FILMING LOCATIONS
Scotland is not only where J.K Rowling first began writing the Harry Potter series, it's also the home to countless Harry Potter filming locations. Consider yourself a hardcore HP fan? You best be heading to the Highlands to see such gorgeous sites as Glenfinnan Viaduct, Steall Falls, Loch Etive, Loch Arkaig, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and more!
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ADMIRE THE LITTLE VILLAGE OF TORPHICHEN
Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitallers. An ancient settlement, the village church can trace its roots to 400AD! Incredible! Following that, our hotel arrival was toasted to by our friendly host, and we enjoyed an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
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ADMIRE THE CASTLE OF EILEAN DONAN
Standing out on top of an island in the center of three dramatic lochs, the Castle of Eilean Donan is one of the most popular castles in Scotland for its spectacular setting. Incredibly photogenic with colors of seaweed, the surrounding mountains and the mystical sky. It's easy to imagine all the mysteries which must have taken place within these walls... If only they could talk!
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN SCOTLAND
Scotland’s food is one of the best parts of any Scottish adventure. We’ll lead the way to the food and drink you need to try in Scotland, starting with local whisky and traditional haggis.
Scotland’s famous national dish is traditionally made from sheep’s stomach stuffed with oatmeal, onions, spices and ‘sheep’s pluck’ including lungs, liver and heart - but don’t let that put you off. Served with tatties and neeps (mashed potatoes and turnips), this beloved Scottish dish has quite a tasty peppery kick. Give it a go and wash it all down with a dram!
This crumbly, buttery slice of heaven has been a favorite in Scotland for centuries. It began as a rare treat mostly enjoyed by nobles and royals as butter was a luxury item. Luckily for us, the ancient recipes have passed down through the generations, and now everyone gets to indulge in this delicious biscuit.
WHISKEY / WHISKY
If you want to warm up in Scotland, the drink of choice is whisky. With a history stretching back to the 11th century, the Scots are masters of this iconic spirit. There’s nothing quite like tasting Scotch whisky in its homeland, and today there are over 100 distilleries in Scotland guarding the ancient traditions of the famous drop.
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT SCOTLAND
Scotland shines in summer with warmer weather and plenty of walking trails, and we also love spring and autumn when the leaves go for gold and the markets are filled with fresh produce.
BEST TIME TO SEE THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
If you want to explore the stunning Scottish highlands, visit in summer, spring or autumn for better weather and gorgeous scenery.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SCOTLAND’S CITIES
We love Scotland’s cities in summer for vibrant festivals and milder weather, but we also love spring and autumn for pretty blooms and fewer crowds.
BEST TIME TO SEE THE FAMOUS LOCH NESS
If you want to catch a glimpse of Nessie in the deep waters of the Loch Ness, visit between May and September for the best weather and most daylight hours.
PACKING TIPS FOR SCOTLAND
Camera & extra SD cards
You won’t want to miss a thing when you visit Scotland’s magical landscapes. Pack a camera with extra SD cards so you never run out of memory.
Even in summer, it’s common to experience four seasons in one day in Scotland. Bring a sturdy weatherproof coat to stay warm and dry.
With some of Europe’s most incredible landscapes, there’s lots of exploring to do in Scotland. A pair of comfortable shoes will take you all over the countryside and city streets with ease.
HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN SCOTLAND
Stay on the path
If you’re going walking in Scotland, always stay on the marked path to avoid disturbing plants and animals in these precious ecosystems.
Be kind to wildlife
Scotland is filled with incredible native animals like badgers and red deer. If you see any wildlife, never feed them or approach them. It’s okay to watch from afar but it’s best to let them stay in the wild.
The best way to feast on Scottish food is to eat at local restaurants and markets, where you’ll discover delicious regional dishes and historic Scottish food traditions.