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Best of Scotland

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Experience the ultimate road trip exploring Scotland’s vibrant culture, storied history, and breathtaking landscapes. Traverse the picturesque Highlands, embark on the iconic North Coast 500 route, and uncover the beauty of Scotland’s captivating islands. This tour combines the highlights of our Classic Scotland itinerary, featuring Edinburgh, the Highlands, and the Isle of Skye, with the enchanting Outer Hebrides islands of Harris and Lewis, as well as the historic Orkney Islands.

 

Begin your road trip by heading north to Fife. Visit the charming village of Falkland to explore its Renaissance palace, then drive east to St Andrews, renowned for golf and its ancient university. Continuing north, pass through Dundee, a UNESCO City of Design. Opt for the direct route to Aberdeen or take the scenic coastal route, passing the St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve and Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven.

 

Rest for the night in Aberdeen area.

 

Begin your road trip by heading north to Fife. Visit the charming village of Falkland to explore its Renaissance palace, then drive east to St Andrews, renowned for golf and its ancient university. Continuing north, pass through Dundee, a UNESCO City of Design. Opt for the direct route to Aberdeen or take the scenic coastal route, passing the St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve and Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven. Rest for the night in Aberdeen area.

 

Today's journey leads you into the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Begin by traversing the captivating "Deeside Tourist Route" through the Cairngorms National Park, offering a wealth of castle options like the 16th-century Crathes Castle and the iconic Balmoral Castle, the Royal Family's Scottish residence (open for visits from April to July). Next, venture into Speyside, renowned for its whisky distilleries. With over 40 options to choose from, consider a visit to esteemed establishments like Glenfiddich or Aberlour to sample Scotland's finest whiskies.

 

Rest for the night in Inverness area.

Today's journey northward will lead you across the picturesque Black Isle Peninsula to the charming seaside village of Scrabster. Along the way, don't miss the opportunity to visit the enchanting Dunrobin Castle. In the early afternoon, embark on a scenic 1.5-hour ferry ride to Stromness on Orkney, offering breathtaking views of the iconic Old Man of Hoy. Upon arrival on mainland Orkney, venture to the historic capital of Kirkwall, a former Viking stronghold. Explore the city center and marvel at the grandeur of the 12th-century St Magnus Cathedral.

Rest for the night in Kirkwall area.

Ferry from Scrabster to Orkney: 1.5 hours

 

Explore the wonders of Orkney at your leisure, marveling at its stunning scenery and ancient ruins dating back millennia to the Stone Ages. The highlight of Orkney's treasures is the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney", a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing a cluster of Neolithic monuments. Discover the 5,000-year-old prehistoric village of Skara Brae, the enigmatic Ring of Brodgar stone circle, the imposing megaliths at the Standing Stones of Stenness, and the chambered cairn of Maeshowe, adorned with one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions left by 12th-century Vikings.

 

Rest for the night in Kirkwall area.

 

Today, return to the mainland via ferry before embarking on a section of the renowned North Coast 500 route, Scotland's equivalent of Route 66. This scenic journey winds along the northern coast, offering breathtaking views of rocky cliffs, golden sand beaches, and majestic mountains. Along the way, don't miss the opportunity to explore the impressive Smoo Cave, the pristine beaches and azure waters of Durness, and the historic ruins of Ardvreck Castle. Finally, arrive at the picturesque village of Ullapool, known for its charming whitewashed buildings.

 

Rest for the night in Ullapool area.

 

Ferry from Orkney to Scrabster: 1.5 hours

 

Begin your day by boarding the ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, where the vibrant Gaelic culture still thrives. Upon arrival, consider exploring the Stornoway Museum housed within Lews Castle, showcasing fascinating exhibits about the island, including the renowned Lewis Chessmen. A detour to the west side of the island is a must to marvel at the awe-inspiring Callanish Standing Stones, an extraordinary array of Neolithic stone circles and megaliths. Additionally, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Black Arnol Museum to delve into the rich history of island life.

 

Rest for the night in the Lewis or Harris.

 

Ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway: 2.5 hours

 

Today, immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Isle of Harris. Begin by exploring the charming village of Tarbert before embarking on a scenic drive along "The Golden Road" towards Rodel. Along the way, don't miss the opportunity to visit the stunning medieval St. Clement's Church and take a leisurely stroll along the pristine shores of Luskentyre Beach, renowned for its miles of white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Additionally, be sure to visit the Harris Tweed outlets to acquire an authentic souvenir, showcasing the renowned handwoven craftsmanship of the Outer Hebrides.

 

Rest for the night on Lewis or Harris.

 

Today, board the ferry from Tarbert to Uig on the Isle of Skye. Upon arrival, embark on a scenic drive around the northern part of the island, exploring the awe-inspiring Trotternish Peninsula. Take a leisurely walk to marvel at the iconic "Old Man of Storr" rock pinnacle and witness the majestic Kilt Rock waterfall. Don't miss the enchanting landscapes of the Quiraing, the ancient dinosaur footprints at An Corran Beach in Staffin, and the mystical Fairy Glen for a truly magical experience.

 

Rest for the night on Isle of Skye.

 

Ferry from Tarbert to Uig: 1 hour and 40 min

 

Make the most of your day on Skye, a paradise for nature and history enthusiasts. Begin by exploring the picturesque village of Portree, known for its vibrant buildings and charming local shops. Then, venture west to experience the crystal-clear Fairy Pools nestled at the base of the Black Cuillin Hills, and indulge in a tasting of the renowned Single Malt whisky at Talisker Distillery. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Dunvegan Castle in the northern part of the peninsula, steeped in romantic history as the ancestral home of the Chief of Clan MacLeod.

 

Rest for the night on Isle of Skye.

 

Today's adventure takes you back to the Scottish mainland. Don't miss the opportunity to stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a sight familiar from countless photographs, films, and TV shows. Continue your journey to the shores of mystical Loch Ness, where you can immerse yourself in the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. Consider embarking on a boat tour of the loch in search of its elusive monster or exploring the atmospheric ruins of Urquhart Castle on the loch's shoreline.

 

Rest for the night on Fort William area.

 

 

Today's journey leads you through some of Scotland's most stunning landscapes and historical sites. As you pass through Glen Coe, be sure to marvel at its renowned scenery. Consider stopping at Balquidder to pay homage at Rob Roy's grave and admire the picturesque Falls of Dochart in Killin. Alternatively, you might opt for the longer but scenic route via Oban, where you can explore the seaside charm, before continuing through the historical Kilmartin Glen. Here, you'll encounter a wealth of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains, including cairns, standing stones, and castles, making it a fascinating detour.

 

Rest for the night on Trossachs National Park area.

 

Today's journey brings you back to Edinburgh, with the option to conclude your trip in Glasgow if preferred. Traverse through the scenic Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, offering opportunities for nature walks, steamship tours on Loch Katrine, or visits to local whisky distilleries. Don't miss Doune Castle, famous for its appearances in Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Outlander, for a memorable photo opportunity. If time permits, consider visiting Stirling Castle, a top attraction in Scotland, or marvel at the impressive Kelpies sculptures along the way.

 

Rest for the night on 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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  • Discover Scotland's top attractions amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the renowned Isle of Skye. 

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

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

  • 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."

  • Edinburgh - 2 Nights
  • Aberdeen - 1 Night
  • Inverness - 1 Night
  • Kirkwall - 2 Nights
  • Ullapool - 1 Night
  • Lewis/Harris - 2 Nights
  • Isle of Skye - 2 Nights
  • Fort William - 1 Night
  • Trossachs Natl Park - 1 Night
  • Accommodation (Comfort Plus/Deluxe) for 13 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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Brian Johnson

July 23, 2023

GoIrishTours made our dream Scotland trip a reality! The Scottish Supreme Package was filled with awe-inspiring visits to castles like Edinburgh and St Andrews. The Traditional Afternoon Tea was a delightful way to relax and take in the beauty.

Jessica White

July 12, 2019

We had an amazing time exploring Scotland with GoIrishTours on the Coach Tours- Scottish Supreme Package. Glamis Castle and Stirling Castle were incredible. The Loch Ness Cruise was a highlight for the whole family. Truly unforgettable!

James Miller

March 27, 2019

The Scottish Supreme Package with GoIrishTours was a perfect blend of history and beauty. Cawdor Castle and Edinburgh Castle were stunning. The Loch Ness Cruise added a touch of magic to the trip. Highly recommend this tour to fellow adventurers!

Amanda Baker

November 2, 2018

GoIrishTours made our Scotland trip unforgettable! The Coach Tours- Scottish Supreme Package was packed with history and charm. St Andrews Castle & Cathedral and Traditional Afternoon Tea added a special touch. A wonderful journey!

William Foster

August 05, 2021

What an incredible adventure with GoIrishTours! The Scottish Supreme Package took us to places we'd only dreamed of, like Glamis Castle and Stirling Castle. The Loch Ness Cruise was a definite highlight. Highly recommend this tour!