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Edinburgh Highlights Tour

Edinburgh Highlights Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: 5 Star Hotel

Start Date: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh is an ideal base for trips to the surrounding area and to visit towns and cities such as St. Andrews, Stirling and Glasgow. You also travel south to the Borders and visit places such as Melrose Abbey, containing the heart of Robert the Bruce.

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Staying in Scotland’s wonderful capital city, firstly we look at some of the World famous attractions in Edinburgh such as the Castle and the Palace of Holyrood. We mix this with a delightful walk down the Royal Mile to discover the hidden places in Edinburgh.
In the following days, we take day trips into the beautiful countryside to see some of the highlights of Southern Scotland such as the golfing town of St Andrews, the glorious Victorian architecture of Glasgow and south to Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, Scotland's most famous author.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile

Day 1: Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile

We start our tour in one of the World’s most famous streets, the ROYAL MILE. Edinburgh CASTLE dates from the C12th. You will hear the stories and history and see the CROWN JEWELS of Scotland. The Royal Mile has numerous hidden alleys and legends and about half way down is ST GILES CATHEDRAL. Often referred to as the “Cradle of Presbyterianism” it was John Knox’s church in the reformation. Lastly, the Palace of HOLYROODHOUSE – the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Best known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots it was the setting for the most dramatic parts of her reign.

Day 2: Stirling Castle & City

Day 2: Stirling Castle & City

Then, travelling north to Stirling – named Scotland’s newest city in 2002. STRILING CASTLE was once the residence of the Scottish Kings and it perches onto of an extinct volcano. It is here that some of the country’s most famous warriors lived and fought including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The exquisite architecture and cobbled streets of the OLD TOWN are testament to Scotland’s troubled past. Within the old town is ARGYLL'S LODGING – the most complete surviving example of a C17th town house in Scotland.

Day 3: Falkland Palace - St Andrews - Villages

Day 3: Falkland Palace - St Andrews - Villages

C16th FALKLAND PALACE was the country seat of the Stewart Kings including Mary Queen of Scots. Highlights include the chapel and the Kings bedchamber. The grounds are very peaceful and the Royal Tennis Court is the oldest in Britain still used. A few miles to the east is ST ANDREWS. Famous as the home of golf, the city also has the largest cathedral in Scotland, a ruined C13th castle and a world class university. On Sundays, you will be able to walk the Old Course. The COAST ROAD back to Edinburgh, there some beautiful fishing villages including the ancient Royal Burgh of Crail – now a good stop for fish and chips.

Day 4: Abbotsford - Traquair House - Melrose

Day 4: Abbotsford - Traquair House - Melrose

ABBOTSFORD House was the home of Scotland’s most famous writer, Sir Walter Scott – author of classics like Rob Roy and Ivanhoe. On the banks of the River Tweed, the house has an historic collection of armour, relics and a library of 9000 rare volumes. Close-by is the country’s oldest house, TRAQUAIR House which dates back to the C12th. Set in beautiful grounds, the house has many parts worth exploring and even it’s own brewery. MELOROSE ABBEY was founded by David I in 1136 but virtually destroyed by the English army of Richard II. Amongst the ruins are believed to be Robert the Bruce’s heart.

Day 5: Britannia - Rosslyn Chapel - Glenkinchie

Day 5: Britannia - Rosslyn Chapel - Glenkinchie

The ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA was launched in 1953 and it served the Royal family for 40 years. Now docked in the waterside town of Leith, there are five decks to explore. To the south of Edinburgh, ROSSLYN CHAPEL was built in 1446 by William St. Clare, Prince of Orkney. The chapel has an air of mystery having featured in the blockbuster, the Da Vinci Code and the interior is heavily sculptured with intricate carvings and Biblical stories. One of the few lowland distilleries in this part of Scotland, GLENKINCHIE. The tour will allow you to discover the processes involved in making Scotland’s national drink.

Day 6: Glasgow City - Burrell Collection

Day 6: Glasgow City - Burrell Collection

GLASGOW is Scotland’s largest city and has many elegant streets with outstanding Victorian architecture. The city has many famous sons including Charles Rennie Mackintosh , an architect who founded the Glasgow SCHOOL OF ART. The C13th CATHEDRAL is a wonderful example of gothic architecture and a shrine to St Mungo – patron saint of Glasgow. Overlooking the Cathedral is Glasgow NERCOPOLIS which is essentially a graveyard to the rich of Victorian Scotland. Lastly, the BURREL COLLECTION founded by Sir William Burrell in the early C20th and given to the City of Glasgow in 1944. It has 8000 exhibits.


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