This self-drive vacation tour to London and Scotland is an exciting way to explore at your own pace and see all of the sites and landmarks that exist throughout these great lands!
You will have luxurious accommodations arranged in cities that will allow you to discover the beautiful countryside, bustling city life and everything in between. You'll have three nights in London at the Kensington Close Hotel at the start of your vacation. You'll be able to see Big Ben, Tower of London, the London Eye and more! Take the train from London to Edinburgh and pick up your rental car. You'll spend two nights enjoying this iconic city. From there you will drive to the cities of Perthshire, Inverness, Oban and others. The combination of carefully selected accommodations in dynamic cities will have you feeling like royalty throughout this 10 night vacation.
Royal Scotland extension includes:
We have selected the most economical flight schedule for you. Please note that shorter and more convenient flight options may be available at an additional cost.
Advertised vacation package prices are per person based on two people traveling together, unless otherwise noted. Advertised package rates are based on select departures as noted on the booking calendar above, were available via the Aer Lingus Vacation Store website and may not represent current prices.
Vacation packages include round-trip economy class airfare on valid Aer Lingus transatlantic services as noted in specific package inclusions and as indicated on booking engine calendar, which may also include code share flight agreements between carriers as indicated during the booking process. Carriers may vary based on city of origin.
Air fares are based on a 14-day advance purchase and include round-trip economy class airfare, including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees, and the September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect some taxes or fees. Other departure dates and origins are available at slightly higher rates and may be operated by our partner airline, JetBlue, our codeshare partner, United Airlines, or interline partners American Airlines and USAirways. Fares apply to North American originating passengers only, and are not eligible for accrual of frequent flyer points/mileage. Full payment is required at the time of reservation. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights. Child/infant discounts are not available, and stopovers are not permitted. Advance seat selection may not be available on all flights.
Optional Bag and Service Fees: A second checked bag fee applies. Click here for optional bag and service fees.
Vacation packages are subject to availability, are capacity controlled, may not be available on every date or on all flights, and may be restricted to certain hotel room and car categories. Higher rates may also be available throughout travel period. Full payment is required at the time of reservation. Rates cannot be combined with any other discount/promotion, and are valid for new bookings only. Offers may be changed or withdrawn at any time without notice. Website contains special pricing that is exclusively for Internet sale only. Bookings made through our call center may incur a concierge fee of up to $25 per person.
Escorted vacation packages are per person based on two travelers (unless otherwise specified), and typically include hotel accommodations; transportation with professional driver/guide; sightseeing as listed, some meals, local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage of one (1) suitcase per person, due to limited capacity on motor coaches. Space is limited and prices may be restricted to certain travel dates, length of stay or room type. Driver and guide gratuities are not included, and are at the discretion of the traveler. Terms and conditions apply. Minimum child ages and handicapped traveler restrictions may apply on escorted tours; please call for details.
Promo Code Offer Details: All promotions are subject to availability, valid for new bookings only, cannot be combined with any other promotion, discount, voucher or any other offers, and are not redeemable for cash. Offers are available for phone bookings via our reservation agents as well as online. This promo code can be input online on the payment screen. The call center is open Monday through Friday 9AM – 9PM ET, Saturdays 10AM – 6PM ET. Discounts will apply only once per passenger and are not valid for airfare only, or any other products or services. If a flight reservation is changed or cancelled, the original fare basis rules apply (plus any increase in fare). Additional restrictions may apply.
Cancellations/Changes: Rates are non-refundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancellation/change, and depend upon the package type. Trip protection is recommended.
Trip Protection: We offer two types of trip protection plans to all of our clients, depending on the type of travel being purchased. The first plan is available for travelers choosing Independent Travel Vacation Packages. The second plan is available for clients choosing Escorted Vacations, itineraries including three or more rounds of Golf, itineraries with Rail, Group Itineraries and/or Cruise Vacations. A summary of inclusions is listed below.
Trip Cancellation Waiver (excluding Escorted, Golf, Cruise, Rail and Group Vacations):
The Trip Cancellation Waiver is designed to protect your investment on all featured independent travel reservations. You may cancel your trip up to 72 hours prior to departure for any reason, and you will receive a refund equaling the full amount of all payments made, less any Travel Protection Plan Cost and fees. Passengers who chose to rebook their vacation and originally booked airfare must rebook air on the original air carrier. Coverage goes into effect on the day the premium is received. The cost of this coverage is 9% of your total trip cost and must be purchased at time of booking. Full description of coverage can be found by visiting http://tripmate.com/wpF421W. Pre-departure notice of cancellation must be made during normal business hours by calling 1-800-495-5220, 9AM to 5:30PM, Monday – Friday, and 1-800-495-1632 on Saturday between 10AM – 6PM, EST). Note: Inside 72 hours prior to travel, full cancellation penalties will apply. Plan fees are not refundable at any time. Claims for travel insurance related benefits (post departure benefits) should be made to Trip Mate Inc. 1-800-888-7292 or 9225 Ward Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri 64114 Plan #: F421W
Trip Protection Plan (may apply to Escorted, Golf, Cruise, Rail and/or Group Vacations):
For travelers on offered Escorted Vacations, Golf, Rail and Cruise Vacations, Travel Protection is provided by Trip Mate Inc. This coverage is designed to protect your travel investment with a full cash refund less the cost of the insurance and cancellation fees for covered reasons such as death, sickness, injury or certain other covered reasons. Full description of coverage can be found by visiting http://tripmate.com/wpF421S. The cost of this protection is 9% of the total cost of your trip and must be purchased at time of booking. All claims are to be made to Trip Mate Inc. 1-800-888-7292 or 9225 Ward Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri 64114 Plan #: F421S
Call 1-800-495-1632 or go to http://www.aerlingusvacationstore.com/legal/ for full details on change/cancellation policy.
Aer Lingus Vacation Store is managed by Global Consolidated Services USA Inc. (Tax ID #61-1452112); the Tour Operator, is responsible for fulfillment of all products and services purchased regardless of affiliates used. Purchaser's credit card will be charged by GCS and will appear as follows on credit card statement: "GCS Travel Services."
Package ID: PK-AER-ROYSE-LHR
Kensington Close Hotel in London is an elegant property situated in one of the most sought after areas in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This well-placed, unique Kensington accommodation blends chic and efficiency in perfect harmony, and is ideal for shopping, with High Street Kensington on its doorstep.
Simple elegance springs up in your mind when you enter the Kensington Close Hotel, where comfort and character blend seamlessly with style and sophistication. It offers a unique blend of contemporary style, designer classiness and calm, yet airy ambiance, along with a landmark London location. Recently fully refurbished, the hotel boasts comfortable and well-equipped accommodations, outstanding dining and lounge options, and the eMotion health club and spa, with a state-of-the-art fitness center and the largest indoor heated swimming pool in the Kensington area.
The Roxburghe enjoys an ideal location on George Street, overlooking Charlotte Square Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Edinburgh’s city center. It is a short two-minute walk from Princes Street, near many of the most popular shops and restaurants, and within easy reach of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo and many other important attractions.
Location: Situated near the airport, in Forres, this romantic inn is close to Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, Ben Romach Distillery, and Suenos Stone. Local attractions also include Brodie Castle.
This innovative Edinburgh hotel is within easy walking distance of Princes Street, the historic Old Town and the city centre’s main tourist, shopping and business districts; yet peacefully situated away from the main thoroughfares. The best of Edinburgh opens up before you right outside our front door. The Festival Theatre is across the road, the National Museums are round the corner and the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and Holyrood Palace are just a stone’s throw away. Whether on business or a short city break in Edinburgh, make Ten Hill Place your first choice.
Ten Hill Place Hotel is one of Edinburgh’s premier city centre hotels. From airy public places to each of our 77 smart bedrooms, the mood of Ten Hill Place Hotel is one of quiet sophistication, and one we believe sets us apart from other Edinburgh hotels.
The quality of the original building is reaffirmed throughout the hotel’s interior, with a modern elegance appropriate to each space. This has resulted in a unique Hotel based in a quiet Georgian Square, Hill Square, which provides a peaceful location in the City Centre, but still within walking distance of all the main attractions. Ten Hill Place has recently been upgraded to a Full Four Star Service Hotel and we pride ourselves in living up to this standard in the service and quality we provide.
The resort is in the beautiful Strathearn Valley just a one hour drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Crieff Hydro Hotel is on a 900-acre estate with a Victorian spa, 18-hole golf course and over 60 indoor and outdoor activities. The impressive facilities include 2 swimming pools, off-road driving courses, tennis courts and a rifle range. Horseback riding, four-wheeling and water sports are also available. The luxury adults-only spa at Crieff Hydro has an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and spa bathtub. Guests can sample indulgent beauty treatments in the salon, or relax in the pool-side lounge chairs.
The 4-star accommodations include satellite TVs and private bathrooms. The family-friendly rooms have work desks and tea/coffee facilities, and all are stylishly decorated. Creiff Hotel has a range of dining options, including a Mediterranean-style family restaurant and snack bar. The Meikle Restaurant offers fine dining in the grand Victorian dining room.
Norwood Hall Hotel is situated in the West End of Aberdeen, 20 minutes’ drive from Dyce Airport. Robert Gordon University is a 5-minute walk away and the University of Aberdeen is 5 miles away.
Norwood Hall features log fires, and wooded and secluded grounds. It serves award-winning cuisine and afternoon tea and retains many of its original Victorian features including sweeping staircases and colonnaded entrances. The Library is open to guests and there are seating areas on the grounds. The Tapestry Restaurant features fresh seafood from nearby ports and game from Highland estates. It also has an extensive wine list. The Georgian Lounge serves a selection of malt whiskeys and light meals. Rooms are decorated in a classic style and feature modern facilities including plasma TVs and Wi-Fi internet access.
Nestling beside Loch Feochan in Argyll, Scotland, lays Knipoch Hotel. This four star country house hotel is privately owned and run by the Craig family.
We opened Knipoch as a hotel in 1981 when the original building was refurbished with the reception, kitchen and bedroom wing being added. Prior to this it was our family home with a history. In 1592, Campbell, Thane of Cawdor was assassinated here at the "house of Knipoch in Lorne".
In England as well as Scotland, hotels vary and individually owned hotels each have a personality. At 22 rooms (including suites), Knipoch Hotel is small enough to care for our guests personally, yet large enough to be a hotel.
Day 1: Relax on an overnight flight to London Heathrow Airport.
Days 2-4: The first three nights of your vacation will be spent in London at the Kensington Close Hotel. London is an exceptionally cosmopolitan city with so much to do. You will be located so centrally where you can visit sights such as the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower Bridge. Be sure to visit Buckingham Palace and see the changing of the guard ceremony. You can also visit the Royal Albert Hall for a show and finish up with a stroll along the River Thames.
Days 5 and 6: Following London you will spend two nights in Edinburgh, Scotland. While in Edinburgh you will want to visit the Edinburgh Castle. There is so much Scottish history running through the streets of Edinburgh you will learn and see a lot during your two nights here.
Day 7: Enjoy the night in Perthshire before moving on to the Royal Deeside tomorrow.
Day 8: You will spend one night in the Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire. It is said that Queen Victoria loved this area.
Day 9: Next up is Inverness. Inverness is home to the village of Culloden where the battle of Culloden took place. Inverness is also known for its excellent traditional Scottish music- bag pipers!
Day 10: You’ll spend tonight in Oban, the Seafood Capital of Scotland. During your time here you will experience some awesome nightlife, delicious cuisine and sightseeing!
Day 11: The final night of your royal vacation will be in the Trossachs area. This area is home to the Trossachs National Park. You will be surrounded by natural beauty and romance. Day
12: Return to America today.