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6 days Scottish Daytripper 2024

Glasgow is your home base for all the iconic highlights

Immerse yourself in history, culture, and natural splendour as you unpack once in thriving Glasgow and discover Arran, the Highlands, the Scottish Borders, and Edinburgh. INSIDER TIP! Extend your vacation with pre- or post-nights in Glasgow. We’ve negotiated special hotel rates to make it easy and affordable.

Day Location Description
1 Glasgow | Whisky Walking Tour Your tour departs from your hotel at 2:00 PM. The Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel, your home for the trip, is in the heart of Glasgow’s vibrant West End near the Botanic Gardens. After a panoramic tour of the city’s highlights, explore the West End on a whisky walking tour, with visits to two pubs. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel. (D)
2 Isle of Arran | Brodick Castle Drive to the port of Ardrossan for a ferry to the Isle of Arran, often called “Scotland in Miniature” with its scenic highland and lowland areas. Tour it to discover its rugged coastline, mountains, and prehistoric sites. The island is rich in wildlife such as seals, red deer, squirrels, and many bird species. Take a tour of Brodick Castle and Gardens, seeing its historic collection of period furniture, silverware, and paintings. Arran is known as a destination for foodies; take time to stroll the harbor town of Brodick, where there are many independent, artisanal food shops. Return on the ferry for a free evening in Glasgow. (B)
3 Scottish Borders | Abbotsford House | The Great Tapestry of Scotland Spend the day in the rural, scenic Scottish Borders, a region which derives its name from its position on the border between Scotland and England. First, visit Abbotsford House, the intriguing home of novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott. Take a guided tour to see the house as it was in 1833, the year of Scott’s death. Have lunch with your group before traveling on to the nearby market town of Galashiels to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland, which tells the story of Scotland in 160 fabric panels. Created by over 1,000 volunteers in one of the world’s largest community art projects, the tapestry is on permanent display in a purpose-built gallery. Return to Glasgow, where the rest of your day is free to spend as you wish. (B, L)
4 Edinburgh | Edinburgh Castle Embark on an exploration of Edinburgh’s history and allure as you take in the sights of the medieval Old Town and elegant New Town on a panoramic tour. Experience the city’s grandeur from atop Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on a bed of volcanic rock. Tour the castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, before the opportunity to explore the area independently. Reconvene with your group for an extraordinary whisky-tasting at the immersive, multimedia Johnnie Walker Experience. (B)
5 Loch Lomond | Stirling Castle Venture to the shores of Loch Lomond, where you’ll see the raw, untamed beauty of the Highlands. Embark on a cruise around the lake to view the captivating vistas formed by its many islands and the surrounding hills. Continue your journey to Stirling Castle, an architectural marvel that holds the echoes of the Scottish royalty who once lived there. Back in Glasgow, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group at a local restaurant. (B, D)
6 Tour Ends in Glasgow Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)