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Scottish Winter Escape

(7 days / 6 nights)

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See Some of Scotland's Treasures this Winter

Give your wintry escape that special touch with Scotland’s warm hospitality and magical surroundings on this self-drive holiday. Experience the old-world charm of Edinburgh and take a relaxed-pace road trip along Scotland’s east coast and central Highlands. By day, take in attractions such as the town of St Andrews, the valley of Glencoe, and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Please note that certain dates have limited availability due to major events and festivals in Edinburgh. If you are unable to book your preferred arrival date, please contact us for assistance.

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 861 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Countryside and natural scenery i, Honeymoon & Romance i

Season

Nov - Mar

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

520/835 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival day in Edinburgh

    At Edinburgh Airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by a private driver who will bring you to your charming accommodation in Edinburgh. After settling in, go out and explore the charming capital city. 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.

    Attractions
  • Day 2: Edinburgh At Your Leisure

    Today is free for you to explore Edinburgh as you wish. This city has a long and storied history, so there’s no shortage of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums and landmarks to visit. This includes the majestic Edinburgh Castle and the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Holyrood Palace. As you can easily travel around the city centre on foot, 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.

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  • Day 3: St Andrews & Dunkeld

    Start your drive today across the remarkable Forth Road Bridge and follow the scenic coastal route around the East Neuk of Fife. Visit the enchanting fishing villages of Anstruther, Elie and Pittenween on your way to St. Andrews. Explore this beautiful and historical city, 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 back to 1410.

    Continue onwards to the lovely village of Dunkeld, perched on the banks of the River Tay, where you can visit the atmospheric cathedral ruins. In the nearby Hermitage area, you can take a scenic winter walk through the peaceful woodlands to view the Black Linn Falls and Ossian’s Hall of Mirrors.

    Spend the night in Perthshire.

    Driving distance: 130 miles / 210 km

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  • Day 4: Waterfalls & Highland Scenery

    Spend some time in the town of Pitlochry. Besides the charming Victorian atmosphere, this town is renowned for its accessibility to great walking trails in the surrounding scenic hills as well as Edradour Distillery, the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland, where you can warm up with “a wee dram”—a shot of single malt Scotch (the distillery is closed on weekends, alternatively you could visit Dalwhinnie Distillery on your journey north).

    Travelling north towards the Cairngorms National Park, you can stop for walks at the Pass of Killiecrankie, an impressive wooded river gorge, and the charming Falls of Bruar, a series of waterfalls along the Bruar Water. You can also visit the atmospheric ruins of the Ruthven Barracks, situated on a mound visible for miles around, or take a short detour to the Highland Wildlife Park, a wonderful place to see both native Scottish wildlife and endangered animals from around the world.

    From there, drive to Glenfinnan, where you can visit the Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen, overlooking the mysterious and beautiful Loch Shiel.

    Spend the night in the Fort William area.

    Driving distance: 145 miles / 235 km

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  • Day 5: Glencoe to Loch Lomond

    Head to the magical Glen Coe, a valley combining famous Highland scenery and history.

    On your way south, stop for a walk at the atmospheric Kilchurn Castle at Loch Awe— one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland—that was built in the 15th century by Clan Campbell. While it is closed during the winter time, you can still walk around the area and take some fantastic photographs.

    You can also stop at the charming village of Inveraray with its white washed houses on the shores of Loch Fyne, before reaching Loch Lomond in the late afternoon. We recommend a walk in the ancient village of Luss, with its characteristic stone cottages overlooking the shores of the loch.

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

    Driving distance: 140 miles / 230 km

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  • Day 6: Back to Edinburgh

    It's time to head back to Edinburgh today. You may wish to do some light hiking in the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area this morning. For a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss Doune Castle, which is 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.  

    Other worthwhile stops, depending on your time, include Linlithgow Palace and the Kelpies, two giant horse head sculptures that make for a great photo opportunity.

    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: 80 miles / 125 km

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  • Day 7: Departure

    After your memorable adventure, enjoy a comfortable private transfer back to Edinburgh Airport.. 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 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

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

Kia Sportage (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Kia Sportage (automatic)
or similar

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

Mercedes Vito
or similar

  • x9
  • x3
  • x9
  • M

Mercedes Vito
or similar

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

Price per person from

Approx 861 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

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

2019

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 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. Furthermore, with Scotland being big on all things outdoors, the summer is also the time for various popular activities such as Highland Games, music festivals and sporting events! Please keep in mind that 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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