Scotland Tours & Holidays
Join us on a holiday to Scotland
For a country so small and with so much open countryside, Scotland has had a huge impact on world culture.
Its great cities - Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, were powerhouses of British Imperial commerce. These cities were also at the forefront of scientific discovery and exploration, culture and learning, and remain some of the most popular holiday destinations. Its natural wonders, too, attract visitors from around the globe. Just their names - Glen Coe, Ben Nevis, The Old Man of Storr, the Cairngorms National Park, the Mull of Kintyre, Loch Ness - call up visions of unspoilt scenery, timeless beauty and unresolved mystery.
Be it escorted tours, cruises, or family cabin holidays, Scotland has plenty to offer. Explore the Scottish Highlands, enjoy a scenic train journey or head to the Trossachs, an outstandingly beautiful area of mountains, lochs, rivers, castles and woodlands. Scotland's natural and historic treasures aren't confined to the mainland, though. Around 800 islands lie scattered off its coast, islands like Skye, Mull, Arran, or beyond them the Outer Hebridean isles offer their own beguiling mix of magnificent scenery, myths and legends. Whether you're planning a romantic break or setting off on a solo trip, discover historic tales of valour, romance and rebellion on our Scotland tours.
Scotland tours for solo travellers
Discover our collection of holidays for solo travellers, including our Highlights of the Scottish Highlands - Exclusively Solo tour. This trip is for those who are travelling alone, but want to experience Scotland with like-minded people, guided by our expert Tour Managers. This trip does not include a compulsory single supplement, you will have your own room included in the price. For some of our other Scotland tours, we offer no single supplement on select departures. However, these are based on availability so be quick to secure your spot. For more information about our solo trips click here.
Things to do in Scotland
Scotland offers something for everyone, from world-famous cities to picture-perfect train journeys across the Scottish Highlands.
The West Highland Line
One of the best ways to travel Scotland is by train, and the famous West Highland Line, which was voted by Wanderlust Magazine as the world’s best train journey, has to be experienced to be believed. It is certainly one of the most scenic, passing sights such as Ben Nevis, Loch Eli and the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films. The train runs from Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig, and on our Scottish Highlands Railway tour you can experience this latter section of the journey.
Arguably the most famous loch in Scotland, with its legendary ‘Nessie’ monster, Loch Ness is situated in the Scottish Highlands near Inverness, surrounded by unspoilt landscapes and and spectacular natural scenery. Did you know that Loch Ness has more water than all the lakes found in England and Wales combined?
The Royal Mile in Edinburgh
The Royal Mile is the beating heart of Edinburgh, connecting two royal locations - Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House which is the King’s residence when in Edinburgh. The Royal Mile isn’t just one street, it is comprised of several streets running through the atmospheric old town and it boasts a number of shops including many charming, independent retailers. You can also visit a number of tourist attractions on The Royal Mile, including St Giles Cathedral. Looking to wine and dine? You will find an array of different dining options, making it a worthy starting point for your Scottish adventure.
Visit a Whisky Distillery
Scotland is one of the best places to enjoy a ‘wee dram’ and visiting a whisky distillery is certainly a highlight when exploring the country. There are distilleries found across Scotland, with different regions producing different styles. In the Cairngorn National Park you can find the Dalwhinnie distillery, which is famed for its Highland Single Malt. This is the highest-elevation working distillery in Scotland and offers wonderful views.
Things to see in Scotland
Take a look through our gallery of interesting things to see in Scotland. From the Edinburgh to The Highlands, Scotland is full of incredible sights.
Scotland holiday highlights
The below are the must visit locations when visiting Scotland. From vibrant cities to tranquil, remote islands, Scotland has something for everyone.
Vibrant culture, quirky shops and world-class dining nestled against an enchanting backdrop of winding cobbled streets and historic architecture; it's no wonder that Edinburgh remains a firm tourist favourite.
While Loch Ness is best known for its folklore, visitors to this stretch of the Scottish Highlands will find plenty to do both on and off the water.
Nestled on the boundary between the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, Loch Lomond is right in the heart of the Scottish mainland.
Connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge and a ferry, Isle of Skye holidays are about getting away from it all.
Scotland food and drink
From plush dining rooms to cosy country lodges, in Scotland you can enjoy an array of dining experiences.
Among the local dishes to look out for are Cock-a-Leekie, a soup with chicken and leeks, and Rumbledethumps, the Scottish equivalent of Bubble and Squeak.
Satisfying sweet cravings is easy in Scotland. Be sure to taste cranachan, a cream cheese dessert finished with oats and raspberries, and Scottish tablet, a crumbly sweet snack that is similar to fudge.
Enjoy (responsibly) Scotland’s national drink – as you discover your whisky palate. With more than 100 active distilleries across Scotland, there are plenty of flavours to discover the right pour for your taste.
Warm and inviting, Scottish cuisine ensures the taster that, no matter the weather, there will always be something to lift your spirits.
Scotland by region
From the green, idyllic parts of the Scottish Highlands to the remote outcrops of the Hebrides, there is simply so much to experience throughout Scotland.
Here are some questions you might have about Scotland.
- Time Zone
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- 1 hour 15 minutes
- Visa Required
- Not required
- Pound Sterling
What are the best Scotland tours?
What is Scotland known for?
Scotland is known for its rolling highlands, whisky, ancient castles, and arts scene involving bagpipes, rock music and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
What’s the currency in Scotland?
As most of you know, the currency of Scotland is the GBP, so you won’t need to change your money. It always helps to get cash out in advance, as small Scottish towns may have limited cash machine facilities.
When is the best time to visit Scotland?
August is a very popular month for tourists to visit Scotland, due to the calendar of events including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. However, Scotland is beautiful year-round, particularly in the spring when the colourful natural sights burst to life. The weather is similar to other areas in the UK, however, Scotland tends to be a bit colder and wetter.
What’s the cuisine like in Scotland?
Due to the country’s abundance of rural land, it produces incredible fresh produce. Some highlights include Aberdeen Angus steaks, wild trout, and salmon. Scotland's national dish is haggis, a meat pudding typically served with mashed potato and turnips.
With a rich history in distilling, Scotland is also famous for its whisky.
What are the must-visit attractions in Scotland?
The Scottish Highlands offer an incredibly tranquil and scenic getaway, with wonderful landscapes at every turn. Edinburgh is one of our favourite cities in the UK and in August it comes alive with the vibrant Edinburgh Tattoo. We also can’t forget the wonderful islands found of the Western Isles. Portree on the Isle of Skye is home to stunning colorful buildings and the empty, sandy beaches could even give the Caribbean a run for its money.
How can I experience the beauty of the Scottish Highlands?
We offer a number of different tours to the Scottish Highlands. Take a stunningly beautiful train journey on The Royal Caledonian or opt for our Exclusively Solo tour which covers the highlights including Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park and the picturesque town of Aviemore.
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