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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I book my tour? What is a guest house? How many people will be on my tour? Find out all the facts with our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have a question, just email us at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk for a personalised response.


General Information

How do I make a booking?

The best way to make a booking is on-line. As soon as your booking is made we will send you a booking confirmation/voucher straight to your email in-box.

Can I book by telephone?

The most convenient way to make a booking is on-line. If this is not possible you can book by telephone by calling 0871 200 0611. Lines are open from 08:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs daily (UK time). If you are calling from overseas please call +44 141 237 4294. Please note that you will need to quote your credit or debit card details in order for our representative to make a booking on your behalf.

How do I call you from overseas?

If you are calling from overseas please call +44 141 237 4294. Please note lines are open between 08:00 hrs and 20:00 hrs UK time.

When should I book my tour?

We would recommend making your booking as soon as your travel plans are finalised. Booking earlier will ensure that you can travel on the departure date of your choosing.  The tours featured on this website are very popular and sell out quickly.

Do you accept last-minute bookings?

If there are still seats available on the tour departure we can accept reservations up to the morning of departure.

Can you check availability for me?

If you need to check that there are seats available for your party then please contact us by email or by telephone. Please note that availability may change and we are unable to “hold seats” without payment.

How do I pay for my tour?

You can pay for your tour by Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card.

Is there a charge for using a credit or debit card to pay for my tour?

One of the many advantages of booking through Scottish Tours is that there are no additional fees for paying by credit or debit card.

I don’t have a credit or debit card. How do I make a booking?

Please contact us and we will send you our bank details so that you can pay by bank transfer. Please note that we are unable to make a reservation for you without being in receipt of cleared funds.

Are children allowed on your tours?

Children are welcome to travel on almost all the tours featured on this website. The minimum age for participation does vary from tour to tour so please check the relevant tour page for more information.

I will be travelling with an infant. What tours can I travel on?

We have a number of tours that are child friendly for children of all ages. Infants under the age of 3 years travel for free on these tours:
Edinburgh
Edinburgh City Tour
Glen Coe, Loch Ness and Inverness Tour
Glasgow
Glasgow City Tour

Inverness
Inverness City Tour
London
Edinburgh by Train
Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital
Glasgow, The Cultural Capital
Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands
Additionally, infants can travel at the child rate on these tours:
Inverness
Loch Ness Passion Tour
Loch Ness Temptation Tour
Loch Ness Sensation Tour

Can I bring my dog with me?

We are really sorry but we are unable to carry dogs (except guide dogs) on our tours.

Do you offer travel industry discounts?

We are sorry but we do not offer airline or travel industry discounts.

We’re two people booking independently. How do we make sure that we are travelling together?

We ask that each party sends us a brief email to enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk prior to making your bookings telling us the name of the tour you wish to book, date of travel and the name of the second traveller. Once you’ve done this you can go ahead and make your reservations and we’ll do our very best to have you seated together and, if you are travelling on a multi-day tour, accommodated in the same lodgings.

I would like to buy a tour as a present. Can you help?

Yes we can. We can issue you with a tour specific gift voucher. All the recipient needs to do is email with their preferred date of travel and we’ll do the rest. Please email us for details - enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk

Do I need to print my voucher?

We’ve introduced EVouchers on all Signature Day Tours; Signature Muli-day Tours; Freestyle Multi-day tours and Express Tours. Just upload your voucher to your smartphone or tablet, show and go. Nothing could be easier!

I need to change or amend my tour?

Here is a summary of our change/amend policies
Hop-on, Hop-off Tours; Signature Day Tours and Coach/Cruise Tours – tickets can be changed up until 3 days prior to departure for a small fee.
Signature Multi-day Tours & Freestyle Multiday Tours – tickets can be changed up until 14 days prior to departure for a small fee.
Freestyle Train Tours – Tickets cannot be changed,
Escorted Tours; Premium Escorted Tours and Small Group Tours – Please email us for advice.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for full details. If you would like to make a change please email us - enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk. We regret that we are unable to take change requests by telephone.

I need to cancel my tour. What do I do?

Here is a summary of our cancellation policy
Hop-on, Hop-off Tours; Signature Day Tours and Coach/Cruise Tours
More than 3 days notice – 80% refund
3 days or less – no refund
Signature Multi-day Tours & Freestyle Multiday Tours
More than 14 days notice – 80% refund
14 days or less – no refund
Freestyle Train Tours – Tickets cannot be cancelled
Escorted Tours; Premium Escorted Tours and Small Group Tours – Please email us for advice.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for full details. If you would like to cancel your booking please email us - enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk. We regret that we are unable to take cancellation requests by telephone.

Can you send me a more detailed itinerary for the tours shown on your website?

Our extensive experience in tour operation have taught us that every tours is different for a number of reasons such as the weather and group dynamics. We’ll be happy to give you general information but suggest the best way to approach travelling on a tour is to “go with the flow”. One of the advantages of travelling with Scottish Tours is the flexibility that the driver/guides have to ensure the maximum enjoyment of our passengers.

Is wifi available?

Most guest houses and hotels provide wifi either on a complimentary basis or for a small fee. Please note that in some cases the signal may be restricted to public areas only. The coaches used on Escorted and Premium Escorted Tours are equipped with wifi.

Are your tours suitable for passengers with mobility issues?

We’ll be happy to give you specific advice. Please email us at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk for more information.

Can I bring a wheelchair with me?

You can bring a manual folding wheelchair on most tours. We’re sorry but we are able to carry powered wheelchairs or scooters. Please email us at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk for more information.

Is there much walking involved on your tours?

On most tours you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs. If you have someone in your party who has mobility issues then there is normally an alternative at most stops.

What sort of clothing should I bring with me?

We recommend bringing comfortable waterproof shoes and layered clothing that you can remove or add as conditions change. If your tour involves travel by ferry or cruise boat you might want to bring a light jacket if you plan to sit out on deck. 

Can you give me advice on tipping?

It is customary to acknowledge good service by offering a tip for excellent service. We are often asked how much should you tip. This is such a difficult question to answer however we offer these suggestions as being a fair amount.
If your tour was operated by a driver/guide
£4.00 per person per day
If your tour was operated by a separate driver & guide
£3.00 per person per day to each staff member. Please bear in mind that these amounts are purely discretionary. It is customary to present tips on an individual basis at the end of the tour.  

What sort of weather can I expect?

Ah, this is the $64,000 question! It may surprise you to know that we have a very temperate climate in Scotland. The geography of Scotland means that it does rain more frequently in the west of the country and there are stronger winds in the east. If it does rain on your tour we will not be too concerned and neither should you be – we need it to make our whisky!

Where can I purchase travel insurance?

We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance in place for your trip to Scotland, especially if you are visiting from overseas. To purchase a policy speak to your insurance broker or undertake a search on-line. We would also suggest checking your home policy or credit card contract as many suppliers include travel insurance as part of their offering. 

What happens if I miss my tour because I was late?

If you miss your tour because you are late there will be no refund. Please note that this also applies if you cannot locate the tour departure point. We recommend that you arrive at the tour departure point at least 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time shown on your voucher. In these circumstances we regret that it is not possible to move your booking to another tour or date.

I don’t have a local telephone number. What should I do?

We ask that you provide us with a local contact number so that we can reach you if we need to discuss your tour. You can provide a mobile or cell phone number (please include the full number including dialling code) alternatively if you know where you are staying you can provide your accommodation providers number instead.

I’ve made a booking but not received my voucher. What should I do?

In most cases your booking will be made in real time and a voucher will be sent by email to the address you have provided. Where we cannot provide instant confirmation it may take up to 24 hours to confirm your booking. If you have not received your voucher please check your spam or junk mail folder in case it has been router there by mistake. If you cannot locate your voucher please call or email us for assistance.

How do I get something back that I have left on the coach?

On your tour confirmation/voucher we will provide a local contact number. Please call this number as soon as realise that you have lost an item and the team will do their very best to reunite you with your missing article(s).

Hop-on, Hop-off Tours

What is included in the price of the tour?

our ticket price includes transportation by open-top or part-covered double deck bus with either a live commentary in English or personal recorded commentary. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time you exchange your voucher for a tour ticket.

Where can I board the bus?

The main departure points for the Hop-on, Hop-off tours are:
Edinburgh - Waverley Bridge, next to Waverley Railway Station.
Glasgow - George Square, next to Queen Street Railway Station
Inverness – Bridge Street, next to the Visitor Information Centre
In addition each tour has a number of stops where you can also board the bus – just exchange your voucher for a ticket from the driver.

How long is my ticket valid for?

Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time that it is issued. Keep your ticket in a safe place as it cannot be replaced if you lose it.

What happens if it rains?

This tour operates rain or shine all year round. The buses that are used on the tour have been specially designed with a covered area at the front of the upper deck offering protection from the elements.

How will I know where to get off?

There are so many places to explore on these tours. The key attractions at each stop are announced so that you’ll know where to alight. You’ll also be given a handy tour map that lists the places you’ll want to visit.

Can I show my ticket on my smartphone?

No, you will need to print the voucher that we send you and exchange it with either the bus driver or ticket seller, if you board at Waverley Bridge.

Are admission fees included in the price of the ticket?

Admission fees are not included in the price of the tour. Many of the most popular museums and art galleries on each tour route are free of charge.

What is the duration of the tour?

A full circuit of the tour route will take 60 minutes in Edinburgh & Inverness and 105 minutes in Glasgow.

Signature Day Tours

What is included in the price of the tour?

The price of your ticket includes transportation by luxury mini, midi or full sized touring coach with air-conditioning and the services of an experienced driver/guide. Unless stated in the “what’s included” listing admission fees are extra

Will there be a tour commentary?

Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special. Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes! 

If I go to Loch Ness can I go on a Cruise?

Yes, all our one-day tours that visit Loch Ness (except Nessie Adventure) include the option of enjoying a cruise on the loch. Mount your very own Nessie adventure and enjoy wonderful views of Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic and historic castles. Each cruise boat is equipped with on-board sonar, comfortable seating inside and out as well as toilets. Refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring packed food. You can purchase a ticket from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only.

How many people will be in the group?

The group size is normally between 29 and 33 passengers. On the Original Loch Ness Tour and at times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches are be used. 

What features will the coach have?

You will usually travel in a modern eco-friendly touring coach which is equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.  

Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?

Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop. Vegetarian food is widely available. 

Do you offer a hotel pick-up service?

We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels. By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible.

Can I book seats on the coach?

The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.

I am travelling on a budget. Can I do the same the trip by public transport?

Almost certainly not! Our tours are designed to maximise your sightseeing opportunities so we frequently head off the main road and take routes where there is little or no public transport available. Please also bear in mind that the tour commentary that you will enjoy is designed to bring Scotland’s history, nature and scenic beauty to life as you travel around. Reading about your surroundings from a guide book will just not be the same!

Can I join the tour in Edinburgh and leave it in Glasgow (or v.v.)?

You can certainly do this on our "Oban and the Western Highlands” tour. There is no charge for this facility and you can bring your luggage with you.

Do you accept groups?

Yes, we are happy to accept groups on our tours. Discounts are available and we offer dedicated coaches for larger parties. Please email or call us for more information.

Coach/Cruise Tours

What is included in the price of the tour?

The price of your ticket includes transportation by luxury midicoach with air-conditioning, a cruise on Loch Ness and the services of an experienced driver/guide.

Can children travel this tour?

Children of all ages are welcome to travel on this cruise/coach tour. Special child prices are available for children aged up to 16 years of age.

How many people will be in the group?

The group size is normally around 33 passengers. At times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used. 

What features will the coach have?

You will usually travel in a modern eco-friendly midi touring coach which is equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.  

Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?

Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop. Vegetarian food is widely available. 

Are these tours suitable for wheelchair users?

We are sorry but due to layout of the cruise boats these tours are not suitable for wheelchair users.

What should I wear?

Wear layers as the temperature on the loch can vary. We recommend bringing a rain jacket, just in case!

Will there be a tour commentary?

An experienced driver/guide will host the coach tour portion of the tour. They will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special. On the cruise portion of the tour a crew member will provide a full commentary on the history and nature of Loch Ness including Nessie, of course!

I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?

We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time. In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.

Signature Multi-day Tours and Freestyle Multi-day Tours

What is included in the price of the tour?

The price of your ticket includes accommodation in comfortable guest house accommodation with private bathroom (on many tours you can up-grade to hotel accommodation), full Scottish breakfast daily (day 2 onwards), transportation by luxury mini, midi or full sized touring coach with air-conditioning and the services of an experienced driver/guide. Unless stated in the “what’s included” listing admission fees are extra

How much luggage can I bring?

Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited. Please check the relevant tour web-page for details.

What meals are included?

A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee. Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Your driver/guide will be happy to suggest a conveniently located restaurant where you can enjoy good food for dinner.

What kind of accommodation do you use?

We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience.

The guesthouses and B&B’s are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&B’s offer enhanced facilities such as a resident’s lounge where you can relax with other guests.

On many tours you have the option of up-grading to hotel accommodation. Generally they are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All our hotels have comfortable lounges where you can enjoy morning coffee. Most have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes. Many have lively bars where you can relax and re-live the days experiences with your fellow passengers.
Accommodation is spread throughout the communities that we stay in. Hotels are normally centrally located and the guesthouses/B&B’s seldom more than a 10/15 minute walk from the town or village centre. The coach will drop you off at or close to your accommodation each night and will pick you up in the morning, after breakfast.

What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:

Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed.
Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed
Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).

You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.

All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.  

How many people will be in the group?

The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers.

Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?

Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.

Can I join the tour in Edinburgh and leave in Glasgow (or v.v.)?

Yes, you can and there is no extra charge to do this. It makes a great way of travelling between our two great cities. If you wish to do this please email us at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk quoting your booking reference number. We’ll be happy to make the arrangements for you.

What features will the coach have?

You will usually travel in a modern eco-friendly mini or midi touring coach which is equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.

Can you book a hotel for me before or after my tour?

To get the best value we recommend booking your own accommodation. You can use the Highland Hotels tab above to access very attractive hotel rates through an associate website.

The following hotels are conveniently placed for our departure points:
Edinburgh:
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile
Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile
Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge
Motel One – Royal
Radisson Blu Hotel
The Bank Hotel
Travelodge Edinburgh Central
Glasgow:
Carlton George Hotel
Mercure Hotel Glasgow City
Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Premier Inn George Square
Ramada City Hotel

Inverness:
Best Western Palace Hotel
Columba Hotel
Glen Mhor Hotel
Mercure Hotel Inverness
Premier Inn River Ness
The Kings Highway

Our national tourist board, Visitscotland, maintains a comprehensive database of B&B, Guest House and Hotel accommodation. All properties are inspected and graded by trained Visitscotland staff. You can access more information at http://www.visitscotland.com/.

Freestyle Multi-day tours

What is included in the price of the tour?

The price of your ticket includes accommodation in either friendly guest house accommodation or comfortable hotels (All rooms have private en-suite bathrooms), full Scottish breakfast daily (day 2 onwards), transportation by mini, midi or full sized touring coaches with air-conditioning and the services of an experienced driver/guide. Unless stated in the “what’s included” listing admission fees are extra.

What kind of accommodation do you use?

We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation:

Guesthouse and B&B
The guesthouses and B&B’s are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&B’s offer enhanced facilities such as a resident’s lounge where you can relax with other guests. Our guesthouses are a 10/15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre,
Hotel
We select comfortable hotels that are city centre located. They are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes as well as comfortable bars where you can relax and un-wind.
Accommodation is allocated at time of booking so we regret we are unable to advise you where you will be staying in advance. If you would like to research some of our most popular accommodation providers we have listed them here:
Guesthouses/B&B’s
Duncraig Villa Guest House
Oakvilla Guest House
Craignay Guest House
Cavell House Guest House
Hotels
PentaHotel
Mercure Hotel
Royal Highland Hotel

What type of room should I choose?

Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:

Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed.
Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed
Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).

You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.

All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.

How much luggage can I bring?

There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on these tours.

What meals are included?

A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee. Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant.

What features will the coach have?

All the coaches used on a Freestyle Mini Tour are equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.  

Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?

Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.

How do I pay for the admission fees?

Your driver/guide will advise you of the arrangements for each attraction. It’s not possible to pre-pay the admission fees and, generally, credit/debit cards are not accepted so it’s a good idea to have sufficient cash to cover these charges.

Can you book a hotel for me before or after my tour?

To get the best value we recommend booking your own accommodation. You can use the Highland Hotels tab above to access very attractive hotel rates through an associate website.

The following hotels are conveniently placed for our departure points:
Edinburgh:
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile
Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile
Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge
Motel One – Royal
Radisson Blu Hotel
The Bank Hotel
Travelodge Edinburgh Central
Glasgow:
Citizen M Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Theatreland
Holiday Inn Theatreland
Premier Inn Buchanan Galleries

Our national tourist board, Visitscotland, maintains a comprehensive database of B&B, Guest House and Hotel accommodation. All properties are inspected and graded by trained Visitscotland staff. You can access more information at http://www.visitscotland.com/.

Are your tours suitable for children?

Yes, the relaxed nature of our tours makes them uniquely appropriate for children aged 5 and upwards.
Children, aged 5 to 12 inclusive, travelling and sharing a room with 2 adults are charged at 75% of the applicable adult rate.

I’m an independent spirit, will I enjoy your tours?

Almost certainly. Our multi-day tours are designed to have as much free time as possible. We have designed our tours to combine the freedom of independent travel with the cost advantages of group travel. In particular we think that our relaxed excursions from Inverness will appeal to those who enjoy time on their own to enjoy their own pursuits.

Express Tours

What is included in the price of the tour?

The price of your ticket includes accommodation in either friendly guest house accommodation or comfortable hotels (All rooms have private en-suite bathrooms), full Scottish breakfast daily (day 2 onwards), transportation between Edinburgh and  Inverness by full sized touring coach with air-conditioning, the services of an experienced driver/guide and a train ticket between Inverness and Edinburgh (or Glasgow) in standard class. Unless stated in the “what’s included” listing admission fees are extra. The excursions from Inverness are operated by mini or midi touring coaches with a local driver/guide.

What kind of accommodation do you use?

We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation:

Guesthouse and B&B
The guesthouses and B&B’s are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&B’s offer enhanced facilities such as a resident’s lounge where you can relax with other guests. Our guesthouses are a 10/15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre,
Hotel
We select comfortable hotels that are city centre located. They are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes as well as comfortable bars where you can relax and un-wind.
Accommodation is allocated at time of booking so we regret we are unable to advise you where you will be staying in advance. If you would like to research some of our most popular accommodation providers we have listed them here:
Guesthouses/B&B’s
Duncraig Villa Guest House
Oakvilla Guest House
Craignay Guest House
Cavell House Guest House
Hotels
PentaHotel
Mercure Hotel
Royal Highland Hotel

What type of room should I choose?

Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed.
Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed
Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).

You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.

All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.

How much luggage can I bring?

There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on this tour. Please bear in mind that luggage storage on the train is limited and you may be required to lift your case onto a shelf unaided.

What meals are included?

A full Scottish breakfast is included on day 2. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee. Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant.

What features will the coach have?

All the coaches used on a Freestyle Mini Tour are equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.  

Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?

Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together. On the train journey from Inverness to Edinburgh (or Glasgow) you will have allocated seats.

How do I pay for the admission fees?

Your driver/guide will advise you of the arrangements for each attraction. It’s not possible to pre-pay the admission fees and, generally, credit/debit cards are not accepted so it’s a good idea to have sufficient cash to cover these charges.

Can you book a hotel for me before or after my tour?

To get the best value we recommend booking your own accommodation. You can use the Highland Hotels tab above to access very attractive hotel rates through an associate website.

The following hotels are conveniently placed for our departure point in Edinburgh:
Edinburgh:
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile
Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile
Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge
Motel One – Royal
Radisson Blu Hotel
The Bank Hotel
Travelodge Edinburgh Central
Our national tourist board, Visitscotland, maintains a comprehensive database of B&B, Guest House and Hotel accommodation. All properties are inspected and graded by trained Visitscotland staff. You can access more information at http://www.visitscotland.com/.

Are your tours suitable for children?

Yes, the relaxed nature of our tours makes them uniquely appropriate for children aged 5 and upwards.
Children, aged 5 to 12 inclusive, travelling and sharing a room with 2 adults are charged at 75% of the applicable adult rate.

I’m an independent spirit, will I enjoy your tours?

Almost certainly. Our multi-day tours are designed to have as much free time as possible. We have designed our tours to combine the freedom of independent travel with the cost advantages of group travel. In particular we think that our relaxed excursions from Inverness will appeal to those who enjoy time on their own to enjoy their own pursuits.

Can I return to Glasgow on this tour?

Yes, you can and there is no extra charge to do this. If you wish to return to Glasgow then please email us at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk IMMEDIATELY after you have made your reservation quoting your booking reference number. We’ll be happy to make the arrangements for you.

What time will I arrive back in Edinburgh or Glasgow?

Your train is scheduled to arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Station at 00:11 hrs (11 minutes past midnight). If you returning to Glasgow you will arrive at Glasgow (Queen Street) Station at 23:43 hrs. Taxis are available in both Edinburgh and Glasgow for onward travel.

Freestyle Train Tours

What is included in the price of the tour?

The price of your ticket includes return train tickets in standard class between London and Scotland, accommodation in centrally located 3-star hotels with private bathrooms in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness*, full Scottish breakfast daily (day 2 onwards), city tour of Edinburgh and/or Glasgow, excursions as shown in the tour itinerary and admission to Edinburgh Castle* * depending on the tour itinerary

What kind of accommodation do you use?

We offer hotels that have been specially selected for their comfort and convenient locations. All are city centre located. They are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes as well as comfortable bars where you can relax and un-wind.

Accommodation is allocated at time of booking so we regret we are unable to advise you where you will be staying in advance. If you would like to research some of our most popular accommodation providers we have listed them here:
Edinburgh
Jury’s Inn
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel
Old Waverley Hotel

Glasgow
Jury’s Inn
Millennium Hotel

Inverness
Penta Hotel
Mercure Hotel
Royal Highland Hotel

What type of room should I choose?

Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:

Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed.
Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed
Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).

You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.

All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.

Will someone meet me in Scotland?

This is a semi-independent tour so you will not be met on arrival in Edinburgh or Glasgow. A comprehensive and customised itinerary is included as part of your documentation together with Official Guides to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness (depending on the itinerary that you are travelling on). Assistance is also available by telephone 7-days a week.

How will I find my hotel?

This Freestyle Train Tour has been very carefully planned. Your hotel has been selected not just for its comfort but also for its location close to the railway station as well as your sightseeing requirements. Concise directions on how to reach your hotel will be given in your customised tour itinerary.

How much luggage can I bring?

There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on this tour. Please bear in mind that luggage storage on the train is limited and you may be required to lift your case onto a shelf unaided.

What meals are included?

A full Scottish breakfast is included on day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee. Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant.

How do I pay for the admission fees?

Your driver/guide will advise you of the arrangements for each attraction. It’s not possible to pre-pay the admission fees and, generally, credit/debit cards are not accepted so it’s a good idea to have sufficient cash to cover these charges.

Are your tours suitable for children?

Yes, the relaxed nature of our tours makes them uniquely appropriate for children aged 3 and upwards.
Children, aged 3 to 15 inclusive, travelling and sharing a room with 2 adults are charged at 75% of the applicable adult rate.

I’m an independent spirit, will I enjoy your tours?

Almost certainly. Our Freestyle Train Tours are designed to have as much free time as possible. We have designed our tours to combine the freedom of independent travel with the cost advantages of group travel. In particular we think that our relaxed excursions from Inverness will appeal to those who enjoy time on their own to enjoy their own pursuits.

How and when will I get my train tickets?

All your documentation will be emailed to you approximately 7 days prior to your tour commencing. It is important that you print these documents and bring them with you on the tour as you will need to exchange the vouchers to access the various services that make up this package.

Can I cancel or alter this tour?

We are sorry but once booked it is not possible to cancel or change this tour without incurring 100% cancellation charges. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance coverage in place.

What happens if I miss my train?

The tickets that are issued as part of this package are only valid on the train service shown on the ticket and in your itinerary. If you miss the train you will need to purchase new tickets at your own expense. We recommend arriving at London and Inverness Stations at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of your train so that you have time to locate the departure platform.

Escorted/Premium Escorted Tours

What is included in the price of the tour?

The price of your ticket includes accommodation in superior tourist class/first class/deluxe hotels with private bathroom, full cooked breakfast daily (day 2 onwards), lunches and dinners*, admission fees*, transportation by luxury touring coach with air-conditioning, washroom and wifi and the services of an experienced driver/guide or driver & guide. * Please check the “What’s Included” list for exact details of the meals and admission fees included in your tour.

What kind of accommodation do you use?

The group will stay together in first class or superior tourist class hotels. Each has been carefully selected for comfort, quality and ambiance located in the best locations close to the shopping areas and the key sights. You will discover a pleasant balance of familiar brand hotels such as Hilton, Marriott and Accor together with locally owned family-run hotels. In rural locations your accommodation will be in the best available hotels. A full hotel list will be provided as part of your EDocumentation.

What type of room should I choose?

Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect from the hotel accommodation offered as part of your tour:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed.
Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed
Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).

Please note that a family room is normally a standard double or twin room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed. All room types other than twin rooms are subject to availability.

How much luggage can I bring?

You can bring one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. The maximum weight allowance and luggage dimensions varies by tour so you should check the tour documentation for the luggage policy that applies to your tour. 

What meals are included?

One of the great things about travelling on an Escorted/ Premium Escorted Tour is the generous number of meals included as standard. Start the day with a freshly cooked breakfast or, if you prefer, there’s always a lighter continental option available too. You’ll find a number of evening dinners included which will give you the opportunity of sampling some local delicacies. Check the “What’s Included” list on the relevant tour page for the exact number of meals that are featured on your tour.

Can you arrange pre-tour accommodation?

If you are flying internationally to reach United Kingdom then it is worth considering arriving a day early to relax and let the jet-leg subside. Please email us for a quotation at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk

Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?

Seats cannot be pre-booked however your tour director will implement a seat rotation system which will allow all passengers the opportunity of experiencing spectacular views from different seats on the motorcoach.

How many people will be on the tour?

The number of people travelling on an Escorted Tour will not normally be more than 50 passengers. On a Premium Escorted Tour you will travel with around 38 fellow passengers.

Are airport transfers included?

Complimentary transfers are included on tours commencing in or ending in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin. This facility is also available on selected tours departing from or ending in London. If you wish to avail of this facility, if available, you will need to provide us with your flight details. Please note that airport transfers only operate on the first and last day of the tour so if you arrive early or extend your stay you will need to make independent arrangements at your own expense.

Small Group Tours

What is included in the price of the tour?

The price of your ticket includes accommodation in superior tourist class or first class hotels and inns with private bathroom, full cooked breakfast daily (day 2 onwards), lunches and dinners*, admission fees*, transportation by luxury minicoach with air-conditioning and the services of an experienced driver/guide.

* Please check the “What’s Included” list on the relevant tour page for exact details of the meals and admission fees included in your tour.

What kind of accommodation do you use?

The group will stay together in first class or superior tourist class hotels and inns that reflect the character of the local area. Each has been carefully selected for comfort, quality and ambiance located in the best locations. A full hotel list will be provided as part of your EDocumentation.

What type of room should I choose?

Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect from the hotel accommodation offered as part of your tour:

Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed.
Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed
Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).
Please note that a family room is normally a standard double or twin room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed. All room types other than twin rooms are subject to availability.

How much luggage can I bring?

Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited. Please check the relevant tour web-page for details.

What meals are included?

One of the great things about travelling on a Small Group Tour is the generous number of meals included as standard. Start the day with a freshly cooked breakfast or, if you prefer, there’s always a lighter continental option available too. You’ll find a number of evening dinners included which will give you the opportunity of sampling some local delicacies. Check the “What’s Included” list for the exact number of meals that are featured on your tour.

Can you arrange pre-tour accommodation?

If you are flying internationally to reach United Kingdom then it is worth considering arriving a day early to relax and let the jet-leg subside. Please email us for a quotation at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk

Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?

Seats cannot be pre-booked however your driver/guide will normally implement a seat rotation system which will allow all passengers the opportunity of experiencing spectacular views from different seats on the minicoach.<

How many people will be on the tour?

The maximum number of people travelling on a Small Group Tour is normally 16 passengers.






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