Welcome to Scotland - May 10-14 2019

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

5 days

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.

Day 1

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Harrogate to North Berwick

Departing Harrogate after ExploreGB, begin the journey, stopping for dinner on the way, to North Berwick where the educational itinerary begins. Arrive in North Berwick and check into your hotel for the night, Macdonald Marine North Berwick.


16:30 – 16:30Tour Guide Oxsana to join the group for departure from Harrogate. Listen to the announcements for the exact time to board your coach at the Convention Centre
16:30 – 19:00Transfer to Battlesteads
19:00 – 20:30Dinner at Battlesteads
20:30 – 23:00Continue transfer to North Berwick
OvernightMacdonald Marine – North Berwick

Supplier Information

NameMacdonald Marine Hotel & Spa
ProfileMacdonald Marine Hotel & Spa in North Berwick is renowned for its beautiful coastal setting and glorious 19th century Victorian architecture. Situated on the East Coast of Scotland, our North Berwick Hotel has 83 unique bedrooms to choose from - a world of four star luxury. Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa boasts extensive conference facilities and a luxurious spa complex making it the ideal base for business stays as well as leisure breaks. Our North Berwick hotel is also home to the award-winning Craigleith restaurant, where you can enjoy the finest Scottish cuisine in a very Scottish setting, with views of the Firth of Forth. Our Macdonald North Berwick hotel is also the perfect choice for golfers, who can choose from 20 championship courses in the surrounding area. As Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa is within easy distance to Edinburgh by car or rail, you have the option of both the quiet tranquillity of the seaside and the busy tourist attractions the city has to offer, including Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Zoo. Catering for a wide range of functions and occasions such as weddings and business events, Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa offers a luxurious experience in a beautiful coastal setting.
Phone+44 (0)344 879 9130
FIT or Groups:Both
Day 2

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - North Berwick to Glasgow

A short journey from the hotel is Tantallon Castle, a spectacular building that sits on the cliffs of Bass Rock that is rumoured to be the origin of the legend of King Arthur’s Camelot. Enjoy a guided tour of this extraordinary fortress before driving to Rosslyn Chapel, one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings, located just on the border of the city of Edinburgh.

After a morning exploring Scotland’s heritage spend the afternoon exploring its culture in the vibrant city of Edinburgh. Enjoy a lunch with the Edinburgh Food Safari, before meeting with the style concierge and enjoying cocktails at the Harvey Nichols Shopping Experience.

Then, transfer to Glasgow by coach, where you will check into The Grand Central Hotel and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel
09:00 – 09:30Transfer to Tantallon Castle
09:30 – 10:30Tantallon Castle
10:30 – 11:30Transfer to Rosslyn Chapel
11:30 – 12:15Rosslyn Chapel
12:15 – 13:00Transfer to Edinburgh
13:30 – 15:30Afternoon Edinburgh food safari, which will end at Harvey Nichols
15:30 – 17:30Harvey Nichols Shopping Experience*
17:30 – 19:00Transfer to the Grand Central Glasgow
19:00 – 19:50Check in and refresh for dinner
19:50 – 20:00Transfer to The Grand Central
20:00 – 21:30Dinner at Browns
21:30 – 21:45Walk to The Grand Central
OvernightThe Grand Central Hotel – The Principal

*=The group should meet Sarah (a Russian-speaking member of the team) at the Style Concierge suite on the second floor. From there, Sarah will host an in-depth store tour, which – once complete – will end with Champagne for the group back in the Style Concierge suite.

Supplier Information

NameEdinburgh Food Safari
CategorySightseeing Operator
ProfileThere are at least 5 eating and drinking stops over a 3-hour period. Guests sample iconic haggis, Edinburgh ale, Scottish smoked salmon, Scottish gin, made-on-the spot marshmallows, Scottish farmhouse cheese , afternoon tea with feather light scones, homemade jam and single malt whisky
Phone+44 (0)779 629 8163
Min - Max capacity:2 minimum, 40 maximum - split into smaller groups
Frequency: Daily
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Groups

Supplier Information

NameHarvey Nichols, Edinburgh
ProfileLuxury department store, Harvey Nichols, offers designer fashion, beauty, food & wine both online and in-store including Knightsbridge, Leeds & Edinburgh.
Phone0131 524 8388
FIT or Groups:N/A

Supplier Information

NamePrincipal Hotels
ProfileTHE 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.
FIT or Groups:both
Day 3

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - Around and about Glasgow

After breakfast, embark on a coach journey to the Isle of Bute. Here, you will get a guided tour of Mount Stuart House and Gardens, a neo-gothic mansion that was once one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age! Surrounded by 300 acres of gardens, woodlands and coast, Mount Stuart is also home to stunning views and dramatic landscapes – enjoy lunch in these picturesque surroundings before getting the coach to Ardgowan Estate, and exploring one of Scotland’s finest stately homes.

Then, transfer back to Glasgow for dinner at The Blytheswood Square Hotel.

Isle of Bute


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel
09:00 – 11:15Transfer to Mount Stuart House and Gardens
11:15 – 15:10Mount Stuart House and Gardens including lunch
15:10 – 16:15Transfer to Inverkip
16:15 – 18:00Ardgowan Estate tour
18:00 – 19:00Transfer back to Glasgow
19:00 – 19:30Refresh at hotel
19:30 – 19:30Walk to Blytheswood Square Hotel
19:30 – 21:00Dinner and Site inspection at Principal Blytheswood Square
OvernightThe Grand Central Hotel – The Principal

Supplier Information

NameMount Stuart
ProfileMount Stuart House and Gardens are located on the beautiful island of Bute. Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow. It is the most accessible of the westerly isles from the Scottish Central Belt. It’s a peaceful island haven, just a stone’s throw away from the mainland. The spirit of nineteenth-century invention is embodied in Mount Stuart – a feat of Victorian engineering, this neo-gothic mansion was one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age. Ironic, when you consider the medieval inspiration of the Gothic Revival. Set in 300 acres of grounds which include designed gardens, woodland and coast there is something for everyone at Mount Stuart!
Phone+44 (0) 1700 503877
FIT or Groups:Both
Day 4

Monday, May 13, 2019 - Loch Lomond and Edinburgh

After breakfast, enjoy the dramatic Scottish scenery on the transfer from Glasgow to Loch Lomond where you will indulge in the Loch Lomond Seafood Tour. This gastronomic and cultural tour includes tasting of smoked salmon at the Colquhoun Smokehouse, a local smokehouse restaurant on the banks of Loch Lomond. And if that’s not enough, it’s also a great chance to soak up some breathtakingly beautiful Scottish scenery, whilst being entertained with some legendary and hilarious tales of the past!

Then, you will return to Edinburgh where you will refresh for dinner. This evening, enjoy a taste of Scotland at Scottish Show – you will enjoy a sumptuous feast of traditional and modern Scottish cuisine that will be followed by a showcase of traditional Scottish music song and dance!


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at the hotel
08:45 – 08:45Tasting Scotland Guide Diana Peralta guide to meet group at hotel
09:00 – 10:30Transfer to Loch Lomond
10:30 – 16:00Loch Lomond Seafood Tour  – Colquhoun Smokehouse and Luss – including lunch then returning to Edinburgh
16:00 – 18:00Check-in and refresh for dinner and site visit
18:00 – 18:20Transfer to Prestonfield House
18:30 – 21:45The Scottish Show at Prestonfield House plus site visit
21:45 – 22:00Transfer to the Principal George Street
OvernightThe Principal George Street

Supplier Information

NamePrestonfield House
ProfileEdinburgh's most exciting five star hotel exudes opulent individual style that is unrivalled anywhere else in the city. Built in 1687 as the grand baroque home of Edinburgh's Lord Provost, Prestonfield is now Edinburgh's highest-rated hotel and home to the destination restaurant - Rhubarb. Alongside Rhubarb, and Edinburgh's most luxurious rooms and suites, Prestonfield features a collection of stunning private dining rooms, opulent salons, a whisky bar and historic public rooms perfect for afternoon tea. Outside twenty acres of gardens provide seclusion, a place to enjoy a drink, enjoy tea on the terrace, walk your dog, park for free or, should you wish, land your helicopter! Perfectly Situated Just five minutes from Edinburgh's finest shopping streets and the historic attractions of the Royal Mile adjacent to Holyrood Park, Prestonfield provides the privacy and seclusion of a country estate. Look no further for one of the best hotels in Edinburgh, perfect for romantic breaks or extended secluded stays.
Phone+44 (0)131 225 7800
FIT or Groups:Both
Day 5

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Edinburgh

On the final day enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Edinburgh Airport for the flight home.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast in the hotel, check out and leave luggage
09:00 – 14:00Free time
14:00 – 14:30Transfer to Edinburgh Airport

All times are subject to change.