There’s perhaps no better time to visit Scotland than August when its cities are in the throes of festival fever. Imagine a week of attending music shows, dance performances, art exhibitions and theatre festivals. Now, imagine them against the backdrop of medieval 15th century castles, stately Victorian mansions and gently rolling hills. The mood is exhilarated, the energy intense, the whisky overflowing, and the feeling that pervades most is, ‘I can’t believe I’m here.’
6 Nights / 7 Days
Linlithgow, Glasgow & Edinburgh
On your arrival at the Edinburgh airport, our local representative welcomes you and helps you check-in to your hotel in Linlithgow. Once you’ve freshened up, unpack those dancing shoes and head to the Party at the Palace, the immensely popular music festival held against the imperial backdrop of the 15th century Linlithgow Palace. For the next two days, music royalty from across the world will regale you with pop, rock and contemporary music. Dance, sing-along or simply lie back and soak it all in. Overnight at the Champany Inn in Linlithgow.
After breakfast today, head right back to the Party at the Palace where the fun, the music and the good times continue. Overnight at the Champany Inn in Linlithgow.
Today, recover gently from the excesses of the night before with a trip to see the Kelpies. These striking 30-meter-high horse head sculptures, represent the mythical shape-shifting water spirits that live in the glens and pools of Scotland. Lap up the fascinating stories, then when you’ve had your fill, proceed to the Falkirk Distillery. Next up is an authentic lunch at the sunlit Canada Wood Kitchen in the Falkirk countryside. After which, you head to Glasgow, one of the best places to enjoy live music. At Glasgow, once you’ve checked-in to your hotel, don’t waste a minute – simply put on your party hat and step out. The night is young and Glasgow offers great restaurants, live local bands and fabulous traditional ceilidhs. Ask your guide for recommendations. Overnight at Radisson RED Hotel in Glasgow
Today, you visit the famous Merchant city at the heart of Glasgow. Colourful, bustling and full of ecelectic boutiques, pubs, cafe's and galleries, it’s where you go to get a taste of Glasgow’s rich art and culture. Visit Mono, a quirky space, for dinner, drinks and new music. Later, get dressed up and shout "Kick the Tyre Brad". In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters. Enjoy the show! Overnigovrnight at Radisson RED Hotel in Glasgow
For the next 3 days, throw yourself fully into the largest arts festival in the world. With theatre, comedy, dance, music, operas and exhibitions all coming together in a whirlwind of creativity and passion, the Fringe Festival is one crazy, ongoing continous show. Spend your day at the Fringe, then in the evening we take you out for dinner and more music. Overnight at Edinburgh Residence in Edinburgh
Join Edinburgh trio, Curmudgeon, for an uplifting evening of songs on the old familiar topics of deception, drunkenness (and dangers thereof), disappointment and lost ways of life interspersed with beautiful old airs and lively strathspeys and reels on fiddle, guitar, whistle and Scottish small-pipes. Scottish trad not depressing enough for you? We also do Richard Thompson numbers! Sweetie-rustlers will be ejected, but joiners-in on choruses encouraged. 'Cracking singers. Superb instrumentalists. Their material is varied and unusual, all served up with panache and a sense of humour. Time to feast at Baba, Mezze, charcoal grill and cocktail bar: inspired by the flavours of the Levant. Overnight at Edinburgh Residence in Edinburgh (B & D)
Your day is at leisure. Stop by for lunch at the clevely named, Bread Meats Bread. Burgers are the order of the day here and the Cali Burger is a must try, while their Lothian Wolf has been described by food critics as “an absolute beast”. In the evening, enjoy Jazz Night with Niki King, winner of the UK Perrier Jazz Vocal Award, Scottish Style Award and Spirit Of Scotland Music Medal, she's been described as 'the outstanding Scottish female vocalist of our times' (List). Special guest performances include The Average White Band, Al Green and Gregory Porter. We have only one advice for tonight: Let your hair loose! Overnight at Edinburgh Residence in Edinburgh(B)
Today, you visit one of the most famous monuments in all of UK, the Edinburgh Castle. Built on the iconic Castle Rock - the plug of a volcano that first rose 350 million years ago – the Edinburgh Castle has a fascinatingly, complex building history, with parts of it being built as far back as the 12th century. It is home to the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland - wear sneakers and go, you have a lot of exploring to do! Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Edinburgh Residence in Edinburgh (B)
After breakfast, check out and proceed to the airport for your flight back home. Your holiday may have come to an end, but the good its done your soul will last you a long time to come.
Linlithgow (Party at the Palace)
Linlithgow – Glasgow
Glasgow – Edinburgh (Fringe Festival)
Edinburgh (Fringe Festival)
Edinburgh (Fringe Festival)
Edinburgh – Edinburgh Castle
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