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St Andrews & the Scottish Highlands

(7 days / 6 nights)

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A journey that’s like a hole-in-one

From a city known for its sophistication to a region famous for its ruggedness, this tour packs a great diversity of Scottish nature and culture into just one week. Visit the “Home of Golf” and home to Scotland’s oldest university, St Andrews. Then traverse the lush glens of the Highlands to destinations including Inverness, Fort Williams in the Loch Ness area and Loch Lomond in Trossachs National Park. You’ll also have time to explore Edinburgh.

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 694 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Castles and Royalty, Culture and History, Highlands, Honeymoon & Romance

Season

1 Apr - 31 Oct

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

703/437 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival Day in Edinburgh

    Welcome to Edinburgh. For an easy and comfortable way to get from Edinburgh Airport to your hotel in the 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 1-hour 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: Fishing Villages of Fife & St. Andrews

    Start your drive today across the remarkable Forth Road Bridge to Fife and follow the scenic coastal route around the East Neuk. Take your time to visit the enchanting fishing villages of Anstruther, Elie and Pittenween before you reach St Andrews, regarded as the “home of golf”. You can also choose to take an alternative route to visit the delightful village of Falkland and its palace before arriving at St. Andrews.

    Enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the beautiful, historical city of St. Andrews, famous for its old ruins, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club that was founded in 1754 and the University of St Andrews, the oldest in Scotland dating to 1410.

    Spend the night in St. Andrews.

    Driving distance: 105 km / 65 miles

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  • Day 3: Into the Scottish Highlands

    Head towards the majestic Highlands today. There are many notable highlights on your way, including the lovely village of Dunkeld, perched on the banks of the River Tay, and the 13th century Blair Castle in Perthshire. Travelling through the Cairngorms National Park, another ideal stop is 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.

    Spend the night in the Inverness area.

    Driving distance: 233 km / 145 miles

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  • Day 4: Inverness, Loch Ness & Castles

    Spend some time exploring Inverness, the “capital of the highlands” and its surroundings such as the Black Peninsula and Moray Firth, where dolphins can sometimes be spotted.

    Then get back on the road and head for Loch Ness, where you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to learn about the story of the lake and, of course, its notorious and elusive monster. If you want to go out searching for Nessie yourself, you can take an optional boat tour and visit the Urquhart Castle ruins on the shore. You can also opt to take a detour to view the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle.

    Spend the night in the Fort William / Loch Ness area.

    Driving distance: 104 km / 65 miles

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  • Day 5: Through Famous Glens to Loch Lomond

    Head to “Rob Roy Country” today, which includes the Trossachs and Loch Lomond area. 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.

    Alternately, you can choose to travel a longer scenic route with views of Loch Linnhe to 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. 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: 177 miles / 285 km

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  • Day 6: 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.” 

    Other great places to visit are Stirling Castle and the monument of William Wallace. 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: 132 km / 82 miles

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  • Day 7: 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 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

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Cant wait to book with Nordic Visitor next summer!

I thought the hotels which were chosen were excellent!  I was also very happy with the planned itinerary.  Christoph was excellent.  He was very receptive to questions and always got back to me.  I can't wait to book with Nordic Visitor NEXT summer!

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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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 694 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

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

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:
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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