Visit the land of the Scots for its extraordinary landscapes, age-old castles, and single-malt whiskey. After seeing the spectacular peaks of the Scottish Highlands, the idyllic white beaches of Skye, or the striking skyline of the capital Edinburgh, you’ll fall in love with what is one of the most remarkable places in Europe. This magical country combines history, nature, hospitality, and a sense of the supernatural all in one.
Book a tour package to Scotland with Tourlane. We make it easy for you to book flights, accommodations, guides, and transfers - all in one place! You’ll be spellbound after your tour of Scotland. Below are some of our sample itineraries - every Tourlane trip is tailor-made. Less
Local folklore has made Loch Ness one of Scotland’s premier attractions. A legendary creature called the Loch Ness Monster is rumored to inhabit this dark freshwater lake close to Inverness. Whether “Nessie” is real or not, there is ample reason to visit what is Scotland’s most famous body of water. A boat tour across this intriguing lake is the best way to take in the immense scenery, breathe the fresh Highland air, and to try and spot the monster itself - speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert if you wish to book this in advance. Be sure to check out the views from the Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland's biggest.
If you want to see one of Scotland’s natural wonders, head to Loch Lomond. This lake is also one of the largest by surface area. Its beauty is both intimate yet vast, a combination of feelings that inspired one of Scotland’s most famous traditional songs: “The Bonnie Banks o’Loch Lomond.” Take a cruise across the shores - we challenge you to resist the enchanting charm of this astonishing body of water.
If you love hiking and the great outdoors, head northwest to the spectacular Isle of Skye, the largest of the Inner Hebridies. Boasting some of the most picturesque landscapes, towns, and beaches nationwide, Skye encapsulates what is so special about Scotland in one place. Grab your hiking boots and get started on one of the many trails—and keep a lookout for the numerous castles that pepper the surrounding mountains. If you’re visiting Scotland in summer, head to Coral Beach to find turquoise waters and pristine white dunes.
Calling all history buffs - Edinburgh Castle has been inhabited since the Iron Age, and provides a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s ancient past. Once the residence of Scottish royalty, the fort today beams with historical landmarks, including the One O’Clock Gun, a WWII-era gun that fires a shot every day at 1 pm. Edinburgh Castle is located on the Royal Mile - Scotland’s most famous road. Once you’ve seen all the castle has to offer, be sure to walk along this gorgeous street and quench your thirst with a pint at one of the many pubs. Less
Foodies will love the vibrant culinary scene on offer in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with some of the best restaurants in Scotland located here - ask your Tourlane Travel Expert for insider tips and recommendations, based on your tastes. Haggis is the dish that Scotland is most famous for - it’s made from sheep’s liver, heart, lungs, mixed with oats, herbs, spices, and suet, packed into sheep intestines. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, you’ll be glad to hear that Scotland’s waters are packed with delicious fish. Expect to see Atlantic salmon, pollock, mussels, oysters, and lobster on the menu wherever you go.
On the last day of the year, Scots celebrate __Hogmanay__. Originating from Norse and Gaelic tradition, Hogmanay nowadays involves fireworks, street parties, and revelry across Scotland. Edinburgh is a particularly popular place to celebrate Hogmanay. Another prominent event in Scotland’s cultural calendar is the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is the largest arts festival in the world, and involves more than 50,000 performances. If you are passionate about comedy, it is worth planning your tour package to Scotland to coincide with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The best time to visit Scotland is in autumn (September to November) and spring (late March to May). In the springtime, temperatures are warmer, and the country’s green landscapes once again take on their vivid shine. Autumn and spring are also less busy, and offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy Edinburgh and Glasgow when they are less crowded. July and August are the warmest months of the year (mid-60s to the high-70s), and they are a good time to visit if you're looking to hike in the Highlands.
If you wish to start or end your trip in London, there are dozens of direct flights every day between London and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Inverness. Flight time is roughly one hour. Alternatively, there are hourly trains between London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Journey time is approximately four hours and 30 minutes.
Scotland is located in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
The cost of a Scotland tour with airfare included depends on the time of year, and your travel tastes and preferences. Speak to one of our Tourlane Travel Experts for a free quotation.
Scotland has three official languages: English, Scots, and Scottish Gaelic.
In Scotland, the official currency is the British pound (£).
Edinburgh (EDI) and Glasgow-International Airport (GLA) both have direct flights to the USA.
Literature fans from across the world will remember that Scotland is the home of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. Once you’ve explored the country and seen its castles, viaducts, and gothic spires, you’ll see where the famous writer gained so much of her inspiration. In Edinburgh, visit the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote the series of seven fantasy novels.
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