I went on the Edinburgh/Glasgow tour with Veg Jaunts and Journeys and had a fabulous time! This is the first time in a long time I actually gained weight on a vacation! Everyone was doubting how I would find food in Scotland as a vegan but this tour had all the food planned out. I still dream about the macaroni and cheese I had in Glasgow! I really enjoyed how I could have my own time and also meet up with the group. It was really well designed and I will definitely book another trip 🙂
Glasgow, Edinburgh and The Highlands
Scottish History, Folklore and Natural Wonders
Multi-Day Vegan Tour - Get a Taste of Scotland!
When we polled our mailing list on top wish list destinations, Scotland came in first. This remains one of our most popular tours and consistently sells out! You may have heard that Glasgow is considered one of the friendliest cities in the world, but did you know it’s super vegan-friendly as well? And you’ll get to experience the best vegan restaurants Glasgow has to offer!
This tour includes time in the capital Edinburgh, an awe-inspiring treasure-trove for Outlander and Harry Potter fans. And between stops at Scotland’s two major cities is an amazing Scottish adventure into the countryside, led by our resident tour guide, Niall McOwan. Niall is not just a vegan tour guide – he carries on the tradition of sharing the Scottish heritage he learned from his father, a renowned Scottish author, historian, and outdoorsman.
Why You’ll Love This Tour!
Get to know on foot the famous architecture, history, street murals and more of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, all while tasting the best vegan options Glasgow has to offer.
Enjoy a scenic drive to the Scottish Highlands and on the way visit, among other sites, the tallest peak in the UK, the famous hamlet of Glenfinnan and its railway viaduct, whose stunning landscape was featured in the Harry Potter films!
Explore the medieval and neoclassical architecture of Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, with an easy introduction via bus tour before having plenty of time to adventure through the city on your own.
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$4785 USD/per person
*A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the tour cost, along with a registration form, are required in order to join the tour. Your space is not guaranteed until both of these are received.
July 23 – August 1, 2022
9 nights/10 days
- 9 nights hotel accommodations
- Based on having your own room
- 9 breakfasts
- 7 lunches (one is a food tour)
- 2 dinners (one is a vegan high tea)
- Sightseeing and activity admissions (except free time)
- Transit passes in each city
- Transportation between Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Transportation to Isle of Skye and Inverness
- All logistics are taken care of for you
- Wine, beer and drinks
- Please allow about $35 per dinner at the chosen restaurants.
- Travel insurance
What to bring
We recommend bringing as little as possible! You will need to manage your luggage for up to a distance of a half mile, or a 10-12 minute walk to and from our hotels. If you need any packing tips, please contact us.
Travel insurance is highly recommended for any unexpected emergency expenses.
About your guide
One tour leader in Glasgow and Edinburgh; 2 tour leaders/guides in the Highlands
This tour begins with a welcome dinner on our first night in Glasgow, followed by a walking tour of the city the next day, with plenty of vegan stops included! Then we make our way to the Scottish Highlands and Inverness. We’ll spend a couple of days exploring the gorgeous landscapes, castles and historical sites of this region as Niall tells all about the history and folklore, before we take another scenic drive to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital.
We’ll get introduced to Edinburgh with a bus tour and walking tour before you have plenty of free time to explore. On our last full day, Niall takes us to the country to visit the area where the highlands and lowlands meet. Stunning castles, lochs and national parks steeped in history mark our journey.
Back in Edinburgh we have an optional group dinner and our adventure ends after breakfast the next day, before heading to the airport.
Interspersed with all the sightseeing and activities will be all the most well-loved vegan restaurants in your destination. You will never have to worry about what you’re going to eat on a Veg Jaunts and Journeys tour. All the restaurant research will be done for you, so you can have an interesting and exciting vacation, with some time to relax too.
On day one of our adventure, whether you arrive in Glasgow or Edinburgh, you’ll make your way to our hotel where check-in starts at 3 pm. If you arrive earlier, you can start exploring or grab a bite at one of the vegan restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Our tour officially begins with a welcome dinner at a vegan restaurant, where we’ll get acquainted and discuss the days to come.
On day two, our first full day, we’ll have a moveable feast as we take a vegan walking tour of Glasgow. As we wander through the city checking out the best vegan and veg-friendly spots for snacks and more, you’ll also get to see the Glasgow art scene on display in fabulous street murals, including works by the renowned Smug, known for his photo-realistic style. After the tour, the rest of the day is yours to relax or explore. If you wish, you can join us for an optional group dinner.
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast and lunch
Day 3 of our trip starts bright and early as we set off on our three-night excursion to the rugged landscapes of northwest Scotland where we’ll visit the Isle of Skye and the Highlands. We’ll travel in a private van, and although vegan food can be harder to find in this region, we’ll have Niall leading the way for us. Be ready for some jaw-dropping scenery!
Traveling through Scotland’s national park, we’ll marvel at the magnificent scenery surrounding us, while learning about the local folklore. When we cross the Highland Boundary Fault, you’ll notice how the landscape changes as we go from the Scottish Lowlands into the heart of the Highlands, riding through various valleys (or ‘glens’). Learn about the beauty and the bloody history of Glencoe, which sits in Lochaber, also home to Ben Nevis, the tallest peak in the UK. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit the hamlet of Glenfinnan, famous for being the site of the Jacobite uprising, but also for the 19th-century viaduct you may be familiar with from being featured in the Harry Potter movies. Make sure your camera is charged for all the photo ops!
After a day of driving with plenty of stops to enjoy the scenery and stretch our legs, we’ll check into our guesthouse in Portree, the capital town on the Isle of Skye. Tonight, feel free to relax or join us for the optional dinner in the evening.
On day 4 of our trip, the Isle of Skye awaits us and our journey begins with a scenic ferry ride. The “Misty Isle”, as Skye is referred to, looks like a home to fairies and magical creatures. From the pinnacle rock known as “The Old Man of Storr” and the rugged northern region of the Trotternish Peninsula to a cliff face that looks like a pleated kilt and the adjacent Mealt Falls, which drops an impressive 55 meters into the sea.
Next we set off for Fairy Glen and Quiraing, two breathtaking sights of geologic majesty. The bracing sea air and stunning coastline offer a never-ending sense of enchantment. We’ll top off the day with an optional multi-course vegan feast at one of the island’s loveliest hotels.
Day 3: Breakfast and lunch
Day 4: Breakfast and lunch
On day 5 of our trip, we’ll start the morning witnessing the great views as we cross the Skye bridge and head into Kyle of Lochalsh, a picturesque village of hills, castles, and lochs (or ‘lakes’). We’ll make a stop at Eilean Donan Castle, which you may recognize from the movies Highlander and The World is Not Enough.
As we continue on our journey and travel through Glen Shiel, keep a look out for deer and wild goats! Weather permitting, we’ll visit the Five Sisters of Kintail (legend has it they are five sisters who wanted to preserve their beauty as mountains until their husbands came to claim them). Then, we head off to wee Fort Augustus for the best views of Loch Ness, before heading to Inverness, the cultural capital and largest city of the Highlands. As we make our way to Inverness, we’ll ride along the loch, with the option to stop at the ruin of Urquhart Castle, a site of many battles and sieges, which was ultimately blown up by the British. We’ll arrive in Inverness with time to check in to our hotel and make it to an optional dinner, or you can just have a relaxing evening before we head for Edinburgh the next day.
On day 6 of our adventure, we hit the road for Edinburgh. En route, we’ll visit the revered Culloden Battlefield and learn about the last Jacobite rising and its impact on Scottish identity. We will then travel back thousands of years as we visit the Bronze Age burial chambers at Clava Cairns.
As we head south towards Edinburgh, we’ll have the opportunity to choose between visiting the Highland Folk Museum or a distillery. Then we’ll stop by the town of Dunkeld, famous for its Cathedral, which took 240 years to complete! A walk through a grove of towering Douglas firs will take us to a folly, an expensive ornamental building with no purpose at Ossian’s Hall, overlooking the thundering Black Linn Falls. Our last stop before Edinburgh is a fantastic photo opportunity in South Queensferry at the world’s first major steel structure, the Forth Bridge. Finally, we’ll arrive in Edinburgh, check in to our hotel and head out for an optional group dinner.
Day 5: Breakfast and lunch
Day 6: Breakfast and lunch
Our first day in Edinburgh begins with an easy introduction to the city on a bus tour. Sit in comfort and snap away at the beautiful sites. Don’t forget to take notes and pictures of the places you want to explore more on your free day! After lunch, we’ll get to stretch our legs with a walking tour, starting with the medieval Old Town, home of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. We’ll walk to Edinburgh’s New Town, still pretty aged with some areas over 200 years old, but also modern with its grid city plan. The rest of the day is free until our optional group dinner in the evening.
On day 8, you’ll have the full day free to explore Edinburgh. Break out your notes and pics from the day before. You may wish to complete your tour of Old Town with a visit to the optical illusions at the 175-year-old Camera Obscura & World of Illusions or wander around the Queen’s residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Other options include booking a whisky tasting or a ghost tour. We’ll be happy to help make arrangements. Then we’ll meet up in the late afternoon for a vegan high tea and share our day’s experiences.
Day 7: Breakfast and lunch
Day 8: Breakfast and dinner (high tea)
For our last full day together, we’ll spend it out in the country with Niall. We’ll visit Rosslyn Chapel, founded in the 15th century and not the location of the Holy Grail, as suggested by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code! We’ll visit Stirling Castle as well, built where the Highlands and Lowlands meet, beloved and an important heritage site for all of Scotland. Besides its stunning views and cultural significance, this castle has been the site of bloody political battles between the Scots and English. We’ll hear tales about Mary, Queen of Scots, King James VI, and many more intrigues.
After lunch, we’ll continue on to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. (“Trossach” is Gaelic for rugged terrain.) This spectacular national park rolls from lochs and glens up to mountain ridges and peaks, where generations of royalty, rebels, and rogues have hidden and schemed while the land kept their secrets. As you walk along the Highland Line and the lakeside, you’ll truly understand the beauty of the “Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.”
Back in Edinburgh, we’ll have one last optional group dinner together. Our trip ends after breakfast the next day.
Day 9: Breakfast and lunch
Day 10: Breakfast
Good to Know
Amount of walking: 6 miles per day (approximate)
You can fly into either Glasgow or Edinburgh as you can get to both cities from either airport. But since the tour begins in Glasgow, it may be better to fly in there because it’s a short train ride to Glasgow Central, which is across the street from our hotel. We can provide additional details on travel to and from airports.
Your tour cost includes hotel (based on single occupancy; no need to share a room unless you are traveling with a partner, family member, or friend); meals indicated in the itinerary; all sightseeing and activities mentioned above; all bus and train transportation between cities; city bus and/or subway transportation; all logistics taken care of for you.
Previous Guests Praise Veg Jaunts and Journeys
We had such a great time on the tour to Scotland with Kim. Logistics were taken care of and activities planned out, but the tour also allowed plenty of free time and flexibility to explore on our own which we loved. All of the food was amazing, and I appreciated not having to worry about where I could find vegan food. Optional meals were scheduled throughout the week at restaurants with abundant vegan options. We enjoyed getting to know everyone and seeing Scotland with a group of like-minded people. My boyfriend is not vegan but still felt welcome and comfortable on the tour. We highly recommend Veg Jaunts and Journeys!
I took my first trip to Europe with Kim’s tour to Scotland and it was amazing! Our group members were great and we became a family along the way. For me this was the best way to travel – some place new with a small, intimate group and a tour guide who is the bomb! 🙌😎 Thanks so much Kim!!!