Edinburgh Tattoo & Stirling Castle
Experience one of the world’s best military performances, as well as castles, a scenic rail journey and more on this tour of Scotland.
Based out of Edinburgh, this quick jaunt exposes visitors to the beautiful traditions of Scotland. The pinnacle of this journey is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a series of incredible performances set against the background of Edinburgh Castle. With bagpipes humming and the beat of drums vibrating through your body, the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands are sure to amaze with their skills. In addition to this grand event, travelers enjoy a scenic ride on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railroad along the shore of Forth; a journey on Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift that connects three of the area’s canals; and a guided visit to Stirling Castle. Four days of adventure in one amazing location.
Your vacation start or end can be tailored to meet your travel needs.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel on Scotrail
- Scenic rail journey onboard Bo'ness & Kinneil Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 3 nights
- 5 meals
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo
- Visit to Falkirk Wheel
- Visit Stirling Castle
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - Edinburgh
Our tour begins in Scotland's cosmopolitan capital, where we meet at the 4-Star Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry. Take some time to settle in or explore Edinburgh at leisure before we meet for dinner in the hotel. (D)
Day 2 - Edinburgh & the Edinburgh Tattoo
We set out by coach for the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railroad for our trip on one of the lovingly restored locomotives. The line takes us along the shore of the Forth and climbs into the hills, before pulling into Birkhill, a picturesque town set on a wooded incline.
We return to Edinburgh, where we have free time to explore further before settling into our seats for the highlight of our trip, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This musical spectacular, featuring the massed pipes and drums of the Scottish regiments, is set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the ancient city. (B)
Day 3 - Falkirk Wheel and Stirling Castle
After a leisurely morning, we transfer to Falkirk for a journey on Falkirk Wheel, an incredible, rotating boat lift, and amazing piece of engineering, which connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. We continue to Helix, passing en route the iconic Kelpies sculptures for a photo opportunity.
This afternoon we journey to the city of Stirling to visit imposing Stirling Castle, which sits perched on a dramatic hilltop overlooking the city. Once the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, this stunning castle is a fine example of Renaissance architecture. You have time at leisure to explore the grandeur of its interiors, including the impressive Great Hall, pretty chapel, and fascinating kitchens, as well as the splendid landscaped gardens before returning to our hotel for a final dinner together. (B, D)
Day 4 - Homeward Bound
After breakfast this morning our vacation concludes, and you are free to say your goodbyes and leave Edinburgh. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry
Nestled between the iconic Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing, The DoubleTree Queensferry sits within 10 acres of peaceful parkland and boasts stunning views across the picturesque shores of the River Forth. Our hotel offers 147 contemporary rooms featuring complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini-fridges, and tea and coffee-making facilities. There's also a polished restaurant/bar with estuary views, the impressive Shore Restaurant, worth a visit in its own right.
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railroad
Our journey on the atmospheric Bo'ness & Kinneil Railroad allows us to relive a bygone era of steam-powered rail travel. Unlike many other heritage railroads though, the Bo'ness& Kinneil has been rebuilt in a similar area to the original line, with buildings sourced from around the country, rather than a preserved line where the original stations were left intact. The train leaves from the station at Bo'ness and runs alongside the vast Firth of Forth as it continues westwards. Across the clear blue waters, there are views out to the Ochil Hills. We then arrive at Kinneil Halt, a small station overlooked by green woodlands.
Providing the entirety of mainland Scotland with transport links, Abello Scotrail is a fantastic commuter service that means even the farthest reaches of this wild and wonderful country is easily accessible. Running since 1983 under a variety of operators, this service has numerous lines, including one that stretches from the tip, Thurso, down to Edinburgh.
The lines on the Scotrail service are some of the most scenic in the world. The Kyle Line, the West Highland Line, and the Hadrian's Wall Line are all services by Scotrail trains. The West Highland Line, stretching between Glasgow to Mallaig, stopping off at Fort William and with an offshoot line to Oban, is arguably the most famous of this line. There are numerous stunning sights to look out for on this route - from the breathtaking wilds of the highlands, to the peaks of the craggy mountains, to the iconic 21-spans of the beautiful Glennfinnan Viaduct.
The stock that traverses the lines are comfortable and modern, with spacious carriages and seating, as well as large windows through which to see the passing beauty of the Scottish countryside. New trains will be coming soon in the next few years, with more services, power sockets, Wi-Fi, and improved accessibility.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 9th August 2020 ($865), 16th August 2020 ($865), 23rd August 2020 ($865)
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