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- from $2,802 PP
- 6 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 7hrs from NYC
On this enchanting 6-night trip, you’ll explore Edinburgh, one of the most beloved cities in Europe, before heading into Scotland’s central heart. Experience Perthshire, the county Sir Walter Scott once called “the fairest portion of the northern kingdom,” with its thick forests, glens, rivers, waterfalls, and gardens. In just one week, you’ll take in many highlights without being too rushed, from Edinburgh Castle and other centuries-old sites to the stunning Highlands followed by two nights at the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel. This legendary spa and golf resort has been wowing guests since 1924 and features three golf courses, a lavish spa, and a wide range of activities, including falconry and horseback riding. Throughout your trip, you’ll stay in upscale hotels that our travel experts have hand-picked, enjoy inspiring, locally-led guided tours, and enjoy private transfers along with 24/7 support from our dedicated staff.
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- 6 nights upscale accommodation, including 2 nights at the iconic Gleneagles Hotel
- Private transfers throughout the trip as per itinerary
- Tour of Edinburgh highlights
- Edinburgh Castle tour
- Whisky experience
- Food walking tour
- Full-day tour of the Scottish Highlands
- 24-hour support provided by our dedicated, experienced staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Edinburgh Arrival
Your week in Edinburgh and Perthshire starts with your arrival into Edinburgh International Airport where our driver will welcome you and provide a transfer to your hotel in the city center. After checking in and getting settled, enjoy the afternoon to yourself. If you’re experiencing jet lag, you might want to consider one of the many options for a stroll. Perhaps walk winding Victoria Street which stretches from George IV Bridge to historic Grassmarket, lined with the city’s finest independent boutiques. Or wander through the many fine gallery spaces. If you’re feeling energetic climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct 824-foot-high volcano that provides stellar views over the city.
Day 2 Edinburgh: City Highlights Tour, Edinburgh Castle & Gold Whisky Tour
Start your day with a tour of Edinburgh’s highlights, including many sights in both the Old and New Town, with lunch included at the popular and quirky Roseleaf pub. We’ve taken care of your entrance fees into Edinburgh Castle, so this afternoon you’ll explore the national treasures in the magnificent fortress, including Scotland’s crown jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and 12th-century St. Margaret’s Chapel, the city’s oldest building. Enjoy a panoramic view over Edinburgh before joining a whisky tour, complete with a unique barrel car ride through the production process, an expert-led sensory experience, and a lesson on the five stages of appreciating whisky.
Day 3 Edinburgh: Lunchtime Old & New Town Tour
You’ll have most of the day to enjoy on your own, experiencing what interests you most, perhaps climbing to the top of Arthur’s Seat or a stroll down the Royal Mile. At lunchtime, join our expert local guide for a food walking tour that visits five different bars and eateries to taste the local food and drink. Throughout the excursion, you’ll hear the stories behind the iconic buildings and enjoy an insight into other places you should visit along the way. By the time it’s finished, you’ll have had a three-course meal based on local dishes and newfound knowledge for a fun and educational afternoon.
Day 4 Edinburgh: Full Day Highland Tour
Enjoy a full-day tour that brings you through the Scottish Highlands, a legendary region with magnificent scenery that includes soaring ancient castles, heather-covered mountains, glistening lochs, tumbling waterfalls, lush glens, abundant wildlife, and whisky distilleries. There will be countless photo-ops while traversing approximately 240 miles, making this the ultimate way to see the Highlands in just a day. Drive past the famous Kelpies, the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures, and stop at a beautiful loch and one of the top spots of beauty in Scotland, Glencoe. You’ll get to feed Highland cows and perhaps enjoy optional visits to 14th-century Doune Castle and a distillery for a tour/tasting.
Day 5 Perthshire: Transfer from Edinburgh
This morning your driver will pick you up at your Edinburgh hotel to provide a private transfer to Perthshire in the heart of the country, with picturesque scenery and lots of wildlife, including majestic red deer stags. Here you’ll spend two nights enjoying the many facilities and activities on offer at Gleneagles Hotel, an iconic country estate with 1920s glamour tucked into the Ochil Hills that’s been a popular luxury destination in Scotland for nearly a century. After checking in, you might enjoy the swimming pools, and a soak in the hot tub or sauna, with the remainder of the day ideal for relaxation.
Day 6 Perthshire: Day of Leisure
As you could easily stay at Gleneagles for a month and not enjoy all that it has to offer, today you’ll have a full day to yourself. You might take advantage of the pursuits in the countryside, like off-road driving, falconry, horse riding, or fishing. Or play a round at one of the two championship golf courses with professional coaching available for all abilities. Afterward, indulge in one of Scotland’s best spas right on-site, with an extensive list of treatments available to support your well-being. Perhaps head to the Beauty Lodge afterward to spruce up for fine dining at the double Michelin-starred Restaurant Andrew Fairlie.
Day 7 Departure
After a week with many memories of a lifetime made, your trip comes to an end. Get your bags packed and ready as after check-out, we’ve provided a private transfer back to the airport where you’ll catch your flight home or head out on further travels. As every itinerary can be customized for your desires, if you’d like to extend your time here or explore elsewhere and need assistance, our travel experts are here to help.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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