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Edinburgh Tattoo

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Edinburgh and the traditions of the Highlands

Marvel at the awesome spectacle of the colourful Edinburgh Military Tattoo during this exciting tour based in Edinburgh. Completing the trip, enjoy a journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway and a visit to the Highland Wildlife Park.

  • Blair Atholl
  • Queen’s View
  • Pitlochry
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Royal Highland Wildlife Park
  • Journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
    Journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals

Edinburgh Tattoo 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Atholl Arms Hotel
Atholl Arms Hotel

Blair Atholl

Your tour begins in the pretty Highland village of Blair Atholl, where you meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at the 3* Atholl Arms Hotel. Blair Atholl is a picture-perfect village in Cairngorms National Park, an area of spectacular natural beauty filled with the stunning scenery that makes Scotland famous - dense forests, wild moorlands, mountains, lochs, and quaint country villages.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Edinburgh Tattoo
Edinburgh Tattoo

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Travel by coach this morning to one of Scotland's most famous and most photographed lookouts, Queen's View. Supposedly named after 14th-century Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce, after she used the picturesque spot to have a rest when travelling through the area. Queen's View offers stunning lake and mountain panoramas, stretching out across glimmering Loch Tummel to the beautiful Glencoe Hills in the distance.

Continue to Pitlochry where you have some free time for lunch, before transferring to Edinburgh, Scotland's cosmopolitan capital. Here you have some time at leisure to explore. 

The heart of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, delightfully blends the old with the new with its medieval Old Town, Georgian New Town, and award-winning modern architecture. It is easy to see why Edinburgh was once regarded as the 'Athens of the North'.

Why not visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where you can learn more about Scotland's unique history, displayed visually through portraits of those who influenced and inspired it?

You will also be able to visit Edinburgh Castle before the festivities kick off this evening. Set overlooking the city, the castle offers fantastic views of the surrounding area and over to the Firth of Forth. The buildings date from between the 12th and 20th centuries, reflecting the castle's changing role as fortress, royal palace, military garrison, and state prison. You can also view the Scottish Crown Jewels and the city's oldest building, the 11th-century St Margaret's Chapel which lies within the castle grounds.

This evening, settle into your seats for the highlight of your trip, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, set against the magnificent, floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh castle.

The Tattoo is an incredible, annual musical spectacular combining music, entertainment, ceremony. The first official Edinburgh Military Tattoo took place in 1950 with around 6,000 spectators. Today, over 200,000 people flock each year to watch the performances, which include the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, and a fantastic firework display.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 Blair Castle
Blair Castle

At leisure in Blair Atholl

Today you are free to enjoy Blair Atholl and its wonderful surroundings. Nearby Blair Castle is a fairytale castle with stunning white-washed stone walls and exquisite landscaped gardens, and is a delight to explore. It also boasts a fascinating history dating back to 1269, and is most famous for being besieged during the Jacobite Rebellion of the 18th century.

Another option is to travel by rail to Pitlochry, one of Perthshire's main tourist destinations. This beautiful town has been a favourite spot of tourists since Victorian times, and this historic heritage is still evident to this day, with an array of Victorian stone buildings found dotted about the town.

Alternatively, discover the beauty of the Scottish countryside and follow one of the many local trails for a scenic walk.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Strathspey Steam Railway
Strathspey Steam Railway

Strathspey Steam Railway

Take the spectacular mainline rail service through the Cairngorms to Aviemore, where a nostalgic railway ride on the Strathspey Steam Railway awaits. This line is one of the most scenic in the country, and runs through the spectacular scenery of the Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy passing views of lush forests and moorland as you follow the winding route of the River Spey on this delightful return journey.

Next, board a coach which takes you to the Royal Highland Wildlife Park in the heart of Cairngorms National Park. Run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the 260-acre park has been open since 1972, and is noted for its dramatic setting, as well as the vast range of wildlife that are housed.

On arrival, enjoy a guided drive around the main reserve of the park, followed by some time at leisure to look around the park at your own pace. Say hello to the native Scottish wildcats, and visit the polar bears, tigers, wolves, and snow leopards.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Blair Atholl
Blair Atholl

Homeward bound

This morning, your tour concludes. You are free to depart after check out.

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and 2 dinners
  • Edinburgh Tattoo
  • Journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Visit Royal Highland Wildlife Park
  • Soak up the views at Queen's View

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

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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