Urquhart Castle at Lock Ness in Scotland

Highlights of Scotland Tour: Castles, Loch Ness & Whisky Trail

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fort William, Inverness...

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Suggested Duration

7 Days

From the enduring walls of Stirling Castle to the delicate stylings of the High Kirk of Edinburgh, from the wild beauty of the Highlands to the elegant grandeur of Europe’s best hotels, from the serene mornings to the nights of Scottish revelry: while this may be your first vacation to Scotland, you can be sure it won’t be the last.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and a vibrant university town, where medieval relics, Georgian architecture and avant-garde culture, all combine to form one incredible city scene
  • Take a half-day to visit Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and the European City of Culture in 1990, home to gorgeous buildings, fascinating museums, and the most intense sports rivalry in the country
  • Head north to the rugged and romantic Scottish Highlands, stopping by Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument before spending your evening at the Inverlochy Castle Hotel, voted best hotel in Europe by Travel + Leisure magazine
  • Cruise the murky waters of Loch Ness, discover the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and sample some of the finest Scotch whiskeys before stopping in Perthshire

Detailed Description

From the great cities of the Lowlands to the grand scenery of the Highlands, from the culture of Glasgow to the legends of Loch Ness, Scotland is a country unlike any other, filled with stories from the past and hopes for the future and some of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet. This seven-day tour offers the perfect introduction to this fascinating nation, giving you glimpses of the best that Scotland has to offer and a look into the lives of its singular citizens. If your dreams are filled with the sounds of pipes and the smell of smoking peat, this vacation will make all those dreams a reality.

Start in Edinburgh, where you can walk the Royal Mile between the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse and the imposing perch of Edinburgh Castle and shop for the finest Scottish gifts, from tartans to whisky. Tour the lochs and heaths of the singular Scottish Highlands, reveling in the history of this ancient land and reveling in the characters that fill its stories. And stop by one of Scotland’s most famous attractions, as you board a boat that takes you deep into the waters of mysterious Loch Ness.

This is a tour for literature lovers and single malt aficionados, nature buffs and bookworms, those who long for the great outdoors and those who love to perambulate through scenes of urban splendor. Memories and magic awaits in this remarkable country, songs and stories fill the air while the spectacular scenery makes for a one-of-a-kind backdrop. So come on and visit: Scotland is waiting.

Starting Price

$2,725 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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