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Eilean Donan Castle surrounded by lochs and mountains
Sightseeing coach tours  ››

See the best of the best small country in the world on these terrific coach tours.

  • An orange speed boat full of passangers on the choppy seas, with hills in the distance
    A trip to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the third largest in the world, between the Islands of Jura and Scarba, Argyll
  • A sign post at John O'Groats with the distances between it and Land's End (874 miles), New York (3951), London (683) and more
    John O'Groats is as far away as possible from another point on mainland Britain, Land's End, and is a popular attraction
  • Inside a stone tomb with a very small rectangular entrance, a couple look at the walls as a guide points out some details
    A guided tour of Maeshowe, a chambered tomb which is part of Orkney's Neolithic World Heritage Site, Orkney
  • Looking down to the colourful main street by the sea in Tobermory, with hills and clouds in the distance
    The village of Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyll

Make the most of your trip and take advantage of how easy it is to travel around Scotland, whether you have a day or a week. Once in Scotland, most cities, regions and islands are easy to reach within a matter of hours. 

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Touring from Cities

From Scotland’s cities, it is possible to reach most parts of the country within two to three hours. Whilst in Inverness, why not spend a night or two in John O’Groats, the most northerly point in Scotland? Or take an hour’s flight from Aberdeen to the stunning Orkney islands where you could visit the Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, which is over 5,000 years old and the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe?

From Dundee, you can take a day trip to Edinburgh to see the sights or even reach the top of Cairn Gorm mountain by foot or by funicular railway, in the UK’s largest National Park.

The city of Stirling is one of the gateways to the Highlands, and on a bus tour you could wind past lochs and mountains to Loch Ness in around three hours.

It takes under an hour’s to drive from Glasgow to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and not much longer to head south to the Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire to find out more about Scotland’s National Bard.

From Edinburgh join one of the country’s National Tourist Routes to savour areas such as the Scottish Borders which has been at the heart of Scotland's culture for centuries and boasts royal burghs, woollen mills, market towns, and historic houses.

Islands and coast

From the mainland it is easier than you might think to hop aboard a ferry or plane and explore the miniature geography and unique character that Scotland’s islands have to offer.

The Inner Hebrides is accessible from the Highlands, central and east Scotland and there are many islands which are serviced by frequent ferries. The islands all have something different to offer, including Iona, a peaceful island of religious pilgrimage, Mull, which has its own Munro and Tiree, which has excellent watersports conditions.

From most city airports you can also reach the Outer Hebrides, one of the most remote corners of Europe, in around an hour and escape day-to-day life on beautiful stretches of beach, spot an array of local wildlife and enjoy the close-knit local culture. Both Orkney and Shetland are also served by regular flights and ferries meaning that you can discover Scotland's remotest parts with surprising ease.

Touring by car

Tour Scotland by car or hire a campervan or caravan to take in the country at your own pace to enjoy a motorhome and campervan breaks in Scotland. Take advantage of the country’s National Tourist Routes or, if you would like more guidance, you can also take an organised self-drive trip with a tour company who can organise your itinerary, hire your car and book your accommodation.

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