Marvel at the awesome spectacle of the colourful Edinburgh
Military Tattoo during this exciting tour based in Edinburgh.
Completing the trip, enjoy a journey on the Strathspey Steam
Railway and a visit to the Highland Wildlife Park.
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - Blair Atholl
Your tour begins in the pretty Highland village of Blair Atholl,
where you meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at the
3* Atholl Arms Hotel. Blair Atholl is a picture-perfect village in
Cairngorms National Park, an area of spectacular natural beauty
filled with the stunning scenery that makes Scotland famous - dense
forests, wild moorlands, mountains, lochs, and quaint country
Day 2 - Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Travel by coach this morning to one of Scotland's most famous
and most photographed lookouts, Queen's View. Supposedly named
after 14th-century Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce, after
she used the picturesque spot to have a rest when travelling
through the area. Queen's View offers stunning lake and mountain
panoramas, stretching out across glimmering Loch Tummel to the
beautiful Glencoe Hills in the distance.
Continue to Pitlochry where you have some free time for lunch,
before transferring to Edinburgh, Scotland's cosmopolitan capital.
Here you have some time at leisure to explore.
The heart of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site,
delightfully blends the old with the new with its medieval Old
Town, Georgian New Town, and award-winning modern architecture. It
is easy to see why Edinburgh was once regarded as the 'Athens of
Why not visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where you
can learn more about Scotland's unique history, displayed visually
through portraits of those who influenced and inspired it?
You will also be able to visit Edinburgh Castle before the
festivities kick off this evening. Set overlooking the city, the
castle offers fantastic views of the surrounding area and over to
the Firth of Forth. The buildings date from between the 12th and
20th centuries, reflecting the castle's changing role as fortress,
royal palace, military garrison, and state prison. You can also
view the Scottish Crown Jewels and the city's oldest building, the
11th-century St Margaret's Chapel which lies within the castle
This evening, settle into your seats for the highlight of your
trip, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, set against the magnificent,
floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh castle.
The Tattoo is an incredible, annual musical spectacular
combining music, entertainment, ceremony. The first official
Edinburgh Military Tattoo took place in 1950 with around 6,000
spectators. Today, over 200,000 people flock each year to watch the
performances, which include the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal
Marines, and a fantastic firework display.
Day 3 - At leisure in Blair Atholl
Today you are free to enjoy Blair Atholl and its wonderful
surroundings. Nearby Blair Castle is a fairytale castle with
stunning white-washed stone walls and exquisite landscaped gardens,
and is a delight to explore. It also boasts a fascinating history
dating back to 1269, and is most famous for being besieged during
the Jacobite Rebellion of the 18th century.
Another option is to travel by rail to Pitlochry, one of
Perthshire's main tourist destinations. This beautiful town has
been a favourite spot of tourists since Victorian times, and this
historic heritage is still evident to this day, with an array of
Victorian stone buildings found dotted about the town.
Alternatively, discover the beauty of the Scottish countryside
and follow one of the many local trails for a scenic walk.
Day 4 - Strathspey Steam Railway
Take the spectacular mainline rail service through the
Cairngorms to Aviemore, where a nostalgic railway ride on the
Strathspey Steam Railway awaits. This line is one of the most
scenic in the country, and runs through the spectacular scenery of
the Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy passing views of lush forests
and moorland as you follow the winding route of the River Spey on
this delightful return journey.
Next, board a coach which takes you to the Royal Highland
Wildlife Park in the heart of Cairngorms National Park. Run by the
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the 260-acre park has been
open since 1972, and is noted for its dramatic setting, as well as
the vast range of wildlife that are housed.
On arrival, enjoy a guided drive around the main reserve of the
park, followed by some time at leisure to look around the park at
your own pace. Say hello to the native Scottish wildcats, and visit
the polar bears, tigers, wolves, and snow leopards.
Day 5 - Homeward bound
This morning, your tour concludes. You are free to depart after
On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the
first hotel on your itinerary anytime
after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be
between 16:00 and 18:00.
However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager
before dinner from 19:00.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
Very good tour leader, friendly and efficient. Excellent trips. Nice hotel. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mrs J Turner
Good hotel but too far from the \Edinburgh festival , so too much time was spent travelling
Mrs C Highley
A good combination of activities; well looked after; liked the "free day" in the middle
Mr J Hugill
fine--although the tattoo organisation was terrible that of course is not your fault--very long queues, a stand, we were at the top, to steep and to difficult to access a lot of people missed the start as it took far to long to get in.Why let people in to late--to get to their seats
Mr R Boyt
We enjoyed the whole experience ! Tattoo , Hotel , Blair Atholl ,
the Strapthsey Steam Railway , The Cairngorms and Blair Castle
were Extremely well organised ! We MUST point out , though ,
that the QUEUING to get into the Tattoo was one of the worst
organised experiences of my life . I can understand about the Hillsborough Disaster now . This was NOT Rail Discoveries Fault , but YOU should point it out to them ! Meanwhile , the Coach Drivers
were also very good !