Highlands & The Islands of Scotland

Marvel at the natural beauty of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland on this self drive holiday. Arrive in Glasgow and spend your first day exploring Scotland’s largest city on a Hop-On Hop-Off tour. Collect your car rental the following day and drive to Fort William. Stop at Loch Lomond for a cruise (extra charge) or visit the pretty village of Luss. Drive along the scenic Road to the Isles, via the Glenfinnan Monument. Travel by ferry to the Isle of Skye, then explore the colourful harbour town of Portree, stop at Clan Donald Centre and visit Eilean Donan Castle. Drive north along the west coast to Ullapool and admire the stunning scenery along the way. Take a ferry from Scrabster to Gills Bay to discover Orkney. Explore Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and the town of Kirkwall. From Inverness spend a day exploring the Loch Ness area. Take a cruise and visit Urquhart Castle see if you can spot Nessie. Continue south to Edinburgh stopping at St Andrews on the way.

Price Includes

11 NIGHTS 3-star hotel and Bed and Breakfast accommodation
9 DAYS Avis Group I (CDAR) VW Golf Auto or similar car hire+
Full Scottish breakfast daily
Excursion Pack inclusive of:
- 7 days in 14 days Scotland Explorer Pass providing entry to over
70 historic sites
- Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye admission
- Glamis Castle, Angus admission
- Loch Ness Freedom Clansman & Castle Cruise including Urquhart Castle
- Glenfiddich Distillery Tour


1-9 April 2020, 14-30 April 2020, 1-31 May 2020, 1-31 October 2020:
From $2,459* per person twin share

1-30 June 2020, 1-30 September 2020:
From $2,472* per person twin share

1-31 July 2020:
From $2,596* per person twin share

1-31 August 2020:
From $2,780* per person twin share

Room/Cabin information

Room Configuration Twin Share/Double

Travel Dates

1-9 April 2020, 14-30 April 2020, 1-31 May 2020, 1-31 October 2020

Other departures are available between 1 June to 30 September, seasonal surcharges will apply.

Offer Ends

06 Mar 20,

unless sold out prior,availability is limited

Product itinerary


Day 1: Glasgow
Welcome to Scotland! spend your first day exploring Glasgow, on a hop on hop off sightseeing tour. Make a stop at one of the many fascinating museums in the city, such as Kelvingrove or St Mungos, or join a tour of Tennents brewery to sample the local beer. 
Overnight: Glasgow area

Day 2:  Glasgow - Fort William
Pick up your hire car and drive from Glasgow to the Fort William area. Along the way, you may choose to include a cruise on Loch Lomond, or stop in the pretty village of Luss for photos of the cottages and the loch. Continue your drive north across the Rannoch Moor and stop for photos of Glencoe, one of the most famous glens in Scotland. (B)
Overnight: Fort William area

Day 3: Fort William - Kyle of Lochalsh 
Travel along the scenic Road to the Isles, stopping at Glenfinnan Monument for photos of the railway bridge, from the Harry Potter films, before crossing to the Isle of Skye on the ferry. Explore the island see the colourful harbour town Portree, or stop at the Clan Donald Centre and learn about the history of the clan on Skye. Return to the mainland by bridge and continue to your hotel in the Kyle of Lochalsh area. Stop along the at Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. (B)
Overnight: Kyle of Lochalsh area

Day 4: Kyle of Lochalsh - Ullapool

Drive north to Ullapool, along the west coast. The coastal scenery is spectacular, and stop in some of the villages along the way. You also have the option to stop at Inverewe Garden, the tropical haven on the coast of Scotland, before arriving into the bustling harbour town of Ullapool. (B)
Overnight: Ullapool area

Day 5: Ullapool - Thurso

Drive from Ullapool to Thurso along some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Britain. Explore Durness with its John Lennon Memorial Garden, and stop in Bettyhill to learn more about the history behind the clearances. Take a walk on one of the many sandy beaches along the northern coast, before arriving into Thurso. (B)
Overnight: Thurso area

Day 6: Thurso - Skara Brae - Thurso 
Take the ferry from Scrabster or Gills Bay to spend a day exploring Orkney, or join an organised tour out of John OGroats. There is much to experience today such as Skara Brae, the 5000 year old village, the Ring of Brodga stone circle as well as the town of Kirkwall with its many shops. Drive across the Churchill Barriers and stop at the Italian Chapel before returning to the mainland. (B)
Overnight: Thurso area

Day 7: Thurso - Inverness
Head south from Thurso to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Along the way stop at Dunrobin Castle. Here you can explore the castle or the Victorian Museum with its vast collection, or enjoy falconry in the castle gardens. Check in to your overnight stay in Inverness, before exploring the city and its traditional music pubs on foot or on a hop on hop off sightseeing tour. (B)
Overnight: Inverness area

Day 8: Inverness & Loch Ness
Spend the day exploring the Loch Ness and Inverness area, visit Urquhart Castle on the shores of the loch, or take a cruise to see if you can spot Nessie. For Outlander fans, don't miss the nearby Clava Cairns and Culloden Battlefield. There are also plenty of castles to explore in the area such as Brodie and Cawdor. (B)
Overnight: Inverness area

Day  9: Inverness - Aberdeen
Leave Inverness and head into the Speyside region of Scotland, famous for its distilleries. Learn about the craft of making whisky at one of the distilleries along the way. You can also choose to stop at the Speyside Cooperage to learn about the craft of making whisky barrels. Continue to Aberdeen on the east coast. (B)
Overnight: Aberdeen area

Day 10: Aberdeen - Edinburgh
On your way south, stop and visit the stunning Glamis Castle or the new V&A Museum in Dundee before crossing the Tay Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife. For golf enthusiasts, don't miss St Andrews, a picturesque town famed for its golf courses, ancient cathedral and royal connections. Cross the Queensferry Crossing on your way to Edinburgh, Scotlands capital city. (B)
Overnight: Edinburgh area

Day 11: Edinburgh
Discover Edinburgh on a hop on hop off sightseeing tour, before visiting Edinburgh Castle. If you have developed a taste for whisky, join a tour at the Scotch Whisky Experience, or go to nearby Leith to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. In the evening explore the spooky side of Edinburgh on an underground ghost walk or experience Scottish food and music at a Scottish Evening. (B)
Overnight: Edinburgh area

Day 12: Edinburgh
Return home from Edinburgh Airport or extend your stay in Edinburgh. (B) 

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner


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