Experience Iconic Scotland

7 days

Visit so many amazing iconic locations across Scotland and her isles with your very own private guided driving tour of bonnie Scotland.

What's Included?

Private transfer

Travel in the luxury and comfort of our Land Rover Discovery 4x4 dedicated solely to you for the duration of your trip

Experienced Scottish guide by your side

Discover Scotland with an experienced Scottish guide by your side

Customizable

All itineraries can be modified to meet your needs

Overview

You could spend a lifetime exploring the Scottish Highlands and islands, but on your tour of the Highlands, you will experience iconic castles, majestic mountains, and mysterious lochs; you’ll even have time to taste uisge-beatha, whisky, the water of life.

As we travel through the Highlands, we will discuss the history and culture of Scotland and sample food and drink while appreciating Scotland’s stunning and ever-changing landscape.

Highland Scenery, Rosslyn Chapel, Falkland Palace, A Distillery Visit, Culloden Battlefield, Outlander locations, St. Andrews, shoreside villages, Highland Folk Museum, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Fort William, Glencoe and more.

Itinerary

This itinerary lets you experience so much of Scotland in seven days and more. It can be readily altered each day if you wish, time-permitting.

Day 1

 

After collection from your hotel, we will make our way south to the village of Roslin to see the magnificent Rosslyn Chapel, steeped in fascinating history, myth and murder. Words cannot describe its beauty. We will then chart our way north on this Highland Exploration.

Our next stop will be Midhope Castle - Lallybroch, where we will stop for the perfect photo opportunity. Dating back to the 15th century this beautiful tower house will impress you whether you are an Outlander fan or not. We will then continue to head north into the Kingdom of Fife, visiting the pretty village of Falkland - featured in season one of Outlander, and explore the beautiful Falkland Palace, a favourite retreat for Mary, Queen of Scots.

Next, a short drive through the East Neuk of Fife, to the coastal town of St. Andrews, one of Europe's finest towns; it is a place of history, learning and culture. It is a wonderful coastal resort, and the world's home of golf! After a leisurely stroll around the impressive cathedral ruins, I will take you to your hotel where your evening is free to explore this fabulous old town. You won’t be short of things to do, take a stroll along a stunning beach, wander down medieval lanes and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dinner time.

Day 2

 

After breakfast, we will visit the famous home of golf, the Old Course of St. Andrews. From here, we will continue north, crossing the Tay Road Bridge and up to the pristine Glamis Castle, in the heart of Angus. This stunning building with 1000 years of history, was the childhood home of the Queen Mother and the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. You may enjoy the wonderful gardens and the tea room boasts a tempting menu of homemade dishes, much of the produce coming from the estates own farms and gardens.

After lunch, less than an hour’s drive away is the Dunkeld Hermitage. Walking under some of the tallest trees in Britain to the thunderous Black Linn Falls, best viewed from Ossians Hall.

We then head to the Edradour Distillery. This is one of the smallest distilleries and, dating back to 1825, Edradour stands alone as the last stronghold of handmade single-malt whisky from a farm distillery still in production today. After a tour and a taste of their wonderful whisky, we take the short drive to the heart of Scotland, Pitlochry and your hotel for the evening.

Day 3

 

This morning we will journey a short distance north for a little retail therapy at The House of Bruar. Browse the luxury Scottish produce and perhaps relax with a cup of tea and a homemade cake. If you are feeling energetic, we can take a gentle hike in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and visit the Falls of Bruar.

We will continue further north to the Highland Folk Museum which brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier highland folk.

Next stop is Cawdor Castle and Gardens - a 15th century tower house famed from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Discover the story behind the legendary holly tree. Enjoy the gardens, ever changing with the seasons or the Big Wood, a remnant of the ancient Caledonian forest.

After lunch we will visit the evocative pre-historic site of Clava Cairns. The Standing stones here are said to have been the inspiration to Diana Gabaldon when writing her Outlander novels.

Our last stop of the day will be at the haunting Culloden battlefield and war graves; site of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s final defeat and the last battle on British soil. We’ll tour the award-winning visitor centre and take the time to walk the length and breadth of the battlefield, visualising opposing lines of soldiers in the landscape to understand exactly how the battle became a slaughter lasting little more than an hour.

Your overnight accommodation will be in Inverness where you will be free to explore or simply relax and enjoy your evening.

Day 4

Leaving Inverness either by the Kessock Bridge and the Black Isle or along the shores of Loch Ness, your choice, we will soon leave the fertile land of the east coast behind as we head west to the Isle of Skye. Leaving the gentler east coast, our route will slowly take us across to the rugged west side of Scotland and will provide views (and photo-opportunities) of some fabulous remote lochs and mountains. We will stop at the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan. You will see why, as the setting is just amazing. From there we cross The Skye Bridge to start your epic island adventure. We will arrive at the capital of Skye, Portree, in time for lunch and a wander. If you haven’t tasted fish and chips yet, now might be a good time.

After lunch, we will head to the magical Fairy Pools at the foot of the awesome Cuillin mountain range. These pools somehow manage to tempt many visitors, if you are brave, take a dip, but be warned, the water is icy cold! When we are able to pull ourselves away from the pools, it’s just a short ride to the peaceful village of Carbost we have the opportunity to visit another fabulous whisky distillery, Talisker. After a wee dram, it’s up the hill for a taste of Skye at the Oyster Shed for some tasty seafood. After an adventurous day, we will head to your overnight accommodation.

Day 5

 

Today your Skye adventure continues with a visit to the beautiful Totternish peninsula. You can decide how much or how little you wish to do, with a possible hike to the amazing rock-stack named The Old Man of Storr to the breath-taking Quiraing and the enchanting Fairy Glen all in this location. Of course, we will also stop to view Kilt Rock along the way. If time permits, we may get to visit the Skye Museum of Island Life and the Black Houses.

We will then travel to Portree where you will have time for a wee wander and a bit of shopping, before heading to your overnight accommodation.

Day 6

 

After a hearty Scottish breakfast we head to the peaceful south of the isle and explore Armadale Castle, the last castle of your tour. Afterwards, we catch the ferry over the sea from Skye (think Outlander theme) to the mainland and Mallaig. After a little explore of the fishing town and some lunch, we will drive to Glenfinnan where we will visit the monument. This marks the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745 and raised his standard to start the Jacobite uprising. The monument was erected to commemorate this event. From here, we can see the famous railway viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter movies. Finishing off a busy day, we arrive in the outdoor capital of Scotland, Fort William, which sits below the highest mountain in Scotland, Ben Nevis. After exploring the town, we will overnight in Fort William.

Day 7

 

The last day of our Highland Exploration will take us through some of the best scenery in Scotland: Glencoe, Glen Etive and The Trossachs National Park. Our first stop will be Glencoe ‘The Weeping Glen’, today a beautiful and majestic valley in any weather, but notorious in Scottish history as the site of the infamous massacre of 1692. We will then head south and east across the bleak and desolate landscape of Rannoch Moor into the northern section of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national Park; Scotland’s first national park. There will be the opportunity for a number of photo-stops before we arriving in Balquidder, final resting place of Rob Roy MacGregor, Scottish outlaw, Clan Chief, and hero; made famous by the novel of Sir Walter Scott and, more recently, the film starring Liam Neeson. 

We travel past Stirling Castle and the Kelpies sculptures before returning to Edinburgh where it will be time to say a fond farewell.

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