Scottish Highlands Day Trip And Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Tour the Scottish Highlands on a day trip from Edinburgh, and then watch the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at night. Capturing the essence of Scotland in one day, the experience offers the perfect combination of Scottish Highland countryside, a whisky distillery tour with a sample and a guaranteed ticket to the Military Tattoo where festival-style performances and marches take place at Edinburgh Castles historical esplanade.

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After leaving central Edinburgh, travel by air-conditioned minibus to the city of Stirling to see the historical Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, one of the largest castles in Scotland. Having viewed each monument from the outside, head further through the scenic Trossachs National Park, hear tales of Rob Roy (the legendary Scottish folk hero), and enjoy impressive views of the untouched nature of the Scottish Highlands.
Travel along the banks of tranquil Loch Earn into the beautiful Highlands region of Perthshire, where you have the option to learn about the production of Scottish whisky on a local whisky distillery tour. Learn about the barley and malt used to produce the peaty notes of a good Scotch, and sample a shot of whisky made on site. Next, explore the peaceful Hermitage pleasure grounds and take a short woodland walk to see some spectacular waterfalls as well as Ossians Cave and the River Braan. A break for lunch (own expense) is included either at the whisky distillery or at the Hermitage pleasure grounds.
Return to Edinburgh in the early evening, passing the medieval Dunkeld Cathedral and Forth Bridge, and then enjoy free time to relax and eat dinner (own expense) before making your own way to Edinburgh Castle for the Military Tattoo.
Set on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo includes acts by performers from around the world. The action-packed program features hundreds of Commonwealth participants with appearances from the Massed Pipers and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, cultural troupes, singers and the Lone Piper.
The evening event typically lasts around 1.5 hours and finishes at the esplanade. If you book the experience for a Saturday, the tattoo is followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the city. Food and drink stands can be found on site; just note that any items are at your own expense.

Inclusions for Scottish Highlands Day Trip And Edinburgh Military Tattoo

  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Professional guide
  • Whisky distillery tour, shot of whisky included
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket
  • Entrance to a firework display after the tattoo if Saturday date selected

Exclusions for Scottish Highlands Day Trip And Edinburgh Military Tattoo

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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The Castlehill location at Edinburgh Castle, where the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place, is reached via a short walk along an old cobbled street of some 262 feet (80 meters) and on a steep incline. Some people may find this difficult. There is another 197-foot (60-meter) walk including several steps before the steeply tiered seating area is reached

Minimum age is 5 years

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • The highlands day tour was not quite as advertised. Rather than being in a small minivan, we were in a large tourist bus with Graham as the tour guide.
    That having been said, the tour was an excellent one, and well worth the time. The stop at the Glenturret Distillery makers of The Famous Grouse provided a fascinating and informative tour of the distillery itself. The distillery tour allowed us to see the key ingredients in scotch whiskey and to see the various steps of the distillation process in action. This one is not to be missed if one is interested in how scotch whiskey is made.
    The stop at the Wallace Monument was worthwhile as well, but we appreciated the recommendation too not bother with entering he monument. Just climbing the hill provided a sufficient lookout over the battleground and across to Stirling Castle.
    The highlight of this tour was the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh Castle! We saw this on the last performance. Very impressive! And the Saturday events are capped with a wonderful fireworks display. Do not miss this one!

  • Our trip was fantastic and our guide, Graham was so nice and informative. Honestly, it was the highlight of our trip to Edinburgh. The tattoo was certainly awe inspiring, but our guide during the day trip was as good as they get.

  • This tour was the highlight of our Scotland trip. While we drove through the beautiful countryside, our driver/tour guide, Ben, played wonderful modern and traditional Scottish tunes in between giving us the lowdown on Scottish history. The distillery tour was fascinating and we appreciated the chances to stretch our legs with walks at the Hermitage and in a little village. We had great seats for the Tattoo which was spectacular. I highly recommend this tour as a way to see a lot of Scotland in one day.

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