The Perfect Taste Of Scotland
In just over a week you’ll be able to explore Scotland’s top attractions and see what makes this country so beautiful and special. This self-drive road trip will take you from the historic capital of Edinburgh, into the rugged Highlands where you can admire the scenery and visit ancient graves and medieval castles, and with the Scottish Heritage Pass you’ll have free entrance to many historical sites, such as Edinburgh Castle. You will then have two nights on the Isle of Skye to take in the breathtaking sights of this iconic island. Drive back through the enchanting Glen Coe and Trossachs National Park.
(1) Explore some of Scotland’s top sights on the famous and breathtaking Isle of Skye. (2) Walk along the mysterious Loch Ness and visit the castle on its shores. (3) Discover Scotland‘s historic capital Edinburgh and stroll up the Royal Mile. (4) See the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands. (5) Enjoy some quiet time in nature at the Trossachs National Park. (6) Explore the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness, and its surroundings. (7) Photograph the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. (8) Take in the breathtaking beauty of Glen Coe. (9) Discover historic sites around the country with the Scottish Heritage Pass. (10) Enjoy a road trip with peace of mind with your personal itinerary from a local travel expert.
Day 1 : Arrival In Edinburgh
Make your way into Edinburgh city centre where your hotel will be located. Many travellers opt to take a taxi or use public transport, but for a more direct and comfortable ride, we will be happy to organise a private airport transfer for you. For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking through the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old Town and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle. Spend the night in Edinburgh.
Day 2 : Into The Highlands
Start your road trip driving into the Highlands. On the way you’ll have many possible stops, such as the picturesque village of Dunkeld and the 13th-century Blair Castle. Driving through the Cairngorms National Park you could also stop at the Highland Folk Museum. Arriving near Inverness, you can drive to the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, to see where the last battle on British soil occurred in 1746, marking "the beginning of the end for the Highlands." Nearby you can visit Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones dating back roughly 4,000 years. Spend the night in the Inverness area.
Driving distance : 251 km / 156 miles.
Day 3 : Loch Ness, Castles & Isle Of Skye
Today‘s journey will take you from Inverness to the famous Isle of Skye. Drive along the shores of Loch Ness and, if you have time, take a boat tour in search of its notorious and elusive monster, or go explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins. Further along the drive, make a stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. When you arrive on Skye, your first stop will be at the scenic village of Portree, where you can explore and admire its colourful buildings and dine at a local restaurant. Spend the night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.
Driving distance : 185 km / 115 miles
Day 4 : The Isle Of Skye
Today take full advantage of your day on Skye, a haven for nature lovers. We recommend driving to the northern part of the island and taking your time around all the attractions on the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. There you can enjoy a walk up to “The Old Man of Storr” rock pinnacle and see the beautiful Kilt Rock Waterfall. Other highlights include the Quiraing rock face, the An Corran Beach at Staffin, where you may spot ancient dinosaur footprints, and the mystical Fairy Glen. Spend another night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.
Driving distance : 70 km / 45 miles
Day 5 : Sleat Peninsula & Glenfinnan
Head south to the Sleat Peninsula, admiring the beautiful beaches, lochs, and glens of the region. You may wish to stop on the way to enjoy a walk to the crystal-clear Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillin Hills or to sample Single Malt Whisky at the Talisker Distillery. In the afternoon, catch a ferry from Armadale to Mallaig on the mainland. On your drive to Fort William we recommend stopping at Camusdarach Beach and at Glenfinnan where you can visit the Glenfinnan Monument, overlooking Loch Shiel, and admire the viaduct, featured in Harry Potter. Spend the night in the Fort William area.
Ferry duration : 30 minutes
Ferry from Armadale to Mallaig : 30 minutes
Driving distance : 135 km / 85 miles
Day 6 : Travel Along Dramatic Glens
Today’s journey takes you past Scotland’s most famous valley, Glen Coe, which offers world-famous scenery. You could stop at the grave of Rob Roy at Balquidder and the beautiful Falls of Dochart in the village of Killin. Alternatively, you could travel the longer scenic route via the seaside town of Oban onto the historical valley of Kilmartin Glen and past the charming village of Inveraray. This region is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, including cairns, standing stones, and castles. Spend the night in the Trossachs National Park area.
Driving distance via Glen Coe : 130 km / 80 miles.
Driving distance via Kilmartin Glen/Inveraray : 285 km / 180 miles.
Day 7 : Trossachs National Park To Edinburgh
Today’s drive will bring you back to Edinburgh (you can choose to end your trip in Glasgow in the optional activities below). Drive through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, where you could stop to take a walk in nature, enjoy an optional steamship tour on Loch Katrine, or visit a local whisky distillery. For a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss Doune Castle, featured in Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Outlander. If time allows, you could also stop by Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top attractions, or at the impressive Kelpies, two giant horse-head sculptures. Spend the night in Edinburgh.
Driving distance : 130 km / 80 miles.
Day 8 : Departure From Scotland
On your day of departure, we recommend taking the Airlink bus or a taxi directly from your hotel to reach the airport. If you would like to add any additional nights to your trip or to arrange a private transfer, you can do so during the booking process. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may have time for some last-minute shopping, to visit one of Edinburgh’s museums, or take one last stroll through the charming city centre.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Accommodation (comfort/quality) for 7 nights.
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW, excess waiver and VAT for 6 days.
Free use of GPS & two authorized drivers for the duration of the vehicle rental period.
Scottish Heritage Pass (7-day use).
All ferry crossings, as per itinerary.
Map of Scotland and detailed personal itinerary.
Taxes & service fees.
Followings are not included in tour:
Flights to/from Scotland.
Transfers to/from airports (can be arranged on request).
Transfers to/from car rental pickup/drop-off locations.
Meals & drinks (unless otherwise stated).
Entrance fees to attractions (unless otherwise stated).
Fees for parking, ferries not listed in the itinerary and other miscellaneous driving expenses.
Personal travel insurance.