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Classic Scotland

(8 days / 7 nights)

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The quintessential Scottish roadtrip

Take a road trip through the famous landscapes, ancient ruins and old settlements where many of Scotland’s greatest stories come to life. This independent self-drive journey includes some of Scotland’s most famous sights and routes, from the capital city to the rugged Highlands. Experience the beautiful Isle of Skye and other legendary places including Loch Ness, Glenfinnan and Trossachs National Park, along with the historical cities of Edinburgh and Inverness.

8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 753 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Best Seller, Castles and Royalty, Classic, Culture and History, Highlands, Honeymoon & Romance, Isles

Season

1 Apr - 31 Oct

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

892/557 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival Day in Edinburgh

    Welcome to Scotland. For an easy and comfortable way to get from the Edinburgh or Glasgow airport to your hotel in the Edinburgh city centre, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you (at additional cost). After settling in, go out and explore. Edinburgh has a long and storied history, so there’s no shortage of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums and landmarks to visit, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle.   

    You can easily travel around the city centre on foot, and we recommend strolling along the Royal Mile or walking to Castle Hill for a spectacular view of the city. For a good introduction to the city, why not join the Edinburgh Tour, a guided tour on a double-decker bus covering the top attractions, or a guided walking tour of the Old Town. And of course there are plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy some warm Scottish hospitality—not to mention a taste of the local whisky.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

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  • Day 2: Into the Scottish Highlands

    Start your drive today across the remarkable Forth Road Bridge and head towards the majestic Scottish Highlands today. There are many possible stops depending on your time and interest. Notable highlights include the picture-perfect village of Dunkeld, perched on the banks of the River Tay, and the 13th century Blair Castle nestled in the heart of Highland Perthshire. Travelling through the Cairngorms National Park, another ideal stop is at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, where actors and restored buildings help bring Highland history to life.   

    If time allows, head to the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, where the last battle on British soil occurred in 1746—an event considered “the beginning of the end for the Highlands”. There you can also visit Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones which pre-date Stonehenge by some 1,000 years. Then continue on to Inverness, regarded as "Capital of the Highlands."

    Spend the night in the Inverness area.

    Driving distance: 251 km / 156 miles

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  • Day 3: Loch Ness, Castles & Isle of Skye

    Experience some of Scotland’s most famous attractions today. Drive along the shores of Loch Ness where you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. You might also wish to take a boat tour on Loch Ness in search of its notorious and elusive monster, or go explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins on the shores of the lake. Further along the drive, make a stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a sight you will surely recognize from many photographs, films and TV shows. Then head for the picturesque Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides.

    Spend the night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

    Driving distance: 182km / 113 miles

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  • Day 4: Day of Leisure on the Isle of Skye

    Today you have a full day to take in the magic of Skye, a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike.  Take some time to wander around the scenic village of Portree with its colourful buildings and boutiques. We also recommend a drive around the northern part of the island via the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. Here you can enjoy a walk up to “The Old Man of Storr” rock pinnacle for stunning views and to see the beautiful Kilt Rock waterfall. Other suggested highlights include the An Corran Beach at Staffin, where you may spot dinosaur footprints dating back 165 million years, the Quirang rock face and the mystical Fairy Glen.

    Spend another night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

    Driving distance: 66 km / 41 miles

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  • Day 5: Sleat Peninsula & Glenfinnan

    Today head to the beautiful Sleat Peninsula of Skye and take in the scenery characterized by beautiful beaches, lochs, forests and glens. Before boarding the ferry, you might wish to visit the Talisker distillery to sample some genuine single Malt Scotch Whiskey or enjoy a walk to the beautifully crystal clear Fairy Pools at foot of the Black Cuillin Hills.  

    After taking the ferry from Amadale to Mallaig, we recommend a stop at the glorious Camusdarach Beach—a stunning sight with its white sands and clear blue waters. Then drive to Glennfinnan, where you can visit the Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen overlooking the mysterious and beautiful Loch Shiel. From there, enjoy more amazing Highland scenery en route to Fort William.

    Spend the night in the Fort William area.

    Driving distance: 137 km / 85 miles

    Ferry duration: 30 minutes

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  • Day 6: Through Famous Glens to Loch Lomond

    Head to Rob Roy country, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond area today. This journey takes you past Scotland’s most famous valley, the magical Glen Coe, combining world-famous scenery and history.    Other worthwhile sights include the grave of Rob Roy, the notorious outlaw and folk hero, at Balquidder and the beautiful Falls of Dochart in the village of Killin.

    Alternatively, you can choose to travel a longer scenic route with views of Loch Linnhe via the charming seaside village of Oban onto the historical valley of Kilmartin Glen. It is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, with many cairns, standing stones, rock carvings, stone circles, forts and castles. On this route you can also stop at the charming village of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, where you have the opportunity to visit Inveraray Castle, the home of the Duke of Argyl.

    Spend the night in the Loch Lomond / Trossachs National Park area.

    Driving distance via Glen Coe: 129 km / 80 miles

    Driving distance via Kilmartin Glen/Inveraray: 285 km / 177 miles

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  • Day 7: Trossachs National Park to Edinburgh

    It's time to head back towards Edinburgh today. But first you can take some time to enjoy the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area. Take a walk in nature to spot wildlife, enjoy an optional steam-ship tour on the tranquil lake Loch Katrine, follow in the footsteps of Rob Roy or visit a local whisky distillery.

    For a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss the Doune Castle, featured in the classic film Monty Python & the Holy Grail and the Outlander TV series as “Castle Leoch”. Another ideal place to visit is Stirling Castle and the monument dedicated to William Wallace, the rebellious Scottish knight and subject of the film Braveheart.  

    Back in Edinburgh, return your rental car and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps with a fine dinner to top off your amazing journey.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

    Driving distance: 82 miles /132 km

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  • Day 8: Departure

    To get to Edinburgh Airport, you can take the Airport Express bus from Waverley Bridge or a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, use the morning to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s museums or simply relax and take in the old world atmosphere of the city.

    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, such as private airport transfers. We can also extend your trip to include 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.

Couldn't have been happier!

Hotels were all excellent.  Wonderful service at each place.  Couldn't have been happier. This was a stress free trip because of the planning provided by Annie. I was able to review things to do with our kids so they could pick out the things that they wanted to do and see while visiting Scotland. It was nice to have a list of options to pick from.  Every day was great.  I especially loved the map with the highlighted routes, hotels and points of interest.  While filling up the car, I got out to unfold the entire map and flip it over so we could see the upper section of Scotland.  My daughter told me that people were looking at me as I did this.  I told her they had map envy!

Just perfect

It was so great to have suggestions along the route! And we really appreciated how stress free the whole process was. It can be overwhelming traveling in another country, and this was just perfect.

Results were world class

From first visit to website through planning, the experience and results were world class.

Excellent!

Excellent, all the way round!

Thank you for going beyond what I would normally expect

We have just arrived back from a most memorable and enjoyable trip which you organised for us. Right from the beginning of our email correspondence, we have been impressed by the quality, dedication and effort you have put into making our tour of Scotland enjoyable. Thank you for going beyond what I would normally expect. The tour and the associated paperwork and maps which you arranged were all marvellous and a good representation of Scotland. Whilst I thought that two days on Skye would be far too long, it was just right. Thank you again for your assistance and I shall endeavour through trip advisor and friends to spread the word about your wonderful company.

Organization couldn't have been better

Hi Maria,

We're just on the train back from Edinburgh, and wanted to say a big thank you for all your help organising our trip!

We had an amazing time travelling round Scotland, and all the organization couldn't have been better. Everything went so smoothly - all the information you provided was so detailed and really helped us make the most of our trip. And all the accommodation was just amazing!!

We've had such a great time, thank you again for all your help! I will definitely recommend Nordic Visitor to my friends!

Best wishes,

Mollie

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

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • x4
  • x3
  • x1
  • M

Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Manual

Kia Picanto (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x3
  • x1
  • A

Kia Picanto (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Automatic

Vauxhall Astra
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Vauxhall Astra
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Toyota Auris (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Toyota Auris (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Vauxhall Insignia
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • M

Vauxhall Insignia
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Ford Mondeo (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

BMW 520 (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

BMW 520 (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Vauxhall Zafira
or similar

  • x7
  • x5
  • x1
  • M

Vauxhall Zafira
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Passengers: 7
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Kia Sportage
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Kia Sportage
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Mercedes Vito
or similar

  • x9
  • x3
  • x9
  • M

Mercedes Vito
or similar

  • Type: J
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 9
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Manual
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Price per person from

Approx 753 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

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

2017
2018

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. 
 
 
Good to know:
  • Remember, motorists drive on the left side of the road in Scotland.
  • If you are not used to driving on the left, we highly recommend choosing a vehicle with automatic transmission when you book online. Keep in mind that in a manual transmission vehicle, you need to shift gears with your left hand as the driver seat is on the right. (Floor pedals are the same.)
  • On Day 6 of this tour, the optional longer route adds an extra 156 km (97 miles) of driving.
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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