14 Day Spectacular Scotland

Tour Includes

Transport

  • Automatic economy car with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection (TP), value added tax (VAT), third party liability and location service charge (LSC)

Accommodation

    • Glasgow (1)
    • Oban (2)
    • Skye (2)
    • Ullapool (1)
    • Thurso (2)
    • Nairn or Inverness (2)
    • Edinburgh (3)

        Other Inclusions

        •  Discount book, driving map, travel wallet & luggage tags
        • Expert sales assistance before, during and after your trip.

        Optional Extras:

        • Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, chauffeur driver, room upgrades and more!

          Starts in Glasgow/ Ends in Edinburgh
          14 Days / 13 Nights

          Highlights:

          Day Tour to Mull & Iona

          Armadale Castle

          Isles of Skye & Orkney

          Glen Coe & Invereray Castle

          5,000-year-old Village of Skara Brae

          Alnwick Castle

           

          14 Day Spectacular Scotland Tour Itinerary

          Day 1 : Glasgow Arrival & City Tour

          Start your trip at Glasgow Airport where you will pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel. Take your time to get settled in before touring Glasgow by car, foot or public transport. This is a city that flourished in Victorian times. See George Square with its ornate City Chambers and nearby Glasgow Cathedral. Visit Provand's Lordship, Glasgow's oldest house built in 1471, and step back in time to discover Glasgow's unique history. Have a quiet drink in the evening and enjoy your first Scottish dinner of the trip. Overnight in Glasgow

          Day 2 : Loch Lomond & Glen Coe

          Depart Glasgow and drive north along the banks of Loch Lomond with views of Highland peaks. At Tarbet embark on a short cruise to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views of the Highlands. Then travel across the mountains to visit Inveraray Castle. This imposing Campbell family home with four conical spires was built between 1746 and 1789. Take the guided tour which reveals the history of the family and region as you view the magnificent Armoury Hall and many fine rooms with tapestries, porcelains and portraits.

          Browse around the nearby town, planned by the Campbell family. Journey across mysterious Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe, a spectacular glen made famous by the Massacre of Glen Coe of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, to Ballachulish on the coast. Continue your drive to Oban on the west coast and visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample some at the end of the tour. Overnight in Oban

          Day 3 : Isles of Mull & Iona

          Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull, which is one of the most beautiful of the Hebrides. After a scenic drive across the mountains of Mull take another short ferry ride to the peaceful Isle of Iona, the burial place of many Scottish kings. Visit Iona Abbey, where St. Columba founded Scotland’s first Christian settlement in the 6th century. Then enjoy some free time before returning to Oban by coach and ferry. Overnight in Oban

          Day 4 : "Road of the Isles" & Clan Donald Centre

          Travel the scenic “Road to the Isles” passing Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument. Cross by ferry to the Isle of Skye, often called the “Misty Isle” due to the showers that drift across the mountains. Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the clans of the region. Explore the town of Portree, the "capital" of the Isle of Skye where you will overnight. Overnight on Skye

          Day 5 : Isle of Skye & Dunvegan Castle

          Today spend the whole day touring the Isle of Skye.Travel to Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years, making it the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. View priceless family heirlooms and stroll through formal gardens.

          Drive alongside the dramatic Trotternish Ridge and stop at Lealt Waterfall and the Kilt Rock. After a walk at the Quiraing drive to Uig. Explore the magic of the Fairy Glen, legendary home of the 'wee people'! After lunch we drive to the most westerly point on Skye and walk to Neist Point lighthouse and see some of the most dramatic sea cliffs in Scotland, sea birds and maybe even marine wildlife. Return to your hotel for free time before dinner. Overnight on Skye

          Day 6 : Eilean Donan Castle & Inverewe Gardens

          Tour and take photos of the romantic Eilean Donan Castle. Enjoy more Highland scenery as you drive to Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of trees and shrubs was created from 50 acres of bleak headland in 1862. The varied plantings thrive due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Travel to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port that was built in 1788, and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Ullapool

          Day 7 : Highland Scenery & Durness

          Today explore a remote Highland area with huge tracts of bogland, rugged mountains and coastline. Stop in Durness, one of Scotland’s most remote hamlets and learn about the 18th and 19th century Highland Clearances. Stop in Bettyhill, a village built in 1814 to replace crofts destroyed by the Clearances and continue to Thurso. Visit Caithness Horizons Museum and check in to your hotel. Overnight Thurso

          Day 8 : Orkney & Ring of Brodgar

          Take a ferry ride from the mainland to explore the largest island of Orkney. Visit Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old village, to see remains of houses. View the Ring of Brodgar, a circle of prehistoric standing stones and see 12th century St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. Drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to German submarines out and see the Italian Chapel, built from two Nissan huts with elaborate paintings. Return to the mainland by ferry. Overnight in Thurso

          Day 9 : John o’ Groats & Dunrobin Castle

          Drive along the coast to John o' Groats, the most northerly village on the British mainland. Visit Dunrobin Castle, dating to 1275 but renovated in the mid-1800’s. With 189 rooms this is the largest mansion in northern Scotland. Continue south to your hotel in Nairn or Inverness

          Day 10 : Urquhart Castle & Culloden

          Drive along the shores of Loch Ness to visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle. Stop at the Culloden Visitor Centre for a walk around the moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Visit the vast ramparts at Fort George, planned in 1747 as an English army base. If you would like, attend a Scottish Highland evening featuring haggis, traditional foods and lively bagpipe music and dance. Overnight in Nairn or Inverness

          Day 11 : Highland Scenery & St Andrews

          Drive south past the majestic Cairngorm Mountains and through mountainous countryside and to the east coast to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” Enjoy free time to visit the British Golf Museum or browse through the medieval town with its cathedral and castle. Drive south into Edinburgh and after dinner at a popular restaurant join a local guide for a fun ghost walking tour. Overnight in Edinburgh

          Day 12 : Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

          The best way to explore Edinburgh is by one of its many walking tours. Take one or more of these and you can then decide what you would like to see for the remainder of the day. See the bustling Princes Street and the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town.

          Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach 11 floors tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Scone. If you happen to be there during the month of August the Military Tattoo is definitely worth seeing. Overnight in Edinburgh

          Day 13 : Viking Coast & Alnwick Castle

          Drive towards the historic border town of Berwick-on-Tweed following the sweeping coastline of the North Sea and cross the ancient Scotland/England border into Northumberland. Lindisfarne or Holy Island is a tidal island settled by Irish monks from Scotland circa AD 635. From here the Christian message spread throughout the north of England. In 793 a fierce Viking invasion heralded the beginning of the Viking Age.

          Bamburgh Castle is undoubtedly one of the most impressive fortresses in Britain. Used as a film location for 'Mary Queen of Scots', 'Macbeth', 'The Devils' and 'Ivanhoe', a stroll along the magnificent beach is a great way to start the day. The views from the beach of both the castle and Holy Island are stunning so make sure you bring your camera!

          After a short drive, arrive at Alnwick Castle at lunchtime. This magical place is one of Europe’s finest castles and has been at the centre of many historical events – from bloodthirsty battles between the Scots and the English to the intrigues of the Guy Fawkes plot. Its sumptuous setting has famously been used as film locations for 'Harry Potter' (Hogwarts) and 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'. Return to Edinburgh through the charming and historic village of Etal. Overnight in Edinburgh

          Day 14 : Tour Ends Edinburgh Airport

          Return your car at Edinburgh Airport before your flight home.

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