Call to book01904 521 936
Tour Search
#Favourites

Glasgow, the Edinburgh Tattoo and Stirling Castle

Save
4.2 stars(32 reviews)
Gallery

An escorted tour featuring a world-class spectacle

You are viewing the 2022 itinerary. Select your departure year
20222023
4 days Sold out

2022 Tour code: ETE22

About the tour

Experience the spectacle of the Edinburgh Tattoo, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. Complimenting our holiday, we travel by heritage railway, explore Stirling Castle and revel in Charles Rennie Mackintosh's unique architecture.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Glasgow

Our tour begins in cosmopolitan Glasgow, where we meet at our hotel. Straddling the River Clyde, this sprawling metropolis is one of Europe's liveliest destinations, full of vitality and style and complemented by the backdrop of its rich history and outstanding Victorian architecture.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and Edinburgh Tattoo

We set out by coach for the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway for an atmospheric trip through the Scottish countryside in one of the lovingly-restored locomotives. The line takes us past a number of quaint, preserved stations and along the shore of the Forth and before pulling into Birkhill, a picturesque town set on a wooded incline. Before transferring to Edinburgh this evening, we also enjoy a quick stop at the 'Kelpies', 30-foot statues of mythical horses said to roam the Caledonian countryside. Settling into our seats for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, we prepare for a musical spectacular featuring the massed pipes and drums of the Scottish regiments and set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The Tattoo is an incredible annual event combining music, entertainment and ceremony, including the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines and a fantastic firework display.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Stirling Castle and the Mackintosh tea rooms

We visit Stirling Castle, which sits perched on a dramatic hilltop overlooking the city. Once the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, this stunning fortress is one of the most impressive in Scotland, and is a fine example of Renaissance architecture. You have time to explore the grand interiors, including the impressive Great Hall, pretty Chapel Royal, where Queen Mary was crowned in 1543, and the kitchens, which offer a striking contrast to the sumptuous decor of the rest of the castle. With replicas of traditional dishes and detailed, life-sized models recreating the atmosphere of a busy workspace, this immersive exhibit gives a true sense of the hustle and bustle of a royal kitchen during its heyday. You might also like to take a stroll though the splendid gardens. Back in Glasgow, we make our way to the Mackintosh at the Willow tea rooms. Situated on the famous Sauchiehall Street and designed by the celebrated architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903, soak in the glorious Art Nouveau atmosphere as we discover the 200-seater tea room, refurbished to look just as it would have done in Mackintosh's time. Afterwards, we sit down to a traditional serving of sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea or coffee.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Home

After breakfast this morning, our holiday concludes and you're free to leave Glasgow or stay longer to see the sights.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

For departures ETE2205, ETE2206, ETE2207, ETE2209 and ETE2210, on Day 2 you will now visit Stirling Castle before seeing the Edinburgh Tattoo show. Then on Day 3 you will journey on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

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.

Hotel

Hotel Indigo, Glasgow

Hotel Indigo, Glasgow

View hotel

Train

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

Enhance your holiday

Upgrades

UK rail connections
Extending your holiday in Edinburgh

Reviews

4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 32 reviews

  1. 5 stars
    (11)
  2. 4 stars
    (18)
  3. 3 stars
    (2)
  4. 2 stars
    (0)
  5. 1 star
    (1)

mr anthony greenhalgh

4 stars

Submitted 5/Sep

Enjoyed the Tattoo but too many bus rides in and out of Glasgow. Disappointed that the visit to the Falkirk wheel,

Collected by Trustpilot

S. H.

5 stars

Submitted 5/Sep

Amazing sights & sounds.

Collected by Trustpilot

Mr Christopher Jenkins

4 stars

Submitted 4/Sep

Good 2 day/ 3 night break. Full agenda and great excursions. Let down by rather a lot of coach travel and disappointing menu at otherwise good hotel.

Collected by Trustpilot

Ginny Dehplesis

5 stars

Submitted 4/Sep

It was wonderful experience and I got to share it with my son, if you love pipes and drums this is a must

Collected by Trustpilot

M Wright

1 stars

Submitted 3/Sep

Tattoo fantastic, too many coach journeys when we could have traveled by train.

Collected by Trustpilot

John Waters

4 stars

Submitted 3/Sep

The tour was very good however, the food in the Hotel Indigo in Glasgow was not.

Collected by Trustpilot

Show 6 more reviews

Tailor made for you

Customise this tour with Great Rail Journeys Independent

Glasgow, the Edinburgh Tattoo and Stirling Castle

An escorted tour featuring a world-class spectacle

Call

Enquire
Lynne Broadley
Lynne
Rhianna Coote
Rhianna
Jo Jones
Jo
Related inspiration from our journey blog