Loch Lomond & The Edinburgh Tattoo
- Duration: 4 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW14848
- Travel Type: Air
3 nights. August 2021. From £569.00.
Massed Pipes and Drums
Experience the best of Scotland! Visit two vibrant cities, watch the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo and visit lovely Loch Lomond. Witness the unforgettable drama, colour and spine-tingling excitement of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Combine time spent exploring the Scottish capital’s elegant heart and Royal Mile with a visit to vibrant Glasgow and a tour of the stunning summer scenery of the Trossachs National Park. Then crown an unforgettable four days with a cruise on the waters of fabled Loch Lomond and a visit to the remarkable Falkirk Wheel. Soak up the pomp and pageantry of this magical event - one of the highlights of the Scottish capital's Festival Season - as massed pipes and drums, dancers and display teams create a dazzling spectacle.
What's IncludedThree nights' bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock, the Fenwick Hotel, Fenwick, or the Avonbridge Hotel, Hamilton (depending on your departure date)
Three-course evening meals at your hotel on Days One and Three
A seat for the Edinburgh Tattoo (upgrade tickets available)
Return flights to Glasgow
Comfortable coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsA reserved seat to see the Edinburgh Tattoo
Enjoy a boat trip on Loch Lomond, Queen of the Scottish Lakes
A tour of the beautiful Trossachs
A short, guided sightseeing tour for Edinburgh
Spend time exploring lively, cosmopolitan Glasgow
A visit to the remarkable Falkirk Wheel (entrance payable locally)
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Glasgow where you'll be met by our tour manager, then head into the city to explore. With its Georgian and Victorian architecture, terraced squares and crescents, wonderful shops, galleries and museums (many of which are free to enter), Glasgow overflows with style and culture. It's a dynamic and vibrant place and often voted one of the world’s friendliest cities. You’ll continue to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 2Today we're off to Edinburgh. This beautiful, historic city is always a lively place, but during the famous Festival Season it really buzzes. Join your tour manager to get your bearings on our included guided Orientation Tour of Edinburgh when you arrive, and visit some of the city’s most famous sites. Highlights will include Princes Street and Jenners (the world’s oldest department store), the Castle, St Giles Cathedral, the Sir Walter Scott monument and the Royal Mile. The tour will end at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, which you may like to visit (entrance payable locally). You'll have the rest of the day free to explore. There’s always so much to see and do in Edinburgh: you'll find famous sights, galleries and museums, splendid shopping and fascinating attractions everywhere, and your tour manager will be more than happy to point you in the right direction and help you make the most of your stay. Why not visit The Spirit of the Tattoo, an interactive exhibition that reveals the story and mythology surrounding the Tattoo? It’s an ideal way to learn a little more about the history of this famous event. In the early evening make your way to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle for the evening performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Massed pipes and drums, and dancers and display teams from all over the world, combine in a magical blend of music and colour, dance and military pageantry. It's a dazzling and unforgettable spectacle. Highlights include the sight of the Massed Pipes and Drums and Military Bands as they emerge from the huge castle gates and fill the air with stirring music, and the iconic sight of the lone piper silhouetted against the night sky as he patrols the battlements above.
Day 3Spend today in the Trossachs, an outstandingly beautiful area of mountains, lochs, rivers and woodlands steeped in history and forever associated with the likes of William Wallace, Rob Roy MacGregor and Mary Queen of Scots. Your day starts with a visit to the popular village of Aberfoyle before heading to Balloch on the southern shores of Loch Lomond. After the chance to have lunch we'll take an hour-long circular cruise on one of the most scenic parts of the Loch, enjoying the views of Ben Lomond and several loch-side castles and stately homes. The live commentary on board will ensure that you don’t miss a thing. Your final stop today is the picturesque village of Luss. Take a 5-10-minute stroll from the coach stop into the village to see its lovely little cottages and delightful church, then relax over a cup of tea or perhaps take a short walk by the "bonnie banks" of the Loch and enjoy the stunning views across the water to Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly mountain.
Day 4Experience the extraordinary Falkirk Wheel this morning (entrance payable locally). The world’s first rotating boat lift and an extraordinary feat of engineering, the spectacular 35-metre-high Wheel joins two canals with a height difference of 159 feet, and has become an iconic Scottish landmark. Boarding one of the special boats, you'll sail into the lower caisson of The Wheel and ascend gracefully to join the Union Canal above. You'll then cruise along the Union Canal and under the historic Antonine Wall before returning for an effortless descent. The views of the surrounding scenery revealed during the trip are simply spectacular. After time to explore the Wheel's fascinating visitor centre you'll return to Glasgow airport to check in for your flight home. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Ticket upgradesYou may like to upgrade your seat for the Tattoo. The seats are located in stands in a U shape around the castle esplanade. The more expensive the seats the further away they are from the open part of the U, which is where the acts emerge onto the esplanade.
Access to the TattooThere is a short but steeply inclined walk of 80 metres up Castlehill, the old cobbled approach to the Esplanade. There is then a further 60-metre walk on average, followed by steps up to the spectator stands where generally, the seating is quite steeply tiered. You will have plenty of time to make your way to and from the Esplanade and will be able to go at your own pace. Wheelchairs can be sited at ground level under the North stand at all performances and disabled toilets are available on the Esplanade.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have. Back to top