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#justdrive Grand Tour of Scotland - 7 Days

Duration
6 nights / 5 Drives

Tour Region
Scottish HIghlands

Driving Distance
1000km

Availability
April till Oct

Our Grand Tour of the Scottish Highlands, takes you on a 5 day driving loop from Edinburgh, past Lochs, into the highlands, along coastal drives, including the legendary North Coast 500 - before turning east, through the Whiskey country and south through the Cairngorms National Park and back to Edinburgh.  This tour can only be described as a journey of discovery, in this most beautiful and tranquil of countries

This 6 night trip starts / ends in Edinburgh, and includes 5 full days of driving through the most beautiful parts of Scotland.  The tour will take in the highest mountain peaks in the Highlands, North Coast 500, the whiskey trails along the River Spey, and the spectacular National Park Cairgorms, home of Balmoral Castle. Each day of the Scottish driving tour brings with it unique landscapes and surprises, past castles of old, along Lochs full of mystery and sweeping valleys with old Military roads, includes 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. All the way, you will be greeted with the famous and friendly Scottish hospitality, and the hotels selected are handpicked for their charm as well as perfect locations.

In our view, Scotland is truly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, so buckle up, and be prepared to enjoy the wonder of this incredible country. 

Day 1 - Arrival in Edinburgh

Head to the Dunstane Hotel just on the edge of the city, with great parking - spend an afternoon / evening in Edinburgh 

Overnight: 4* Dunstane / Edinburgh

Day 2 - Into the Highlands and Glencoe

The following morning one of our team will meet you at the hotel to hand over the roadbook / GPS and walk you through the tours - GPS activated head on your way!

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 Dukes Pass, before taking morning coffees and cakes 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 drive around Loch Leven, then onto Mallaig, where you will take the ferry to cross to Skye Island, location for your second evening.

Overnight:  4* Duisdale House Hotel - Isle of Skye

Day 3 - The Highlands & Route 500

Your second tour will will continue further north into the highlands, with a visit to the stunning Eilean Donan castle.  You then make a run to the west coast / Route 500 of Scotland, followed by a drive drive over the highest mountain pass in the UK, Bealach na Ba.  The tour then finishes on the shores of the beautiful Loch Torridon, staiyng at the Torridon Inn.

Overnight:  The Torridon Inn - Loch Torridon

Day 4 - North Coast 500 loop / Day at Leisure on the Loch

Today you can decide between some local activities on / around the Loch (inlcuding Clay Pigeon Shooting, guided walks or even mountain biking) or make a drivng loop along the North Coast 500.  From Loch Torridon you will hug the coastline, through the small villages of Poolewe and Drumchork, before arriving at the  fishing village of Ulapool for lunch overlooking the port at the and then onto the famous Kylesku Bridge, for the most iconic photospot with your car.  Now start your return loop back to Loch Torridon, this time turning inland, and crusing along the tranquil shores of Loch Glascarnoch, before heading south and back to the Torridon for a second evening 

Overnight:  The Torridon Inn - Loch Torridon

Day 5 - The Central Highlands & Loch Ness Your fouth 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 6 - The Whiskey Trail and Carnigorns National Park Your 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* Dunstane / Edinburgh

Day 7: Departures

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  • Planned Driving Itinerary
  • Car Freindly accommodation
  • Breakfasts & Parking
  • Day by Day Roadbook
  • Programmed GPS
  • Meet/Walkthrough at the start
  • On Call Support 

If travelling solo, take the price for 2 persons, and minus 50 EUR per night for room / breakfast adjustment

Package Includes

Prices assume 2 persons travelling per car

  • Planned Driving Itinerary
  • Car Freindly accommodation
  • Breakfasts & Parking
  • Day by Day Roadbook
  • Programmed GPS
  • Meet/Walkthrough at the start
  • On Call Support 

If travelling solo, take the price for 2 persons, and minus 50 EUR per night for room / breakfast adjustment