10 Nights of Scotland
10 Nights of Scotland
This tour is customisable and private. We can provide a driver-guide with Luxury Sedan (3 PAX) or Van (8 PAX). For larger families and groups we can provide coaches from 16 to 49 seats with driver AND guide.
This ultimate tour captures the very best of Scotland. Visit the Highlands, Lowlands and Isle of Skye. Travel on a steam train and follow the Whisky Trail.
We have also included walking tours in Glasgow and Edinburgh. This trip really does tick all the boxes!
After leaving Edinburgh, we have included a 2 night stay at each accommodation; this really helps when you’re trying to relax in the evening and not worry about packing every night.
For families, we can remove whisky related tours and add child friendly activities instead. What about finding the dinosaur prints on Isle of Skye?
Your Tour Details
Day 1. Walking tour of Edinburgh City.
Tour the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace was once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots and was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short life.
Enjoy a walking tour of the famous Royal Mile with your guide - cobbled streets, tiny shops, mysteries and the stories of Scotland’s great figures of literature.
Tour Edinburgh Castle, dominating Edinburgh’s skyline and giving stunning views across the city and countryside. Home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the legendary Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg, a giant cannon.
Leave the Old Town and explore the New Town.
Day 2. St Andrew’s, Kingdom of Fife.
Discover the home of golf, St Andrews. Visit this ancient university town steeped in history with its amazing silver sands.
See perfect views of the Forth Rail Bridge, thought by many to be among the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.
The second day takes us through Dunkeld, the ancient religious capital of Scotland and out to the Kingdom of Fife. Travel through the coastal fishing villages with their own unique beauty.
Arrive at the Victorian town of Pitlochry for lunch. The town became a popular destination after the appearance of the railway.
Alternative Option: You may want to visit Glamis Castle instead, the childhood home of Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the birthplace of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret.
Day 3. Grampian Mountains, Balmoral Castle and Blair Castle.
The 14th century Balmoral Castle was purchased by Queen Victoria and rebuilt in the mid-19th century. In her journals she described Balmoral as, “my dear paradise in the Highlands”. It still is a private getaway for the Royal Family each summer.
Home of the Earls of Atholl since the 13th century, Blair Castle is situated in a beautiful wooded valley. The 30 state rooms contain a unique collection of furniture and armoury. The Cummings Tower is the oldest and tallest part of the castle, making it a historic landmark.
Day 4. Cairngorms National Park and the Whisky Trail.
Visit Edradour Distillery. The surviving farmhouse distillery opened in 1825 and is the smallest distillery in Scotland. With everything made by hand, the distillery produced eighteen casks a week.
Travel to Cairngorms National Park, following the Whisky Trail.
Day 5. Culloden Moor, Cawdor Castle and Fort George.
Stop by the visitor’s centre of Culloden Moor and learn about the 1746 battle; the last battle fought on British soil and one of the bloodiest.
Visit Cawdor Castle, a 14th century private fortress with an ancient medieval tower. After touring the castle, wander around the gardens with views of Cawdor Big Wood.
Tour Fort George, the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain. It is a working barracks but visitors can still tour the historic barracks room, a “time capsule” of domestic life as a Scottish solider.
Day 6. Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle.
Loch Ness is a freshwater loch, 23 miles long and up to 700 feet deep. Loch Ness became famous when the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ was photographed.
Additional Extra: You may want to take a boat on to the mysterious waters.
Protected by the Western Highland hills, Eilean Donan Castle is situated on its own rocky island and is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. An attractive stone causeway leads over the loch, connecting the mainland to the castle.
Overnight: Isle of Skye.
Day 7. Explore Isle of Skye.
Isle of Skye has it all - ancient structures, natural miracles, unspoiled countryside and magnificent coastlines, broken by lochs. Portree is the main town and a working harbour.
Tour Dunvegan Castle; owned by the MacLeod clan since the 13th century. A wall surrounds the property, except for the sea gate entrance which was used in times of siege. The Fairy Flag is one of the castle’s most notable relics, legend states it has magical properties.
Explore the spectacular rock formations of the Old Man of Storr and the Quaraing and visit the enchanted Fairy Glen.
Overnight: Isle of Skye.
Day 8. Transfer to Mallaig for the Jacobite Steam Train. See views of Castle Stalker.
Transfer to Mallaig to board the Jacobite Steam Train. Described as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. See the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis. Cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (a location made famous by the Hogwarts’ train in Harry Potter).
Your driver-guide will meet you off the train at Fort William. See views of Castle Stalker, a 14th century castle in the middle of Loch Laich.
Day 9. Oban and Wildlife boat trip.
The seaside town of Oban is a popular destination for holidaymakers. Surrounded by mountains, the horseshoe bay is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Enjoy a boat trip and see some of Scotland’s treasured wildlife. Expect to see dolphins, basking sharks and porpoise not to mention sea eagles, puffins and otters. The boat will circle around the rocks allowing you to see the heart-warming seals lazing around. The Corryvreckan Whirlpool is one of the largest whirlpools in the world.
Alternative Option: Oban Distillery.
Day 10. Inveraray Castle and Jail, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
The Gothic stone castle of Inveraray sits alone surrounded by 16 acres of greenery. Episodes of Downton Abbey were partly filmed at Inveraray Castle.
Within the town is Inveraray Jail, a 19th century prison with 3 foot thick walls. The jail holds 4345 former prisoner records, so there are many stories to be told by the costumed characters walking around the jail.
Made up of mountains, forests, rivers and lochs, the Trossachs National Park is a miniature version of the Highlands with historic connections to Rob Roy. The Corbetts mountains are between 2,500 and 3,000 feet, and break the horizon in a zigzag manner.
Day 11. Morning walking tour of Glasgow.
Scotland’s largest city was once a major centre of shipbuilding. Despite its industrial heritage, the city has a large collection of museums and galleries and more green space per head than any other European city.
We can organise a chauffeur service to take you to Glasgow Airport for your afternoon flight.
VW & Mercedes-Benz passenger vans
Our range of passenger vans are suitable to fulfil a number of different roles, depending on the number of people travelling, the amount of luggage and the length of the journey. Our Mercedes vans have 7 passenger seats, plenty of head and leg room. Our VW vans have more space and more luggage capacity and therefore are ideal for extended touring with groups up to 7 people. Luggage capacity: 8 medium suit cases plus 2/3 small carry-ons OR 5 large suit cases plus 2/3 carry-ons.
BMW Grand Tourer
This vehicle is super comfortable for 2 people, touring the countryside on an extended tour or day trip is a breeze. This Grand Tourer has a long wheel base, which means more leg room than your average sedan, higher seating position making getting in out of the car easier. Another nice feature is a full panoramic roof This BMW also has a smooth and quiet ECO engine and a certain amount of style too! Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 handbag sized pieces of luggage.
Our new SUVs are perfect for city and countryside touring. Panoramic roof, large seats and easy access are all key features of our fleet. This vehicle is ideal for long distance touring, especially when including Britain’s National Parks. This vehicle makes easy work of mountain passes, country lanes along with being supremely comfortable. Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 small carry-ons.
Our luxury motor coaches can cater for every group size from 21 to 49 passengers. All of our luxury coaches are air-conditioned, have radio/pa systems and are fitted with seat belts. Some have a refrigerator, monitors and washroom facilities. Luggage capacity varies.
This vehicle is ideal for small corporate groups or large families. Large windows, cool boxes and quiet modern engines will enhance the touring experience. These vehicles have 15 passenger seats and rear area with tables. Luggage capacity: 15 medium bags plus carry-ons.
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