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Edinburgh Tattoo and the Highlands

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4 days From £795 per person
4.7 stars(6 reviews)

Enjoy the astonishing spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands

Mobility Rating 2

2025 Tour code: EPE25

About the tour

A fantastic short break culminating in the iconic extravaganza of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting.

Based in charming Dunblane, peacefully situated in the Perthshire countryside, this wonderful Scottish holiday also includes a heritage steam train journey through the Cairngorms, a tour of the Kinrara Gin Distillery with a tasting of the award-winning produce, and a visit to historic Stirling Castle.

Unforgettable experiences

Experiencing the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Experiencing the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Prepare for a breathtaking spectacle of entertainment, tradition and music at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Journeying on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway
Journeying on the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway
Travel through picturesque scenes of impressive mountains, dense forests and tranquil lochs on the charming Strathspey Steam Railway in the Cairngorms National Park.
Enjoying a tasting of award-winning gins
Enjoying a tasting of award-winning gins
Savour a guided tasting of award-winning, handcrafted local gins at the family-run Kinrara Gin Distillery, learning how the flavours have been inspired by the beautiful setting of the Cairngorms.
Visiting historic Stirling Castle
Visiting historic Stirling Castle
Embark on a guided tour of one of Scotland’s most significant strongholds, exploring Stirling Castle’s Great Hall and Chapel Royal before free time to stroll among its expansive gardens.

What’s included


Day 1 – Arrival in the charming wee town of Dunblane

Your holiday begins when you arrive independently in the picturesque town of Dunblane. Meeting the Tour Manager at our hotel this afternoon, and once we've checked in, there's time to get to know the town at leisure.

Our hotel is just a short walk from the Allan Water River, where you could enjoy a delightful riverside stroll. Next to the river, you'll discover the 11th-century cathedral standing among a cluster of old-world buildings. Among them is Dean's House, a 17th-century structure that now hosts the cathedral museum, showcasing interesting exhibits on local history. Dunblane Cathedral itself is one of Scotland's most impressive medieval churches, with a four-storey tower that was built in the 1100s, an ornate Gothic doorway and rare 15th-century choir stalls.

Returning to our hotel this evening, we gather for our first dinner as a group.

  • Dinner
Day 2 – The nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway and gin-tasting

Travelling north to atmospheric Aviemore after breakfast, we join the nostalgic Strathspey Steam Railway for a trip through the stunning sights of Cairngorms National Park. The beautifully restored carriages have comfortable seats and large windows, providing fantastic opportunities to marvel at the breathtaking scenery enroute to Broomhill.

Snaking our way alongside the bronze waters of the River Spey that play a crucial part in the production of so many world-class whiskies, we enjoy views of rolling hills blanketed by purple heather, the craggy summit of Cairngorm Mountain, and thick pine forests and wooded glens lining the tracks.

After a round trip on the railway, we rejoin our coach and set off to the Kinrara Distillery on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. In these beautiful surroundings, we savour a hosted gin-tasting experience to learn about the local history and ingredients that have inspired the distillery's award-winning craft gins. In the late afternoon, we travel back to our Dunblane hotel with time to relax before dinner this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Stirling Castle and the sensational Edinburgh Tattoo

After a relaxing morning, our coach picks us up early this afternoon for another culture-packed day. Our first stop is the impressive Stirling Castle for a guided tour where we wander through the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Great Kitchens and beautiful gardens. There is time to enjoy lunch independently either at the castle café or in the centre of Stirling. Here, you could wander over Stirling Old Bridge and discover its association with William Wallace and the Jacobite Rising.

This afternoon, we continue to Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, where you're at leisure to get some dinner and explore before tonight's main event. The annual spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo brings together music, entertainment and ceremonial performances. Watching in awe, we see the Scottish regiments' pipers and drummers performing together, the impressive Massed Bands of the Royal Marines, and a fantastic firework show - all with Edinburgh Castle magnificently illuminated behind them.

After this incredible experience, our coach takes us back to our hotel in Dunblane late this evening.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Homeward bound

It's time to say goodbye to our Scottish adventure today. After a leisurely breakfast, our holiday comes to an end, and you are free to make your way home. If you're not ready to leave beautiful Scotland and Perthshire behind just yet, you could continue exploring the dramatic landscapes, ancient castles and unspoilt nature at your own pace.

On your way home, you can look back at the fantastic new memories we have created. Incredible views of the Scottish Highlands were experienced during a charming journey through the Cairngorms on the Strathspey Steam Railway followed by a tasting of locally made craft gin. A guided tour of Stirling's historic castle preceded a spectacular finale as we marvelled at the sights and sounds of the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo - an unforgettable way to round-off our time in Scotland.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.


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4.7 stars4.7 / 5 · 6 reviews

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B Derbyshire

5 stars

Submitted 29 Aug 2023

First time on a trip like this, very well organised and very friendly

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Peter Wroe

5 stars

Submitted 27 Aug 2023

A very enjoyable trip around the Highlands and the Edinburgh Tattoo. A very well organized trip.

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5 stars

Submitted 22 Aug 2023

Superb hotel in great location. The Tattoo itself was expertly organised and exceeded our expectations on all levels

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Mrs Joanne Michelle Jones

5 stars

Submitted 22 Aug 2023

Fantastic hotel great well managed and timely tours with very pleasant and helpful guide Yvonne and the tattoo was breathtakingly good an excellent short break

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5 stars

Submitted 22 Aug 2023

It was very well organised with a great number of places to visit. When we went to Pitlochry it would have been nice to go earlier in the day so we had longer to look around. The time in Edinburgh was great to see some of the fringe

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David Brown

3 stars

Submitted 21 Aug 2023

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