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Edinburgh & Beyond

Ideal when time is limited, contrasting city sites and countryside delights

We have designed this short holiday for visitors looking to pack as much as possible into a few days in Scotland, and who do not want to hire a car. You will be based in Edinburgh and have one full day to explore the city, and then head out in a small group tour for a full day to explore more of the country, perhaps including Loch Ness, the Highlands, Glencoe, Loch Lomond or St Andrews.

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Day One – Edinburgh

The Scottish capital is now one of the world’s top city holiday destinations.  Visitors from all over the world are drawn here by the wealth of historic sites, galleries and museums, shops, restaurants and bars – not to mention the spectacular sight of Princes Street and the castle rock.  Yet it’s still perfectly possible to avoid most of the crowds and find quiet cobbled streets, peaceful cafes and bars and, above all, to enjoy this most scenic of British cities.  We are ideally placed to give you plenty of suggestions, including the more off the beaten track ideas only a local would know.

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Conveniently located in Edinburgh’s fashionable and leafy West End, just five minutes’ walk from Princes Street, this hotel exudes contemporary urban chic, despite being housed in a traditional Victorian town house. This fusion of styles works beautifully however, with classic original features providing the perfect backdrop for collages and abstract works of art by talented Scottish artists – it’s almost like staying in a stylish modern art gallery!

The striking design values are carried through to the bedrooms, which are lavishly decorated in warm, bold colours and boast huge inviting beds piled high with cushions and throws in fabulously luxuriant fabrics. The restaurant here is renowned throughout the city and offers a tempting menu of contemporary European-inspired cuisine – with many dishes featuring fresh organic produce – accompanied by a fine selection of wines.

Day Two – Walking tour of Edinburgh

After a morning exploring the city on your own, this afternoon enjoy a “Secrets of the Royal Mile” walking tour. Accompanied by a guide in period costume, you have the chance to stroll down the centuries and unlock the secrets of Edinburgh’s cultural, criminal and political past.  The tour ventures into oft ignored closes and wynds, buildings and courtyards as it wends its way towards the Castle at the head of the Royal Mile.

Day Three – Exploring Scotland on your choice of day tour

Today spend a full day in a small group (maximum 16) on your choice of itinerary.

There are three main options:

“Scotland in a Day” – a tour covering the magnificent beauty of Rannoch moor, Glencoe, the Great Glen, Loch Ness and Pitlochry

“Lomond, the Trossachs & Stirling Castle” – a day spent in the land of Scots heroes Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, taking in the magnificent splendour of the medieval stronghold of Stirling Castle and the beautiful nature and forests of Scotland’s first National Park of Loch Lomond

“St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife” – a day out with lots of free time in the medieval city of St. Andrews, home of golf, and the picturesque old fishing villages in the East Neuk (corner) of the Kingdom of Fife (from Edinburgh only)

Day Four- Return Home


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This holiday is based in Edinburgh, with a day tour to the Highlands.


£339 per person for January, February & March, November & December, £379 for April, £399 for May, June, July, September & October and £499 for August.

Prices based on 2 adults sharing a room for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis. The holiday includes your choice of full day tours by mini-coach in a small group of maximum 16 people, and a 90 minute walking tour in Edinburgh.

If you prefer an exclusive tour with a private driver/guide this can also be arranged – just ask us for a quotation.

All our holidays include a map of Scotland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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This holiday can be arranged all year round.

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