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Classic Scotland

Edinburgh – Fort William – Inverness – Dundee

Classic Scotland

Welcome to Scotland

Highlights

This Classic Scotland tour is a great introduction to the country of Scotland, where you will be able to experience the most beloved cities as well as the dramatic countryside. With this tour, you will be able to enjoy Scotland’s most known features: the gorgeous highlands, mountains, and lochs.

Consult with your Travel Specialist to ensure the top places you are eager to visit are included in your trip and booked in advance! There will be a lot of time for leisure where you will be able to get to know Scotland on your own and at your own speed.

Make it Yours

  • Accommodation- Scotland offers multiple types of lodging such as luxurious and boutique hotels as well as castle properties!  Juniper will select where you stay based on your preferences.
  • Transportation- Juniper will provide transportation throughout the tour while traveling to the different locations based on your budget, as well as airport transfers if needed.
  • Day Tours and Entrance Tickets- Juniper ensures all selected tours and experiences are pre-scheduled to provide a smooth and exhilarating travel experience!

Classic Scotland Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh

Indulge in Scottish Culture through a tour of the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Edinburgh Castle. We recommend spending the evening at a Scottish pub, enjoying the national beverage of Scotland, whisky.

Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 2: Edinburgh

Explore the history of Scotland through a walking tour of Underground Edinburgh, where one can travel back to the 18th century. Traverse beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town, through the Edinburgh Vaults, where poorer citizens once had to live. Enjoy the afternoon with a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. We also recommend a visit to the National Museum of Scotland before leaving the city of Edinburgh.

Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 3: Edinburgh to Loch Lomond

Begin the day with a short 45 minute ride to Stirling Castle, where you will get a tour of one of the largest castles in Scotland, and the site of countless battles. Spend the rest of the day kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and/or relaxing in Loch Lomond, one of Great Britain’s largest lakes. We also suggest a Sightseeing Boat Cruise on Loch Lomond for a chance to see some exquisite views with English commentary and refreshments on board.

Overnight in Balloch

Day 4: Loch Lomond to Glencoe Valley

Explore the majestic valley of Glencoe that is notorious for its natural mountainous scenery. Visit the small village of Glencoe for a bite to eat, and later explore the more populous village of Fort William. Indulge in a tour with activities such as hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities that are offered all throughout the area to experience the best of Glencoe Valley. Experience the gorgeous highway A82 and ride the 12-mile Glen Etive Road, which follows Loch Etive, leading to Fort William. In Fort William, we recommend visiting Steall Falls, located a short walk through the majestic Nevis Gorge to capture stunning views of the mountains and the UK’s second tallest waterfall. 

Overnight in Fort William

Day 5: Fort William to Isle of Skye

Take a little over a two-hour ride to visit one of the most breathtaking and otherworldly places on Earth, Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Experience sea cliffs, castles, lighthouses, rock pools, and even spot some Scottish Highland Cows. After lunch, we will take you on the famous two-mile round-trip hike to Old Man of Storr, one of Skye’s most iconic hikes. We also recommend visiting the tiny town of Sligachan, a short bus ride from Portree and a wonderful place for dinner with a stunning view.

Overnight in Portree

Day 6: Isle of Skye

Spend the day exploring more of the majestic Isle of Skye. Spend the morning touring Dunvegan Castle, which is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. In the afternoon, we will tour Kilt Rock, where one can see dramatic cliffs on the ocean, as well as Mealt Falls. We recommend catching a show at the Aros Centre in Portree to experience local culture. 

Overnight in Portree

Day 7: Skye to Inverness

Explore the Scottish Highlands’ biggest city, Inverness. Just outside of the city, we will visit Urquhart Castle and the famous Loch Ness. Enjoy lunch in the city, and then spend the afternoon touring Clava Cairns, where you will learn about the history of the well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery. We recommend visiting the Inverness Cathedral to view more of Scotland’s unique architecture. 

Overnight in Inverness

Day 8: Inverness to Aviemore

Get to see Scotland’s only other national park, Cairngorms National Park. Cairngorms comprise one-quarter of Scotland’s native forest, some of the UK’s highest elevations, and one-quarter of the rare and endangered species in the UK. Optional: 3-hour drive to hiking location, all-day hike around Loch Lee, up to Falls of Unich, and continue to the Falls of Damff. Lunch would be included and brought during the hike (9.6-mile loop, 15.44 km). For the morning, we will go for a waterfall tour, where we will do a little bit of hiking to see the Falls of Pattack (3-mi loop). You will have time to enjoy lunch in Aviemore, and then the afternoon could be spent touring Braemar and Balmoral Castles, located 1.5 hours away.

Overnight in Aviemore

Day 9: Aviemore to Dundee

Wander through Scotland’s fourth most populous city, Dundee. We will begin the day touring Glamis Castle, a 17th-century fairytale castle. Later visit the Balmerino Abbey to learn more about the history of Dundee, Scotland. We recommend visiting the V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, or McManus Art Gallery and Museum, home to artworks spanning almost 400 million years. 

Overnight in Dundee

Day 10: Dundee to Edinburgh

Mar sin leibh an drásta. We hope you had a fabulous vacation in Scotland with Juniper Tours!

Your Classic Scotland tour at a glance:

Classic Scotland Highlights:

Selected activities based on your interests:

*Options include, but are not limited to

Why We Love this Tour

This Classic Scotland tour offers a great introduction to some of Scotland’s best attractions. You will also be able to hear the historical background of each of the places you visit. This tour offers a strong direction of places that we recommend visiting but is entirely flexible for you to have the freedom to choose where you would like to go. You and your loved ones will have the opportunity to spend 12 days living like a Scot! 

We love this itinerary because it features some of Scotland’s most popular cities and destinations. This tour is enriched with history through exploring castles, palaces, and underground vaults. Scotland also provides a dramatic and romantic backdrop that will be displayed through the multiple destinations on this tour. 

Why We Love Edinburgh 

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh, is especially attractive due to their rustic buildings and vast collection of medieval and classic architecture. It is often referred to as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe, enriched with culture and history. Edinburgh is also known as the world’s best festival city, with seven large festivals occurring throughout the year. In this tour, you will be able to explore the charming Edinburgh Castle, and wander the cobblestone streets of the city.  

Why We Love Balloch 

Balloch is known as the gateway to The Trossachs National Park and is situated at the southern end of Loch Lomond, Great Britain’s largest freshwater lake. The small town has numerous hotels and an abundance of activities such as boat cruises, fishing, and water sports including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, and water skiing. Enjoy the alluring mountains of the national park as well as the beautiful Loch Lomond by staying in this town! 

Why We Love Fort William 

Fort William sits in the shadows of Ben Nevis, where you can decide to go for a hike, or enjoy a ride up the mountain in the cable car. This town of around 6,000 people is an outdoor lover’s paradise and has attracted film makers from all over the world. Scenes from the movies Braveheart and Harry Potter were filmed in and around Fort William. You will be able to enjoy two nights of staying in this magical town! 

Why We Love Portree 

Portree is the capital town of Skye, the isle known for its rugged landscape and fairytale aesthetic. The town was created as a fishing village, but now has everything a visitor could need, such as banks, churches, cafes, restaurants, a cinema, a swimming pool, gift and book shops, and supermarkets. Spending two nights in this town will give you time to explore the countless opportunities for adventure on Skye! 

Why We Love Inverness 

Inverness is a small city situated in the Scottish Highlands rich with history, with the nearby Battlefield of Culloden and Urquhart Castle. This is also a beautiful place to stay when visiting the famous Loch Ness. You might get a chance to spot the iconic Loch Ness Monster! This beautiful city has its own castle and is known to see the northern lights multiple times throughout the year. 

Why We Love Aviemore 

Despite having a population of less than 4,000 people, Aviemore is the central town in Cairngorms National Park, the largest of the UK’s national parks. This town is known for its remarkable lochs, hill walking in the Cairngorm Mountains, and winter sports, making it a great destination to visit year-round!  

Why We Love Dundee 

The fourth most populous city in Scotland, Dundee is known for being an artistic hub in Scotland, with spectacular attractions, sights, and world-renowned creations. Dundee offers a diverse range of restaurants, bars, shopping, art and design galleries, and music and events. Explore the abundant museums and hang out with the friendly locals in Dundee! 

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