Discover Scotland in 8 days
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS | Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Culloden, Loch Ness, Highlands, Isle of Skye, Glencoe & Stirling
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
Discover Scotland — see the best of Scotland in 8 days with your very own chauffeur-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 enjoy visits to Stirling Castle, the Isle of Skye, the Highlands, Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. 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: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia
Arrive Edinburgh airport where you will be met by your chauffeur-guide. On your way into Edinburgh you’ll visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former yacht of the Royal family. Next, arrive at your hotel in central Edinburgh for a 2-night stay. Enjoy some time to relax, and settle into your accommodation before a welcome dinner with some whisky tastings at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Edinburgh
Today, you'll enjoy a private-guided tour learning about Edinburgh’s long history. You’ll 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 many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers for whom Edinburgh is famous. You'll visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle, to tour this historic military stronghold, the birthplace of the city, and soak up the dramatic views. You'll wind your way through the medieval streets, ending with a visit to the impressive Palace of Holyrood, the Scottish residence of The Queen.
Day 3: Blackness Castle & St. Andrews
This morning, depart Edinburgh for a visit to Blackness Castle, on the south shores of the Firth of Forth. Mighty fortifications make this 15th-century castle look like a ‘ship that never sailed.’ Blackness was never just a peaceful lordly residence, its enduring roles were as a garrison fortress. You'll then cross the Firth of Forth estuary for the beautiful medieval city of St. Andrews, set on the stunning north coast of the Kingdom of Fife. You’ll enjoy a private-guided walking tour visiting Scotland’s oldest university (founded in 1413), the ruins of the 12th century cathedral and castle, the historic town, packed with history and charm, and the oldest golf course in the world. Next, continue your journey to the Scottish Highlands for a two-night stay in Culloden – a 10-minute drive from Inverness.
Day 4: Whisky Tasting & The Scottish Highlands
Today, tour the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising — the Culloden Battlefield, where, in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat ended decades of Scottish rebellion against the British government. Continue to the nearby turreted Cawdor Castle for lunch. Tour the castle and enjoy the gardens. This afternoon, enjoy a scenic journey through the Cairngorms National Park for a visit to the Glenlivet Distillery to learn about how whisky is made and sample a “wee dram”. Next, visit to the Neolithic Clava Cairn Stones, said to have inspired Outlander. Tonight dinner is included in Inverness.
Day 5: Loch Ness & Fort Augustus
This morning, enjoy a panoramic cruise of Loch Ness before the boat drops you at the shore to explore the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Next, to Fort Augustus for lunch, where Loch Ness meets the Caledonian Canal. This afternoon, continue your journey, through magnificent mountain scenery, to one of Scotland’s most iconic images, Eilean Donan Castle. You’ll visit the castle prior to crossing to the Isle of Skye for a 2-night stay.
Day 6: Isle of Skye
Today, explore the Isle of Skye. You’ll first have an opportunity to climb to the Old Man of Storr, a large pinnacle of towering rock with views over the Islands of Raasay and Rona, and beyond to the mainland. Then continue to Kilt Rock, a sea cliff with huge, vertical basalt columns, and to the top of the spectacular Quiraing mountain pass. Enjoy lunch in Flodigarry, where Flora MacDonald (who aided Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape) once lived. This afternoon, step back in time at the Skye Museum of Island Life, and visit the ruins of Dun Beag iron-age broch, a circular dry-stone tower, large enough to serve as a fortified home.
Day 7: Glencoe & Glencoe
Say goodbye to the Isle of Skye and leave by ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. Follow the coast south, by the silver sands of Morar, stopping at the Arisaig Land Sea & Island Center and the Glenfinnan Tower Monument, where Bonnie Prince Charles rallied support for the Jacobite Rising of 1746. Continue your journey to Glencoe, site of Scotland's most infamous massacre. Arrive at your accommodation by the shores of Loch Linnhe for an overnight stay.
Day 8: Stirling Castle & Edinburgh
Leave through the beautiful and mountainous landscape of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor for Stirling Castle – the last stronghold of Scotland, besieged by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and residence of the Stewart monarchs including Mary Queen of Scots and King James. Continue to Edinburgh where the tour ends at the airport or central Edinburgh.
Included with this private tour:
Seven nights of hotel accommodation
Five 3-course gourmet dinners
Your very own professional
Airport meet and greet
Whisky distillery tour with tastings
All entrance fees
Private guided walking tours
Loch Ness cruise
Ferry fares, tolls & taxes
Just a few tour highlights:
Edinburgh's Royal Mile & Castle
Stirling and Urquhart Castles
Isle of Skye
Glenlivet Distillery Tour
Loch Ness cruise
Royal Yacht Britannia
Choose Your ACCOMMODATION
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.
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.
2020 Prices & Dates
Choose your dates. Price is determined by season, accommodation, and the number of people in your group. Prices below are a guideline, and may change in accordance with your individual preferences.
From $2990 per person (group of 6 people)
From $3490 per person (group of 4 people)
From $4490 per person (group of 2 people)
All prices are in US dollars and based on sharing a room for double occupancy.
This tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.
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The scenery of Scotland was breathtaking! Your attention to detail and service made our trip even better. Loved it!
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