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Scotland on Film

Price: From $998.00 per person 6 Nights

Hollywood loves magnificent settings, allure, and places that spark our imagination. It’s no surprise then, that the movie business has had a love affair with Scotland for years. From Harry Potter & Rob Roy to James Bond & The DaVinci Code, there are a variety of landmarks & locations for a movie afficionados to explore. While you discover the footprints of classic movies and stars, you'll stay in unique & cozy lodgings as you travel.

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Tour Highlights:

  • 'Hogwarts Express' Scenic Train Ride
  • Ghosts & Ghouls Walking Tour of Edinburgh
  • Visit Stirling Castle & The Wallace Monument
  • Explore Mystical Lochs Ness & Lomond
  • Enjoy Stunning Scenery at Glencoe
  • Gaze in Awe at Eilean Donan & Doune Castles
  • Spend 2 Nights in Wonderful Edinburgh
  • See Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile & much more!

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Callander, Scotland

Arrive at

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport. If arriving from the U.S., please note that your flight is overnight.

Edinburgh is a small airport, ensuring that your experience there is a pleasant one. The airport is located 8 miles west of downtown Ediunburgh, and it takes approximately 30 minutes to make the journey by car or bus.


Accommodation

Westerton House - More Info - Callander, Scotland

Guesthouse
Room Type: Green/Gold Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 4.00pm on your day of arrival. If you expect to arrive after 7.00pm, please call the owner in advance to advise on 01877 330 147.


Enroute Sightseeing

Doune Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Doune Castle is located in the town of Doune in Central Scotland. Doune is located approx. 8 miles northwest of Stirling along the A84 road to Callander. Callander is a further 16 miles northwest of the Castle.

Doune Castle has a rich and varied history, dating from the late 1300s. It's a fascinating place and visitors get a real sense of what life was like in a living, working castle. A labryrinthine collection of rooms, passageways and staircases are available to explore, and The Lord's Hall is particularly well-preserved. Many people however, visit the castle for reasons other than a history lesson! If it looks familiar, that's not surprising, as Doune regularly appears in TV shows and movies. Currently, Doune stars as Castle Leoch, the seat of Clan MacKenzie, in the acclaimed 'Outlander' TV series. The Castle is used for exterior scenes of the fictional Castle Leoch, but production designers also used molds of the architecture at Doune to build sets at the studio, for interior castle shots! Doune is also the castle used in most 'castle scenes' of the cult 1975 movie 'Monty Python & The Holy Grail'. Doune is a big draw for the many fans of the Monty Python movies. More recently, Doune Castle has once again gained fame - this time on TV, for its use in the opening episode of the excellent mini-series, 'Game of Thrones'. CGI technology played a large part in transforming Doune into Winterfell, home of the Starks in George R.R. Martin's HBO series. The interior was later used for the great feast scene, when King Robert Baratheon comes to call on the Starks.


Enroute Sightseeing

Wallace Monument, Scotland

On The Map: The Wallace Monument is located just north of Stirling City. It is signposted from both the town centre and the main A91 road.

William Wallace (1270 – 1305) was a powerful man with bright eyes. Standing more than six and a half feet tall, he was a veritable giant in a time when most men were five-feet-tall! Wallace spent his childhood near Stirling under the supervision of his uncle, a priest. Wallace probably led a comfortable and peaceful life as a child, and must have trained in the martial arts of the time, including horsemanship and swordsmanship. When King Edward I, known as Edward "Longshanks,” came to the throne of England in 1272, a reign of tyranny and terror began to subdue the Scots and cement English rule. Life had changed, and when Wallace came of age, he fought. The 220-ft National Wallace Monument commemorates the great man and his valiant fight for Scotland’s independence. Visitors will learn about Wallace’s dramatic tale in detail, as well as other national heroes like Robert the Bruce and Rabbie Burns. . Most electrifying is the “talking head’, which presents Wallace’s defense before his brutal execution in 1305. When you climb to the top, you’ll see Wallace’s amazing and massive two-handed broadsword, and the 360 degree view is extraordinary.


Enroute Sightseeing

Stirling Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Stirling is located in the town of Stirling in Central Scotland. Stirling is less than 45 minutes on the M80/A80 from Glasgow to the southwest & 1 hour on the M9 motorway from Edinburgh to the southeast.

Stirling Castle sits high on a rocky crag above the town. It is a magnificent castle and is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. Stirling occupied a key position in Scotland’s battle for independence. Seven battlefields can be seen from the castle, and the 220-foot Wallace Monument at Abbey Craig recalls William Wallace’s (the Scottish Hero on which the movie 'Braveheart' was based) defeat of the British in 1297 at Stirling Bridge. For generations Scotland’s royalty gathered at Stirling Castle to revel in its impressive buildings, superb sculptures, fine craftsmanship and beautiful gardens. Today Visitors can do the same. Highlights include The Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Regimental Museum of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, The Great Kitchens and Tapestry Studio. Guided tours of the castle help bring its rich and colourful past to life in vivid detail.


Overnight Location

Callander, Scotland

On The Map: Callander is located in central Scotland, barely an hour north of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and only 15 miles northwest of Stirling on the A84 road.

Callander is a bustling town at the gateway to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and indeed the Highlands. It’s a popular base for exploring the National Park, often referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ and of course, 'Rob Roy Country'. Set dramatically beneath high, wooded crags, the colourful, characterful town offers a variety of teashops, souvenir, gift and woollen stores. Of particular note is the Rob Roy & Trossachs Visitor Centre - hard to miss as it’s located in a converted church, right on the town square. Here, you can learn all about the Highland Rogue’s colourful history and daring escapades. The ‘Scottish Robin Hood’s’ final resting place is in Balquhidder Kirkyard, in the village of Balquhidder, just 13 miles north of town. Another interesting diversion is the Hamilton Toy Collection & Museum. Located in the heart of town, this warren-like store proudly displays all kinds of toys from the last 100 years. Admission is £2.00 per person - be prepared for a nostalgic walk down memory lane!


Callander, Scotland

Accommodation

Westerton House - More Info - Callander, Scotland

Guesthouse
Room Type: Green/Gold Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 4.00pm on your day of arrival. If you expect to arrive after 7.00pm, please call the owner in advance to advise on 01877 330 147.


Must-See Sites

Rob Roy's Grave, Scotland

On The Map: The final resting place of Rob Roy MacGregor is in the little village of Balquhidder, just 13 miles north of Callander town on the A84 road. As you enter the village from the east, a small right-hand turn leads to the village kirkyard.

Balquhidder Kirkyard (Cemetery) is situated on the lower slopes of the north side of Balquhidder Glen. Worship is evident here for more than 4000 years, and the Celts believed it to be a ‘thin place’, where the divide between the spiritual and earthly worlds is slight. In 1734 the famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor, was buried a little to the east of the Old Church. Here he still lays, with his wife and two of their sons alongside. The rail at the graves was a later addition, and wrongly reports his age at death as 70, instead of 63. The plaque mentioning his title ‘MacGregor Despite Them’ was added in 1981, and refers to the name of the Clan MacGregor being outlawed since 1603. At the time, it was a capital offence to even carry the name MacGregor, and with good reason – Rob Roy’s ancestors had twice fought and slaughtered rival clans in the glen. Rob Roy’s full fascinating story is told at The Rob Roy & Trossachs Visitor Centre, located in the heart of Callander town.


Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland

On The Map: Loch Lomond is located in Central Scotland, approx. 20 miles northwest of Glasgow. The main A82 road runs along the west shore of the lake en route to Fort William and beyond to Inverness.

Encompassing approx 720 square miles, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs became Scotland’s first National Park in 2002. Originally made famous by the novels of Sir Walter Scott in the early 1800s, The Trossachs has been enjoyed as the ‘Highlands in Miniature’ by tourists ever since. For two centuries, people have come here to walk, climb, cycle and sail, to breathe fresh clean air and drink in the spectacular views. The landscapes covered by the Park range from the uplands of Breadalbane to the sea lochs of Argyll, and included within its area is the whole of Scotland's largest loch, Loch Lomond. The northern end of the loch is deep and narrow, with mountains on either side, including the iconic Ben Lomond. The southern half of the loch is much more pastoral and is home to many islands. The surrounding mountainous areas include 21 ‘Munros’ (individual mountains over 3000ft); 20 ‘Corbetts’ (individual mountains over 2,500ft); and two forest parks. To appreciate the very best of the Trossachs, we recommend the route of the Duke’s Pass from Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine.


Fort William, Scotland

Accommodation

Buccleuch Guesthouse - More Info - Fort William, Scotland

Guesthouse
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 3.00pm & 6.00pm on your day of arrival. If you expect to arrive outside these hours, please contact the owner in advance on 01397 701 276.


Overnight Location

Fort William, Scotland

On The Map: Fort William sits at the head of Loch Linnhe, and the foot of the Great Glen and snow-peaked Ben Nevis. The major A82 road runs through town connecting it with Glasgow to the south & Inverness to the northeast.

Fort William got its name from the original fort built here in 1650 to keep the Highland clans in order. It's a convenient touring base for the Northwest of Scotland, and a popular hub for walkers, mountaineers, and scenery lovers of every type. Its appeal is not that of a destination town, but rather its location to some of the most stunning natural beauty in Scotland. Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest, and most rugged is the most obvious draw, but it's certainly not all. The West Highland Museum on Cameron Square exhibits the 18th century “Secret Portrait of Prince Charles.” This was done when all paintings of Stuarts were completed in obscure swirls so the viewer didn’t get into trouble for having any connection, at all, to the Stuart side of the Royal family. Just northeast of town is the acclaimed “Treasures of the Earth,” one of Europe’s finest collections of crystals and gemstones. The “Underwater Center,” on the banks of Loch Linnhe, is the world’s leading diving instruction and training center. Also north of town are the impressive ruins of Inverlochy Castle.


Must-See Sites

Glencoe, Scotland

On The Map: Glencoe runs east-west along the route of the main A82 road. Fort William is a mere 16 miles to the north, while Glasgow is 90 miles to the south

'Glen Coe' is probably Scotland’s most famous and scenic Highland glen – and deservedly so - it really does merit the description 'spectacular'. The best approach is from the south on the A82, one of the major routes through the Highlands. The road climbs over the bleak expanse of Rannoch Moor and drops down between the steep scree-strewn sides of Glencoe. Awesome mountains such as Buachaille Etive Mor and the Three Sisters loom on either side, with riverine scenery at the bottom of the glen. The area is a paradise for walkers and climbers in all seasons, and skiers and snowboarders in the winter. The name Glencoe means 'Valley of Weeping', and has a haunting atmosphere as a result of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. This was carried out by the British army, when the chief of the MacDonalds of Glencoe had been slow to swear allegiance to William of Orange. The picturesque village of Glencoe lies at the northwest end of the glen. In the TV series Outlander, Glencoe features in the show's opening credits. It has also starred on the big screen, in Harry Potter movies, Highlander and Rob Roy.


Glencoe in Movies, Scotland

On The Map: Glencoe runs east-west along the route of the main A82 road. Fort William is a mere 16 miles to the north, while Glasgow is 90 miles to the south.

Glencoe has starred in many movies. It is here that the dramatic landscapes around Hogwarts Castle were filmed. Hagrid’s Hut, the Turreted Gatehouse, and the Bridge to Nowhere were all constructed in Clachaig Gully in Glencoe (just north of the Clachaig Inn), overlooking the Torren Lochan and the Signal Rock forest. These structures were initially used in movie three - Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban. But the creators of Harry Potter were not the first to recognize the stunning potential of Glencoe. The battle scene at the beginning of 'Highlander' was filmed near the pyramid shaped Buachaille Etive Beag mountain at the eastern end of Glencoe. The location used for the tower and forge in Highlander is in an area of Glencoe called The Study - a viewpoint looking towards the Three Sisters mountains. The Study is also used in Rob Roy when Liam Neeson's character catches up with the band of cattle rustlers at the start of the movie. Later on in the movie this spot again appears as the track where Rob Roy and his captors are seen against the backdrop of the Three Sisters.


Glen Nevis, Scotland

On The Map: Glen Nevis is located approx. 3 miles southeast of Fort William. From town, head northeast on the A82 road, then turn right onto Belford Road to access the Glen.

Aside from its wonderful natural beauty, Glen Nevis has been the location for quite a few recent Hollywood movies. A number of scenes from Braveheart were filmed, including Wallace & Murron's wedding. 'Lanark' fort and village were constructed in the Glen, where Wallace later exacts his bloody revenge on the Sheriff. All traces of the movie set were removed after filming, with the exception of the 'Braveheart Car Park', which is now in regular use. To find the 'Lanark' village/fort filming site, drive up the glen past the Braveheart Car Park until the road moves away from the stream and rises up the right hand slope. Stop at the high point - the village/fort location lies below towards the far (north) side of the valley. The Glen also provided the backdrop for many scenes from Rob Roy, including Rob Roy's village, which was constructed here. Rob Roy film crews were just getting started in the Glen, as the Braveheart crew packed-up! Almost a decade later, the Glen again hit the silver screen, this time as the location for the Quidditch Match scenes in Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone, as well as the Chamber of Secrets. CGI added Hogwarts Castle to a ridge of Ben Nevis for the Quidditch scene.


Fort William, Scotland

Accommodation

Buccleuch Guesthouse - More Info - Fort William, Scotland

Guesthouse
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 3.00pm & 6.00pm on your day of arrival. If you expect to arrive outside these hours, please contact the owner in advance on 01397 701 276.


Included Experiences

The Jacobite Steam Train aka Hogwarts Express

Fort William, Scotland

On The Map: This West Coast Railways journey runs from the town of Fort William (at the foot of Ben Nevis) to Mallaig, a busy fishing port on Scotland's western coast.

Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain's most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig, and passes close to the deepest freshwater loch in Britain - Loch Morar. The highlight of the journey for movie fans is crossing the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct. The scene (pictured) has received worldwide fame, owing to its use in the Harry Potter movies. In the second movie (Chamber of Secrets) Harry & Ron swoop and dive in their flying Ford Anglia, as the train crosses the viaduct - a particularly memorable scene! Some of the carriages of the train are those actually used in the Harry Potter films. Beyond the viaduct, the train next stops in the charming town of Glenfinnan. After Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and the train's final destination, Mallaig. When passing Morar, keep an eye out for the silvery beaches used in the films 'Highlander' and 'Local Hero'.  (Train runs from mid-May to October only.)


Must-See Sites

Eilean Donan Castle on Film, Scotland

On The Map: Eilean Donan Castle is located on the west coast of Scotland. At the meeting point of three sea lochs, the castle is situated by the picturesque village of Dornie on A87 road -  the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye.

As one of Scotland's most iconic & picturesque castles, it will come as no surprise that the structure has featured in quite a few Hollywood movies. At the beginning of the 1986 movie Highlander, Clan MacLeod sets off for battle to the village of Glenfinnan. The location for the Castle and village was Eilean Donan. In the 1999 James Bond movie, 'The World is not Enough', the castle (with many added aerials and satellite dishes!) features as the northern base of the  British Secret Service. Eilean Donan has had bit parts in many other movies, including Rob Roy, Loch Ness, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Entrapment, Elizabeth: The Golden Age & Made of Honor.


Loch Ness, Scotland

On The Map: Loch Ness is a long stretch of freshwater, extending for approx. 23 miles southwest of the northern city of Inverness.

Loch Ness holds more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in the U.K. put together. Is it any wonder that a monster would choose to live there? During the Ice Age, glaciers tore and deepened a trench halfway through Scotland, creating a long glen of steep, forested mountains and mysterious lochs. Castles and forts abound, bearing witness to the Great Glen’s strategic importance. There is, of course, the elusive Loch Ness monster. She still attracts scientific interest, so keep your camera ready! Loch Ness is almost 1,000 feet deep and, on most days, has unusually black water, owing to the high peat content of the surrounding soil. This is an immensely atmospheric loch that is surrounded by everything you could hope for: mountains, castles, abbey ruins, and several enchanting villages. Loch Ness is worth every ounce of its fame.


Fort Augustus, Scotland

On The Map: Fort Augustus is located at the southern end of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The main A82 road connecting Fort William (to the southwest) and Inverness (to the northwest), passes right through town.

Fort Augustus takes its name from the fort built in this location, after the defeat of the 1715 Jacobite uprising. It named after King George II's younger son, Prince William Augustus, who later became the Duke of Cumberland. The infamous "Butcher Cumberland" was responsible for repressing the Highlands and destroying the ancient clan system after the final defeat of the 1745 Jacobite uprising at Culloden. Today, almost nothing remains of the original fort, although parts thereof were incorporated into the Benedictine Abbey (pictured) when it was built in 1876. Fort Augustus’ main attraction (aside from the natural beauty of its surrounds) is the Caledonian Canal, which bisects the town. The canal connects Corpach near Fort William with Clachnaharry in Inverness, was completed in 1822, and at 60 miles long can be regarded as one of Scotland's greatest engineering feats.  To the north the canal enters Loch Ness, and within the village itself is a series of stacked locks that provide a relaxing and entertaining spectacle. Immediately next to the locks is the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre - an excellent place in which to gain an insight into the history and operation of the Canal. This area is part of a very attractive village centre, built along either side of the locks. The Clansmen Centre is another interesting diversion, where appropriately attired guides demonstrate 17th century clan weaponry, and provide insights into what clan life was really like.


Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Eilean Donan Castle is located on the west coast of Scotland. At the meeting point of three sea lochs, the castle is situated by the picturesque village of Dornie on A87 road -  the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye.

Could there be a finer setting for a castle?  Possibly not. Eilean Donan is one of Scotland’s, and indeed the worlds, most photographed castles.  Snuggled on an island off the hilly shores of Loch Duich, this castle was built in the 13th century.  Ruined during one of the Jacobite risings in the early 18th century, it was restored to all its glory some two centuries later when Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. He proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932, and it is now the headquarters of the Clan McRae. Today, you can explore nearly every part of the castle, and enjoy a journey through the history of the area. The Castle now has its own visitor centre, which includes the Ticket Office, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop and toilets.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel - More Info - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2.00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12.00 noon.


Enroute Sightseeing

Blair Athol Distillery, Scotland

On The Map: Blair Athol Single Malt Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry. Pitlochry is located in the very heart of Scotland. Cairngorms National Park is very close by to the north, and Edinburgh less than 1.5 hours to the south via the A9 road.

The first documented evidence of a distillery on the present site dates from 1798 when John Stewart and Robert Robertson founded a distillery which they named "Aldour" - after the Allt Dour - the 'burn of the otter'. Blair Athol is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. The distillery produces a 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, with a mellow deep-toned aroma, a strong fruity flavour and a smooth finish. Blair Athol wins hearts through its contribution to the Bell's Blend, the most popular blended whisky in the U.K. A guided tour of the distillery includes a dram of Blair Athol single malt. The adult admission charge of £5.00 includes a discount voucher, redeemable in the well stocked distillery shop towards the purchase of a 70cl bottle of malt whisky. Children under 8 years are welcome but are not admitted to the production areas.


Enroute Sightseeing

Pitlochry, Scotland

On The Map: Pitlochry is located in the very heart of Scotland. Cairngorms National Park is very close by to the north, and Edinburgh less than 1.5 hours to the south via the A9 road.

When Queen Victoria fell in love with the Highlands of Scotland, Pitlochry was a quiet village surrounded by the pine-covered hills of the Central Highlands. It became famous when she named it one of the finest resorts in Europe, and visitors began arriving to discover the magic of the Highlands. This vibrant town in the wooded valley of the River Tummel runs along a main street that’s lined with shops and eating places. It bustles with visitors, but relax and go with the flow. Look behind the busy-ness, and you’ll see the charming, Highland Victorian town that is still Pitlochry. Pitlochry is farther from the sea than any other place in Scotland, and it makes a good base for exploring the surrounding scenery, which is spectacular.


Overnight Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

On The Map: Edinburgh is located in the southeast of Scotland. Edinburgh is well served by a good network of roads and motorways, including the M8 from Glasgow to the west, and A68 from Newcastle, England to the southeast.

Edinburgh knows how to welcome travelers with grace and charm. She also knows how to kick up her heels and enjoy a nice shot of Scotch Whisky after a festival. The hill that Edinburgh Castle stands upon has been Scotland’s remarkable silent witness since the Bronze Age. Today her streets are filled with cutting-edge galleries and museums, tributes to the love of literature and music, fine cuisine, quirky shops, theater, and an extravagance of festivals. Four ancient streets, called the Royal Mile, are the main thoroughfare.  Running through medieval Edinburgh with her 66 alleys, tumbling shops, cobblestones, and tight homes the Royal Mile takes you to New Town.  Here you’ll stroll through fine gardens, perfect Georgian architecture and broad squares. The mix of time, while lost in time, is a heady brew. There may be no finer city than Edinburgh Scotland, to participate in the gifts of the past with an eye to a brilliant future. 


Must-See Sites

The Royal Mile, Scotland

On The Map: The Royal Mile is located in Old Town Edinburgh, and runs between Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace.

The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare of Old Town Edinburgh, and boasts a number of famous historical sites and buildings, as well as an impressive array of shops, eateries and pubs. The Royal Mile is actually more than a mile by 107 yards. It starts at the entrance to Edinburgh Castle & ends at the gates of Holyrood Palace. There are several independently named streets which connect to make up the Royal Mile: Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Cannongate, and Abbey Strand. The major attractions on the Royal Mile are: Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, The National Museum of Scotland & Camera Obscura - Scotland's oldest purpose-built attraction.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel - More Info - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2.00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Ghostly Underground Walking Tour

Edinburgh, Scotland

This is a light-hearted & entertaining walking tour, focussing on Edinburgh's ghoulish past....and ghostly present! The best way to enjoy the city's grim, grisly and ghostly past, is to hear it directly from Edinburgh's ghoulish ancestors… The infamous ‘Edinburgh Mob’ loved the ‘entertainment’ of blood, guts and gore. And there was plenty provided, especially at the Mercat Cross. Your hosts will trouble you with true tales of gruesome punishment & unsettled spirits. They relish imparting tales of life & death, in Old Edinburgh...some a little too close for comfort. You’ll visit the shadowy closes where the ghosts still cling to the ancient sites. You'll also descend into the famously haunted Blair Street Vaults, where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still haunt her present.


Must-See Sites

Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

On The Map: Rosslyn Chapel is located just 7 miles south of Edinburgh, in the village of Roslin. Lothian Bus 15A and First Bus 62 operate hourly services from Edinburgh City Centre to Roslin.

Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, the last St Clair Prince of Orkney. Sir William St Clair’s plan was to build a grand cross-shaped cathedral, but work stopped shortly after he died. Although Sir William’s ambitions for a larger cathedral were never realised, the Chapel that was built is quite extraordinary. Every master mason of the time took an artistic turn while building the chapel, such is the variety of styles and subjects. The chapel features intricate carvings and 32 different forms of arch - practically every surface of Rosslyn Chapel is covered with carvings of individual figures and scenes! Most interesting of all are the carvings of New World plants that predate Columbus’s voyage by almost 100 years...no one is quite sure just how that is possible! People travel from all over the world to see the carvings, and there are many different interpretations of their meanings. Myths, legends and Hollywood fiction have all contributed to Rosslyn's unique sense of mystery and wonder. The chapel has most recently gained notoriety from the movie, 'The Da Vinci Code'. The movie links Rosslyn to the Knights Templar, and claims it to be the resting place of the Holy Grail. There is actually quite a bit of historic evidence to support this theory!


Royal Yacht Britannia, Scotland

On The Map: The Britannia is berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith - just 2 miles north of the heart of Edinburgh. Majestic Tour Buses depart regularly from Waverley Bridge in the centre of town, and stop at the Royal Botanic Gardens en route.

Discover the floating palace that served the British Royal Family for over forty years from 1954. This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. The Queen played a large role in the design of the ship, personally approving plans and choosing the furniture and decor. She was once quoted as naming the yacht as the one place she could truly relax. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences. Experience what life was like on board The Royal Yacht Britannia with a fascinating audio tour of five decks. Highlights of the tour include the elegant State Apartments, the Crew’s Quarters, the Engine Room and the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. Complimentary audio guide in 22 languages. Open year round with free parking at Ocean Terminal. **Authentic Ireland clients receive a 10% discount on admission - on arrival, show any official Authentic Ireland voucher / document, to avail of the discount.**


Gilmerton Cove, Scotland

On The Map: Gilmerton Cove is located in the Gilmerton suburb of southeast Edinburgh. It's not walkable from downtown, but is served by the 3, 3a & 29 buses.

Gilmerton Cove is a series of strange, hand carved passageways and chambers that lie 10 feet below ground to the south of Gilmerton crossroads. After five years of work by Gilmerton Heritage Trust and The City of Edinburgh Council to restore and preserve it for future generations, it opened in August 2003, providing visitors of all ages with an educational and fun experience. The entrance to Gilmerton Cove is through a visitor centre adapted from a traditional mining cottage. This cottage now houses imaginative audio and visual displays that depict the various theories behind the origins of Gilmerton Cove which, after extensive archaeological and historical research, still remain a mystery. Just how old the caves are is unknown, but records go as far back as the 18th century and the system appears to be very much older. Who constructed them? When? Why? And what have they been used for over the years? Tomb of ancient kings? Meeting place for one or more persecuted religious groups? Masonic Lodge Room? Witches Coven? Illicit Whisky Still & Drinking Den? Knights Templar Retreat? Some theories even suggest that the Templars buried the Holy Grail here. Whatever the real answers, everyone can agree that it is truly a fascinating and mysterious site to visit. Daily tours are available by prior appointment - call 07914 829177. Please note that Gilmerton Cove is not located in the heart of Edinburgh. It's a 30-minute bus ride - use Bus No. 3 or 29 from Princes Street.


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, at the west end of Edinburgh's Old Town. From its lofty position on Castle Rock, the castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline, and is impossible to miss!

Edinburgh castle sits on a high, rocky hill with a narrow ridge running east above the Old Town of Edinburgh. There has been a fortification of some kind here for thousands of years. The castle has existed through layers of time and history, and it is indeed magnificent. Edinburgh Castle has highlighted the city’s skyline for 800 years, is a national symbol, and it is Scotland’s most popular site to visit. The castle was a vital possession in Scotland’s historic struggles. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history.


Depart From

Depart from Edinburgh Airport, Scotland

Return to Edinburgh Airport 2 hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

Edinburgh is a small airport, but offers a surprisingly large array of shops and restaurants. If you have some time on your hands after check-in and security, you won't be bored!


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(August 2014)
$998 $1078 to $1278
$1568

Your Price Includes:

  • 6 nights Accommodation – From City Hotel to Cozy B&B!
  • Rental Car - Manual Transmission. Includes Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes
  • 6 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Scottish Breakfasts Each Morning
  • 'Hogwarts Express' - Scenic & Historic Train Ride
  • Ghosts & Ghouls - Walking Tour of Edinburgh
  • Your Vacation Online - 24/7 Access to Your Tour Details & Travel Documents
  • 5-Star Customer Service - Expert Advice, VIP Service & 7-Day Travel Helpline
  • Risk-Free Cancellation Policy - No Change or Cancellation Fees

* You Can Add or Subtract Daysjust request a quote for your exact number of days and we will send you a custom price quote. 

Dec 5, 2016 by Donald Barratt. Your Hometown: Lombard

Our Vacation was outstanding. The hotel (City stay St. Augustine) in Dublin was centrally located to everything we wanted to visit. The staff there was courteous, and helpful.Our visit to Roscommon was grand, and our stay at Gleeson's B & B was also nice with great food.Authentic Ireland did a great job setting everything up, and making our vacation worry free.A million thanks to Lonna a job well done.

“5 days in Ireland”

Dec 5, 2016 by Dan Karns. Your Hometown: Dillsburg, PA

Authentic Ireland was referred to me by a customer/friend of mine....and... i am so glad he did. We worked with Shannon, one of the representatives, and i couldn't be more happy with the experience and expertise that she had regarding details of our trip. I told her when we were arriving and leaving Ireland, what were the "must do" things during our stay, and what kind of accommodations we wanted to stay in. within a day or two, she had a full trip package, with other recommended things to do while there, sent to my email. the price was very reasonable, and after going on the trip, i appreciated the fact we used Authentic Ireland to get everything set up. kudos to the site and staff, especially Shannon. anytime i had a question, she had an answer. regarding car rental, electricity usage, what kind of money to keep on hand, anything... she was so much help. thank you so much!, you made our 20 year anniversary "holiday" that much better! the only thing i can even think about regretting, was that we didn't spend enough time there we spent the previous week in London, and think we should have cut that shorter and spent more time in Ireland... but.... that can be fixed by another visit! thanks again! your friends in Pennsylvania!

“Ireland Adventure”

Dec 4, 2016 by Jesse. Your Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Had a great experience working with the Authentic Ireland associate! I probably asked 9 million questions (this being my first international trip I'd planned), and patience and courteousness definitely describes the person that personally handled my account.The trip was great as well, including an itinerary that was well chosen, then tweaked for us. Rental car was indeed perfect for our crew that was traveling, as well as the accommodations arranged for us. I'm more of a researcher, but the website definitely put me leaps ahead with suggested places to visit at our lodging locations, as well as places to stop along the way.One of the only things I would have done differently was the transportation for our time in Dublin. I was so glad that we did not rent a vehicle for Dublin, but the sightseeing bus tour passes were not the most convenient for our purposes, in retrospect. We would have been better served with normal city bus passes. I also would have passed on the castle stay in our trip, but perhaps we just caught them at a bad time, as everything was great there, except the smell of cat urine just on the outside of the side door near our room.Authentic Ireland definitely impressed both myself and the members of my family that joined us on this trip! Definitely recommend them! Really great trip and a good price!

“Wonderful First Trip to Ireland”

Dec 4, 2016 by Alyssa Sommers. Your Hometown: Mahwah, NJ

This was our first trip to Ireland. You guys did a wonderful job of taking care of all of the details in regards to hotels, sites to visit with passes and car rentals. Each hotel and bed and breakfast was wonderful. All establishments offered breakfast in the morning. They all had WIFI. After spending 2 days in Dublin we left for the west coast in the car we rented. We spent the next 6 days traveling around the west/southwest part of Ireland. Maggie was the person that we dealt with at Authentic Ireland and she was great- she noticed that our hotel on the last night was over 2 hours away from Shannon airport so she moved us to a closer location... and what a location a 5-star castle!! There are no other words then amazing!! When we come back which we plan to do... we will be staying there.

“Outstanding Vacation”

Nov 5, 2016 by Anthony M. Kolankiewicz. Your Hometown: Jerusalem

The company did an outstanding job of arranging our circumnavigational tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland over a period of 17 days. We did the driving ourselves with an upgraded rental car, which offered the utmost flexibility in sightseeing destinations and route options. Our accommodations were in a combination of country homes, B&Bs, hotels, and a couple of castles.. Even the weather generally cooperated over such an extended period of time; only one day and one evening of steady rain that interfered with our plans. Overall, it was a delightful vacation that encouraged us to return for catch the attractions we didn't have time to see. There were only two quibbles we would mention. First, some of the driving directions left a lot of details out, especially in trying to get through larger towns and cities, such as Galway. More details would have saved us lots of time. Second, we very much enjoyed every place we stayed with the exception of the Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage in Kenmare. Unlike all the other places we stayed, our hosts' main concern was saving money and doing everything on the cheap. No heat in the rooms despite a chilly, rainy night and two cloudy days -- very uncomfortable! No WiFi connection (the only place not to offer it during our entire stay in the country). Even the breakfast was second-rate. Few choices on the buffet table and canned fruit instead of the fresh fruit we received in every other location. Might be time to drop this inn from the inventory! Otherwise, a great trip that we would do again through Authentic Ireland.

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