Exploring Scotland

  • Fife
  • Balmoral Castle
  • Cairngorm Highlands
  • Moray
  • Black Isle
  • Edinburgh


August 6 - 15, 2024


  • Excellent hotels, including one castle hotel, lovely settings, and top-shelf hospitality
  • Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and the stories represented there
  • Edinburgh’s New City and its planned neighborhoods of Georgian townhouses
  • Fife’s quaint villages, including Falkland and St. Andrews
  • Braemar’s natural beauty and the Royal Castle of Balmoral
  • Whiskey-brewing in the Spey Valley and stories of the Jacobites
  • The tranquil and scenic Black Isle

Trip Description

It’s time to return to Scotland—a place intertwined with the travel style and sense-of-place values that we embrace at Explore Up Close.  Our itinerary will take shape around four “places” / regions that deserve it:  Edinburgh, Scotland’s primary city and cultural hub; Fife, the historic heartbeat of Scotland, just north of the River Forth; Balmoral Castle and the lovely Cairngorm Highlands; and Scotland’s near North Coast, including Moray and the enchanting “Black Isle.”  We’ll start in Edinburgh and drive north with multi-night stays in each region.

What's Included

  • Comfortable ground transportation
  • Accommodation for 8 nights with breakfast in outstanding inns
  • 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All activities / admissions per the itinerary
  • Guide and concierge service throughout the trip

Trip Price

$6,091 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $1,380)

What's Not Included

Price does not include international airfare, alcohol, other meals, or trip insurance (recommended).

I highly recommend Explore Up Close. Not only did we enjoy some beautiful cities and landscapes, we learned so much history. They are memory makers!
If you want first-class service within a small group of traveling companions that you can really get to know, then definitely consider Explore Up Close.

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Please note, all trip participants should wait for confirmation from Explore Up Close that the trip has the minimum sign-up required to be a “go” before purchasing airline tickets.

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