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.
Beginning Your Tour of the Scottish Lowlands
This morning, you touch down outside of enchanting Edinburgh, the political and cultural capital of Scotland and one of the most fascinating cities in Great Britain. You’ll be transferred from the airport to one of the city’s finest hotels, filled with modern amenities and elegant furnishings, staffed by a group of dedicated and friendly people who are attuned to your every want and need. After dropping off your bags and recovering from jet lag, you’ll set out to explore this one-of-a-kind metropolis.
Get a glorious glimpse of the city and the countryside beyond by scaling the gentle rise of Calton Hill, offering incredible vistas of the Firth of Forth and the rolling Scottish Lowlands as well as some of the best-known and best-loved monuments in the city. You’ll be moved by the terraced tower commemorating the exploits of Horatio Nelson, which still flies his famous message to his fleet on Trafalgar Day, and you’ll be puzzled by the still-incomplete National Monument, from whose stolid columns you’ll get the best view of the fantastic scenery encircling Edinburgh. Descend the hill in the evening for a visit to one of Edinburgh’s best restaurants before heading out for a nightcap in one of the capital’s charming pubs.
The Center of Scotland’s Wars of Independence
A Chapel Filled with Myth and a Dram of Scotland’s Finest
The Great Houses of Southern Scotland
Scotland’s Rich Literary Tradition
Discovering the Second City of the British Empire
Saying Goodbye to Stupendous Scotland
- 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
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.
$2,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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