Scotland

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Overview

Known for its great history and heritage, its cutting edge art and amazing culture, Scotland is a whimsical mix of stunning landscapes and wildlife coupled with a flourishing arts and culture scene, and topped off with a colorful history of epic battles and historic castles. 

Need a vacation soon? Plan a visit to Scotland and be a part of its vivacious culture and remarkable heritage. Take a day or two to head out to the great outdoors and enjoy a variety of activities such as golf, sailing and fishing. Stopover in Edinburgh and uncover its hidden gems. Take a night out to delight your taste buds with exceptional food and drink. And be sure to mark your calendar for a few trips to the museums and galleries that are home to some of the most coveted art and artifacts in the world. 

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Important information

3 Main Attractions: Melrose Abbey, Palace of Holyrood, Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Culture Norms: Shake hands with everyone present -- men, women, and children -- at business and social meetings. Shake hands again when leaving. Handshakes are light -- not firm. Women should extend their hand to men first.

Prices of Necessities: Bottle of water – 1.5 $, coffee – 3.8 $, average restaurant meal for 2 persons – 72 $

Emergency Numbers: Police, Ambulance & Fire Brigade 112 or 999

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Precautions

Vaccinations: Influenza vaccination recommended for all travellers from November through April. Two doses of MMR vaccinations are recommended for travelers born after 1956 if not previously taken. 

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Currency

Name: British Pound Sterling

Symbol: £

1 GBP = 1.15 EUR

1 EUR= 0.87 GBP

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Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Duration: 8.5 hours

Once your Loch Lomond tour departs from Glasgow, you will travel via the picturesque Campsie Fells, before making your first stop at Loch Lomond, one of the prettiest and largest lochs in the whole of Scotland. Here you can enjoy an hour long cruise* taking in spectacular views of the loch's many islands and the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, take a stroll through the picturesque loch-side conservation village of Luss, with its quaint houses, cafes and stunning views across the loch's western shoreline. Then travel on for some lunch in the small village of Aberfoyle, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Trossachs National Park, just below the Highland faultline. After lunch, your Loch Lomond tour from Glasgow shall continue the journey of exploration through the Trossachs - Scotland’s first national park, known as ‘the Highlands in miniature’ for its abundance of lochs, mountains and forests and the homeland of legendary outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor. You will depart for Stirling in the early afternoon and your last stop is the magnificent Stirling Castle, sitting high on volcanic rock, offering wonderful views of the landscape.  You will have time to visit the castle and learn of the exploits of key historic figures including William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. With lots of interesting things to see and do here, the Stirling Castle experience is well worth a visit. You will then make your way back to Glasgow where your Loch Lomond tour will finish.  Please Note: This tour may run in reverse. *Optional Extra

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Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Duration: 11.8 hours

From Glasgow, your Loch Ness tour will travel north, before making a refreshment stop on the shores of Loch Lomond. Travelling the length of the loch, climb up into the Highlands, over the unique, dramatic landscape of Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount to majestic Glencoe, one of Scotland's most haunting glens, site of 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan. Continuing via Loch Linnhe, your Loch Ness tour will stop in Fort William area for lunch then continue into the natural beauty of the Great Glen as you pass beneath Britain's highest mountain. Travelling on, admire the Caledonian Canal, and the pretty village of Fort Augustus, enjoying spectacular views of Loch Ness, as you drive along the shoreline to Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness, 24 miles long and 700 feet deep is most famous for its sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie. Spend approximately 2 hours at Loch Ness, where you can choose to take a wonderful 5 star 'Loch Ness by Jacobite' cruise and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle and its modern visitor centre. Passing through Inverness, Capital of the Highlands, your Loch Ness tour will start its return for home, crossing the Grampian Mountains and the woodland scenery of Perthshire, including the Forest of Atholl, with an evening refreshment stop at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, en route back to Glasgow where your Loch Ness tour ends. *Optional Extra

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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Duration: 12.5 hours

Departing from Edinburgh our Loch Ness tour travels northwest, passing the imposing Stirling Castle, before making your first stop at Kilmahog. You will stop for some light refreshments and the chance to see some Highland cattle up close. Travel on through Rob Roy Country of Clans MacGregor and Campbell then over the dramatic landscape of Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount to Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most famous glens, site of the 1692 massacre of the Clan MacDonald. Pause for a photo stop, and to soak up the atmosphere in this haunting glen. Continuing via Loch Linnhe, your Loch Ness tour will stop in the Fort William area for lunch then continue into the natural beauty of the Great Glen as you pass beneath Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Travelling on, admire the Caledonian Canal and the pretty village of Fort Augustus, enjoying spectacular views of Loch Ness, as you drive along the shoreline to Urquhart Castle.  Loch Ness, 24 miles long and over 700 feet deep, is most famous for its sightings of the Loch Ness monster, affectionately known as “Nessie”. Spend approximately 2 hours at Loch Ness, where you can choose to take a wonderful 5 star 'Loch Ness by Jacobite' cruise and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and learn of its history inside the modern visitor centre. Passing through Inverness, Capital of the Highlands, the Loch Ness tour will start its return for home, crossing the Grampian Mountains and the woodland scenery of Perthshire, including the Forest of Atholl, with an evening refreshment stop at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, en route back to Edinburgh, where the Loch Ness tour ends. *Optional Extra

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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Duration: 9.3 hours

Departing Edinburgh, you will travel westwards for your first stop of the day at the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond; one of the prettiest and largest lochs in the whole of Scotland. Here you can enjoy an hour long cruise* taking in spectacular views of the loch's many islands and surrounding mountains. Alternatively, take a stroll through the picturesque loch side village of Luss; with its quaint houses, cafes and stunning views across Loch Lomond's western shoreline. Continue through the Trossachs National Park, also known as 'the Highlands in Miniature' for it's abundance of lochs, mountains and forests. It is also famous for the legendary outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor. You will spend time exploring the area before stopping for lunch in a small village immersed in its beautiful surroundings. After lunch, make your way through the town of Callander, past the medieval Doune Castle before you make your final stop of the day at Stirling Castle*. The site is one of Scotland's most historically significant fortresses, sitting high on volcanic rock and offering wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. You will have time to visit the castle and learn of the exploits of key historical figures including William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. With lots of interesting things to see and do here, the Stirling Castle experience is a must for any visitor to Scotland. *Optional Extra

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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Duration: 7.8 hours

From your starting point by Edinburgh Castle, head out of the city to the village of Roslin, making your first stop at Rosslyn Chapel. Described as the "Library in Stone", the inside walls of Rosslyn Chapel are covered in thousands of ancient carvings, each with a story of its own. You can also learn of the myths and legends surrounding the chapel, including tales of the Knights Templar. Rosslyn Chapel's worldwide fame increased thanks to "The Da Vinci Code", Dan Brown's blockbusting novel. Leaving Rosslyn, continue into the heart of the Scottish Borders, an area rich in hills, valleys, rivers and moorland, as well as being the traditional home to Scottish rugby. Travel to the historic town of Melrose, birthplace of the game of Rugby Sevens and location of Melrose Abbey, founded in 660 and said to be the burial place of the casket containing the heart of Robert the Bruce. Here you will stop for lunch and have free time to explore Melrose and its Abbey. On your return journey, you will travel via St. Boswells and pause for a photo stop at Scott's View, where you can enjoy glorious scenic views. Your journey north will take you to Pencaitland, where you will visit the charming Glenkinchie Distillery, one of few Lowland distilleries in Scotland, for a whisky tour. Here you can enjoy "a tour and a taste", learn more about "the water of life" and sample some of Glenkinchie's finest malts. Then you will return to Edinburgh.

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