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Grand Tour of Scotland

Immerse Yourself in Scotland's Enchanting Beauty: A Journey for the Soul, Crafted Just for You

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Day One:

Edinburgh/Glasgow to Glencoe

Leaving the bustling city of Edinburgh or Glasgow, you will begin your tour by embarking on a scenic drive towards the picturesque village of Luss. Located on the tranquil edge of Loch Lomond, Luss offers a delightful escape into nature's beauty. Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic shoreline, where you can marvel at the breathtaking views of Loch Lomond and the distant mountains.

You will then make your way to the historic town of Inverary. Along the route, you have the option to make a stop in Argyll Forest Park, a vast and enchanting wilderness area. Here, you can immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Scotland, with its towering trees, shimmering lochs, and cascading waterfalls.

Visit Inverary Castle, an iconic Scottish landmark, that stands proudly on the shores of Loch Fyne, surrounded by lush greenery and awe-inspiring landscapes. As you approach the castle, you'll be greeted by its grandeur and imposing architecture, reflecting centuries of Scottish history.

You'll then drive through Glencoe where you will spend your first night. This region is not only renowned for its breathtaking beauty but also its rich history, with tales of clans and battles that your guide can share.

Day Two:

Glencoe to the Isle of Skye

After leaving Glencoe, you will embark on a scenic drive to Fort William, a charming town nestled at the southern end of the Great Glen, in the Scottish Highlands. 

You can make a stop at Old Inverlochy Castle. This historic ruin, situated on the banks of the River Lochy, dates back to the 13th century. Exploring the castle grounds allows you to immerse yourself in its rich history and imagine the stories of battles and events that unfolded within its walls.

If you wish to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, from a distance, you can make your way to Loch Linnhe at Corpach. This location serves as an excellent viewpoint, allowing you to appreciate the grandeur of Ben Nevis. Then you will be taken to more wonderful places such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct which is an iconic railway bridge famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films. Its picturesque setting amidst beautiful scenery, combined with the opportunity to witness the Jacobite steam train crossing the viaduct, makes it a must-visit attraction. 

In the picturesque village of Mallaig on the west coast, you'll catch a ferry to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, introducing you to island life. The day concludes with a drive to Portree, Skye's main town, where your accommodation awaits.

Day Three:

Isle of Skye

Prepare to be captivated by Skye's natural wonders as we embark on a day of exploration around the Trotternish Peninsula. Known for its dramatic landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty, the peninsula offers a variety of attractions and landmarks that make it a must-visit destination for travellers. 

The first stop is Fairy Glen, a mystical and otherworldly landscape resembling miniature hills and valleys. This enchanting location is surrounded by legends and folklore, making it a favourite among visitors seeking a touch of magic.

Continuing along the route, you'll reach The Quiraing, a geological marvel characterized by dramatic cliffs, towering pinnacles, and hidden plateaus. The Quiraing offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, providing ample opportunities for photography and immersing yourself in the island's natural grandeur.

Next on the itinerary is Kilt Rock, a towering sea cliff that resembles the pleats of a Scottish kilt. This geological formation showcases striking columns of basalt, which plunge dramatically into the ocean below. The viewpoint at Kilt Rock offers awe-inspiring vistas of the coastline, as well as the opportunity to witness the cascading Mealt Falls, which tumble down the cliff face into the sea.

The final highlight of the Trotternish Peninsula Loop drive is the Old Man of Storr, an iconic rock pinnacle set amidst a rugged and atmospheric landscape. This famous geological feature stands tall and imposing, creating a captivating backdrop for photographs. 

Spend your second night on the Isle of Skye.

Day Four:

Isle of Skye

On this day, you have the opportunity to explore a variety of more breathtaking sights on the Isle of Skye. One of the options is to visit Neist Point, a stunning headland located on the western coast of the island. Neist Point offers panoramic views of the rugged cliffs and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Another notable attraction is Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Situated on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, this historic fortress is home to the MacLeod clan and boasts a rich history that spans over 800 years.

For a glimpse into the island's past, The Museum of Island Life provides a fascinating insight into the traditional crofting lifestyle of the region. Located in the village of Kilmuir, the museum consists of a cluster of thatched cottages that have been preserved to depict life on Skye in the 19th century.

If you have an interest in whisky, a visit to the Talisker Whiskey Distillery is a must. Situated on the shores of Loch Harport, it is the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye. Here, you can take a guided tour to discover the whisky-making process, learn about the history of Talisker, and even enjoy a tasting of their renowned single-malt Scotch whisky.

For nature enthusiasts, the Fairy Pools provide a captivating experience. Located in Glen Brittle, these crystal-clear pools are surrounded by stunning waterfalls and dramatic mountain scenery.

Spend your third night in Skye.

Day Five:

Isle of Skye to Stornoway

From the charming village of Uig on the Isle of Skye, you will journey by ferry to Tarbert, a picturesque town located on the island of Harris and Lewis. The ferry crossing takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, offering you ample time to relax and soak in the stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Once you arrive in Tarbert, you'll find yourself surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Outer Hebrides. This region is renowned for its breathtaking beaches, ancient archaeological sites, and rich cultural heritage. With a full day at your disposal, there are numerous attractions and sights that you can explore.

One of the highlights of your visit to Harris and Lewis is Seilebost Beach. This expansive stretch of golden sand, lapped by the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, is a true paradise for beach lovers. Take a leisurely stroll along the shore, bask in the sunlight, or even dip your toes in the refreshing water.

Another must-visit site is the Calanais Standing Stones, an extraordinary prehistoric monument. These ancient stone formations, arranged in a circular pattern, date back nearly 5,000 years and continue to captivate visitors with their enigmatic presence.

For a glimpse into the island's history and heritage, head to the Bosta Iron Age House. This meticulously reconstructed Iron Age dwelling provides a fascinating insight into the daily lives of the island's inhabitants during ancient times. 

After a day filled with exploration and discovery, you can retreat to the town of Stornoway for a well-deserved rest. 

Day Six:

Lewis and Harris

Today you have another day to explore Lewis and Harris.

Your first stop is Gearrannan Blackhouse, a well-preserved traditional crofting village located on the west coast of Lewis. Here, you can step back in time and explore the ancient way of life in the Outer Hebrides. The blackhouses, with their thick stone walls and thatched roofs, offer a glimpse into the past, showcasing the traditional architecture and living conditions of the islanders.

As you venture further along the coastline, you'll encounter Dalbeg Beach. This hidden gem boasts pristine white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters, offering a serene and picturesque setting for a leisurely stroll. Take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, breathe in the fresh sea air, and perhaps even dip your toes into the inviting waters.

Next on your itinerary is Arnol Black House, another well-preserved example of traditional island architecture. Explore the interior, which has been faithfully restored to reflect the way of life of its former inhabitants and gain a deeper understanding of the island's cultural heritage.

Prepare to be awed by the dramatic scenery as you make your way to the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, located on the northernmost tip of the island. Perched on rugged cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this iconic lighthouse has guided ships for over a century. 

Spend a second night in Stornoway.

Day Seven:

Stornoway to Ullapool to John O’Groats

After a delightful stay in Stornoway, it's time to bid farewell to the Outer Hebrides and embark on a scenic ferry journey to the charming coastal town of Ullapool. The morning ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool takes approximately 2 hours, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the stunning views as you sail across the water.

As you then embark on your journey from Ullapool to John o Groats, there are several noteworthy places along the way where you can make enjoyable stops and further explore the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.

Marvel at the mighty Falls of Measach as they cascade into the Corrieshalloch Gorge and cross the suspension bridge for a thrilling perspective. The gorge is a true natural wonder and a must-visit destination along your route.

Make a stop in the charming town of Dornoch. This historic town is known for its beautiful beach, the Dornoch Cathedral, and its picturesque streets lined with traditional stone buildings. 

Situated near Golspie, Dunrobin Castle is a magnificent stately home that resembles a fairytale castle. With its impressive turrets, sprawling gardens, and stunning coastal views, it's worth dedicating some time to exploring the castle and its grounds.

Finally, you will reach Caithness, the northernmost region of mainland Scotland and where you will spend the night.

Day Eight:

John O’Groats to Inverness

Today you will visit John O’Groats, the northernmost point of mainland Briain. 

While at John O'Groats, you may wish to embark on a sea and wildlife tour along the Caithness coastline. These tours provide an incredible opportunity to witness the region's diverse marine life and stunning coastal landscapes. 

Nearby, you'll discover Dunnet Head, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) largest reserve in the UK. This protected area is a haven for seabirds, making it an ideal destination for birdwatching enthusiasts. Keep an eye on the horizon, as sightings of orcas (killer whales) and sea otters are not uncommon in these waters, providing an additional element of excitement to your wildlife adventure.

After exploring the northernmost reaches of the mainland, you can begin your journey southward toward Inverness where you will spend the night. Known as the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is a vibrant city nestled along the banks of the River Ness. It offers a wealth of attractions, including historic landmarks, cultural sites, and natural beauty. 

Day Nine:


Start your day by immersing yourself in the mystical beauty of Loch Ness and exploring the historic Urquhart Castle. Located in the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness is a famous freshwater loch renowned for its mythical creature, the Loch Ness Monster. Urquhart Castle, perched on the shores of Loch Ness, is a magnificent ruin with a rich history dating back to the 13th century. 

After your visit to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, make your way to Culloden Battlefield. Here, the infamous Battle of Culloden took place in 1746, marking the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising. Walk the battlefield and visit the interactive visitor centre to gain a deeper understanding of this pivotal moment in Scottish history.

In the evening, return to Inverness and make sure to visit Leakey's Bookshop. Located in the heart of Inverness, Leakey's is Scotland's largest second-hand bookstore, boasting an extensive collection of books spanning various genres and topics. 

After a day filled with exploration and knowledge, spend another night in Inverness, taking in the charm of this vibrant Scottish town.

Day Ten:

Inverness to Ballater

Your journey now takes you to Aviemore, a charming town located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Aviemore is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide range of activities and stunning natural landscapes.

Upon arrival in Aviemore, one of the highlights of your visit is the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd. This unique attraction is home to Britain's only free-ranging herd of reindeer. You have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the reindeer and even go for a walk on the mountainside alongside them. 

Located within walking distance of the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd Centre is Loch Morlich. This picturesque loch is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. It's the perfect spot to relax, take a leisurely stroll, or simply soak in the tranquil atmosphere.

Another must-visit location in the area is Loch an Eilein, a stunning loch situated in the Rothiemurchus Forest. Loch an Eilein is renowned for its scenic beauty, with a small island in the middle of the loch that features the ruins of a 13th-century castle. It's a popular picnic spot, providing a serene setting to enjoy your lunch while taking in the picturesque surroundings.

For any whisky enthusiasts, today you can visit Glenlivet Distillery which is one of Scotland's most famous whisky distilleries. Take a guided tour of the distillery and learn about the intricate process of whisky making, from malting and mashing to fermentation and maturation. 

At the end of the day, you will reach Ballater, a charming village situated in Aberdeenshire, where you will spend the night.

Day Eleven:

Ballater to St Andrews

Today you will start by visiting Dunnottar Castle which is an iconic and dramatic medieval fortress located on the northeast coast of Scotland. Situated on a rocky outcrop that juts out into the North Sea, this castle offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. 

From Dunnottar Castle, you will travel south to Dundee, a vibrant city with a wealth of attractions to explore. Dundee is known for its cultural richness and maritime heritage. For a taste of the city's maritime history, a visit to the RRS Discovery, the ship used by Robert Falcon Scott in his Antarctic expedition, is a must.

Continuing your journey, a short drive from Dundee takes you to the picturesque town of St Andrews.

Nestled on the east coast of Scotland, St Andrews is renowned for its historic university, stunning beaches, and world-class golf courses. The town's most iconic landmark is the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral, a grand medieval structure that once served as the centre of religious life in Scotland. Nearby, you'll find St Andrews Castle, a fortress that played a significant role in Scotland's past and features a unique underground mine and countermine system.

With its charming streets, quaint shops, and vibrant atmosphere, St Andrews offers a delightful setting for the next two nights.

Day Twelve:

St Andrews

St Andrews offers a variety of attractions that are conveniently situated in or near the town centre. You can explore the town on foot.

Top sights in St Andrews include the iconic St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Castle, both of which hold significant historical importance. Marvel at the majestic ruins of the cathedral, once the largest church in Scotland, and explore the underground passages and dungeons of the castle, which provide a glimpse into medieval life.

Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque St Andrews Harbour, where you can admire the bobbing fishing boats and perhaps catch a glimpse of playful seals. 

In the afternoon, continue your exploration of St Andrews by perhaps visiting the intriguing British Golf Museum, where you can delve into the history and traditions of the sport that has made the town famous worldwide. If you're a golf enthusiast, don't miss the opportunity to walk along the iconic Old Course, the spiritual home of golf, and soak up the atmosphere of this hallowed ground.

As the day draws to a close, find a cosy spot in one of St Andrews' charming restaurants for a memorable dinner. Indulge in the local cuisine, which may include hearty Scottish dishes, fresh seafood, or international fare. 

Day Thirteen:

St Andrews to Stirling

Leave St Andrews and head to Scone Palace, a magnificent stately home located near Perth. Scone Palace holds significant historical importance as it was once the crowning place of Scottish kings.

After exploring Scone Palace, you will make your way to the Bannockburn Visitor Centre. This interactive museum commemorates the historic Battle of Bannockburn, one of Scotland's most decisive victories against the English during the First War of Scottish Independence. 

You can also explore the National Wallace Monument, an imposing tower standing tall on the Abbey Craig near Stirling. Dedicated to the memory of Sir William Wallace, a Scottish hero and leader of the Wars of Scottish Independence, the monument offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. 

After a day filled with exploration and sightseeing, you will be dropped off back in Edinburgh or Glasgow ending your tour with us.

Day Fourteen:

Stirling to Edinburgh/Glasgow

Today you can visit Stirling Castle, a magnificent historic fortress that holds great significance in Scottish history as it has witnessed numerous battles and played a crucial role in the country's past. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. 

Another option for your day's itinerary is a visit to the Falkirk Wheel, an engineering marvel and a unique tourist attraction.

Continuing your exploration, you will stop off to see the Kelpies, which are located near Falkirk. These awe-inspiring equine structures stand at a staggering 100 feet tall and were designed by the visionary sculptor Andy Scott. The Kelpies represent the mythical water spirits of Scottish folklore and pay homage to the country's proud equestrian heritage. 

Lastly, we will travel back to Edinburgh or Glasgow where you will be dropped off at your accommodation and ending your tour with us.

Breathtaking Natural Splendors

From serene lochs and rugged highlands to mystical forests, experience the untouched beauty of Scotland in all its forms.

Local Insights, Authentic Experiences

Skip the tourist traps. Our local guides will lead you to the heart of Scotland, sharing the country's true essence and hidden marvels.

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Included In Your Trip

Entrance fees to 3 distilleries.

Entrance fees to all major castles.

Courtesy transfer to and from the tour


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