Central Scotland (Self Drive)
8 Days Pre-booked Self Drive Tour (excluding rental car) suggested tour itinerary from Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Edinburgh
Welcome to Edinburgh! Pick up your car. You can spend the remainder of the day in Edinburgh. With one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world Edinburgh has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Edinburgh Castle dominates the city-center skyline and from its ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes and elegant, sweeping terraces that hold over a thousand years of history, mystery and tradition. Other attractions include the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Family’s official residence in Scotland. Overnight in Edinburgh. (O)

Day 2: St Andrews
Today, visit St Andrews named after Scotland's patron saint and the famous birthplace of Golf, Scotland’s national game. Cross the Forth Road Bridge with its spectacular views of the Firth of Forth. Take the coastal road with its string of delightful fishing villages such as Pittenweem, Elie and Crail, until you reach St Andrew’s with its Cathedral, once the largest and one of the most magnificent in the UK. Close by you can visit the ruins of St Andrews Castle set in an evocative site with dramatic views. On the journey back to Edinburgh you can stop at the town of Dunfermline to explore the Abbey where six Scottish Kings are buried and the nearby Abbot Heritage Center with absorbing displays about the history of Scotland or visit historic Falkland Palace, the magnificent Renaissance hunting lodge of the Stuart Kings, at the heart of the conservation village of Falkland. Overnight in Edinburgh. (B,O)

Day 3: Edinburgh - Stirling - Crianlarich - Oban
Travel north west of Edinburgh to Stirling to visit the magnificent Stirling Castle, historically one of Scotland’s most important fortresses. You can continue to visit the nearby Wallace Monument and admire one of the finest views from the top of the 67 m high tower. Continue north past the town of Callander and through the Trossachs National Park to Crianlarich as you head westwards towards the Oban area. Before you reach Oban you have the opportunity to stop at the Inverawe smokehouse in Taynuilt where you can learn how the salmon is smoked. Overnight in Oban or area. (B,O)

Day 4: Isle of Mull & Isle of Iona
Today, spend the day exploring the beautiful Isles of Mull and Iona. Take the ferry from Oban Harbor and enjoy the scenic route to the islands. Visit the Isle of Iona where Columba landed in 563 and brought Christianity to Scotland from Ireland. You can also visit the famous Iona Abbey founded by St Columba in the year 580. Many Scottish kings chose to be buried here, including Macbeth. Return via Mull to Oban. Overnight in Oban or area. (B,O)

Day 5: Oban - Kilmartin - Tarbert - Isle of Arran
South of Oban lies Kilmartin Glen, the focus of one of the greatest concentrations of prehistoric sites in Scotland. Burial cairns, standing stones, stone circles and the fort of Dunadd, the capital of the Kingdom of Dalriada, are to be found along the journey. A short ferry journey from Claonaig will bring you to the Isle of Arran which is known as "Scotland in miniature". You can stop at the Whisky distillery and learn the secrets of the Isle of Arran Distillery or you continue to visit stunning Brodick Castle & Country Park with its superb collections of art furniture and silver and the only island country park in Great Britain. Overnight on the Isle of Arran. (B,O)

Day 6: Isle of Arran - Ayrshire - Glasgow
You can enjoy more of the dramatic landscape of Arran and maybe even experience a sea safari on board a speed boat before taking the ferry for a 45 min journey to the mainland in Ayrshire. Continue south to visit the magnificent Culzean Castle, one of the most impressive of Scotland’s stately homes, perched dramatically on the edge of the cliffs. From there a short journey northwards will bring you to Alloway where you can follow the life and works of the national bard of Scotland Robert Burns at the Burn’s Cottage and Museum. Continue to Glasgow. Overnight in Glasgow. (B,O)

Day 7: Glasgow
Spend a day in Glasgow. This energetic city with its blend of internationally acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture and fabulous shopping will prove irresistible. Two of Glasgow’s many museums worth visiting are the Burrell Collection with over 9000 works of art and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery with its amazing collection of exhibits. You can stroll along the River Clyde Walkway to discover the rejuvenation on Glasgow’s Waterfront. Or you may choose to wander around the vibrant shopping district in the heart of the city before retiring to your accommodation. Overnight in Glasgow. (B,O)

Day 8: Goodbye
Return your car to Glasgow Airport and join your flight home. (B)

                                                                                                                                             

Rates Per Person sharing

  B&B 

3* Hotels

  Twin Single Supplement Twin Single Supplement

January - March 

$ 840.00

$ 378.00

$ 770.00

$ 630.00

April

$ 840.00

$ 378.00

$ 854.00

$ 630.00

May, June, October

$ 840.00

$ 378.00

$ 1078.00

$ 770.00

July, September

$ 840.00

$ 378.00

$ 1176.00

$ 770.00

August

$ 1022.00

$ 560.00

$ 1330.00

$770.00

November, December

$ 840.00

$ 378.00

$ 770.00

$ 630.00

*Triple rooms on request//4-star hotels - please enquire. Cancellation received within 72 hours of arrival date will be subject to charges.

Rates include: 7 nights accommodation sharing a twin / double room with ensuite facilities, 7 full Scottish breakfasts, service charges & VAT.


Please note rates are NOT inclusive of vehicle rental, ferry transfers and admissions to suggested attractions.

 

 

B=Breakfast; D=Dinner; O=Overnight                                                                                                        abitsbeyt

 

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