Sleepy Sporran Tours

Exclusive, guided, small group tours across Scotland Exploring Perthshire, Fife, Angus, and the Highlands

Winter tours - November 2017 to March 2018

To counter the unpredictable Scottish winter weather and the reduction in daylight hours, Sleepy Sporran offer a number of ‘winter destination’ tours to places with a diverse range of interests but sharing the common attribute that they are all ‘warm’ indoor venues.

These tours make an ideal day out for groups of 4 or 6 people and are priced to include, luxury transport, morning and afternoon coffee / tea, entry fees to destination attractions, light lunch (soup and a sandwich, tea or coffee), personal tour pack.

Winter tour gallery

WT1 - Scottish ‘Beezer’ Buildings - Edinburgh

(Approx 9am - 5pm - Inclusive Price £95 per person)

A two location tour to buildings that are truly the most extravagant of their type. The first is the Scottish Parliament Building, winner of the RIBA Award and the Stirling Prize when it opened in 2004. A tour of the Parliament building then lunch in the coffee shop, after which visit to the unique and mysterious Rosslyn Chapel. Founded in 1446, it took 40 years to build, creating mysterious ornate and curious stone carvings on virtually every surface inside and out, as featured in the Da Vinci Code mystery.

WT2 - Royal Yacht & Nautical History - Leith

(Approx 9am - 5pm - Inclusive Price £110 per person)

Once the floating palace of the Queen, the Royal Yacht Britannia is now moored at Leith. Explore 5 decks ranging from State Apartments to crew’s quarters before enjoying lunch on board in the Royal Deck Tea Room. The yacht played host to Presidents Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela, as well as numerous celebrities including Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. Then visit the hidden treasures of Trinity House Maritime Museum which charts the history of seafarers back to 1380. An amazing collection of instruments, paintings, documents and nautical artefacts rarely seen by the public.

WT3 - Stirling Castle - Stirling

(Approx 9am - 5pm - Inclusive Price £95 per person)

The primary visit is to Stirling Castle standing atop a volcanic crag. The castle itself is steeped in Scottish history and has been fought over since ancient times, but the tour also includes short stops to view the Borestone at Bannockburn, Stirling Bridge and the National Wallace Monument. Highlights at the castle, apart from the Renaissance architecture of the Kings Palace, include the Chapel Royal, the Great Hall and the Unicorn Tapestries. So much to see inside with stunning views from the gardens and esplanade. Lunch at a time to suit in the castle’s Unicorn Cafe.

WT4 - Past and Future - Glasgow

(Approx 9am - 5pm - Inclusive Price £85 per person)

Another two location tour to futuristic buildings in the centre of Clydeside. First visit the Glasgow Science Centre containing 320 interactive science and technology exhibits and a full dome digital planetarium. (IMAX film also available but the 127m tall Glasgow Tower is currently closed). Then a ‘nostalgic’ visit to the Riverside Museum and the Tallship - ‘Glenlee‘. Over 3,000 transport related exhibits in 9 themed areas plus the deck areas on the Glenlee. Lunch available at either venue to suit preferred itinerary.

WT5 - Grain to Glass - Perthshire

(Approx 10am - 6pm - Inclusive Price £135 per person)

A day experiencing the delights and myths of Scotch malt whisky, following the production process from barley grains to the finished dram. Take in guided tours and tastings at Dewars of Aberfeldy and the Edradour at Balnald before rounding the day off with a private tasting session at Robertson’s Bothy in Pitlochry. Wonderful scenery between the distilleries and a light lunch on the shore of Loch Tay. Three different venues and a good selection of different malts to savour.

WT6 - Green Oasis in the City - Edinburgh

(Approx 10am - 5pm - Inclusive Price £85 per person)

A visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens at the foot of Arthur’s Seat. Founded in 1670 it now covers 70 acres exhibiting 13,500 plant species from 156 countries. Wander round numerous themed gardens like the Rock Garden, the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden and Alpine Garden or linger in the various Glasshouses with unbelievable displays of palms and water lilies. See also the best collection of Chinese plants outside of China. Light lunch in either the Terrace Cafe or the John Hope Gateway.

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