(Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness)
A Scottish circuit starting and finishing in Edinburgh taking in the top highlights of the country while staying in some of the best properties available! Enjoy time in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness Discover Edinburgh city, castle and Holyrood, enjoy an afternoon tea in regal estate-like surroundings and explore the historical side of the country by visiting a medieval abbey, quaint towns and wide open spaces that typify the Highlands. Then discover the modern sides of Scotland as you visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Soak in the stunning views as you take a seaplane over Loch Lomand, take an optional ride up to the summit of Glen Nevis - Scotland's highest mountain, and enjoy the views as you travel by Glencoe, Lough Ness and visit Urquhart Castle. Acquire a taste of Scottish whisky on a visit and tasting at a distillery before arriving at the world renowned Gleneagles hotel. Avail of the many optional activities onsite such as golf, horse riding, and fishing or relax in the award winning spa.
With luxurious accommodations, your dedicated Driver-Guide who will accompany you throughout your trip and inform you on all things Scottish, you will truly feel like you have experienced the "true" Scotland as you sadly bid your farewell to this Fair Isle. Slainte!
Meet your driver for your private airport transfer today.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy a private half day tour with your own vehicle and local guide to show you around the city's top sights including Edinburgh castle, St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood palace and Scott monument. Entrance fee and guide services at Edinburgh Castle are included.
Enjoy a full day private excursion with a driver-guide taking in a panoramic tour of Edinburgh- Scotland's capital city, including the classical Georgian New Town and the medieval Old Town, both world heritage sites with possible visits to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace- the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Drive through Holyrood Park to enjoy spectacular views over the city also known as Athens of the North. In the afternoon enjoy the very special and traditional ceremony of afternoon tea at historic Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, situated in its own private grounds in the shadow of Arthurs Seat, famous Edinburgh landmark. Afternoon tea is a luxurious Prestonfield tradition and a memorable occasion, whether served by the side of a roaring log fire or, in summer, in the rose-filled gardens or the whimsical gothic tea house.
Leave Edinburgh today and make your way leisurely to Glasgow, stopping off at various places of interest en route. Enjoy the rural views as you are driven through what is known as "the Border country" - famous for its stately homes and medieval abbeys. Enjoy a visit of the charming town of Melrose and the romantic ruins of its medieval abbey combined with a visit to Abbotsford, the home of Scotland's most famous writer; Sir Walter Scott. From here, continue to the metropolitan city of Glasgow- Scotland's largest city. (Entrances to sites are not included).
Enjoy a panoramic tour visiting this monumental Victorian merchant city and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Housed in a magnificent historical castle-like structure, the museum is the latest museum in Scotland and showcases many different aspects of art and includes such things as a multimedia Object Cinema, the History Discovery Centre, and the Study Centre, a Mini Museum for under 5' s. The Art Discovery Centre and the Environment Discovery Centre feature hands-on displays. Galleries feature Creatures of the Past, Ancient Egypt, Glasgow Stories, Scotland’s Wildlife, Scottish Art, Expression, Looking at Art, Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, and Looking at Design. Your driver will give you an orientation tour and leave you to explore the museum at leisure. Continue with a visit of the medieval Glasgow cathedral and the imposing university of Glasgow founded in the 15th century before being returned to your hotel.
Enjoy a seaplane trip over Loch Lomond. See the stunning views as you climb higher over the lake and hills...
From Glasgow you will be following the shore of the beautiful and romantic Loch Lomond to Crianlarich and haunting Glencoe, scene of the massacre of the Macdonalds by the Campbells. Then continue on to Fort William where it is possible to take a ride on the mountain cable car on Aonoch Moor by Ben Nevis (highest mountain in Great Britain) with spectacular views over the region. Continue the drive via lochs, forests and the Caledonian canal to Fort Augustus and world famous Loch Ness. Stop at Urquhart Castle for haunting views over the Loch before continuing to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.
Inverness is the City in the Highlands where you'll find the warmest of welcomes - whether you choose to visit, explore, shop, relax or just live Inverness. It's in a Scot's nature to be friendly and helpful, and the locals are always up for a chat. Explore this city with your private guide by foot.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Edinburgh, via Oban.
Stay at The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel (5*) is home to 241 elegantly furnished guest rooms and suites, many with spectacular views of historic Edinburgh Castle. Renovated to Waldorf Astoria’s peerless, internationally-renowned standards, each room and suite offers a backdrop of luxury, style and sophistication, with bespoke furniture, eclectic artwork and pristine en-suite bathrooms with marble and burnished chrome fittings.
The Carlton George (4*) hotel is located in the heart of the city next to George Square and adjacent to Queen's Street mainline station which offers a direct line to Edinburgh in less than 40 minutes. A beautiful building redeveloped as a hotel in 1999, it has an elegant entrance and is prominent within the city as one of the best hotels.
The Drumossie Hotel is set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth, only 5 minutes from the centre of Inverness and 20 mins travel time by taxi from Inverness Airport. Voted Inverness Hotel of the Year 2006 - the Drumossie has it all, style and luxury, superb facilities, and seated in the heart of the Scenic Scottish Highlands. The Deluxe Four Star Drumossie Hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishment. Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth, it is ideally placed as an excellent base for touring the Highlands of Scotland. Simply experiencing the delights of the lavish restaurant, you can be assured that your stay will be a memorable and enjoyable experience.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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