Day 1: Edinburgh
Welcome to Edinburgh. For an easy and comfortable way to get from Edinburgh Airport to your hotel in the city centre, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you (at additional cost). After settling in, go out and explore. Edinburgh has a long and storied history, so there’s no shortage of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums and landmarks to visit, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle. And of course there are plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy some warm Scottish hospitality—not to mention a taste of the local whisky. Spend the night in Edinburgh.
Day 2: Into The Highlands
Head towards the majestic Highlands today. There are many notable highlights on your way, including the lovely village of Dunkeld, perched on the banks of the River Tay and The Hermitage. Here you can see the beautiful cathedral ruins, or take a winter walk through the Hermitage Forest to view the romantic Black Linn Falls and Ossian´s Hall of Mirrors. Continue to Pitlochry, from where a 20 minute detour along Loch Tummel takes you to the stunning Queen’s View, one of Scotland’s best known lookouts. Spend some time in Pitlochry itself where you can find plenty of pubs and cafes, you might be tempted to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea! Another option is to take part in a 2.5-hour jeep safari, guided by a local ranger, through forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks with chances to see Scottish wildlife like red deer, grouse, mountain hares or golden eagles. Travelling north into the Cairngorms National Park, if time allows you might wish to stop at Scotland’s highest whisky distillery, Dalwhinnie, where you can take a tour and sample a wee dram.Spend the night in the Aviemore area.
Driving distance: 204 km /127 miles
Day 3: Cairngorms National Park
Today you have a full day to explore the area surrounding Aviemore. There is no shortage of activities: you can opt for a long walk around the tranquil and crystal clear Loch an Eilein, take the funicular railway up to the top of Cairngorm Mountain for grand vistas over the Highlands or visit the Reindeer Centre where you can feed and pet the friendly reindeers that are free-roaming on the mountainside. If you are fortunate to experience a good snowfall you can go snow-boarding or skiing on the slopes of the Cairngorms. If you want to take things at a more relaxed pace, you can sample the wares of the award-winning Cairngorm Brewery. Beautiful nature abounds in this popular winter destination of Scotland Spend another night in the Aviemore area.
Driving Distance: 40 km/24 miles
Day 4: Loch Ness & Eilean Donan Castle
Experience some of Scotland’s most famous attractions today. Make your way to the shores of Loch Ness via the capital of the highlands, Inverness. En route, you have the option to explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins on the shores of the loch. Further along the drive, make a stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a sight you will surely recognize from many photographs, films and TV shows. If you’re a keen photographer, winter is an especially great time for visiting the castles as the crowds are much lighter. Then head for the picturesque Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, where you can enjoy the bright frosty mornings and stunning winter sunsets.Spend the night on the Isle of Skye. Driving Distance: 232 km/ 144 miles
Day 5: Winter Tranquillity On Skye
Today you have a full day to immerse yourself in the magic of Skye, a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Take some time to wander around the scenic village of Portree with its colourful buildings and boutiques, and drive around the northern part of the island via the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. Here you can enjoy a walk up to “The Old Man of Storr” rock pinnacle for stunning views and view the beautiful Kilt Rock waterfall.Other suggested highlights include the An Corran Beach at Staffin, where you may spot dinosaur footprints dating back 165 million years, and the sweeping vistas from the Quiraing landslip.Spend another night on the Isle of Skye or nearby vicinity.
Driving distance: 66 km/41 miles
Day 6: Sleat Peninsula & Glenfinnan
Today head to the beautiful Sleat Peninsula of Skye and take in some gorgeous scenery characterized by dramatic beaches, lochs, forests and glens. Before heading back to the mainland on the afternoon ferry, you might wish to visit the Talisker distillery to sample some genuine single malt whiskey or enjoy a walk to the beautifully crystal clear Fairy Pools at foot of the Black Cuillin Hills.In the afternoon you will be taking the ferry back to the mainland from Armadale to Mallaig.Spend the night in the Fort William area.Driving distance: 137 km / 85 miles
Ferry duration: 30 minutes
Day 7: Famous Glens, Loch Lomond & Stirling
Head to Rob Roy country, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond area today. This journey takes you past Scotland’s most famous valley, the magical Glen Coe, combining world-famous scenery and history. For a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss the Doune Castle, featured in the classic film Monty Python & the Holy Grail and the Outlander TV series as “Castle Leoch.” Another ideal place to visit is Stirling Castle and the monument dedicated to William Wallace, the rebellious Scottish knight and subject of the film Braveheart.
Back in Edinburgh, return your rental car and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps with a fine dinner to top off your amazing journey.Spend the night in Edinburgh.
Driving distance: 261 km /162 miles
Day 8: Departure
To get to Edinburgh Airport, you can take the Airport Express bus from Waverley Bridge or a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, use the morning to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s museums or simply relax and take in the old world atmosphere of the city.We can also extend your trip with other destinations in the Nordic region such as Iceland or Norway. Contact us for details about customizing your itinerary.