Have you #ScotSpirit? Once you catch it, you won’t want to let it go. It awaits in places like Northumberland where starry skies and unspoiled landscape stretch endlessly before you. You’ll also find it in spots like Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Get ready. The Spirit of Scotland is calling.
- Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park
- Ben Nevis Distillery
- Talisker Distillery, Skye
- Victorian Market
- Edinburgh Castle
Inclusions & Extras
- Oban – (2 nights)
- Fort William – (1 night)
- Skye – (1 night)
- Inverness – (2 nights)
- Pitlochry – (1 night)
- Edinburgh – (2 nights)
Breakfast each morning except day of arrival
Manual compact car with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection (TP), value added tax (VAT), third party liability and location service charge (LSC)
- Travel wallet, luggage tags and driving map.
- Expert travel assistance throughout.
- Visitor Attractions
- Room Upgrades
- Car Upgrade
- Chauffeur Driver
- City Tours
Day 1 – Loch Lomond & the Trossachs
After picking up your rental car, depart from Glasgow Airport and begin the drive to Oban. On your way, drive through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. As you enjoy the breathtaking scenery, find a spot to stop and explore. Sit by the water and have some lunch as you admire the snow-capped mountains in the distance. After lunch, if you’re feeling up to it, take one of the many walking paths and maybe you’ll come across a beautiful waterfall! Later, get back to your car and continue on to Oban. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation and settle in for the night.
Overnight in Oban
Day 2 – Isle of Mull
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 exploring anywhere else you wish to see before returning to Oban for another night.
Overnight in Oban
Day 3 -Fort William
Drive north, enjoying the seaboard views all the way to Fort William. This is the ‘outdoor capital’ of the UK. Choose between activities such as fishing, enjoying a quiet country walk, or if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, skiing down some beautiful slopes is another option. Later in the day, visit the town’s Ben Nevis Distillery and Visitor Center. Here you’ll discover some secrets of distilling whisky. You’ll also enjoy the unique sensation of the Dew of Ben Nevis.
Overnight in Fort William
Day 4 – Isle of Skye
Get an early start this morning and take the main road north through the Great Glen, admiring the views of Ben Nevis just beyond Fort William. At Invergarry swing west for the journey among the magnificent mountains of Glen Shiel. Look out for the famous views of Eilean Donan Castle before reaching Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge. Continue on until you reach the town of Portree where you will be spending the night. Portree is the largest town on the Isle of Skye and also the cultural hub of the area. Check into your hotel and then begin exploring. Take a short drive 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.
Overnight on Skye (Portree)
Day 5 – Talisker Distillery
The Talisker Distillery on the shore of Loch Harport is close by the little road that leads to Glenbrittle and offers some of Scotland’s best mountain views. After the distillery visit retrace the route back to the Skye Bridge and head eastwards for Inverness. Any way you go, you will come across some superb scenery. After the long drive to Inverness, stop and check in at your hotel. Relax for a little while and then 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.
Overnight in Inverness
Day 6 – Victorian Market & Inverness Castle
Spend the day exploring all that Inverness has to offer. Explore the Victorian Market which offers a wide variety of shops, perfect for anyone looking for some retail therapy. Wander through the city center and admire some art exhibitions located in the city’s many galleries. Stroll along the banks of the River Ness and enjoy lunch with a view. End the day with a visit to both Inverness Castle and St. Andrew’s Cathedral. In the evening return to your hotel.
Overnight in Inverness
Day 7 -Pitlochry & Blair Athol
After a traditional Scottish breakfast, make your way to Pitlochry. After dropping your belongings off at your hotel, 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.
This afternoon is the perfect time to see the nature that the Scottish Highlands have to offer with a Highland Safari. The Mountain Safari will take you up high to see the majestic scenery and hopefully get a glimpse of Scotland’s famous Red Deer or the soaring Golden Eagle. 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 -Edinburgh Castle & Calton Hill
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.
Overnight in Edinburgh
Day 9 – 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 10 – Return Home
Return you rental car at Edinburgh airport and fly home.
We are more than happy to include a flight quote separately to your package so that you can decide if you would like to book with us or on your own. While booking flights can seem straight-forward, there are often hidden fees or classes of service that do not include seat assignments, meals or checked bags. We have been booking flights since 1985 and know the best routings and have great contracts that mean we often have better prices than what you will see online.
In Scotland, we generally try to book hotels that are at a 4 star level or higher. In some situations, we will book some 3 star or B&B properties but we do require them to be at a certain standard. We try to ensure a member of the team have stayed at each property in recent years or that we have done a site inspection.
Your first vacation quote, and up to two revisions, for trips of 9 or fewer days, and 45 days in advance of travel, are complimentary. If an itinerary requires further revisions subsequent to this, we will require a non-refundable deposit of $75 per person in order to continue.
If you are requesting a quote for a vacation that is 10 days in length, or with travel dates within 45 days, or to a non-core destination, a deposit of $75 per person will be required in order for us to begin working on your proposal.
Planning deposits can then be put towards the cost of the trip should you decide to proceed with the booking.