Explore Scotland - Fri 2 March 2018 to Tues 6 March 2018

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray Commercial Director

Welcome to Scotland

Scotland is renowned for its stunning scenery – with 40 designated National Scenic Areas from mountains to islands and gentle countryside. Beyond this natural beauty, Scotland’s cities offer a wide range of cultural attractions, including a wide range of castles and museums, as well as some of the best shopping and dining in the UK.

Key gateways

Airports:
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle

Ports:
Edinburgh, Newcastle

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Newcastle - Edinburgh

Time Activity
16:56 Train from Newcastle – Edinburgh Waverley
18:22 Arrive into Edinburgh Waverley
18:40 Coach from Edinburgh Waverly to hotel
19:30 Check in to Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square Hotel
19:45 Freshen up at the hotel
20:00 Dinner at the hotel
Overnight Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square Hotel

Itinerary Details

This itinerary starts with a journey on the Virgin East Coast train line, from Newcastle to Edinburgh – taking approximately 1.5 hours.

After checking in at the Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square Hotel, it’s time to check out BABA, where food is prepared on a charcoal grill in the open kitchen. The restaurant uses local produce to serve up a range of Middle Eastern-inspired recipes.

Supplier Information

Name London North East Railway (LNER)
Category Transport
Profile London North Eastern Railway is the new operator for the East Coast line. A new operator with the same great team of people, on the same trains, to the same timetable, with the same high standards of customer service.
Email laetitia.beneteau@virgintrainseastcoast.com
Website https://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/
FIT or Groups: FIT and Groups

Supplier Information

Name Principal Hotels
Category Accommodation
Profile THE PRINCIPAL HOTEL COMPANY, comprising PRINCIPAL - a collection of luxury four and five star city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom such as London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff., and DE VERE – modern, country estate hotels, with mansion houses at their heart, with market-leading conference facilities.
Email hayley.stokes@theprincipalhotel.com
FIT or Groups: both
Day 2

Saturday 3 March

Edinburgh - Glasgow

Time Activity
08:00 Breakfast and hotel check out
09:30 Secrets Of The Royal Mile walking tour & Edinburgh Castle
11:45 Coach transfer
12:30 Lunch at Principal Edinburgh George Street Hotel
13:45 Coach transfer
15:30 Underground Caverns of Edinburgh tour
16:00 Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow
17:00 Coach transfer to The Grand Central Hotel Glasgow
19:00 Dinner at Shandon Belles, Glasgow
Overnight The Principal Hotel, Glasgow

Itinerary Details

A guided walking tour of the Royal Mile gives the chance to explore parts of Edinburgh that are often inaccessible when using other modes of transport. It’s a great way to learn all about the history of the city while strolling through its winding streets.

With the walking tour ending at Edinburgh Castle, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the fortress itself. Home to “The Honours” or crown jewels of Scotland, and to the sacred Stone of Destiny, it is also possible for visitors to set their watch to the famous One o’clock Gun.

The Principal Edinburgh George Street Hotel is the perfect stop for lunch after walking up an appetite. With Burr & Co – renowned for its delicious speciality coffee – and The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen – modern Scottish fare is the order of the day.

After lunch, it’s time to explore beneath the city’s Old Town in the Edinburgh Vaults. This guided tour showcases the fascinating history behind these 18th-century caves and reveals that each underground chamber has a dark story to tell…

There’s just time to collect bags before hopping on the train to Glasgow, and checking into the hotel for tonight – the Principal Grand Central.

For some of the very best in Scottish cuisine, Shandon Belles is the perfect choice for dinner – serving fantastic dishes in an quirky and cosy dining room.

Supplier Information

Name Shandon Belles
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile Snug, basement bistro specialising in Modern Scottish fish dishes, with set menu options.
Phone 0141 221 8188
Email shandon@twofatladiesrestaurant.com
Website http://twofatladiesrestaurant.com/shandonbelles
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Mercat Tours
Category Guided Tours
Profile Mercat Tours are the original five-star history and ghost tour company in Edinburgh. Established over 30 years ago, our accredited guides bring Edinburgh’s stories to life every day. We offer daily tours from 10am to 10pm with experiences in English, French, German, Spanish & Italian.
Phone 0131 225 5445
Email jean@mercattours.com
Website https://www.mercattours.com
Min - Max capacity: No minimum, max 30.
Frequency: Daily from 10am to 10pm
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: Yes, commission rates available
Translation: French, German, Spanish, Italian
Day 3

Sunday 4 March

Glasgow

07:30 Breakfast
09:30 Citysightseeing Tour Bus
11:00 Tenement House
12:10 Drive to Stirling
13:00 Lunch at Brea
14:30 Free time in Brea
16:00 Coach transfer to Glengoyne Distillery
17:00 Malt Master Tour at Glengoyne Distillery
19:15 Finish tour and drive back to Glasgow hotel
20:00 Freshen up at the hotel
21:00 Dinner at Number 16
Overnight  The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Itinerary Details

There is no better way to get a snapshot of Glasgow’s past and present than with a sightseeing bus tour – taking in medieval Glasgow Cathedral, verdant Glasgow Green and the culture-packed Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

The Tenement House has been restored to its original style and offers the chance to see some beautifully preserved artefacts from life in Glasgow in the early 20th century.

Driving to Stirling, Brea offers a lunch of hearty Scottish fare en route. The produce here is all locally sourced and there is even a range of specially selected wine pairings to accompany the food.

No visit to Scotland is complete without a taste of one of its finest exports – whisky! On the Malt Master Tour at Glengoyne Distillery there is the chance to sample some of the delicious tipples available for sale at the site, as well as making a 200ml bottle of single malt whisky to take away.

There is just time to return to Glasgow and freshen up at the hotel, ready for dinner at Number 16, a cosy restaurant perhaps best known for its unique twists on Scottish cooking, as well as its ever-changing menu.

Supplier Information

Name Citysightseeing Tour Bus
Category Attraction
Profile Visit Glagow with the City Sightseeing Glasgow hop-on, hop-off open top bus tour. See the most popular attractions and find the best things to do in Glasgow.
Phone 0141 204 0444
Email info@citysightseeingglasgow.co.uk
Website http://www.citysightseeingglasgow.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Tenement House
Category Attraction
Profile A rare glimpse into life in Glasgow in the early 20th century. Open the door to early 20th-century Glasgow life.
Phone 0141 333 0183
Email tenementhouse@nts.org.uk
Website https://www.nts.org.uk/Visit/Tenement-House/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Brea
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile Nice and relaxed Scottish restaurant in the heart of Stirling, serving local produce freshly made to order including gourmet burgers, seafood, steak, haggis, craft beers, ales and ciders
Phone 01786 446277
Email hello@brea-stirling.co.uk
Website http://www.brea-stirling.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Glengoyne Distillery
Category Attraction
Profile Often described as Scotland's Most Beautiful Distillery, Glengoyne is open all year for guided distillery tours, tastings, private dining and whisky shop. Situated 14 miles north of Glasgow, Glengoyne is just a short drive from Loch Lomond and Stirling. With our range of bespoke tours we are proud to offer the most comprehensive whisky experience ever. Take in the processes, meet the experts, sample a dram or even blend your own. Whatever your area of interest, we can tailor a tour exactly to your requirements. Open 7 days. Groups welcome. Free parking. Coach parking.
Phone 01360 550254
Email reception@glengoyne.com
Website https://www.glengoyne.com/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Number 16
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile Number 16 is a cosy, well established and much loved neighbourhood favourite offering quality food, friendly service and great value in relaxed surroundings. Run by a tight- knit, experienced and dedicated team; Number 16 is proud to bring fresh and unusual ideas to modern Scottish cooking.
Phone 0141 339 2544
Email info@number16.co.uk
Website http://www.number16.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 4

Monday 5 March

Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands

07:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 19:45 Rabbie’s tour – Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands
20:30 Dinner at Blythswood Square
Overnight The Grand Central Hotel Glasgow

Itinerary Details

Breakfast at hotel.

Think monsters, myths and fairytales on this day trip that takes in the very best of the Scottish Highlands. This tour includes some of the most iconic landscapes in the country, including Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor and Ben Nevis, among other arrestingly beautiful locations like the Cairngorms.

After a day exploring the Highlands, a laid-back dinner at The Restaurant at Blythswood Square Hotel provides hearty cuisine and a chance to recharge!

Supplier Information

Day 5

Tuesday 6 March

Depart

07:30 Breakfast
08:15 Check out of hotel and drive to train station

Itinerary Details

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to Glasgow railway station for departure.