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Best of Scotland at Leisure

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Experience the rich tapestry of Scottish history, culture, and heritage on this comprehensive 17-day self-drive tour. Delve into the vibrant capital of Edinburgh before embarking on a journey through St Andrews, the majestic Highlands, and the enchanting islands of Orkney, Lewis, Harris, and Skye. Explore mythical castles, ancient landmarks, scenic trails, and immerse yourself in the warm embrace of Scottish hospitality along the way.

 

Arrive in Edinburgh where your accommodation awaits. Your self-drive or chauffeured car will be waiting for you at the airport. Spend the afternoon leisurely exploring the city. Walk along the historic Royal Mile, delve into the UNESCO-listed Old and New Towns, and discover Edinburgh Castle's grandeur. With numerous museums and landmarks nearby, your evening promises a delightful introduction to Edinburgh's charm.

 

Rest for the night in Edinburgh.

 

Enjoy a full day to immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital. Delve into the city's rich tapestry of history by exploring iconic landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle and wandering through the charming lanes of the Old Town.

 

Take a leisurely stroll along the Royal Mile, where centuries of Scottish history come to life, and marvel at the grandeur of Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British Royal Family in Scotland. Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of Grassmarket by visiting a traditional pub, or wander through the picturesque streets of Stockbridge and Dean Village, where time seems to stand still.

 

For panoramic views of the cityscape, ascend Calton Hill and soak in the breathtaking vistas of Edinburgh's skyline. With its wealth of cultural treasures and enchanting surroundings, Edinburgh promises a day filled with unforgettable experiences and discoveries.

 

Rest for the night in Edinburgh.

Begin your road trip adventure by heading north to Fife. Your initial destination is the charming village of Falkland, renowned for its Renaissance palace. After immersing yourself in its historical allure, proceed eastward to St Andrews, famed as the birthplace of golf and home to Scotland's oldest university. Continuing your journey northward, you'll traverse Dundee, recognized as a UNESCO City of Design. From there, you have the option to opt for the direct route to Aberdeen or embark on the scenic coastal route. The coastal path offers stunning vistas, passing through the St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve and offering glimpses of the awe-inspiring Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven.

Rest for the night in Aberdeen.

 

Today's journey leads you into the majestic Scottish Highlands. Begin your adventure by driving along the captivating "Deeside Tourist Route," winding through the scenic landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park. Along the way, you'll encounter a plethora of historic castles to explore, including the 16th-century Crathes Castle and the esteemed Balmoral Castle, the Scottish residence of the Royal Family, open to visitors from April to July. Continuing your drive, you'll venture into Speyside, renowned for its world-class whiskies. Consider visiting one of the many renowned distilleries in the area, such as Glenfiddich or Aberlour, to delve into the art of whisky-making and savor the distinct flavors.

 

Rest for the night in Inverness area.

Today offers the freedom to tailor your experience in Inverness. Opt for a leisurely exploration of the city or embark on the renowned North Coast 500, a picturesque driving route. Along the route, discover the awe-inspiring Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach, explore the lush Inverewe Garden with its diverse flora, and traverse the majestic Torridon Hills before returning to Inverness.

Rest for the night in Inverness area.

 

Today's journey leads you north to Scrabster, a coastal village. En route, consider a visit to the enchanting Dunrobin Castle. Later, embark on a ferry voyage to Stromness on Orkney, offering stunning views of the Old Man of Hoy. Upon arrival, drive to Kirkwall, the capital, steeped in Viking history. Explore its town centre and marvel at the grandeur of the 12th-century St Magnus Cathedral.

 

Rest for the night in Kirkwall.

 

Ferry (Scrabster to Stromness) 1.5 hours

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Orkney, where millennia-old ruins and stunning landscapes await your exploration. At the heart of Orkney's treasures lies the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney," a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing a collection of Neolithic monuments. Among these ancient marvels are the 5,000-year-old prehistoric village of Skara Brae, the enigmatic Ring of Brodgar stone circle, the imposing megaliths of the Standing Stones of Stenness, and the ancient chambered cairn of Maeshowe, adorned with intricate Norse runic inscriptions left by 12th-century Vikings. Prepare to be transported back in time as you unravel the mysteries of Orkney's rich and ancient history.

Rest for the night in the Kirkwall area.

Today, you return to the mainland via ferry before embarking on a section of the renowned North Coast 500 route. This scenic drive winds through the Northern Highlands, offering breathtaking views of rocky cliffs, golden beaches, and majestic mountains.

Along the way, consider stopping to explore the awe-inspiring Smoo Cave, renowned as the largest sea cave in Britain. If the weather permits, take a moment to relax on the pristine beaches and admire the turquoise waters of Durness. Additionally, don't miss the opportunity to visit the historic ruins of Ardvreck Castle before reaching the picturesque village of Ullapool, with its charming whitewashed buildings.

Rest for the night on Ullapool.

Ferry (Stromness to Scrabster) 1.5 hours

 

Make the most of your day on the enchanting Isle of Skye, a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Begin your explorations by visiting the picturesque village of Portree, renowned for its colorful buildings and charming boutiques.

 

Next, embark on a scenic drive around the northern part of the island via the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. Delight in a leisurely walk up to "The Old Man of Storr" rock pinnacle, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Admire the stunning Kilt Rock Waterfall and marvel at the unique geological formations of the Quiraing. Explore the serene An Corran Beach at Staffin, where ancient dinosaur footprints can be spotted, and immerse yourself in the mystical ambiance of the Fairy Glen.

 

Rest for the night on Lewis or Harris.

 

Ferry (Ullapool to Stornoway) 2.5 hours

 

Today, immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Isle of Harris. Begin your exploration in the quaint village of Tarbert before embarking on a scenic drive along "The Golden Road" towards Rodel, where you'll be captivated by the striking landscapes along the way. Take time to discover the enchanting medieval St. Clement's Church and indulge in a leisurely stroll along the pristine shores of Luskentyre Beach, renowned as one of Scotland's most spectacular beaches, with its endless stretches of white sands and dazzling turquoise waters. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Harris Tweed outlets for an authentic souvenir, as this renowned fabric is still handwoven in the Outer Hebrides.

 

Rest for the night on Lewis or Harris.

 

Today, embark on a scenic ferry journey from Tarbert to Uig on the Isle of Skye. Upon your arrival, indulge in a captivating drive around the northern part of the island via the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. Delight in a leisurely walk up to "The Old Man of Storr" rock pinnacle and behold the beauty of the Kilt Rock waterfall. Explore the unique geological formations of the Quiraing and marvel at the serene An Corran Beach at Staffin, where ancient dinosaur footprints may be discovered. Conclude your day with a visit to the mystical Fairy Glen, immersing yourself in the enchanting ambiance of this otherworldly destination.

 

Rest for the night on Isle of Skye.

 

Ferry (Stornoway to Isle of Skye) 1 hour 40 minutes

 

Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Skye with a full day dedicated to exploring its natural wonders and rich history. Begin your day by wandering through the picturesque village of Portree, adorned with colorful buildings and local shops offering handicrafts and souvenirs. Then, venture to the western part of the island to discover the romantic Dunvegan Castle, the ancestral home of the Chief of Clan MacLeod. Take time to stroll along the stunning Claigan Coral Beach, renowned as one of Skye's most beautiful beaches. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Neist Point, offering breathtaking sea views from the most westerly point on Skye. Whether you're a nature lover or a history enthusiast, Skye promises a day filled with unforgettable experiences.

 

Rest for the night on Isle of Skye.

 

Savor another full day amidst the captivating landscapes of Skye, offering endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation. If you're an outdoor enthusiast, embark on a hike to discover the enchanting Fairy Pools or immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the Cuillin Mountains. Alternatively, indulge in a sailing tour to gain a unique perspective of the island's stunning coastline.

 

For those with a penchant for whisky or a desire to taste the essence of Scotland, a visit to the Talisker Distillery is a must. Here, you can sample authentic single malt Scotch whisky and delve into the rich heritage of Scotland's whisky-making traditions. Whether you're seeking adventure or seeking to savor the flavors of Scotland, Skye offers something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Rest for the night on Isle of Skye.

 

Today's journey marks your return to the Scottish mainland, offering opportunities to immerse yourself in its iconic landmarks and legendary landscapes. Begin by stopping at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, a timeless sight often featured in photographs, films, and TV shows, before continuing your drive to the shores of the mysterious Loch Ness.

 

Upon arrival, delve into the intrigue surrounding Loch Ness by visiting the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, where you can uncover the mysteries of the legendary monster. Consider embarking on a boat tour across Loch Ness in search of the elusive creature or exploring the atmospheric ruins of Urquhart Castle nestled along the shores of the loch. Whether you're drawn to the castle's history or the allure of Loch Ness, today promises to be a memorable exploration of Scotland's captivating mainland.

 

Rest for the night in Fort William.

 

Travel south from Fort William, passing through Scotland's renowned Glen Coe, known for its breathtaking scenery. Consider stopping at Balquidder to visit the grave of Rob Roy, then head to the picturesque Falls of Dochart in Killin.

 

Alternatively, take the longer scenic route via Oban, a charming seaside town. Continue through the historical valley of Kilmartin Glen and past Inveraray village, known for its Neolithic and Bronze Age sites, including cairns and standing stones.

 

Rest for the night in Trossachs National Park area.

 

Today's scenic drive brings you back to Edinburgh, offering the opportunity to immerse yourself in Scotland's stunning landscapes and iconic landmarks. Traverse through the majestic Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, where you can indulge in a leisurely walk amidst nature, opt for a delightful steamship tour on Loch Katrine, or explore a local whisky distillery to sample Scotland's renowned spirits.

 

For a touch of cinematic and historical intrigue, be sure to visit Doune Castle, famously featured in Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Outlander, offering a fun photo opportunity and a glimpse into Scotland's past. Additionally, if time permits, consider stopping by the magnificent Stirling Castle, one of Scotland's premier attractions, or marvel at the impressive Kelpies, two towering horse-head sculptures that stand as symbols of Scotland's industrial heritage.

 

As you journey back to Edinburgh, relish in the beauty of Scotland's landscapes and immerse yourself in its rich history, ensuring a memorable conclusion to your Scottish adventure.

 

Rest for the night in Edinburgh.

On your departure day, consider indulging in some last-minute shopping, exploring one of Edinburgh's renowned museums, or taking a leisurely stroll through the charming city center, soaking in the atmosphere before bidding farewell to this captivating destination.

 

Your self-drive or chauffeured car will be returned at the airport.

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  • Take a leisurely walk up the historic Royal Mile and uncover the treasures of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh.

  • Embark on an exhilarating island-hopping adventure, traversing between Orkney, Harris, Lewis, and Skye, immersing yourself in the unique charm and allure of each destination

  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring natural splendor of the Scottish Highlands.

  • Experience an unforgettable road trip along the renowned North Coast 500 route

  • Experience the awe-inspiring majesty of the Callanish Standing Stones firsthand.

  • Delve into the enigmatic and ancient wonders of the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney."

  • Stroll beside the enigmatic waters of Loch Ness and explore the castle nestled along its shores.

  • Indulge in serene moments surrounded by nature's tranquility at Trossachs National Park.

  • Capture the picturesque beauty of Dunnottar Castle through your lens.

  • Edinburgh - 3 Nights
  • Aberdeen - 1 Night
  • Inverness - 2 Nights
  • Kirkwall - 2 Nights
  • Ullapool - 1 Night
  • Lewis/Harris - 2 Nights
  • Isle of Skye - 3 Nights
  • Fort William - 1 Night
  • Trossachs Natl Park - 1 Night
  • Accommodation (Comfort Plus/Deluxe) for 16 nights
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice
  • All ferry crossings, as per itinerary
  • A detailed and well-organized travel itinerary with necessary documents
  • A convenient travel backpack
  • A universal travel adapter
  • A handy rain poncho
  • Luggage strap and tags for easy identification
  • A practical documents wallet to keep your essentials organized

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Andrew Baker

January 1, 2021

Our GoIrishTours experience on the Scottish Supreme Package was fantastic! The castles, especially St Andrews Castle & Cathedral and Stirling Castle, were awe-inspiring. The Loch Ness Cruise was a highlight. A must-do for anyone visiting Scotland!

Elizabeth Turner

July 15, 2019

A big shoutout to GoIrishTours for an amazing Scottish adventure! The Coach Tours- Scottish Supreme Package was a perfect choice. Glamis Castle and Edinburgh Castle were stunning, and the Traditional Afternoon Tea was a delightful treat.

Daniel Taylor

August 8, 2019

Absolutely loved every moment with GoIrishTours on the Scottish Supreme Package. The castles, especially Cawdor Castle and Stirling Castle, were breathtaking. The Loch Ness Cruise added a touch of adventure. A perfect trip!

Laura Smith

October 5, 2021

GoIrishTours made our Scotland trip truly special! The Coach Tours- Scottish Supreme Package was a perfect blend of history and beauty. St Andrews Castle & Cathedral and the Loch Ness Cruise were unforgettable. Can't recommend it enough!

Jonathan Harris

June 06, 2018

Our Scottish adventure with GoIrishTours was nothing short of amazing! The Scottish Supreme Package took us to incredible places like Stirling Castle and Loch Ness. The Traditional Afternoon Tea was a charming addition to the tour.