Highlands Excursion | 9 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

    • Glen Coe (2)
    • Inverness (2)
    • Aberdeen (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
    9 Days / 8 Nights 

    Highlights:

    Isle of Skye

    Culloden Battlefield

    St Andrews

    Edinburgh Castle

    Distillery & Whisky Tasting

       

        9 Day Highlands & Isles Excursion Itinerary

        Day 1 : Inveraray & Glencoe

        Depart Glasgow and drive north along the banks of Loch Lomond with views of Highland peaks. At Tarbet you might like to get out of the car and embark on a short cruise to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views of the Highlands. Travel across the mountains to Inveraray Castle. This imposing Campbell family home with four conical spires was built between 1746 and 1789. Stop off at Kilchurn Castle on the shores of Loch Awe. Kilchurn was another Campbell family stronghold and also a filming location for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Move further north along the shores of the spectacularly beautiful Loch Awe and the River Orchy. The drive into Glencoe is one of the most beautiful in all of Scotland so make sure you arrive there in daylight.

        Overnight in Glen Coe

        Day 2 : Oban & Loch Awe

        Drive south along the coast take a leisurely drive along the shores of Loch Awe. This is one of hundreds of lochs in the country but surely one of the most beautiful. Be sure to take plenty of pictures along the way before you head towards the coast and make your way back up to Oban. Stop here for a delicious seafood meal and a stroll along the promenade before you return to your accommodation in Glencoe.

        Overnight in Glen Coe

        Day 3 : Urquhart Castle & Inverness

        Head north east along the banks of Loch Ness. Search for the elusive Loch Ness Monster or just enjoy the scenery. Stop first at Fort Augustus – a historic and scenic hamlet offering spectacular views down Loch Ness and a paradise for walkers – before continuing along the banks of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. Head north along the shores of Loch Ness to the town of Inverness where you can spend a few hours exploring - Inverness is famous for its castle and cathedral - before returning to your accommodation for the evening.

        Overnight in Inverness

        Day 4 : Isle of Skye

        From Inverness, make your way towards the Isle of Skye. Cross the Skye bridge and continue on to Portree. The Trotternish Ridge is considered by many to be the most beautiful part of Scotland. While Skye is connected to the mainland, it remains largely untouched. Have fun exploring both the island and the little town of Portee before you make the long drive back to Inverness. 

        Overnight in Inverness

        Day 5: Culloden Battlefield & Distillery

        A short distance from your hotel is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Learn about the battle and walk around the moorland where, on 16th April 1746, British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in just one hour.

        Drive through pleasant farming country into the gentle rolling hills of the Speyside region, where many of Scotland's famous distilleries are located. Many of Scotland’s famous distilleries are located here near the River Spey which supplies pure water for whisky making. Dufftown is the capital of whisky and is located north of the Cairngorms National Park. Stop at one of the prominent distilleries to learn about whisky making and sample a “wee dram” at the end of the tour. Drive to your hotel in Aberdeen to relax and dine in the elegant setting.

        Overnight in Aberdeen

        Day 6 : Balmoral Castle & Afternoon Tea

        Drive along the charming River Dee Valley, called “Royal Deeside” as it was made popular by Queen Victoria. Visit the Royal Family’s Balmoral Castle set in its spacious estate. Visit Crathes Castle when Balmoral is closed during March & August through November.

        Stop in Ballater, where many shops show royal warrants to indicate that the Royal Family uses their goods. Return to your hotel for some free time to relax before dinner.

        Overnight in Aberdeen

        Day 7 : Glamis Castle & St Andrews

        Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother and enjoy coffee and shortbread in a 16th century chamber. Head to St Andrew's, the “Home of Golf.”

        See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course and enjoy free time to visit the British Golf Museum or browse through the medieval town with its cathedral and castle. Continue into Edinburgh. If time permits, take a ghost walking tour to learn some of the more spooky deatils of the city.

        Overnight in Edinburgh

        Day 8 : 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 9 : Return Home

        Make your way to Edinburgh Airport and board your flight home.

         

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