Afternoon tea, Scone with jam and cream


Let’s get planning our summer getaways!
Planning holiday activities is one of the best parts of booking a trip and so for inspiration we have previously mentioned some of the beautiful castles, situated across the North of the UK (link) but in this post we are focusing on where to enjoy an elegant afternoon tea in different areas of Scotland.

For the city lovers that want to experience the sights whilst relaxing, you can tour either Glasgow or Edinburgh by travelling on the Red Bus Bistro. These tours last around 90 minutes, and the best bit? In both cities these tours include a delicious afternoon tea to enjoy, these include a cake stand where you will find traditional scones with fresh whipped cream and jam, a selection of finger sandwiches, Mini rolls or Wraps, mini quiches, a selection of petit fours and cakes, all washed down with as much tea and coffee as you can drink. You can also upgrade to a gin afternoon tea, where you can try their signature pot-tails that are created with a range of Scottish gins, herbs and edible flowers.
In Glasgow you can also enjoy the tour on a Friday or Saturday evening at 7pm to enjoy a choice of dinner through the city at night, you can pick from either Italian Antipasti and Wine or Pizza and Prosecco, you can also choose extra toppings and have the pizzas cooked from the on-board kitchen!


If you would like to take you afternoon tea experience to the water, you can enjoy a jam and cream scone whilst travelling on the Blackness Castle and Three Bridges Cruise with Forth Boat Tours. You can relax in the heated saloon or on the outside decks and enjoy the views of the area whilst also spotting many wildlife species including seals. The tour lasts roughly 90 minutes, and you can find a café-bar on deck for further refreshments with your afternoon tea.


A slightly different experience is the Secret Garden Distillery Tours in Edinburgh. Not quite an afternoon tea, but a lovely afternoon experience for any gin lovers. These tours include learning all about the different botanicals that go into the gins at the distillery, as well as visiting the on-site drying room and glasshouse, finishing off with a tasting of 4 core gins and 2 mystery gins. There is also an option for G&Tea tour where you will be shown how the same botanicals are able to be made into different teas and learn about the medicinal properties of many herbs, you are then able to experiment yourselves and take your personal creation home with you to enjoy.


There are also many hotels and restaurants across Scotland that offer an afternoon tea experience, so it is worth finding out the locations that are near where you are staying. As we are a luxury motorhome company, we love the experiences that involve sight-seeing and being able to create such wonderful memories together on a day out.

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