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Highlands & Whisky Trail
Scotland Self-Drive Tours

2016 Rates on application Prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Duration: 8 Days - 7 Night

 
         
 

Description

Day 1 | Arrive Glasgow - Perthshire
Arrive at Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport and collect your self-drive car. Depart for the north of Scotland crossing the Forth Road Bridge (if coming from Edinburgh) and continue up the M90 to Perth. Overnight in Perthshire area

Day 2 | Perthshire - Aberdeen
After your Full Scottish Breakfast visit Scone Palace, the family home of the Earl of Mansfield and also the site of the famous coronation Stone of Scone, brought there in the 9th century by Kenneth MacAlpine, the King of Scots. Continue to Pitlochry, a small Highland town. Stop at the Salmon Ladder where you may be lucky enough to see salmon leaping! From Pitlochry, travel towards Braemar. You will take the very scenic & dramatic road over the Spittal of Glenshee one of the highest points in Scotland and also site of one of Scotland’s ski resorts. Descend into Braemar which sits in the heart of Royal Deeside, the favoured holiday area for the Royal Family in Scotland. If time permits, visit Balmoral Castle (open May – July only), home of the Royal Family. Continue towards Aberdeen for overnight in the area.

Day 3 | Aberdeen – Royal Deeside
Take a trip into Aberdeen. See Kings College, a chapel famous for its woodwork dating from the 16th-century. Nearby is St Machar’s Cathedral. Two notable features are the West Front with its twin castellated towers and the painted wooden Heraldic Ceiling in the nave, dated 1520. Visit Duthie Park and Winter Gardens – a 50 acre park with floral displays in all seasons including a “rose mountain”. Outside Aberdeen, visit Crathes Castle which has royal historic associations dating from 1323 when the Land of Leys were granted to the Burnett family by Robert the Bruce. The castle features some remarkable late 16th-century painted-ceilings. There is a large walled-garden and the yew hedges date from 1702. Return to your accommodation.

Day 4 | Aberdeen - Inverness
Travel towards Inverness. In the morning follow the Whisky Trail & visit one of the many famous distilleries in the area. Visit Glenfiddich, McCallan, Grants, Cardhu and many more. Each gives an audiovisual show and then a guided tour of the distillery to learn of the processes and for many, the highlight is a tasting at the end of the tour. The choice of what to see and do in the Speyside area is huge – there are castles – Brodie, Cawdor (made famous by the Shakespeare’s Macbeth), and Ballindalloch. Visit Culloden Moor, site of the last land battle on British soil, wander around Inverness, capital of the Highlands, take the Strathspey Railway from Boat of Garten to Aviemore, watch the Ospreys at Loch Garten. Accommodation in the Inverness area.

Day 5 | Inverness – Inverewe Gardens - Inverness
Enjoy a day visiting the West Coast of Scotland. Journey across to Ullapool, a quaint fishing-village. Travel down past the dramatic Corrieshalloch Gorge to the Inverewe Gardens, managed by the National Trust. These magnificent gardens have a famous rhododendron collection and who would expect to find palm trees in Scotland? Return through the magnificent scenery of the Torridon area and past Loch Maree. Return to the Inverness area for your accommodation.

Day 6 | Inverness – Loch Ness – Glencoe – Edinburgh
Today travel via Loch Ness, which forms part of the Caledonian Canal. Stop at Urquhart Castle, a very scenic spot and also the place where the most sightings of “Nessie” have been. Continue towards Fort William, which nestles beneath Ben Nevis -the highest mountain in Great Britain. Move through the mysterious Glencoe travelling over Rannoch Moor and into the heart of the Trossachs, known as the “gateway to the Highlands”. Stop at Stirling Castle which has played such an important role in much of Scotland’s vibrant history. The Great Hall has recently been refurbished and the Visitor Centre has a audio-visual exhibition explaining much of the history. Return towards the Edinburgh area for your accommodation.

Day 7 | Edinburgh
Enjoy a full day in Edinburgh. In the morning, go up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle, which is the site of the oldest building in Edinburgh – St Margaret’s Chapel and the Crown Jewels of Scotland. Continue down the Royal Mile – take time to explore the many “closes” which run off this street. In the afternoon visit Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the Queen whilst she is in Scotland. The Palace has a wonderful ballroom and staterooms to visit. Visit New Town to admire the Georgian architecture and the well-laid-out streets that are in complete contrast to those of the Old Town. Return to your accommodation.

Day 8 | Depart Scotland
Time to depart Scotland. Return to the airport and return your car to the car depot.

 

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Prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Highlands & Whisky Trail (Self-Drive Tour)
8 Days / 7 Nights - Prices From

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