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Scottish Highlands & West Coast at Leisure

(14 days / 13 nights)

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Spend more time enjoying the sights around Scotland

This two-week leisurely self-drive tour will allow you to really take your time travelling around Scotland, enjoying the sights and landscapes. Not only will you travel to iconic sites such as the mysterious Loch Ness, and visit the historic capital, Edinburgh, and the largest city, Glasgow, but you’ll also get the chance to see the northwest Highlands and the stunning west coast, including the tranquil and beautiful isles of Mull and Iona.

14 days / 13 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 1755 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Trusted local experts in Scotland
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Tour Highlights

  • Walk along the mysterious Loch Ness and visit the castle on its shores
  • See the rugged hills of the Isle of Mull and beautiful beaches of Iona
  • See the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Explore the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness, and its surroundings
  • Discover the capital city Edinburgh and stroll along the Royal Mile
  • Enjoy some quiet time in nature at the Trossachs National Park
  • Photograph the picturesque Dunnottar Castle
  • See Neolithic and Bronze Age stone circles and remains around Kilmartin Glen
  • Experience the culture and buzz of Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow
  • Enjoy a road trip with peace of mind with your personal itinerary from a local travel expert

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Heritage i, Highlands i, Hiking i, Off the Beaten Path i, Whisky i

Season

Apr - Oct

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1810/1130 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Edinburgh

    Make your way into Edinburgh city centre where your hotel will be located. Many travellers opt to take a taxi or use public transport, but for a more direct and comfortable ride, we will be happy to organise a private airport transfer for you. For those arriving early in the day, we recommend heading out and exploring the historic city, strolling through the Old Town and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. 

    Included: Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

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  • Day 2: The Scottish Capital Edinburgh

    Today is free for you to explore Edinburgh at your leisure. The background and history of the city is fascinating and rich, so there is no shortage of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums and landmarks to visit, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II. You can easily travel around the city centre on foot, so we recommend strolling along the historic Royal Mile or walking to Castle Hill for a spectacular view of the city.

    Spend another night in Edinburgh.

    Included: Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

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  • Day 3: Scotland's Dramatic East Coast

    Today, start your road trip driving up to Fife. Your first stop will be the quaint village of Falkland, where you can explore its Renaissance palace. From there, drive east to the town of St Andrews, famous for being the home of golf and of the oldest university in Scotland. As you continue north, pass by Dundee, a UNESCO City of Design. You can then take the direct route to Aberdeen, or take the coastal scenic route, which will take you past the St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve and the spectacular Dunnottar Castle, near Stonehaven.

    Spend the night in the Aberdeen area.

    Included: Entrance to St Andrews Castle & St Andrews Cathedral

    Driving distance: 235 km / 145 miles

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  • Day 4: Royal deeside, Castles & Whisky

    Today will take you into the Scottish Highlands. First drive along the “Deeside Tourist Route”, an enchanting route through the Cairngorms National Park. On the way, there is a plethora of castles you could visit, including 16th-century Crathes Castle, and of course, the Scottish residence of the Royal Family, Balmoral Castle, which you can visit from April to July. You will then continue to Speyside, which is famous for its whiskies. You may want to visit one of the many distilleries (there are over 40 to choose from!), such as Glenfiddich or Aberlour.

    Spend the night in the Inverness area.

    Driving distance: 240 km  / 150 miles

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  • Day 5: Highlights of the Northwest Highlands

    Today you get the choice between spending the day exploring Inverness surroundings or getting a taste of the North Coast 500, one of Scotland’s most scenic driving routes. Around Inverness, you can visit the famous Battlefield of Culloden Moor and roam the Bronze-age cemetery Clava Cairns. You can also visit Cawdor Castle or take a walk at one of the golden sand beaches.

    If you journey to the North Coast, we recommend visiting the breathtaking Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach. Explore the Inverewe Garden, a botanical garden which boasts over 2500 exotic plants and flowers. You can also drive through the imperious landscape of the Torridon Hills before returning to Inverness.

    Spend another night in the Inverness area.

    Driving distance along the west coast: 255 km / 160 miles
    Driving distance around Inverness: 105 km / 65 miles

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  • Day 6: The Beauty of Loch Ness

    Spend some time exploring the surroundings of Inverness, “The Capital of the Highlands”, before getting on the road. You could visit the Black Isle Peninsula and Moray Firth, where dolphins can sometimes be spotted at low tide, before driving south along the shores of the mysterious Loch Ness. There 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  

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  • Day 7: 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. For Skye we recommend an early start. 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
    Driving distance around Fort William: 85 km / 55 miles

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  • Day 8: Fort William to the Isle of Mull

    Start your day with a scenic ferry ride over to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, a place characterised by white sandy beaches, rugged mountains and thriving wildlife. Your first stop will be Duart Castle, standing proudly by the sea cliffs of the island. We then recommend taking the scenic route along the west coast, past the highest peak Ben More. Stop on the way at one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, Calgary Bay. Continue on to the charming village of Tobermory, the largest settlement of the island.

    Spend the night on the Isle of Mull or in the Oban area.

    Ferry from Oban to Craignure:  45 minutes

    Driving distance: 180 km / 115 miles

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  • Day 9: Beautiful Isles of Iona & Staffa

    Today you have a full day at your leisure on Mull. You have the option to head to the west coast of the island, from where you can take a ferry ride from Fionnphort over to the Isle of Iona, home of dazzling beaches and sacred sites such as Iona Abbey. From Iona you can join a boat trip to the uninhabited Isle of Staffa, where you can admire Fingal’s Cave, a natural arched sea cave with impressive basalt columns. While on the boat tour, you might come across dolphins, porpoises and minke whales. 

    Spend another night on the Isle of Mull or in the Oban area.

    Included: Entrance to Iona Abbey

    Driving distance: 180 km / 115 miles

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  • Day 10: Kilmartin Glen, Inveraray & Kilchurn Castle

    Today, take the ferry back to the mainland and continue your drive along the scenic route to the historical valley of Kilmartin Glen. This area is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, including standing stones and circles as well as forts and castles. On the way we recommend a stop at Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, where you could visit Inveraray Castle. You can also visit 15th-century Kilchurn Castle, one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland located at Loch Awe.

    Spend the night in the Trossachs National Park area.

    Ferry from Craignure to Oban: 45 minutes

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  • Day 11: Day at Leisure in the Trossachs National Park

    Enjoy the day at your leisure in the magnificent Trossachs National Park, an area of immense natural beauty. We recommend a walk in the ancient village of Luss, with its characteristic stone cottages overlooking Loch Lomond. You may also wish to do some light hiking in the national park to spot wildlife, or perhaps enjoy a boat tour on either Loch Lomond or Loch Katrine. Other great options in the area include touring a local whisky distillery and visiting Doune Castle, which stands as “Castle Leoch” in the popular TV series Outlander.

    Spend another night in the Trossachs National Park area.

    Included: Entrance to Doune Castle

    Driving distance: 130 km / 80 miles

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  • Day 12: Trossachs National Park to Glasgow

    Today’s drive will take you to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. On your way, you may wish to spend some time in the historic city of Stirling, visiting such popular attractions as Stirling Castle and the monument of William Wallace (Braveheart). You could also stop at the Kelpies, two giant horse-head sculptures that make for a great photo opportunity, or make a short detour to Linlithgow Palace, best known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure in Glasgow.

    Spend the night in Glasgow. 

    Included: Entrance to Stirling Castle and Linlithgow Palace

    Driving distance: 115 km / 70 miles

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  • Day 13: The Great city of Glasgow

    Today you have a full day to explore Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, which boasts a wealth of art galleries, museums and fabulous architecture. This includes the beautiful George Square, the Gallery of Modern Art, as well as the Lighthouse and the House for an Art Lover, where you can learn more about Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The city also offers some of the best shopping in Scotland, making it the ideal place to combine culture and pleasure. The West End is especially beautiful, being the location of one of Scotland’s oldest universities, and of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

    Spend another night in Glasgow

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  • Day 14: Departure from Scotland

    On your day of departure, make your way from your hotel to reach the airport. If you would like to add any additional nights to your trip or to arrange a private transfer, you can do so during the booking process. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may have time for some last-minute shopping, to visit one of the 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.

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 your journey with two driver authorization, free GPS and excess waiver insurance as standard.

Toyota Yaris (manual)
or similar

  • x4
  • x3
  • x1
  • M

Toyota Yaris (manual)
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 (manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Vauxhall Astra (manual)
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

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 (manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • M

Vauxhall Zafira (manual)
or similar

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

Kia Sportage (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Kia Sportage (automatic)
or similar

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

Mercedes Vito (manual)
or similar

  • x9
  • x3
  • x9
  • M

Mercedes Vito (manual)
or similar

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

Price per person from

Approx 1755 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

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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 travels.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour, which means you will follow a detailed and personalised itinerary during your road trip in Scotland. No dedicated driver or tour guide is included. All accommodation, rental vehicle, and other planned activities or added services will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). As this is a self-drive tour, you are welcome to stop when and where you wish on your drive. Except for accommodation and booked activities, other highlights we’ve listed in the itinerary are suggestions based on Nordic Visitor favourites.

TRAVEL SEASONS IN SCOTLAND
Scotland is beautiful all year long, but we want travellers to be aware that the summer is the high travelling season, with July and August being the peak months. Due to this fact, many of the highlights, such as Isle of Skye and Edinburgh, will be extremely popular and offer limited availability, for attractions, accommodations, restaurants and tours alike.

For a more relaxing experience, we recommend booking well in advance or arriving during the shoulder season, from April to June or September and October. However, if you wish to travel in July or August, we will endeavour to make this a great adventure.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts carefully selects hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses around the country based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Generally, in Scotland, whilst room sizes may vary, our room types are based on European standard sizes. Please note that twin rooms, triple and family rooms are not commonly available in Scotland, so please contact us for booking assistance if that is something you would like. Please also be aware that, due to the historic nature of the properties we usually select, most of the rooms are only accessible by going up stairs, as there are often no lifts available. Please contact us if you are not able to walk up stairs.

DRIVING IN SCOTLAND
The roads in Scotland are usually in good conditions all year long and are renowned for their road trip worthiness. Please be aware that in the UK motorists drive on the left side of the road (and on the right side of the car). If you are not used to driving on the left, we highly recommend choosing a vehicle with automatic transmission for your self-drive tour. If you want a manual transmission vehicle, keep in mind that you will need to shift gears with your left hand (floor pedals are the same). Drivers will also have to get used to the narrower roads of the UK as well as the rural single-track roads with passing places, and be careful of animals on the road.

For inexperienced drivers who still want to explore and discover Scotland, we recommend one of our guided small group tour or our privately guided tours, where you will have a local, experienced guide at the wheel.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE FROM GLASGOW
If you are planning on arriving in Glasgow, you could book a private transfer from Glasgow Airport to your accommodation in Edinburgh to start the journey in a comfortable way. During certain tours, you will have the options to end your trip in Glasgow, rather than Edinburgh, as well if that is more convenient for you.

SAFETY & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing and transport is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. This includes ferries and drives. If something unexpected occurs, you can call our 24-hour helpline to speak directly with a Nordic Visitor staff member.

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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