Scotland is famous for its whisky, haggis, bagpipes, an elusive lake monster and men who wear kilts! Taste, try, buy and search for all of the above on this 6 day getaway to Scotland. You'll travel from Edinburgh to the Highlands and back to Glasgow, see Britain's highest mountain, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and visit the famed Loch Ness, home of the creature they affectionately call Nessie.
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Itinerary + Backstage Pass & ME Time Optionals
ME Time Optionals
ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Tour Manager in local currency.
Your Backstage Pass gives you incredible exclusive experiences you’ll only get with Contiki. From food to accommodation to exclusive access to the best sights, your Backstage Pass gives you unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.
Check in to your hotel this evening in the buzzing city of Edinburgh. Home to loads of festivals, cutting-edge Edinburgh serves up a fun, creative mix of ancient and modern.
Later, meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager. Round up some of the group and head out into the city for a fun night out. Edinburgh has so much on offer – so ask your Tour Manager for some tips on the city’s cosy pubs, basement bars and happening clubs.
- Scottish Evening GB £33.50 (20-34 people) / GB £32.50 (35+ people)
With a free day, decide how you want to shape your Edinburgh experience and explore this living time-line.
Explore the scene-stealing Edinburgh Castle, perched high up above the city on an extinct volcano, where the Scottish crown jewels and famous Stone of Destiny are housed. Retrace Scottish royalty’s footsteps and walk the Royal Mile with its jumble of medieval houses and buildings. See the Holyrood Palace, former home to Mary Queen of Scots.
For a one-stop shopping spot, make the most of Princes Street. From kilts and tartans to modern labels and cashmere, this street has it all.
At lunch, go local and order some traditional fish’n’chips and a deep fried chocolate bar if you’re feeling adventurous!
For a relaxing afternoon, spend some time in Edinburgh’s famous Botanical Gardens. Explore the 72 acres of grounds, exotic plants and stunning glass houses.
Stop by St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university town and the “home of golf” where you’ll see the famous course of the same name that is used in major international tournaments. Then roll on through the Scottish Highlands, packed with wild mountain scenery, rugged green hills and the tales of old clans.
Next up is the stuff of legends – a cruise on the gorgeous & world-famous Loch Ness. This afternoon find out more as your Tour Manager fills you in on the lake’s mythical monster.
Back on the coach, plug in your headphones, sit back and take in the dramatic scenery. We drive past turreted castles and surging rivers before stopping for the night in this spectacular spot.
- Visit St. Andrews, the home of golf
- Scenic drives including the Whisky Trail and Royal Deeside
- Visit Loch Ness & Loch Lomond
- Spot 'Nessie' on a boat cruise of stunning Loch Ness
This morning, we continue on past tiny villages, emerald green moors, lakes and seaside cliffs that the West Highlands are so famous for.
On the stunning Isle of Skye, we visit the seaside town of Portree, known for its brightly coloured houses and charming fishing port. Your Tour Manager will tell you the stories and legends connected too this remote inner Herbridean Island and fill you in on how people live in this dramatic environment.
Later, we pass Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, as we continue through the remote West Highlands.
- See Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain
We make our way to Glasgow this morning. Your Tour Manager will tell you all about this historic area and of the conflict and battles that took place here before we reach Scotland’s largest city.
We arrive in Glasgow this afternoon. It’s pulsing with urban soul, pubs filled with colourful characters and the most happening live music scene in the country.
There’s free time to explore this UNESCO city of music. Walk around the down town and see the city’s famed Victorian architecture, including Glasgow’s Gothic cathedral, the impressive City Chambers and St. George’s Square – located right in the city’s heart.
Tonight, get out amongst the locals and try some of Scotland’s tasty produce. Order yourself some of the country’s world-renowned salmon, trout or Aberdeen Angus beef and grab yourself a pint. Later, make the most of the live music scene and ask your Tour Manager where to go for door-to-door music venues.
- See George Square & the Glasgow City Chambers
Our tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.
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