4 Day Private Tour of Scotland Itinerary
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Day 1: Tour from Edinburgh to Pitlochry
Your Braw Tour of Scotland begins as you are collected in Edinburgh, Capital of Scotland by your driver-guide.
We will be heading to Pitlochry, stopping at some sights along the way, including:
Firstly, we can stop for some photographs at the Kelpies (shape-shifting water spirits) – the largest equine sculptures in the world standing at 30-meter-high horse head sculptures which are a true feat of engineering.
Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre
Moving on we will visit the Falkirk Wheel is the world’s first and only rotating boat lift, designed and built to connect the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Union Canal which allows coast to coast navigation across central Scotland.
The magnificent structure stands 115ft tall and requires only the power of eight domestic kettles to sailboats through the air and transfer them between the two canals. The Falkirk Wheel has not only been described as a feat of engineering but as a work of art and is now an iconic Scottish landmark attracting over 500,000 visitors a year.
Next, we’ll head to Stirling Castle: one of Scotland’s most historically important sites which was once a favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle.
In its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. You can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honor, and servants who will welcome you into 16th-century life. If you want you can also dress in a period costume and play medieval instruments.
Other highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens, Tapestry Studio, and the nearby Argyll’s Lodging, a 17th-century townhouse.
Next on our tour is the beautiful Dunkeld Cathedral.
Dunkeld Cathedral stands on the north bank of the River Tay in Dunkeld, Perth, and Kinross, Scotland.
It is approached on foot through the narrow streets which lead you to the Cathedral’s ornate gates. With the river on one side and open land leading to hills on the other, the setting is idyllic. The site has been holy ground since about 730AD when Celtic missionaries built the first monastery here. The major development came in 848AD, when Kenneth MacAlpin, by then King of the Scots and of the Picts, rebuilt the original wattle buildings in red stone. Two years later Dunkeld became the religious center of Scotland when the relics of St Columba were moved here from Iona in the face of increasing Viking attacks on the west coast.
Finally, we’ll finish the day as we arrive at your accommodation in the bustling Victorian town of Pitlochry, gateway to the Highlands.
The BEST tour ever!! My husband and I had the privilege and honor of having Martine as our tour guide, while in Scotland. There are too many positive adjectives to describe our tour. Martine made sure that everyday was an amazing experience that we did not want to end. Because of Martine, we had an experience that was beyond our wildest dreams and from which we did not want to awaken. We just returned from our trip and are already planning our next foray to Scotland, with the help of Martine. Suffice it to say that if going to Scotland, you should choose Braw! You will not be disappointed. To Martine and Braw, THANK YOU and we look forward to seeing you, again!!!
Day 2: Pitlochry Private Day Trip
Today we will explore some of the sights surrounding the town of Pitlochry.
The first stop is The Queen’s View in Highland Perthshire which overlooks Loch Tummel and is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866. The Queen’s View Visitor Centre lies at the eastern edge of Loch Tummel and is surrounded by part of Tay Forest Park. As well as a stunning viewpoint overlooking the loch and beyond the iconic Schiehallion, the area offers a range of woodland walks suitable for all abilities.
The House of Bruar
We can stop for some shopping at The House of Bruar, Scotland’s answer to Harrods which is widely acknowledged as Scotland’s most prestigious independent store, and its regal stature at the gateway to the Highlands makes it clear to see why. The store offers an extensive range of high-quality products in both the Men’s and Ladies clothing halls. There is also a taste of luxury from gourmet produce, artisan treats, and a fine selection of whisky and spirits in the Food Hall – which also houses the award-winning in-store butchery and delicatessen. Housing the largest collection of Cashmere in the UK, you will be spoilt for choice in the Knitwear hall – which carries a large variety of high-quality natural fibers. The use of natural fibers extends further into their ample offerings of Tweed garments and accessories, reflecting the Scottish heritage within the brand.
Next on your tour today is Loch Morar, a freshwater loch in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It is the fifth-largest loch by surface area in Scotland, at 26.7 km2 (10.3 sq mi), and the deepest freshwater body in the British Isles with a maximum depth of 310 m (1,017 ft). The loch was created by glacial action around 10,000 years ago and has a surface elevation of 9 meters (30 ft) above sea level.
Next today we’ll be visiting Blair Castle.
The Castle is nestled in the landscape of Highland Perthshire and has been home to 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden following Bonnie Prince Charlie’s own stay in the castle.
Now we shall take a tour of Edradour Whisky Distillery.
Edradour is perhaps best known as one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, producing a mere 90,000 liters per annum with a workforce of just three. Established in 1825 in the hills of Pitlochry, Edradour (pronounced ‘EDD-ra-DOWer’) maintains its heritage as an almost artisanal distillery. The heart of the range, a ten-year-old, exhibits an unconventional charm, uncharacteristic of a highland single malt.
You will then be escorted back to your accommodation in Pitlochry.
Day 3: St Andrews Day Tour
On your third day we will depart Pitlochry for the final time and head to the historic town of St Andrews before finishing the day back in Edinburgh.
St Andrews is a charming and historic town that attracts visitors from all over the world. St Andrews is known worldwide as The Home of Golf, and also boasts Scotland’s oldest university.
St Andrews University, founded in 1410, dominates the center of town. The elegant, ivy-clad buildings and delightful quadrangles and gardens have seen a procession of famous graduates such as Prince William. One of the top universities in Britain, St Andrews is often compared to Oxford and Cambridge for its defining presence and the collegiate feel it gives to the town.
The Medieval center of St Andrews consists of a series of narrow alleys and cobbled streets with shops, restaurants, and cafés. Explore the castle, the now ruined cathedral, and the adjacent church of St Regulus, where you can climb the spiral staircase to the top of the 108 ft tower for magnificent views of the town and its surroundings.
After your explorations of the town are complete we will then take the scenic coastal route back to Edinburgh, passing through some little fishing villages. First, we will pass through Anstruther, a busy, seaside village which is most famous for its award-winning fish and chips which taste even better eaten in the fresh air overlooking the lovely harbor.
Next is Pittenweem: a fishing village that oozes charm. The harbor is a magnet for visitors. Photographers can take their pick between the brightly hulled fishing boats, or the jumble of red pantiled or grey slatted houses.
The Queensferry Crossing
As we approach Edinburgh we’ll cross over the newly built Queensferry Crossing where we will see 3 magnificent bridges which span the river Forth. Each of these bridges was built in a different century!
Finally, we will arrive in Edinburgh where you will spend the evening.
A Priceless Family Experience!! More than I could ever ask for. My family chose to use Braw for a private tour of over a week making the journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Our guide, Martine, has become like family to us. She answered every question we had, stopped wherever we wanted to wander, and throughout our trip continued to customize our experience to show the beauty of Scotland. It was terrific to ride with Martine as our travels were enriched with numerous personal, historical, and comedic stories, facts, and tidbits. And to deal with a family of four consistently for that many days, a TROOPER! The van was more than spacious, the communication before and during our tour was efficient and pleasing, and in the end, it was hard to say goodbye. Martine went above and beyond for my parents who were celebrating their marriage, decorated the van, and had some fun music to go with the festivities. Braw Scottish Tours is an unforgettable experience, and coming from a young adult, it made this trip with my family so much more special without anyone having to worry about the details. A priceless experience. Thank you!!
Day 4: Full Day Edinburgh Tour
Your final day touring with Braw Scottish Tours will be spent exploring Edinburgh.
Edinburgh lies on the East coast of Scotland, built upon a group of hills, and has a medieval old town and exquisite Georgian new town with gardens and neoclassical buildings that loom over the city.
You can a few of the following:
Proudly overlooking the nation’s capital city, we will visit Edinburgh Castle, one of the oldest, attractive and interesting fortified places in Europe. Alongside hosting the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, each section of the Castle has an exciting tale to tell, whether that’s as a Royal residence, military garrison, or more ominously, as a prison and fortress.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Next on our Edinburgh tour, we can visit the glorious Holyrood Palace – the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II.
We’ll spend an hour or so exploring the palace – including the 16th-century historic apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots – and its impressive surrounding grounds.
Royal Yacht Britannia
Continuing our Edinburgh adventure, we’ll visit perhaps one of the most famous (unsunk) ships in the world: The Royal Yacht Britannia.
This former floating palace spent 43 years traveling more than a million nautical miles around the globe in service of Her Majesty The Queen before (thankfully for us) being permanently berthed in Edinburgh – allowing the public to tour and explore this magnificent piece of engineering history.
Next, we can take a stroll along the winding paths and cobbled streets of the Royal Mile the main thoroughfare of the Old Town.
Finally, we can visit Arthur’s Seat: an extinct volcano and is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh. We can drive straight over the top of this hill (or you may enjoy a short hike instead) where we shall have wonderful views of the city.
After a long day exploring many of Edinburgh’s sites, we head back to your accommodation for the evening where alas, all good things must come to an end as we say our goodbyes until the next adventure.
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