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Best of Scotland Small Group Tour

8 days3 cities
United Kingdom1 country
Tour rating: 4.68 / 5, Based on 4 Reviews
Small group tour to United Kingdom

Take in the unique atmosphere of inimitable Scotland traveling in a petite group of fellow travelers. Explore the rich heritage of the Scottish cities, including Edinburgh, Inverness, and Fort William! While there, visit the ancient castle, enjoy the breathtaking Isle of Skye, and challenge your luck to catch a glance of the legendary monster on the Loch Ness.

8 days3 cities
United Kingdom1 country
From
$2,639
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2
days
United Kingdom

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh has stunning architecture including the Holyrood Palace on the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle.

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1
day
Arrival to Edinburgh

Welcome to the gorgeous ancient city - Edinburgh!

Upon arrival, you are met by your driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

2
day
Edinburgh Royal Mile

Following breakfast you get to explore the capital of Scotland - Edinburgh!

Together with the guide you start a 4-hour tour of the Old Town and explore this culturally and historically important part of the city. Today you walk along the famous Royal Mile which connects two royal residences - the Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House.

Before you visit the Edinburgh Castle you hear a comprehensive history insight from your guide and visit the castle independently*. Here you may see the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th-century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun inside the castle.

Your guided walking tour ends before you visit the castle and after exploring the castle you may spend time in the city on your own or return to the hotel.

  • Note: entrance tickets to the castle are included.

Breakfast is included.

Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh
4

Set in historical Edinburgh Old Town, the Market Street Hotel offers unique guestrooms.

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Edinburgh
Inverness
4 hrs

Enjoy the picturesque route from Edinburgh to Inverness while onboard a comfortable train with enough legroom, compartments for your belonging, power sockets and other amenities. 

Inverness, United Kingdom Gallery
3
days
United Kingdom

Inverness is undoubtedly a must-visit while in the Scottish Highlands! Full of myths and legends, spectacular nature and man-made wonders, the city is home to the monumental Inverness Castle, as well as the famous Loch Ness.

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3
day
Arrival in Inverness

Upon arrival, you are taken to the hotel for check-in and the rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

4
day
Exploration of the Isle of Skye

After breakfast at your hotel, you get to enjoy the beauty of the untouched nature in its glory, embarking on a full-day small-group tour to the famous Isle of Skye.

Early in the morning, you join a small group tour and leave the city of Inverness with the guide-driver, passing the legendary Loch Ness, observing the dramatic Highland scenery and paying a visit to witness the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle.

The next destination on your agenda is the picturesque Kyle of Lochalsh, a village on the mainland which serves as the gateway to the scenic Isle of Skye, a place of inspiration for many movie makers, poets, and travelers. Upon arrival on the Isle, you travel around the island’s east coast through the gorgeous Cuillin Mountains, experiencing truly breathtaking panoramas.

Then, you arrive at the lovely town of Portree, overlooking a sheltered bay and serving as the capital city of the island. While in Portree, you have some free time to explore the town and grab a snack.

Afterward, you proceed to the northernmost peninsula of the Isle of Skye, Trotternish, to observe some unusual natural formations like the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing, and take some memorable photos of this extraterrestrial place.

Following the tour, you are transferred back to Inverness. The route you take back differs from the one in the morning so you have even more opportunities to admire the Highland scenery.

  • Note: the duration of the trip is up to 12 hours. Entrance tickets are not included.

Breakfast is included.

5
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Loch Ness Cruise & Journey to Fort William

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Inverness together with the driver-guide.

In about 30 minutes after your departure from Inverness, you have a 1-hour cruise on the lake and continue to its southern part to Fort Augustus. Drive along Caledonian Canal and finally arrive at the hotel of Fort Willam.

After check-in at the hotel, the rest of the day is at your own leisure.

  • Note: a cruise on the lake is available from April 16 till October 15.

Breakfast is included.

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
4

If you are looking for a "home away from home" in Inverness, take a closer look at the elegant Kingsmills Hotel, located right in the heart of this beautiful Scottish city. The property prides itself on flawless service, great in-house amenities, and cozy well-fitted guestrooms, equipped with everything you might need for a comfortable stay.

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Inverness
Fort William
2 hrs

Let our experienced driver take care of your journey from Inverness to Fort William, while you sit back and enjoy the surroundings and authentic towns on the way. 

Fort William, United Kingdom Gallery
1
day
United Kingdom

Home to the highest peak in the United Kingdom, the imposing Ben Nevis, Fort William is a town loved by professional climbers and tourists likewise.

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6
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Trip to Mallaig in Jacobite Steam Train

Following breakfast in your hotel, walk to the train station and set off on the memorable trip along the scenic West Highland Line on the Jacobite steam train.

This 84-mile round trip covers the most impressive must-sees, starting near the iconic mount Ben Nevis, passing Loch Morar, and River Morar, arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis. Enjoy the dramatic views and see the most famous bridge in Scotland, Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter movies as well as beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar, and Mallaig along the route.

During a short stay in Mallaig, you have a 1-hour wildlife cruise safari. Travel out to Green Island on the Knoydart Peninsular and take a chance to witness wild seals relaxing on the rocks as well as a variety of birds, porpoises, dolphins, whales, and basking sharks frequently visiting the coastal waters.

Upon return, you take a train back to Fort William.

  • Note: a round trip on Jacobite Steam Train is subject of availability. An alternative 1-way transfer by car is offered when the round trip is not available.

Breakfast is included.

Country House Hotel
4

Escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities and take in the authentic local atmosphere, staying in a stylish country house hotel. Perfectly reflecting local customs and heritage, such hotels are nice examples of traditional local architecture, having top-notch amenities at the same time. Find more examples of country house hotels we offer in the gallery.

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Fort William
Edinburgh
5 hrs

Cross some of the most picturesque Scottish sceneries on your way to Edinburgh, while comfortably seated in a spacious train.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2
days
United Kingdom

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh has stunning architecture including the Holyrood Palace on the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle.

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7
day
Arrival in Edinburgh

Upon arrival in Edinburgh, you have a transfer to the hotel for check-in and the rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

8
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Departure

This is the last day of your adventure! In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel and driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you had a journey of a lifetime and we will be looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Breakfast is included.

Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh
4

Set in historical Edinburgh Old Town, the Market Street Hotel offers unique guestrooms.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels in Edinburgh and Inverness, and heritage country house hotel in Fort William;;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide in Edinburgh;
  • Entrance tickets to Edinburgh Castle;
  • First class train tickets Edinburgh - Inverness and standard class tickets Fort William - Edinburgh;
  • Full day group tour to Isle of Skye;
  • Cruise on Loch Ness;
  • Return standard class train tickets Fort William - Mallaig;
  • Wildlife safari cruise;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.​

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers
  • Professional local guides
  • Visit to the Edinburgh Castle
  • Isle of Skye tour
  • An exciting cuise on Loch Ness Lake
  • Steam train scenic ride from Mallaig to Fort William

What To Know

  • All transactions in the United Kingdom happen in British Pounds (often called Pound Sterlings). It's best to prepare some cash prior your trip.
  • Tips to guides and drivers in the United Kingdom are up to your discretion. In restaurants, typically you could just round up the bill to the nearest pound or include a standard 5-10% tip from the total amount.
  • Weather in the United Kingdom is unpredictable, make sure to pack an umbrella.
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