A host of Scottish highlights
A cruise on the sparkling waters of Loch Katrine aboard the SS Sir Walter Scott, a journey on the steam-hauled Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway and an unforgettable evening enjoying the colour, music, pomp and pageantry at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. These are just three of the highlights that await you on this great-value, summer coach break.
Leaving the local area in the early morning we'll head to Edinburgh, arriving in good time for dinner.
Day One: Travel to Edinburgh by coach
After a full Scottish breakfast, we'll board the steam-hauled Bo'ness and Kinneil railway for a round trip along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. After the chance to visit the Scottish Railway Exhibition at Bo'ness, we'll continue to Edinburgh. Join our short orientation city tour, on which you'll see Jenners - the oldest department store in the world - the Castle, St Giles Cathedral, the Princes Street Gardens, the Sir Walter Scott monument and the Royal Mile, before enjoying an afternoon of exploring, perhaps visiting Holyroodhouse (entry fee payable locally).
Day Two: Steam train ride and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
In the early evening we'll head to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle for the Military Tattoo - the highlight of our visit - for a fantastic evening of music and colour, pomp and pageantry that ends with the spectacle of the lone piper patrolling the battlements, silhouetted against the night sky. We'll leave Edinburgh at the end of the Tattoo, arriving back at the hotel some time after midnight.
This morning we'll head into the Trossachs, an outstandingly beautiful area of mountains, lochs, rivers and woodlands, which has inspired Scottish poets and writers for generations.
Day Three: The Trossachs and Loch Katrine cruise
Here we'll cruise the sparkling waters of Loch Katrine, aboard the screw steamer SS 'Sir Walter Scott', before visiting the quaint town of Callander (the "Tannochbrae" of TV's 'Dr Finlay's Casebook').
After breakfast we'll head for home, stopping en route in Gretna Green - a favoured wedding venue for eloping couples since 1745! Weddings still take place every day at The Old Blacksmith's Shop. The complex also houses an exhibition, a sculpture garden and a few shops.
Day Four: Visit Gretna Green and travel home
In the afternoon we'll continue our journey, returning to your local area by early-to-mid evening.
You may like to upgrade your seat for the Tattoo. The seats are located in stands in a U shape around the castle esplanade. The more expensive the seats the further away they are from the open part of the U, which is where the acts emerge onto the esplanade.
There is a short but steeply inclined walk of 80 metres up Castlehill, the old cobbled approach to the Esplanade. There is then a further 60-metre walk on average, followed by steps up to the spectator stands where generally, the seating is quite steeply tiered. You will have plenty of time to make your way to and from the Esplanade and will be able to go at your own pace. Wheelchairs can be sited at ground level under the North stand at all performances and disabled toilets are available on the Esplanade.
Access to the Tattoo
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.