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Scotland & Isle of Skye in 7 days

7 DAYS, 6 NIGHTS | Edinburgh, Stirling Castle, Inverness, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye & Glencoe
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY

Discover Scotland — see the best of Scotland in 7 days with your very own driver-guide! This beautifully guided journey starts in Edinburgh where you will visit the Castle and explore the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile. Visit Scotland’s must-see historical sites, charming towns, gourmet restaurants, spectacular mountain scenery, and beautiful isles. You'll also enjoy visits to Stirling Castle, Cairngorm National Park, Balmoral Castle, Culloden Battlefield, a cruise on Loch Ness and the beautiful Isle of Skye Cherish private-guided walking tours, experience the spectacular mountain landscape of Glencoe, learn how whisky is made and sample a wee dram, and much more! Discover Scotland!​

Day 1) Arrive in Edinburgh & Royal Britannia

Arrive at Edinburgh airport where you will be met by your driver-guide. On your way into Edinburgh, visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former yacht of the Royal family. From the elegant State Apartments to the gleaming Engine Room, see where the Royal family spent their summer holidays. You may enjoy refreshments or a light lunch at the Royal Deck Tea Room. Next, arrive at your hotel for a three-night stay. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and whisky tastings with your guide at a local restaurant.

 

Day 2) Edinburgh 

Today, your local kilt-wearing guide will take you on a whole-day tour of Edinburgh. Learn all about Edinburgh’s long history—see how the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile contrast with the fine Georgian architecture of the 200-year-old New Town and learn about the many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors, and writers for whom Edinburgh is famous. Visit the majestic Edinburgh Castle to tour this historic military stronghold, the birthplace of the city, and soak up the dramatic views. This afternoon, wind your way through the medieval streets of the Royal Mile. Visit the impressive Palace of Holyrood, home to many kings and queens and where, recently, Queen Elizabeth II lay in state before being transferred to Westminster Abbey in London. David I founded the impressive palace as an Augustinian monastery in 1128. In 1501, James IV built a Palace for himself and his bride, Margaret Tudor— the sister of Henry VIII. Mary, Queen of Scots spent most of her turbulent life in the Palace. 

 

Day 3) Stirling Castle & Scottish Highlands

This morning, visit Stirling Castle, just an hour away. The last stronghold of Scotland, Stirling Castle was besieged by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and residence to the Stewart monarchs including Mary Queen of Scots and King James. You’ll tour the castle, including the newly restored Renaissance Palace. This afternoon, depart Stirling for the Scottish Highlands, traveling through the Cairngorms National Park. Arrive in Inverness for a two-night stay. Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant in Inverness. 

 

Day 4) Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle & Whisky Tasting

Today, visit the Culloden Battlefield—the powerfully emotive and atmospheric battlefield where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to a tragic end. You’ll discover the true story of the 1745 Rising, from both the Jacobite and Government perspectives, Walk the battlefield and explore the key areas of action on Culloden Moor. Next, discover one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sites, Clava Cairns, an ancient burial ground said to have inspired Outlander. Continue to Cawdor Castle & Gardens, a traditional Scottish Castle built and privately owned by the Cawdor family for over 600 years with beautiful gardens. Enjoy lunch at the café. This afternoon, tour the Glenfarclas Distillery where you’ll learn about how whisky is made and sample a “wee dram” of single malt. Tonight, dinner is included in Inverness.

 

Day 5) Loch Ness, The Western Highlands & Isle of Skye 

This morning, leave for Loch Ness, famous for the legendary Loch Ness monster, Nessie. You’ll enjoy a cruise on this beautiful loch and be treated to panoramic views of the Highlands as you approach Urquhart Castle for a visit to this famous castle perched majestically above the shoreline. Next, follow the long straight valley called the Great Glen to Fort Augustus for lunch. Continue to Loch Duich, where you will visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle before crossing by bridge to the Isle of Skye. Arrive at a former hunting lodge for Clan MacDonald, and now a delightful family-run inn, where you are assured a comfortable, relaxing stay with loch views. Enjoy dinner at the lodge serving delicious home cooking and lounge in the bar and living room, all with a waterfront view.

 

Day 6) Isle of Skye

Today, set out to explore the Isle of Skye beginning with a drive to the Sligachan, with views to the Black Cuillin mountains. Then journey along the west coast where you will visit Dunvegan Castle, seat of Clan MacDonald, or Neist Point, the most westerly point of Skye, with dramatic sea and cliff views. Continue to the harbor town of Uig for lunch. This afternoon tour around the stunning Trotternish peninsula with visits to include the Museum of Island Life, the Old Man of Storr, and Kilt Rock, with its magnificent views from Quiraing. Return to your hotel through Portree, the largest town and capital of the Isle of Skye. It is here at Portree that Flora MacDonald aided Charles Edward Stuart’s (Bonnie Prince Charles’) escape after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden. Dinner is included tonight at the inn.

 

Day 7) Glenfinnan & Trossachs
Depart for Armadale where you will board the ferry to Mallaig on the mainland. Continue by the silver sands of Morar, the Glenfinnan Tower Monument—where Bonnie Prince Charles rallied support for the Jacobite Rising of 1746—and the shores of Loch Linnhe to Glencoe. At the Glencoe Visitors Centre, learn about the Glencoe Massacre and visit a replica 17th century turf and creel house. Continue through the Trossachs National Park on your way to Edinburgh, where you will arrive by late afternoon, and where we can book accommodation for you near the airport or in Edinburgh, at extra cost.

 

Included with this private tour:
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation

  • 6 daily Scottish breakfasts​

  • 4 three-course gourmet dinners 

  • 7 days of touring

  • Your own professional driver-guide 

  • Airport meet and greet 

  • Whisky distillery tour with tastings

  • All entrance fees 

  • Private guided walking tours

  • Loch Ness cruise

  • Ferry fares, tolls & taxes 

  • Flexible itinerary

Just a few tour highlights:

  • Edinburgh's Royal Mile & Castle

  • Stirling and Urquhart Castles

  • Oban & the West Coast

  • Scenic backroad tours

  • Loch Ness cruise

  • Culloden Battlefield

  • St. Andrews

Accommodation

Superior Boutique

In this category we have hand-picked five-star guest houses or smaller luxury hotels. These lodgings are often family owned and offer a truly unique, authentic and welcome atmosphere where you are more likely to engage with local people than in a higher-end hotel. Some tours involve a mixture of both Superior and Luxury Boutique.

Luxury Boutique 

Through years of experience we have hand-picked luxury boutique hotels which are not only very comfortable in the traditional sense, but as importantly offer gourmet food, and an ambience of lasting memory. All our hotel choices are of unique character, range from 4-star to 5-star, and are either downtown, or enjoy a spectacular rural or village setting. Our detailed offer to you will specify the hotels recommended.

2024 PRICES

Subject to availability, you may choose your own dates.

 

    $3,990 per person (group of 6 people)

    $4,290 per person (group of 4 people)

    $5,490 per person (group of 2 people)​

All prices are in US dollars and for Superior Boutique Lodgings, except in Edinburgh which is Luxury Boutique, based on sharing a room for double occupancy, 

 

For a full itinerary with details of all lodgings, and everything included in the tour price, please enquire.

Want a luxury private tour? This tour can be customized to your wishes or offered with 5-star luxury accommodation. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.

Scotland & Ireland

Great trip...can't say enough about Wanderlust. Their professionalism and service is top notch. Highly recommend them.

John A. - Massachusetts 

Heart of Scotland

The scenery of Scotland was breathtaking! Your attention to detail and service made our trip even better. Loved it!

Bob. S - Florida

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