Experience the vibrant cities, quaint towns, rolling Highlands, and tranquil lakes of Scotland at your own pace. Discover ancient history and architecture, hike in the rugged Isle of Skye, see the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, and vast lochs as you drive through this spectacular land peppered with quaint rural villages, castles, forts and whiskey distilleries!
Known by a variety of unique sobriquets such as Old Smoky for the smoke cloud that seems to perpetually hang over it, the beautiful city of Edinburgh sits perched on a range of rocky hills with the sea in the distance.
Explore Edinburgh on Your Own Unveil the secrets of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities at your own pace in a fun-filled day. If you start early enough, you could hike up to Arthur’s Seat to catch the spectacular sunrise. Or, if it’s later in the day, savor bird’s eye’s views of the many iconic landmarks in the city from Calton Hill. Step back in time at Dean Village, a former milling hamlet that retains its old-world charm with charming cottages and cobblestone lanes. You could also choose to relive your youth at the Museum of Childhood with its fascinating collection of vintage toys and board games among others. Having worked up an appetite, step into a typical Scottish pub, maybe one that has been around for decades. Soak in the authentic ambiance as you enjoy live folk music performances and relish hearty local fare. As the sun sets, head to one of the glitzy nightclubs and bars on George Street or Cowgate for a night of fun and festivities. (Full Day; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; No Admission; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Highland Border Tour: Rosslyn Chapel & Melrose Abbey Set out on a quest of the Holy Grail on this tour of medieval abbeys that trace their roots back to the legendary Knights Templar and the mysterious order of the Freemasons. Meet your local guide at the popular Rabbie’s Cafe Bar at Edinburgh’s Waterloo Place. Drive down to the lovely Tweed Valley, overlooked by Scott’s View. Don’t miss this chance to stop by the old statue of the legendary Scottish hero, William Wallace. Wind your way along the Highlands to the quaint little Scottish border town of Melrose, home to the ruined old Melrose Abbey, built in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks. The Abbey is said to contain relics of the legendary Robert the Bruce, who had fought in the Crusades. Take a lunch break at Melrose, before heading out to yet another medieval Scottish monument. Made famous by author Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’, the elegant Rosslyn Chapel still stands shrouded in legends and mysterious symbolism. Who knows, maybe you could chance upon a Holy Grail of your own at this 15th century stone structure? Return to Edinburgh, with mysterious secrets buried deep within your soul! (Full Day; Duration: 7-8 hrs; Timing: 0920 hrs; Shared Activity; No Transfer Included; Lunch included; Fitness level: Easy; Please inform ahead in case of special dietary needs and please wear comfortable walking shoes.)
Famed for its proximity to Loch Ness, Inverness is a busy city that was founded in the 12th century. A splendid castle, cathedral, a pair of battlefields, and graves dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age are the important historical landmarks of the city.
Tomatin Whisky Distillery Tasting Tour Set out from Inverness for the Tomatin whisky distillery that shares its name with the village it is located in. This single malt Scotch whisky distillery has been around since 1897 and is known for its brands, Antiquary and Talisman. Learn all about the intricate process of distilling excellent whisky as your knowledgeable guide explains it all. Pick up knowledge about the different stages involved in processing the ingredients and the time it takes for the whisky to mature and develop its characteristic flavor. After the tour, settle in for a tutored nosing and tasting session featuring six different whiskies from the distillery’s core range. Understand the nuances that distinguish each of these and leave the distillery feeling like a connoisseur of fine whisky! (Duration: 2 hrs; Shared Activity; Self Drive Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Comprehensive Tour of Loch Ness Region Head out from Inverness and travel along the Caledonian Canal to unravel the mysteries of the renowned Loch Ness region in this day tour. At Loch Ness, take your pick of two activities to enjoy the beauty of the large freshwater lake. Go on an hour-long cruise around the loch or opt for the half-hour cruise to Urquhart Castle, where you can step ashore and explore the ancient ruins. Travel the short distance to Drumnadrochit, a quaint village that is home to Nessieland center, with exhibits on the mythical monster believed to inhabit the depths of the loch. Enjoy a short break for lunch before you journey on to the charming hamlet of Invermoriston. Travel along the southwest side of the loch to its furthest point, Fort Augustus, to watch the boats sail in on the Caledonian Canal. Enjoy the unique experience of traveling along single track Highland roads till you reach the small community of Foyers. Enjoy a downhill stroll amid soaring pine trees to reach the beautiful Falls of Foyers. Soak in the stunning view of the falls that were a favorite haunt of famous poet Robert Burns, and try to spot the elusive red squirrel. Drive on to the vantage viewpoint at Dores for spectacular views of the loch and the Great Glen rift valley. Return to Inverness in the early evening. (Full Day; Timings: 1000 hrs; Duration: 7 hrs; Shared Activity; Self Dive Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy. Please arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before scheduled departure time.)
Framed by craggy mountains, mysterious lochs, and picturesque sea cliffs, the Isle of Skye has a magical allure all of its own. Besides spectacular scenic vistas, this mystic island is home to stately castles, museums, and awe-inspiring natural rock formations such as the Old Man of Storr.
En Route: Explore Eilean Donan Castle on Your Own Head out on your own on a scenic drive from Inverness on narrow roads flanked by lush mountains punctuated by waterfalls, and along the world-famous Loch Ness. En route, stop at the iconic, 13th century Eilean Donan Castle, a gorgeous centerpiece of the Scottish Highlands. Located on a small tidal island near the village of Dornie, soak in the romantic vibe at the confluence of three lochs, and surrounded by the forested Kintail mountains. Enjoy picture-postcard moments of Scotland’s most photographed attraction, through various vantages around. Crossing over on the footbridge, admire this landmark monument up-close, tastefully restored by the MacRae family. Browsing through the visitor’s center, learn about the castle’s fascinating stories from being a monastic settlement to resisting Viking invasions! Past the portcullis, explore the various rooms inside filled with period furniture, Jacobean artifacts, weaponry, and historical art. Expect to see canons, spy holes, and claymores across the castle. Before continuing your onward journey, laze about this picturesque setting, also home to native birds and wildlife. (En route Activity; Full Day; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; No Admission; Fitness Level: Easy)
Leisurely Rona Island Cruise Head to Portree Pier in the mid-morning for a leisurely cruise to the charming island of Rona. Settle into your sturdy catamaran and savor stunning views of the iconic Storr and Cuillins mountains as you sail to the gorgeous harbor in Rona. Make use of the binoculars on the boat to get a closer look at the island’s resident seals basking in the sun. Spot different species of seabirds and other wildlife as you cruise along. At Rona, you can disembark and explore the island with your pick of walking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Walk to the 14th century chapel An Teampull or hike to the ruins of a settlement dating back to the Scottish Clearances of the 18th century. Or, you can head to the Church Cave where Sunday worship was held right up to 1912. Put your two hours ashore to good use and work up an appetite! Return to the boat for a delicious lunch spread featuring the fresh local catch of the day and refreshments. After lunch, sit back and relax as the boat sails back to Portree Pier. (Full Day; Times: 1100; Duration: 5 hrs; Seafood Lunch included; Shared Activity; Chauffeur Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Moderate. Please bring along a pair of sturdy walking shoes.)
Explore the Isle of Skye on Your own Experience the treasures of Isle of Skye – Scotland’s Crown Jewel steeped in history and legends at your own pace! Navigating the Trotternish Loop, hop between charming villages and enjoy picturesque picnics surrounded by the Cullins. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery of lush landscapes replete with lofty sea cliffs, pristine lochs, rugged plateaus, and mist-covered hills. Meeting locals, soak in the vibrant culture, and maybe, pick up a few Gaelic phrases! On short hikes, expect to encounter myriad native birds and wildlife of the Scottish Highlands. You could visit the Old Man of Storr, a showstopper attraction featuring a dramatic rock formation amid rolling grasslands. Try ‘wild swimming’ in the crystal-clear, blue waters of Glen Brittle Fairy Pools located on River Brittle. Amble about the quaint town of Portree and satisfy your seafood taste buds. You can drop by the Fairy Glen and Quiraing, and witness a magical sunset from the picturesque Neist Point. (Full day; Flexible Duration; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; Admission Not Included.)
The Western Highlands region is famed for its soaring, rocky mountains and lush greenery dotted with lochs or lakes as far as the eye can see. For hiking and trekking enthusiasts, the Scottish Highlands are the stuff of dreams.
En Route: A Visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct on Your Own Escape to a world of fantasy and experience the thrill of seeing the “Harry Potter Bridge” with the “Hogwarts Express”! In layman’s terms, that’s the Glenfinnan Viaduct perched atop Loch Shiel in Scotland’s West Highlands! After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, set off on your own to explore the Scottish Highlands by car. Driving from the Isle of Skye, take a detour to the West Highland Railway Line in Glenfinnan. You could park your car in the parking lot and head out on one of the many paths to the viaduct and enjoy stunning views from either below it or from across it. Savor views of the nearby Glenfinnan Monument, the deep blue waters of Loch Shiel beneath and the stunning Scottish highlands! (En route Activity; Full Day; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; No Admission; Fitness Level: Easy)
Second in popularity only to its northern cousin Loch Ness, Loch Lomond straddles Scotland’s Highland Border, starting as a glacier-cleaved trench in its northern reaches to fan out into a vast expanse studded by islands and skirted by rolling meadows in the south.
En Route: Adventures of Inveraray Castle on Your Own En route to Argyll from the Western Highlands in your rental car take a detour to visit Inveraray Castle and spend a wonderful day discovering the charms of a traditional Scottish castle that has stood by Scotland’s largest saltwater lake, Loch Fyne, for 600 years. Explore the ancestral home of the chief of the Clan Campbell, whose present family live on two floors, while the rest is open to visitors. Admire the vast display of arms and armory in the great hall, used through the ages by the Scottish chieftains and warriors. Drop in by the ornate state dining room and the tapestry drawing room with original Beauvais tapestries. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the MacArthur Room, dominated by an elaborately carved four-poster bed, where a young harpist was murdered. Legend has it that the boy’s ghost still haunts the room! Take a stroll along the walking routes around the castle, before you wind up your trip. (En route Activity; Full Day; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; No Admission; Fitness Level: Easy)
Loch Lomond on Horseback Set off from Tullichewan Farm on this memorable horseback journey to explore the serene countryside of the Loch Lomond region. This adventure is suitable for riders of all levels, including novices. Make yourself comfortable on sure-footed and well-mannered ponies as you embark on this leisurely trek. Follow your experienced ride leader over the rugged moorland at the southwestern edge of the loch. Get a bird’s eye view of the picturesque banks of the loch situated at the foothills of the stately peak Ben Lomond. Return with cherished memories of the stunning vistas. (Duration: 70 mins; Timing: 1100/1400 hrs; Shared Activity; Self Drive Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear long trousers and sturdy footwear. Note that the maximum height permitted is 6 ft 5 in (1.9m) and maximum weight is 209 pounds (95 kg). All equipment is included.)
Relaxed Cruise to Northern Loch Lomond Set off from Tarbet on this gentle cruise up to the northern end of Loch Lomond. Sit back and relax as you sail into the fjord-like depths of the loch. Pass by the stunning Arklet waterfall that gushes down into the loch, making its way amid the lush greenery on the shore. Soak in the tranquil ambiance, aided by the sounds of water and wildlife. Sail past the rugged mountainous scenery of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park before it is time to return to Tarbet. (Duration: 1 hr; Timing: 1130/1230/1345/1600 hrs; Shared Activity; Self Drive transfer; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Discover Glasgow’s rich culture and architectural heritage as elegant Victorian buildings and impressive mansions rub shoulders with newer, innovative designs that line the riverside.
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 3,290 /person
Option 2 From $ 3,690 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 12 days / 11 nights.
Isle of Skye: En Route: Explore Eilean Donan Castle on Your Own
Isle of Skye: Leisurely Rona Island Cruise
Isle of Skye: Explore Isle of Skye on Your own
Western Highlands: En Route: A Visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct on Your Own
Loch Lomond: En Route: Adventures of Inveraray Castle on Your Own
Loch Lomond: Loch Lomond on Horseback
Loch Lomond: Relaxed Cruise to Northern Loch Lomond
Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
Vehicle Type: Default car Vauxhall Insignia (Diesel) Automatic or something similar for 1-4 people
Pick-up: Day 4/ Edinburgh City Center
Drop-off: Day 12/ Glasgow Airport
Detailed description of your routing
GPS navigation system
Towing charges in the event of mechanical failure
Airport Access Fee
For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
Vehicle Excise Duty (VED/RVL)
Collision Damage Waiver & Excess Protection: Exclusive Rates: Rates include damage waiver and third party liability for one driver. The following excesses apply 1.000 GBP for groups (F group) SDAR/SDAD (F auto) / 1.400 GBP for FFAR (Large 4×4 Auto). Super-Inclusive Rates: Rates include damage waiver and third party liability for two drivers. The following excesses apply 300 GBP for SDAD / 500 GBP for FFAR (Large 4×4 Auto). The Damage Waiver excess can be voluntarily reduced at the Enterprise branch on arrival by purchasing Excess Protection. Rates vary and will be clarified at the time of purchase. Any charges agreed do not form a part of any agreed relationship with the customer and are nonrefundable by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Additionally, our preferred partners offer the following:
Road fund license
Roadside Assistance: Emergency contact details for 24/7 roadside assistance can be found on the rental contract. Customers should call this number if required. Depending on the circumstances, we reserve the right to not replace the vehicle and pass on specific repair/callout charges to the customer.
RAP Roadside Assistance Protection: Roadside Assistance Protection (RAP) is an agreement between the renter and Enterprise by which Enterprise agrees to contractually waive its right to collect for lock out and lost key service, breakdown call-out service, tire damages, and any glass damages. Coverage is subject to the actions that void RAP, as defined in the rental agreement. RAP can only be purchased on the day upon collection of the vehicle.
The general business terms apply
Car and chauffeur at free disposal for 8 hours per day on all days for which your itinerary mentions “chauffeur and vehicle available for a maximum of 8 hrs” (excluding entrance fees)
All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognizable bank institution in the name of the renter):
Airport Fee (AAF) 17.5%
200 GBP Security deposit will be charged to your card
500 GBP Deposit is required on all premium rentals
Fine handling fee & fine in case of a speeding ticket
150 GBP One way fee within in the UK
170 GBP Replacement fee of the GPS navigation system (subject to all applicable taxes)
9 GBP per day per child seat
35 GBP one-way child seat return (subject to all applicable taxes)
130 GBP Replacement fee of the child seat (subject to all applicable taxes), child seats are available at airport locations must be pre-ordered at the point of reservation
Towing in case of an accident
18.33 GBP per day per additional driver (maximum 10 days charge). Note: Additional drivers must meet all rental requirements, appear at the rental counter with the primary renter, and sign the rental agreement. The additional driver can only be added to the contract at the pickup location.
Scotland: ferry fees from Mallaig to Isle of Skye (or vice versa) of 10 GBP per car and 3 GBP per passenger (one way)
Vehicles will be provided with a minimum of ¼ tank. The customer has the option of either fuel pre-purchase or to pay for used fuel on the return of the rental vehicle. Fuel pre-purchase can only be arranged at the branch on the day.
Tips, additional meals, and personal expenses
Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)