10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners, including drinks - traditional or vegetarian menu
All transportation in Scotland, including a ferry to Mallaig and a steam train ride across Britain's tallest mountain, shortest river, and deepest freshwater loch, and a comfortable private bus with a driver-guide
Private, Blue Badge certified Scottish guides at sites throughout the tour
Sights and Soul Travels' Tour Director
All sightseeing fees and admissions to sights and attractions, as mentioned in the itinerary
All tours, activities, visits to castles, sites, and monuments mentioned in the itinerary
Private airport transfers on arrival and on departure
All guides', drivers', and restaurants' gratuities
Additional/optional costs may include optional single supplement, optional travel insurance, early hotel check-in, optional Tour Director's gratuities, meals not included in the itinerary, optional activities not included in the itinerary, telephone charges, room service, mini bar charges, laundry, personal expenses.
The tour cost does not include airfare to and from the tour’s location.
In-depth tours of Edinburgh with Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
An in-depth tour of Glasgow, focusing on its art, architecture and design
A whisky distillery tour, tasting and chocolate pairing
Mountain gondola to Ben Nevis
Riding the Jacobite Steam Train
Afternoon tea at the renowned Willow Tea Rooms
I had many brilliant experiences while visiting Scotland: visiting the highlands, the lakes, history lesson on the battlefield, the wonderful Scottish people with that brogue and delightful sense of humor, food and drinks, and castles. Absolutely brilliant! - Jelena from Delaware
I really enjoyed everything about it, the castles, the cruise on Loch Ness, the Orkneys, Culloden Battlefield, hotels, meals and the new relationships I made along the way. SST is very professional, and I have really appreciated the communication before, during and after the tour. This top notch team that does everything possible to ensure a great travel experience. I look forward to many more tours with SST. - Debra from Tennessee
This was the perfect itinerary for Scotland. I have recommended this specific tour to all my friends and family. The Orkney Islands were amazing. Our driver, Robbie, really enhanced the tour. He was absolutely the best and his personality made this tour more amazing. Scotland is my favorite country…so far! – Brandy from Oklahoma
Fabulous trip, first rate accommodations, awesome tour guides, wonderful tour director, great size for a tour! This was my first trip out of the US and because of this tour I was able to enjoy, relax, and feel safe in my travels so far from home. – Jill from Texas
The best experience for a first time overseas traveler. Love meeting new friends and learning where they have traveled. And I really love that you limit the group size to a smaller group of women. – Judy from Texas
Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands was a fabulous tour! Absolutely stunning scenery and a great group of women travelers! – Julia from New Mexico
Scotland was spectacular – landscapes were stunning, with beautiful fairytale castles everywhere. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. This was my second trip with you, and I am sure I will book another. – Barbara from Georgia
All the hotel choices were wonderful. Our Edinburgh guide was very good, and I enjoyed the freedom to tour at our own pace in Edinburgh Castle. Superb walking tour in the glen at Glencoe! Our coach driver was excellent and I loved seeing the country while traveling in the coach. Thanks for running such a terrific travel company for women! I recommend many of my friends to you. – Kathy from Wisconsin
Loved the hotel in Edinburgh and the meals at the small villages were fantastic! – Doris from New Jersey
I had a great time on the tour and felt that I really got to experience Scotland and all aspects of that country! I enjoyed the Orkney Islands, the different castles, Isle of Skye, and really liked our time in Edinburgh. The tour information book was very organized and helpful. This trip was organized well and it was nice to have a spacious bus such that we were not cramped when traveling every day. Food was also great! It was also nice to travel with a great group of women! – Madeline from Michigan
The Scotland tour was amazing – so many wonderful memories! First rate experience! – Janet from Florida
Best trip ever! I have traveled extensively but not with this group, and I loved Scotland and felt that I saw the best of Scotland. Loved the ladies on my tour as we experienced this beautiful country together. – Betty from Alabama
I absolutely loved the tour! Sights and Soul Travels left no stone unturned on the Scotland itinerary. I saw all that Scotland had to offer and then some! This tour was honestly the absolute best way to see Scotland. My tour group was a fantastic group of like-minded women who, in a very short period of time, became fast friends and traveling soul/sole sisters! I like to take one big trip a year and would travel again with Sights and Soul Tours in a heartbeat! Thank you for the extensive, well thought out itinerary and the opportunity to go outside the normal well-travelled sights! – Kermala from Michigan
I loved Skara Brae, Culloden, the hike through Glencoe, and Holyrood Castle. Each experience was very special for different reasons. I must add that finding a new friend amongst the ladies, with whom to travel in the future, was an unexpected bonus. – Kim from Ontario, Canada
Scotland was beautiful and we had sunny days! It relaxes me just to close my eye and go back there now. – Diane from Iowa
Marta really took care of all aspects of the tour – I didn’t have to worry or think about logistics. Mike and Peter were absolutely delightful too. I would also like to point out that your office team is not only professional but communicated very well by providing excellent customer service. I arrived early and stayed late for the tour and April worked hard on arranging the additional days at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Thank you! Susan from Washington
I really enjoyed just about everything. I really liked staying at Culloden House and having dinner the three evenings we had there. Dona from Illinois
This was my fourth trip with Sights and Soul – all have been great but this one was probably my favorite – I love Scotland, and this was a great way to return! Megan from Texas
Outstanding vistas, locations, experiences, and group. One of the best travel experiences (and I travel a lot). Great job! I knew none of the group before the trip and feel that I made great new friends, what an interesting group of women! Teresa was outstanding, and I hope to travel with her in the future. Anne from New Jersey
The group was wonderful. The landscape and scenery was breathtaking. The hike was probably my favorite activity but all was so terrific, it’s impossible to choose. Teresa was soooo wonderful! She made the trip extraordinary. She handled everything, even rough patches, with ease. Made everyone feel special. Don’t do anything differently! Love the small group, all women experience! Overall, there’s nothing like traveling with Sights and Soul. Sydney from Alabama
First experience with an all-women travel group. I was favorably impressed. It was great! Lots to see and do every day. Great accommodations and wonderful food. Well organized, ran smoothly, plenty of variety in activities. Marta and Peter did a great job. Peter is certainly a wonderful ambassador for Scotland! Cathy from Ontario
I loved the magical, mystical beauty of Scotland: the beautiful Eilean Donan castle, the hike through the Weeping Glen, and the Isle of Skye! It was an experience I shall always remember. Marta was a wonderful tour leader, always prepared, respectful, she really listened to us. Peter, the driver/guide was great fun and informative. Gene from Virginia
Excellent tour! Really enjoyed every aspect of it, especially Inverness, Orkney Island, Oban. Karen from New Hampshire
The tour was a full and interesting exploration of Scottish history with beautiful landscapes, consistently delicious meals, and very good company. Kathleen from Maryland
The tour gave an excellent overview of this beautiful country. The women were great. Our bus driver, Peter, was fantastic. He was so knowledgeable and greatly enhanced our appreciation of Scotland. Marta is an excellent tour leader, who kept us informed about each day’s activities. Annika from Illinois
I felt that I saw the best Scotland has to offer with a great group of interesting & intelligent ladies. I have memories for a lifetime. Love Sights & Soul! Mia from California
I love traveling with you because I know you will choose some of the best sightseeing and food experiences for us, and I trust your choices in hotels. I know I will get a good overview of a destination. It’s a pleasure to learn from local guides who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Jan from Illinois
WHAT MAKES THIS TOUR SPECIAL
Carefully designed, extensive itinerary, including signature Scotland experiences
Accommodations in upscale, perfectly located hotels, including a historic manor house hotel
Knowledgeable and passionate private guides
Fully escorted by an experienced Tour Director
Private, comfortable transportation
Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
Despite its small size, Scotland presents an abundance of experiences within its compact territory. Whether it is a solitary moment of rest on a heather-clad hillside, exploring the narrow medieval alleys of Edinburgh's Old Town or giving in to Glasgow's modern vibe, the experience of touring Scotland is permeated by romance and legend. The bonnie Scotland is filled with timeless landscapes and conjures images of desolate castles, evocative highlands, rugged coastline and prehistoric spiritual sites, yet it exudes a suave sense of confidence and sophistication. This feisty and colorful country goes well beyond kilts, bagpipes, whisky and golf, and offers sights and experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. Edinburgh has an elegant mix of sweeping Georgian crescents and steepled medieval tenements guarded by its brooding, eponymous castle, mixed in with the hip music and arts scene, and Glasgow has become a mecca for art and design lovers. The dramatic, wind-swept Scottish Highlands enchant with the wild mountain scenery of the looming granite peaks standing sentinel above the untamed glens and cold and sparkling seas washing against the soft white beaches, where the passage of time goes completely unnoticed. Otters and orcas frolic in the Moray Firth, where small fishing villages huddle under steep cliffs, salmon swim upriver to breed, and the majestic sea eagles soar high above the remote islands.
During the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands tour, we'll indulge in an in-depth discovery of this land rich in lore, scenery and culture. We'll be finding Scotland’s magic, as we explore Edinburgh and Glasgow, tour castles, palaces and villages lost in time, enjoy the rugged beauty of the Highlands, learn about the legacy of its clans, and explore its historic treasures. We'll take an easy hike in the historic Glencoe, a haven for both artists and adventurers, cruise on Loch Ness, and enjoy the evocative Isle of Skye. We'll stay at a Georgian style hotel in Edinburgh, at a lovingly restored manor house hotelin Inverness, a family loch-side hotel in Kentallen and an upscale hotelin Glasgow. We'll enjoy the freshly shucked oysters, the Aberdeen Angus beef, the smoked salmon from Dumfries & Galloway, an elegant afternoon tea and the peerless malt whiskies paired with hand-crafted chocolates, as we connect with new, like-minded friends and create lifelong memories.
We'll tour several castles throughout Scotland: Edinburgh Castle, Falkland Palace, Blair Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle, and Inveraray Castle - each different and each bringing us closer to the soul of Scotland.
We'll explore the evocative town of St. Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife.
We'll travel through the spectacular Scottish Highlands and take an easy hike among the heather-clad hills in Glencoe.
We'll admire frozen-in-time villages and stunning white beaches on the Isle of Skye.
We'll tour the notorious Culloden Moor, where in 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie's dream of capturing the Crown came to an end.
We'll tour the notorious Cawdor Castle of Lady Macbeth fame and the Clava Cairns, Scotland's most evocative prehistoric site.
We'll cruise on the dark and mysterious waters of Loch Ness.
We'll take a mountain gondola up to the craggy Ben Nevis Range.
We'll ride the Jacobite Steam Train, considered one of the great railway journeys of the world.