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SCOTLAND EXPLORER

The ultimate tour of Scotland, the Scotland Explorer Tour let's you see this beautiful nation in all her glory. From the bustling historic cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh Aberdeen and Inverness to the enchanting landscapes of the remote highlands, the Great Glen, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
10 days / 9 nights

Regions visited:
All of Scotland

Start point:
Edinburgh or Glasgow

End point:
Edinburgh to Glasgow

Customizable:
Yes

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UK international:
+44 (0)2921 660 747

US toll-free:
1-866-209-4554

Email:
[email protected]

 

ITINERARY

selfdrivetourSelf drive tour: Scotland Explorer

DAY ONE

Glasgow City

Scotland Explorer Tour - Glasgow

Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland

Landing in Glasgow or Edinburgh travel to Scotland's largest city in Glasgow where you'll discover a thriving modern Scottish culture. Explore the monuments of George Square, the bustling Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Park and Museum not to mention some of Scotland's best shopping.

accommodationOvernight: Glasgow.

distanceJourney details: 40 miles / 65 km, 1 hour (approx.), if starting at Edinburgh Airport*.

attractionsHighlights: Kelvingrove Museum and Glasgow City.

DAY TWO

Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Oban Distillery

From Glasgow head north in to Scotland's raw natural landscapes along the banks of Loch Lomond through the Trossachs National Park. Possibly stop at Inveraray and Inveraray Castle on route to Oban to visit this charming port home of Mccaigs tower overlooking the docks and the famous Oban Whiskey Distillery.

accommodationOvernight: Oban.

distanceJourney details: 100 miles / 155 km, 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Loch Lomond, the Trossachs National Park and Oban Distillery.

DAY THREE

The road to the Isles and the Isle of Skye

Scotland Explorer Tour - Kilt Rock

Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Travel north through Fort William and the past the towering Ben Nevis before taking the road tot he isles and the ferry crossing to the glorious Isle of Skye. Explore the island's stunning natural beauty from the Cuillin Hills to Kilt Rock and the Trotternish Peninsula. The Clan Donald Centre, Dunvegan Castle and the stunning port town of Portree make for rewarding visits.

accommodationOvernight: Isle of Skye.

distanceJourney details: 150 miles / 245 km, 3 hours 35 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Fort William and the Isle of Skye.

DAY FOUR

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness and Inverness

Returning to the Scottish mainland via the Skye bridge make your way along the scenic banks of mysterious Loch Ness whilst trying to spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Enjoy a stop at Urquhart Castle and the Loch Ness visitor centre on route to Inverness, capital of the Highlands where you can explore the museum, castle and shopping.

accommodationOvernight: Inverness.

distanceJourney details: 115 miles / 180 km, 2 hours 35 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Inverness.

DAY FIVE

Culloden Moor, Cawdor Castle and Fort George

Scotland Explorer Tour - Glasgow

Inverness, Scottish Highlands

Spend use Inverness as a base to explore a wealth of cultural sites surrounding the city; Culloden Moor offers an insight in to one of Scotland's most infamous battles. Enjoy the contrasting castles of fairytale baronial manor at Cawdor Castle, romantically connected to Macbeth by Shakespeare, and the magnificent example of 18th century military engineering at Fort George.

accommodationOvernight: Inverness.

attractionsHighlights: Culloden Moor and Cawdor Castle.

DAY SIX

The Whisky Trail and Aberdeen

Departing Inverness pass East in to Scotland's whisky country renowned for its famous single malt distilleries such as Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Strathisla and Dallas Dhu or see where the whisky is barrelled at the Speyside Cooperage. Arriving in Aberdeen spend the balance of the day exploring Scotland's third largest city.

accommodationOvernight: Aberdeen.

distanceJourney details: 105 miles / 170 km, 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Grampian Whisky Trail and Aberdeen City.

DAY SEVEN

Dunottar Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and Golf

Scotland Explorer Tour - Glasgow

Dunottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

From Aberdeen follow the coastline south making your first stop at the ruin at Dunottar Castle spectacularly perched on a cliff top overlooking the north sea. Continue south crossing the Tay bridge in to the Kingdom of Fife to the historic town of St Andrews. Explore the cobbled streets of this charming university town with possible visits to the castle and cathedral ruins the famous "Old Course" and the golfing museum.

accommodationOvernight: St Andrews.

distanceJourney details: 80 miles / 125 km, 1 hour 40 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Dunottar Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Golf Club.

DAYS EIGHT AND NINE

The Scottish Capital Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

Departing St Andrews make your way to the Scottish Capital city and spend the next three days exploring the city and its surrounds. From the winding alleys of the cobbled old town to wide avenues of the Georgian New Town, visit the Palace of Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament or some of the national galleries and museums or climb to Arthur's Seat for the best views of the city's skyline. Outside of the city you can discover Craigmillar Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia or Rosslyn Chapel. Finally visit Edinburgh Castle, the crowning glory of the Scottish Capital City.

accommodationOvernight: Edinburgh x 2 nights.

distanceJourney details: 50 miles / 85 km, 1 hour 15 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Edinburgh City, Edinburgh Castle, Rosslyn Chapel and Royal Yacht Britannia .

DAY TEN

Tour ends in Edinburgh

Scotland Explorer Tour - Glasgow

Edinburgh at dusk, Scotland

Your tour ends this morning in Edinburgh after taking a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. You may choose to travel the short distance back to Edinburgh International Airport for a return flight to your home nation or alternatively you can continue to explore the magnificent city of Edinburgh independently. Other options include onward travel to Edinburgh, within Scotland or back to London.

accommodationOvernight: St Andrews.

distanceJourney details: 80 miles / 125 km, 1 hour 40 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Dunottar Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Golf Club.

MAP

Scotland Explorer Tour Map - self drive tour of Scotland

INCLUSIONS

selfdriveSelf drive tour: Scotland Explorer

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 9 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • 8 days car rental inclusive of all mandatory taxes, insurances and charges.
  • adeo Travel suggested driving itinerary and travel documents pack.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip .
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.

arrowSUGGESTED ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Argyll Hotel, Glasgow x 1 night
  • Ballachulish Hotel, near Fort William x 1 night
  • Dunorin House Hotel, Isle of Skye x 1 night
  • Priory Hotel, Beauly near Inverness x 2 nights
  • Thainstone Hosue Hotel, Aberdeenshire x 1 night
  • Old Manor Hotel, Fife near St Andrews x 1 night
  • Fredericks Hotel, Edinburgh x 2 nights

As our self-drive tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Enjoy a City Sightseeing open top bus tour in Glasgow, Inverness or Edinburgh.
  • Purchase the Scottish Heritage overseas visitor pass for entry to a number of sites and historic attractions on route.
  • Experience a Scottish evening including dinner and entertainment in Edinburgh.
  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in Glasgow or Edinburgh before or after your trip.
  • Add rail travel to/from Scotland before or after your tour.

arrowCUSTOMIZE THIS TOUR!

  • Add an extra night on the Isle of Skye to really explore this magical island.
  • Add a night in the Scottish Lowlands to enhance your itinerary.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour. Combine this tour with one of our other Britain self-drive tours.
  • Stay in quaint family run B&Bs throughout your tour or on selected nights.
  • Enjoy an upgrade to a luxury castle or manor hotel on one or more nights of your stay.

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PRICING

selfdriveSelf drive tour: Scotland Explorer

arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

arrowPRICING 2017/18

From GBP £799 per person (based on two people travelling).

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (May/September) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Your quotation will be based on the suggested accommodations listed however please note that we may tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences. Please indicate these when you contact us.
  • Prices are calculated as per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room and one vehicle.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.

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