EDINBURGH, YORK AND HIGHLANDS
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland located in the Central Belt region of the country. It hosts the most stunning historical sights and in 1995, UNESCO listed the old and new towns of Edinburgh as World Heritage Sites. With a population of approximately 450,000, Edinburgh manages to combine both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere. In Edinburgh, medieval palaces rub shoulders with the best of modern architecture, Gothic churches with amazing museums and galleries. In 2004, Edinburgh became the first member of the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative when it was designated a City of Literature.The Scottish Highlands is the rugged northern and North-western portion of Scotland. This is the Scotland conjured up by visions of tartan, kilts, Bonnie Prince Charlie and all.
The Scottish Highlands contains some of Europe's most extensive wilderness areas, some of which have been proclaimed as National Parks.York is an ancient cathedral city with a history that dates back to before Roman times.
A county in its own right, York is situated in North Yorkshire, England with some of the best-preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe. As of the 2001 census, the population of York was 181,000. York is frequently the second most visited city in England after London and is, of course, famous for giving its name to the city and state of New York in the United States..
After being introduced to your tour guide, we depart in the evening and start our journey north.
We travel by executive coach with comfortable reclining seats, toilet and full entertainment system.
We arrive early in the morning in Edinburgh, we will stop at a service station with restaurants where full English breakfast and other options are available. We arrive early morning in Edinburgh city centre and start our coach guided tour. We visit all the main attractions including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood House, and Carlton Hill. The rest of the afternoon is free time for shopping on Princes Street. Later on, we check into the hostel in the mid afternoon to relax and freshen up.
A full continental breakfast is provided and we depart for our optional tour to the Scottish Highlands. We visit some of the famous lochs, towns and parks such as Loch Lomond, Loch Katerine and Aberfoyle. We will also see Highland cattle and later on we will visit Stirling, the William Wallace monument, Forth Bridges and Kilmahog. We return in the evening and you have free time to enjoy the Edinburgh nightlife or relax using the hostel’s facilities. If you choose not to visit the Highlands, you can enjoy a free day in Edinburgh’s city centre.
After a full continental breakfast, provided at the hostel, we get ready to depart Edinburgh. On route to York, we stop for an hour at Jedburgh Woolen Mill - a discounted shop to buy all sorts of Scottish souvenirs including whisky, tartan scarves and shortbread boxes at a better price. We also stop at the famous Borden Stone stopping for photos, arriving at York at mid afternoon.
On arrival in York, we start the tour and visit the famous Yorkminster, the Shambles and other areas of this medieval city. Later on, we will have free time for shopping and lunch.
We depart York by late afternoon and we will drive back south where we should arrive in Bournemouth by midnight.
Edinburgh tours can arrive later than 00:00hrs. Please check with your Indigo office for more specific times.