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Explore beyond Scotland's tartan façade where there lies 8,000 years of history and a rich cultural heritage, while the drama and variety of her natural features never fail to impress. Explore the Northern Highlands and Isles of Orkney and Skye on the Country Roads of Scotland Tour which is well paced and offers two-night stays in both Edinburgh and Thurso.



9 days / 8 nights

Regions visited:
Scotland and the Highlands

Start point:
Central Edinburgh

End point:
Central Glasgow


Additional information:

  • Maximum group-size of 40
  • Tour Style - Comfortable


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coachtourEscorted coach tour: Country Roads of Scotland


Welcome to Scotland

Country Roads of Scotland - Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Landing in to Edinburgh Airport make your way in to the city to your centrally located hotel where you can leave your luggage or check-in by afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to relax or begin exploring some of this great city. Later join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception - a pleasant and relaxed evening of dinner and wine. On selected departures, you will also attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

accommodationAccommodation: The Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh (welcome dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: explore Edinburgh City and welcome dinner.


Edinburgh, Scotland's Cultural Capital and Edinburgh Castle

This morning we are joined by a Local Expert to assist us as we explore the many highlights of this beautiful city. We'll drive along Princes Street passing the ornate Scott Memorial, then tour the 18th century New Town with its elegant avenues and classical Adam façades. Over in the medieval Old Town we climb the Royal Mile to visit the majestic Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland's crown jewels. We'll also catch views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure, why not visit one of the city's many galleries and museums or indulge in a spot of souvenir shopping.

accommodationAccommodation: The Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh.

attractionsHighlights: Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.


St Andrews and Inverness, Capital of the Highlands

Country Roads of Scotland - St Andrews

St Andrews, Scotland

Bidding farewell to Edinburgh, we cross the Firth of Forth into the rolling hills of Fife; here we make our way to St. Andrews, where golf was born on the Old Course in the 15th century, to enjoy some free-time to explore. Then we cross the Tay and drive to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap before crossing the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley. Here we visit a working Highland farm for a personal insight into the daily life of a shepherd and his dogs and see the sheep-dogs at work. Later we continue to Inverness, to check in to your quality hotel is set within four acres of manicured grounds, offering the very best in Highland hospitality.

accommodationAccommodation: Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness (dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: St Andrews, victorian Pitlochry, Grampian Mountains and the Spey Valley.


Culloden Moor, Loch Ness and the Northern Highlands

A short drive from Inverness we visit the eerie Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746; we see the battlefield and discover its history in the excellent Visitor Centre and exhibition. We then pass along the shores of Loch Ness where you can keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the monster! Following the rugged coast-line we pass in to the scenic far northern Highlands to the fishing town of Wick where we pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to learn about the production of the national drink and sample a wee dram ourselves. We continue to Thurso for our overnight stay.

accommodationAccommodation: Pentland Hotel, Thurso (dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: the historic Culloden Moor, Loch Ness and the Old Pulteney Distillery.


The Magical Island of Orkney

Country Roads of Scotland - Skara Brae

Skara Brae, Orkney, Scotland

This morning, we head to the most northerly town on the British mainland, John O'Groats before boarding the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands. The rest of our day today is dedicated to exploring the untamed scenery and array of historic and pre-historic sites of this remote island where the hardy locals live 'below the wind and above the water'. Our day of sightseeing includes visits to the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall, the isle's main town, and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during WWII. By evening we return to the mainland and your Thurso Hotel this evening.

accommodationAccommodation: Pentland Hotel, Thurso (dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: John O'Groats, ferry to the Orkney Islands, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar.


The Northern Highlands and the Isle of Skye

Returning south along the northern coast with its white sandy beaches, and inland through the stunning and pristine landscapes of the northern Highlands we'll see misty valleys and glens, lochs and rushing waters. Your drive will take you along stretches of the renowned Scottish NC 500 route. Then it's 'Over the Sea to Skye' the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. On route you'll hear romantic tales of how young Flora MacDonald helped rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie with their escape to this remote island.

accommodationAccommodation: Dunollie Hotel, Broadford (dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: the stunning Isle of Skye.


The West Coast and Glencoe

Country Roads of Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands

This morning we explore this wild and beautiful island before crossing Skye Bridge to the Kyle of Lochalsh. There's the chance for a photo at remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Further south we arrive at the WWII Commando Memorial with stunning views of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. We'll pass through the port town of Fort William before continuing to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Tonight enjoy a grand finale dinner at your hotel.

accommodationAccommodation: Ballachulish Hotel or Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish near Fort William or Caledonian Hotel, Oban (celebration dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: Kyle of Lochalsh, Eilean Donan Castle, views of Ben Nevis and the port of Fort William.


Loch Lomond and Glasgow

Continuing south, we pass through the beautiful scenery of the Scottish Highlands and along the "bonnie banks" of Loch Lomond where you'll have the opportunity to join a cruise on the chilly waters. Later we continue to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city; an orientation drive shows you the city's grand public buildings, including the statues and city hall of George Square and St Mungo's cathedral. Then the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore this thriving centre for Scottish culture, perhaps enjoy the best shopping in Scotland or visit the magnificent Kelvingrove Museum in the fashionable West End.

accommodationAccommodation: Holiday Inn Theatreland or Hallmark Hotel, Glasgow.

attractionsHighlights: Loch London, Glasgow's George Square and St Mungo's Cathedral.



Your tour comes to an end after checking out of your Glasgow hotel. You may choose to return to the airport for your home-ward flight, continue to explore the city independently or make your onward travel within Scotland or South in to England.


Country Roads of Scotland - Scotland escorted coach tour


smallgroupEscorted coach tour: Country Roads of Scotland


  • For a limited time in August, you are witness to the breathtaking spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Walk within the walls of Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels.
  • Amidst the stunning scenery of a real working Highland farm, watch as sheepdogs are put through their paces.
  • Visit the site of the Battle of Culloden which changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Enjoy a full day on the windswept Isle of Orkney to discover its wealth of relics that span human history.
  • Sample a wee dram at the Old Pulteney distillery produces whisky with a distinctive flavour.


  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Edinburgh down the Royal Mile and over to the beautiful New Town.
  • Visit the university town of St Andrews and see the golf course.
  • Drive along the shores of Loch Ness.
  • See the dramatic Cuillin Hills and spend a night on the Isle of Skye.
  • Enjoy views of the iconic loch-side Eilean Donan Castle.
  • Enjoy an orientation drive around the bustling city of Glasgow.
  • Scenic drives: Grampians, North West Highlands, Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond.

arrow DINING

  • 8 x full breakfasts.
  • 6 x evening meals including four three-course hotel dinners plus one welcome dinner and one celebration dinner.


  • The signature Kingsmills hotel in Inverness comprises of a sympathetically extended 17th century residence, presenting a seamless blend of style and substance and proud of its reputation for a warm welcome.
  • The Highland hotels are mainly traditional and much simpler in style, although typical of the region.


  • The services of your professional Tour Director.
  • All quality overnight hotel accommodation, as per the tour itinerary, featuring twin rooms and private facilities. All service charges, taxes and porterage are included.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of a luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
  • Free wi-fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies and available on most touring coaches. • Maximum group-size of 40 passengers on board.
  • Personal radio headsets for all guided visits allowing you to wander without missing any commentary.
  • A travel wallet with your tour documentation.


  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • Airport transfers or transport to/from your departure/return cities.
  • Rail transport from London or other areas of the UK to/from Edinburgh/Glasgow.
  • Your tour already includes a comprehensive sightseeing program however some additional excursions may be available to enhance your trip further - these are fully optional and bookable during your tour.

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smallgroupEscorted coach tour: Country Roads of Scotland


(in Edinburgh)
(in Glasgow)
(sharing twin/ double)
Mon 21 Aug, 2017 Tue 29 Aug, 2017 Fully booked £ 2,095
Sat 26 Aug, 2017 Sun 03 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 2,095
Mon 28 Aug, 2017 Tue 05 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,895
Sat 02 Sep, 2017 Sun 10 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,870
Sat 09 Sep, 2017 Sun 17 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,870
Mon 11 Sep, 2017 Tue 19 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,870
Sat 16 Sep, 2017 Sun 24 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,870
Sat 23 Sep, 2017 Sun 01 Oct, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,870
Mon 25 Sep, 2017 Tue 03 Oct, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,845
Sat 30 Sep, 2017 Sun 08 Oct, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,845
Mon 02 Oct, 2017 Tue 10 Oct, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,845

Single Supplement: £400.

This tour starts upon check-in on the first day of travel (from 3pm) and ends after breakfast on the final day of travel. If you require pre or post tour accommodation in central Edinburgh or Glasgow or if you need pre/post tour travel arrangements, please let us know.


  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) for approximate costs in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however are subject to change.


We have 2018 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a quotation.

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