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Scottish Lochs & Castles with a Local

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Let a local show you their country

If you’ve dreamed of visiting Scotland and immersing yourself in the culture, this tour will be a perfect way to see the famous attractions as well as hear the stories directly from a local. With your private guide at the wheel of a comfortable vehicle, you’ll be driven from the capital Edinburgh into the rugged Highlands, visiting popular sites such as Loch Ness, the medieval Doune Castle and the prehistoric Clava Cairns.

4 days / 3 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 1372 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Local travel experts and guides in Scotland
  • Customisable & personal tour options
  • Great customer reviews

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Tour Highlights

  • Walk along the mysterious Loch Ness and visit the castle on its shores
  • See the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Stroll up the Royal Mile and discover the capital city Edinburgh
  • Learn about Scottish history at the Culloden Battlefield
  • Explore the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness, and its surroundings
  • Take in the breathtaking beauty of Glen Coe
  • Learn about the sights from a trusted, knowledgeable private guide
  • Discover historic sites around the country with the Scottish Heritage Pass

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Heritage i, Highlands i

Season

Apr - Oct

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

750/465 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN EDINBURGH

    Upon your arrival in Edinburgh, you will be greeted by a private driver who will take you to your hotel in the city centre. For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking through the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old Town and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

    Included: Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

    Spend the night in Edinburgh

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  • Day 2: WELCOME TO THE HIGHLANDS

    Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle to start your private tour. On the way you’ll have the option to go for a walk at the picturesque Hermitage and the Highland Folk Museum inside the Cairngorms National Park. Arriving near Inverness, you can visit the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, to see where the last battle on British soil occurred in 1746. Nearby you could also roam around Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones dating back roughly 4,000 years. 

    Spend the night in Inverness area.

    Included: Entrance to The Battlefield of Culloden Moor

    Driving distance: 151 miles / 243 km
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours (take out 9-10 hours)

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  • Day 3: LOCH NESS, CASTLES & BRAVEHEART COUNTRY

    Today’s drive will take you back to Edinburgh (you also have the option to end your tour in Glasgow in the optional activities below), via Fort William and Braveheart Country. This morning you'll have time to explore the magnificent Loch Ness (with optional boat tour). This can include a visit to the haunting Urquhart Castle on the banks of the loch. On the drive south from Loch Ness, you’ll have the option to stop at the Spean Bridge memorial with views towards ben Navis. Later, you’ll pass through Scotland’s most famous valley, Glen Coe before continuing to Callander. Your last stop will be Doune Castle, which you may recognise from tv show Outlander.

    Included: Entrance to Urquhart Castle and Doune Castle

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

    Driving distance: 191 miles / 307 km
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 9-10 hours

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  • Day 4: DEPARTURE FROM SCOTLAND

    On your day of departure, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you directly to the airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may take your last few hours to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s many museums, or take one last stroll through the charming city centre.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, 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.

WE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME AND LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT SCOTLAND

Guide was Brian - he is fantastic!!! So knowledgeable, passionate about Scotland. We had such a great time and learned so much about Scotland. Easy schedule. Just a fabulous experience.

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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Price per person from

Approx 1372 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

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

2020

Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving in Scotland, what the tour includes, the itinerary, accommodation, and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR PRIVATE TOURS
This package is one of our private tours, which means you will have a dedicated and private local guide at your side throughout the trip. You will enjoy private transfers to and from the airport, and a private drive around the Highlands. Because it is just you and your guide, that means it will be easily tailored to your unique needs and interest. Get in touch to customise this package further, for any additional nights before and after the trip or other changes to the itinerary.

YOUR PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE
This tour package includes the professional service of an experienced Scottish tour guide, who will drive you around Scotland and share their local knowledge, including hidden gems and stories, with you along the way. Depending on availability and on the size of your travelling party, we can offer a range of vehicles from a 4x4 luxury car to a 16-passenger Mercedes-Benz mini-bus.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts carefully selects hotels and guesthouses around the country based on personal experience and comfort. Please note, that generally in Scotland, whilst room sizes may vary, our room types are based on European standard sizes. Please be aware that, due to the historic nature of the properties we often select, most of the rooms are only accessible by going up stairs, as there are, in some cases, no lifts available. Please contact us if you are not able to walk up stairs.

FOOD & DRINK
A daily breakfast is included at your booked hotels for the duration of your stay. Other meals and drinks are not included and will be at your own expense during the trip.

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 business days by one of our travel consultants who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all 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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