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Glasgow, the Edinburgh Tattoo and Stirling Castle

4.0 stars(3 reviews)

An escorted tour featuring a world-class spectacle

4 days From £635 per person

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.


What’s included


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


Hotel Indigo, Glasgow

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4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 3 reviews

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Mr D Findlay

4 stars

Submitted 19 Sep 2017

Overall experience was good. The Tattoo was wonderful but the dinners at the hotel were very disappointing and also the cancelled train trip which curtailed the boat trip (which was good but very short)

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Mr J Ashmore

4 stars

Submitted 07 Sep 2017

Could be better people with walking difficulties had to climb to many stairs at the tattoo

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Ms S Jones

4 stars

Submitted 03 Sep 2017

First evening dinner at hotel....service very disappointing...took far too long.

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