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Scottish B&B Vacation with Edinburgh

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,274 $ 182 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Edinburgh's famous castle which is built atop a volcano.
  • Treat yourself to a pint in Scotland's oldest pub, the Sheep Heid Inn at Edinburgh.
  • Go on a hunt for "Nessie," Loch Ness' most famous inhabitant.
  • Consider making a stop in Glasgow, where you'll find an overabundance of museums, art galleries, theaters, and more!
  • There are over 2,000 castles in Scotland, see how many you can visit!

Short Description

Explore Scotland your way! You'll start in the capital city of Edinburgh, then enjoy stays in the Scottish B&Bs of your choosing. Included in this package are a rental car and sightseeing passes so you can explore the country's most stunning sights.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Edinburgh
End City Scotland

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy-class airfare to Edinburgh (EDI)
  • Private airport transfer upon arrival
  • 2 nights in Edinburgh at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel or similar
  • Royal Tour Ticket, includes fast-track admission to
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Manual car rental for 4 nights (pick up central Edinburgh, drop off Edinburgh Airport) - upgrade to automatic available
  • 4 nights in a basic Scottish B&B of your choice - upgrades available after booking
  • 3-Day Scottish Explorer Pass
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Edinburgh!

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and enjoy a private airport transfer to your Edinburgh accommodation. Spend the rest of the day or night at your leisure!

Transfer to Edinburgh hotel

Day 2: Edinburgh

Start taking advantage of your included Royal Tour Ticket! Choose from one of four available sightseeing buses and explore the city on your terms. Hop off at Edinburgh Castle and explore the opulence inside and out. This stunning structure sits atop an ancient volcano and offers idyllic views of the city. You'll also want to pay a visit to Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official residence in Scotland.

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

This unique value-added tour ticket is all you need to explore and experience the royal splendors of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city! You’ll receive 48-hour unlimited access to four city tours, as well as fast-track admission to Edinburgh Castle (the city’s most famous attraction), The Palace of Holyroodhouse (The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) and The Royal Yacht Brittania (The Queen’s floating Royal residence).

Tours Included with Your Ticket:

The Edinburgh Tour- with a live English-speaking guide, and stops including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Old Town, New Town, National Museum of Scotland and Scottish Parliament.

City Sightseeing Tour- entertaining and informative commentary, along with a “Horrible Histories” commentary for kids. Highlights include Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Old Town, New Town, National Museum of Scotland, Our Dynamic Earth and Calton Hill.

Majestic Tour- Enjoy an entertaining and informative commentary as you are guided through the history of Edinburgh’s people, places and sights along the route. Highlights include the Royal Yacht Britannia, Royal Botanic Garden, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Old Town and Scottish Parliament.

Day 3: Edinburgh - Scotland B&B

Accommodation: Scotland B&Bs & Small Hotels

Continue using your Royal Tour Pass. Consider hopping on the Majestic Tour, which will bring you to the Royal Yacht Brittania, the Royal Botanic Garden, Old Town, and the Scottish Parliament building. Once you've seen all the sights, pick up your rental car and make your way to the first Scottish bed and breakfast of your choosing!

Day 4: Scotland B&B

Activate your Scottish Explorer Pass, and explore the highlights you've always dreamed of! Make your way northwest so you can discover all the historic sites in this area. On your way, make a stop at Stirling Castle, one of the best-preserved Renaissance buildings in all of the U.K.!

Scottish Explorer Pass (3-day)

The 3-day Scottish Explorer Pass is a flexible one-price admission ticket to 77 Historic Scotland properties and attractions – castles, cathedrals, palaces and an historical whisky distillery. Other benefits include skip-the-line entrance to Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, free entry to Historic Scotland’s program of daytime events, and a 20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh Castle. An easy and money-saving way to see Scotland’s top attractions, the 3-day Explorer Pass is valid over a 5-day period, and can be used on any 3 days within that 5-day period. Please present your voucher in exchange for the Scottish Explorer Pass at any of the following exchange points: Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle or Glasgow Cathedral.  It does not become active until your first site visit.

Day 5: Scotland B&B

In the northwest, you'll have an abundance of historic sights to choose from! Visit the ruins at Elgin Cathedral or take in scenic views from the Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse and Museum. Or perhaps you'd like to take a step back in time and visit the Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, where you can see and hear how whisky was made in the 1900s!

Day 6: Scotland B&B

Continue using your Scottish explorer pass. You way want to book a stay near the Loch Ness Area; nearby you can visit the famous Urquhart Castle as well as the Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland's most photographed castle.

Alternatively, consider staying near the city of Glasgow so you can explore the cultural hub of Scotland, while also being a reasonable driving distance from Edinburgh Airport (EDI).

Day 7: Depart Scotland

In accordance with your departure flight, make your way to Edinburgh Airport (EDI). Drop off your rental car before proceeding to check-in.

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When I booked with Great Value I was nervous because it seemed too good to be true. Nope, just a really great deal. I was able to take my dream trip to Ireland and Scotland and it was within my budget. Everything was covered, my lodging, flights, and rental car. There was no hidden fees, or fine print that would nickel and dime me later on, as "good deals" usually have. I also had to change the date of my trip and the customer service was excellent and this change was simple. Thank you Great Value, I'll be using you every time I travel from now on
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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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Really enjoyed both of my trips through Great Value Vacations. I went on one family trip to Ireland (Adare villa, rental car with trips out to Dublin, Cliffs of Moher and more) . The villa was very comfortable with a kitchen, three bedrooms, and proximity to the local shops /restaurants. We were able to upgrade to an automatic car and had fun navigating to each location on our itinerary. The trip as planned by the agency still leaves time for exploring on your own and since we picked a trip with our own transportation, we had flexibility on which tours we wanted to do and when.

My second trip was a solo trip to Scotland. I like to go on vacation by myself sometimes, but it can be hard to find ones where you aren’t penalized for being on your own. This train trip to Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow worked out really well for me. The hotels were all near the train stations and in safe areas (good lighting, plenty of people, etc.). I got a good mix of options for sightseeing in each city. The hop-on, hop-off bus circuit was especially useful for getting around Edinburgh. I also added an extra tour on in Glasgow to see nearby castles and a distillery and was very glad to have done so as the views of the countryside were amazing!

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