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Visiting Scotland in the Summertime

Scottish Summertime The 21st June 2021 is the summer solstice or to many the first day of Summer in Scotland and we are very excited! Summer in Scotland means a lot of things. The sun appears a little more and the rain a little less. Summer holidays are on the horizon with school children...

Celebrating Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 - 1928) is a famous architect, artist and designer from Glasgow, Scotland. His Art Noveau Style that was very modern in his era is well known throughout the world today. Mackintosh studied at Glasgow School of Art and his influence can be seen throughout the city. This...

Community Action – Renfrewshire Foodbank

Supporting our Local Foodbank After returning to work it wasn't long before we resumed our support for the community through local charities and events. In May we decided to collect a foodbank donation. This was advertised for our passengers and other local people to join alongside our own staff. The pandemic has hit many...

Scotch Whisky – The Water of Life

Celebrating Whisky in Scotland Whisky has been a part of Scottish culture for over 500 years. It's known as ‘the water of life’ or, in Gaelic, ‘uisge beatha’,  and is our National drink. May is World Whisky Month, with World Whisky Day falling on 15th May.  During the month events are held internationally. The...

Celebrating Star Wars Day in Scotland

The Scottish Stars of a Galaxy Far Far Away Today is International Star Wars Day, May 4th, May the 4th be with you. Scotland has a rich connection to the big screen with many famous movies shot right here on our doorstep. From Harry Potter to James Bond, every movie fan will have caught...

Exploring Scotland in 2021

After the unprecedented year that was 2020, we are very glad to say we are officially on the road again. Travel restrictions have eased and the hospitality industry is rebuilding. We are delighted to be exploring Scotland with our passengers once more. Our Tour Leaders have been enjoying prepping their coaches, stories, and routes...

Driver Diary 12 – A Private Tour of the Highlands

Hello Everybody, Welcome to my wee (means small in Scottish) Blog about a private tour to the Highlands. My name is Michael and I am Tour Leader with a cracking wee Tour company called Discover Scotland Tours. We do lots of tours throughout Scotland. Many of our tours are scheduled small group tours. This...

Adventure Holidays in Scotland

Scotland is a natural adventure playground; with its rushing rivers, serene lochs, famous hiking trails and thousands of acres of forests to explore. Four in ten domestic trips to Scotland involve some kind of active pursuit and 45% of people take part in outdoor activity (Visit Scotland, July 2019). These statistics therefore got us...

Driver Diary – Part 11 – Isle of Mull Day 3 & 4

Our Tour Leader Nick continues to share his experience on our Isle of Mull 4 day tour in July 2020. If you missed Day 1 & 2 you can find them here. Day 3 - Iona & Staffa Earlier start this morning. We’re heading to the southwest point of Mull over to Fionnphort.  Here...

Inspiring Edinburgh – Scotland’s Storytellers

To celebrate National Read a Book Day on September 6th we have taken to the streets of Edinburgh; taking inspiration from those who have walked these cobbles before us. From the words of Robert Louis Stevenson in the 1700’s to Ian Rankin in the present day, Edinburgh and the Scottish landscape have been both...

Sweet dreams are made of these

Scottish holidays, festivals and days out are all the more enjoyable for the sweet traditions that go with them. Here are our favourite Scottish treats. Black bun…it could be the name of a murderous villain or a thoroughbred racehorse but in fact it’s a rich fruitcake. Sometimes known as Scotch bun, it’s traditionally served...

Driver Diary – Part 10 – Isle of Mull Day 1 & 2

Our Tour Leader Nick shares his experience on our Isle of Mull 4 Day tour in July 2020. Day 1: Glasgow to Tobermory First tour back after lockdown began over 4 months ago and in some ways I’m as nervous as my very first tour for Discover Scotland over 4 years ago!  How will...

Fairies & Folklore – The Legends of Scotland

Discover a strange landscape that could have been created by giants and fairies To explore Scotland is to open a storybook of magic, mythical creatures….and monsters. Wherever Discover Scotland Tours takes you in the stunning Highlands there’s sure to be a legend attached. The landscape itself often shaped as if for giants and fairies....

Staycation – the Lost Art of Staying Local

Glasgow Fair, a holiday weekend in the city has been around since the 12th century. As a public holiday it was time to spend with friends and family . Growing through the centuries, a large variety of entertainment appeared each year. Long gone were the days of small markets selling local wares within the...

Driver Diary Part Nine – A Snowy Trip to Skye

Our Tour Leader Andy shares his experience on a snowy Skye tour this winter. Day 1 A 05:45am start to check over my coach before I head out to Edinburgh. Our first group of passengers join us at Waterloo Place. After they have joined us at 8am it's on to Glasgow where we meet...

What’s the Story in Tobermory?

Tobermory tells a colourful story; of a lost Spanish galleon full of gold and the ambition to create a bustling fishing port. Of vision to craft a 200-year-old Scotch whisky and of a legendary Queen’s approval. Today the island of Mull’s main town is a busy fishing harbour and arts centre. The wildlife is...

Driver Diary Part Eight – A Day in the Life

I’m going to do things a bit differently. Here’s my abbreviated driver’s diary for the Oban and Western Highlands Tour.

A Passage to Iona

At just three miles long and a mile and a half wide, on the tip of the west of Mull; it would be easy to overlook a visit to Iona when you’re touring Scotland’s Inner Hebrides. But to miss this drop of paradise in Mull’s turquoise waters would be to miss experiencing arguably Scotland’s...

Driver Diary Part Seven – An Unexpected Encounter

It’s pretty dreary outside today with low cloud and rain – we might even see some early season snow as we go North. But I don’t see that as a negative. Sometimes Scotland can look even more dramatic in these types of conditions.

Scotland’s Warriors from History

History marches on but hunger for Scotland’s warriors remains Scotland’s heroes and villains are have become immortal due to their place in poetry, prose, art and song. And there is no let up in artistic interest in the likes of Robert the Bruce and co. 2018 saw the release of Outlaw King; the action film...

Driver Diary Part Six – Oban & the Western Highlands

She indulges of course. Indulges in the some of the pleasures guests enjoy on a Discover Scotland Tour.

Paisley’s Rich Pattern of Creativity and Vision

Stories of entrepreneurs, visionaries, creators and inventors thread their way through Paisley; leaving their pattern on the town’s history and modern-day identity. Thought to have been established by 7th century Irish monk Saint Mirin, Paisley was cemented as a major religious centre with the building of its Abbey in the 12th century. The Abbey...

Driver Diary Part Five – Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands

What a day. Not a cloud in the sky and already warming up nicely. I absolutely love driving these roads in weather like this.

Driver Diary Part Three – St Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife

If I do say so myself, this is the type of day when I think the driver’s skills come into their own.

Why Go By Coach?

More accurately, why go by a Discover Scotland Tours mini coach? As we’ve said before in this blog, we are very nice, keep smiles on our faces and love doing what we do. But what are the practical reasons for choosing to tour Scotland with us? It’s stress free. Scotland has a modern road...

Travel Tips – Wildlife

Scotland is home to a wide variety of wildlife and our tours provide lots of opportunities to see our native animals and, if you’re lucky, catch them on film.

Destinations – Isle of Skye

Our three day tours centre around the magnificent Isle of Skye – recently voted the 4th best island in the world by National Geographic.

Driver Diary Part Two – Glenfinnan, Mallaig & Jacobite Steam Train

Today is my first time doing the Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Jacobite Steam Train tour. I’ve been looking forward to this one and don my circular specs and pack my cloak in anticipation of the sight of the Glenfinnan Viaduct…or Harry Potter Bridge as my younger guests call it.

Private Tours with Discover Scotland Tours

Here at Discover Scotland Tours we are experts at managing private tours for individuals, families and small groups.

Destinations – Film Locations

Scotland’s scenery has been coveted by film makers the world over for generations. In recent years, some of the most popular movies of all time have been shot at iconic locations along several of our routes.

Shore Excursions – Why Discover Scotland Tours?

Picture the scene. You sail serenely up the Firth of Clyde on your luxury cruise ship, enjoy a hearty breakfast on board and prepare for the day ahead.

Tour Highlights – The Lochs

Scotland is home to countless Lochs. Some are inland like Loch Lomond – Great Britain’s largest inland waterway – while others, like Loch Fyne are sea lochs, biting into the coast of our great little country.

What’s New with Touring?

So, you’re under 60, are well travelled, have a driving license and, without being arrogant, see yourself as at least a reasonably cool customer.

Look Who’s Coming on Our Tours…

Coach Tours are not what they used to be. And we can prove it. Here’s just a quick snap- shot…

Driver Diary Part One – Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond National Park

Looked out of the window at 5:30 this morning and it was practically light! Spring must be just around the corner. It’s the Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond National Park one-day tour today – one of my favourites.

So Why Should You Choose Discover Scotland Tours?

Aray Bridge, Inveraray Why choose Discover Scotland Tours? We know you probably want to make up your own mind as to which tour company to use. However, we also thought it important to tell you why we think we’re different.  And better! Well, we are all very nice and try to keep smiles on...

The Isle of Skye

Lying off the west coast of Scotland, with beautiful mountain scenery, interesting geology, stunning sea lochs and a plethora of wildlife, the Island of Skye is a true masterpiece of nature. The largest of the Inner Hebrides, Skye’s landscape is unmistakably Highland; with its lochs, moors and towering craggy mountain peaks. In fact Skye...

The Drovers Inn

For three centuries the Drovers Inn has been welcoming weary travellers as they pass through the glen at the top of Loch Lomond. The place truly reeks of tradition, grisly folk tales and colourful ancient legends. Set in one of most stunning beauty spots in the west of Scotland; this historic Inn gets its...

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond, famed for its beauty all around the world, is a region steeped in legend, folklore and history. Lying on the highland boundary fault-line separating the highlands from the lowland; the loch itself is 24.5 miles long and is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain. It has more than 30 islands,...

Private & Exclusive tours for families & friends

In the current climate of social distancing and bubbles, now more than ever may be the time to consider a private tour of Scotland for your family and friends.

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