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Grand Historic Scotland (Grand Tourer)

Holiday Highlights

  • Historic castles and Royal residences
  • Iconic Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Unique museums and attractions
  • Stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • 14 nights half board accommodation
  • Fascinating excursions to places of interest
  • Travel by Luxury Grand Tourer Coach Including: Superior comfort and stylish interiors; modern coach in superb gold livery; extra leg room, adjustable footrests and seatbacks; climate control; audio-visual entertainment; enhanced vision due to higher seating and tinted panoramic windows; on-board refreshments (charge payable)
  • Complimentary Home Connect service where available*

Scotland is steeped in history and proud of it’s unique heritage. Our wonderful journey will take you to fascinating attractions, offering a real insight into the heart of this diverse country, as well as taking in cosmopolitan cities and spectacular scenery along the way.

Grand Tourer Hotels

Barceló Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh
At the heart of the city, the stylish Barceló Carlton overlooks the famous Royal Mile and is just a short walk from the castle.

The Caledonian Hotel, Aberdeen
With olde-worlde charm as well as contemporary comforts, The Caledonian is located at the heart of the bustling ‘Granite City’.

Newton Hotel, Nairn
Overlooking the Moray Firth and beyond to the tranquil Black Isle, this beautiful hotel is perfectly located for a relaxing stay.

Grand Tourer Highlights

Historic castles and Royal residences
Famed for a wealth of historic castles, we visit some Scottish gems, including Culzean Castle on the west coast, Floors Castle in beautiful Border Country, as well as magnificent Royal residences, such as the iconic Royal Yacht Britannia, one of the world’s most famous vessels.

Unique heritage
Uncover some of Scotland’s fascinating heritage as we visit unique attractions including Scone Palace, the historic site of the coronations of the Kings of Scots, the new Robbie Burns Birthplace Museum, a distillery and cooperage in ‘Whisky Country’, and the Gretna Green Blacksmith’s Museum.

Newton Hotel, Nairn
Overlooking the Moray Firth and beyond to the tranquil Black Isle, this beautiful hotel is perfectly located for a relaxing stay.

Holiday Details

Day 1: From home to northern England
We begin our journey northwards for our first night’s stay at the 4* Barcelo Redworth Hall Hotel in County Durham.
Day 2: Through Border Country to Edinburgh
Our journey take us into Scotland’s beautiful Border Country, where we visit Floors Castle, before continuing to Edinburgh and the centrally located 4* Barcelo Carlton Hotel for two nights. Those joining by air will fly to Edinburgh and be transferred to our hotel.
Day 3: Edinburgh and Royal Yacht Britannia
Today we enjoy a city tour with our knowledgeable guide and go on to visit the majestic Royal Yacht Britannia, accompanied by an audio tour.
Day 4: Scone Palace and on to Aberdeen
Heading northwards we call at Scone Palace, once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots and the rightful home of the Stone of Destiny. We continue along the coastal route to our 4* hotel, The Caledonian, at the heart of Aberdeen.
Day 5: Time at leisure
Enjoy today at your own pace to explore Aberdeen, known as the ‘Sparkling City’ due to Grand Tourer itinerary the granite used in many of the buildings.
Day 6: Royal Deeside
Travelling through Royal Deeside, we visit Balmoral Estate, purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, and described by her as ‘my dear paradise in the Highlands’. Alternatively, when the Queen is in residence, we will visit Crathes Castle.
Day 7: Scotland’s Whisky Country heritage
Leaving Aberdeen, we head into ‘Whisky Country’, calling at the Glenlivet Distillery for a tour and tasting, before visiting Speyside Cooperage, the only remaining working cooperage in Britain. We continue to Nairn and the 4* Newton Hotel for three nights.
Day 8: Fort George and Culloden Visitor Centre
We visit Fort George, positioned strategically on a promontory out into the Moray Firth and intended as an impregnable army base, and go on to the Culloden Battlefield visitor centre.
Day 9: Inverness and Loch Ness
After calling at Inverness, we enjoy a cruise along legendary Loch Ness, on the northern part of the loch, disembarking at Urquhart Castle. We continue our leisurely drive calling at Fort Augustus.
Day 10: Travelling to Glasgow
We leave Nairn and journey southwards through the Cairngorms, skirting the Trossachs to reach Glasgow and the 4* Marks hotel for four nights.
Days 11 & 12: At leisure in Glasgow
From our central hotel you can explore cosmopolitan Glasgow, home to an array of stylish shops, interesting museums and galleries. We also include a ticket for the City Sightseeing bus, to help you explore the city.
Day 13: Robbie Burns Museum and Culzean Castle
We travel to Ayr and the Robbie Burns Birthplace Museum, for an insight into the life and works of Scotland’s most famous poet, before continuing to stunning Culzean Castle.
Day 14: Gretna to northern England
We start our journey southwards, calling at the Gretna Green Story Exhibition before continuing to the 4* Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel. Those travelling by air would leave us in Glasgow for their return flight.
Day 15: Return home
We continue our journey home today.

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