Sunrise at Quiraing, Isle of Skye in Scotland

Classic Scotland Tour for First Timers

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Countries Visited

Scotland

Places Visited

Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Inverness, Isle of Skye...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Scotland is an image of classic legend emanating from the highlands and drifting off of reflective lakes known as lochs. Castles hover over cliffs and battlefields are marked with carved stones to commemorate brave clans. Your handcrafted tour of classic Scotland provides you with the elegance of palaces and thousands of years of history. Indulge in the unique landscape that reminds you of a fairytale wonderland and stroll through charming villages with homes bathed in white walls and topped with...

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Trip Highlights

  • Journey around the legendary waters of Loch Ness
  • Visit Rosslyn Chapel, as mentioned in the best selling book The Da Vinci Code
  • Experience the stunning Scottish countryside off the beaten path
  • Tour around the gorgeous Hopetown House, said to be the finest estate in the country
  • Explore the storybook ruins of Eilean Donan Castle
  • Witness the grace of the ruins at Melrose Abbey
  • Enjoy the unique architecture and grounds of Blair Castle
  • Step into the Bronze Age with a tour of Clava Cairn Burial Chambers
  • Traverse the sensational landscape of Trotternish Peninsular
  • Venture through the depths of celebrated Glen Coe

Detailed Description

The wilds of the highlands are remote and pristine. Cities are lined with cobblestone and villages are filled quaint picturesque reverie. This 10-day tour of Scotland takes you beyond the expansive cities and into the inspiring landscape. Venture across glens and over mountains, around lakes and onto peninsulas. Deer and wild geese roam through the open space and castles sit at the center of endless acres of property. The brilliance of the Scottish landscape will reveal itself to you at its discretion, providing hints of its luxuries every step of the way.

The splendor begins immediately with your arrival in Edinburgh. The beauty of the city lies in its unique history that continues to rise out of the cobblestone streets and buildings’ stone facades. Tour the city to find a unique blend of natural beauty and elegance, deep historic roots that goes beyond the power of Edinburgh Castle. Outside of the city you will have a panoramic view from Arthur’s Sea and tour through the sensational lavishness of Hopetoun House. The stained glass windows of Rosslyn Chapel create a marvelous kaleidoscope of color.

Continue onward to Melrose Abbey located around the Scottish border. The church ruins provide an unforgettable outline of the structure and a unique history of the area. At Abbotsford house you have a glance into the poetic life of Sir Walter Scott before visiting Floors Castle. Journey northbound to witness the strength of Stirling Castle and the opulence of Blair castle. The Dalwhinnie Whisky distillery is located next to the property of Queen Victoria’s old palace. A tour Culloden provides the history of the last pitched battle ever fought on British soil, along with the nearby Bronze Age cemetery.

Scotland was known as the stage for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which allows you to visit the stronghold, Cawdor Castle, brought to the forefront by the bard. Spend time encircling the gorgeous scenery around Loch Ness in search of the legendary monster before visiting the extraordinary ruins of Castle Eilean Donan. Traverse the loop road on The Isle of Skye that takes you around Trotternish peninsula and witness the breathtaking landscape first hand. Upon your return from the Isle of Skye, you make your way southbound through the treasured scenery of Glen Coe. Return to Edinburgh and spend time at your leisure before your private transfer escorts you to the airport for your flight home as your tour of classic Scotland comes to an end.

Starting Price

$2,995 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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