Experience the wild and romantic beauty of the glorious Scotland. From historic castles to majestic landscapes, world class gold courses, sparkling seas, bewitching lochs, glens and islets – and the often snowcapped peaks of the surrounding mountains. This is an unforgettable & enchanting land of amazing contrasts and diversity. Whether you’re a whisky newbie or a passionate fan, let your senses run free and have the ultimate scotch experience on our visit to the some of the legendary whisky distilleries.
Join our convoy of 4×4 vehicles as we drive to John O Groats, the northern most tip of United Kingdom and become part of a rare group of travelers who will experience the surreal beauty of Scotland! This self-drive expedition will take you through high mountain passes and across historic battlefields, along rugged coastlines and stunning sunsets over magical islands. Stay in Luxury resorts and castles and feel like royalty in this absolutely unique drive through Scotland!
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Dates: 30th September 2017 – 8th October 2017
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Route: Edinburgh – Trossachs – Fort William – Glenfinnan – Skye – Durness – John o’ Groats – Loch Ness – Gleneagles – Edinburgh
Cost = To be decided
- Visiting the Edinburgh Castle
- Staying in Luxury Castles
- Visiting world famous whisky distilleries
- Driving to the northern most point of Scotland
- Visiting St Andrews University – The university of the Royals
- Loch Lomond Cruise
- All Hotel and Castle stays (twin sharing basis)
- Self-Drive SUV (4 people in one car)
- All Meals
- Fuel for Vehicles
- Entry ticket for Edinburgh Castle
- Airport Transfers
- International Air Tickets
- Meals & Drinks not mentioned
- Insurance & Documentation Costs such as travel insurance, visa applications, International Driving Permit etc.
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill health, land blocks, bad weather etc
- 25% of the Tour cost will be charged if the tour cancelled anytime after confirmation till 30 days prior to start date.
- 50% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation if tour is cancelled in less than 29-15 days prior to start date.
- 100% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation if trip is cancelled in less than 14 days prior to start date.
Today you will arrive at the beautiful city of Edinburgh and will be transferred to the magnificent Glasshouse Hotel where you will be welcomed in true Scottish style with a piper reception! Here at the hotel you will meet your fellow participants and we promise these are going to be the same people who you will be hugging goodbye with a heavy heart after the trip!
You will also be briefed about what’s in store for the next one week. We have put together a half day tour of the city where you will get a chance to soak in the Scottish atmosphere as you walk along the historic paths of the Edinburgh Castle.
After a hearty breakfast, head out for a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh. Explore the Royal Mile by foot, step into the popular whisky museum to learn and sample the most popular single malts, join the locals for lunch in a pub or wander about and explore the architecture by visiting historic buildings like the famous Giles’ Cathedral. Ensure a good night’s sleep as tomorrow we will be getting our SUVs and driving through the incredible landscape of Scotland. Overnight at the hotel.
Bens, Lochs and Glens
Get ready to hit the road! Today, we will pick up our SUVs and start exploring the bens, lochs and glens of rural Scotland. Without wasting any time, we will get straight down to business and soak in the amazing countryside of this absolutely breathtaking country. We will be packing in a lot today as we drive through Trussochs, Glen Coe, Fort William, Ben Nevis and Glenfinnan before we reach the plush Torridon Hotel in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
The Isle of Skye
After sleeping in the lap of luxury, wake up and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before heading towards the Isle of Skye! The most popular characteristic of this island is the 50-mile long drive – a combination of velvet moors, towering sea cliffs, sparkling lochs and jagged mountains.
We will be driving through Kyle of Lochalsh, also known as the land of castles, hills and lochs. This village on the north-west coast of Scotland is the gateway to the Isle of Skye!
En route, we can either choose to take a dip in the Fairy Pools at the foot of Glen Brittle along the river Brittle or walk up to the Old Man of Storr – a rocky hill on the Trotternish Peninsula of the Isle of Skye. We will also make a stop at the Dunvegan Castle. Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rock in an idyllic loch side setting, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Before heading back to the hotel, sample the finest Single Malt Whiskey at the world famous Talisker distillery. The day is not over yet. We will conclude the day with a dinner in the royal setting of The Library at the Torridon Hotel.
The Scottish Countryside
We start the day with a lavish breakfast and then pack our vehicles as we check out of the lap of luxury of The Torridon Hotel. Well, the experience is only going to get better as we start driving up north through absolutely stunning landscapes of the north west of the Scottish highlands crossing sleepy villages like the Durness. All your imaginations, dreams and impressions of Scotland are going to come true today. You will be left spellbound and speechless as Scotland opens its arms and welcomes you to take in the stunning beauty of god’s generous gift to mankind. We will make leisurely stops, take photographs, take short hikes or just stroll along the rivers and streams. Along the way, we will also stop to try our hand at Fly Fishing, a popular way of catching fish in Scotland! There is no rush to get to the hotel and we will take our own sweet time to reach the traditional Tongue Hotel in the evening.
John O Groats
Today is going to be one of those days that you are going to remember for the rest of your life because today, we are going to drive to John O’ Groats, the northern most point of United Kingdom. Very few people have ever made it this far up north in the UK and it sure is going to be one proud moment when we reach the tip of the UK and have no more road left to drive on. The only way forward is to take a U turn and start driving south! Visit the northern most post office of the United Kingdom, pick up some souvenirs and after taking just about enough pictures, we will drive towards the Ackergill Tower Castle, our hotel for the night. Ackergill Tower Castle is a magnificent 15th century Scottish castle situated on the very edge of the sea. Spend a night in one of the world’s most exclusive retreats in one of the UK’s most unspoilt locations.
Have you had enough of the mountains? Fine. Let’s take a break from the winding roads of the mountains and head towards the ocean as we start driving south all along the coast to reach Loch Ness. No holiday in Scotland is complete without a visit to Loch Ness. Over 20 miles long, a mile wide and 700 feet at its deepest, Loch Ness is the largest lake in Scotland by volume. The surrounding area is filled with historic attractions, natural wonders, cosy places to stay, and superb eateries. The Loch Ness Monster is just one of the many myths and legends to be discovered in this particularly beautiful part of Scotland.
Loch Ness is full of surprises! You can sit back and enjoy the landscape, explore the history of the area, visit the charming towns and villages like Fort Augustus, Foyers, Cannich, and Drumnadrochit, or just relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Overnight at Loch Ness House.
Cairngorms National Park
Today is the final day of The Royal Scottish Drive. It may be our last driving day, but don’t start feeling sad about the drive coming to an end already as there is still a lot of country waiting to be explored! As we continue driving south towards Edinburgh enjoying the stunning countryside, we will make a stop at Cairngorms National Park. Twice the size of the Lake District, the Cairngorms National Park has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and distilleries than you can possibly imagine. Mother Nature dealt the Cairngorms a hand full of aces. That’s not fair, but that’s how it is. Five of the UK’s six highest mountains lie inside the park, and there are 55 Munros – mountains over 3,000 ft. There are huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls, and more wildlife than you can possibly imagine. After we are done exploring this nature’s marvel, if we have time left, we will stop at Glenlivet Distillery at Tomintoul, part of the world renowned Malt Whisky Trail.
Finally, we will drive towards the magnificent Gleaneagles Hotel, our final destination for the night and for The Royal Scottish Drive. The Gleneagles Hotel is a magnificent ‘French chateau’ set amid gently rolling hills in the heart of Scotland. This is home to one of Scotland’s Michelin star restaurants. We will all get together for one final dinner and reflect upon the amazing time spent together over the last 1 week.
Fly Back Home
After breakfast, we will drive our vehicles to Edinburgh Airport, drop them off and take our flights back home.