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 = 1.13 EUR

1 EUR= 0.89 GBP

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Location: Alnwick, Scotland
Duration: 10 hours

Learn more about the battles fought and won and the Kings and monarchy that shaped Scotland on this informative tour. Departing Edinburgh your knowledgeable guide will regale you with stories and history of Scotland and the Borders area in particular. You’ll then drive south through the Scottish Borders, pausing for a photo stop at Melrose Abbey - widely regarded as one of the most beautiful ruins in Europe. Robert the Bruce’s heart is thought to be buried at the Abbey and it is the final resting place of a number of other Scottish Kings. The star attraction of the tour is Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England and has been lived in for over 700 years. It is full of fascinating things to see and mysteries to uncover. You may recognize it as a location from some of the Harry Potter films. The road home takes you up the stunning east coast, past some beautiful sights such as the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the picturesque coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Duration: 11.5 hours

Discover Scotland's countryside and natural beauty. You'll leave Edinburgh and head through Scotland’s bustling central belt to show you Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Then it’s on to Loch Lomond (the largest expanse of fresh water in the country) where we stop off at the conservation village of Luss for coffee and sightseeing. We then head deep into the Highlands, passing through breathtaking scenery (including views along Loch Awe, the longest in Scotland). The countryside here is rich with history. We pass haunting Kilchurn Castle (historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan) and the Pass of Brander (where Robert the Bruce had a notable victory). By lunchtime, you’ll have reached Oban and will have time to explore this Victorian seaside town, climb up to McCaig’s Tower, take in the views to the Isles of Mull and Kerrera and try some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever have tasted. On the way back to Edinburgh, you’ll visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inveraray, where we’ll stop so that you can enjoy ice-cream, homemade sweets, cakes and coffee and drink in the beauty of Loch Fyne.

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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Duration: 9 hours

Join us on a full-day tour of Fife, East Nuek, St. Andrews and the charming village of Falkland to see all that this area has to offer. First, you will head north to Fife, crossing the Firth of Forth -- this is your perfect chance to get a photograph of the famous Forth Railway Bridge, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will then take you to explore East Neuk, often a forgotten corner of Fife that has some particularly beautiful historical fishing villages and stunning coastal scenery. Next, you will visit the Kingsbarns Distillery where you’ll learn all about the process of making whiskey. Alternatively, you could relax at the café or go for a walk at the beautiful Cambo Gardens. Then, you will head to St Andrews – the star attraction of this tour. As the spiritual home of golf, it is a must-see for all devotees of the game, but it also boasts a stunning beach, great cafes and shops, a beautiful university and an ancient cathedral. Finally, you will travel west to the charming village of Falkland situated at the foot of the Lomond Hills. Here you can take a relaxing walk around the town where time seems to have stood still. You can browse the craft shops or go on an optional visit to the Falkland Palace which has the oldest tennis courts in use anywhere in the world. 

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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Duration: 8.5 hours

Step into Scottish medieval history on this unique tour of the Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and the beautiful Stirlingshire where you will find the Stirling Castle. After gathering at the designated meeting point at 09:00, you will head to the Forth Railway Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, you will cross into Fife, where your guide will tell you about the heroes of Scotland’s past who battled in this ancient kingdom. Your next stop will be in the town of Dunfermline, where you may choose to take the optional visit to the Abbey Church. Then your tour takes you into Stirlingshire, stopping in the beautiful city of Stirling. You’ll have ample time to explore the city on your own or take the optional visit to the Stirling Castle. Afterwards, you will head to Bannockburn, the battlefield where Robert the Bruce routed the English in the 14th C. The tour ends with an optional tour of the Rosslyn Chapel, which was made famous in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.

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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Duration: 9 hours

Drive around Scotland on this leisurely tour, that’ll take you to castles, lakes and much more. The drive starts by crossing the Firth of Forth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, heading into Stirlingshire, where you’ll hear about the turbulent times of William Wallace, as dramatized in the film “Braveheart” Then you will stop in Stirling, where you’ll have free time to explore the area on your own or choose to take one of 2 optional tours: visiting the Wallace Monument or exploring the Stirling Castle. On the banks of the Teith River, you could go on another optional visit to the Deanston Distillery, where you can savor handcrafted Highland Whisky. You will have enough time to explore the village of Deanston on your own. You will travel along Loch Lomond and through the Trossachs National Park, home of the famous Rob Roy. Finally, you will stop at Luss, where you can walk along the shores of Britain’s largest expanse of fresh water

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