Tours of Scotland Suggestions
Helping you make the most out of your Scottish tour
To help create your perfect tour, we have put together some examples of tours of Scotland and what is possible in a given time frame – anything from an action-packed day trip to a dream 5 day tour of Scotland. The following examples start from our base in Edinburgh but we will happily start your tour from anywhere in Scotland. Remember the examples detailed below are only suggestions. There are no limitations to how long your tour lasts. You can do what you want to do and see what you want to see at your own pace.
Due to our vehicle size, we have found that parties of 2-6 people works best, although we can accommodate up to 8 passengers. It is also worth noting that we charge for the vehicle per day and not by person. Remember these tours of Scotland are only suggestions.
It is Your Tour after all.
Historic Stirling, Southern Highlands & Whisky Distillery Tour
St Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour
Oban & West Highlands Tour
On day 1 of this tour, we make our first stops in historic Stirling – scene of the most important battles of the 13th and 14th century Wars of Independence. Heading north through the Trossach hills, we visit Balquhidder churchyard, final resting place of the great 17th century folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor. We then stop off for lunch at the quirky Drover’s Inn, first opened in 1705 and still going strong today. After lunch we take in a view of the northern reaches of Loch Lomond before heading over the Arrochar Alps to Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. Next we visit the mysterious remains of Dunadd – coronation site of Scots kings of Dalriada between the 7th and 9th centuries. We continue north through Kilmartin Glen with its ancient standing stone circles, henges and burial cists to our overnight stay in Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland.
Our first stop on day 2 is to view Castle Stalker. Perched on an islet in Loch Laich, there has been a castle here since 1320 but most modern visitors will recognise it from its appearance in the cult movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Next stop is in the brooding and stunningly beautiful Glencoe – now a magnet for mountaineers and lovers of the outdoors but also scene of the infamous massacre of 1692. We then make our way over the western edge of Rannoch Moor, along Loch Tay to The Hermitage where we take a walk through the mighty Craigvinean forest to view the Black Linn waterfall. There is one final stop at the charming medieval cathedral village of Dunkeld before an evening return to Edinburgh.
Loch Ness & Inverness, Capital of the Highlands Tour
It is possible to visit Loch Ness in a one day tour from Scotland’s Central belt but, if time permits, we strongly recommend a more leisurely trip to this most famous of all the lochs.
On day 1 we pass Perth, one of Scotland’s first capital cities before stopping on the banks of the river Tay in the village of Dunkeld. After an invigorating forest stroll at the Hermitage, there is the chance to visit Killiecrankie – scene of the first battle of the Jacobite Rebellions back in 1689. After lunch we take a tour of the Tomatin whisky distillery. There’s one last stop of the day at the haunting Culloden Moor. In 1746 the Battle of Culloden saw the tragic last stand of the Jacobites and heralded the end of a Highland way of life and clan system which had existed for centuries. More recently, Culloden has become known as one of the key locations in the hit TV series, Outlander. Culloden is just a few miles from our overnight stay at Inverness, lively capital of the Highlands.
Day 2 of this tour is all about Loch Ness. We will drive its entire length but there is also an opportunity to take a cruise and visit the stunning ruins of Urquhart Castle, the only castle on the banks of Loch Ness. Heading through the Great Glen and Fort William, we will stop in dramatic Glencoe – many people’s favourite spot in the whole of Scotland. We then cross Rannoch Moor and head south, through the scenic Trossach hills to Stirling to take in views of Stirling Castle and the National Monument to Sir William Wallace. After an awe inspiring day in the Highlands, we arrive back to Edinburgh in mid evening.
Isle of Skye, Loch Ness & The Highlands Tour
This tour is a great way to experience some of the very best of Scotland in a very short space of time. On day 1 we travel through Highland Perthshire, along Loch Laggan – known as Monarch of the Glen country – to Fort Augustus on the south west tip of Loch Ness. There is an option to take a cruise on Loch Ness. We then make our way through beautiful Glen Shiel, stopping for a view of Eilean Donan castle, and cross the Skye bridge for our first overnight stay on the Isle of Skye.
Day 2 is spent taking in some of the highlights of Skye which could include the Old Man of Storr, Lealt Falls, Quiraing, Talisker whisky distillery and the Fairy Pools. Overnight stay is again on Skye.
On day 3 we head south and leave Skye by ferry to Mallaig. Here there is the opportunity to take the Jacobite Steam train to Fort William, via the Glenfinnan Viaduct – made famous by the Hogwart’s Express from the Harry Potter films. From Fort William, we head through dramatic Glencoe, cross Rannoch Moor and continue south through the Trossach hills and Stirling before arriving back in Edinburgh in time for dinner.
Speyside, Loch Ness & Glen Coe Tour
Our first stop on this tour is at the historic home of golf and Scotland’s oldest university, St Andrews. We then drive into the Cairngorms National Park, to Braemar in Royal Deeside. From April to July, there is the opportunity to visit Balmoral Castle – the royal family’s Highland holiday home. We then take the spectacular high level road from Cockbridge to Tomintoul and onto our overnight stay in Grantown on Spey.
We start day 2 by visiting at least one of Speyside’s famous whisky distilleries such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet or Aberlour. We then follow the stunning Moray coast to visit 18th century Fort George and Culloden battlefield outside Inverness. We drive the entire length of mysterious Loch Ness to the charming village of Fort Augustus where we have our second overnight stay.
On day 3 we head down the Great Glen to Fort William where we divert for Glenfinnan on the edge of Loch Shiel. Here we can visit the monument to the 1745 Jacobite rebellion and view the railway viaduct – built in 1898 and made famous as a stunning location in the Harry Potter films. We then head south with a stop in the ever impressive Glencoe and continue across Rannoch Moor, through the Trossach hills and Stirling on our return to Edinburgh.
Orkney & The North West Highlands Tour
On day 1 of this tour we head north through highland Perthshire via Dunkeld, Culloden and the Black Isle to the historic Royal Burgh of Dornoch. There will be time to take in the 13th Century Cathedral and stroll on the stunning beach before our first overnight stay in Dornoch.
We head further north through Sutherland and Caithness on day 2. There’s a chance of seeing puffins, orcas and dolphins from the cliffs and sea stacks of Duncansby Head and we will pay a quick visit to John O’Groat’s before catching the ferry to St Margaret’s Hope in Orkney. Our first Neolithic site in Orkney is the impressive Tomb of the Eagles at Isbister after which we will head to Kirkwall for our first overnight stay in Orkney.
Day 3 is all about investigating the incredible ancient history and seascapes of Orkney. We will visit the Neolithic village of Skara Brae, ancient burial chamber of Maes Howe with its Viking graffiti, the largest standing stone circle in Scotland at the Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness. At nearly 6000 years old, these are among the oldest human built structures in the British Isles. We will also want to stroll above some of Orkney’s impressive sea cliffs such as those at Marwick Head, Yesnaby or Mull Head.
There is so much to see and do in Orkney that we could easily add another overnight stay in Kirkwall to allow time for attractions such as St Magnus Cathedral, the Earl’s Palace, The Bishop’s Palace, Tankerness Museum, Quoyloo brewery, Highland Park and Scapa distilleries, the Brough of Birsay or the many first and second World War battery sites.
Taking the ferry back to mainland Scotland on day 4 or 5, we will visit Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the island of Britain. We will then drive the full length of the north coast, stopping by Durness to visit Smoo Cave and on to the west coast village of Ullapool for our overnight stay.
Our final morning of this tour takes us for a spectacular woodland walk at Corrieshalloch Gorge – the deepest gorge in Scotland. We then return to Edinburgh via some of Scotland’s most iconic sites including Loch Ness, Glencoe and Stirling
Isles of Lewis, Harris, Skye & The Highlands Tour
Day 1 of this tour starts on Scotland’s east coast at St Andrews and ends with an overnight stay on the west coast in Ullapool. In between we will visit the ancient Cathedral village of Dunkeld, Aviemore and the very deep and very impressive Corrieshalloch Gorge.
On day 2 we take the morning ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. We will travel to the far north to view the lighthouse and cliffs at the Butt of Lewis and then head south to take in Dalmore beach and Dun Carloway Broch. En route, we may stop to meet one of the many cottage weavers of Harris Tweed where there is the chance to buy this world renowned fabric literally right off the loom. Overnight will be in Stornoway, the bustling capital of Lewis.
Day 3 takes us south to the Callanish Standing Stones – dating from 2900 BC and reckoned by many to be the most beautiful in the British Isles. We then visit the Iron Age settlement and beach at Bosta and Abhainn Dearg Whisky Distillery – one of Scotland’s newest. Our route then takes us over the Clisham Mountains to Tarbert in Harris where we will spend the night.
Luskentyre beach, surrounded by brooding mountains, with steep grassy dunes and a massive expanse of white sand is the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs and it will be our first stop on the morning of day 4. We then sweep south to the tiny 16th century St Clement’s Church at Rodel then take the spectacular Golden Road round the southern tip of Harris and back to Tarbert to catch the ferry to the Isle of Skye. On Skye we will investigate the Trotternish peninsula highlights of the Quiraing, Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr before reaching Portree for our final overnight stay.
On day 5 we head south through the Isle of Skye and stop at Eilean Donan Castle. This stunning seat of the clan Macrae is still the most photographed castle in Scotland. We then drive through Glen Shiel to Fort William and return to Edinburgh through Glencoe, Rannoch Moor and Stirling.
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