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England, Scotland & Ireland in Just 21 Days

Welcome to our meticulously crafted 21-day driver-guided Tour of the UK, covering England, Scotland, and Ireland in just 21 glorious days.

Traverse the rolling hills of the English countryside, delve into Scotland’s mystic lochs, and embrace Ireland’s rugged coastlines. Each day unfolds with new adventures, from historic castle ruins and vibrant cityscapes to serene landscapes that whisper tales of yore.

Join us for an unforgettable voyage into the heart of the British Isles.

Destinations on Our 21-Day England, Scotland & Ireland Tour

Day 1: Royal and Parliamentary London

Buckingham Palace, London, England

With London being the first destination on our itinerary, what would be more appropriate than exploring the city’s royal and parliamentary marvels? Visit Buckingham Palace, witness the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, and see the iconic Big Ben.

Buckingham Palace Tour

Renowned as the most iconic Royal Residence in the UK, Buckingham Palace stands as the King’s official abode in London and plays a pivotal role in numerous Royal festivities.

Availability for private tours is limited to the summer period, so we encourage early contact to secure your entry. With a personal guide at your side, you’ll gain exclusive access to 19 opulent staterooms and the majestic Royal Palace Garden.

The allure of the State Rooms is undeniable, but the addition of a knowledgeable Palace guide enhances the experience immeasurably. Delve into the rich tapestry of history and tradition that adorns each room, illuminated by stories of historic figures from Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837 to the current monarch, King Charles.

Your exploration of Buckingham Palace will include:

  • The Regal Throne Room
  • The Grand Ballroom
  • The elegant Music Room
  • The resplendent White Drawing Room
  • The impressive Grand Staircase
  • Palace’s treasured artifacts
  • The stately Marble Hall
  • The illustrious Picture Gallery
  • The formal State Dining Room
  • The ceremonial Changing of the Guard

Westminster Abbey

Your unforgettable walking tour of London continues as you delve into the heart of British governance and history, visiting the majestic Westminster Abbey, the iconic Houses of Parliament, and the renowned clocktower, Big Ben, which towers over the Palace of Westminster.

This leg of the journey begins at the awe-inspiring Westminster Abbey, a site of coronations for English monarchs since William the Conqueror in 1066 following the Battle of Hastings. It is also the final resting place for some of England’s most notable historical figures.

With your guide, you will have the opportunity to pay respects at the graves of personalities such as Mary Queen of Scots and renowned authors like Charles Dickens, the esteemed Scottish poet Robert Burns, T.S. Eliot, known for “The Waste Land” and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” as well as the celebrated Romantic poet John Keats, among others.

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben Tour

A brief stroll from Westminster Abbey brings you beneath the recently restored Big Ben.

Descending from the clocktower, you’ll enter the sacred chambers of the Palace of Westminster, or the Houses of Parliament. Accompanied by your personal guide, discover the intricate workings of the House of Commons and the illustrious House of Lords. Your Tour of the Houses of Parliament includes visits to:

  • The historic Westminster Hall
  • The Queen’s Robing Room
  • The Commons Chamber
  • The Lords Chamber

Day 2: The Crown Jewels & Tower Of London

Tower Bridge, London, England
Tower Bridge, London, England

On the second day, your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for an early visit to the Crown Jewels.

Tower of London Exploration

Experience immediate entry and be guided by one of the esteemed Queen’s Yeoman Warders through the Tower of London.

You’ll be introduced to captivating displays, including the illustrious Crown Jewels, the ‘Torture at the Tower’ exhibit, the Fusiliers Museum, and the Royal Mint exhibit, enriching your understanding of British history.

Tower Bridge Experience

Behold the splendor of Tower Bridge, a defining symbol of London known for its striking Victorian Gothic design, breathtaking views, and the awe-inspiring sight of its hydraulic mechanisms in action, allowing vessels to navigate through. With your guide, delve into the history and mechanics of the engine rooms of this architectural marvel, constructed from 1886 to 1894, and delve into the history and mechanics.

The British Museum, London

Next, your guide will take you on an enlightening journey through the British Museum, where a collection of over 8 million artifacts, with 80,000 displayed at any one time, awaits.

On your private Tour, your guide will bring these historical treasures to life, unfolding the captivating tales and significant events behind their existence.

London Eye Experience

Wrap up the initial day of your 21-day UK adventure with a stroll to the Thames’ South Bank, where the London Eye awaits to elevate you 135 meters above the city. As you settle into the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, embrace the breathtaking 360-degree views of London’s skyline, showcasing landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and The Shard, among other iconic sites.

The London Eye offers a panoramic view of London, with a spectacular view of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and The Shard, among other famous sights.

Day 3: Journey from London to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace

Windsor Castle, England

Enjoy a luxurious ride in one of our executive vehicles for a driver-guided excursion from London to the regal Windsor Castle, followed by a visit to the historic Hampton Court Palace.

Morning: Windsor Castle Exploration

Embark on a 45-minute journey from London to Windsor Castle, a residence deeply cherished by The Queen and a site of profound historical significance to the British monarchy, even influencing King George V to adopt Windsor as the royal surname in 1917.

During your visit to Windsor Castle, you will experience:

  • Priority entry to Windsor Castle
  • A visit to St George’s Chapel, the venue for numerous Royal weddings
  • Queen Mary’s Dollhouse display
  • A tour through the State Apartments
  • Exploration of The Moat Room
  • A guided showcase of the castle’s esteemed art collection
  • The Royal China Museum
  • Following a delightful lunch at Windsor Castle’s Undercroft Café, your driver-guide will escort you to the next royal marvel, Hampton Court Palace.

Hampton Court Palace Experience

Dive into the rich tapestry of Hampton Court Palace’s history, dating back to 1529 and famously linked to King Henry VIII. The Palace’s architecture perfectly blends Tudor and Baroque styles, a legacy of King William III’s architectural enhancements.

Your exploration of Hampton Court Palace will include:

  • Fast-track access and a tour of the Great Hall with its iconic hammer-beam ceiling
  • Viewing of the Abraham Tapestries
  • A walk through the eerie Haunted Gallery
  • Visits to the State Apartments of both King William III and King Henry VIII
  • Leisurely time in the expansive gardens, featuring a maze and a historic grapevine
  • A look into the grandeur of Tudor England’s largest kitchens

Conclude your day of royal indulgence as you comfortably return to your London stay, reflecting on a day steeped in the grandeur and legacy of England’s most storied palaces and castles.

Braw in Scottish means “fine”. Our experience with Braw Scottish Tours was that and so much more. Working directly with a Scottish tour group assured a customized, stress free trip. From our 1st inquiry until our drop off at the airport every aspect of the tour was of the highest quality and exceeded our expectations. Our tour included small out of the way places that large buses are unable to get to. Our attentive guide/driver listened to our interests and made customized stops to assure we saw, learned and enjoyed everything Scotland has to offer. He provided local and knowledgeable information from past to present every step along the way. We highly recommend Braw Scottish Tours for a trip of a lifetime

Day 4: Stonehenge and Bath

Stonehenge, England

Before venturing into the heart of Stonehenge, immerse yourself in the enigma surrounding this ancient monument. With your guide’s insightful narration, delve into various theories and tales about its construction, the origins of its massive stones, and its ancient purpose.

The visitor center offers engaging audiovisual displays that captivate visitors of all ages and shed light on this prehistoric marvel.

Step into the mystical circle of Stonehenge with your private guide leading the way. Be transported through time to an era 5000 years past as your guide weaves a vivid narrative, placing you among the ancient people who once revered this site as a sacred temple.

Stonehenge stands unparalleled in its blend of mystery, myth, and legend. Your dedicated guide will ensure that your encounter with this iconic landmark is memorable and deeply personal, fostering a profound connection with this unique and mystical site.

Roman City of Bath Guided Tour

Your next destination is the enchanting 18th-century city of Bath, a gem that enjoys the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage site in its entirety.

Accompanied by your private driver-guide, embark on a scenic car tour of Bath’s highlights, including Bath Abbey, The Royal Crescent, and tributes to literary legends such as Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

At the heart of Bath lies the exceptionally preserved ruins of one of the ancient world’s most significant religious spas, a cornerstone of Roman heritage in England and Northern Europe. Initiated around 60-70AD and evolving over 300 years, the Romans erected a magnificent temple and bathing complex centered around Britain’s sole hot spring.

During your exclusive Tour, delve into the origin of these thermal waters and tread along ancient stone paths, just as the Romans did, around the still-functioning baths.

Overnight in Bath.

Day 5: Enchanting Journey Through the Cotswolds

Cotswolds 2
Cotswolds, England

Day 5 of your adventure brings a delightful escape with your driver-guide to the Cotswolds, a region celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes and quintessentially English villages.

Recognized as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,” the Cotswolds are synonymous with tranquil stone-built villages, sprawling manor houses, and charming thatched cottages, seemingly untouched by time.

The Cotswolds are known for their picturesque scenery and for housing some of the finest artisan craft shops in the UK.

Chastleton House

Begin exploring Chastleton House, a quintessential Jacobean estate established in 1607 by the wool merchant Walter Jones.

Having remained within one family for 400 years before the National Trust’s stewardship in 1991, Chastleton offers a genuine glimpse into historical domestic life adorned with period-specific furnishings and decorations.


Venture to Bibury, a village that captivated British poet William Morris and led him to declare it “the most beautiful village in England. “

The highlight of Bibury is Arlington Row, a series of ancient weaver’s cottages dating back to 1380. Don’t miss St Mary’s Church, notable for its Norman arches, 13th-century doorway, and Saxon pillars.


Conclude your day in Bourton-on-the-Water, often called the “Venice of the Cotswolds” due to its idyllic riverside setting.

Wander along the waterways, crossing its quaint bridges, and explore the village’s array of antique shops and stone cottages, rounding off a day steeped in the Cotswolds’ serene beauty and rich history.

Return to Bath in the evening.

Day 6: Exploring Stratford-Upon-Avon - The Heart of Shakespeare's World

Stratford, Holy Trinity Church

Leave Bath behind as you journey to the historic heart of England’s literary heritage, Stratford-Upon-Avon, the medieval town where William Shakespeare was born and spent his formative and final years.

As you wander through this charming market town with your private guide, you’ll be transported back to the Elizabethan era, visiting key locations that played pivotal roles in the life of the Bard. These sites, preserved through the centuries, offer a tangible connection to Shakespeare, allowing you to walk in his footsteps and experience the world as he knew it.

Holy Trinity Church

Visit the revered Holy Trinity Church, the site of Shakespeare’s baptism, marriage to Anne Hathaway, and final resting place. This sacred space provides a profound insight into the personal milestones of Shakespeare’s life.

Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Explore the Stratford Grammar School, where Shakespeare’s early education unfolded, sparking his illustrious literary journey.

Hall’s Croft

Discover Hall’s Croft, the elegant Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susannah, offering a glimpse into the domestic life of the Bard’s family.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Step into the romantic setting of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife, brimming with Elizabethan charm and lush gardens.

Tudor Architecture

Admire the original 16th-century Tudor buildings that line the streets of Stratford, encapsulating the architectural style of Shakespeare’s time.

After immersing yourself in Shakespearean history, you’ll reunite with your driver in the afternoon and journey to Lincoln, where you’ll spend the evening enveloped in the rich tapestry of England’s past.

We traveled to Scotland for my dad’s 75th birthday and John was our guide. He was so knowledgeable, funny, flexible and easy to be with. He made the long car trips fun and knew all the hidden hikes and cafes. I would 100% recommend him and his team to anyone wanting a fabulous trip in gorgeous Scotland,

Day 7: Delving into Lincoln's Rich History

Lincoln Cathedral, England

The seventh day of your extensive journey brings you to Lincoln, a city steeped in history, from its Roman origins to its medieval prominence.

Lincoln is renowned for housing one of the rare original copies of the Magna Carta, symbolizing its long-standing historical significance. Tracing its roots back to Roman times and flourishing as a key trading center in the Middle Ages, Lincoln’s strategic importance was underscored by William the Conqueror through the construction of a formidable castle and a grand cathedral, both of which are highlights of today’s guided exploration.

Lincoln Castle Exploration

Embark on a journey through a millennium at Lincoln Castle, where your guide will unveil tales of legends, lore, and historical figures that shaped this fortress.

Magna Carta Vault

Witness the Magna Carta, a cornerstone of English law and liberty, dating back 810 years, alongside the Charter of the Forest from 1217, which was pivotal in molding English society and culture.

Victorian Prison Insight

Discover the Victorian Prison, designed for solitary confinement to promote penitence and deter moral corruption, and listen to the long-silenced voices of its inhabitants.

Heritage Skills Centre

Experience traditional craftsmanship demonstrations, from stained glass creation to silversmithing and stone masonry, offering a glimpse into medieval artisanal skills.

Lincoln Cathedral Tour

Conclude your day at the awe-inspiring Lincoln Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture once celebrated as the world’s tallest building. Uncover the cathedral’s treasures with your guide, including the mischievous Lincoln Imp, a tribute to Alfred Lord Tennyson, and the storied Medieval and Wren Libraries.

Overnight in Lincoln.

Day 8: Discovering the Historic Charm of York

York Minster, England

Your journey continues with a 1.5-hour drive to York, a city that encapsulates the essence of Northern England’s rich history and architectural marvels.

Upon reaching York, you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of York Minster, the largest cathedral in Northern Europe, surpassing even the grandeur of Lincoln Cathedral. Delve into York’s medieval past by meandering through the Shambles’ quaint narrow lanes, where history melds seamlessly with modernity, and explore the intriguing York Castle Museum.

York Minster Experience

York Minster is a towering testament to Gothic architectural grandeur, with a history of over 800 years.

This cathedral is not only notable for its size but also for housing the UK’s most extensive collection of medieval stained glass, some dating back to the 12th century.

York Castle & Museum Insights

Engage with York’s diverse history through the York Castle Museum’s interactive exhibits, which transport you from Jacobean dining experiences to the Victorian-era Kirkgate shopping street, making history palpable and engaging.

The Shambles Exploration

Stroll through The Shambles, where the beautifully preserved medieval architecture offers a glimpse into life centuries ago.

This picturesque street, rumored to have inspired Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series, offers a magical blend of history and fantasy, perfect for capturing memorable photographs and experiencing the ambiance of a bygone era.

Day 9: From York to Edinburgh via Newcastle

Newcastle, England

Set off on a captivating journey from the historic city of York to the vibrant streets of Edinburgh, stopping in Newcastle en route. This day promises a blend of cultural discovery and scenic travel, capturing the diverse spirit of Northern England and Scotland.

Departure from York

Your day begins with a departure from York in the comfort of our private vehicle. As you leave the city’s medieval charm behind, anticipate the dynamic culture and rich history awaiting you in Newcastle.

Newcastle Exploration

Arrive in Newcastle around lunchtime, a city renowned for its pioneering spirit and architectural marvels.

After savoring local culinary delights, delve into Newcastle’s heritage with a guided tour. Highlights include the iconic Millennium Bridge, the historic Newcastle Castle, and the bustling Quayside, where modernity and tradition converge along the River Tyne.

Discover the roots of Newcastle at the ancient Newcastle Castle, which gives the city its name, and wander the Quayside, admiring the blend of historic buildings and contemporary art installations that line the riverbank.

Journey to Edinburgh

After immersing yourself in Newcastle’s vibrant culture, continue your journey northward to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. The scenic drive will offer glimpses of the changing landscape, from rolling hills to the rugged coastline, setting the stage for your arrival in this majestic city.

As you reach Edinburgh in the evening, the city’s historic skyline, dominated by Edinburgh Castle and the craggy Arthur’s Seat, welcomes you. The contrast between Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian New Town provides a fitting introduction to this city of contrasts and history.

Our Braw Scottish Tour definitely exceeded our expectations. The itinerary included all the “must sees” we had scheduled, and each day brought a well paced, new adventure. Our driver/guide, John, was professional, knowledgeable and very well attuned to our particular interests and needs. We felt the trip was well planned and good value for the services provided. In addition, all communication with the office staff, both pre and post trip, was thoughtful and timely. We would travel with Braw Scottish Tours again.

Day 10: Edinburgh - The Capital of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Day 10 marks the beginning of your Scottish adventure, focusing on the historical and cultural riches of Edinburgh, Scotland’s esteemed capital.

Edinburgh Castle Tour

Your exploration starts promptly in the morning with a visit to the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Ascend to this historic fortress, where a private guided tour awaits.

Delve into the castle’s pivotal role in Scottish history, uncovering tales of the notable figures and legendary events that shaped its storied past.

Stand within the ancient walls of Edinburgh Castle, where centuries of Scottish history unfold. Your guide will illuminate the castle’s strategic significance, its role in national conflicts, and the lives of those who walked its halls, from royals to soldiers.

Holyrood Palace Discovery

Journey down the Royal Mile to the majestic Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of the British monarchy. Here, you’ll explore the opulent state apartments, including those of Mary Queen of Scots, revealing the Palace’s role in Scotland’s regal history and its continued importance in hosting royal and state functions.

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Holyrood Palace, visiting the historic chambers where Scottish royalty once resided. Learn about the Palace’s architectural evolution and significance in hosting distinguished guests and ceremonial events.

Old and New Town Walking Tour

Conclude your day with a leisurely walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns. This guided stroll through the city’s contrasting architectural landscapes offers the perfect opportunity to pick up souvenirs and reflect on your Scottish journey.

Your first day in Edinburgh provides a comprehensive introduction to Scotland’s capital, from the commanding presence of Edinburgh Castle to the royal elegance of Holyrood Palace, set against the backdrop of the city’s historic and modern districts.

Day 11: Adventure and Mystery in Edinburgh

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Your second morning in Edinburgh blends the thrill of natural beauty, the warmth of Scottish hospitality, and the intrigue of ancient legends, offering a day filled with physical, cultural, and spectral exploration.

Arthur's Seat Hike

After a leisurely lunch, prepare for an invigorating hike to Arthur’s Seat, the dormant volcano that majestically rises above Holyrood Park.

This accessible trek is a highlight for many, offering unmatched panoramic views of Edinburgh’s skyline. From its peak, the stark contrast between the historic Old Town and the elegant New Town unfolds beneath you, providing a unique perspective of the city’s architectural diversity.

Scottish Whisky Tasting

As dusk approaches, immerse yourself in Scotland’s renowned whisky culture with a curated tasting experience.

Join a seasoned whisky specialist as you enter into the intricate world of whisky production and refine your palate as you distinguish between the rich, peaty flavors of Highland malts and the smooth, delicate notes of Lowland grains.

This sensory journey is a must for connoisseurs and novices alike, offering a taste of Scotland’s finest.

Ghost Tour of Edinburgh

As darkness envelops the city, embark on a ghost tour to explore Edinburgh’s darker side. Led by your guide, navigate through dimly lit lanes and eerie graveyards, each with its own harrowing tale.

Listen to stories of infamous criminals, accused witches, and restless spirits that roam the city after dark. Highlights include the spine-tingling Greyfriars Kirkyard and the South Bridge Vaults, where history’s shadows linger in the underground chambers!

Day 12: St Andrews & The Forth Bridges: A Journey Through History and Heritage

Forth Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Forth Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

Alongside your private driver guide, journey to the town of St Andrews, renowned as the ‘Home of Golf’ and steeped in rich Scottish history. This day combines the ancient sport’s origins with architectural marvels and educational heritage, including a crossing on the iconic Forth Bridges.

Crossing the Forth Road Bridges

Begin your day with a scenic drive across the Forth Road Bridges, marveling at these engineering feats that span the Firth of Forth. Each bridge, with its own design and history, provides a unique perspective on Scotland’s advancements in infrastructure and offers stunning views of the estuary.

The Old Course at St Andrews

Your tour really gets into gear at the Old Course, the cradle of golf, where the sport’s earliest recorded rounds were played in the 15th century.

Wander the historic fairways and greens, soaking in the atmosphere of a place where golfing legends have walked and the game’s traditions have been shaped over centuries.

St Andrews Cathedral: Echoes of the Past

Continue to St Andrews Cathedral, once the epitome of Scotland’s ecclesiastical grandeur. Although now in ruins, the cathedral’s remnants whisper tales of its past splendor.

Climb St Rule’s Tower within the cathedral grounds for a breathtaking panoramic view of Scotland’s rugged east coast, offering a moment of reflection on the country’s spiritual history.

St Andrews University

Your last destination of the day is the University of St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university and a beacon of learning and culture.

Stroll through its historic buildings and courtyards, feeling the academic pulse that has flowed through the town for centuries.

Return to Edinburgh in the evening.

Customized Itineraries for Age Diverse Groups My 76 year old mother, teenage son and myself did a five day tour around the Scottish highlands with Braw. Our guide/driver, Tony, was fantastic. He took care to ensure my mother had the assistance he needed while finding options that would appeal to my teenage son. I really didn’t have a specific agenda when initially planning the trip so I requested Braw put together a standard itinerary. After getting to know the group, Tony suggested some alterations to the itinerary that involved activities specific to our group’s interests. He also made some suggestions along the way to efficiently use our time and maximize our experience. I highly recommend Braw Tours!

Day 13: Discovering Scotland's Heartlands: Dunkeld Cathedral, Pitlochry, and Blair Castle

Blair Castle, Scotland

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Scotland on day thirteen, starting with the serene Dunkeld Cathedral, visiting the picturesque town of Pitlochry, and concluding with the historic Blair Castle.

Blair Castle Exploration

Your day commences with a scenic drive from Edinburgh to Blair Castle, nestled near Blair Atholl. This majestic castle, home to the Clan Murray, is steeped in centuries of history. Enjoy an exclusive tour led by your guide, uncovering the castle’s storied past, architectural evolution, and its pivotal role in Scottish history.

Delve into Blair Castle’s rich heritage, exploring its opulent rooms, extensive grounds, and tales of the Murray Clan. Each corner of the castle offers a glimpse into Scotland’s turbulent and noble past, making it a highlight of your Scottish adventure.

Pitlochry's Victorian Charm

Continue to Pitlochry, renowned for its Victorian architecture and vibrant atmosphere. Dedicate time to wander through this enchanting town, visiting its charming boutiques and local eateries and soaking in the ambiance of a bygone era. Pitlochry serves as a delightful interlude, offering both relaxation and cultural immersion.

Dunkeld Cathedral Visit

Your journey leads you to the tranquil grounds of Dunkeld Cathedral, founded in 1260.

Explore this historic sanctuary and its surrounding gardens, where peace and beauty converge. Though partly in ruins, the cathedral stands as a testament to Scotland’s ecclesiastical heritage, inviting reflection and admiration.

Return to Pitlochry

After a day filled with exploration and discovery, your driver-guide will escort you back to Pitlochry.

Here, you’ll settle into your accommodation, nestled in the heart of one of Scotland’s most picturesque towns, rounding off a day rich in history, beauty, and the enduring spirit of Scotland.

Day 14: Journey to Inverness with a Loch Ness Adventure

Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle

As you enter the fourteenth day of your Scottish expedition, prepare for a journey from Pitlochry to Inverness, the revered ‘Capital of the North.’ This leg of your Tour promises a blend of mythical landscapes and historical exploration.

En Route to Loch Ness

Before reaching Inverness, you’ll explore the legendary Loch Ness, renowned for its deep waters and fabled monster.

Exploring Urquhart Castle

Your Loch Ness adventure commences with a visit to the atmospheric ruins of Urquhart Castle.

Perched on the loch’s shores, this 14th-century fortress has witnessed centuries of Scottish history. Once a stronghold, it was deliberately demolished in 1692 to prevent its use by Jacobite rebels.

Wander through the ruins with your guide, delving into the castle’s strategic importance and dramatic tales.

Loch Ness Cruise Experience

After exploring Urquhart Castle, set sail on a private cruise across the mysterious waters of Loch Ness, where perhaps the elusive Nessy may raise her head!

This exclusive boat journey offers breathtaking views and a taste of Scotland with traditional food platters and whisky tastings, enhancing your experience of the Scottish Highlands.

Arrival in Inverness

Following your Loch Ness exploration, your driver-guide will escort you to your accommodation in Inverness.

The city’s vibrant center awaits with a plethora of dining options, inviting you to enjoy an evening meal. Later, explore Inverness’s traditional bars, where you can further indulge in Scotland’s whisky culture or discover a variety of other local beverages.

Day 15: Inverness Discovery Day: Nature and Culture

Culloden Battlefield, Scotland
Culloden Battlefield, Inverness

Spend a day uncovering the treasures around Inverness, away from the well-trodden paths of Loch Ness and castles.

Culloden Battlefield

Begin your day with a visit to the Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle fought on British soil in 1746.

This poignant location offers a deep dive into Scottish history, with interactive exhibitions and guided tours that recount the stories of the Jacobite uprising. Wander through the moor, marked by clan stones, and reflect on the events that shaped Scotland’s future.

In addition to the battlefield itself, you can visit The Culloden Visitor Centre for a comprehensive overview of the battle. The centre features immersive displays and artifacts that bring the 18th-century conflict to life.

Clava Cairns

Just a short drive from Culloden, discover the ancient Clava Cairns, a group of Bronze Age burial mounds surrounded by standing stones.

These prehistoric sites offer a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s early inhabitants and spiritual practices. Your guide will explain the historical and astronomical significance of the cairns, set in a peaceful, picturesque landscape.

Inverness City Centre

Conclude your day with a leisurely exploration of Inverness city center. Stroll along the River Ness, visit the Victorian Market for local crafts and produce, and perhaps enjoy a coffee or afternoon tea in one of the city’s charming cafés.

Our tour planners will consult with you beforehand to recommend the best spots to soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant Highland capital.

Day 16: From Inverness to Oban via Ben Nevis and Glencoe

Glencoe in springtime
Glencoe, Scotland

Today is all about the glorious wild beauty and natural scenery of Scotland! Journey from Inverness, heading south towards Oban, with an adventurous day planned around the majestic Ben Nevis and the breathtaking landscapes of Glencoe.

Ben Nevis Viewing or Hiking Experience

Your day begins with a scenic drive towards Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak. Depending on your group’s preference and ability, choose between visiting the Ben Nevis Viewing Platform for panoramic views of the mountain and its surroundings or embarking on a guided hike to experience the mountain’s grandeur up close. Both options offer a unique perspective of the Scottish Highlands’ rugged beauty.

Glencoe Hiking or Driving Route

Continue your journey to Glencoe, known for its dramatic scenery and historical significance. Opt for a guided hike through the valley to fully appreciate the area’s natural beauty, or enjoy a driving route that takes you through the heart of Glencoe, with stops at essential viewpoints.

Your guide will share tales of the valley’s geological formations and the infamous Glencoe Massacre, where on February 13, 1692, members of the MacDonald clan were brutally killed by government forces led by Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon due to the MacDonalds’ failure to pledge allegiance to the new monarchs, William and Mary.

Arrival in Oban

Conclude your day with a drive to Oban, a charming coastal town known as the gateway to the Isles. As you settle into Oban, reflect on the day’s adventures through the Highlands, from the towering heights of Ben Nevis to the haunting beauty of Glencoe.

We were on a 3 month sabbatical of Europe and worked with over ten different tour professionals as we toured throughout Europe. Braw Tours stood out over and above all the others. If you are going to Scotland you must use Braw tours! We enjoyed Scotland so much and saw a side of Scotland we would not have seen otherwise. He customized the itinerary to fit our style and likes and we enjoyed every minute of the two weeks. He knew which places would be less crowded and avoided tour buses. We felt like we were in our own private Scotland. He knew the history and tall tales of Scotland. All of it was told with a great sense of humor. We also were able to learn a little about the Scotch industry with many a tasting. He was the consummate professional, always on time, with water and wifi always available, and once showing up in full kilt attire. You will not regret this tour.

Day 17: Exploring the Isle of Mull & Beyond

Isle of Iona, Iona Abbey, Scotland

It’s time for some Island hopping on a memorable ferry journey from Oban to the enchanting Isle of Mull. This day offers a unique opportunity to delve into the island’s serene beauty and choose between two distinct experiences: the spiritual Isle of Iona or the colorful town of Tobermory.

Isle of Mull Discovery

Upon arriving at the Isle of Mull, enjoy briefly exploring the island’s highlights, setting the stage for your day’s adventure.

Spiritual Journey to the Isle of Iona

Venture to the Isle of Iona, a place of profound tranquility and spiritual significance, home to the historic Iona Abbey, a cornerstone of Gaelic monasticism.

Despite its small population, Iona attracts those seeking peace and spiritual renewal. Tour the ancient abbey, immerse yourself in the island’s serene natural landscapes, and partake in reflective nature walks before returning to Mull in the evening.

Option 2: Vibrant Tobermory Exploration

tobermory - 7 Day Tour itinerary - Scotland
Tobermory, Scotland

Alternatively, explore Tobermory, Mull’s bustling main town, known for its picturesque Main Street lined with brightly painted buildings.

Discover the town’s artistic and cultural scene, including a visit to the local whisky distillery and arts center. For breathtaking views, hike the surrounding hills to gaze upon Tobermory and the expanse of the Scottish Inner Hebrides.

Conclude your day with a ferry ride back to Oban before retiring to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest.

Day 18 - Loch Lomond & Flight to Dublin

Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond, Scotland

Join your driver-guide at your accommodation in Oban in the morning for an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of Scotland to the vibrant city of Glasgow, followed by a short flight to Dublin, the heart of Ireland.

Loch Lomond Exploration

Your adventure starts with a scenic drive from Oban to the serene shores of Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and largest freshwater lochs.

Embark on a guided tour around the loch, soaking in the picturesque views, tranquil waters, and the lush greenery of the surrounding Trossachs National Park.

This peaceful setting provides a perfect opportunity to connect with Scotland’s natural beauty.

Journey to Glasgow

After experiencing the tranquility of Loch Lomond, rejoin your driver-guide for the drive to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, known for its rich industrial history and vibrant cultural scene.

Enjoy a brief exploration of the city’s key sights, from the stunning architecture of the Glasgow Cathedral to the bustling streets of the Merchant City, offering a glimpse into Glasgow’s dynamic urban landscape.

Flight to Dublin

Conclude your day by heading to Glasgow Airport for your short flight to Dublin. As you depart Scotland, reflect on the day’s diverse experiences, from the natural splendor of Loch Lomond to the urban energy of Glasgow.

Upon arrival in Dublin, check into your accommodation and spend the evening at leisure, perhaps exploring the city’s famed pubs and vibrant nightlife.

This day tour seamlessly blends the natural beauty of Scotland with its bustling city life, ending with the warm welcome of Dublin and setting the stage for your Irish adventures.

Day 19: Journey from Dublin to Galway

trinity College, Dublin
Trinity College, Ireland

Experience the vibrant heart of Ireland on Day 19 as you delve into Dublin’s rich tapestry of history, culture, and bustling street life, before making your way to the artistic haven of Galway.

Must-Visit Dublin Highlights

Begin your day in Dublin, where history and modernity intertwine to create a dynamic urban landscape. Enjoy the luxury of a chauffeured tour, complete with engaging narratives about Dublin’s most iconic landmarks and the illustrious personalities that have shaped the city.

O’Connell Street & The General Post Office (GPO): Stand at the site of the 1916 Easter Rising proclamation, a pivotal moment in Irish history.

Trinity College: Explore Ireland’s oldest university and marvel at the ancient ‘Book of Kells,’ a masterpiece of medieval art.

The Doors of Dublin: Stroll through the city’s streets to admire the distinctive and colorful doors that lend Dublin its unique charm.

The Guinness Storehouse: Experience the art of brewing and pour your own pint at this iconic brewery.

Galway Bound

After immersing yourself in the buzz of Dublin, your journey continues westward to Galway. As you traverse the country with your driver-guide, witness the changing landscapes, from the capital’s urban pulse to the Irish countryside’s serene beauty.

By mid-afternoon, you’ll arrive in Galway, a city renowned for its vibrant arts scene, medieval architecture, and coastal charm. Check into your accommodation and take the evening to relax and perhaps explore the city’s lively streets, where music and culture spill out from every pub and venue.

Day 20: Journey to the Cliffs of Moher with Cultural Stops Along the Way

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Your day begins with your driver-guide whisking you away from your lodging, setting course for Ireland’s stunning west coast and the iconic Cliffs of Moher, a symbol of Ireland’s natural grandeur.

Kinvara and Dunguire Castle Exploration

The first leg of your journey takes you to the charming fishing village of Kinvara, where the historic Dunguire Castle awaits.

Revel in the castle’s coastal beauty, explore the tower house, and, if timing allows, immerse yourself in a medieval banquet offering an evening of traditional Irish entertainment and fare.

The Burren Adventure

Next, venture into the limestone landscape of The Burren, a geological marvel hosting a vast array of Ireland’s native plant species.

Discover ancient sites like Poulnabrone Dolmen and the historic Celtic crosses of Kilfenora, tracing Ireland’s history from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age with your guide’s insights.

Cliffs of Moher

A visit to the Cliffs of Moher is an awe-inspiring experience, where the raw beauty of Ireland unfolds along the wild Atlantic edge.

Standing over 700 feet at their highest point, these majestic cliffs stretch for 5 miles, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the vast ocean, the Aran Islands, and the rugged Connemara landscapes.

As you stand atop these ancient rock formations, carved by time and the elements, the powerful winds and the sound of crashing waves below evoke a profound sense of wonder and connection to nature.

Journey to Killarney

After a day filled with natural wonders and cultural experiences, continue to Killarney, where you’ll settle into your accommodation for the evening, reflecting on the unforgettable sights and stories of Ireland’s west coast.

Day 21: Exploring the Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Your final day unfolds with a journey around the Ring of Kerry, a scenic loop that showcases some of Ireland’s most picturesque landscapes and natural wonders.

This iconic route offers a kaleidoscope of breathtaking vistas, from rugged coastlines to lush green hills.

Ring of Kerry Driving Route

As your driver-guide takes you on the Ring of Kerry’s winding roads. Each turn reveals new splendors, immersing you in the raw beauty of Ireland’s southwest.

Molls Gap and Mountain Pass

A highlight of your journey is the ascent through Molls Gap, a mountain pass that offers unparalleled views of the surrounding landscapes.

As you navigate this route, the panoramic sights of Skellig Island come into view. Its striking presence made it famous as a filming location for the Star Wars saga. The vista from Molls Gap provides a moment of awe, inviting you to marvel at the intertwining of nature’s grandeur with cinematic history.

As your journey around the Ring continues, your driver will showcase other notable landmarks and hidden gems along the route. Each stop and viewpoint offers a chance to capture memories and appreciate the diverse beauty of Kerry’s landscapes, from serene lakes to ancient stone forts.

Transfer to Airport

As the day concludes, you have the option to arrange a transfer directly to Dublin or Shannon Airport, marking the end of your journey through Ireland.

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