Become immersed in Scottish luxury on a 5-star spring vacation for $1999 per person.
The posh life begins select dates in May with this seven-night trip that saves up to $500 on the cost of packaging components separately. This vacation based on two travelers includes:
• Roundtrip airfare to Edinburgh from New York City (other departure cities available at slightly higher prices)
• Five nights at the 5-star Fairmont Hotel St. Andrews
• Two nights at the 5-star Caledonian Hilton, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in Edinburgh
• Manual-shift economy car rental with unlimited mileage
• Two three-course dinners and daily breakfast
• Scottish Heritage Pass that offers entrance to attractions and museums across the country
The Fairmont St. Andrews, located on a cliff overlooking the North Sea and the River Tay, is a "sprawling resort complex [that] offers a magnificent spa and a fitness club that counts Prince William among its members," according to Frommer's. The Caledonian Hilton affords commanding views of nearby Edinburgh Castle and over Princes Street Gardens.
For $500 more per person, spend two extra nights at the Fairmont St. Andrews with extended car rental and get 18 holes of golf each at the Torrance Course (host to The Scottish Senior Open and British Open Final Qualifying) and the Kittocks Course.
This seven night, luxury Scottish vacation begins in St Andrews at the 5-star Fairmont St Andrews, set on a 520-acre estate with breathtaking panoramic views, and featuring lavish guestrooms, a luxurious spa and gourmet dining. With a majestic cliff-top location overlooking the legendary "Home of Golf," Fairmont St Andrews boasts two world-class, championship courses. The Torrance and The Kittocks. From the resort you'll be able to explore St Andrews - a stunning, medieval city-by-the sea famous for its Castle, Cathedral, Museum and Botanic Garden - as well as other popular local attractions including the Fife Coastal Path, Stirling Castle, Scotland's Secret Bunker, Loch Lomond and the Isle of May.
On day five you will head southwest to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, second largest city in Scotland and ninth largest in the UK. For the next two nights this amazing European capital will be yours to explore and absorb. Your home-away-from-home will be The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, a landmark Edinburgh property which has embodied the very best in Scottish hospitality for over a hundred years, and recently completed a luxury re-launch. Situated at the west end of Princes Street, this former Victorian railway hotel nestles in the shadow of the historic Edinburgh Castle, just two minutes’ walk from the designer stores and fashionable bars of George Street. From this prestigious location you will also be within easy reach of such remarkable sites as the Edinburgh Zoo, the Botanical Gardens and Calton Hill and of course.
The Scottish Heritage Pass included in this package offers entry to over 120 of Scotland’s most outstanding historic attractions, including St Andrews Castle and Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, and a host of other "must-see" heritage attractions along the way!
The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just off the world-renowned Princes Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, and 7 miles from Edinburgh Airport. Situated at the west end of Princes Street, this former Victorian railway hotel nestles in the shadow of the historic Edinburgh Castle, just two minutes’ walk from the designer stores and fashionable bars of George Street.
The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is a landmark Scottish property that offers timeless elegance in a prestigious location in the center of Edinburgh. ‘The Caley,’ as it is affectionately known among Edinburgh locals, has embodied the very best in Scottish hospitality for over a hundred years, and recently underwent a complete luxury re-launch. It is home to 241 elegantly furnished guestrooms, offering a backdrop of luxury, style and sophistication, with bespoke furniture, eclectic artwork and pristine bathrooms. The hotel also boasts two exquisite restaurants (The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe), iconic Peacock Alley lounge and trendy Caley Bar, a pampering Guerlain Beauty Spa, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, and indoor swimming pool with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.
Bar / Lounge
Currency Exchange Services
Jacuzzi / Whirlpool
Safe Deposit Box
Swimming Pool - Outdoor
Gym / Fitness Facilities
Parking Facilities (At Cost)
Cable / Satellite TV
Ensuite / Private Bathroom
Iron / Ironing Board
Fairmont St. Andrews - St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Fairmont St Andrews is located approximately 50 miles and one hour from Edinburgh Airport, in the stunning seaside city of St Andrews. Situated on a 520-acre estate with a unique coastal setting, the resort provides breathtaking panoramic views of the Tay Estuary, the North Sea and the medieval skyline of St Andrews.
Fairmont St Andrews is the perfect location to turn any holiday into a treasured memory. With a majestic cliff-top location overlooking the legendary "Home of Golf," Fairmont St Andrews boasts lavish guestrooms, a luxurious spa and state-of-the-art fitness center, and six exquisite dining options - as well as five-star attention to detail which is unsurpassed. It is also home to two world-class, championship courses (The Torrance and The Kittocks), with unparalleled vistas and some of the most beautiful holes in Scottish Golf, and is only 10 minutes from the world's oldest golf course - The Old Course.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Iron and ironing board
US/UK compatible outlets
Dual phone lines
High Speed Internet Access (Complimentary to Fairmont President's Club members)
Fax Machine (plain paper) no charge
Hot Water Bottles
Small sewing kit
Imposing Edinburgh Castle has loomed over Scotland's capital city for the past 1,000 years, watching it grow and change into what's today a modern place that combines medieval relics, gothic churches and Georgian grandeur. Known as "the Athens of the North," Edinburgh was once home of the Scottish Kings and now is the seat of the Scottish Parliament. Visitors will want to spend time in the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
What to see:
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
This dazzling show of optical illusions has been entertaining visitors since 1835. The World of Illusions contains five floors of hands-on exhibits, including holograms, a shrinking room, a hall of mirrors and a vortex tunnel. Don't miss a climb to the Tower, where visitors can check out a 360-degree view of the city.
The Edinburgh Dungeon
Live actors, thrilling rides and gruesome special effects take visitors back to Scotland's darkest times at the Edinburgh Dungeon. Walk through a creepy mirror maze, a torture chamber, a cave, and more.
Edinburgh's Royal Mile is a succession of streets that form the main thoroughfare of the city's Old Town area. The area is approximately one "Scots mile" long, running from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock down to Holyrood Abbey.
From its position atop Castle Rock, this fortress dominates the skyline of Edinburgh. The site has been inhabited in one form or another from as far back as the 9th century. Visitors tour the atmospheric castle today to learn about its varied history, but there's also still a military presence, mostly ceremonial.
Holyrood Abbey and Holyrood Palace
At the eastern end of the Royal Mile, the ruins of a 12th-century abbey lie adjacent to a 16th-century palace. All that remains of the abbey is the roofless nave, while the palace has many chambers to explore. Don't miss Queen Mary's Bed Chamber, which is said to be the "most famous room in Scotland," for its rich tapestries, paneling, and antiques that date from the 18th century.
Royal Botanic Garden
Founded in 1670, the Royal Botanic Garden is a 72-acre expanse of stunning scenery and peaceful tranquility. Take an eco-tour of the glasshouse, which includes Britain's tallest Palm House, or walk through he award-winning art gallery at the Inverleith House. There is also a Chinese Hillside, Rock Garden, and a Woodland Garden with giant Redwood trees.
John Knox House
This 15th-century home is the oldest mansion along the Royal Mile and is noteworthy for its painted ceiling and former tenants. Mary, Queen of Scot's Catholic goldsmith was the first owner, and later Protestant Reformer John Knox, a controversial religious icon, is said to have lived here during the 16th century.
National Gallery of Scotland
Housed in an elaborate neoclassical building, the National Gallery of Scotland houses a renowned collection of Scottish and European art. Highlights include pieces by Cézanne, Degas, Bernini, Botticelli, Gauguin, Goya, Monet and more. Don't miss the basement wing where Scottish art is on display. The Royal Scottish Academy is connected to the gallery by a tunnel and hosts rotating and often blockbuster exhibitions.
Completed in autumn 2004 at a cost of about $925 million, the new Scottish Parliament building was designed by the late Barcelona-based architect Enric Miralles. Take a free guided tour or get tickets for a seat to watch the political action in the main debating chamber.
This six-story 17th century tenement house has been restored and furnished with period furniture. Visitors can get a feel for what it was like to live in the confined living conditions of 400 years ago at this popular attraction.
Situated on Charlotte Square, considered to be a masterpiece of urban design during its day, the Georgian House contains late 18th century furnishings including beautiful china, shining silver and exquisite paintings.
Royal Yacht Britannia
This famous floating palace has served as an official residence for Her Majesty the Queen and the British Royal Family. Visitors are welcome aboard to take a tour of the five decks and see many original pieces from the Royal Collection.
The Real Mary King’s Close
Underneath the Royal Mile lie several hidden streets where people lived, worked and died between the 17th and 19th centuries. Walk through the mysterious streets as a guide tells tales of dramatic episodes that happened here and ghosts that are rumored to haunt the secret streets.
National Museum of Scotland
Housed in revamped Victorian galleries, the National Museum of Scotland's large collection covers topics ranging from the natural world and science to Scottish history and world cultures. Egyptian mummies and a cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex are among the popular exhibits.
Our Dynamic Earth
From the Big Bang to the world we know today, Our Dynamic Earth is an attraction that celebrates evolution and the diversity of the planet. Learn about meteor showers, earthquakes, early life forms, and the rainforest via hands-on exhibits and audio and video clips.
Museum of Edinburgh
A treasure trove for anyone interested in the history of Edinburgh, this free museum focuses on the history of the capital city. A maze of rooms features reproductions and original items that represent the city and its traditional industries from the earliest times to the present day.
Museum of Childhood
This children-focused history museum houses a fantastic range of toys and games. It serves up a nostalgia trip for parents, and children will love the hands-on activities.
A fun day for the whole family can be had at the Edinburgh Zoo, the largest animal collection in Scotland. More than 1,500 animals live on the 80-acre site, including penguins, rhinos and hippos.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
At the Scotch Whisky Experience visitors hop on a barrel ride through a replica distillery and learn about the whisky-making process. At the end of the tour, you can get a close-up look at the world's largest collection of Scotch Whisky.
Located on the banks of the River Clyde, the largest city in Scotland has long been the country's main industrial center. But it's also a modern city with a vibrant arts and culture scene. Glasgow hosts an average of 130 music events a week that span all genres and was named a UNESCO "City of Music." Museums and galleries also abound and there are plenty of world-class restaurants and late night clubs and bars to keep visitors happy.
What to see:
Once the eclectic collection of millionaire industrialist Sir William Burrell, the Burrell Collection is housed in a building in Pollok Country Park. The collection includes medieval art and weapons, Islamic art, artifacts from ancient Egypt and China, Impressionist works, modern sculpture, and more.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
With 22 themed galleries, this museum is Scotland's most visited free attraction. Natural history, arms and armor, Scottish history, and a wide range of art are just some of the subject touched on within the museum walls.
Running along the River Clyde, Glasgow's oldest park dates make to medieval times. Besides pathways and plenty of space to relax, highlights within the park include the People's Palace, Doulton Fountain, the old Templeton Carpet Factory, and Nelson's Monument.
The Holmwood House is the most elaborate residential villa designed by famous Scottish architect Alexander "Greek" Thomson. Be sure to step into the elaborate cupola and to look for the panels in the dining that display illustrations of Homer's Iliad.
Scotland's only complete medieval cathedral dates to the 13th century and towers over Cathedral Square. The Gothic cathedral is dark on both the outside and inside. Don't miss the lower church where Saint Mungo lays at rest.
Hunterian Art Gallery
The artistic estate of American-born James McNeill Whistler has been turned into a gallery that exhibits 17th- and 18th-century paintings from all over the world, plus 19th- and 20th-century Scottish works. Don't miss the bold tones of the "Scottish Colourists," who are well represented in this gallery.
This quirky museum on the campus of Glasgow University contains pickled organs in glass jars, dinosaur fossils and a case full of deformed animals. First opened in 1807, it is Glasgow's oldest museum.
Known for an impressive Victorian cast-iron glasshouse, Glasgow's Botanic Gardens is home to a wide range of plants from around the world. On the grounds are extensive tropical and temperate flora collections, and the garden is a great place to unwind.
Glasgow Science Centre
Located on the south bank of the River Clyde, the Glasgow Science Centre is an ultramodern facility that will keep kids and adults entertained for hours. There are four floors of interactive exhibits, plus an egg-shaped IMAX theater, a planetarium, and a rotating observation tower.
Gallery of Modern Art
Housed in a neoclassical building on Royal Exchange Square, GOMA has four galleries named earth, fire, air and water. The permanent art collection contains works by the "new Glasgow boys" who emerged in the 1980s, as well as Stanley Spencer, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and John Bellany.
Museum of Transport
Glasgow's Museum of Transport includes a collection of many forms of transportation, including ship models, cars that were made in Scotland, locomotives, bikes and more. Don't miss the reproduction of a 1938 Glasgow street scene.
The People's Palace is a social history museum documenting the lives of "ordinary people" who lived in Glasgow throughout the ages. To the rear of the building are the spacious Winter Gardens that are housed in a restored Victorian glass house.
Pollok Country Park
This green expansive on the Southside of the city is home to the Burrell Collection and the Pollok House, the ancestral home of the Maxwell family that now contains a large, private collection of Spanish paintings. However, the park is better known for its formal gardens and glens and pastures.
Built in the 1470s, Provand's Lordship is the only survivor from a cluster of medieval homes and as such is Glasgow's oldest house. Named after a church canon who once resided in the house, it is now home to the 17th-century furniture collection of Sir William Burrell.
This museum is actually a 1892 apartment, complete with coal fires, gas lamps, and a box bed in the kitchen. Once the home of Miss Agnes Toward, there are displays of all sorts of memorabilia, including letters, ration coupons, photographs and ticket stubs.
St Vincent Street Church
This church is the most visible landmark attributed to the city's great architect, Alexander "Greek" Thompson. It's decorated externally with elaborate Egyptian, Assyrian and even Indian-looking motifs and designs. The interior is just as eclectic but access is limited, as it's still a house of worship.
The famous Willow Tearooms were designed by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904, and are done up in authentic furnishings. Visitors can order tea and relive the splendor of a bygone era.
Northern Scotland (Inverness)
In Northern Scotland, visitors can explore one of the country's most famous battlefields, spot dolphins at Moray Firth, or journey to the most northerly settlement in mainland Great Britain. Beautiful scenery abounds including lakes, gorges, glens, sandy beaches and mountains.
What to See:
John O’Groats (Caithness)
This tourist town is popular as the most northerly settlement of mainland Great Britain. Most visitors want to get a picture with the famous "Journey's End" signpost, but be aware you have to pay a fee (the signs are removed when an employee leaves the post at night).
On the eastern edge of the village of Durness is Smoo Cave, a large sea cave carved out of limestone, with a 50-foot-high entrance. Archaeological investigation has turned up Neolithic, Norse and Iron Age artifacts. Today, three chambers are accessible to visitors, two by foot and one by boat.
Bealach na Bà (Wester Ross)
The name of this historic pass through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula translates to "Pass of the Cattle." The twisting, single-track scenic mountain road through the pass includes the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level to 2,054 feet.
Grey Cairns of Camster (Caithness)
These two restored Neolithic burial cairns are within 650 feet of one another. One is round and contains a single chamber, while the other is long with two chambers and projecting "horns.'"Entry into both interior chambers is easy through a series of passages.
Glen Ord Distillery
At this distillery 18 miles north of Iverness, on the edge of the Black Isle, visitors can watch distillers at work. The admission charge comes with a discount voucher for the purchase of a single malt whisky.
Tore Art Gallery
Tore Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in a renovated church building just a few miles north of Iverness. As the largest gallery in the highlands, Tore features rotating exhibitions of established and emerging artists.
Hugh Miller's Cottage
Hugh Miller was a stonemason, geologist, editor and writer. This museum housed in his birthplace cottage presents his life and his work.
Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve (Ross and Cromraty)
The summit of this mountain forms an undulating ridge that runs for eight miles. The Forestry Commission administers the lower slopes, while the summit ridge itself is a National Nature Reserve. The mountain is usually climbed from the west.
Croick Church (Sutherland)
Built in 1827, Croich Church is famous for its evocative engravings on the church windows from sufferers of the Highland Clearances (forced displacement). No one knows what become of the 80 refugees who lived in the churchyard in 1844. The church is open for services.
This large, deep, freshwater lake, about 23 miles southwest of Iverness, is best known for its alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as "Nessie." The Loch Ness Centre at Drumnadrochit examines the controversy through the natural history of the lake, and boat cruises give visitors the chance to seek out the monster for themselves.
Culloden Battlefield (Inverness)
The site of the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, where between 1,500 and 2,000 Jacobites were killed or wounded, has been restored as close as possible to the way it was seen by forces on that fateful day. Exhibitions at a visitor's center detail the history of the battlefield and host daily living history presentations that bring the battle to life.
This triangular inlet on the North Sea is a well-known spot to catch sight of dolphins in the wild. About 130 bottlenose dolphins call Moray Firth home, and often leap out of the clear water close to the shore. Harbor seals and whales also make appearances at this popular wildlife watching spot.
The Highland Games are a series of events held throughout the year in Scotland that celebrate Celtic and Scottish culture and heritage. Expect to see bagpipes, kilts and the caber toss, as well as competitions in drumming, dancing and Scottish heavy athletics. The largest Highland Games are held in Dunoon every August.
Big Sand Beach
Sheltered form the wind by Longa Island and extensive sand dunes, Big Sand Beach is a great place to sit and take in the view of the mountains of Skye and Torridon. Showers and refreshments are available adjacent to the beach.
Dornach Beach (Sutherland)
This sandy beach located on the Dornoch Firth stretches for miles from Dornoch Point to the mouth of Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve. Take in the wonderful water views on this tranquil beach.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (Inverness)
This museum delves into Scottish history and the ways in which the hHghlands are linked with the rest of the world. A family-friendly diversion, the collection includes contemporary art and crafts as well as displays on the geology, wildlife, archaeology and history of the area.