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Extraordinary Holiday Packages & Tours to Scotland

Book one of Exoticca’s exciting Scotland tours and escape your comfort zone. Discover mesmerizing sights, from visceral highlands to medieval cities oozing history and charm.

Witness extraordinary landscapes of wooded glens beside beautiful lochs, rugged mountains, waterfalls, and iconic castles. It’s a land that combines vibrant cities buzzing with bagpipes and wide-open spaces of deafening quiet.

Most of our all-inclusive Scotland tours cover flights, accommodations, transfers, tours, and even some meals.

Trips to Scotland from the UK

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Take a tour to Scotland for a wide range of activities and a plethora of historical sights to keep you enthralled.

Scotland boasts a distinct culture and unique traditions. Castles, cobbled streets, and ancient architecture dot the countryside. The capital, Edinburgh, is like a living museum and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. 

There’s the powerhouse city of Glasgow and the granite port city of Aberdeen. Inverness showcases the highland, while the incomparable Isle of Skye boasts dramatic landscapes and colorful villages.

Book a Scotland tour from the UK. Flights depart from London, Dublin, Belfast, and other main airports.

Top points of interest in Scotland


A comparatively small nation, Scotland punches well above its weight with a storied history and various significant landmarks. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best attractions

Edinburgh


The compact Scottish capital rates among the most beautiful cities in Europe. It’s renowned for its eponymous castle, the stunning medieval center around the Royal Mile, ancient pubs, and the inspiring view from Arthur’s Seat.

Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the Royal Mile, is a must-see on tours of Scotland. View the oldest Crown Jewels in the UK and the Stone of Destiny. Visit the Great Hall and the Royal Palace in Crown Square, or witness the one ‘o clock gun.

The National Museum of Scotland is full of historical artifacts. Consider exploring the National Gallery of Modern Art. Stroll through Holyrood Park for stunning views from the Salisbury Crags. 

Glasgow


Glasgow is the largest city in the country, with 1.7 million inhabitants. A port city on the River Clyde, Glasgow is a creative hub and a UNESCO City of Music. It’s an integral part of many trips to Scotland.

The city’s street art is an attraction all on its own, but there are also several museums and art galleries with vast collections. The Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest museum, including various artifacts and iconic pieces like Rembrandt’s Entombment of Christ.

It’s home to the Scottish Opera and Ballet, the National Theatre, distilleries, and botanical gardens. Glasgow Cathedral, the Science Center, and pub and history tours offer diverse experiences on tours of Scotland.

St. Andrews


Less than an hour east of the capital, St. Andrews has a gorgeous coastline, particularly on West Sand Beach. It also offers the ruins of an extraordinary cathedral, St. Andrews Castle, ghost tours, and museums.

This seaside town on the east coast is famed for its golf courses. The Royal and Ancient Club was the birthplace of golf, and the Old Course has been the headquarters since 1754.

It’s also known for its historic university, founded in 1413. It’s the best in the country and attracts a diverse student body from around the globe. The best tours of Scotland often include a visit to the campus.

Scottish Highlands


The highlands change the pace of your trip to Scotland with panoramic scenery and echoing isolation.

Explore the stunning Glencoe near Loch Leven and Fort William, where hairy highland cows show off cool hairstyles. There are also red deer, waterfalls, and many hiking trails.

The Cairngorms National Park near Aviemore offers outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. You could even hike up Ben Nevis, the highest point in the UK. Dolphins swim in the Moray Firth, and the Dunrobin Castle and gardens are a delight on many trips to Scotland.

Inverness


The highland capital, Inverness, offers wonderful sightseeing opportunities, informative museums, art galleries, and shopping. Take a bus to Loch Ness and spot legendary Nessie. Visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle and climb the Grant Tower for epic views over the loch.

Fort George is the most-significant military fortification in the UK and gives an intriguing insight into life in an 18th-century garrison. Check out the collection of cannons and weapons, like muskets with bayonets, ammunition pouches, swords, and long infantry spears called pikes.

Visit the Inverness Castle of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on a guided tour of Scotland. Delve into history, culture, and archeology at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Don’t miss the nearby Dalwhinnie whiskey distillery.

Scotland: Off the beaten path


Here are some off-the-beaten sights to include on your Scotland tour package:

  • The Isle of Skye is a remote but popular destination, with the Highland Games starting in August. Don’t miss the Fairy Pools near Glenbrittle, with waterfalls and crystal-clear depths.
  • Take a boat tour to the breathtaking Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Mull. You could see cute puffins inside the dramatic basalt grotto.

Book your Scotland tours with Exoticca

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Allow our experienced team at Exoticca to arrange and direct your all-inclusive trips to Scotland. We organize everything so you can make the most of your precious time to tick off bucket list encounters.

All included: Flights, hotels, tours & transfers


Exoticca’s tours of Scotland generally include flights, accommodations, transfers, excursions, and even some meals. Check your preferred option carefully, as our all-inclusive offers aren’t uniform.

Scotland partially or fully guided tours


We offer partially and fully guided group tours of Scotland. Choose from escorted, semi-escorted, independent, or fully guided alternatives. Let our representatives know if you prefer a private tour of Scotland.

Crafted by our own travel experts


Exoticca’s travel experts have created more than 300 unique travel packages across 60 diverse global destinations. Our team leverages their firsthand insights to deliver the best Scotland holiday packages.

Through close collaboration with local partners and skilled guides in each location, we ensure our passengers embark on a travel adventure that’s both effortless and memorable. Our local partners serve as the driving force behind our thoughtfully curated tours and excursions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most beautiful part of Scotland?

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The Isle of Skye in the Hebrides off the northwest coast is famed for its dramatic rugged landscapes. The colorful fishing villages and medieval castles make it a popular tourist attraction.

What month is best to see Scotland?

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Tours of Scotland take place year-round, although most visit in summer. The weather is better, the days are longer, and music concerts and festivals are enchanting. The winter is gorgeous and bitterly cold, but thrilling activities compensate.

Which is better, Edinburgh or Glasgow?

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It depends on your preference. Edinburgh has a rich history and culture, while Glasgow offers a fantastic music scene and nightlife. 

Is it better to visit Ireland or Scotland?

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Scotland tours boast glorious landscapes, nightlife, and culture. Ireland is known for its impossibly green hills, music, and charm. Both are worth a visit.

What is the most visited castle in Scotland?

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Arguably the most famous in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle is certainly the most visited. In the center of the capital, it looms over the city from its perch atop Castle Rock.

Scotland Travel advice

Scotland tourist attractions

More information about Scotland

A magical country, known for its breathtaking Highlands and historic cities, Scotland is one of the nations of the United Kingdom, covering the northern reaches of the kingdom and including 790 islands, dotted across the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea. The capital, Edinburgh, is famed for its annual Edinburgh Festival, whilst other notable cities include Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee.

This small country has a fascinating heritage, displayed in its castles, monuments and unique culture and traditions. A trip to Scotland evokes images of wild, rugged Highlands, mist-covered lochstartan-clad bagpipe players and, not forgetting, delicious Scottish whisky

From the fantastic museums and galleries of Edinburgh to the remote ruins of Urquhart Castle, perched on the shore of legendary Loch Ness, Scotland is filled with cultural treasures and is a great choice for a package tour holiday. Scotland is known for its unpredictable weather, with cold winters and mild summers. The best time to visit Scotland is during the spring or autumn when the Highlands are at their most colourful and the crowds have dissipated.

Some of the more popular travel destinations in Scotland are the rugged peaks of the Isle of Skye, the vibrant city of Edinburgh, the picturesque surroundings of Loch Lomond, historic Glen Coe and the wildlife haven of the Shetland Islands. Nature lovers can trust Scotland to provide some of the most pristine wildernesses left in Western Europe today. The Northern Highlands, Cairngorms and the Outer Hebrides are home to the most unforgettable landscapes, but history-buffs might prefer visiting the historic castles of Perthshire and Aberdeenshire on a holiday to Scotland. 

History of Scotland

The rich history of Scotland is what makes the country such a popular travel destination, immortalised in films such as Braveheart and the legendary poetry of national hero, Robert Burns. From its ruined castles to the mysterious standing stones of Orkney and Shetland, incredible monuments over 10,000 years old, there are countless historic sights to explore if you travel to Scotland. 

In the 5th-century Celts arrived in Scotland from Ireland and became known as Scots. The inhabitants at the time, known as Picts, had strong community ties and tribal culture, although the Picts and Celts unified in the 9th-century and the territory soon became known as Scotland. The Romans famously build Hadrian’s Wall to keep the Picts, known for their brightly coloured war-paint, from invading Britannia in the early Middle Ages. 

One of the best known historical figures from Scottish history was William Wallace, who led the Scots against the forces of Edward I of England at the Battle of Stirling Bridge after the English monarch claimed to right to the Scottish crown in the 13th-century. Despite early victories, eventually, Wallace met a gruesome end. As such an important emblem of Scottish Independence, there is a William Wallace Monument in Stirling that you can visit on a tour of Scotland and closeby is the very bridge where the famous conflict took place. Another icon of this era was Robert the Bruce, who successfully secured Scotland’s independence at Bannockburn in 1314. 

In 1603, James VI of Scotland inherited Ireland and England, forming a union of three nations, a precursor to the United Kingdom of today. A century later, the Act of Union of 1707 created the United Kingdom, but led to further power struggles between England and Scotland, resulting in a series of Jacobite uprisings. Today, Scotland is a devolved nation of the UK and you can find the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. 

Throughout the Highlands and Lowlands of this historic nation, you’ll find relics of its turbulent past. Fortresses such as Caerlaverock and castles such as Stirling and Edinburgh pay testament to the rich and complex heritage that shaped modern-day Scotland.

Nature in Scotland

Considered one of the most beautiful countries on earth, Scotland is jam-packed with natural wonders, from towering mountain peaks to glistening lochs and atmospheric glens. A package tour of Scotland will unveil an unforgettable mix of landscapes and it is no surprise that many choose to visit Scotland for hiking trips and walking holidays.

Of all the natural spectacles to be found on a tour of Scotland, the Three Sisters are perhaps the best known and loved. Three steep ridges, nicknamed the Three Sisters rise from the atmospheric Glen Coe Valley, an area of rich natural beauty in the Scottish Highlands. Visiting the Three Sisters is a spectacular sight at any time of year and the untouched landscape is a haven for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Other unmissable natural sights to discover if you travel to Scotland include Green Loch in Glenmore Forest Park, a magical green body of water nestled in a lush forest, Galloway Forest Park, an area so remote that it is one of the world’s best destinations for stargazing and Rannoch Moor, one of Europe’s last remaining true wildernesses, home to deers, grouse and other wildlife. 

Scotland is also home to the tallest mountain in the British Isles: Ben Nevis. Situated close to the town of Fort William, a great base for excursions along the West Highland WayBen Nevis reaches the lofty height of 1,345 metres at its peak. More than 100,000 walkers attempt to scale this mountain every year.

Scottish Culture

More than just tartan kilts and bagpipesScotland has a rich and diverse national culture which the Scots are rightly proud of. In recent years, Scottish history and culture have peaked interests around the world thanks to the popular television series Outlander, which is set in the days of the Highland clans. Originally small kinship groups, clans still endure today, with more than 500 active clans, each with its own unique colourful tartan pattern. A cornerstone of traditional Scottish culture, tartan kilts are worn for special occasions and if you visit Scotland you can even create your own tartan at one of the famous Woolen Mills, found throughout the country.

A celebration of Scottish culture, the Highland Games is a must-see if you travel to Scotland in the summer. This annual event celebrates traditional games, music and dress. Scots also love modern sports and Scotland is said to be the ‘home of golf', with the famous St. Andrews Golf Course considered to be the oldest golf course in the world. Football is also at the heart of modern Scottish culture. Celtic and Rangers are the Scots’ best-loved football teams. 

If you take a holiday to Scotland you’re sure to fall in love with its amazing food and drink scene. Of course, the most famous culinary export is Scotch Whisky, known and revered worldwide. Speyside Whiskies, which are distilled near the River Spey in Strathspey are the most popular varieties and a trip to Scotland is incomplete without tasting this fiery ‘Scottish water’. If you prefer something non-alcoholic, Irn Bru is a close second when it comes to Scotland’s favourite drinks. This fizzy soft-drink is bright orange and is widely consumed throughout the country. 

When it comes to food, Scotland is home to an innovative and thriving food scene, particularly in the major cities where you’ll find a host of both trendy and traditional restaurants. In the last few decades, Scotland has moved away from the stereotypical image of deep-fried chocolate bars and haggis, although you can still find these traditional treats in the local chip shop or on the dining table on Burns Night.

If you visit Scotland for the first time you might be surprised by the wide variety of slang words and local dialects still in use today. Scotland is famed for its unique sayings and slang and, in fact, there are two official languages: English and Scottish Gaelic. 

Scotland is filled with unparalleled natural beauty, vibrant cities and a whole host of historic landmarks to explore. Travel to Scotland and discover a country steeped in tradition, full of legends and landscapes. 

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