Welcome to Eastern Scotland, home to the nation’s capital and many other fantastic sights. Ready to explore the region like a local? This tour is made for you! Your experience begins in Edinburgh, Scotland’s bustling capital, known for its stunning architecture, rich history, vibrant festivals, and picturesque landscapes. From there your journey will take you to Dunkeld, a charming town in rural Perthshire. Continuing north towards Aberdeen you will pass through the heart of Royal Deeside, steeped in history and natural beauty. Onwards to Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital, your base to discover this fascinating archipelago. From vibrant city life in Edinburgh to the neolithic splendour of the Orkney Islands, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in some of Eastern Scotland's most incredible sights.

Highlights

Day By day

A different perspective of Scotland’s capital!

One of our trusted chauffeurs will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in the heart of the city! Edinburgh, the relatively small capital, is easily navigable. Built on ancient volcanic hills, explore the castle overseeing the city, or venture to Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat for breathtaking views. To discover Edinburgh off the beaten track, we'll arrange a photography tour, allowing you to experience the city in a unique and captivating way! Enjoy a dram of whisky at one of the fantastic bars, and if you're into live music, experience traditional Scottish folk tunes at the Royal Oak or the Captain's Bar. Overnight: Edinburgh

The Forth Bridges, an engineering masterpiece

Choose to spend more time in the city or embark on one of many tours on offer. Why not take a boat tour to see the spectacular Forth Bridges or travel south to Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders. An evening tour of the Underground Vaults is a sure-fire way to work up an appetite at one of Edinburgh's many great restaurants or gastro-pubs – the best way to round off your time in the city. Overnight: Edinburgh

Picturesque Perthshire village

Take a one-hour drive to Dunkeld, a quaint town located in the Perth and Kinross council, on the eastern banks of the River Tay, in the heart of Highland Perthshire. Discover its picturesque setting, historic architecture, natural beauty, and 13th-century Cathedral. En route, cross Culross, a quaint village in Fife, now of Outlander fame. As you move closer to Dunkeld, Scone Palace is worth the short detour. Situated just outside Perth, you can wander the palace and gardens at your leisure. Overnight: Dunkeld

A taste of the Highland at Pitlochry

Venture north to Pitlochry, a picturesque town renowned for its breathtaking Highland scenery, outdoor activities, and cultural attractions, including the famous Queen’s View and the local Dam and Fish Ladder. For whisky enthusiasts or golf aficionados, Pitlochry offers options to suit your interests – indulge in a tour and tasting at a distillery or enjoy a round of 18 holes (or both if you wish!). Seeking a unique way to explore the city? Consider embarking on a Detective Mystery-themed walking Treasure Trail adventure with your family! Overnight: Dunkeld

On the footstep of the Queen Elizabeth II

Heading northeast from Dunkeld, you will reach Royal Deeside, renowned for its stunning natural beauty, historic sites, and associations with the British royal family. Perhaps the most famous attraction in Royal Deeside is Balmoral Castle: the private residence and holiday home of the British Monarch, most notably Queen Elizabeth II. Not always open to the public, but when it is, do not miss it! You’ll spend the night in Aberdeen, a vibrant port city known for its history, cultural diversity, and strong connection to the North Sea. Overnight: Aberdeen

Stonehaven &  journey to Orkney

Just south of Aberdeen lies Stonehaven, a charming fishing town with an old harbour. It’s also a great place to try cullen skink – a Scottish soup made of potatoes, smoked (local) fish, and cream. After a hearty bowl, you will discover Dunnottar Castle. A fortified cluster of ruined buildings with a long history, in a dramatic clifftop setting. Make your way to Aberdeen Airport for the short, early evening flight to Kirkwall, the largest town of Orkney. Overnight: Kirkwall

Time travel to the Neolithic in Orkney

Welcome to the Orkney Islands, home to St Magnus Cathedral, a name reflecting the island's historic links to Norse & Viking heritage. Neolithic Orkney refers to a group of ancient archaeological sites renowned for their historical significance and well-preserved remains, offering valuable insights into the lives and culture of Neolithic people in Northern Europe. Take a step back in time by visiting Skara Brae, Maeshowe, The Ring of Brodger and the Standing Stones of Stenness. Overnight: Kirkwall

Deeper Exploration of the Islands

The Churchill Barriers are a series of causeways constructed during World War II as defensive measures to protect the British naval fleet stationed in Scapa Flow. They link the Orkney mainland with several smaller islands. Step foot into the Italian Chapel, built by Italian POWs during WWII. This area is steeped in history and has strong links to both World Wars. Visible reminders, in the form of shipwrecks & block-ships, can be seen scattered all around. Back in Kirkwall, on a hill overlooking the town, a fantastic tour of the Highland Park Distillery awaits. What better way to round off a trip to these islands than with a local dram, before heading to the airport to catch a flight back to the hustle and bustle of the cities! Overnight: Edinburgh or Glasgow

Scotland like a local

 Conclude this trip by relishing one last time a typical Scottish breakfast in a local establishment. Then, a driver will pick you up at your hotel to take you to the airport. We hope you’ll return home with plenty of memories to share and enriched by the Scottish culture. 

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“The best time to visit Scotland is between May and September, otherwise it can get wet & windy (especially in Orkney) over the winter months. When the sun is shining in Edinburgh, do as the locals do and head to The Meadows for a stroll. Here you can visit the Golf Tavern to hire golf clubs and enjoy the pitch & putt course! A summer favourite. In Aberdeen, try a bowl of Cullen Skink – one of Scotland’s most famous dishes. A delicious soup made with local haddock, potatoes and milk. When in Orkney, head to the wild coast and set eyes upon the Yesnaby cliffs & sea stacks. This is where the western part of the mainland meets the mighty Atlantic ocean.”

Neil, Local Expert

Testimonials

guillemet

Stephen was great to work with as he adjusted our trip to meet our interests. All the connections and events went smoothly with no hitches. Scotland was wonderful, each stop was unique and every guide or tour was outstanding.
Bob J.

guillemet

Sarah was amazing to work with. She was very responsive to us and willing to work to tweak our itinerary to include activities we were most interested in. She picked up fabulous places to stay. Our entire trip went completely smoothly with all the transfers she set up, the dining experience in Edinburgh (we actually thought we may have wanted to cancel because we were tired but are so glad we didn't). Our guide on our trek in the Highlands was fabulous (despite our bad weather that day!) and all the recommendations for things to do and places to eat were really helpful and appreciated. We had a fun, busy vacation making sure to see all that we possibly could. Sarah had us dialed in perfectly! Thank you!! Will definitely use High Point Holidays and hopefully Sarah again in the future!
Jonathan B.

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