OUR TOP DAY TOUR IDEAS
LOCH NESS DISCOVERY –
SMALL GROUP TOUR
The tour heads north taking you past the beautiful city of Stirling and its stunning castle. You will learn more about the exploits of William Wallace, as dramatised in the film Braveheart, and the turbulent times in which he lived.
Glen Coe massacre
Glen Coe is broodingly beautiful and steeped in history. As you stand at the mouth of the glen, you’ll feel the past come to life as our guide tells you about the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan.
Loch Ness Monster spotting
Loch Ness is justly famous all over the world for its beauty and mystery. We visit the pretty village of Fort Augustus perched on the south end of the world’s most famous loch. You’ll have the option to join a cruise* and take in stunning views of Loch Ness and journey past Cherry Island and the striking Fort Augustus Abbey.
Cairngorms National Park
Enjoy the stunning scenery as you travel through the spectacular and unique wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park.
Highland towns and famous bridges.
Our last stop will be the beautiful Highland town of Pitlochry, lying on the River Tummel. On our way back into Edinburgh, we’ll see the amazing Forth Railway Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Scotland’s newest bridge the spectacular Queensferry crossing.
Departure days: Daily
Departs/Returns: 08:00 am / 08:00 pm
Meeting point: 1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Edinburgh City Centre
Small Group (1-16)
FABULOUS FIFE DAY!
Join us on a Magical Day in the Kingdom, where we visit not one but two distilleries with lunch included at Kingsbarns Distillery, then onto one of our favourite whisky merchants Luvians and finished off at one of our partner pubs- a tour to savour!
We’re off to the magical Kingdom of Fife, which is enjoying a renaissance in the production of both whisky and gin. You’ll be met by your driver/guide at your confirmed pick up point. We then head to the historic University town of St.Andrews where we visit the Eden Mill Distillery and you can enjoy either their whisky or gin distillery tours, “Crafted by Hand” is the Eden Mill philosophy and you’ll be able to see why. You’ll sample two Drams from the Eden Mill ranges and have the chance to make a purchase or two from the Eden Mill shop. Once we finish at Eden Mill it’s into St.Andrews town to visit a favourite whisky merchant of ours Luvians, where you’ll enjoy two complimentary Drams, whilst hearing about the history of Luvians and their Whisky ranges, be sure to check out their fantastic selection and treat yourself or the ones you love! Must be time for food! We now board the Dram Fine Whisky Tour carriage and head across St.Andrews to the Kingsbarns Distillery where you’ll enjoy a light lunch with tea & coffee provided and this is included in your tour price. Replenished you’ll then enjoy the Kingsbarns Distillery Tour and again they produce both Kingsbarns Whisky and Darnley’s Gin and you can enjoy either. A couple of Drams are included so you can savour the craftsmanship from the Kingsbarns team. After enjoying the hospitality at Kingsbarns, we board the Dram Fine Whisky Tours vehicle and head back on a relaxing drive to your confirmed drop off point but only after visiting one of our partner pubs, could it be The Canal Inn or Innis & Gunn or perhaps The Piper Whisky Bar for a complimentary traditional Scottish “Hauf and a Hauf”- a Dram and a half pint beer chaser. As our tour finishes, why not relax and enjoy some more Drams(at own expense).
Falkirk & Forth Valley
Bespoke Small Group (1-16)
BEGINNERS’ PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – GET OFF AUTO
A one-day beginners’ photography workshop. “Get off auto” forever and learn the basic skills of good photography in a day. We start in the classroom learning your camera’s controls, before a practical session practising your new photography skills!
If you’re a beginner and you’ve been using your camera on Auto, or trying various settings with mixed results, this workshop will give you a good foundation in photography in just one day. You’ll have ample hands-on practice and take home handouts and assignments to refine your skills – practice makes perfect!
Where does this workshop run?
You can attend this workshop in Edinburgh at the Anna Henly Photography Studio, or in Glasgow at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, or at House for an Art Lover.
Cameras: DSLR, Mirrorless Compact System (CSC), Four-Thirds, Bridge, Superzoom and Compact.
Don’t have a camera yet? We’re happy to provide a loan camera, free of charge. Reserve a camera when you book.
Content: Learn how to create blurred backgrounds in your portrait and close-up shots to make your subject really stand out, and take detailed landscape photos, by shooting in Aperture Priority. Find the fastest way to access your camera’s features, how shutter speed affects your photos and how to avoid camera shake by adjusting ISO. Learn how to add interest to your photos with some tips on composition and put it all into practice by taking some close-up, portrait & landscape shots.
Where: We begin in the classroom, to learn how to get the best from your camera, then go outside, taking a variety of photographs, practising your new skills! Finally back to the classroom to discuss your images with plenty of time for your questions.
Group Size: Small, friendly classes with a maximum 10 students per tutor. You can also study on a 1:1 basis (price on request).
Edinburgh & Glasgow
Private Small Group (1-16)
Join us on a day tour to a real Highland Games where you can soak up the atmosphere and experience the excitement. The Games, or Gatherings, take place in towns and villages throughout the country and are a highlight of the Scottish calendar.
The Highland Games are renowned the world over as a test of strength between Clans. These athletic contests date back over 900 years and the Games are a fantastic spectacle where you’ll see Highland dancing, pipe band displays, hammer throwing, tug-of-war and caber tossing.
We have created a range of day tours based around these spectacular cultural events that include the best of our beautiful landscape. Each has its own local charm and character. Leave Edinburgh at 08.30am* and travel to the heart of our country to discover picturesque towns or villages. Spend the day mingling with the locals, admiring traditional Highland Dress and trying local specialities before arriving in Edinburgh at 5.45pm.
Our programme includes a visit to the world famous Braemar Gathering attended by members of the Royal Family since Queen Victoria first attended in 1848.
(*Braemar Gathering departs at 08.00am and returns at approximately at 8.30pm)
Edinburgh & The Lothians
Edinburgh City Centre
Large Group 31+
Medium Group 17-30
There is an ancient and sacred landscape right on Edinburgh’s doorstep that few know about. Explore these sites with a specialist in archeoastronomy to fully appreciate their meaning. With a feast of the best Scottish fare to make it very special.
Meet at Charlotte Square Edinburgh at 9:30am or 10:30am at Linlithgow train station car park.
We then travel onto the dominantly located Cairnpapple Hill with its ancient Neolithic henge and Bronze Age burial cist. Cairnpapple commands incredible views over the entire central belt of Scotland from Ailsa Craig in the west and the peaks of the Isle of Arran in the Hebrides on a very clear day to Berwick Law in the eastern sea from Schiehallion, the fairy mountain in the Northern hills to the borderlands to the South. Around 3800BC Cairnpapple was used for ritual and for living, but 1000 years later the site shifted to be come a burial place. Grahame will explore with you the reasons for this change in use. He will guide you around the site, explaining the relevance of it’s siting and its importance and explain the significant alignments that run from the site.
Next exciting destination Torphichen Preceptory, where in 1132 the Knights Hospitaller were given a charter to build a church, a truly fascinating place. Grahame, your guide will explain the architecture of the church and its placement geomantically (from a feng shui perspective). There is a tradition that there is an older church on which the Hospitaller built the site, which is associated with King Arthur visiting here in the 6th Century. The Preceptory was also home to William Wallace and King of England Edward I as part of its long history. It seems this was a place of power and Grahame will explain why!
The site is guarded by ancient sanctuary stones lying in a three kilometre square sanctuary area surrounding the Preceptory called refuge stones this made the Preceptory, a refuge for locals and pilgrims. Interestingly one of the stones shows the Patriarchal Cross, also known as the Cross of Lorraine, which predated the use of the Maltese Cross by the Hospitaliers. There is also an ancient neolithic stone in Torphichen, connected to Cairnpapple Neolithic site, showing its long history.
After the morning of exploration time for a trip on a beautiful stretch of water in a traditional canal boat, it is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the scenery. We then move on to our final destination the atmospheric Abercorn Church. Set just above the shores of the Firth of Forth, it feels ancient before you even step in the church. The earliest records of the site are a visit from St Ninian in the late 400s and then later as a monastery in the 7th century founded by Lindisfarne Priory and the earliest parts of the present building date back to the 12th century. The graveyard contains many early gravestones which are fascinating to explore. The place has a very special feel to and Grahame will help explain this important ancient site from a geomatic perspective. To finish your day take a beautiful walk through yew groves and native trees down to the edge of the Firth of Forth with commanding views to Blackness Castle, which featured in the series Outlander.
This is a fascinating day tour where you will gain insight into these places of power from a very different perspective from what the guide books tell you! We look forward to seeing you.
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
MUNRO TOUR GLEN COE
Full day tour (14hr) (incl transport) to climb a Munro (Scottish mountain) in the Scottish Highlands at Glen Coe.
The Munro Bagging Co. tour is a Full day trip (14hr) (incl transport) to climb a Munro (Scottish mountain over 3000ft.) in the Scottish Highlands.
Our route (unless otherwise using our alternate route due to weather/safety) is to Glen Coe to climb Stob Dearg on the Buachaille Etive Mor.
“Buachaille Etive Mor is one of the best known and loved of all the Munro peaks. The epic view of the mountain from the main A82 road makes it appear quite unassailable and is one of the most photographed sights in Scotland.” Walkhighlands
• Pick up/Drop off (within 2 miles of city centre)
• Transport to the mountain
• Guided trip up the munro
• Packed Lunch (made to order in the morning from a local Deli)
• Day Pack
7:15am Pick up in Edinburgh *Pick up Stirling 8:30am
10:45am 15 min Pit Stop in Tyndrum
11:30am Arrive at Mountain
5:30pm Off the Mountain
6:00pm Dinner in Tyndrum
9:00pm Arrive Edinburgh
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about what to bring.
• Boots or trainers (will get dirty, potential for bog)
• Athletic bottoms (long sports leggings, trackie bottoms-no cotton sweatpants, shorts or jeans)
RECOMMENDED (Weather dependant)
• Waterproof jacket
• Waterproof over trousers
• Hat/Beanie (or snood)
• Fleece or Thermal top
Small Group (1-16)
Medium Group (17-30)
Travel back in time to the 18th century Scotland and follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire. Explore some of the most famous Outlander locations used in the series and relive your favourite moments from the hit series.
We start the day in Edinburgh at 8.45am stopping to visit Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison) we then head to the famous Doune Castle one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland. After exploring the castle on we go to Fife, where we make a stop in Culross (Cranesmuir), before spending the afternoon in the village of Falkland that was used as 1940’s Inverness. Our journey makes a final stop at Jamie’s peaceful home Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) before returning to Edinburgh.
This tour is a must for all Outlander fans!
* Please note that there are dates throughout the year where Midhope Castle and Doune Castle are closed for estate activity and filming.
Doune Castle is one of the best-preserved medieval strongholds that have truly left its mark on the big screen. It has survived through the wars and rebellions of Scotland for centuries and has a story or few to tell. In addition to its interesting history, the castle has also seen its fair share of stars. It has been featured in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail and more recently used as setting for Winterfell in the pilot episode of Game of Thrones and Castle Leoch, the home of Clan MacKenzie in Outlander.
Edinburgh & Lothians
Edinburgh City Centre
Small Group (1-16)
Medium Group (17-30)
CASTLES & BROOMSTICKS
Harry Potter fans rejoice – we’re off to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; Quidditch and the Golden Snitch. Along with a rich history and magnificent splendour, Alnwick Castle also starred in Downton Abbey.
Brace yourselves, we’re heading south into enemy territory! We leave Edinburgh at 08.15am, travel past gentle rolling hills and dramatic coastline to cross the border with England. We explore Bamburgh – the laid-back seaside village in the heart of Northumberland. Don’t get deceived by its sleepy looks – the village and the mighty Bamburgh Castle was the seat of the early Kings of Northumbria in the 5th century. Run down to the beautiful beach to get some fresh air and try to imagine Viking longboats approaching the coast for a raid and try to keep up with the area’s turbulent history recounted by our Guide.
In the afternoon, have your broomsticks at the ready as we’re off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England, home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family for over 700 years. Along with a rich history and magnificent medieval architecture – it’s a film lovers’ dream.
After a magical afternoon in Alnwick, we’ll make our way back over the border and in to Scotland for our final stop at Coldstream. This charming border town, which is situated on the north side of the River Tweed, will surprise you with a couple of turbulent stories before our journey ends in Edinburgh, early evening.
The triumphant Alnwick castle was built 920 years ago. Its purpose was to control the perilous borders between Scotland and England. But now it’s renowned for more than bloody history. The expansive gardens are world famous, the art collection is unrivalled and the rooms are some of the finest examples of 19th-century Italianate design.
Edinburgh & Lothians
Edinburgh City Centre
Medium Group (17-30)
BRAVEHEART PRIVATE LUXURY TOUR
Visit the locations where Scotland’s independence was won, on a personalised tour just for you. with Door to Door service from any Edinburgh location using a luxury vehicle & local Scottish Driver. Remember it is “Your Day, Your Way”
Follow in the footsteps of the heroes of Braveheart as you view the sites of Medieval battles on your Private Sightseeing Tour Visit the locations where Scotland’s independence was won, on a personalised tour just for you. Ride in comfort in a luxury vehicle with your own local Scottish driver to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, The National Wallace Monument, Stirling Old Bridge, and more.
- Travel back to the time of Braveheart
- Visit iconic battlefields & monuments from Medieval times
- Private Tour provides a personalised experience
- Local Scottish Driver with Years of Experience
- Door to Door transportation from any location in Edinburgh
What To Expect:
The Battle of Bannockburn Experience:
Your first stop is The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre is a state of the art experience where you can totally immerse yourself in a 3D medieval battle. Watch as the horses gallop towards you and try to dodge the arrows as they come rushing through the air before your eyes. The visitor centre is one of Scotland’s top attractions. Located on the site where Robert the Bruce Scotland’s great warrior King raised his standard & assembled the Scottish Army in preperation for the Battle of Bannockburn, where he would face down the English Army led by Edward II.
Travel on to the mighty Stirling Castle – the reason why so many battles took place around here was in order to hold the strategic importance of Stirling, which overlooked the lowest bridging point across the River Forth. From the battlements, follow the gaze of King Robert Bruce himself as his statue looks towards Bannockburn, the site of his most famous victory. Savour the imposing Wallace Monument as it stands out against the scenic Ochil Hills.
Whilst en-route to The Wallace Monument we travel by Stirling Old Bridge, the present Stirling Old Bridge was built in the 1400s, replacing a succession of timber bridges. Undoubtedly the best-known of these was one that stood nearby in the 1290s, when Sir William Wallace and Sir Andrew Moray defeated Edward I’s forces at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. The bridge also played a part in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, when an arch was removed to forestall Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forces as they marched south. The bridge today remains one of the best medieval masonry arch bridges in Scotland.
Doune Castle was built around 1400 by Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Earl of Menteith and Fife, a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord’s Hall with its musicians’ gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen and you can hear the stories of the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was also filmed at the castle.
National Wallace Monument:
The National Wallace Monument is a draw for all Wallace fans and it is no mean feat to reach the top of the 246 steps , but you are rewarded with the most wonderful view. The monument tells the story of Wallace and his importance to Scotland’s national identity. The wooded walk is not for the faint hearted but there is also minibus should you prefer to use it. There is a café and gift shop for souvenirs.
The Kelpies & The Helix:
Pass The Kelpies on your return to Edinburgh, they are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies (shape-shifting water spirits).
There are other attractions within the area, if you wanted to change the itinerary then please get in touch. Our Aim is to give you the very best experience of Scotland with our Private Sightseeing Excursion.
Small Group (1-17)
HADRIAN’S WALL, ROMAN BRITAIN & THE SCOTTISH BORDERS
Explore the incredible Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders on this day tour from Edinburgh.
You travel on old Roman Dere Street, which linked the supply ports of the south of England up to modern day Scotland.
Your first stop on this tour is the border town of Jedburgh, a historic burgh dominated by a magnificent 12th century Augustinian Abbey.
On arrival in Jedburgh, you may have time to take a short walk through the narrow streets and visit this impressive ruin.
Continuing south we make a stop at the scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the border between the two countries for the past 700 years.
The tour continues through the magnificent forests of Northumberland National Park before turning west towards Hadrian’s Wall.
We follow the road that takes us along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg. You have time to walk beside the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldiers would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the ‘barbarians’ to the north.
You continue your journey along the wall where your guide will recommend the best of the sites to visit.
You have time to explore sections of the wall or the remains of the Roman settlements before you turn north and travel back to Edinburgh through the Galloway hills.
Edinburgh City Centre
Small Group (1-16)
GLASGOW PRIVATE LUXURY TOUR
Your Glasgow Tour takes in Scotland’s second city, historically the industrial heart of the nation but now the cultural centre. With Door to Door service from any Glasgow location the tour is planned to cover all the sights & attractions of Glasgow.
Explore Glasgow in style by having a Luxury Private Chauffeur to drive you between sites. By opting for a private tour, you’ll have your driver’s undivided attention for questions, and you won’t have to wait around for other travelers. Your driver will help you save time and see many of Glasgow’s top attractions in a day. Highlights include Glasgow Cathedral, Clydside Distillery, The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, and George Square.
- Avoid busy crowded group tours with your own Local Scottish Driver
- Save time and see multiple major Glasgow sites and attractions
- A Luxury Private Tour means you can customise your experience
- Door to Door Service included, from all locations in Glasgow
Your day starts at Glasgow Cathedral, also called the High Kirk of Glasgow, St. Kentigern’s or St Mungo’s Cathedral, where the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, allegedly built his church with their tomb in the lower crypt.
In the shadow of Glasgow Cathedral is the Provand’s Lordship, built in 1471, which stands as a medieval-period historic house museum located at the top of Castle Street and is the oldest remaining house in Glasgow, the cathedral itself being the oldest building. Today the house is furnished with a collection of seventeenth-century Scottish furniture donated by Sir William Burrell.
St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art:
Visit St. Mungos Museum which houses exhibits relating to all the world’s major religions, including a Zen garden and a sculpture showing Islamic calligraphy.
The Merchant City:
The entire area was a planned civic development of magnificent houses, shops and warehouses. In the last 15 years the area has undergone significant development with many of the warehouses being converted into stylish apartments and the growth of shops, bars and restaurants. The area takes its name from the great traders of the 18th century whose warehouses were filled with the spoils of the British Empire; tobacco, sugar and rum.
Glasgow’s stills are flowing again at the Clydside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery, Glasgow’s first dedicated single malt distillery in over 100 Years. Take a tour and discover the story and watch craftsmen distil, set in Glasgow’s famous Queens Docks a great spot to same our water of life and grab some lunch.
People’s Palace and Winter Gardens:
The Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens situated in Glasgow Green, a glasshouse and a museum of social history for the city of Glasgow since the 1940s, and tells the story of the people and the city from 1750 to the present day.
Travel into the heart of the city around George Square: considered by many to be Glasgow’s City Centre. It’s a great place to start seeing the sights. The Square was designed and built in the late 19th century at the height of Glasgow’s prosperity. The Victorian buildings, including the splendid City Chambers, are a grand reminder of yesteryear and are a point of pride for the city.
There are many other attractions in and around Glasgow, if you wanted to change the itinerary then please get in touch. Our Aim is to give you the very best experience of Glasgow and Scotland with our Private Sightseeing Excursion.
Your excursion finishes with all passengers being taken back to their requested destination in Glasgow, the Door to Door experience helps you enjoy the tour without the worry of having too many drams or finding you way back at the end of the day
Small Group (1-16)
CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR GLASGOW
Hop on Glasgow’s official 5* open top tour! Discover the city’s leading attractions including Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum, University of Glasgow, Clydeside Distillery and Glasgow Green.
Explore Glasgow in 21 stops! From brilliant shopping districts and attractions to the parks, restaurants and venues, we’ll show you it all.
Learn all about Glasgow’s history, culture and people from our live knowledgable guides or from our multi-lingual recorded commentary available in 7 languages. Our English recorded commentary is provided by renowned historian Neil Oliver. For the kids, we have a ‘Ghoulish Glasgow’ commentary channel filled with tales of Glasgow’s gristly past.
Our customers can take advantage of exclusive offers including 20% off Glasgow Science Centre admission, 10% off Tennent’s Brewery Tour and 20% off main menu at Mharsanta, Merchant City and more.
Great 1 day or 2 day tickets are available. Concessions and students save £1 and kids under 5 travel free. Family tickets are available for up to 2 adults and 3 kids. 1 day ticket is valid on day of purchase. 2 day tickets are valid for two consecutive days.
Our tour departs from George Square throughout the day all year round, with a peak summer frequency of every 10 minutes. The entire tour takes 1 hour 25 minutes.
All tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users.
City Sightseeing Glasgow is locally operated and globally connected.
Glasgow City Centre
Large Group (+31)
Medium Group (17-30)
Small Group (1-16)