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Northern England & Scotland | 13 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

    • Seahouses (1)
    • York (2) 
    • Gretna (1)
    • Oban (2)
    • Portree (2)
    • Fort Augustus (2)
    • Edinburgh (2)

      Other Inclusions

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

      Optional Extras

      Highlights:

      13 Days / 12 Nights

      York Minster

      Gretna Green

      Oban Distillery

      Isle of Mull

      Fort William & Skye

      Urquhart Castle

      Cairngorms National Park

       

      13 Day Northern England & Scotland Tour Itinerary

      Day 1 : Seahouses

      Arrive in Edinburgh and pick up your rental car. Drive south along the coast to the large village of Seahouses on the Northumberland Coast. Check into your accommodation and then go out to take a stroll around the village and wander around the fishing boats in the harbor. Have dinner in this lovely village in the evening. Later on, settle into your room for the night.

      Overnight in Seahouses

      Day 2 : York Minster & Viking Heritage

      Get up early this morning and watch the sunrise before breakfast. Drive south to the city of York. York is a beautifully preserved medieval city great for history lovers. Once you arrive, begin exploring the cobbled streets and the exquisite architecture. Visit York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. As York was once the capital of a Viking territory, you can visit the immersive Jorvik Viking Centre to discover details of its Viking heritage. Check into your hotel for the evening and then go back out to find a nice place for dinner.

      Overnight in York

      Day 3 : The Shambles & Barley Hall

      After a traditional English breakfast this morning, do some more exploring and delve into the city's vibrant café culture. Take time out to enjoy some of the country's most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river. Also be sure to visit The Shambles, a street of traditional timber-framed buildings dating back to the 14th century. You can also visit Barley Hall, a restored medieval townhouse which was once the home of York’s Lord Mayor.

      Overnight in York

      Day 4 : Gretna Green

      You will leave York today for the town of Gretna located in Dumfries & Galloway. The town of Gretna was built during the First World War to provide homes for 30,000 employees of a munitions factory that was the biggest in the world. Discover the story of the factory while you’re here. Also be sure to stop in the village of Gretna Green. This is one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations with thousands of people tying the knot here every year. Historically it was to Gretna Green that young English runaway couples eloped so that they could be married. Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, where couples have come to marry since 1754, is still here. Check into your hotel and enjoy your evening in Gretna.

      Overnight in Gretna

      Day 5 : McCaig's Tower & Oban Distillery

      After breakfast today, begin your drive north up to Oban. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. 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 a whiskey sample, Oban Distillery won’t disappoint. You’ll get to see how whisky is distilled and sample some at the end of the tour. Enjoy dinner in Oban, dubbed the “Seaside Capital of Scotland.”

      Overnight in Oban

      Day 6 : Isle of Mull

      Today might be a nice day to take a ferry to the Isle of Mull. Ferries leave Oban for Craignure every few hours. The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Hebrides. It is an island of peninsulas which give it a long and varied coastline offering the visitor endless days of exploration and discovery. The mountains which stretch across the middle of the island rise to over 900m and are well-loved by hill walkers such is the variety of routes and views to be enjoyed. Between its beaches, long and interesting history, and beautiful scenery, you will have lots to do on Mull or nothing at all if you so choose.

      Overnight in Oban

      Day 7 : Fort William & Skye

      Have an early start today as you have a long drive ahead of you. You’ll be making your way to Portree, the largest town on the Isle of Skye. Journey up along the coast and take a slight detour through Ballachulish and Glen Coe, a spectacular glen made famous by the Massacre of Glen Coe of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Cross Loch Leven and continue along the banks of Loch Eil to Fort William. Fort William’s setting is dramatic, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, and under the mighty hulk of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. There is a footpath to the top of the mountain starting close to the town. Just a few minutes from the town is Glen Nevis, one of Scotland’s most picturesque Highland glens. Ben Nevis Distillery and Inverlochy Castle are both possible stops on your way to Skye as are Spean Bridge Woollen Mill and Eilean Donan Castle as you get closer. Settle into your hotel in Portree after a long drive.

      Overnight in Portree

      Day 8 : Explore the Isle of Skye

      Today spend the whole day touring the Isle of Skye. 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 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. Along this drive, stop at 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. Return to Portree at your leisure.

      Overnight in Portree

      Day 9 : Loch Ness & Fort Augustus

      Begin your trip from Portree to Fort Augustus this morning. Drive east and make your way off of the Isle of Skye. Continue until you reach Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Home to many great clansmen through the ages and a beautiful historical site, Urquhart Castle is a place you won't want to miss. Once you're done exploring on land, be sure to take a boat cruise along Loch Ness and go searching for Nessie - Loch Ness's elusive sea monster. Continue your drive to Fort Augustus from there. When you arrive, check into accommodation. Enjoy a lovely dinner with a view of Loch Ness in the distance and head back to your accommodation for an early night.

      Overnight in Fort Augustus

      Day 10 : Glenlivet Distillery Tour & Cairngorms National Park 

      Make your way to the northern edge of Cairngorms National Park to the world-famous Glenlivet Distillery for a tour and tasting. This is the heart of Speyside which is home to dozens of other whisky distilleries. Following your tour, journey deeper into the park and take in the beautiful scenery. The town of Aviemore is a perfect stopping point for a meal. You may also like to take a tour and generous tasting at The Cairngorm Brewing Company before getting back on the road for Fort Augustus.

      Overnight in Fort Augustus

      Day 11 : Explore Edinburgh

      Treat yourself to a late breakfast as you have a longer journey ahead of you today. As you make your way to the beautiful city of Edinburgh take in the beautiful scenic landscape as you navigate back down through the rugged Scottish Highlands. You should arrive in Edinburgh by early evening which gives you time to check into your hotel and explore the the surrounding area of the city and enjoy an evening meal.

      Overnight in Edinburgh

      Day 12 : Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

      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. Take a Ghost Walking Tour tonight to learn some of the city's darkest secrets. Enjoy your last dinner in this great city before settling into your accommodation for the night.

      Overnight in Edinburgh

      Day 13 : Return Home

      Make your way to Edinburgh Airport and begin your journey home.

       

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