Treasures of Scotland 2023

Treasures of Scotland 2023

7 Days
From
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$2239

Treasures of Scotland 2023

7 Days Starting and ending in Edinburgh

Visiting:

Edinburgh

,

Doune

,

Perth

,

The Scottish Crannog Centre

,

Luss

,

Glencoe

,

New Lanark

,

Scottish Borders

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

BTSEE3

Group size:

7 - 18

Age range:

13-90

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

From:
$2471

$2239 (USD)

Operator discount: $121

EXTRA tourhub discount: $112

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Tour Overview

Enchanting lochs, haunting glens and soaring mountains: Scotland is home to many diverse treasures. On this tour of the historic Borders and scenic Central Belt, we’ll discover some of the country’s most spectacular views, fascinating stories and long-standing traditions – all of which are to be found in lesser-visited locations off the beaten track. Ready to discover another side to Scotland? This is the trip for you.

Highlights

  • Experience soul-stirring views on a Highland safari in Perthshire

  • Admire the stunning natural beauty of Loch Lomond aboard a scenic cruise

  • Visit the 18th-century mill village of New Lanark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Edinburgh (Scotland)
Location:

  Edinburgh


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Eden Locke (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Dinner


A land of magnificent historical treasures and imagination-firing landscapes – we’ll meet in Bonnie Scotland’s picturesque capital. After settling into our hand-picked hotel, we’ll get to know one another better over a deliciously hearty welcome meal. Here’s to the incredible journey ahead!

icon Day 2 : Edinburgh – Doune – Perthshire
Location:

  Edinburgh, Doune, Perth


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  The Royal George (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll board the mini-coach and make our way to Doune – where a visit to the imposing Doune Castle awaits. After spending some time admiring the castle interior and views from the battlements, we’ll roll through the spellbinding Sma’ Glen en route to Perthshire – a region known for its picturesque lochs, looming mountain ranges and lush forests. Here we’ll indulge in delicious smoked salmon tasting at Dunkeld Smokehouse, before having the evening free to explore our surrounds or relax at the hotel.

icon Day 3 : Perthshire
Location:

  Perth


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  The Royal George (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Today is one for the nature-lovers amongst us! After breakfast, we’ll set off to explore the vastness of the highlands with a kilted safari ranger – going off-road through wild terrain to take in the area’s spectacular mountain views. We may even be lucky enough to glimpse a golden eagle, mountain hare or grouse as we go. After an adventurous ride, we’ll move on to the Red Deer Centre – where we’ll have the opportunity to see Britain’s largest native land mammal up close. Then: we’ll return to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure time.

icon Day 4 : Perthshire– Scottish Crannog Centre – Luss
Location:

  Perth, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Luss


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Lodge on Loch Lomond (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Today we’ve an appointment to keep at the Scottish Crannog Centre. Walking in the footsteps of the original Crannog dwellers, we’ll immerse ourselves in a variety of craft, textile and cooking demonstrations – gaining a unique insight into Scotland’s extensive and fascinating history. Following our visit, we have a whisky tasting session to look forward to at the postcard-perfect Glengoyne Distillery. Continuing our journey, we’ll end the day along the western shore of Loch Lomond in the picturesque village of Luss – where a sumptuous group dinner awaits.

icon Day 5 : Luss – Glencoe – Luss
Location:

  Luss, Glencoe, Luss


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


More breathtaking scenery is on the cards today as we take a day trip through the magnificent Glencoe valley. Sit back and enjoy the leisurely pace as we admire the towering mountain ranges formed by volcanic eruptions and glacial movement thousands of years ago. While we’re here, we’ll visit Glencoe Visitor Centre and learn the haunting story of the Glencoe Massacre of 1692. Afterwards, we’ll savour an afternoon of leisure time when we return to Luss.

icon Day 6 : Luss – New Lanark – Scottish Borders
Location:

  Luss, New Lanark, Scottish Borders


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  The Tontine (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


This morning, we’ll round off our visit to Loch Lomond with a scenic loch cruise. After losing ourselves amidst the views of islands, mountains and trees, we’ll head back to dry land for the journey to the Scottish Borders. Along the way, we’ll make a stop in New Lanark. This 18th-century mill village was founded in the midst of the booming cotton industry (and is one of Scotland’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal value’). A region steeped in history and ancient traditions, we’ll savour a final group meal surrounded by the natural beauty of the Scottish Borders tonight.

icon Day 7 : Scottish Borders – Edinburgh
Location:

  Scottish Borders, Edinburgh


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Before our tour comes to a close, we’ve a couple of historical stops to make. First: we’ll pay a visit to Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland before continuing on to Melrose Abbey – the final resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce. Then: back to beautiful Edinburgh, where we’ll say goodbye.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

Hand Picked and Boutique

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

This will be provided on final documentation

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

From the Age of 13

Is the tour coach air conditioned?

Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

    What is the tipping policy?

    At the discretion of the guest

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

    Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

    Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

    Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

    What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All Entrance fees listed are included

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

    Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

    What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they are not.

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    No you wont be

    What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

    Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at

Please note, this tour is not available for booking in your country.

Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Saturday

Aug 12, 2023

Friday

Aug 18, 2023
  • Operator discount: $121 (USD)

  • EXTRA tourhub discount: $112 (USD)

$2471
$2239 (USD)
$2471
$2239 (USD)

Operator discount: $121

EXTRA tourhub discount: $112

Instant Booking Available

Saturday

Sep 09, 2023

Friday

Sep 15, 2023
  • Operator discount: $736 (USD)

  • EXTRA tourhub discount: $112 (USD)

$3086
$2239 (USD)
$3086
$2239 (USD)

Operator discount: $736

EXTRA tourhub discount: $112

Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform back-roads touring, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: 100% of booking price.

Treasures of Scotland 2023

7 Days Starting and ending in Edinburgh

Visiting:

Edinburgh

,

Doune

,

Perth

,

The Scottish Crannog Centre

,

Luss

,

Glencoe

,

New Lanark

,

Scottish Borders

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

BTSEE3

Group size:

7 - 18

Age range:

13-90

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

From:
$2471

$2239 (USD)

Operator discount: $121

EXTRA tourhub discount: $112

-100

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