Elegant Treasures of Edinburgh

Compelling and turbulent is an apt description of Scotland’s colourful history. We discover the hidden stories behind some of the iconic buildings of Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. We explore this little pocket of the country with its wealth of breathtaking scenery plus its ancient tower houses and stately homes to give us a glimpse of life from a bygone era.


Travel Options


5 Days from just £

5 Days from just £

5 Days from just £

Holiday Highlights

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Hopetoun House, Edinburgh, Mellerstain House, Thirlestane Castle, Rosslyn Chapel & Traquair House
  • Guided tour and refreshments at Hopetoun House
  • Guided walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Private guided tour and refreshments at Mellerstain House
  • Guided tour and afternoon tea at Thirlestane Castle
  • Exclusive guided tour at Traquair House with the 21st Lady of Traquair*
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Services of a Tour Manager
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Hopetoun House, Edinburgh, Mellerstain House, Thirlestane Castle, Rosslyn Chapel & Traquair House
  • Guided tour and refreshments at Hopetoun House
  • Guided walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Private guided tour and refreshments at Mellerstain House
  • Guided tour and afternoon tea at Thirlestane Castle
  • Exclusive guided tour at Traquair House with the 21st Lady of Traquair*
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Services of a Tour Manager
  • Return flights to Edinburgh*
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of hold luggage per booking)
  • Airport transfers in Edinburgh
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Hopetoun House, Edinburgh, Mellerstain House, Thirlestane Castle, Rosslyn Chapel & Traquair House
  • Guided tour and refreshments at Hopetoun House
  • Guided walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Private guided tour and refreshments at Mellerstain House
  • Guided tour and afternoon tea at Thirlestane Castle
  • Exclusive guided tour at Traquair House with the 21st Lady of Traquair**
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Macdonald Cardrona Hotel

Set in beautiful Scottish countryside on the banks of the River Tweed close to Peebles, the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel offers contemporary accommodation in delightful surroundings. Situated on a reputable golf course, the hotel offers elegant, modern bedrooms with all the amenities, Renwicks Restaurant and a cocktail bar. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, a gym and a health spa (extra charges apply for treatments).

Single Supplements Apply

Hotel Rating

Accommodation in our JG4 category is of a very high standard, offering a wide range of facilities and services. Bedrooms feature a very good quality of furniture, facilities and soft furnishings. Uniformed staff provide a service that reflects attention to detail and quality. Serious attention is paid to food and drink.

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager followed by a three-course evening meal.

Monday: Hopetoun House & Edinburgh
We make our way to Hopetoun House, one of the finest examples of 18th-century architecture in Britain, where we enjoy morning coffee and shortbread on arrival. Designed by William Bruce and then extended and changed by Scottish architect William Adam, it is widely recognised as Scotland’s finest stately home. The magnificent interiors reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plaster work, which we learn about on our guided tour.

Dominated by the iconic castle perched high above the city, we spend the afternoon in Scotland’s vibrant capital city Edinburgh, where we enjoy a guided walking tour. From the picturesque sights of the old town, the sprawl of attractions on the Royal Mile and the grandeur of George Street, with its many boutique shops, cafés and restaurants, there’s always a wealth of things to do.

In the evening we enjoy a three-course dinner and an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Mellerstain House & Thirlestane Castle
Set in beautiful acres of parkland and formal gardens with outstanding views, one of Scotland’s great stately homes, Mellerstain House, is seen by many as Robert Adam’s finest work. Begun in 1725 by William Adam and completed by his more famous son, Robert, in 1778, the exterior of Mellerstain is a good example of Adam’s ‘castle style’. It is the interiors however that showcase Adam’s work at its masterful best. We are treated to a private guided tour of the house that displays exquisitely proportioned rooms embellished with classical plasterwork, all preserved in the original colours, some fine art as well as period furniture and embroidery collections. After our tour, we enjoy morning refreshments.

We continue on to Thirlestane Castle, nestled in the gentle Border Hills, where we enjoy a guided tour and afternoon tea. As the seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale and the home of the Maitland family, one of the most reputable families in Scotland, this defensive fort with rose pink sandstone and fairy tale turrets, dates back to the 13th century. The interiors are a mix of 19th century and early Baroque and highlights include the Duke’s bedroom with its exquisite plasterwork ceilings, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Room and the extensive family portraits and historic toy collections.

This evening, we enjoy an inclusive three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Wednesday: Rosslyn Chapel & Traquair House
This morning we head to mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, home to some of the most exquisite carvings and portrait scenes in the whole of Europe. Dating back to 1445, the chapel gained worldwide fame thanks to the increasing interest in Freemasonry and the Knights Templar (it was one of the filming locations for Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code). Watch out for the intricate “musical” boxes and green men carved throughout the chapel.

We continue on to Traquair House where the 21st Lady of Traquair will kindly show us around the house*. This 12th-century former hunting lodge which hosted 27 Scottish monarchs including Mary Queens of Scots, has a fascinating history spanning nearly a thousand years. Trace the footsteps of the Kings of Scotland as you climb the turnpike staircase and uncover how priests escaped in times of danger. We discover more of Traquair’s fascinating history as well as the wonderful collections of embroideries, letters and relics of former times.

In the evening we enjoy an inclusive three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

*Please note: The availability of Catherine Maxwell-Stuart at Traquair House may be subject to change at short notice and the tour may be led by one of her experienced guides.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager followed by a three-course evening meal.

Monday: Hopetoun House & Edinburgh
We make our way to Hopetoun House, one of the finest examples of 18th-century architecture in Britain, where we enjoy morning coffee and shortbread on arrival. Designed by William Bruce and then extended and changed by Scottish architect William Adam, it is widely recognised as Scotland’s finest stately home. The magnificent interiors reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plaster work, which we learn about on our guided tour.

Dominated by the iconic castle perched high above the city, we spend the afternoon in Scotland’s vibrant capital city Edinburgh, where we enjoy a guided walking tour. From the picturesque sights of the old town, the sprawl of attractions on the Royal Mile and the grandeur of George Street, with its many boutique shops, cafés and restaurants, there’s always a wealth of things to do.

In the evening we enjoy a three-course dinner and an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Mellerstain House & Thirlestane Castle
Set in beautiful acres of parkland and formal gardens with outstanding views, one of Scotland’s great stately homes, Mellerstain House, is seen by many as Robert Adam’s finest work. Begun in 1725 by William Adam and completed by his more famous son, Robert, in 1778, the exterior of Mellerstain is a good example of Adam’s ‘castle style’. It is the interiors however that showcase Adam’s work at its masterful best. We are treated to a private guided tour of the house that displays exquisitely proportioned rooms embellished with classical plasterwork, all preserved in the original colours, some fine art as well as period furniture and embroidery collections. After our tour, we enjoy morning refreshments.

We continue on to Thirlestane Castle, nestled in the gentle Border Hills, where we enjoy a guided tour and afternoon tea. As the seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale and the home of the Maitland family, one of the most reputable families in Scotland, this defensive fort with rose pink sandstone and fairy tale turrets, dates back to the 13th century. The interiors are a mix of 19th century and early Baroque and highlights include the Duke’s bedroom with its exquisite plasterwork ceilings, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Room and the extensive family portraits and historic toy collections.

This evening, we enjoy an inclusive three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Wednesday: Rosslyn Chapel & Traquair House
This morning we head to mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, home to some of the most exquisite carvings and portrait scenes in the whole of Europe. Dating back to 1445, the chapel gained worldwide fame thanks to the increasing interest in Freemasonry and the Knights Templar (it was one of the filming locations for Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code). Watch out for the intricate “musical” boxes and green men carved throughout the chapel.

We continue on to Traquair House where the 21st Lady of Traquair will kindly show us around the house*. This 12th-century former hunting lodge which hosted 27 Scottish monarchs including Mary Queens of Scots, has a fascinating history spanning nearly a thousand years. Trace the footsteps of the Kings of Scotland as you climb the turnpike staircase and uncover how priests escaped in times of danger. We discover more of Traquair’s fascinating history as well as the wonderful collections of embroideries, letters and relics of former times.

In the evening we enjoy an inclusive three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

*Please note: The availability of Catherine Maxwell-Stuart at Traquair House may be subject to change at short notice and the tour may be led by one of her experienced guides.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

Sunday: Arrival
We fly to Edinburgh airport and transfer to the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager followed by a three-course evening meal.

Monday: Hopetoun House & Edinburgh
We make our way to Hopetoun House, one of the finest examples of 18th-century architecture in Britain, where we enjoy morning coffee and shortbread on arrival. Designed by William Bruce and then extended and changed by Scottish architect William Adam, it is widely recognised as Scotland’s finest stately home. The magnificent interiors reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plaster work, which we learn about on our guided tour.

Dominated by the iconic castle perched high above the city, we spend the afternoon in Scotland’s vibrant capital city Edinburgh, where we enjoy a guided walking tour. From the picturesque sights of the old town, the sprawl of attractions on the Royal Mile and the grandeur of George Street, with its many boutique shops, cafés and restaurants, there’s always a wealth of things to do.

In the evening we enjoy a three-course dinner and an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Mellerstain House & Thirlestane Castle
Set in beautiful acres of parkland and formal gardens with outstanding views, one of Scotland’s great stately homes, Mellerstain House, is seen by many as Robert Adam’s finest work. Begun in 1725 by William Adam and completed by his more famous son, Robert, in 1778, the exterior of Mellerstain is a good example of Adam’s ‘castle style’. It is the interiors however that showcase Adam’s work at its masterful best. We are treated to a private guided tour of the house that displays exquisitely proportioned rooms embellished with classical plasterwork, all preserved in the original colours, some fine art as well as period furniture and embroidery collections. After our tour, we enjoy morning refreshments.

We continue on to Thirlestane Castle, nestled in the gentle Border Hills, where we enjoy a guided tour and afternoon tea. As the seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale and the home of the Maitland family, one of the most reputable families in Scotland, this defensive fort with rose pink sandstone and fairy tale turrets, dates back to the 13th century. The interiors are a mix of 19th century and early Baroque and highlights include the Duke’s bedroom with its exquisite plasterwork ceilings, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Room and the extensive family portraits and historic toy collections.

This evening, we enjoy an inclusive three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Wednesday: Rosslyn Chapel & Traquair House
This morning we head to mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, home to some of the most exquisite carvings and portrait scenes in the whole of Europe. Dating back to 1445, the chapel gained worldwide fame thanks to the increasing interest in Freemasonry and the Knights Templar (it was one of the filming locations for Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code). Watch out for the intricate “musical” boxes and green men carved throughout the chapel.

We continue on to Traquair House where the 21st Lady of Traquair will kindly show us around the house*. This 12th-century former hunting lodge which hosted 27 Scottish monarchs including Mary Queens of Scots, has a fascinating history spanning nearly a thousand years. Trace the footsteps of the Kings of Scotland as you climb the turnpike staircase and uncover how priests escaped in times of danger. We discover more of Traquair’s fascinating history as well as the wonderful collections of embroideries, letters and relics of former times.

In the evening we enjoy an inclusive three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Thursday: Departure
We check out of the hotel and transfer to Edinburgh airport for our return flight home.

**Please note: The availability of Catherine Maxwell-Stuart at Traquair House may be subject to change at short notice and the tour may be led by one of her experienced guides.

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of hold luggage PER BOOKING is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

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