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Scottish Treasures & Gems | 10 Day Self-Drive

Tour Inclusions:

Transport

Automatic economy car with:
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • Theft protection (TP),
  • Value added tax (VAT)
  • Third party liability
  • Location service charge (LSC)

Accommodation

    • Glasgow (2)
    • Oban (2)
    • Culloden (1)
    • Pitlochry (2)
    • Edinburgh (2)

    Other Inclusions

    • Deluxe travel wallet with comprehensive travel documents, luggage tags and driving map.
    • Expert service from dedicated sales guide before, during and after your trip.

    Starts in Glasgow/ Ends in Edinburgh
      10 Days / 9 Nights 

    Highlights:

    Glasgow City

    Loch Lomond Tour

    Urquhart Castle

    Distillery & Whisky Tasting

    Edinburgh City

       

        10 Day Scottish Treasures & Gems Itinerary

        Day 1 : Glasgow Riverside Museum

        Arrive in Glasgow and head to your accommodation to check in and drop off your bags. Get out and about on foot and explore George Square and the main shopping area in Glasgow. Make your way out to Kelvingrove Museum near the West End and spend a couple of hours appreciating art and history. Alternatively (or additionally) you could pay a visit to Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel which is nearby. Spend the evening at a nice restaurant in Glasgow's West End and have a nightcap at one of its many bars before settling into your accommodation.

        Overnight in Glasgow

        Day 2 : Loch Lomond & Glengoyne Whisky Distillery

        Get an early start this morning and take the Rabbie’s Loch Lomond and Whisky Distillery Half Day Tour. Make your way to Glasgow City Centre where you will find the tour bus. Rated 5 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board, Rabbie’s is sure to show you a fun and adventurous time. You’ll start out by following the course of the River Clyde. This body of water played a vital impact on making Glasgow a home to shipyards and heavy manufacturing factories years ago.

        From there, the tour continues north where you’ll find Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. This area will give you a perfect cultural mix of Scotland’s Highlands and Lowlands combined with gorgeous scenery. Enjoy walking along the shores of the tranquil Loch Lomond with sights of Balloch Country Park.

        Continuing your journey, you’ll visit the Glengoyne Whisky Distillery and experience the creation, smells and flavours of its beloved “dram”. End the tour with a sample and a toast to your lovely adventure. Arrive back in Glasgow around dinner time where you can enjoy a traditional Scottish meal. Do some leisurely sightseeing and enjoy a night on the town before returning to your accommodation.

        Overnight in Glasgow

        Day 3 : McCaig's Tower & Oban War and Peace Museum

        Depart from Glasgow this morning and head to Oban. Check into your accommodation at The Manor House Hotel. Once a dower house for the Duke of Argyll, this Georgian Villa overlooks Oban Bay and has stunning views of the town, McCaig’s Tower and the islands of Lismore and Mull.

        Do some exploring in the afternoon. You can visit the Oban War & Peace Museum to discover more about Oban’s rich history as a seaside town. Stop by McCaig’s Tower for a beautiful view of Oban Bay and the Atlantic Islands. Be sure to have a look at the gardens inside the tower. If you’d like another whiskey sample, Oban Distillery won’t disappoint and complements the one you saw yesterday quite nicely. Enjoy dinner in Oban, dubbed the “Seaside Capital of Scotland.”

        Overnight in Oban

        Day 4 : Isle of Mull 

        Since you’re staying so close to some of Scotland’s islands, take today to visit the Isle of Mull. Board the ferry from Oban and arrive in Castlebay. While on the water, enjoy stunning sights of the islands and rustic Scotland from a different perspective. When you arrive in Mull, make your way to Duart Castle. With more than 800 years of history with the Clan Maclean, this castle is one of the last surviving fortresses of its kind. Step inside and discover more about the Clan’s past.

        Tip toe through the ghostly dungeons. Stroll inside the Banquet Hall. Take in the Edwardian State Rooms. Go outside and walk in the footsteps of battles that took place on Duart Castle grounds. Enjoy the blossoming Rowan Tree in the Castle Courtyard.

        Experience this amidst breathtaking views out across the Sound of Mull. Lovers of the outdoors can explore the Millennium Wood and Duart point. For a tasty treat, enjoy a range of snacks and cakes in the castle’s Tearoom – baked according to Lady Maclean’s own recipes. All ingredients are grown in the castle’s garden. For the rest of the day, explore the beautiful scenery found on the east coast of Mull. When you’re ready to return, take the ferry back to Oban and have a relaxing evening before settling in for the night.

        Overnight in Oban

        Day 5 : Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness

        Make your way north this morning as you head toward Culloden. You’ll pass picturesque Glencoe, located within Lochaber Geopark in the Highlands. This area is worth stopping to walk around and take some photos. Explore the sights of its deep valley and towering mountains which were created by icy glaciers and volcanic explosions centuries ago. You may also recognize some of its scenery from Blockbusters like Skyfall and a few of the Harry Potter films.

        Stop for lunch and the chance to stretch your legs at the most southern tip of Loch Ness in Fort Augustus. Continue north and make your way to Urquhart Castle. Situated on the bank of Loch Ness, this castle has seen more than 1,000 years of history and offers a look at medieval life in the Highlands. Tour its grounds and discover its heritage. You can also take a boat cruise and search for Nessie, Scotland’s elusive sea monster. From there arrive at your accommodation at the Culloden House to check in and drop off your bags. Hundreds of years of history, culture and luxury make up this beautiful destination. Explore the Culloden Battlefield grounds to get an up-close look at the fateful fight between the Jacobites and the “Red Coats”. Enjoy a lovely dinner at Culloden House before turning in for the night.

        Overnight in Culloden

        Day 6 : Cairngorms National Park 

        Head toward Pitlochry as you depart from Culloden. Enjoy lovely sights of the Highlands during your drive. Not long after you reach Cairngorms National Park, you’ll come across The Cairngorm Brewery. Though small, this award-winning distillery offers an incredible experience filled with in-depth insight and plentiful samples. Take the tour and discover its brewing style, involving a mix of the old with the new and some twists along the way. From there, visit The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre. Not just for Christmas, these tame and friendly reindeer bring joy to all who see them. The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer located in the Cairngorm mountains. Continue on your way, making any additional stops as you wish. Later, arrive in Pitlochry to check into accommodation, have dinner and settle in.

        Overnight in Pitlochry

        Day 7 : Scottish Crannog Centre

        Take some time to explore Pitlochry today. After a traditional Scottish breakfast, visit Blair Castle & Gardens. This is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, as well as home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Tour its halls and grounds and discover its role in the lives of Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. If golf is your sport, Pitlochry Golf Course isn’t far from Blair Castle. As one of Scotland’s finest inland golfing facilities, it boasts 5,700 yards of manicured trees, a majestic mountainous backdrop, a short course, clubhouse and Pro Shop. When you’re done, or if that’s not to your liking, the Scottish Crannog Centre awaits. This award-winning interactive destination depicts Iron Age life with its reconstructed prehistoric loch-dwelling. Feast your eyes on 2,500-year-old artifacts, and get the chance to dress up and try out ancient crafts and technologies. Return to Pitlochry for dinner and a night on the town.

        Overnight in Pitlochry

        Day 8 : Dundee & St Andrews

        This morning, make your way to Edinburgh from Pitlochry. Enjoy a lovely drive as you journey south. Stop to stretch your feet in Dundee, Scotland’s lively, cultural, fourth largest city. Take in the character, quirks and charm provided with ‘one city, many discoveries’. If you’d like, visit Scotland’s Jute Museum to discover Dundee’s history of the poor working class and the wealthy class revolving around the use of a strong, coarse thread known as a jute. Let exhibitions take you back to the 19th century with a look at original restored machinery, in-depth films and the sights, sounds and smells of this historical era in Dundee.

        Continue your drive and stop in St Andrews. Even if you’re not the biggest golf fan in the world, St Andrews has a lot to offer all who visit. Some other great places worth visiting include the beautiful St Andrews Botanic Gardens, St. Monan’s Windmill, the British Golf Museum and St Andrews Museum. Later on, arrive in Edinburgh to have dinner and a nightcap before settling into your accommodation there.

        Overnight in Edinburgh

        Day 9 : Bird's Eye View of Edinburgh

        Get an early start for an exciting day of exploring Scotland’s capital. After breakfast, take a lovely stroll around Old Town and explore the sights of the Royal Mile. Visit Edinburgh Castle for a majestic tour like no other. There, you’ll feast your eyes on Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. This “must-see” Scottish experience will leave you feeling like a royal and a historian all at once. Climb Calton Hill for a gorgeous view of the city and Greater Edinburgh. Tour Rosslyn Chapel and explore its medieval history and architecture. Go shopping for everything from the latest trends to classic, Scottish goods on Princes Street. You won’t want to miss the chance to have dinner at The World’s End on High Street where you can admire its cultural décor and lovely Scottish hospitality. From there, explore any other areas you wish and enjoy a night on the town before returning to accommodation for the evening.

        Overnight in Edinburgh

        Day 10 : Return Home

        Make your way to Edinburgh Airport where you will return your rental car and begin your journey back home.

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