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Lochs & Castles with a Local

(4 days / 3 nights)

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An extra authentic Highland experience

As a land steeped in legends, who better to tell Scotland’s stories than a local? With your very own private driver-guide behind the wheel of a 4x4 SUV, you’ll travel to the some of the most popular sites in the Highlands, such as the legendary Loch Ness, the medieval Doune Castle and the prehistoric Clava Cairns. To top it off, you’ll enjoy private airport transfers in luxury cars and prime accommodations at each overnight location.

4 days / 3 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 1035 GBP

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Type

Privately Guided

Interest

Castles and Royalty, Classic, Culture and History

Season

All Year

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Arrival to Edinburgh

    Welcome to Scotland! Relax knowing that a private driver is waiting in the arrivals hall at Edinburgh Airport to assist with your luggage and take you to your deluxe city accommodation.

    Of course, at some point we recommend leaving the comforts of your room to go out and explore the charms of Edinburgh. Whether it’s history, music, art, architecture or lush gardens you’re after, you’ll find it all within the compact city centre. To get a feel for your surroundings we suggest a stroll along the Royal Mile between the Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace or a walk down Princes Street with views towards the Old Town across the Princes Garden. For fine shopping and dining, check out the Multrees Walk by St Andrews Square or the George Street area of the New Town neighbourhood.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2: Exploring Castles & Braveheart Country

    Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel before your private guide—a Scottish local in a traditional kilt—comes to pick you up for the start of your journey into the highlands. In a comfortable 4x4 SUV you’ll head north, passing through Braveheart Country with views of the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. Our first stop will be the Doune Castle, used as “Castle Leoch” in the Outlander TV series, followed by a coffee break in the picturesque town of Callander. Continuing north to the magnificent Glencoe area, we’ll enjoy a short walk followed by a hearty lunch in a mountain inn.

    After lunch we travel through Fort William, stopping to wander through the crumbling ruins of Inverlochy Castle and then paying our respects to the gallant commandos at the Spean Bridge memorial. From here we start our journey up the Great Glen, pausing to marvel at the “Well of the Seven Heads” on our way to the legendary Loch Ness.

    Spend the night in the Loch Ness area.

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  • Day 3: Loch Ness & Highland History

    Will we see Nessie? Maybe not, but during our exploration of Loch Ness today (with optional boat tour) it’s certain that we’ll see some jaw-dropping scenery and possibly visit the haunting Urquart Castle on the banks of the Loch. Next we’ll visit a different kind of legendary site—the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, where the last battle of British soil occurred in 1746, an event that changed the Highland way of life. From more recent history to ancient, we’ll then head down to the eerie Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones that pre-date Stonehenge by 1000 years.

    Further ahead we’ll travel through the Cairngorms National Park, visit the Ruthven Barracks and stroll through the Highland Folk Museum open-air village in Newtonmore—another Outlander film location. Finally, at the Hermitage we’ll enjoy a coffee break and walk through the tall trees to view spectacular waterfalls. By the late afternoon we’ll arrive back in Edinburgh and you’ll be dropped off at your hotel. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 4: Departure

    If your flight is in the afternoon, take this last opportunity for some souvenir shopping, a visit to one of Edinburgh’s museums or just relax at a café after your action-packed break. When it’s time to leave, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Edinburgh Airport.

    If you wish to spend more time in Edinburgh or Glasgow before or after the tour, ask your travel consultant about adding extra nights or services. We can also customize the tour and arrange private meet & greet service from other airports in Scotland on request. We can also extend your trip with other destinations in the Nordic region such as Iceland or Norway. Contact us for details about customizing your itinerary.

Map

Here’s a map of Scotland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Fully customised private tour with expert guide

We thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed our guide's knowledge and expertise. Brian was extremely informative, patient, and entertaining. He was very considerate of the fact that we were 2 active but older women. He was also very kind to other travellers who realized he was a guide and would stop him to ask advice. Although this was to be my only trip to Scotland, thanks to his influence and fascinating instruction on the Highlands and Highlanders, I know I need to see more. I would let Nordic Visitor give more advice on the tour must sees. We met with the Edinburgh office staff - Maria, Anna, and Kris - after our tour was done, again Brian going above and beyond to bring us to meet them, days after our tour was over. I cannot say enough good things about all the help they gave us.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel, B&B, well-appointed guesthouse or similar. All provide breakfast..

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Quality

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a boutique guesthouse, three- or four-star hotel or the best accommodation of that s..

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Approx 1035 GBP

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Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

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Tour Information

Travel seasons and price savings
July and August are Scotland’s busiest travel months, known as the high season. August is an especially busy month in the City of Edinburgh, due to a number of major festivals taking place throughout the month. The Isle of Skye can also be quite congested in July and August, with its status as one of Scotland’s ‘must see’ destinations. During this season, there is less availability at accommodations and attractions tend to be the most crowded.
 
Booking a tour in the shoulder season — May and June — offers a more peaceful travel experience, a better chance at reserving preferred accommodations and prices that are as much as 15% lower than high season. For even greater savings and fewer crowds, consider booking in the low season, April and October. 
 
 
Notes:
Currency rate:
All bookings are charged in British Pounds (£, GBP). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from GBP to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

After booking with Nordic Visitor:
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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