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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!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4EdinburghHistory & Architecture, Culture & Festivals, Castles & FortressesB+B Edinburgh, InterContinental Edinburgh The George Hotel
4 - 6InvernessLoch Ness, Highland Safari, Whiskey DistilleriesKingsmill Hotel, Rocpool Reserve
6 - 9Isle of SkyeRugged Landscapes, Scottish Isles, Hiking & CruisesHotel Eilean Iarmain, Duisdale Hotel
9 - 10Western HighlandsBreathtaking Landscape, Mountains & Lakes, Hiking, RelaxationGlencoe House, Inverlochy Castle Hotel
10 - 12Loch LomondLake Cruise, Hiking & Biking, RelaxationLoch Lomond Arms, Lodge on Loch Lomond
12 - 12GlasgowVibrant Culture, Gateway to Western Highlands, Shopping and Nightlife

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Private Transfer from Edinburgh Airport to your hotel

Edinburgh

3 Days

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.

Included Activities

A Stroll Around Edinburgh’s Old Town
Discover the picturesque Old Town with its medieval structures along the Royal Mile on this walking tour of the Scottish capital. Meet your local guide at your hotel after breakfast or lunch for an enjoyable city walk, tailored to your specific interests. Stroll along the Royal Mile of the Old Town as you listen to the colorful legends and old ghost stories attached to almost every stone in town. Pay a visit to the iconic Edinburgh castle, before making your way to Grassmarket. Get a feel of 18th-century Scotland, listening to gory tales of public executions that used to be held at this old marketplace, which once served as the local market for cattle and horses. Walk over to Greyfriars Kirk, listening to the heartrending tale of the little churchyard dog, who is still loved and remembered with a little statue here. Stroll around the lovely old churchyard before returning to your hotel. (Half Day; Duration: 4 hrs; Times: 0900/1400 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes.)

Edinburgh’s Royal Splendor
Explore Edinburgh’s royal past by visiting some of its most beautiful palaces and castles. Set off for Arthur’s Seat, a viewing point on top of a volcanic hill, which offers truly spectacular views of the city and nearby countryside. Get bonus views of Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh. Next stop is the Rosslyn Chapel, which dates back to the early 15th century but was rebuilt in mid-19th century on the orders of Queen Victoria. Explore this spectacular building covered with mystical symbols, which has also served as the setting for Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Da Vinci Code’ because of its Knights Templar and Masonic associations. Once you have taken in highlights of the chapel like the Apprentice Pillar, Green Man and the angel with bagpipes, it is time to proceed to Linlithgow Castle, which once served as a military base and even the royal residence before it was burnt down in mid-1700s. Head next for Blackness Castle, remembered especially for its dramatic location on the shores of the Firth of Forth in the popular television series, ‘Outlanders’. The last stop on your tour today is the magnificent country manor, Hopetoun House. Walk through the winding driveway to approach the ornate building and note priceless objects d’art and paintings as you explore its rich interiors. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 8 hrs.)

Hotel Options
B+B Edinburgh – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 6

Pick up your rental car

Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness (3 hrs)

Inverness

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

Loch Ness Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle
Embark on this exciting boat cruise to explore the scenic and mysterious Loch Ness. Settle into a comfortable spot and enjoy gorgeous views of the lake and its surroundings as the boat slices through the water. As you sail along, listen to the audio narration featuring numerous facts and legends that have made this lake a world-famous attraction. Assisted by the boat’s sonar equipment, be on the lookout for Nessie, the mythical monster thought to dwell within the depths of this freshwater lake! Step ashore to explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle, dating back to the 13th century. Overlooking the magnificent loch, this castle with a turbulent past has changed many hands over the centuries. Capture stunning images of the ruins and the lake before you return to the boat. (Times: On the hour from 0900 – 1600 hrs; Duration: 2 hrs; Shared Activity; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please be at your departure point at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Do wear comfortable shoes and bring along warm clothing as well as a raincoat.)

Land Rover Tour of Rothiemurchus
Discover the attractions of family-run Rothiemurchus estate situated at the heart of Cairngorms National Park. Settle into a comfortable Land Rover as you head out to see Highland cattle at Dell Farm. Sit back as an amiable Rothiemurchus ranger drives you through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest with its majestic trees, whose ancestry dates back to 7000 BC. Savor the tranquil beauty of Loch an Eilein, where the clear water mirrors the majestic pines. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain views at Tullochgrue before heading on to stately Doune House. This elegant country house sits amid a scenic landscape of stunning trees next to a flat-topped mound that gives the residence its name. Step out to pet and hand-feed the red deer at the farm on the estate before you turn back. (Duration: 3.5 hrs; Tea/Coffee and Biscuits included; Private Activity; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes as there will be opportunities to step down and explore. A pair of binoculars and a warm Rothiemurchus tartan blanket will be provided for use during the tour.)

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; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
Kingsmill Hotel – Opt 1
RoomLuxury King Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Rocpool Reserve – Opt 2
RoomChic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 6 - 9

Drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye (2.5 hrs)

Isle of Skye

3 Days

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.

Included Activities

Make Your Own Gin
Set off for Eilean Iarmain on this unique tour of a gin distillery that includes a foraging walk and gin-making session. Familiarize yourself with the different techniques involved in the intricate process of making the spirit. Take a close look at the equipment and learn all about its uses. Enjoy the outdoors as you set out on a foraging walk across the scenic countryside to gather ingredients for crafting excellent gin. Return to the distillery to create your own personal gin under the guidance of an experienced distilling master. Wind up the experience with a refreshing sip of gin that you concocted! Head back with memories of a lifetime. (Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity; No Transfer Included; 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; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Moderate. Please bring along a pair of sturdy walking shoes.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room ( Double Room)
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Duisdale Hotel – Opt 2
RoomClassic Double Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 9 - 10

Drive from Isle of Skye to Western Highlands (2.5 hrs)

Western Highlands

1 Day

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.

Hotel Options
Glencoe House – Opt 1
Room1 Bedroom Suite with Terrace
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomLarge Double Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 10 - 12

Drive from Western Highlands to Loch Lomond (2 hrs)

Loch Lomond

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

Exploring Luss and Tarbet
Hop on your bicycle and head out from Tarbet to the charming village of Luss. Pedal along the scenic Loch Lomond cycle path that gently winds its way over easy terrain. Travel with the road on one side and the tranquil loch on the other till you reach Luss. Set on the west bank of the loch, this conservation village takes you back in time. Wander amid the identical slate and sandstone cottages that dot the hamlet. Stop to admire the gorgeous Victorian stained glass windows of the 19th century parish church. Watch the kilt maker and bagpipe craftsman at work before you head to the pier. Step aboard the waterbus and relax as you cruise towards Rowardennan, situated across the loch. Sit back and watch the spectacular landscape as you continue onwards to reach Tarbet in about an hour and a half. (Half Day; Duration: 3-4hrs; Shared Activity; No Transfer Included; Fitness Level: Moderate. Please note that the ferry to Tarbet operates on a fixed time schedule and leaves at 1615 hrs. Also, please factor in some extra time to collect a suitable bike.)

Hotel Options
Loch Lomond Arms – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
RoomDeluxe Corbetts
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 12 - 12

Drive from Loch Lomond to Glasgow (1 hrs)

Glasgow

0 Days

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.

Transfer to the airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,090 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,590 /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.

Price Includes

  • All activities as listed :
    • Edinburgh: A Stroll Around Edinburgh’s Old Town
    • Edinburgh: Edinburgh Royal Splendor
    • Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle
    • Inverness: Land Rover Tour of Rothiemurchus
    • Inverness: Tomatin Whisky Distillery Tasting Tour
    • Isle of Skye: Make Your Own Gin
    • Isle of Skye: Leisurely Rona Island Cruise
    • Loch Lomond: Exploring Luss and Tarbet
  • Scotland:
    • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
      • Vehicle Type: Default car Vauxhall Insignia (Diesel) Automatic or something similar for 1-4 people and Nissan Pathfinder Automatic or something similar for 1-6 people
      • Unlimited mileage
      • 09 days
      • Pick-up: Edinburgh
      • Drop-off: Glasgow
      • 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:
    • Theft Protection
    • 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 driver. The following excesses appyl: 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 non refundable by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
  • Additionally our preferred partners offers the following:
    • Road fund licence
    • Roadside Assistance: Emergency contact details for 24/7 roadside assistance can be found on the rental contract. Customers should call this number if required. Dependant 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, tyre 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 vehicle.
  • The general business terms apply
  • Scotland:
    • Car and chauffeur at free disposal for 8 hours per day on all days for which your itinerary mentions “Today your chauffeur-guide will pick you up from your hotel…” (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
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above

Not Included

  • Scotland:
    • 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 recognisable 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 UK
    • 170 GBP Replacement fee of 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 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 pick up location.
    • Vehicles will be provided with a minimum ¼ tank. The customer has the option of either Fuel Pre-Purchase or to pay for used Fuel on return of the rental vehicle. Fuel Pre-Purchase can only be arranged at the branch on the day.
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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Self-Drive Highlights of Scotland

12 days $ 4,090 / person

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