Tailor-Made Holiday

United Kingdom - London and Classic Scotland

London, Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness, Pitlochry, Fort William and Stirling

10 days

from £4,995pp (excluding flights)

This is privately guided, luxury holiday to the United Kingdom includes London and the best of Scotland. The journey showcases the most famous sights in London combined with the glens, castles and lakes of Scotland all the while staying in some of the most luxurious hotels in the UK.

  • Discover London and some of its major landmarks
  • Take a cruise on the River Thames
  • Explore Highclere and Windsor Castles combined with the natural beauty of Kew botanical gardens
  • Design your own tartan after exploring Edinburgh Castle
  • Sample unique whiskies at Edradour distillery
  • Experience sensational scenery from mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs and wildlife hotspots
  • Try to spot the Loch Ness monster

An introduction to London

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.

Whether you only have a few days or even a few weeks to visit Europe's third largest city, you have to make a plan and prioritise. You don't want to regret missing the key sights. Included in this holiday idea are the big hitting sights of the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. A cruise on the river Thames that runs through the city and an optional excursion to the London Eye. Another site not to miss is Kew Gardens, an eyewateringly beautiful botanical collection, spread of 120 hectars of lawns and gardens.

Stepping out of the city for a short tour, you visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, location of the hugely popular televisions series, Downton Abbey. Also visit Windsor Castle, an official residence of the Queen of England.

Head to bonny Scotland

Dazzled and amazed by the many sights and interests of London, you take the train north, to Scotland's capital, Edinburgh. We defy anyone who isn't blown away by Edinburgh. Probably one of the top 10 cities in the world for the utterly breathtaking combination of location, architecture and historical impact. A small, compact city with a population of approximately half a million people, it sweeps you into a warm embrace and you don't want to let go. During your stay, take a walking tour with one of our expert and affable guides visiting Edinburgh Castle and the old and new town. Stay at the excellent Balmoral Hotel, which is located within easy walking distance of all the main sights and nightlife. We recommend upgrading to the JK Rowling suite, the very room that the author penned her last pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 

Your driver/guide will then meet you to take you on a tour of Scotland, including a visit to the city of Perth where you see Scone Palace; visit the Victorian town of Pitlochry, sample whiskey at the Eradour Distillery and on to Inverness. The scenery is beautiful and you drive through glens and past lakes, visiting historical castles as you go by. This is a a well rounded tour of Scotland with exploration of it's historical past and natural environment.

 

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Arrival at Heathrow. Meet and greet and transfer to hotel in Central London.


You will be staying at The Goring, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Visit Tower of London
Meet your private local driver guide at your hotel. Today you discover London, one of the world's largest cities, and some of its landmarks. London is a very multicultural city where all interests can be covered, arts, history, interest in the Royal Society. Your guide will introduce you to what London has to offer and the different districts, the West End, the City of London.

As one of the main historic landmarks, you will visit the Tower of London. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, it is one of the world's most famous fortresses yet despite its grim reputation as a place of torture and death, there are so many more stories to be told. During your visit, you will also be able to admire The Crown Jewels; this is a unique working collection of royal regalia and the jewels are still regularly used by the Queen in important national ceremonies, such as the State opening of Parliament.

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.


Thames River Cruise - Tower pier to Westminster pier
Embark on a Thames river cruise for a half an hour cruise to explore London from a different perspective.


Optional excursion on the London Eye with Champagne
Check-in and get on-board one of the London Eye's capsules for a wonderful view over London while sipping a glass of Champagne.


You will be staying at The Goring, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Visit Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for British monarchs. Later, national figures such as Oliver Cromwell, Admiral Robert Blake, Isaac Newton or Charles Darwin also got the honour to be buried in the abbey. The most recent event celebrated in the Abbey and followed worldwide was the royal wedding of the Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.


Visit Kew Gardens
Discover the most exhaustive botanical collection in the world. Spring is probably the best time to visit, Kew Gardens but at any time of year, this 120 hectare expanse of lawns, formal gardens and greenhouses has delights to offer. As well as being a public garden, Kew is an important research centre, and it maintains its reputation of largest and most diverse botanical garden. In July 2003, the gardens were put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.


You will be staying at The Goring, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Visit to Highclere Castle
Subject to opening, transfer to the impressive Highclere Castle* (the Real Downton Abbey) where on purchase of a ticket (limited number available on the day) take a guided tour of the castle and grounds. Should the Castle be closed visit the equally spectacular Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the current home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough. **Entrance to Downton Abbey is not included in the package as it is subject to availability and payable on the spot. Current open dates are 7th - 23rd April 2017 Monday to Sunday.


Visit to Windsor Castle
Take a guided tour of the wonderful town of Windsor including a visit to its Castle - an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, which recently played an important part in the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Home to countless members of royalty over the years Windsor Castle remains an integral part of today's monarchy where state dinners and parties are regularly held.

Day 5

Train to Edinburgh


Walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town
A local guide will meet you and take you on a fascinating walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town. The old part of the town is a maze of backstreets, alleyways, hidden courtyards and spectacular views with Edinburgh Castle looming overhead. Your guide will also tell you more about all the legends and ghosts stories that Edinburgh and Scotland are famous for.

Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.


Visit of Edinburgh Castle
Visit Edinburgh Castle with your guide to explore this gem in the heart of the city. When leaving the castle, make a quick stop at the Tartan Weaving Mill where you can see tartan being produced (and maybe get measurements for your own kilt!).


You will be staying at Balmoral Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Edinburgh to Perth (Road Journey)


A former capital of Scotland, the city of Perth is steeped in Scottish history. Located alongside Scotland's longest river, the Tay, its central location makes it an ideal spot from which to explore many parts of Scotland. Recognised as one of Scotland's premier culinary centres, cafes and restaurants are plentiful with a wide range of cuisine on offer.


Visit to Scone Palace
Take a guided tour of Scone Palace, near Perth. For centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce. When you visit the Palace you are walking in the footsteps of Scotland's ancient founding fathers, both pagan and Christian; learn about the "Stone of Destiny" the coronation stone of Scottish Kings originally to be found at Scone Palace. Removed by the English to Westminster Abbey at the height of the wars with Scotland but now returned home to Scotland at Edinburgh Castle.


You will be staying at Gleneagles Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Drive from Perth to Pitlochry (Road Journey)


Head north through the magnificent Cairngorm Mountain range and Speyside to the charming Victorian town of Pitlochry.


The bustling town of Pitlochry is a gateway to the Highlands. It's a popular town with great scenery and the Edradour Distillery.

Just off the main A9 route north, the town is a busy stop-off point for people heading into the Highlands. It benefits from a lovely setting on the River Tummel, backed by Ben Vrackie, and is particularly beautiful during the changing colours of autumn.

Visit Pitlochry Power Station and Dam which has the unusual attraction of a salmon ladder, which helps the fish bypass the dam and get into Loch Faskally. Downstream is the nationally renowned Pitlochry Festival Theatre and why not pop into Edradour Distillery, for an intimate tour and a wee dram.

The main street has lots of souvenir shops and if you're looking to stop off for something to eat, there's a great choice of Hotels and restaurants in the town.


Visit of Edradour Distillery
Pitlochry is the home of the smallest distillery in Scotland. Take a guided tour with one of their experts sampling a couple of their unique whiskies and a tour of the working distillery.

Drive from Pitlochry to Inverness (Road Journey)


Drive through the Cairngorms National Park which is the largest National Park in Great Britain and has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and distilleries than any other place. You will be amazed by the landscapes and the exceptional views.


Inverness is a city on Scotland’s northeast coast, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. It's the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. Its Old Town features 19th-century Inverness Cathedral, the mostly 18th-century Old High Church and an indoor Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. The contemporary Inverness Museum and Art Gallery traces local and Highland history.


You will be staying at Rocpool Reserve, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Drive from Inverness to Fort William (Road Journey)


As one of the major resorts of the Highlands, Fort William commands an important position and is easily accessible from Glasgow and the central belt. Fort William’s setting is dramatic, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, and under the mighty hulk of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. There is a footpath to the top of the mountain starting close to the town.

Just a few minutes from the town is Glen Nevis, one of Scotland’s most picturesque Highland glens. The glen is formed from the flank of Ben Nevis and two other mountains and has the River Nevis flowing through it. The Nevis Range ski, snowboard and mountain biking centre on Aonach Mor is one of the town’s major attractions. A gondola takes visitors 2,000 ft up the mountain for amazing views and access to the ski slopes. The centre hosts the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in June every year.


Visit Urquhart Castle
Walk through the castle grounds.


You will be staying at Inverlochy Castle, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Drive from Fort William to Stirling (Road Journey)


Drive through Glencoe and be amazed by the dramatic highlands landscapes. Your guide will also give more details about the infamous massacre that took place there in the XVII century. Pass along the edges of the largest of Scotland's Lochs, Loch Lomond, and through the forests of the Trossachs you'll start to notice a different landscape. Arriving near Stirling, hear of the Guardian of Scotland Sir William Wallace and his battles with the English, his victories and ultimately his defeat and his death.


The city of Stirling is Scotland's heritage capital, where the Wars of Independence were fought and won, where for three centuries monarchs ruled in regal splendour and where merchants and craftsmen plied their trade below the castle rock. Nowadays you can feel the sense of history and nationhood which is Stirling's trademark as you enter the spectacular castle perched high above the city. Within the castle walls discover the opulent royal apartments and costumed interpreters who bring the history of Stirling Castle to life.

The compact heritage mile that links Stirling's Old Town with its bustling modern city centre boasts the finest concentration of historic buildings in Scotland. Beautifully preserved medieval and Renaissance churches and mansions cluster around the Old Town, flanked by cobbled streets, period street furniture and Victorian styled iron work. The 'Back Walk' is a scenic pathway around the Castle and Old Town that rivals the city walls of York or Chester.

Overlooking the scene of one of Scotland’s most famous battle sites, Stirling Bridge, is the 220 ft high National Wallace Monument. Climb the 246 steps for glorious views from the Forth bridges to Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is only 30 minutes from the city centre of Stirling, so the city is the ideal base to explore the park and all the outdoor activities it has to offer.


Visit Stirling Castle
Visit Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument with your driver guide, from where you have a fantastic view over the area.


You will be staying at Cromlix, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Drive from Stirling to Edinburgh (Road Journey)


Transfer from Stirling to Edinburgh by road, approximately a one hour drive.


Transfer to Edinburgh Airport for departure flight.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

The Goring

The Goring

The last family owned luxury hotel in London, it is renowned for its warm, intimate atmosphere and personalised service....

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Balmoral Hotel

Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel, also known as 'the grand old lady' of Princes Street, has been one of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks for over 100 years....

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