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It’s time to fall under the spell of Scotland’s grand personality. Elegant Edinburgh, the glory of castles, sweet villages, daring Highlands, a historic steam train, the Isle of Skye, and beautiful whisky… This is sheer Celtic heaven. Get into the spirit with an evening of merriment and a “ceremony of the Haggis” in the capital. Next, be amazed as your storyteller and guide leads you through the closes, courtyards, and shops in Old Town, the Royal Mile, ancient Edinburgh Castle, and the Stone of Destiny. All is wonder.

Traveling north, experience atmospheric Blair Castle, the disarming village of St. Andrews, and Scotland’s largest National Park. Your local Cairngorms Park guide will help you spot rare wildlife seen nowhere else. Now, imagine the bold women who created a Speyside distillery. Enjoy a field-to-glass tasting that awakens your senses, and delight in the hospitality of the family’s kitchen.

Inverness, gateway to the Highlands, awaits. Head back in time to the Culloden Battlefield and the Jacobite Uprising. Into the Highlands, you’ll cruise Loch Ness in style before going to the Isle of Skye, also known as “Cloud Island.” From there, climb aboard the Jacobite Steam Train, one of the world’s great rail journeys and recognizable from Harry Potter fame. Witness Stirling Castle’s magnificence and her place in Scotland’s story. Then, it’s back to Edinburgh, the city you’ve come to know as the beating heart of gallant Scotland.

PLAN AND BOOK

Included Unique Activities

  • Royal Mile Walking Tour & Edinburgh Castle 
  • Spirit of Scotland Dinner/Dance Show OR Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo*
  • Jacobite Steam Train**
  • Explore St Andrews
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Cardhu Distillery Tour & Tasting
  • Visit Famous Culloden Battlefield
  • Explore the Stunning Cairngorms National Park
  • Tour the Majestic Isle of Skye
  • Loch Lomond Cruise
  • Blair Castle & Gardens Admission
  • Urquhart Castle Admission
  • Stirling Castle Admission
  • Eilean Donan Castle Admission
  • National Wallace Monument Admission
Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer - Edinburgh

Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer - Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle Admission

Edinburgh Castle Admission

Palace Of Holyroodhouse Admission

Palace Of Holyroodhouse Admission

Spirit of Scotland Dinner Show

Spirit of Scotland Dinner Show

Blair Castle & Garden Admission

Blair Castle & Garden Admission

The National Wallace Monument Admission

The National Wallace Monument Admission

Cardhu Distillery Flavor Journey

Cardhu Distillery Flavor Journey

Inspiration Loch Ness Cruise

Inspiration Loch Ness Cruise

Accommodations

2 Nights

Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

1 Night

Luxury Countryside Hotel

2 Nights

River Ness Hotel

2 Nights

Oban Bay Hotel

2 Nights

4-Star Victorian Hotel

Meals Included

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners 

UNESCO World Heritage sites

Old Town Edinburgh

Old Town Edinburgh

Forth Bridge, Queensferry

Forth Bridge, Queensferry

Transportation and Guides

  • Professional & Knowledgeable Guide & Driver Throughout The Tour
  • Luxury Coach Touring 
  • Edinburgh Airport Transfers

All our small guided vacations include:

  • Maximum 18 Passengers
  • Private Local Guide & Driver
  • 4 & 5 Star Accommodations
  • Distinctive Experiences
  • Luxury Touring
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • Porterage Throughout
  • Guaranteed Departures

Available Dates

25 June 2024 - 04 June 2022

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16 - 25 July 2024

Sold Out!

06 - 15 August 2024

ON SALE! From $4,744 $4,544 per person
Single Supplement $1,651

13 - 22 August 2024

ON SALE! From $4,744 $4,544 per person
Single Supplement $1,651

10 - 19 September 2024

ON SALE! From $4,744 $4,544 per person
Single Supplement $1,651

24 September - 03 October 2024

ON SALE! From $4,292 $4,092 per person
Single Supplement $1,494

08 - 17 October 2024

Sold Out!

Prices are per person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room. For solo travelers, a Single Supplement will be added to the price per person.

"The whole experience exceeded my expectations"

Jan Crawford

Colorado Springs

This was our first trip to Ireland as well as our first Authentic Vacations trip. We recently completed the "12 night Soul of Ireland" trip as a you-drive. I have to say that the whole experience exceeded my expectations!! The entire experience from the initial booking to the completion of the trip was outstanding! The stress-free aspect of letting someone else plan and make reservations and deal with details (that we used to do ourselves) made the entire trip so much more enjoyable. Each hotel we were booked into was an exceptional experience (including comfort, service and quality). The additional excursions that were included were wonderful as well. I'm now looking at a trip to Scotland in the future. I'll look forward to working with our awesome agent, Amber, again. She was fabulous! Thank you!!

"Amazing Ireland Guided Vacation"

Lindsay S.

topardisewithlove.com

Jorie, I can't thank you enough for all your help, answering all my 50 million questions and also reassuring me that Ireland would be amazing. When switching my group from Egypt to a different destination, I was so flustered and not confident in where to go, but it was so easy to sell into the group. I have to say, Ireland was not necessarily at the top of my list, but oh my gosh, it is now! You and Authentic do an AMAZING job when it comes to Ireland!

My group literally cannot stop talking about our trip and they ALL loved it. The hotels were amazing. Aghadoe and Glenlo literally took the spotlight. Our guide Seamus was phenomenal and our driver Ian was so funny. We all had such a good time! Even with the other 2 couples that were on the trip. I really can't think of one flaw or hiccup.. everything was so seamless and perfect. I think it was some long days driving for some, but ultimately I think everyone knew that it was inevitable to see all of the beauty of Ireland. The bus was so nice and it was nice that it was roomy enough for us all to spread out. Again, I can't really think of one thing that I was 'ehh..'. It was all so amazing!

Again, I can't thank you enough.

"This Guided Vacation far exceeded my wildest dreams"

Lorraine M.

Dear Jen, thank you for all your assistance and patience with our Ireland vacation. This is my lifetime dream. Elegant and fabulous tour. The best guide and bus driver. Small, lovely. This trip far exceeds my wildest dreams. Seamus is witty, well informed and an excellent guide.

"Trip to London and Scotland"

Kathie S.

Agency

My clients LOVED their trip to London and Scotland. They really enjoyed the hotels that Authentic Vacations recommended, especially the Rembrandt. Thank you!

"The entire Ireland trip was a dream"

Jennifer B.

Jackson, NJ

Ellie booked our dream vacation for a total of 15 days to Ireland. We did a self-driving tour with a car rental starting and ending in Dublin. We traveled the entire coastline staying 1 or 2 nights at each hotel. The places arranged for us got better and better each night, ending with our last night in a castle built in 1101. The entire trip was a dream. All the recommendations made to us by Ellie were spot on! I can not wait to work with her again. We plan on returning in a couple years with our adult children. I would definitely use Authentic Vacations again for any trip I plan on taking overseas.

"Great trip in Ireland & Scotland"

Tena

Ireland/Scotland trip was a great trip planned with our group and Jorie. We thoroughly enjoyed each city we visited in both countries. All our hotels were very nice but as older adults, I would advise to pack light which is hard to do if your visit is extended but we had to climb stairs in several places. My favorite thing in both countries are the people. Everyone was so friendly and inviting at hotels, restaurants and local sites. We felt completely safe and comfortable. I would agree with other travelers that driving is stressful for both driver and passengers especially in Ireland where the roads are extremely narrow with rock walls on each side. Next trip will include staying in certain cities with tours out. JerPoint Park in Ireland was a favorite of our group of 4. Authentic Vacations plans, reservations and communications were first rate.

"Wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure"

James

South Carolina

Lauren, thank you for putting together a wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure. In many unexpected ways it indeed was an adventure that we will remember forever. So sincere thanks. Despite a glitch in St Andrews your team's recovery actually made St Andrews the highpoint of our trip. Staying at Rusacks overlooking the first tee and eighteenth green of the old course was awesome. All the Hotels were first rate. Experiences - awesome The Clontarf Castle is an awesome way to the trip. Well done y'all.  Big city stays - We all felt like we could have used an extra day in the larger cities. They all had a story to tell, and we just had enough time to scratch the surface. Self-drive - while less expensive alternative, the person doing the driving misses out on a lot in transit, while the passenger's white knuckle thru the driver's learning process. Also, the roads in Scotland and Ireland are no joke.  Would recommend it is worth it to hire a private chauffer driver or go Small Guided for sure.

"Scotland Birthday Trip"

Michelle

Agency

Adina, I'm following up on my client's train/whiskey tour/ birthday trip to Scotland in October. They had a wonderful time! The whiskey tour day was their favorite, made extra special by their driver Alec who was a superstar. My client's boyfriend is a real train enthusiast. They enjoyed all the train trips, and Nick was like a child on the Jacobite train. Thanks so much for your help with this trip. You clearly know Scotland and planned a very nice route with some unique requirements. I greatly appreciate your expertise and attentive service. I look forward to working with you again in the future. An early Happy Holidays!

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