Scotland Driving Tour - 5 Days
Day 1 - Arrival in Edinburgh Transfer from Edinburgh airport downtown to The Dunstane Hotel, which is set right in the heart of the city. Later head out into Edinburgh for a spot of sightseeing and shopping. At 18:00 your car will be delivered and you will be met at the hotel for full briefing and walkthrough of the three planned tours.
Overnight: 4* 24 Royal Terrace / Edinburgh
Day 2 - Into the Highlands and Glencoe The following morning you will start your tours. The first tour takes you into the heart of the western Highlands. The tour starts with a run along the scenic Sterling valley, and into the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, where you will head over the beautiful Duke`s Pass, before taking morning coffees on the quiet Loch of Venacher. From here, you will be heading toward the spectacular Glencoe / Ben Nevis region, location for many of the shoot scenes for the 007 Skyfall movie, as well as some of the most amazing sights and driver roads in Scotland, sweeping valley and lower mountain passes. Lunch is taken in the heart of Glencoe, with views across the spectacular mountain ranges. After lunch it is then a short drive around Loch Leven, then onto the town of Fort William, location for your second evening.
Overnight: The Lime Tree Inn - Fort William
Day 3 - The Central Highlands & Loch Ness You second tour will take you into the heart of the central highlands, where you will be heading to the most famous Loch of them all, Loch Ness. The drive starts with a loop around the scenic Glen Morriston. Rather than following the more touristic western shores of Loch Ness, you will head along less well trodden eastern trail, and the old General Wades Military Road, which offers spectacular views across Lochness. Here you will stop for lunch at The Dores Inn on the shores of Loch Ness. After lunch, you then turn east head into the National Park Cairngorms and then pick up one of our favorite drives of the tour, following the path of the River Spey, as it winds it’s way east towards the whiskey producing region by the same name. Keep your eyes peeled for wild deer, grouse and other wildlife of this remote region. The drive then ends in the small village of Dufftown at the Craigellachie Hotel / Inn, specializing in the finest malts from the region. Later that afternoon we suggest you make a visit to the Glenfiddich distillery (5mins by cab), for a quick tasting tour, before returning to the Craigellachie and dinning in the hotels charming bar-side restaurants.
Overnight: 4* The Craigellachie, specializing in the finest malts from the region.
Day 4 - The Whiskey Trail and Carnigorns National Park Your third and final tour is broken into two main stages. The first stage sees us following the whiskey trail, past some of the most prestigious whiskey producers in the land, stopping shortly at the Glenlivet distillery for a guided tour. You then continue onto the stunning “old military road” which sweeps south through the Cairngorms National Park, past deserted ski resorts, across lower mountain passes, stop at the Balmoral Castle. You then continue south through the park, sweeping along stunning valleys where the views are quite simply breathtaking. The tour is completed with a run down into Edinburgh.
Overnight: 4* 24 The Royal Terrace
Day 5: Day at Leisure in Edinburgh then later Departures
EXTENDED TOUR / EXTRA NIGHT + DRIVE It is also possible to extend this tour by 1 day - we add an extra drive after drive 1, that takes you further into the Highlands. In summary, this works is as follows: Day 1 and Day 2 are the same as above. Day 3 (NEW) the tour continues north, with a visit to the Eilean Donan castle, a run to the west coast of Scotland including a drive over the highest mountain pass in the UK, Bealach na Ba, plus an overnight on the beautiful Loch Torridon. Day 4 takes you through the central highlands. Day 5 takes you along the whiskey trail and back to Edinburgh. Day 6 you depart Edinburgh