Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tour - Clyde Coast Tourism
The MS Zuiderdam is coming to Scotland in 2016. Are you on this ship and would like to take part in a tour? Look no further than us at Clyde Coast Tourism, we have a variety of tours available at affordable rates. Please see below for tour options and booking. If you have any questions please no not hesitate to contact us.
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We offer Private Tours at all Scottish Ports and on all the dates mentioned in the Ports below excluding Orkney and offer a 15% discount if more than 2 private tours are book!
Scotland Group Shore Excursions
Greenock Port Cruise Excursion Dates:
Dates: 23rd May 2016;
- See the impressive Stirling Castle, once home to Kings and Queens; and saw some of the most historically significant battles in the country.
- Journey through the Trossachs, a stunning area littered with lochs, forests and mountains. This area is where Rob Roy is from.
- Eat at an old tavern, dating from 1705. The decor is very quirky and the kilted staff make your experience that little more "Scottish"
- Explore the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. From Inverarnan we have the most amazing views.
- See the impressive Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery where you can awe at paintings by Dali, Rembrandt, Monet and the Glasgow Boys.
- Discover the secrets of Scotland's religious past at Glasgow Cathedral and the oldest house, the Provand's Lordship. The cathedral is in very good condition and a must stop for Outlander fans as it was used as a filming location for Season 2.
- Enjoy Scotland's 2nd busiest shopping street, Buchanan Street. There are many places to shop for gifts and souvenirs as well as great places to eat and drink, all in the iconic Glasgow atmosphere.
- You cannot come to Scotland without trying some Whisky, so enjoy a wee tour and tasting at the Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery - Scotland's Triple Distilled Whisky.
Edinburgh Port Cruise Excursion Dates:
Dates: 26th May 2016;
- Discover Rosslyn Chapel believed to be the location where the Holy Grail is buried which inspired the book and subsequent movie The Davinci Code.
- See the stunning beautiful Midlothian countryside.
- Enjoy lunch in a traditional Scottish "pub".
- Have a fantastic whisky tour and tasting at the Glenkinchie Distillery.
Invergordon Port Cruise Excursion Dates:
Dates: 25th May 2016;
- Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands on this group tour departing from Invergordon Port. Basque in the history of the clans and clearances at Dunrobin Castle whilst enjoying a fabulous falconry display.
- You will also get the chance to enjoy rivers, waterfalls, glens and a view so spectacular, it has been named "Millionaires View".
- Have a fantastic distillery tour of a famous Highland Malt such as Glenmorangie or Balblair.
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Loch Ness Tour
No trip to the Highlands of Scotland are complete without a trip to Loch Ness, whether you would like to hunt for the elusive monster or marvel at the scenery and castles that dot this landscape. This tour is operated by Invergordon Tours and you will be met at the port and escorted to your luxury air conditioned 29 seater mini coach (max 27 guests).
Why Choose This Tour:
- Enjoy a Cruise on Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle
- Culloden Battlefield (view)
- Cawdor Castle
- Beautiful Highland views
We aim to leave the port at 8.30am sharp however should your ship have a later arrival time
Cruise on Loch Ness from the Clansman Harbour to Urquhart Castle by boat for a 60-minute cruise on the world famous loch. Will you be the one to make history and spot Nessie (and have photographic proof). The surrounds of Loch Ness are stunning and you will enjoy the ruined Urquhart Castle which has had a very dramatic history including raids by the MacDonalds. It has be in a ruined state since the first Jacobite Rebellion in 1692..
You will then be collected from Urquhart by your guide and coach and make your way to Inverness where you will have an hour to enjoy sights such as Inverness Castle, St Andrew's Cathedral, The Old Victorian Market and there's even an option to visit Highland House of Fraser and see kilts being made (there's a small charge of £2.50 for this if you decide to do it). Inverness is also a great place to grab some lunch and we'll be happy to make suggestions as to where to go or book you into a restaurant.
We will then depart Inverness and take the scenic drive passed Culloden Battlefield on our way to Cawdor Castle.
Once at Cawdor Castle, you will have 1.5hrs to peruse the castle, gardens and grounds. They also serve delicious food, teas, coffees and home baking.
We will depart from Cawdor Castle making our way back for the port taking the scenic route over the Black Isle, passing the Cromarty Firth with opportunities to potentially see seals basking in the sunshine (depending on the tides and if the sun decides to come out).
Please note these times are just a guideline and the order of the tour may change but it will include all of these stops.
Most importantly we will have you back on board in plenty time for all aboard.
Taste of Ayrshire Tour - Auld Lang Syne
Experience the best of Ayrshire on this fantastic shore excursion that leaves from Greenock Port.
- Culzean Castle
- Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
- Burns Cottage
- the Brig O'Doon
- the Auld Kirk at Alloway
- Electric Brae
On this trip you will see a castle, the Burns Museum, Burns Cottage, the Brig O’Doon, the Auld Kirk as well as the mind boggling Electric Brae. All of these locations include the most spectacular views and it is therefore no wonder that Scotland’s most famous poet come from this area which subsequently inspired his work. You too will leave inspired with views of Arran, the rolling hills and farmland of the county and of course the picturesque villages which dot the landscape.
- You will be picked up from the Port and taken to Culzean Castle which will be the first stop of the day. The journey is very scenic and you will see much of the Ayrshire Coast which includes sandy beaches and a few castles on the way.
- On arrival at Culzean, we will first enjoy the castle and the grounds, afterwards, we will enjoy lunch or a bite to eat at the visitor centre here.
- We will then make our way to the electric brae where you can experience a natural phenomenon.
- Our final stop will be a trip to Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns. The village is very pretty and you will enjoy the museum, the Auld Kirk, the Brig O’Doon and finally the cottage where the Bard was born.
- We will then make our way back to the port enjoying storytelling of what we just saw that day and take memories home with you that will last a lifetime.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a world famous event which broadcasts to around 100 million people all over the World. The first Tattoo took place in 1950 and it has become one of the main reasons tourists flock to the Edinburgh in August.
Clyde Coast Tourism are now offering Tattoo tours bringing our guests to the event and bringing them back to the event at least 1 hour before your ship leaves. Although we do not book your tattoo tickets, we can assist in booking them for you. If you would like us to purchase your tickets, please let us know and we will be delighted to assist. Alternatively, you can book your tickets here: http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/tickets
Our tour departs from Greenock and we will make our way to Edinburgh passing through the gorgeous Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park and Stirling Castle. We will then make our way to Edinburgh in plenty of time for the show.
Please Note: For any of our guests who have mobility problems, please let us know since access is restricted to all vehicles on the Royal Mile. We will be able to organise transport to the event in a special convoy. (Not available on Saturday showings)
Please read the below and make sure you note the correct times and itinerary for your cruise date as they are different.
Tour Date: 11th August 2018 (book the 7.30pm Tattoo performance)
Highlights of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo Shore Excursion from Greenock:
- Loch Lomond
- Loch Lubnaig
- Stirling Castle
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Shore Excursion Itinerary
- 9am - Meet at Greenock Port and make way for Loch Lomond.
- 10am - Arrive at Luss and marvel at the beautiful islands that sit in the Loch.
- 10.30am - Make way for the Drovers Inn at Inverarnan where we will enjoy a refreshment (not included). We will have another brief stop on the Loch enroute at a viewpoint called Inveruglas.
- 11am - Arrive at the Drovers Inn. “Pub of the Year 1705”. You can have a coffee here and comfort stop (not included)
- 11.30am - Make way for Stirling Castle. On this route we will make 2 short rest stops at Kilmahog to see 2 resident Highland Coos - Hamish Dubh and Honey; as well as visiting Loch Lubnaig.
- 1pm - Arrive at Stirling Castle and enjoy a visit for 2 hours. There is also a cafe and restaurant here for those who wish to grab a bite to eat. (entrance to castle and lunch not included). Please purchase a Historic Environment Scotland Pass which will gain you access to the castle with no need to queue and includes other attractions during your cruise like Edinburgh Castle.
- 3pm - Make way for the Tattoo. We will arrive in Edinburgh early which will give you some free time to explore the shops, grab a bite to eat or enjoy a good Scottish dram in an Edinburgh City tavern. This is non guided however, your guide will be on hand at all times should you require some assistance. We should arrive in Edinburgh between 4 - 5pm traffic depending.
- 7.30pm -Tattoo Starts. The show lasts for approximately 100 minutes, We will be waiting on hand at the end of the show where we will meet you and bring you back to the bus. We ask that everyone makes their way promptly to the meeting point to get back to Greenock in plenty of time.
- 9.30pm - Make way back for Greenock
- 11pm - Arrive back at your ship in plenty of time.
Tour Date: 22nd August 2018
Highlights of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo Shore Excursion from Greenock:
- Balmaha on Loch Lomond
- Stirling Castle
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Shore Excursion Itinerary
- 12pm - Meet at Greenock Port and make way for Loch Lomond.
- 1.15pm - Arrive at Balmaha for spectacular views of Loch Lomond. Stay here for around 30 minutes.
- 1.45pm - Make way for Stirling Stirling Castle.
- 3pm - Arrive at Stirling Castle and enjoy a visit for 2 hours. There is also a cafe and restaurant here for those who wish to grab a bite to eat. (entrance to castle and lunch not included). Please purchase a Historic Environment Scotland Pass which will gain you access to the castle with no need to queue and includes other attractions during your cruise like Edinburgh Castle.
- 5pm - Make way for the Tattoo. We will arrive in Edinburgh early which will give you some free time to explore the shops, grab a bite to eat or enjoy a good Scottish dram in an Edinburgh City tavern. This is non guided however, your guide will be on hand at all times should you require some assistance. We should arrive in Edinburgh between 6 - 7pm traffic depending
- 9pm -Tattoo Starts. The show lasts for approximately 100 minutes, We will be waiting on hand at the end of the show where we will meet you and bring you back to the bus. We ask that everyone makes their way promptly to the meeting point to get back to Greenock in plenty of time.
- 11pm - Make way back for Greenock
- 12.30am - Arrive back at your ship in plenty of time.
Cost: £80 per person.
Includes: bottled water and snacks.
Not Included: Entrance fees to attractions, Tattoo tickets and meals.
Tip: If you are planning to visit a number of heritage properties you may be able to purchase a Historic Environment Scotland Heritage Pass which will save you money across your entrance in Scotland.
We also conduct tours at Invergordon and Edinburgh Ports. For more information, please contact us.
Dunrobin Castle and Whisky Shore Excursion
Make your adventure in the Scottish Highlands begin as soon as you arrive at the end of the gangway. Your group leader and guide for the day Gavin Nicholson of Invergordon Tours will be waiting in his kilt to welcome you and point you in the direction of your chariot for the day which is a Luxury 29 seater Air Conditioned Mini Coach.
“Tour Perfection” as described by one of our guests on this tour.
Why Choose this Tour:
- Dunrobin Castle, Gardens and Falconry Display
- Falls of Shin and the Salmon Leap (time of year dependent of seeing Salmon)
- Whisky Distillery Tour and Tasting at either Balblair or Glenmorangie Distilleries.
- The Royal Burgh of Dornoch
- Exceptional Scottish Highland Scenery
The Coach will leave Invergordon Port at 8:30am through the town of Invergordon and along the coastal road to Alness, passing by the world famous Dalmore Distillery and then climbing into the hills through Ardross to one of the best views in Scotland - Millionaire’s View.
Millionaire's View (as it's known to the locals) is the first stop and there will be plenty time to take pictures and take in the stunning scenery.
Afterwards we make our way for the Falls of Shin, enjoying the scenic route through the len and Bonar Bridge enroute. The Falls of Shin are famous for the Salmon Leap where Atlantic Salmon can often be seen leaping the falls.
Then it's a short drive to Dunrobin Castle & Gardens for a tour of the castle and grounds plus a fantastic falconry display. Dunrobin also has a wonderfully unique museum and is a real favourite on this trip.
After Dunrobin the adventure heads back south through Golspie to the Royal Burgh of Dornoch where there is a beautiful Scottish beach and wonderful little treasure troves such as the old Jail which has been turned into a shop selling locally made, hand crafted gifts, jewellery and works of art. It's also a great place to grab a bite to eat or an ice cream.
Finally the tour ends with a tour and tasting at either Balblair or Glenmorangie Distillery. The day then winds down with a drive through Tain, Scotland's oldest Royal Burgh on the way back to board your ship and sail into the sunset.
Terms and Conditions:
We cannot accept responsibility for conditions which are outside our control, e.g. the weather, the closure of visitor attractions etc. We reserve the right to alter or cancel our tour itineraries where necessary due to weather conditions, road closures, etc.