Experience the spectacle of the Edinburgh Tattoo, with pipes and
drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. Complimenting
our holiday, we travel by heritage railway and rotating boat lift
as we explore the River Forth and magnificent Stirling Castle.
Uncover the fascinating history of Stirling Castle, one of Scotland's most important and most beautiful castles.
Experience the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo, a truly world-class event.
Relive a bygone era of rail travel aboard the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
Enjoy a trip on the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift, a marvel of modern engineering.
Our tour begins in Scotland's cosmopolitan capital, where we
meet at our hotel. Take some time to settle in or explore Edinburgh
at your own pace. The heart of Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage
site, with its medieval Old Town, Georgian New Town, and
award-winning modern architecture.
Day 2 - Edinburgh Tattoo
We set out by coach for the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway for an
atmospheric trip through the Scottish countryside in one of the
lovinglyrestored locomotives. The line takes us past a number of
quaint, preserved stations, along the shore of the Forth and into
the hills before pulling into Birkhill, a picturesque town set on a
wooded incline. We return to Edinburgh, where you're free until
This evening, we settle into our seats for the highlight of our
trip, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This musical spectacular,
featuring the massed pipes and drums of the Scottish regiments, is
set against the magnificent, floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle,
perched high above the ancient city. The Tattoo is an incredible
annual event combining music, entertainment, and ceremony,
including the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines and a
fantastic firework display.
Day 3 - Falkirk Wheel and Stirling Castle
After a relaxed morning, we transfer to Falkirk for a journey on
the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift and amazing piece of
engineering that connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union
Canal. Opened in 2002, the wheel is the only one of its kind in the
world, coming in at an impressive 79 feet high. We continue to
Helix, stopping to admire the iconic Kelpies sculpture en route.
Depicting two 'Kelpie' heads - mythical, horse-like beasts common
in Scottish folklore said to possess the strength of ten horses -
the sculpture was completed in 2013 after an eight-year-long
project and stands at an astonishing 98 feet tall.
This afternoon, we visit Stirling Castle which sits perched on a
dramatic hilltop overlooking the city. Once the childhood home of
Mary Queen of Scots, this stunning castle is one of the most
impressive in Scotland, and a fine example of Renaissance
architecture. You have time to explore the grand interiors,
including the impressive Great Hall, pretty Chapel Royal, where
Queen Mary was crowned in 1543, and the kitchens, which offer a
striking contrast to the sumptuous decor of the rest of the castle.
With replicas of traditional dishes and detailed, life-sized models
recreating the atmosphere of a busy workspace, this immersive
exhibit gives a true sense of the royal kitchens in their heydey.
You might also like to take a stroll though the splendid gardens
before we return to Edinburgh.
Day 4 - Homeward Bound
After breakfast this morning our holiday concludes, and you are
free to say your goodbyes and leave Edinburgh.
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3 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry
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