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Scotland Tours

The mysterious, mystical allure of Scotland belies the grace and warm hospitality of those who live there, from the Islands to the Highlands and the Lowlands, Victorian cities and heather moorlands. Scotland beckons with diversity of language and landscapes, elegant in simplicity and complex in legacies.

Week in Scotland Escorted Tour
Edinburgh Castle

Welcome to Scotland

Hear the stories of a rogue Rob Roy... heralded family tartans... single malt whiskies... fierce clan traditions... the depths of Loch Ness... Stirling, Edinburgh, and Cawdor castles... peaceful glens... heather-laced gloamings and mountains... Mary, Queen of Scots.... a Royal Mile... Glasgow... Inverness... Georgian Edinburgh...

This is Scotland... the haunting skirl of the bagpipes during a private Highlands evening in Inverness... treasured family tartans... wee drams of single malt whiskies on a private distillery tour... a cocktail cruise on fabled Loch Lomond... the strong traditions of the Clans... fascinating history at Stirling, Edinburgh, and Cawdor (the legendary home of Macbeth) castles... dramatic, beautiful, remote scenery in the Highlands and along brooding Loch Ness... Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s residence) a uniquely vibrant culture lovingly preserved in the capital of Edinburgh and along the Royal Mile of pubs, shops, and historical sites... and time well spent in Scotland’s major cities, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness. And then there are the romantic, far-flung Scottish islands of the Shetland and Orkney archipelagos and the Inner and Outer Hebrides where you’ll discover timeless windswept seascapes, dramatic mountain ranges, moors, glens, sea cliffs, and rolling hills dotted with farms, villages, castles, and ancient ruins on a small ship odyssey that brings you to the heart of the islands – climb the beehive Iron Age tower at Mousa Broch, explore medieval castles, visit age-old abbeys and prehistoric cairns, hike across wild and diverse landscapes, and cruise on wildlife safaris along some of the most magnificent coastlines in Scotland. Most of all, Scotland is all about the stories – such as the many tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie. You have to wonder what he was thinking when he attempted to capture Stirling Castle with his ragtag army of Jacobites in 1746. But then Stirling Castle, soaring impervious atop lofty cliffs, was a special prize... the romantic heart and soul of Scotland, where kings and queens were coronated. The “siege” was over in a matter of hours when the castle guns opened fire on Charlie’s army (the last time the fortress ever saw military action) and the prince retreated into legend. But you only have to walk the castle grounds and feel the grand, turbulent history in its beautifully preserved ramparts, gardens, and great halls to understand why he had to attempt it...  Read Less

Scotch Whisky and traditional Welsh foods

Discover the joys of Scotch Whisky and traditional Welsh foods at private dinners and tastings

Discovering the iconic food and drink of a destination is an important part of any comprehensive travel experience. Journey through the aromas and flavors that lead to the perfect Single Malt Whisky at the “Scottish Whisky Experience”... learning the history of Scotland’s most famous export, hearing the stories behind the craft, and – of course – taste the results. And in Wales, it's all about farmhouse cheeses, charcuterie with character, specialty breads, and sumptuous chocolates at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, where you’ll spend an evening with artisan chefs and craftspeople who are passionate about traditional Welsh cuisine. Expect local and seasonal ingredients, state-of-the-art kitchens set in restored 18th-century farm buildings... and a memorable meal.

Special evening celebrating Scottish traditions

Celebrate the best of Scotland at a lively evening of Scottish traditions

Bagpipers... Highland dancers... tartan and kilt making demonstration... iconic Scottish traditions that come to life on a special Scottish evening following dinner at Kingsmills Hotel.

Private early opening at the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse

Early opening at the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse

At the opposite end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle stands the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse (Holyrood Palace), the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II while in Scotland (usually for one week each summer). The earliest part of the palace dates to the 16th century, when Mary, Queen of Scots resided here; see her rooms and more on Tauck's early-opening visit, available when Her Majesty the Queen or other members of the Royal Family are not in residence. The palace was transformed into a modern royal residence by the current Queen's grandfather, King George V. You'll also enjoy the royal gardens and wild Holyrood Park.

Private tour of 244-year-old The Glenturret, one of the Highlands' oldest distilleries

Enjoy a privately guided tour at The Glenturret, the Highlands' oldest working distillery

A tour and tasting at the Highlands' oldest single malt distillery reveals, in the words of The Glenturret, “Since its origins among the smugglers and illicit stills of the 18th century, The Glenturret has had some fascinating stories to tell. Whisky booms and prohibition might have ruffled its feathers, but The Glenturret scotch malt whisky, still made by hand in the traditional way, weathered all these challenges and has matured into an enduring brand that remains as the only traditionally hand mashed whisky in Scotland.”

Highland treasures at Inverness

Macbeth's castle and more at Inverness in the Highlands

Capital of the Highlands, Inverness is set within Scotland's Great Glen at the mouth of the River Ness. In the "happiest city in Scotland" (according to a recent survey), explore the Clava Cairns of Bulnuaran, circa 2500 BC, and Cawdor Castle, portrayed in Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" (actually built long after the real Thane was dust). Or visit Culloden Moor – where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s uprising was defeated in 1746 – and Fort George. Also cruise the Caledonian Canal to visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and explore brooding Loch Ness in a canoe or tour a local distillery.

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“'A Week In... Scotland' was my 8th trip with Tauck and once again my expectations were met. Our hotels were excellent, the food first rate, our Tauck Director was well informed and delightful to travel with, there was a good measure of planned versus free time and the local guides were well informed and easy to understand.“ 

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