Enjoy this 7-night self-drive vacation with luxurious accommodations arranged at different cities throughout Scotland.
7-night vacation package includes:
- Round-trip economy class airfare to Edinburgh (EDI)
- Automatic, economy rental car for the duration
- 7 night accommodation in manor house and castle hotels as listed, or similar:
- 1 night at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh
- 1 night at the Norwood Hall or Raemoir House in Aberdeen
- 2 nights at the Mansfield Castle or Knockomie House in the Scottish Highlands
- 2 nights at the Stonefield Castle or Knipoch House in Argyll
- 1 night at the Houstoun House in Edinburgh
- Breakfast daily
- The Scottish Heritage Pass, granting free entrance to Scotland’s most outstanding historic attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle, Urquhart Castle and much more
- Service charges and 20% VAT
You will fly into Edinburgh and pick up your rental car that will be yours for the duration of your trip. Starting out in Edinburgh, you will be immersed in the vibrant atmosphere and exciting environment of this capital city.
From there you will drive to the areas of Aberdeen, the Scottish Highlands, and Argyll. Scotland has so much to offer its visitors and with this trip you will be able to experience the beautiful countryside, bustling city life and everything in between. Along your journey you will have the Scottish Heritage Pass which gives you access to over 120 of Scotland’s top visitor attractions for seven days.
The itinerary included suggests several sites and castles for you to visit throughout Scotland.
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Day 1: Edinburgh
Welcome to Edinburgh! After collecting your baggage, pick up your rental car and let your adventure begin! Your visit starts in Edinburgh; on the drive from the airport to your hotel, see the elegant Charlotte Square and the tree-lined crescents of the 18th century Georgian New Town – both fine architectural examples of the period. Leave your car at the hotel and visit Princes Street – the city’s main thoroughfare with many shops and peaceful gardens. Travel through the Old Town, steeped in history with its cobbled streets. High Street was the center of all activity in the city in centuries gone by. Pass St. Giles Cathedral, the City Chambers and John Knox House as you wander along the Royal Mile, which extends from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. While you’re at Edinburgh Castle, stop in visit and pick up your Scottish Heritage Pass, which you’ll use throughout the rest of your vacation (your documents will include a voucher that you will exchange for your Pass – and at the same time, it will grant you free admission to Edinburgh Castle!).
Overnight in Edinburgh at the Royal Scots Club or similar.
Day 2: Edinburgh - Perth - Royal Deeside
Depart Edinburgh and cross the Forth Estuary via the impressive suspension bridge on M90 to Perth. The city of Perth is the former capital of Scotland and is situated at the head of the River Tay - famous for its salmon. Near Perth is Scone Palace, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield. The Palace has been a private home for over 400 years. As the former crowning place of Scottish Kings, the Palace boasts a magnificent collection of antiques - in particular ivories, porcelain and tapestries. Continue on the A93 north via Blairgowrie, the Devil’s Elbow and Spittal of Glenshee to Braemar. See Crathie Church, where the Royal Family attends Sunday service when vacationing at nearby Balmoral Castle.
Overnight in the Royal Deeside area at Norwood Hall, Raemoir House or similar.
Day 3: Royal Deeside - Cairngorm Mountains - Cawdor Castle - Highlands
Traveling through the Cairngorm Mountains you will leave the area on the A941 to Dufftown and the Spey Valley. Many of the famous malt whiskies are produced in this region - Cardhu, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich and Tamdhu to name but a few. Later in the day you will reach Elgin, an elegant city with the ruins of a magnificent medieval cathedral. Elgin is also well known for its cashmere, with its visitor center and restored old mills. Continuing along the Moray Firth you will arrive in Nairn, an attractive family resort, well-known for its beautiful sandy beaches and golf courses. The A96 will take you to Inverness, passing Cawdor Castle. A family home for over 600 years, Cawdor Castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is worth a visit. Shakespeare’s Macbeth was thane of Cawdor, and the castle is one of the traditional settings for Duncan’s murder - however the castle itself was built many years after the events of the play. From here, drive to Nairn or further north past Inverness to your hotel.
Overnight in the Highlands at Mansfield Castle or Knockomie House.
Day 4: Highlands - Inverness - Dunrobin Castle - Highlands
Spend your day at leisure in the area – there are endless opportunities to explore! Do some sightseeing in the city of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, which combines some rich and romantic history with the present. Travel further into the Highlands to Gairloch with its turquoise waters and sandy beaches along the west coast. Or, along the east coast to the stunning Dunrobin Castle.
Special suggestion: Approximately 12 miles west of Inverness is the quiet village of Muir of Ord, near the western boundary of the Black Isle; in addition to the well-known Glen Ord Distillery it is home to Black Isle Brewing – a small, independent organic brewery producing some extraordinary beer – and offering daily tours Monday through Saturday year-round.
Overnight again at Mansfield Castle or Knockomie House.
Day 5: Highlands - Loch Ness - Fort William - Argyll
From Inverness, follow the A82 south along Loch Ness, the most famous of all Scottish Lochs. It is approximately 800 feet deep and is famous for its monster, “Nessie.” Loch Ness forms part of the Caledonian Canal which runs through the Great Glen. Continue via Invermoriston and to the next lochs in the canal – Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. You will arrive in Fort William situated at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain at almost 4,500 feet. Continue the route along the coastal road A 828 into Argyll.
Overnight at Stonefield Castle, Knipoch Hotel or similar.
Day 6: Argyll - Campbeltown - Glenbarr Abbey - Argyll
Today is free to discover this beautiful area. Perhaps pay a visit to Campbeltown, set on a deep bay sheltered by Davaar Island and the surrounding hills. Enjoy a guided tour and find out the secrets of whisky making in Kintyre at the Springbank Distillery, founded in 1828 by the Mitchell family - and still in their hands today. It retains the old distilling methods to make Longrow whisky, and welcomes visitors, provided you phone beforehand.
Close by, Glenbarr Abbey is an 18th century Gothic mansion and visitor center, offering a fascinating glimpse of family life in years gone by. The Heritage Center is a treasure-trove of interesting information, artifacts and exhibits, with a comfortable tea room too.
At the mouth of Campbeltown Loch is Davaar Island, reached by foot at low tide, with its cave paintings depicting the crucifixion. Far from ancient, they were painted in 1887 by Archibald MacKinnon, inspired by a dream.
Overnight again in the area.
Day 7: Argyll - Crianlarich - Bannockburn - Edinburgh
You have the choice this morning to take the A85 or A83 towards Crianlarich. From here you can take a small detour to Killin to see the Falls of Dochart, the dramatic waterfalls rushing through the center of the picturesque village. Drive along Loch Lubnaig through the beautiful Strathyre Forest towards the charming market town of Callander where you may wish to stop. The city of Stirling is also worth a visit. The historic Royal Burgh stands on a bend on the River Forth and is known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’ due to its strategic position. The imposing castle towers above the town on a 250 foot rock overlooking the nearby battlefield of Bannockburn. Around the town are various monuments commemorating famous Scottish patriots such as Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.
Last overnight in Edinburgh area at Houstoun House or similar.
Day 8: Edinburgh
It’s time to bid Scotland farewell today; following breakfast (or depending on the time of your return flight), make your way back to the airport to return your rental car and begin your journey home.
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