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Short day tour

for your private, flexible tailor-made small group

sample itinerary SD#3

Campsies hills (optional Glengoyne distillery visit), Fintry, Falkirk wheel, Culross and optional visits such as Linlithgow palace, etc.


We would be delighted to run this tour as a private, small group tour  (up to 8 people) 

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From Stirling there are stunning high country roads through the Campsies

with great views (incl. from the Flanders Moss nature reserve) and you can stop at North Third reservoir, go for some walks, visit Lochcarron or visit the Duncarron medieval village and stop in the small community of Fintry

you may still be in the Lowlands, but in feel and the strength of the community spirit you are already in the Highlands.

You are either heading westward towards the beautiful village of Killearn

and you are only a few miles from Scotland’s oldest legal whisky distillery (visits on request) at Glengoyne

Alternatively you had back east from Fintry with spectacular views of the Forth valley and the Ochils and reach the Falkirk wheel

where you can go for walks along the canals including a canal tunnel walk.

You are very close to the Roman Antontine wall.

Nearby are the Kelpies

Once you are there, you are not too far from Linlithgow palace

– the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence.

Linlithgow is also along the Union canal and there are stunning walks, incl. across the Avon viaduct.

You are not far from Bo’ness with nice walks & views along the River Forth or might wish to head over the Kincardine bridge to the Royal Burgh of Culross
(featured as Cranesmuir with the Witches trial in the Outlander series).

You can visit Culross palace, go for a scenic walk along the tidal Forth estuary with its beaches at low tide or walk up to  Culross Abbey.

The magnificent and ancient sanctuary has been a religious site for more than 1500 years and is one of the oldest Christian Sits in Scotland, dating back to the 6th Century, when St Servanus (St Serf) established a Community of Monks here.

It is also known as the birth place of Saint Kentigern, A.D.612, who became St Mungo, patron Saint of Glasgow.

From here it is only a short journey scenic journey through Clackmannanshire , the Wee County back to Stirling.

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Prices for a short day tour

The price of a short day tour depends on how short/long many hours and during which season you wish to run the tour for.,

for example it could be a 5 hours short day tour = 1/2 a day tour – so the cost is:

  • Low season/half day tour = £120 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • Mid season/half day tour = £150 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • High season/half day tour = £180 for a group of max. 8 passengers

 

for example it could be a 7 hours short day tour  = 2/3 a day tour – so the cost is:

  • Low season – 2/3 a day tour = £160 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • Mid season – 2/3 a day tour = £2000 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • High season – 2/3 a day tour = £240 for a group of max. 8 passengers

 

for example it could be a 3.5 hours short day tour  = 1/3 a day tour – so the cost is:

  • Low season – 1/3 a day tour = £80 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • Mid season – 1/3 a day tour = £100 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • High season – 1/3 a day tour = £120 for a group of max. 8 passengers

 

SEASONS: LOW =  November to 15 March MID = 16 March to 30 April + October PEAK = May to September
Tour (=driver/guide+vehicle) Cost per day 10 hours (or longer – no extra)
Tour price per person/passenger numbers  for your private small group tour: Low- Mid- Peak-season
8 tour passengers £30 (£20*) £37 £45
7 tour passengers £34 (£22*) £42 £51
6 tour passengers £40 (£26*) £50 £60
5 tour passengers £48 (£32*) £60 £72
4 tour passengers £60 (£40*) £75 £90
3 tour passengers £80 (£53*) £100 £120
2 tour passengers £120 (£80*) £150 £180
1 tour passengers £240 (£160*) £300 £360

Low season full day private small group tour = £240 per day

Mid season full day private small group tour = £300 per day

Peak season full day private small group tour = £360 per day

The price of a short day tour depends on how short/long many hours and during which season you wish to run the tour for.
*=Short (2/3) day 7 hour low season or winter short daylight hours tour = £160 per day
Included: Fully guided tour Driver/guide & vehicle Scheduled ferries to any Scottish islands included on 2 days & longer tours (Outer Hebrides minimum of 3 days & Shetland minimum of 4 days tour)
Excluded: Entrance fees Castles, museums, attractions, food/drinks & overnight accommodation – we recommend/assist – but you choose your price category, i.e. hostel, B&B or hotel
  DISCOUNTS    
Discount # 1

(applies all year round)

Based on

(1 hour

 

Half day tour

1/3 day tour

standard

represents

 

= 5 hours

= 3.5 hours

10 hours = 1 day rates

10%)

 

= 50% off

= 2/3 off

Discount # 2

(applies all year round)

2 day tour

3 day tour

4 day tours

5 day tours

6 day tours

7 days & longer tours

save 5%

save 10%

save 15%

save 20%

save 25%

save 30%

Discount 2

does neither apply

if Loch Ness

nor if Skye is included

(other than a brief pass through photo-stop)

  Discounts 3,  4  & 5

only apply

from October to April: (i.e. don’t apply May to September)
Discount # 3 Early booking/

paying discount

1 month =

2 months & earlier =

10 % off

20% off

Discount # 4 3 people or more booking/paying together

at the same time,

 students

or

the tour is designated as a multi-day walking tour

20 % off
Multiple discounts are not available for discounts # 2, 3 & 4 but ok  incl. discount #1 & 5

 

Discount # 5 = just charging for the driving time:

Concerning same day VISITS (i.e. no scenic touring & multi-stopping involved), A to B journeys & day WALKS (from October to April)

 

 

Example only for a same day VISIT, A to B journey or day WALK:

 

  • Pick you up from A (i.e. where you live or stay)

 

  • Drive for 2.5 hours (in this example) from A to B

 

  • At B you have free time or a VISIT (a town, castle, whisky distillery, museum, attraction, event or similar at your own expense) or go for a WALK

 

  • After a few hours at the end of your VISIT Unicorn Tours picks you up again from B or meets you at the other end of your WALK ( & often I meet you half way into the walk, as I am parked at the far side of the trail, where your walking path ends. On a circular walk I might join you – please note there is no extras payable for those semi-guided same day walks.)

 

  • From B we drive back for 2.5 hours (in this example) to A and drop you off there or anywhere else you choose/pre-arranged

 

We only charge for the driving time in this example = 2.5 hours from A to B + 2.5 hours from B back to A = 5 hours

5 hours in this example = half of the 10 hour standard daily rate

 

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Please note that there is a different rate for fully guided CITY (walking) tours, for example a whole day fully guided tour of Edinburgh, subject to duration, season, itinerary & group size.

 

Special interests, hobbies, activities & themes

Scotland has a lot more to offer and something for everyone should you have a special interest, hobby, activity, which you would like to experience on your tour with us throughout Scotland, please mention it to us and if at all possible, we will attempt to include it in your itinerary.


Private, personalised small group tours (maximum 8 passengers)

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group

– individuals, couples and friends – for example 1 – 4 people are still welcome to book their own private tour, but the cost per person will be higher

3 day tours

1 day tours (short)

1 day tours

4 day tours

2 day tours

5 day tours


Destinations

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group.

Regions

  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Southern Scotland
  • Glasgow and the Clyde
  • Central Scotland
  • Argyll
  • Northeast Scotland
  • The Highland region 
  • Skye and the Western Isles
  • Orkney and Shetland