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 🙂
Edinburgh, The Highlands, and Inverness
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 Edinburgh is renowned for its medieval center, heritage, and culture, but did you know it’s super vegan-friendly as well? And you’ll get to experience the best vegan restaurants Edinburgh has to offer!
This tour includes time in the capital Edinburgh, an awe-inspiring treasure-trove for Outlander and Harry Potter fans. After one night in the city, will be 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. After visiting the gorgeous Highlands and Inverness, our tour will finish with three nights in Edinburgh, and ample time to explore this lovely city.
Why You’ll Love This Tour!
Enjoy a scenic drive to the Scottish Highlands and on the way view the incredible scenery and folklore of the magical Scottish Highlands at a relaxing pace.
Join one of our favorite journeys and walk in the footsteps of Highland Warriors as we cross the 'Highland Line' into the land of our ancient people.
Marvel at majestic Loch Ness while listening to epic tales of giants, witches and warriors that have been passed down through the generations. Your private tour guide tells stories and shares local folklore, making our tour of Scotland a truly unique journey.
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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$5615 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.
June 16 – 26, 2023
10 nights/11 days
- 10 nights hotel accommodations
- Based on having your own room
- 10 breakfasts
- 8 lunches
- 10 dinners (one is a vegan high tea)
- Sightseeing and activity admissions (except free time)
- Transit passes in Edinburgh
- Transportation between Edinburgh and The Highlands 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! Our tours are casual, and you don’t need fancy clothes. 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 Edinburgh; 2 tour leaders/guides in the Highlands
This tour begins with a welcome dinner on our first night in Edinburgh, at one of the city’s best-loved vegan restaurants. The next day will be spent in Edinburgh, and we then make our way to Sitirling, home of Scotland’s most important castle. In Pitlochry, we’ll enjoy staying and dining at the UK’s first vegan hotel. Then on 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 our days in Edinburgh with a bus tour and historic attraction tour before you have plenty of free time to explore. One of the highlights in Edinburgh will be vegan high tea at one of the city’s fanciest hotels.
Our adventure ends after breakfast the last 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 1 of our adventure, whether you arrive in Glasgow or Edinburgh, you’ll make your way to our hotel in Edinburgh 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 2, our first full day, you’ll be introduced to Edinburgh on an open-air double-decker bus. You’ll encounter closes-very old, narrow, steep streets-throughout Edinburgh. After lunch, we’ll experience The Real Mary King’s Close. Imagine a warren of streets frozen in time, where centuries of stories are just waiting to be told. Discover authentic truths about Edinburgh’s dark past, and find out what it was really like for the people who lived, worked, and died on the Close. You’ll then have a couple of hours to explore on your own before we have a group dinner.
On Day 3, we’ll begin with a visit to Craigmillar Castle, lying just three miles south-east of the centre of Edinburgh. Yet while the city features in the distant views from the castle’s walls, step inside them and you could be in a different time and place. Craigmillar Castle is simply one of the most completely preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
We’ll then visit Rosslyn Chapel. This incredible 15th-century chapel’s popularity increased hugely after Dan Browns’s best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Steeped in legend and some say with links to the Knights Templar and even the Holy Grail, Rosslyn truly is a “must-see.”
Then it’s off to a lovely short walk beneath the magnificent Kelpies Statues at the Helix Park. Standing at 100 feet tall and weighing more than 300 tons each, the magical Kelpies are a man-made wonder and a feat of engineering. The works of art have become iconic on the landscape after being modeled on real-life icons of times gone by. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, plows, barges, and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of Falkirk.
We’ll then pay a visit to the gorgeous Wallace Monument, Stirling’s famous landmark stands above the fields where William Wallace led his troops to victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge, and tells the story of the patriot and martyr who became Scotland’s National Hero.
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
A visit to Stirling Castle is a truly memorable experience, and we’ll visit on day four. Once the power base of the House of Stuart and as such, the most important castle in Scotland.
Mary Queen of Scots was crowned Queen of Scotland at Stirling Castle. If you did not control Stirling, you did not control Scotland. Built on an imposing volcanic plug, Stirling Castle is a must-see on your Scotland travels. You’ll see stunning views of the Wallace Monument and the rugged Highlands beyond. At Stirling Castle, you may also view the intricate and beautiful set of seven hand-woven tapestries. These new tapestries were created in a $2.5 million dollar project which took 13 years to complete and allows visitors to recapture the atmosphere of Scotland’s royal court.
We’ll then enjoy lunch in a welcoming and delicious vegan-friendly restaurant with so many tempting options in the quaint village called Bridge of Allen.
Then it’s on to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the first of Scotland’s National Parks, taking in over 440,000 acres of the Southern Highlands. Sit back and relax as we pass through lovely villages and beautiful glens. The journey is full of folklore and tales of Highland Clans.
We’ll enjoy a boat cruise on Lock Katrine, whose surrounding area is steeped in history and is recognized as the favored and much loved setting of some of Sir Walter Scott’s most famous poetic works, as well as boasting links to Scottish legend Rob Roy MacGregor. But did you know it was closely linked to Queen Victoria too?
On Day 5 we’ll see Drummond Castle Gardens, featured as the Royal Gardens of Versailles in the Outlander TV series and they are beautiful! There are many amazing gardens throughout Scotland, but nothing quite like the manicured landscapes that fall at the feet of Drummond Castle. If the weather is fine, you could almost lose yourself and imagine you’re in Paris, wandering around King Louis’ court at Versailles.
Next will be the enchanting Sma’ Glen, a scenic glen with the fast-flowing River Almond running along the narrow valley floor. The glen itself is rather small, at only 4 miles in length, but charming.
This will be followed by a beautiful walk in Dunkeld & Hermitage Woods, a favorite of Queen Victoria and full of history. Nestled on the famous river Tay, the beautiful village is a great stop. Dunkeld is also famous for the Jacobite uprising of 1689. The Highlanders battled the forces of King William on the streets, in what was to become the first of many attempts to re-instate the Stuart King. Dunkeld Cathedral dates from the 7th century and is beautifully placed on the river.
Our accommodations for the next two nights will be at Saorsa 1875. Founded in the charming Victorian village of Pitlochry, Scotland, Saorsa is a hospitality group committed to showcasing that the best experiences in life don’t have to come at the expense of animals or the environment. The family established Saorsa in 2018 as an extension of our own way of life; one that’s grounded in an appreciation for design, food, culture, and connection. They look forward to preparing multi-course vegan dinners for us.
Day 4: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6 takes us to Kenmore, a small village in Perthshire, which is a popular center for activities on Loch Tay. This beautiful village is at the northern end of the the14-mile long Loch Tay. There are stunning views at the end of the loch where Kelpies lurk in the deep water!! This is a superb stop to soak up some Highland views.
Then we’ll make our way to the world-famous Glencoe & Rannoch Moor. Photo stops and tales of Highland warriors with an epic backdrop. The Buachaille Etive Mhor, is a famous mountain landmark. Many movies from Harry Potter to James Bond have used Glencoe as a backdrop. Kings and queens have traveled these roads, including Mary Queen of Scots, and Glencoe is always a wonderful sight.
Mother Nature dealt the Cairngorms a hand full of aces. Twice the size of the Lake District, the Cairngorms National Park has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and distilleries than you can possibly imagine. Five of the UK’s six highest mountains also lie inside the park, alongside 55 Munros – mountains over 3,000 feet.
The Queen’s View in Highland Perthshire overlooks Loch Tummel and is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866. The Queen’s View Visitor Centre lies at the eastern edge of Loch Tummel and is surrounded by part of Tay Forest Park. As well as a stunning viewpoint overlooking the loch and beyond to the iconic Schiehallion, the area offers a range of woodland walks suitable for all abilities. One of the most photographed areas in Scotland, Queen Victoria is said to have remarked that the spectacular view was named after her when she visited the area in 1866.
The neolithic burial chambers and standing stones of Clava Cairns are truly awe-inspiring. A hugely significant and exceptionally well-preserved site, Clava Cairns is a fantastic example of the distant history of Highland Scotland. Time travel is optional!!
Our next stop will be a somber one. The Battle of Culloden was the final battle of the Jacobite rising of 1745. On April 16th 1746, Charles Edward Stuart’s Jacobite army was decisively defeated by a British government force under William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, at Culloden Moor. Because of this, Culloden is an emotive and special place for both Scots and international visitors alike.
On Day 8 we’ll explore the magnificent Loch Ness. Get your cameras ready! Our first stop will be Urquhart Castle. Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history – Urquhart Castle offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life, and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands.
At Fort Augustus, you’ll visit the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre which details the history of the canal. Sit and watch the boats navigating the locks or explore the Clansmen Centre, where appropriately attired guides demonstrate 17th-century clan weaponry.
We’ll then explore the surrounding countryside by cruising Loch Ness, home to the world-famous Loch Ness monster.
Our next stop will be Dores Village. This beautiful loch located near Inverness is shrouded in mystery. Tales of a large monster living deep beneath the dark expanses of Loch Ness have circulated the world since the first photograph emerged in 1933. With over 1,000 eyewitness accounts, sightings, and unexplained evidence, scientists continue to be baffled by the existence of Nessie. We visit the village of Dores for a photo opportunity of the famous Loch Ness.
Along the south side of Loch Ness in the small village of Foyers, you will find the popular natural beauty spot of the Falls of Foyers, a spectacular waterfall with a 140-foot drop into a gorge that winds its way through tall trees until it eventually meets Loch Ness.
Day 6: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 8: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
We’ll make a sort stop at The V&A, a design museum in Dundee, which opened on 15 September 2018. The V&A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London. The V&A Dundee is also the first building in the United Kingdom designed by Kengo Kuma.
Just before reaching Edinburgh, we’ll cross the iconic Forth Rail Bridge, which opened in 1890 and is a real Scottish landmark. A great photo stop and still carrying all the rail traffic across the Firth of Forth, the bridge is a marvelous sight.
On Day 9 you’ll be introduced to Edinburgh on an open-air double-decker bus. Your ticket will be valid for two days, so make a note of anywhere you’d like to return.
You’ll encounter closes–very old, narrow, steep streets–throughout Edinburgh. After lunch, we’ll experience The Real Mary King’s Close. Imagine a warren of streets frozen in time, where centuries of stories are just waiting to be told. Discover authentic truths about Edinburgh’s dark past, and find out what it was really like for the people who lived, worked, and died on the Close.
Day 10 will be yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps you’d like to take a literature tour, climb the extinct volcano called Arthur’s Seat, visit Holyrood Palace or the Royal Yacht Britannia, or do some shopping on the Royal Mile. In the late afternoon, we’ll meet back up and share our finds while enjoying vegan high tea at a five-star hotel.
Our trip ends after breakfast on Day 11.
Day 9: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 10: Breakfast and high tea
Day 11: Breakfast
Good to Know
Amount of walking: 5 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 Edinburgh, it may be better to fly in there because it's a short bus or tram ride to central Edinburgh, with a stop about a five minute walk to 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 meals except lunch on free day in Edinburgh); all sightseeing and activities mentioned above; all 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!!!