Fountain in front of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

Southern Scotland Tour: Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow & More

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Edinburgh, Stirling, Ayr, Glasgow

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Scotland is a country of more than just bagpipes and haggis, warring clans and tartan kilts; it is also a country of culture and tradition, history and majesty, stately homes and stolid castles. If you’re looking for a tour of Scotland unlike anything else, all you need to do is turn south.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit two of the great cities of Scotland as you’ll gaze down from Calton Hill over the gorgeous expanse of Edinburgh and walk the bustling streets lined with gorgeous Victorian architecture in Glasgow
  • Learn about Scotland’s romantic and momentous past at Stirling Castle before checking out the Hall of Heroes and William Wallace’s claymore at the stupendous Wallace Monument
  • Explore some of southern Scotland’s most famous homes and castles, from Sir Walter Scott’s stirring estate of Abbotsford to Traquair House, reported to be the oldest house in Scotland
  • Discover the myths of Rosslyn Chapel and the magic of Melrose Abbey, two of Scotland’s most beautiful – and mysterious – religious buildings
  • Tour the former home of Robert Burns, Scotland’s favorite son, and learn about his life, times and works at the superlative Burns National Heritage Park

Detailed Description

While Scotland might be known as the home of the Highlands, the country’s south is equally astounding, the place where you’ll find her two largest and most important cities as well as numerous locations that have played an incalculable role in the country’s history and culture. This eight-day tour will hit all the highlights of the lovely Lowlands, showing you the best museums and the most breathtaking scenery of the country’s scintillating south, and introducing you to some of the friendliest and most engaging people you could ever hope to meet.

Climb the rise of Stirling Sill to encounter the fascinating history of Stirling Castle, the coronation site for a number of Scottish queens and kings, before visiting the towering Wallace Monument, a structure dedicated to the deeds of one of Scotland’s great patriots. Walk the halls and stroll the grounds at some of the country’s most elegant and stately homes, from Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford to Traquair House, the temporary home to Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Explore the ruins of Melrose Abbey and learn about the Templar myths and legends of the Holy Grail at Rosslyn Chapel. And, of course, perambulate the city streets of Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh and gaze upon the gorgeous architecture of Glasgow, the largest city in the country.

From the Royal Mile and the Honours of Scotland to the lyrical odes of Robert Burns, from the stills of the Glenkinchie Distillery to the streets of Glasgow to Stirling Castle, southern Scotland has everything you could ever hope for: romance and adventure, high style and high culture, legendary figures and magnificent landscapes. After this one-of-a-kind vacation, you’ll never associate Scotland with just the Highlands again.

Starting Price

$3,115 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

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  • 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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