Tartan Adventure - Classic
Experience the best of Scotland! Stay in cozy family run B&B’s, four-star city centre hotels, and then top it all off with a stay in a Scottish Castle or Manor. Step back in time and enjoy a stay in some of our favourite castle accommodations where the elegance and comfort are only surpassed by the genuine hospitality and warmth extended.
After a night in beautiful Edinburgh, head through Perthshire and perhaps a stop at a whisky distillery. Make your way to the magical island of Skye.
2018 departures: Due to a fire at Cameron House in Loch Lomond, we are no longer able to use this property. At time of booking an alternate will be booked.
SCOTTISH HERITAGE PASS INCLUDED (April to October)
The Scottish Heritage Pass offers entry to Scotland’s most outstanding historic attractions. It makes visiting a host of ‘must-see’ heritage attractions all over Scotland – including Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle, and Stirling Castle – simple and great value for money.
Arrive at Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport and pick up your self-drive car. Depart for the Scottish capital. As one of Europe’s must see destinations, Edinburgh offers much for the visitor; art galleries and museums, fantastic shopping, great restaurants and bars and one of the most unforgettable skylines overlooking Princes Street Gardens.
Overnight - 4-star Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh (2019 4-star Crowne Plaza - Royal Terrace)
Edinburgh & Perthshire
After your Full Scottish Breakfast depart Edinburgh heading north crossing the Forth Road Bridge with its dramatic views of the Victorian feet of engineering; the Forth Railway Bridge. En route you will visit Falkland Palace built by the King James V in 1539. It became a favourite retreat of the Stuart Dynasty including Mary Queen of Scots. The gardens contain the original and oldest Royal Tennis Court in Britain. Continue through Fife and in to Perthshire.
Overnight - Perthshire B&B (2019 4-star Atholl Palace Hotel, Perthshire)
Speyside & Inverness
Today you will take the very scenic & dramatic road over the Drummochter Pass one of the highest roads in Scotland. Descend into Speyside an area of Scotland famous for its whisky producing tradition. Follow the Whisky Trail & visit one of the many distilleries in the area. You can take a tour at Glenfiddich, Cragganmore, Grants, Cardhu and enjoy a tasting at the end. Before checking in to your accommodation, visit Culloden Moor, the site of the battle on 16 April 1746, when the forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were defeated by English government army, so ending the Forty-Five Jacobite uprising.
Overnight - 4-star Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Loch Ness & Skye
Today travel south again going via Loch Ness. Make a stop at Urquhart Castle, one of the largest castles in Scotland which was blown up in 1692 to prevent it being occupied by Jacobites. This is a very scenic spot and also the place where the most sightings of “Nessie” have been. Before crossing onto the Isle, visit the Balmacara Estate, an area covering 2,550 hectares on the Lochalsh peninsula. It offers stunning views across the water to the mountains of Skye and Applecross.
Overnight - Isle of Skye B&B
Isle of Skye
Enjoy a full day on the Isle of Skye. Head south towards the Cuillin Hills, the island's best-known feature. Though their tops are places only for experienced climbers, there are many viewpoints and island locations where excellent panoramas can be enjoyed. Head back to your accommodation via Glenbrittle and the famous Fairy Pools - beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle, these make for some fabulous photos.
Overnight - Isle of Skye B&B
After breakfast, travel towards Fort William, which nestles beneath the highest mountain in Great Britain – Ben Nevis. Journeying towards Mallaig, you will see the Glenfinnan Monument, the statue of a Highland Chieftain, which looks towards the Hills erected on the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the Highland Clans in preparation for the disastrous rebellion of 1745 fought at Culloden.
Overnight - Fort William area B&B
Continue south today into the heart of the Trossachs, the ‘gateway to the Highlands’. You will drive along the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the largest stretch of inland water in Britain and framed by lovely mountain scenery. The landscape of this area has played a significant part in the history and literature of Scotland. It was the inspiration and setting for Sir Walter Scott’s major work, “The Lady of the Lake”, inspiring the first tourists to venture to Highland Scotland.
Overnight - ALTERNATE for Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond (2019 Loch Lomond area B&B)
Unfortunately it is now time to leave Scotland. Return your hire car and join your flight home.
- Edinburgh Castle
- Royal Mile
- Falkland Palace
- Culloden Moor
- Urquhart Castle
- Balmacara Estate
- Isle of Skye
- Loch Lomond
- 7 nights pre-booked accommodation including 1 night city centre hotel in Edinburgh, 1 night hotel in Inverness and a deluxe castle stay
- 7 Day "Royal Coverage" self-drive standard car rental
- 7 Day Scottish Heritage Pass - offers admissions to over 120 attractions (valid from April to October)
- Full Scottish breakfast daily
- Touring map of Scotland