Luxury Scotland Tours

Introduction to Scotland
(7 Days)
Edinburgh with Glasgow & Stirling Castle, Perthshire (Gleneagles) & St. Andrews

Highlights of Scotland
(8 Days)
Edinburgh, Fort William & Highlands, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Essence of Scotland
(10 Days)
Edinburgh, Fort William & Highlands, Isle of Skye, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Traditions of Scotland
(12 Days)
Edinburgh, Fort William & Highlands, Isle of Skye, Royal Deeside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles) & St. Andrews or Glasgow

Outlander Tour of Scotland
(10 Days)
Edinburgh, Fort William with the Highlands & Inverness, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

The Royal Scotsman
Luxury train extension - various lengths

Whisky Tour of Scotland
(12 Days)
Edinburgh, Oban & Islay, Isle of Skye, Ross (Glenmorangie House), Speyside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Multi-country Tours

Luxuries of England & Scotland
(10 Days)
London, Edinburgh, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Family Tour of England & Scotland
(11 Days)
London, Edinburgh, Fort William & Highlands, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Dublin, Edinburgh, London
(10 Days)
Dublin, Edinburgh, London

Essence of Scotland, Ireland & England
(13 Days)
Edinburgh, Perthshire (Gleneagles), Dublin, Adare, London

Exclusive Ireland, Scotland & England
(18 Days)
Dublin, Killarney, Adare or Co. Clare, Ashford Castle, Edinburgh, Perthshire (Gleneagles), London

Best of England & Scotland
(16 Days)
London, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds, Lake District, Edinburgh, Royal Deeside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Best of Ireland & Scotland
(13 Days)
Ashford Castle, Dublin, Edinburgh, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Best of England & Scotland

(16 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
London, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds, Lake District, Edinburgh, Royal Deeside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

This in-depth luxury tour journeys from London through the English countryside en route to Edinburgh and the Highlands in Scotland.

Begin in London, one of the world's greatest cities. Discover the best of London—heritage architecture, fascinating museums, important historic attractions, exclusive boutiques, traditional pubs and incredible food markets—during private touring customized to your interests. Tour famous landmarks such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, Covent Garden, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. Perhaps explore other incredible museums around the city such as the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, Churchill War Rooms, Sir John Soane's Museum, the Tate Modern or the Tate Britain. Also visit hidden squares, renowned British shops, atmospheric tea rooms and other highlights.

Upon request, Artisans of Leisure will also arrange reservations for dining and afternoon tea, book tickets to performances, and provide recommendations for the best shopping in London. Accommodation is at one of London's best luxury hotels.

Continue into the English countryside to Oxfordshire and Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, a refined luxury estate with extensive grounds, including vegetable gardens that provide fresh produce for the hotel's renowned restaurant. En route, tour Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a sprawling UNESCO World Heritage Site of grand 18th-century Baroque buildings and formal gardens on a 2,000-acre English landscape park designed by Capability Brown. Also enjoy a guided tour of Oxford, home to one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Continue with your expert driver-guide to the Cotswolds, a picturesque region of charming villages, beautiful gardens and grand estates among rolling hills and farmland. During touring of the region, visit renowned gardens such as Hidcote Manor Garden and Kiftsgate Court Gardens. See the ancient ruins of Chedworth Roman Villa, and visit charming villages to enjoy the markets, galleries, antiques shops and pubs. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange a visit to Highgrove, the royal gardens of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, including time for lunch featuring local ingredients at the garden restaurant. While in the Cotswolds, stay at Buckland Manor, a luxurious stone manor house hotel surrounded by manicured grounds.

Continue to the Lake District, a beautiful mountain and lake landscape that inspired writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. During private touring, explore the villages, views and cultural highlights of this national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Dove Cottage, Wordsworth's former home in the idyllic village of Grasmere; Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's farmhouse and garden, which appear in her illustrations for The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other books; and Blackwell, one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts architecture in England. Additional touring options include Levens Hall, an Elizabethan manor house with a celebrated topiary garden; Castlerigg, one of the oldest and most impressive prehistoric stone circles in Britain; guided hikes through beautiful Lakeland scenery; and private boat charters on Lake Windermere. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange reservations at upscale restaurants and historic rural pubs to enjoy regional cuisine.

Next, you will be transferred to Edinburgh, Scotland, with touring along the beautiful Northumberland Coast en route. Options include visiting Alnwick, a market town in the shadow of Alnwick Castle; Bamburgh Castle, a hulking medieval fortress on the edge of the sea; or the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, an early Christian outpost and the source of the Lindisfarne Gospels illuminated manuscript.

Continue to Edinburgh, the stunning capital of Scotland, with a stay in a sophisticated city hotel. During flexible touring with your private guide, tour the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See iconic Edinburgh Castle and walk along the Royal Mile, the road leading from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Explore historic buildings, as well as the narrow closes (alleys) and stairways that connect different levels of the city. Visit shops specializing in wool tweed and other distinctive Scottish products. Depending on your interests, you might like to tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of the British monarch; visit the Royal Botanic Garden or National Gallery; tour the unusual architecture of the Scottish Parliament Building and other contemporary design highlights in the city; or hike up an extinct volcano for panoramic views of Edinburgh and the nearby Firth of Forth tidal bay. In August, Artisans of Leisure can assist with tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo or performances at the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe.

Next, transfer to the transfer to the Scottish Highlands. Sty at the Fife Arms, a luxuriously restored historic inn located in the heart of Royal Deeside and Aberdeenshire. During private touring, see beautiful Highlands scenery in Cairngorms National Park, visit Braemar, famous for the annual Braemar Gathering (the most prestigious of the Highland Games), see the 17th-century Braemar Castle and enjoy guided hiking or scenic walks. One day, schedule permitting, visit Balmoral Castle, the private Scottish residence of the royal family since the 19th century. If desired, warm up with a dram of whisky at the historic Royal Lochnagar distillery next to the Balmoral estate.

Next, transfer back through the Highlands, stopping en route at scenic spots, traditional towns, castles or whisky distilleries according to your preferences. Stay at Gleneagles, a luxury resort on 850 acres in the rolling hills of the Perthshire countryside. During leisure time, enjoy the resort's extensive activities, including options such as countryside walks, golf, fishing, horseback riding, biking, 4WD tours, shooting, gundog training, falconry and afternoon tea. Additional facilities include a spa, a kids club and exclusive Scottish boutiques.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive London, England
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 2

London
Full-day private city tour

Day 3

London
Half-day private city tour. Afternoon tea reservation

Day 4

London – Oxfordshire

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 5

Oxfordshire
Full-day private excursion

Day 6

Oxfordshire – Cotswolds

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route

Day 7

Cotswolds
Full-day private tour

Day 8

Cotswolds – Lake District
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route

Day 9

Lake District

Full-day private tour

Day 10

Lake District – Edinburgh, Scotland

Private transfer to Edinburgh for 2 nights, with touring en route
Day 11

Edinburgh

Full-day private city tour
Day 12

Edinburgh – Royal Deeside & Aberdeenshire
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route

Day 13

Royal Deeside & Aberdeenshire

Full-day private tour
Day 14

Royal Deeside – Perthshire

Private transfer to Perthshire for 2 nights, with touring en route
Day 15

Perthshire

At leisure
Day 16

Perthshire – Depart Edinburgh or Glasgow

Private airport transfer

Hotels
London:

Claridge's, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, The Ritz London, Belmond Cadogan Hotel or The Berkeley

Oxfordshire: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Cotswolds: Buckland Manor
Lake District: The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Edinburgh: The Balmoral Hotel
Aberdeenshire: The Fife Arms
Perthshire: Gleneagles

Cost
$27,230 Per person (based on double occupancy)

Luxury Scotland Tours

Introduction to Scotland
(7 Days)
Edinburgh with Glasgow & Stirling Castle, Perthshire (Gleneagles) & St. Andrews

Highlights of Scotland
(8 Days)
Edinburgh, Fort William & Highlands, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Essence of Scotland
(10 Days)
Edinburgh, Fort William & Highlands, Isle of Skye, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Traditions of Scotland
(12 Days)
Edinburgh, Fort William & Highlands, Isle of Skye, Royal Deeside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles) & St. Andrews or Glasgow

Outlander Tour of Scotland
(10 Days)
Edinburgh, Fort William with the Highlands & Inverness, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

The Royal Scotsman
Luxury train extension - various lengths

Whisky Tour of Scotland
(12 Days)
Edinburgh, Oban & Islay, Isle of Skye, Ross (Glenmorangie House), Speyside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Multi-country Tours

Luxuries of England & Scotland
(10 Days)
London, Edinburgh, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Family Tour of England & Scotland
(11 Days)
London, Edinburgh, Fort William & Highlands, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Dublin, Edinburgh, London
(10 Days)
Dublin, Edinburgh, London

Essence of Scotland, Ireland & England
(13 Days)
Edinburgh, Perthshire (Gleneagles), Dublin, Adare, London

Exclusive Ireland, Scotland & England
(18 Days)
Dublin, Killarney, Adare or Co. Clare, Ashford Castle, Edinburgh, Perthshire (Gleneagles), London

Best of England & Scotland
(16 Days)
London, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds, Lake District, Edinburgh, Royal Deeside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Best of Ireland & Scotland
(13 Days)
Ashford Castle, Dublin, Edinburgh, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

Testimonials

Our Scotland trip was wonderful. Our guide was simply outstanding. The itinerary, accommodations and military tattoo were great! Our driver was also perfect. Thanks to all at Artisans for making our trip so memorable. 
~ J.H., Highland, IL

Our family had a wonderful time in England and Scotland. The pace of the trip was just right, and we feel that we saw the very best of each place.
~ L.S., Newtown Square, PA

Scotland was fantastic! The guides were great, and the hotels and restaurants fabulous.
~ D.K., East Greenwich, RI

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