Royal Scotland with Military Tattoo in August
8 Day Tour

From $1,995!

This seven-day tour of Scotland includes stunning cathedrals and castles, gardens, a jaunt along the “Whiskey trail,” and the grand finale, a seat at one of the most spectacular shows on earth. Each year, against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the tattoo (military pageant) showcases the very best of music, dance, and precision display from around the world.

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Please keep in mind that we can customize a tour to your particular needs. Perfect for families, small groups and couples traveling together. For groups of four or more we highly recommend a private driver/guide with private transport.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival – Perthshire

Arrive at Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport and pick up your self-drive car. Depart for the north of Scotland crossing the Forth Road Bridge if coming from Edinburgh and continue up the M90 to Perth. Overnight in Perthshire area.

Day 2 Perthshire – Aberdeen

After your Full Scottish Breakfast visit Scone Palace, the family home of the Earl of Mansfield and also the site of the famous coronation Stone of Scone, brought there in the 9th century by Kenneth MacAlpine, King of Scots. Continue to Pitlochry, a small Highland town. Stop at the Salmon Ladder where you may be lucky enough to see salmon leaping! From Pitlochry, travel towards Braemar. You will take the very scenic & dramatic road over the Spittal of Glenshee one of the highest points in Scotland and also site of one of Scotland’s ski resorts. Descend into Braemar, which sits in the heart of Royal Deeside, the favoured holiday area for the Royal Family in Scotland. If time allows, visit Balmoral Castle, home of Royal Family. Continue towards Aberdeen for overnight in the area.

Day 3 Aberdeen – Royal Deeside

Take a trip into Aberdeen. Old Aberdeen is lovely and the university is based here. See Kings College, a chapel famous for its rich woodwork dating from the 16th century. Nearby is St. Machar’s Cathedral; mainly 15th century, it is a granite structure of simple austere grandeur. Two notable features are the West Front with its twin castellated towers and the painted wooden Heraldic Ceiling in the nave, dated 1520. Visit Duthie Park and Winter Gardens – a beautifully designed 50 acre park with floral displays in all seasons including a “rose mountain.” There are two boating ponds and many interesting sculptures and mountains. The Winter Gardens feature exotic plants, flowers, birds, fish and turtles. Outside Aberdeen, visit Crathes Castle which has royal historic associations dating from 1323 when the Land of Leys was granted to the Burnett family by Robert the Bruce. The castle features some remarkable late 16th century painted ceilings. There is a large walled garden and the great yew hedges date from 1702, fascinating examples of topiary. Return to your accommodation overnight.

Day 4 Aberdeen – Inverness

Travel northwards towards Inverness. In the morning follow the Whisky Trail & visit one of the many famous distilleries in the area. You can visit Glenfiddich, McCallan, Grants, Cardhu and many more. Each gives an audio-visual show and then a guided tour of the distillery to learn of the processes, and for many the highlight is a tasting at the end of the tour. The choice of what to see and do in the Speyside area is huge – there are castles – Brodie, Cawdor (made famous by the Shakespeare’s Macbeth), and Ballindalloch. Visit Culloden Moor, site of the last land battle on British soil, wander around Inverness, capital of the Highlands, take the Strathspey Railway from Boat of Garten to Aviemore, watch the Ospreys at Loch Garten. Accommodation in Inverness area.

Day 5 Inverness – Inverewe Gardens – Inverness

Enjoy a day visiting the West Coast of Scotland. Journey across to Ullapool, a quaint fishing village. Then travel down past the dramatic Corrieshalloch Gorge to the Inverewe Gardens, run by the National Trust. These magnificent gardens have a famous rhododendron collection and who would expect to find palm trees in Scotland. Return through the magnificent scenery of the Torridon area and past Loch Maree. Return to the Inverness area for overnight.

Day 6 Inverness – Loch Ness – Glencoe – Edinburgh

Today travel south again via Loch Ness. Loch Ness forms part of the Caledonian Canal, a feat of great engineering by Thomas Telford linking East Scotland with West by using a series of lochs. Make a stop at Urquhart Castle, a very scenic spot and also the place where the most sightings of “Nessie” have been. Continue toward Fort William, which nestles beneath the highest mountain in Great Britain – Ben Nevis. If time allows, why not take a ride in a gondola at Anoch Mor, which on a good day offers stunning views over the coast. From Fort William, start travelling south. Travel through the beautiful and mysterious Glencoe, which is great for walking and climbing. You then travel over Rannoch Moor and into the heart of the Trossachs, known as the “gateway to the Highlands.” Stop at Stirling Castle, which played an important role in much of Scotland’s vibrant history. The Great Hall has just been refurbished and the Visitor Centre has a very good audio-visual exhibition explaining much of the history. Return to the Edinburgh area, where you will overnight at Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Day 7 Edinburgh – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014

Enjoy a full day in Edinburgh. In the morning, visit Edinburgh Castle, the site of the oldest building in Edinburgh (St Margaret’s Chapel) and the Crown Jewels of Scotland. Continue down the Royal Mile and enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants or pubs along the way. In the afternoon at the foot of the Royal Mile, visit Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the Queen when she is in Scotland. The Palace has wonderful staterooms and a ballroom. If time allows, visit New Town to admire the Georgian architecture and the well-laid out streets. Attend the Military Tattoo, where performers from four continents, including Africa and South America, provide an abundance of matchless entertainment on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. The program for this year is said to include the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Highland Dancing, the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the stirring music of the world-famous Massed Pipes and Drums. An international flavor will be added by, amongst others, a Dutch Mounted Bicycle Band and South Africa’s Navy Band. A huge audience favorite is once again expected to be the traditional and poignant close of the evening’s proceedings when the Lone Piper high on the Castle ramparts plays a haunting lament, before the colorful, cosmopolitan cast marches off the Esplanade to the strains of famous pipe melody, The Black Bear.  Return to your accommodation overnight.

Day 8 Departure

Unfortunately it is time to leave Scotland. Return to the airport and leave to your car.

Your Trip Includes:

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation with private bathroom facilities.
  • Full Scottish Breakfast each morning.
  • Rental Car.
  • Tickets to the 2012 Royal Edinbugh Military Tattoo.
  • Custom-designed itinerary for approval.
  • All accommodation taxes and service charges.
  • Services of our offices and 24/7 Concierge Service while traveling.