Edinburgh, Scotland’s grand capital, undoubtedly has a beauty to rival any of the great cities of Europe. Elevated by ancient volcanoes, its compact and hilly centre is sliced across by the Royal Mile which links the brooding Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse. On one side snake the medieval alleys of the Old Town, a rabbit warren of tenements; on the other, the genteel boulevards of the Georgian New Town. Arthur’s Seat, the precipitous peak of Holyrood Park, looks over this symbiotic meeting of landscape and architecture in ‘the Athens of the North’. But it’s not all lofty ambition – Edinburgh is packed with world-class museums and galleries, and a huge advocate of the arts with its eponymous festival.
Glasgow is Scotland’s biggest metropolis, and arguably its most energetic. Built on an industrial past, Glasgow has spent the last few decades emerging from its less than favourable reputation with a swagger and warmth that is unique to the city. Cosmopolitan and cultural, between the impressive Victorian architecture and medieval churches lie many an innovative museum. Glasgow is also home to an enviable collection of art galleries, and the city continues to progress its reputation for striking architecture with its modern glass and steel buildings for the post-industrial age.
Art, architecture & atmosphere in urban Scotland
The price below is based on low season (January – early March; November). Should you wish to travel outside of these times, prices will increase quite substantially if you wish to be in central Edinburgh. For an alternative, see the Scottish Borders tour.
based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month
January, February, March, April, May, October, November
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Enjoy time at leisure in Edinburgh with its wealth of attractions. Home to both the Scottish National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, and incredible array of paintings are on display in the city. The beautiful Holyroodhouse is best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, but today its state rooms are regularly used by The Queen. St Mary’s Cathedral is breathtaking with its stained glass windows; the Georgian House offers in insight into life in New Town during the 1800s; and the Royal Botanic Garden is world-renowned. For a more macabre side of the city, visit Edinburgh Dungeon and the Real Mary King’s Close.
Built in Clydebank, Glasgow and now berthed in Leith, Edinburgh, the Royal Yacht Britannia was a floating residence serving the Royal Family for over 44 years. Used for Royal honeymoons, official receptions, holidays and state visits, this grand yacht has travelled over one million miles across the globe and was recognised as a unique symbol of the Commonwealth.
Scotland’s finest stately home, the splendid Hopetoun House is a grand 18th century property set in beautiful parkland. Magnificent architecture and tranquil surroundings combine in this house filled with incredible collections and immaculately preserved interiors, evoking the elegance and grandeur of the Georgian era.
The vibrant city of Glasgow has a wonderful legacy of Victorian architecture, including the iconic Art Nouveau designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow has an impressive artistic and cultural legacy, which can be explored in the world-class exhibitions at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Burrell Collection, and the dynamic Riverside Museum. Explore the stylishly gentrified Merchants City for independent shops and eateries, and don’t miss the elegant, Mackintosh-inspired Willow Tea Rooms.
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The historic castles, grand stately homes, and ancient ruins sitting amongst stunning valleys and heather-clad moorland tell the tale of the Scottish borderland’s captivating past.
Grand mountains, wooded isles and the gentle, lapping waters of a tranquil lake – Loch Lomond’s captivating scenery has inspired songs and verses across the ages.
Cosmopolitan, cultural and commercial – there’s no wonder that more and more people are visiting Liverpool. This once dilapidated city is being transformed into one of the most dynamic urban centres in the north of England.
A warm welcome awaits those visiting Belfast. The city has undergone an enormous transformation in recent years, shaking off its troubled past and becoming a vibrant and interesting place to visit.