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Scottish Highlands - Private

(7 days / 6 nights)

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Enjoy the stunning highland scenery

This one-week private tour is a great opportunity to really see and explore the Scottish Highlands. It has been designed to fit as many of the top sights as possible, and, with your own private guide at the wheel, you’ll decide where you want to spend more time. Spanning from the capital Edinburgh to the Highlands, you will have the chance to see many of Scotland’s most iconic sights, including Loch Ness, Glen Coe and Stirling.

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 3088 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

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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
  • Enjoy some quiet time in nature at the Trossachs National Park
  • Learn about Scottish history at the Culloden Battlefield
  • Explore the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness, and its surroundings
  • Walk amongst ancient monument at Kilmartin Glen
  • Take in the breathtaking beauty of Glen Coe
  • Discover historic sites around the country with the Scottish Explorer Pass
  • Learn about the sights from a trusted, knowledgeable private guide

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.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

    Included (with your Explorer Pass): Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

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  • Day 2: INTO 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 many possible stops, such as the picturesque village of Dunkeld, the 13th-century Blair Castle 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, marking "the beginning of the end for the Highlands." 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.

    Driving distance: 251 km / 156 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours

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  • Day 3: THE BEAUTY OF LOCH NESS

    Today, you’ll start by spending some time in Inverness, “The Capital of the Highlands”, and its surroundings, such as the Black Isle Peninsula and Moray Firth, where dolphins can sometimes be spotted at low tide. Your guide will take you south along the shores of the mysterious Loch Ness, where you can stop to visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition or to try to spot the notorious monster, Nessie. You can also explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins. You could also opt to take a detour to visit the picturesque Glen Affric. Continue south to Fort William, passing by Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

    Spend the night in the Fort William area.

    Included: Entrance to Urquhart Castle

    Driving distance: 155 km / 95 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7-8 hours

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  • Day 4: EXPLORE FORT WILLIAM AT YOUR LEISURE

    You have today to explore the surroundings of Fort William, or you have the option of taking a day trip to the Isle of Skye. As you have a private driver, you’ll be able to relax between locations, but please be aware that the latter will be a long day. Before arriving at the island, you can stop by the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. On Skye, you can visit the village of Portree and hike to the mystical Fairy Pools, from where you can take in the beauty of the Cuillin Mountains.

    For a more leisurely day, we recommend staying around Fort William. You could board the “Harry Potter train”, the Jacobite Steam Train, which passes by the Glenfinnan Viaduct and is considered one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world. Hikers will love the area and could discover the beautiful Glen Nevis where you can view the Steall Falls, Scotland's second highest waterfall.

    Spend another night in the Fort William area.

    Driving distance to Skye and back: 380 km / 235 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 10-11 hours

    Driving distance around Fort William: 85 km / 55 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 6-7 hours

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  • Day 5: TRAVEL ALONG DRAMATIC VALLEYS

    Today’s drive will take you past Scotland’s most famous valley, Glen Coe, which offers world-famous scenery. You’ll then take the scenic drive the longer scenic route via the seaside town of Oban onto the historical valley of Kilmartin Glen and past the charming village of Inveraray. This region is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, including cairns, standing stones, and castles.

    Spend the night in the Trossachs National Park area.

    Driving distance via Kilmartin Glen/Inveraray: 285 km / 180 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours

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  • Day 6: TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK TO EDINBURGH

    Your guide will bring you back to Edinburgh (you can choose to end your trip in Glasgow in the optional activities below). It will take you through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, where you could stop to take a walk in nature, enjoy an optional steamship tour on Loch Katrine, or visit a local whisky distillery. For a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss Doune Castle, featured in Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Outlander. If time allows, you could also stop by Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top attractions, or at the impressive Kelpies, two giant horse-head sculptures.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

    Included: Entrances to Doune Castle and Stirling Castle

    Driving distance: 130 km / 80 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours

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  • Day 7: DEPARTURE FROM SCOTLAND

    On your day of departure, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you directly to the Edinburgh 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.

Accommodation

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

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Price per person from

Approx 3088 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 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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