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Edinburgh and the Countryside

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 770

Edinburgh and the countryside are yours to discover on this 6-day tailor-made adventure. Enjoy 3 days exploring the Scottish capital as well as several sites from the Outlander series. Later, set out on a small group tour to travel through majestic mountains and quaint villages of the Scottish Highlands.


See the highlights of Edinburgh and the essential sights of the surrounding country on this 6-day escape to Scotland’s charismatic capital.

Get your bearings on your first two days, perhaps touring Edinburgh Castle, or Hollyrood House, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence. Then take an evening walking tour, served in true Edinburgh style with extra chills. Edinburgh’s 17th century residents were great fans of a ghoulish tale, and the city is packed with enough of them to fill your tour. A small group Outlander Adventure then takes you out of the city to Culross, a city almost unchanged since the 16th century. Pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle. Both Outlander and Monty Python fans, take note and use your audio guide! Explore Linlithgow Palace and Blackness Castle, before a photo stop at Midhope Castle completes your day.

Time for a trip into the highlands, spending a day in Cairngorms National Park. Stop in for a wee dram at a famous whisky distillery (you’ve never tried it until you’ve tried it in Scotland), before settling in overnight at Inverness. Dodge ‘Nessie’ themed tourist tat on your way to what Loch Ness really has to offer, stunning ruins on its shores, reached on an atmospheric boat trip. Return to Edinburgh for one more night before you depart.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 770

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Day 1

Edinburgh Airport to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

The elegant Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace hotel is surrounded by sprawling gardens, sitting on a quiet residential street on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town. Just a 20-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, many other attractions are much closer, with the National Museum of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the city's main shopping streets nearby. Wi-Fi is complimentary, there is a gym on-site, and 24-hour room service is offered. Start your day with a generous breakfast buffet and also keep in mind that delectable dinners are served at the Terrace Restaurant, which opens onto a courtyard garden. When the day is done, sip whisky or Scottish beer in the Lounge Bar.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

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    Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace



    The elegant Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace hotel is surrounded by sprawling gardens, sitting on a quiet residential street on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town. Just a 20-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, many other attractions are much closer, with the National Museum of …

    The elegant Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace hotel is surrounded by sprawling gardens, sitting on a quiet residential street on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town. Just a 20-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, many other attractions are much closer, with the National Museum of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the city's main shopping streets nearby. Wi-Fi is complimentary, there is a gym on-site, and 24-hour room service is offered. Start your day with a generous breakfast buffet and also keep in mind that delectable dinners are served at the Terrace Restaurant, which opens onto a courtyard garden. When the day is done, sip whisky or Scottish beer in the Lounge Bar.

    Facilities

    • Fitness Centre
    • Gym
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Edinburgh Walking Tour - Ghosts and Ghouls

Entertainment - 17th Century style! An evening of spine-tingling storytelling awaits you. How best to experience our grim and ghostly past? Just as our ghoulish ancestors did... with gusto! The infamous 'Edinburgh mob' loved the 'entertainment' of blood, guts and gore. And there was plenty provided! Especially at the Mercat Cross. Hear grisly tales of witchcraft, torture and restless spirits as you venture down medieval closes and descend into the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults. As night darkens, savour a welcome drink by candle-light, as you weave tales in your atmospheric, underground cellar. Visit where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still haunt her present...

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Small Group Outlander Adventure

Leave Edinburgh and travel back in time as your driver-guide takes you over the Queensferry Crossing to Culross.

This virtually-unchanged 16th century village overlooks the sea and poses as the fictional town of Cranesmuir. You have time to visit Claire's herb garden, explore the palace, or wander the ancient streets while you imagine what life must have been like 400 years ago.

You journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle, or as it's called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th century. You can also listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Your next stop is Linlithgow Palace. Here you have time to enjoy beautiful views to the Forth bridges, have a picnic by the loch, and explore the ruins of Mary Queen of Scots' birthplace. And if you're feeling brave, you can visit the spot where that gruesome Outlander scene took place.

You then travel the short distance to Blackness Castle. It's an impressive castle that's known as the 'ship that never sailed' because it resembles a giant stone boat. You have time to walk along the ramparts and explore the fictional headquarters of Jack Randall.

Midhope Castle is your next highlight. Unfortunately, visitors are unable to go inside the castle, but Jamie's lovely Lallybroch home is still an essential photo opportunity for any fan of the show.

Before we head back to Edinburgh, you have a final stop in the colourful harbour area of South Queensferry.

Duration8 Hours
Day 4

Edinburgh

You leave Edinburgh and head north across the River Forth towards the Highlands.

You make a short stop in one of the quintessential Scottish towns bordering the highland fault line, before crossing into the Cairngorms National Park. There are numerous options on route including a famous whisky distillery, stunning caledonian forest walks, ancient standing stones, world-changing battlefields, and beautiful lochs. What you do today will be decided by your group and the ever- changing Scottish climate. Ample time for lunch will be given en route.

You then continue north and arrive in Inverness, where you're dropped off at your accommodation. The evening is free for you to explore the capital of the Highlands.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

B & B with Ensuite

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    B & B with Ensuite



    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

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Day 5

Loch Ness

After a leisurely breakfast, you're picked up from your accommodation and taken into the surrounding countryside.

You travel to Loch Ness where you have the chance to take a boat trip along the loch or stay on shore and visit the impressive ruins of Urquhart castle overlooking the loch. Our journey continues south through the Great Glen past Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in UK and Fort William. You stop for lunch along the way before arriving in Glencoe.

The return journey continues over the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and into the lowland scenery around Stirling, before finally reaching our starting point of Edinburgh.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

The elegant Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace hotel is surrounded by sprawling gardens, sitting on a quiet residential street on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town. Just a 20-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, many other attractions are much closer, with the National Museum of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the city's main shopping streets nearby. Wi-Fi is complimentary, there is a gym on-site, and 24-hour room service is offered. Start your day with a generous breakfast buffet and also keep in mind that delectable dinners are served at the Terrace Restaurant, which opens onto a courtyard garden. When the day is done, sip whisky or Scottish beer in the Lounge Bar.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

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    Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace



    The elegant Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace hotel is surrounded by sprawling gardens, sitting on a quiet residential street on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town. Just a 20-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, many other attractions are much closer, with the National Museum of …

    The elegant Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace hotel is surrounded by sprawling gardens, sitting on a quiet residential street on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town. Just a 20-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, many other attractions are much closer, with the National Museum of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the city's main shopping streets nearby. Wi-Fi is complimentary, there is a gym on-site, and 24-hour room service is offered. Start your day with a generous breakfast buffet and also keep in mind that delectable dinners are served at the Terrace Restaurant, which opens onto a courtyard garden. When the day is done, sip whisky or Scottish beer in the Lounge Bar.

    Facilities

    • Fitness Centre
    • Gym
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Edinburgh Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights in first-class accommodations in Edinburgh
  • 1 night in moderate accommodations in Inverness
  • 2-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour pass in Edinburgh
  • “Royal Ticket of Edinburgh” (admission to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood & the Royal Yacht Britannia)
  • Shared Edinburgh Ghosts and Ghouls walking tour (max 30 guests)
  • Shared small group Outlander Adventure tour (max 16 guests)
  • 2-day 1-night small group tour of Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands including:
    • Accommodations as mentioned
    • English-speaking driver-guide
    • Transportation in a Mercedes mini-coach
    • Max 16 guests
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day One)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Entrance fees not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double shared accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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26 Mar 2021
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