8-Day Tour Of Scotland
Private 8 Day Highland, Whisky & Skye Experience
Join us on a glorious 8-day tour of Scotland, visiting some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery and historic locations.
Your unforgettable 8-day touring experience will take you on a journey through the lowlands, highlands and islands of Scotland. You can opt to begin your tour from Glasgow, Edinburgh or any other location within Scotland.
Departing from Edinburgh we travel west to the exquisite, monumental Kelpies. The Kelpies are the tallest equine statues in the world, towering up to 30 metres in height. We then pass by the magnificent Stirling Castle and National Wallace monument as we drive westwards to Kilmahog for some terrific photo opportunities feeding the Hairy Highland Cows. You may also visit the Edinburgh Woolen Mill at Kilmahog, which stocks fabulous Scottish gifts and souvenirs.
Our next destination is the daunting Doune Castle which Outlander fans may know as Castle Leoch, home of Colum MacKenzie. Doune castle has also featured as Winterfell in the Game of Thrones, the Holy Grail in Monty Python and more recently was the home of the Black Douglas in the ‘Outlaw King’.
Travelling north we head to Falkland, which was the first conservation village in Scotland. The village was one of Mary Queen of Scots favourite places to visit and has also been used as another filming location in Outlander posing as Inverness.
Our final stop of the day will be the ancient University town and ‘home of golf’, St Andrews. We will enjoy a panoramic tour of the town, including stopping at the iconic Swilcan Bridge on the old course, for a photo opportunity. Your first overnight stay will be in St Andrews.
Saying farewell to St Andrews we will take a 90-minute scenic drive north to the dramatic Dunnotter Castle. This evocative ruined castle is an absolute must see on your tour of Scotland and offers stunning views and scenery from her ramparts. Our tour continues on to the village Oldmeldrum, which is often referred to as the ‘Granary of Aberdeen’ for its production of top quality barley. This old market town hosts one of the oldest whisky distilleries in Scotland, Glen Garioch. You can opt to visit the fabulous distillery gift shop, taste some fabulous whisky or join to a whisky tour.
We then take the 45-minute drive to Dufftown known as the ‘Whisky capital of Scotland’ where we will stay for two evenings.
After breakfast we make our way to the world famous Glenfiddich Whisky Distillery in Dufftown, where you have the choice of many guided tours on offer. Following our sublime visit of the Glenfiddich distillery we travel 3 miles to the Speyside Cooperage, to enjoy a guided tour and watch the local coopers repair old whisky barrels. In the afternoon we will visit another wonderful whisky distillery, the Macallan before retiring to Dufftown for the evening.
In the morning we head north to the eerie Culloden Moor, where the last battle on British soil took place. The Hanoverian government soldiers finally defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites in 1746. Less than a 10-minute drive from Culloden, we visit the prehistoric Clava Cairns burial chambers. Enjoy some time walking around the fascinating stones and cairns before we head to search for ‘Nessie’. In the afternoon you have the option to visit Cawdor Castle or to take a sailing on Loch Ness. Our last stop of the day is to the picturesque village of Fort Augustus at the south west of Loch Ness, where we will stay overnight.
Our fifth day on the road, we make or way to Eilean Donan Castle with a brief stop at Invermoriston Falls en route. This iconic castle, jutting out to a loch, is one of the most photographed in the world. We then head on our journey to Plockton for lunch, before heading over the sea to Skye. This afternoon we have the option of visiting Armadale Castle Gardens before heading to your accommodation.
Today we will enjoy a fabulous Isle of Skye excursion, travelling round the island visiting Kilt Rock and the crystal clear Fairy Pools, which cascade down from the Cuillin Mountains. We will then head to the Three chimneys Restaurant for a well-deserved lunch. In the afternoon we will take in panoramic views of the island before driving over to the Wee Isles Capital, Portree, for some free time to wander round the shops. You will then be transported back to your hotel for the evening.
After breakfast on day seven of our wonderful Scottish Itinerary, we make our way to the Armadale port, where we will embark on a ferry and sail back to the mainland. Arriving at Mallaig, we will then drive to the stunning white beaches of Arisaig. Travelling south through the great glen we make our way through Fort William and in to the eerie; sleeping valley’ and the mountains of Glencoe. Here we will stop for photos of the ‘three sisters’ before travelling on through Rannoch Moor to our hotel for our overnight stay.
Our final day’s touring of bonnie Scotland takes us on a scenic drive by the side of Loch Lomond to the conservation village of Luss. We will have time to explore the village on foot, visiting the auld kirk where you can view a Viking Hogback Stone, before embarking on a pleasure cruise on Loch Lomond. Our next adventure takes us to Glasgow for a city tour with a fascinating drive round this historic city. Enjoy some fantastic sightseeing in Glasgow as we drive by Glasgow Cathedral, the Provands Lordship and the ‘City Chambers’ building in George Square. After lunch we head over to the Falkirk Wheel to one of Scotland’s more recent engineering feats. This remarkable rotating boatlift connects the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Union Canal, which enables canal boats to navigate from the west coast to the east coast across central Scotland. Sadly we return to your accommodation in Edinburgh to complete your 8-day tour of Scotland. Alas we say farewell.
Your 8-day Scotland Tour
Your private 8-day tour of Scotland is flexible where you can choose additional days at locations throughout Scotland. Your tour can be altered to suit your groups’ specific requirements.
If you have any questions then get in touch with the amazing James Scotland Tour Guide today.
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