Edinburgh Tattoo and Stirling Castle

Edinburgh Tattoo and Stirling Castle

Start: Edinburgh Finish: Edinburgh

Visiting: Scotland


Duration: 3 Nights

Tour Operator: Great Rail Journeys


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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconUncover the fascinating history of Stirling Castle, one of Scotland's most important and most beautiful castles.
  • iconExperience the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo, a truly world-class event.
  • iconRelive a bygone era of rail travel aboard the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
  • iconEnjoy a trip on the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift, a marvel of modern engineering.

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icon Day 1 - Edinburgh

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.

icon 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 tonight's event.

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.

icon 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.

icon Day 4 - Homeward Bound

After breakfast this morning our holiday concludes, and you are free to say your goodbyes and leave Edinburgh.

What's Included

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    All rail and coach travel throughout your tour

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    4* Hotel Accommodation

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    UK Tour Manager from start to finish

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    Heritage Rail Excursion

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    Standard Class Rail

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    3 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry

Accommodation

  • Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh, Queensferry

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Great Rail Journeys requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Sunday Aug 08, 2021

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Sunday Aug 15, 2021

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Thursday Aug 19, 2021

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Sunday Aug 22, 2021

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Wednesday Aug 25, 2021

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Thursday Aug 26, 2021

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Sunday, Aug 08, 2021

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Sunday, Aug 15, 2021

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Thursday, Aug 19, 2021

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Sunday, Aug 22, 2021

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Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021

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Thursday, Aug 26, 2021

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