Scottish Highlands and Lowlands
9 days from £1,499 per person
Delve into literary history, marvel at spellbinding landscapes and discover enchanting cities on this memorable Scottish adventure. As we navigate through the beautiful, brutal Highlands and Lowlands, we’ll discover what influenced poet Robert Burns, unravel stories behind castle walls and pass sparkling lochs. We’ll also experience incredible engineering aboard a canal boat on the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift. Finishing in Edinburgh, take your pick from the historical highlights, including the castle and the Royal Mile.
Your holiday includes:
10 excursions and visits
- Excursions to Culzean Castle; Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies; Culloden Battlefield; and Balmoral Castle (or Crathes Castle)
- Visits to the Burns Museum; Loch Ness Visitor Centre; Cairngorm Mountain Railway Base Station (or the Highland Folk Museum); and Royal Yacht Britannia
- Journey on the Jacobite Railway
- Tour & tasting at Glenfiddich Distillery
- 8 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
- Return flights. Prices are based on easyJet from London Luton. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 13 meals: 8 breakfasts (days 2-9) 5 dinners (days 1-5)
- Welcome drink
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Glasgow. On arrival you’ll be transferred to Renfrew and the rest of the afternoon is free.
Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew (4-star)
The 10th Earl of Cassillis was keen to impress with his wealth and status. He ordered Culzean Castle to be built on a clifftop, an opulent vision decorated with the battlements and turrets of a Gothic fortress. Later, we head to the Burns Museum. In the humble cottage where Robert Burns was born, discover how he rose from a ploughman to a hugely important historical literary figure.
Glasgow - Crianlarich
Today we experience the world’s only rotating boatlift as it was intended - by canal boat. The Falkirk Wheel is a 21st century mechanical marvel, designed to replace the long demolished lock gates that connected the Forth & Clyde and Union canals, important waterways to 19th century industries. As we leave, we’ll stop for photos of the stunning 30m-high horse-head sculptures known as the Kelpies. Enjoy the views as we continue to our hotel, amongst the hills of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Muthu Ben Doran Hotel, Tyndrum (4-star)
Crianlarich - Cairngorms National Park
The rugged scenery grows even more impressive as we head to Fort William, caught between Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis. We’ll travel from Fort William to Mallaig on a beautiful Jacobite locomotive through some of Scotland’s most splendid landscapes, famed by the Harry Potter films. We pass the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, before reaching Mallaig, at the mouth of Loch Nevis. We travel from here by coach to Loch Ness Visitor Centre to learn about the stories of its famous monster. We arrive late today in the Cairngorms National Park.
Coylumbridge Hotel, Aviemore (4-star)
This morning we appreciate the beauty of the Highlands, visiting Britain’s sixth-highest mountain, Cairngorm. We’ll stop at the Cairngorm Mountain Railway’s Base Station for a ride to the peak. Please note: If the railway is not possible, we’ll visit the Highland Folk Museum instead. This fascinating museum gives a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s right up to the 1950s, with 30 historical buildings to explore.
Cairngorms - Aberdeen
On 16 April 1745 the Jacobite Rising came to a tragic end at Culloden. This morning we visit the site of one of Britain’s most brutal battles, and learn of the background to this conflict, from both sides, at the Culloden Visitor Centre. We continue to the Glenfiddich Distillery, a company that has been passed down through generations. We take a tour and enjoy a tasting. Tonight we’ll stay in Aberdeen.
DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre (4-star)
Aberdeen - Edinburgh
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert fell in love with the Highlands and purchased Balmoral in 1852, despite not seeing it. They commissioned a grand estate that has been a popular home for the royal family ever since. Highlights include the Castle Ballroom, a collection of Royal carriages and cars, and the fine gardens. Please note: If Balmoral is closed, you will visit Crathes Castle instead. Surrounded by woodland and set within glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is a great example of a 16th century tower house. We then make our way south to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating residence of the Royal Family for 44 years. Later, we check in to our hotel in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel (4-star)
Edinburgh is an incredible city with a long history displayed both above and below its cobbled streets. Spend today exploring as you choose. Maybe visit the Castle; it guards national treasures including the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny; or, marking the other end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland. Pat the head of Greyfriars Bobby, a bronze sculpture of the dog who pined at his master’s graveside, or discover a fascinating, darker past in Mary King’s Close or the Surgeons' Hall Museums, which includes an exhibit on the infamous Burke and Hare.
Day 9 Edinburgh
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.