Edinburgh (Rosyth), UK

Introduction to Edinburgh (Rosyth)

Edinburgh - Scotland's historic capital - is one of the U.K.'s finest cities. Combining beautiful architecture, engrossing cultures and an extensive heritage, this Scottish delight is a must-visit destination.

From the UNESCO-listed Old Town & New Town districts within the city centre to the lush parks and rolling hills on the outskirts, Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored, offering something for everyone.

To see some of Scotland's most famous and beautiful sights, be sure to explore the historic Old Town quarter which is home to the city's magnificent castle, the famous Holyrood Royal residence, the parliament building and St Giles' Cathedral. Or if you prefer to indulge in a little retail therapy, you can wander the high-end stores and independent boutiques that line Princes Street, George Street and other areas in the New Town. 

Edinburgh is also renowned for its annual celebrations and events, including the world-famous Military Tattoo and New Years Hogmanay - both of which can be visited on a fantastic Fred. Olsen Cruise.

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Bagpipes & whisky

  • Classic Scottish combination of whiskey paired with bagpipes
  • Learn to play the bagpipes with Louise Marshall
  • Hear about the history of this unique musical instrument

 

Price£160.00-£180.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Enjoy a bagpipe lesson from a teacher to the stars whilst sampling some of Scotland’s finest Whiskys – a truly authentic experience.

 

Louise Marshall is one of Scotland’s best known female pipers who played for Benedict XVI and Her Majesty the Queen. She has entertained and welcomed Sir Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor, The Proclaimers and Susan Boyle to events in Edinburgh.

Brian May of the rock band ‘Queen’, Singer/Songwriter Paolo Nutini, former Captain of the English Rugby team Lawrence Dallaglio and Bond Girl Britt Ekland have all enjoyed a Bagpipe lesson with Louise.

Her father, the late William Joseph Marshall, was the piper at Gretna Green for 44 years. Louise, along with her sister and two brothers, accompanied her father during her childhood playing the bagpipes at the world famous ‘Blacksmith’s Shop’. Together, Marshall Family of pipers have welcomed millions of visitors to Scotland for almost 70 years.

Begin the fun with a four dram whisky tasting hosted by a Society Whisky Ambassador. You are then welcomed by the tune of The Great Highland Bagpipe played by workshop host Louise Marshall. During the Workshop learn basic chanter; discover how the bagpipes work as well as hearing a brief history of Scotland's national instrument.

Throughout the workshop, Louise introduces some fun Scottish/tartan wear for you to wear - should you so wish, including sporrans, glengarries, feather bonnets, plaids and kilts. At the end of your workshop you will have earned a bagpipe certificate and small Scottish gift to take home as a souvenir.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is minimal walking involved with this tour and is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users, however guests must be able to board and disembark the coach unaided. This tour is for over 18’s only.

 


Christmas Ceilidh at Broomhall

  • Enjoy a joyful jig to a top Ceilidh band
  • Explore the family home of King Robert the Bruce at Broomhall
  • Learn the fascinating history of this beautiful house

                                                                     

 

Price£275.00-£300.00
DurationApproximately 3 3/4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

For the first time since it was built more than 300 years ago, Broomhall – the Fife home of the family of King Robert the Bruce will be opening its doors to you for a very special visit.

The Bruce Family has been at the heart of Scotland’s story since the 12th century when Robert the Bruce secured Scottish independence from England militarily at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.  With is extraordinary fusion of grand spaces and intimate areas, and an internationally important collection of fine art, Broomhall is an inspiriting setting.

On arrival you will be welcomed by a member of the Bruce Family who will host your visit. After your drinks reception, enjoy a fascinating tour of Broomhall House where you will discover almost 1,000 years of Scottish history. You will be able to admire the fine furnishings and stunning works of art along with the Sword of State of King Robert the Bruce, presented by his son King David II to his cousin Thomas Bruce of Clackmannan and the Letter Patent by Queen Victoria granting full powers to James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin.  You will also gain an insight into the family history and the title of Earl of Elgin and Kincardine and their role during the height of the Empire as Governors General in Canada and as Viceroy in India.

After your insightful tour, join one of the top Ceilidh band Scotland has to offer in Broomhall’s main hall. Let them take you through a musical journey of the tradition of a Scottish Ceilidh as Christmas may have come early at Broomhall.

Once you have worn out your dancing shoes, join your coach and travel back to your awaiting ship in Rosyth

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The walking involved during this tour is at the discretion of the individual. There is a lift for those that are unable to manage the steps and dancing is not compulsory – but a lot of fun.

 


Edinburgh – City & castle

  • Admire Edinburgh’s Old Town and Georgian New Town

 

Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Discover the highlights of Edinburgh and visit its medieval castle, which dominates the city.

From Rosyth, travel into Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent and historic capital city, which has a dramatic setting, perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. Pass through the Georgian New Town with its beautiful architecture and impressive examples of town planning.  See Princes Street, the famous Royal Mile and view the 17th century Palace of Holyrood house (photo stop only). The palace was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1568 and was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. The scene of many a great historical drama including notorious murders and power-hungry personalities, the palace is now the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.  Drive up to Arthur’s Seat for some spectacular festive views over the city and local area, before heading to the Castle.

Enjoy a visit to the impressive Edinburgh Castle, with its superb views and dimly lit echoing corridors steeped in legends and history.  The castle stands on an extinct volcanic rock overlooking and dominating the skyline. Once inside, you will have the opportunity to see the castle’s many different architectural styles, reflecting its importance throughout the history of Scotland, with the oldest section dating back to the 12th century.  You will also have the opportunity to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny before returning to your ship.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There will be a walk of approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet), including cobblestones, sloping terrain and many steps at the castle, therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests must be able to board and disembark the coach independently.

 


Edinburgh Castle

EDINBURGH – CITY & CASTLE (TOUR A)

  • Admire Edinburgh’s Old Town and Georgian New Town
  • Explore the world-famous Edinburgh Castle
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Discover the highlights of Edinburgh and visit its medieval castle, which dominates the city and has been home to Scottish Kings and Queens throughout the centuries.

From Rosyth, travel into Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent and historic capital city, which has a dramatic setting, perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. Pass through the Georgian New Town with its beautiful architecture and impressive examples of town planning.  See Princes Street, the famous Royal Mile and view the 17th Century Palace of Holyrood house (photo stop only). The palace was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1568 and was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.  The scene of many a great historical drama including notorious murders and power-hungry personalities, the palace is now the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.  Drive up to Arthur’s Seat for some spectacular festive views over the city and local area, before heading to the Castle.

Enjoy a visit to the impressive Edinburgh Castle, with its superb views and dimly lit echoing corridors steeped in legends and history.  The castle stands on an extinct volcanic rock overlooking and dominating the skyline. Once inside, you will have the opportunity to see the castle’s many different architectural styles, reflecting its importance throughout the history of Scotland, with the oldest section dating back to the 12th century.  You will also have the opportunity to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny before returning to your ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There will be a walk of approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet), including cobblestones, sloping terrain and many steps at the castle, therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests must be able to board and disembark the coach independently.


Edinburgh & Holyrood Palace

  • Admire the sights of Edinburgh
  • Visit the Queen’s official residence in Scotland
  • Learn the true history of this captivating palace

 

Price£90.00-£100.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Edinburgh has always played an important role in the lives of the Scottish and British Royal families.  Your tour today begins with a panorama of the city.  See the main sites of Edinburgh including Princes Street and the famous Royal Mile that has Edinburgh Castle at the top, and the 16th Century Palace of Holyrood at the other end.

Named after the “rood” or cross, which King David I is said to have seen between the antlers of a stag he was hunting here in 1128, Holyrood has been the scene of many a great historical drama including notorious murders, and power-hungry personalities. Built in 1529 for James V, it was remodelled in the 1670s for Charles II. Most notably, the Palace was once the home of Mary Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1568 and was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

Now the official residence of the Queen in Scotland, the Palace’s Royal Apartments are used for investitures and banquets whenever the Queen is in residence and at Christmas the Palace is beautifully decorated for you to admire. The tour is by audio guide and your own guide will remain on hand throughout to answer any questions.  There will be some free time available here to explore at your leisure, perhaps visit the lovely gift shop.

Drive up to one of the city’s high points for some spectacular views over the city before returning to Rosyth.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is approximately one hour of walking involved at the Palace. There is partial access to the Palace, however to explore the Historic Apartments there is a spiral staircase to encounter. Please note photography is not permitted inside the Palace. This tour may be cancelled at short notice due to royal visits.

 


Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh

EDINBURGH & THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN (TOUR F)

  • The Royal Botanic Garden, a stone’s throw from the city, will capture your imagination
  • Marvel at the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden which is colourful throughout the year
  • Admire Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and Georgian New Town
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

This fascinating tour takes in the magnificent heritage of Edinburgh, including the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town and the majestic castle, which dominates the city’s skyline. As a complete contrast, you will also visit the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens in Inverleith, home to the world’s largest collection of Chinese wild plants outside China - an oasis in the midst of the city’s bustle.

From Rosyth you travel into Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city, with its dramatic setting, perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. Embark on a fascinating city tour, which embraces most of Edinburgh’s treasure trove of historical monuments and sights in both the medieval Old Town, and the 18th century New Town. Pass the medieval Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and has been home to Scottish Kings and Queens throughout the centuries. You then drive down the historic and atmospheric Royal Mile.

After passing Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh, you will enter the well-known principal shopping area, Princes Street, with the towering Scott Monument and beautiful Princes Street Gardens. Pass some of the museums and art galleries before touring the Georgian New Town, with its elegant townhouses and private parks.

Continuing, you will leave the centre of Edinburgh and arrive at the Royal Botanical Gardens, which are particularly well-known for their rhododendrons that spring to life in a glorious patchwork of colours during April and May.

Many of the most exotic plants were brought to Edinburgh by the famous horticulturist George Forrest, who made seven expeditions to south west China between 1904 and 1932. There is also a major Chinese-style garden featuring a pavilion, a waterfall and the world’s largest collection of Chinese wild plants outside of China.

After your informative visit, you will travel back to Rosyth by crossing the Forth Road Bridge, which provides great views of the Forth Rail Bridge.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour is suitable for most guests as long as you are able to board and disembark the coach independently – the gardens are largely accessible to wheelchair users and many of the paths are flat (steep paths are sign posted and can be avoided). You will have time at leisure at the gardens, where a moderate amount of walking is required and there are some steps to negotiate – you will be here for approximately one and a half hours. We cannot guarantee what flora may be seen. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL.


Edinburgh in winter

  • Enjoy a spot of souvenir festive shopping
  • Marvel at Edinburgh’s beautiful decorations
  • Discover the sights of this beautiful city

 

Price£52.00-£62.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy the festive spirit of Edinburgh and its Winter Wonderland.

Leaving your ship in Rosyth cross the Forth Road Bridge and head into the city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s beautiful capital.  Your sightseeing tour of the city will enable you to discover the Georgian New Town with its beautiful grand town houses arranged around crescents and gardens and in total contrast, the medieval Old Town.

Edinburgh's Christmas takes place over multiple sites in the town centre including St Andrew Square and East Princess Street. Upon arrival enjoy some free time to discover Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets where you can find anything from sweet treats at the Scottish Market or snacks and gifts from the continent at the European Market.  Princes Street Gardens transforms into a Winter Wonderland complete with fairy lights decorating the trees, Christmas decorations and a funfair.

You may wish to warm your cockles with a traditional Scottish Hot Toddy (not included) whilst listening to some of your favourite carols.

Finally, enjoy the relaxed drive back to Rosyth to your ship.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The walking involved with this tour is at the discretion of the individual, however the walk to and from the meeting point in Edinburgh will take approximately seven minutes.

 


Edinburgh

EDINBURGH ON YOUR OWN (TOUR B)

  • Discover the delights of Edinburgh
  • Spend time exploring the highlights of the city
  • Enjoy approximately five and a half hours of time to admire the sights at leisure
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 7 1/2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

This tour is ideal for guests who wish to see Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital, and explore independently.

Just a short drive from Rosyth, you will reach Edinburgh and its internationally famous sites. Your time in Edinburgh is your own – perhaps you can explore the Old Town and Georgian New Town, which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyrood House or the Royal Botanic Gardens. A map will be supplied to help you plan your route.

After approximately five and a half hours, you will re-join your coach at the designated pick-up point and return to your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017  CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for all guests, as long as they are able to board and disembark the coach unaided. The amount of walking undertaken will be at your own discretion, during time at leisure.

 


EDINBURGH ROYAL MILITARY TATTOO

  • Enjoy the spectacle which is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Marvel at the sights and sounds of this special evening event
PriceTBC
DurationTBC
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with its unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre set against the amazing backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, is without question one of the world's greatest shows. The whole event is an unforgettable experience, with a renowned worldwide reputation.

Each year some 200,000 people see the Tattoo live at Edinburgh Castle, coming from all over the globe and are joined by around 50 million people worldwide, who enjoy watching this spectacular event on television. At the heart of every Tattoo's universal appeal is the stirring sight of the massed pipes and drums of the military bands and the Tattoo Company of Highland and Scottish dancers. In the past, bands of all sizes and descriptions have been joined by dancers, flag wavers, drill teams, camels, elephants, cavalry, motorcyclists and Royal Air Force police dogs – and each year heralds fresh surprises.

After this wonderful combination of Scottish and international cultural displays, you will head back to the coach for the return drive to your ship.

THIS TOUR WILL OPERATE FOR CRUISE M1620 - TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY 2016

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The historic setting of the Castle Esplanade provides a grand setting for this event, but for those with mobility limitations the approach of approximately 500 metres is over cobbled and uneven surfaces with inclines. There are also steps up to the stands and spectator seating is generally quite steeply tiered. Limited arrangements can be made for those in wheelchairs – please enquire with plenty of notice and note that wheelchair users must be accompanied by an able bodied companion. Please note that the Tattoo itself will last for approximately an hour and a half and the event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather on the day.


St. Andrews Golf Course

HISTORIC ST ANDREWS (TOUR E)

  • St Andrews will surprise and delight you
  • A Mecca for golf enthusiasts, it is home to the oldest golf course in the world
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Travel to the historic Kingdom of Fife, situated between the mighty Forth and Tay River valleys, to visit St Andrews - Scotland’s oldest university town and a draw for golfing enthusiasts from around the world.

Confident, poised and well-groomed, St Andrews is an attractive town that faces the sea from its wide bay, on the coast of Fife. Most famous as the home of golf, it is also renowned for its university - the oldest in Scotland, and where Prince William and Kate met. The town itself has always been at the heart of Scottish history. St Andrews takes its name from the Apostle Andrew, whose relics were, according to legend, brought to this place by St Rule.

On arrival in this medieval cathedral town, you will enjoy a guided walking tour to visit both the Cathedral and castle ruins followed by some time at leisure to explore independently and enjoy some lunch or refreshments (at your own expense) before travelling back to Rosyth.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? You will enjoy a panoramic coach tour of St Andrews, followed by an approximate one hour walking tour followed by some time at leisure, where walking will be at your own discretion. During your time at leisure you may wish to visit the famous St Andrews Golf Course and Museum (at your own expense).For information, the drive to and from St Andrews will be approximately 90 minutes each way. At the time of printing, there is a charge for public toilets of 30 pence.


Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh

MYSTERIOUS ROSSLYN CHAPEL (TOUR G)

 

  • Founded in 1446, Rosslyn Chapel has welcomed visitors for many generations
  • Marvel at the interior which is richly carved - a masterpiece of religious, symbolic and masonic carvings
Activity Tour
Price£50.00-£6.00-
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Visit one of Scotland’s most beautiful architectural gems - Rosslyn Chapel, home to tales of mystery and intrigue.

Travel into the heart of Midlothian for a visit to Roslin, a quaint little village and home of the mysterious, historic enigma of Rosslyn Chapel. Perched above the Esk Valley, this magnificent, unique chapel is surrounded by myths, legends and undeniable beauty, and has a richly carved interior of biblical representations. One of the main attractions is the most elaborate carving the Apprentice Pillar - legend says that while the master was away in Rome, the apprentice finished the work for him, and then on his return, the master mason felt so threatened by his apprentice’s clearly demonstrated talent, that he blinded and murdered him in a surge of rage. The chapel has now become famous as the site of the climax of the bestselling novel and Hollywood blockbuster - The Da Vinci Code.

After your visit to the chapel enjoy some time at lesiure to explore the adjacent Roslin Glen with its castle ruins before returning to your awaiting ship in Rosyth.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017  CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Walking is required at Rosslyn Chapel, which is not wheelchair accessible. The floors can be uneven and aisles are narrow, and there are steep stairs, which are not suitable for guests with limited mobility, down to the crypt. There are plenty of seats if required. You will have an audio guide (headset) during your visit here.  


Holyrood Palace

ROYAL EDINBURGH (TOUR C)

  • Edinburgh offers a complete royal experience
  • Marvel at the Royal Yacht Britannia which was the Queen’s floating palace
  • Explore handsome Holyrood Palace and the beautiful grounds
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 6.75 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen's much loved home away from home, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh, with a little free time, and a tour of Holyrood Palace - the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland.

Travel to the port of Leith, where the former Royal Yacht Britannia is moored. Once used to host glittering state and official occasions, this remains the most famous ship in the world. You will discover Britannia’s fascinating past through exhibits, displays and photographs, before visiting the Royal Apartments, where hundreds of original items are on display in the sun lounge, drawing room and bedrooms, as well as the working deck, officer’s mess, sick bay and engine room.

Departing Britannia you head for the centre of Edinburgh and take a fascinating tour that embraces most of Edinburgh’s treasure trove of historical monuments and sights in both the medieval Old Town, and the 18th century New Town nearby. Enjoy free time at the Royal Mile, with its innumerable alleys and closes, enabling you to browse the shops and have lunch before heading to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s Residence when staying in Edinburgh.

Holyrood Palace was built in the style of a French chateau - the Great Gallery is adorned with over a hundred portraits of Scottish monarchs through the ages and the Royal Apartments are fascinating for their associations with Mary, Queen of Scots’ turbulent history. There is also a chance to explore the grounds, where the Queen hosts her annual Garden Party to honour Scotland’s great and good. The ingenious ‘ha‐ha’ border gives the illusion that there is no wall separating the Palace grounds from the rest of Holyrood Park. A truly delightful visit.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 AROUND UK CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is approximately 500 metres of walking during the visit – there are steps, however alternative routes via ramps can be taken. Therefore the tour is suitable for wheelchair users – all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. You will have an audio guide to tell you about the Royal Yacht. The visit to Holyrood will be partly guided, with free time also. There may be photo restrictions – your guide will inform you before each visit. Please note that lunch is not included in the tour, but you will have free time to purchase lunch or refreshments if you so wish.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 AROUND UK CRUISES.


Scenic Edinburgh

  • Enjoy the delights of Edinburgh in the comfort of your coach
  • Admire the stunning views over the city
  • Pass by the Queen’s official Scottish residence

 

Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Your tour today will take you on an excellent panorama of this scenic and historic capital city.  See the Georgian architecture of the New Town, parts of the medieval Royal Mile, and Princes Street with its civic gardens in the heart of the city.

The Royal Mile links the imposing Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano at the top of the Mile, with the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom. 

Edinburgh’s iconic castle is arguably the best-known & certainly the most visited of Scotland’s historic buildings.  A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city’s skyline just as it has dominated Scotland’s long and colourful history, the castle is central to Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots when she returned to Scotland from France in 1561 and was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, a few months before the fateful Battle of Culloden.  The scene of many a great historical drama throughout its history, the Palace is now the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. 

You will be driven up to one of the city’s high points, for some spectacular views over the city.  Throughout your tour, your guide will tell you about life in Edinburgh from days gone by to modern times.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is predominately a scenic coach tour with little or no walking involved. Guests must be able to board and disembark the coach unaided.

 


Sirling Castle, Edinburgh

SCOTTISH LEGENDS – ROBERT THE BRUCE & WILLIAM WALLACE (TOUR H)

  • Discover Stirling, the gateway between the Lowlands and the Highlands
  • Enjoy a visit to the impressive, historic Castle
  • Marvel at the striking William Wallace Monument 

 

Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This tour offers the opportunity to explore one of Scotland’s finest and most dramatic castles – Stirling Castle. Steeped in history, Stirling Castle and its surrounding area have witnessed many battles between Scotland and England, including William Wallace’s famous victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, and Robert the Bruce’s triumph at the Battle of Bannockburn

Leaving your ship in Rosyth, you travel west, following the Forth Valley up as far as Kincardine Bridge, where you cross the firth and approach your destination. The historic town of Stirling is located in the centre of Scotland, and is of great strategic importance. It has a long and fascinating history as a Royal burgh and is packed with major historical sites. With its crag-top castle and medieval cobbled streets, the town has been at the heart of some of the most significant developments in the evolution of the Scottish nation, including two battles in which the Scots defeated the English.

Upon arrival in Stirling you will visit the magnificent Castle. Considered by many to be the grandest of all of Scotland’s castles, it is set on a high rocky outcrop with commanding views over the surrounding countryside. It also looks out over the battle site where William Wallace famously defeated a much larger army at Stirling Bridge in 1297, bringing him fame which is marked in this landscape by the National Wallace Monument, visible from the Castle’s esplanade.

Inside the Castle you can explore its splendid architecture and history. The furniture and décor in the royal apartments will give you an insight into how the king’s and queen’s chambers may have looked in the mid-16th century. As you enter the King’s Inner Hall, you can look up to admire the replicas of the ‘Stirling Heads’. The metre-wide oak medallions are often described as Scotland’s other crown jewels.

As you leave the Castle, the views of the Highland line across the Lowlands are nothing short of spectacular. You continue to the Wallace Monument where you will pause at the base to take photographs before returning to Rosyth and your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 UK & IRELAND CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one and a half hours of walking and standing at Stirling Castle, and around 30 minutes at the Wallace Monument. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that at Stirling Castle, there are inclines on the castle esplanade and in the castle, the terrain is Cobbles, Tarmac, paved, and in the gardens there is Grass and Gravel paths. Inside the Castle, there are two flights of Stairs leading to the Argyle and Sutherland highlanders Regimental Museum, there are also stairs leading to the medieval kitchens and Elphinstone Tower.  At the Wallace Monument the Terrain is flat and Tarmac. Inside the Castle, with 2 flights of Stairs leading to  the Argyle and Sutherland  highlanders Regimental Museum, there is also stairs leading to the  Medieval kitchens and Elphinstone Tower.  For reference the drive from the quayside to Stirling takes approximately one hour each way.

 


TOUR EXC - EDINBURGH ON FILM

  • Discover some of the film and TV locations used in and around the city of Edinburgh
  • Visit Doune Castle from the Monty Python and Holy Grail Film and the historical TV drama series Outlander.
Price£115.00-£125.00
DurationApproximately 7 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Edinbugh has been referred to as a filmarker’s dream and has been the setting for a range of films from Trainspotting to Chariots of Fire. Today join your guide and discover some of the locations behind the films.

As you drive over the Forth Road Bridge, you will enjoy a panorama of the City of Edinburgh. Pass through the Georgian New town with its beautiful architecture and along Princess Street where scenes from Trainspotting and The Illusionist were filmed.  Continue along the famous Royal Mile featured in One Fine Day, and view the 17th Century Palace of Holyrood House (photo only).  The palace was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1568 and was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. The scene of many a great historical drama including notorious murders and power-hungry personalities, the palace is now the Queen’s offical residence in Scotland.   Drive up to Arthur’s seat the location for one of the scenes from Chariots of Fire (where Eric tells his sister that he plans to be a missionary in China) and enjoy the spectuclar views over the city and local area.

Next continue with a visit to Hopetoun House, a remarkable and beautiful stately home which dates from the 17th century and has been the location of many scenes from the British-American television series Outlander, based on the series of novels by Diana Gabaldon.

Upon arrival you approach the house through the elaborate stone gateway and gradually ascend by the long sweeping driveway until the panoramic view of the magnificent facade is revealed. The house itself sits amongst 6,500 acres of designed landscape, parks and farmland and is truly a wonderful site.

As you walk through the house you will recognise rooms and locations from the Outlander series, of particular note is the Red Drawing Room which was the setting for the home of the Duke of Sandringham in Series one, the rear steps of the house which were used in a sword fight scene and the courtyard behind the stables tearoom which features regularly as a Parisian street location in season two.

Board your coach again for the drive to Doune Castle where you will stop for lunch en route. After lunch re-join your coach for the short drive to the formidable Doune Castle. The striking gatehouse- keep combines domestic quarters including the splendid Lord's Hall with its carved oak screen, musicians' gallery and double fireplace. This was used as a film location for the BBC production of Ivanhoe and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As well as being heavily featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Doune Castle was also used for the castle known as Winterfell in the pilot of the award winning TV series Game of Thrones as well as Castle Leoch in Outlander.

Following your visit, it will be time to return to your ship. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The walking involved at Hopetoun House and Doune Castle is at guests own discretion. Please note the path to Doune Castle is 275m long. It starts off on tarmac at a slight incline and ends with a very steep gradient and rough, uneven cobbles. These can be very slippery when wet. At the visitor centre, the entrance has rough uneven cobbles and is on an upward slope with a single handrail. The visitor centre has four high uneven stone steps up into it and no handrail. The first floor, including the kitchen, Great Hall and Duke’s Hall, is reached up a straight staircase of 13 steps with a handrail. There are several raised thresholds. The second floor, containing the Duchess’s Hall and other chambers, is reached by uneven spiral staircases with handrails. 

 


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ULTIMATE EDINBURGH - THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA & CASTLE

 

  • Discover Scotland’s most iconic landmark – Edinburgh Castle
  • Marvel at the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was the Queen’s floating palace
Price£140.00-£145.00
DurationApproximately 8 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

This tour offers you the chance to explore Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent and historic capital, whose Old Town and Georgian New Town form a World Heritage Site. Many attractions are seen from the comfort of the coach, plus fascinating visits to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia, the ‘floating palace’.

From Rosyth, you will proceed to Leith, where the former Royal Yacht Britannia - the Queen’s ‘floating palace’ - is moored in the harbour. Once used to host glittering state and official occasions, this remains one of the most famous ships in the world. You will discover Britannia’s fascinating past through exhibits, displays and photographs, before visiting the Royal Apartments, where hundreds of original items are on display in the sun lounge, drawing room and bedrooms, as well as the working deck, officer’s mess, sick bay and engine room.

After this fascinating visit, you will be taken to a local hotel for lunch before travelling to Edinburgh’s city centre. Scotland’s magnificent capital city, possesses a dramatic setting, perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags for a visit to the medieval Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and has been home to Scottish Kings and Queens throughout the centuries. Perched on volcanic rock and offering stunning views, this fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh's World Heritage site.  Enjoy time at leisure here to explore this magnificent place before being transferred back your awaiting ship in Rosyth.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 AROUND UK CRUISES

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a walk of approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet), including cobblestones, sloping terrain and many steps at the castle, therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. 

 


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