Scotland Self-Drive Adventure

Scotland Self-Drive Adventure

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If you love long drives and scenic countrysides, then this trip is for you! This March, get ready to pack your bags and fasten your seatbelts as you drive through Scotland - the land of mountains, where the  wilderness, castles, lochs and glens await you. 
 
With an adventurous crew of travellers, soak up stunning views as you drive through the Scottish highlands, visit the city of Edinburgh, explore the Loch Ness and discover beautiful countrysides, castles and villages with some of the most gorgeous landscapes on Earth. Add to that spectacular seafood and the warmth of Scottish people, and presto! You have the perfect recipe for a self-drive holiday.

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Trip Dates: 17 Mar - 24 Mar
Availability: Yes, 10 spots left
Places Covered: Scotland
Category: Self Drive Mixed Groups

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Touchdown Edinburgh! 

You’ll be greeted by one of our representatives and then transferred to your hotel in the city centre. Check in and unwind. 

Later: you’ll be free to explore the charming city of Edinburgh, whose cobbled streets have won the hearts of many. 

Recommended: go on a hop-on hop-off tour of the city or a walking tour of the Old Town or simply walk around the city to get a feel of life in Scotland. A visit to the majestic Edinburgh Castle or a walk along The Royal Mile will be worth your time. Or if you’d rather take it easy, just take a walk up Castle Hill to enjoy spectacular views of the city.

Later: a lovely welcome dinner in Scottish style! Tonight’s festive atmosphere will be perfect to bond with your fellow travellers.
This morning,  we’ll start our journey by driving through the remarkable Forth Road Bridge towards the Scottish Highlands. Our first stop will be the picture-perfect village of Dunkeld, which is situated on the grassy banks of the River Tay. Walk to the top of the forested hills through ornate gates to get a glimpse of the Ancient Cathedral. 

We’ll then head to the magnificent Blair Castle. Built in the 13th Century beneath forested slopes, the impressive white structure of the castle, with its Georgian plasterwork is a visual treat. 

Up Next: we’ll keep driving till we reach the Cairngorms National Park. This enormous snow-covered plateau, with stunning graphite mountainscapes,  will leave you spellbound. Want to know more about the life of the Scots? Then a stop at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore will be perfect, where actors and restored buildings help bring highland history to life. The interactive Culloden Battlefield exhibition gives you a first-hand experience of a bloody battle, the last to be fought on British soil. We will also visit Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones that pre-date Stonehenge by a thousand years.

Later: we’ll continue driving onwards to Inverness where we will be spending the night.
Get ready for an exciting day! After breakfast, we’ll drive along the cold, narrow stretch of the famous  Loch Ness, to find (hopefully) Nessie, the elusive monster. The Loch Ness Visitor Centre is worth a visit if you’d like to learn more about the Loch and stories of the legendary creature. 

Optional: here, get on a boat ride to explore one of the most tranquil and quaint sights of Scotland. Once you’ve experienced your share of peace and quiet, visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, located about 1.5 miles east of Drumnadrochit for outstanding views of the Loch. 

Up Next: further along the drive, we’ll make a stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Located on its very own island and overlooking the Isle of Skye, this little castle cannot be missed for the world. Period furniture, Jacobean artefacts and weapons of fine art adorn the rooms of the castle, which is surrounded by the breath-taking mountains of Kintail. 

Later: we’ll spend the night at the picturesque Isle of Skye.
It’s your day off today! Take time to experience the magic of Isle of Skye. Its natural harbour and high cliffs take you back in time to a period when rival clans fought against each other. 

Recommended: you can spend the entire day at the scenic village of Portree, which has everything from pony-trekking to boat cruises. When you are here, you’d be drawn to the spectacular beauty of the weird yet wonderful rock formations of the Trotternish Ridge. It’s a lovely walk up to the Old Man of Storr rock pinnacle, which gives stunning views of a waterfall. 

Or if you’ve had enough of rock formations, head to An Corran Beach at Staffin, where you can spot dinosaur footprints dating back to over 165 million years!  End the day with a 5 km walk up a narrow path and down steep slopes to Quiraing for beautiful views of the Scottish mainland. Also, don’t forget to check out the bizarre, yet delightful landscapes of Fairy Glen. With lush green landscapes, it’s the perfect place to be on a warm and sunny day!
We’ll start the day  with a visit to the Talisker Distillery. Here, you can sample the smoothest Scotch Whiskey in the region! From here, you can walk to the crystal clear Fairy Pools.  Located at the foot of the Black Cuillin Hills,  this natural water phenomenon is unique to the Isle of Skye.

We’ll then catch a ferry from Armadale to Mallaig across the Sleat Peninsula from where we’ll drive to Glenfinnan. 

En-Route: we’ll stop at the stunning white sandy beach in Camusdarach for picturesque views of Cuillin on the Isle of Skye, rugged peaks of Rum and the steep sea cliff of Eigg. 

Up Next: the small and beautiful village of Glenfinnan, which is located in a valley overlooking Loch Shiel. We’ll make a trip to the mysterious Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to the Jacobite Clansmen who died fighting for their cause. 

Don’t forget to spot some Harry Potter film locations, including the Glenfinnan viaduct and the island where the Triwizard Tournament was filmed!

Later: enjoy the scenic sights as we drive to Fort William, including views of Ben Nevis (the highest peak in the British Isles), which is located in the backdrop of the town.

After breakfast, we’ll drive out of Fort William on a long, scenic route through the charming seaside village of Oban. From here, we’ll move onwards to the historical valley of Kilmartin Glen and then to Loch Lomond. While Oban is characterised by its scenic coastline and beautiful countryside, ancient monuments dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age can be discovered at Kilmartin. And if you fancy seafood, there is no better place than Oban! Don’t forget to try some of the oysters, crabs and mussels freshly cooked in garlic and wine. 

En-Route: stop at the gorgeous county town of Inveraray, which is located on the shores of Loch Fyne. A short walk to the new town will lead you to the neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll. 

We’ll then drive to Loch Lomond, where we’ll stay overnight.
After breakfast, get ready to drive to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Wild scenery, thrilling history and sumptuous local food is what you will get in this area. Located at the heart of the park, Loch Lomond is the largest Loch in the British Isles. 

Optional: board a steamship tour on the 13km-long Loch Katrine, a beautiful freshwater lake where Queen Victoria  once sailed in 1869. Alternatively, you can do a tour of the exclusive Glengoyne Distillery, located about 30 minutes from Loch Lomond. 

Also, pay a visit to the magnificent Doune Castle, with a towering 100 feet high gatehouse and one of the best-preserved great halls in Scotland.

Then, revel in the grandeur of  the Stirling Castle. With stunning sculptures and beautiful gardens, it was once frequented by knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors. 

Later: it’s time to drive back to Edinburgh. Stretch your muscles and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Celebrate your last night with a lovely farewell dinner at one of the restaurants in Edinburgh.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Today, you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.

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