The Hidden Gems of Scotland

Merit Hosted Departure - Hosted by Jackie Moir

Experience Europe’s most dramatic landscapes as you discover Scotland with a selection of unique experiences including visits to the strikingly beautiful remote islands. Explore stunning castles and enjoy a tour of Scotland’s whiskey distilleries. Sample local delicacies in Dumfries and Galloway.


  • Opportunity to visit some of Scotland’s hidden gems
  • Visits to the West Coast islands of Arran and Bute
  • Explore the World Heritage Sites of New Lanark and Edinburgh’s Old & New Towns
  • Sample some of the local delicacies in Dumfries and Galloway and enjoy a tour at Scotland’s
    island whisky distilleries
  • Learn of the inspirations for Scottish literary figures Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott
  • Edinburgh: Scottish dinner & show, Glenkinchie distillery, Edinburgh Castle, East Lothian area, Tantallon Castle, Afternoon Tea at the Balmoral Hotel or Scotsman Hotel, Borders area, Abbotsford House & Gardens, New Lanark.
  • Glasgow: Dumfries & Galloway area ,Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Ardrossan - Brodick return ferry crossing, Isle of Arran Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park, Isle of Arran Distillery, Isle of Bute – Loch Lomond, Rothesay - Wemyss Bay return ferry crossing Loch Lomond Aquarium, Forth Valley – Fife, Falkirk Wheel, Scotland's Secret Bunker


  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • Private guide
  • 4 star hotel accommodations as per the itinerary, 4 nights accommodation at the Point Hotel Edinburgh or similar in Edinburgh, 3 nights accommodation at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow or similar in Glasgow, 2 nights accommodation at the Apex Hotel Dundee or similar in Perthshire & Tayside
  • All sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Entrance to all sites as per the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast & three course dinner
  • All transfers
  • Merit Tour Host
  • All taxes, porterage and gratuities

Does Not Include

  • Beverages and any meals not mentioned in the day by day itinerary
  • Any personal expenses
  • Insurance

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 Depart Toronto- Glasgow
Day 2 Arrival to Glasgow
Day 3 Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh – Entrance to Edinburgh Castle and Glenkinchie Distillery. Great Scottish evening including a 3-course meal and Scottish music and dancing
Day 4 Tantallon Castle – Edinburgh – Afternoon Tea with scones at a 5 star hotel in Edinburgh
Day 5
Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House – New Lanark Visitor Centre
Day 6 Dumfries & Galloway – Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – Glasgow area
Day 7 Isle of Arran – Brodick Castle – Isle of Arran Distillery – Glasgow area
Day 8 Isle of Bute – Cowal Peninsula – Loch Lomond – Loch Lomond Aquarium - Glasgow area 
Day 9
Forth Valley – Falkirk Wheel – Scotland’s Secret Bunker – Fife area
Day 10 Dundee area- Entrance to Glamis Castle and Discovery Point in Dundee (RRS Discovery, Captain Scott’s research ship
Day 11 Departure Day, transfer to Glasgow Airport

Tour Leader:

Jackie Moir is the manager of our Merit office in Brockville, Ontario. She has been in the travel industry for more than 30 years. Of the 29 countries Jackie has visited, Scotland is her favourite!

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