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8 Day Pet Friendly Scotland Car Tour

A fantastic 8 day round trip of Scotland, staying in pet friendly accommodation. This tour is available from April to October. Simply choose the day you want to start the trip and we book it all the hotels for you! First Pet stay free!


Every hillside is a dog walk - every beach a time for discovery, every forest a hunting ground. Take your best friend on the holiday of their life!


This tour operates on: Every Day

Scotland has enacted in law the right to roam which unofficially makes this the most dog friendly nation on the planet. there are thousands of miles of moorland and forest and beach for your best friend to explore, run through and dream about! with so many wild animals, scotland is an olfactory feast and while you drive on, he or she will be sitting in the back wondering what was that smell?

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive at Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport and pick up your self-drive car. Depart for the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. As one of Europe’s must see destinations Edinburgh offers much for the visitor, great museums and art galleries, fantastic shopping, great restaurants and bars and one of the most unforgettable skylines with Edinburgh Castle dominating the centre of the city overlooking Princes Street Gardens. Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 2

After your Full Scottish Breakfast depart Edinburgh heading north crossing the Forth Road Bridge with its dramatic views of the Victorian feat of engineering the Forth Railway Bridge. Continuing north visit 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.

Day 3

Today you will ravel through the Speyside area towards Inverness. Speyside is a great area to sample some of Scotland’s Natural Larder. You can learn everything you need to know about Scotland’s National Drink with a tour of one of the Speyside distilleries. You can visit Glenfiddich, McCallan, Grants, Cardhu and many more. Visit the pet friendly battlefield of 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 Inverness area.

Day 4

Enjoy a day visiting the West Coast of Scotland. Journey across to Ullapool, a quaint fishing village. Then travel down past the dramatic Corrieshalloch Gorge to the Inverewe Gardens, run by the National Trust. These magnificent gardens have a famous rhododendron collection and who would expect to find palm trees in Scotland. Take a stroll through one of the pet friendly walks of Pinewood Trail, Inverewe Trail or Kernsery Path. Return through the magnificent scenery of the Torridon area and past Loch Maree. Return to the Inverness area for overnight.

Day 5

Today travel south again going via Loch Ness. Loch Ness forms part of the Caledonian Canal a feat of some great engineering by Thomas Telford linking East Scotland with West by using a series of lochs linked by a canal system. Make a stop at Urquhart Castle, a very scenic spot and also the place where the most sightings of “Nessie” have been. Continue on the road to Kyle and take the bridge to explore Skye, the largest and most scenic of the Hebridean Islands. Overnight in Kyle of Lochalsh/Isle of Skye.

Day 6

This morning, journey south to Kyleakin where you will cross over the new “Skye Bridge” to the mainland enjoying a brief photo-stop at Eilean Donan Castle, the magnificent setting of the film “Highlander”. Continue onto Fort William set in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

Day 7

From Fort William, start travelling south. Travel through the beautiful and mysterious Glencoe, which is a great spot for walking the dog. You then travel over Rannoch Moor and into the heart of the Trossachs. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are home to a variety or terrain and are known as the “Highlands in miniature”. Continue to Glasgow for your final night.

Day 8 Departure

Unfortunately it is time to leave Scotland. Return to the airport and leave your car.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation in the above style of accommodation with facilities inclusive of Scottish breakfast.
  • First pet supplement
  • Service & VAT

Exclusions

  • Car Hire
  • Entrances detailed in itinerary
  • Evening meals
  • Lunches
  • Personal Expenses

The Little Details

  • Min Age: NA
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Self-Driven
  • Months of Operation: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Duration of Tour: 8 days
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Duration of Tour: 8 days

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Rates & Dates

The price is per person for the whole tour, and is based on two people sharing a room. The single person supplement applies to single rooms. 

Tour Prices Per Person 1st April to 31st March 2016

Months2/3 Star Hotel
April and October £432.00
May, June and September £492.00
July £540.00
August £570.00
Single Person Supplement £285.00

Itinerary summary

DayHotel LocationHotel Example
Day 1 Edinburgh area HIE Waterfront
Day 2 Royal Deeside area Huntly Arms
Day 3 Inverness area Royal Highland Hotel
Day 4 Inverness area Royal Highland Hotel
Day 5 Isle of Skye/Kyle of Lochalsh Kyle Hotel
Day 6 Fort William Loch Leven Hotel
Day 7 Glasgow HIE Riverside
Day 8 Departure  

Child Policy

Based on one child sharing a room with 2 adults:

  • 0-4 years : Free
  • 5-12 years: 50% of adult price
  • 13 years and above: Adult price

Booking Notes

The tour is available from April to October. Simply enter your preferred start date during the booking process.

Click on the 'Book Now' button for our secure online booking form. Please be aware it can take several days for JAC Travel to book the accommodation for you; we'll then take payment and email you the list of your accommodation.

The Process

The Process

After we have received your enquiry, we will send you the full quotation for your tour. If you choose to proceed, we simply need a reply to that email stating you want to proceed. We will then generate a payment request to send to you.

You will receive your full vouchers after payment. Where bookings are made very late, we send itinerary vouchers to the first hotel of your tour.

Cancellation Charges

Cancellation Charges

You can cancel your tour up to 1 week before departure. After that date, you will incur the full cost of the tour. If you cancel before that date, you will only incur the deposit charge (20%) Cancellation should be by email.

Changing Accommodation

Changing Accommodation

We provide accommodation details after booking.

If you wish to change some accommodation, we will always attempt to change it to one that you feel suits you more. However, this may incur an increase tour cost.

If you don't like the tour accommodation and you wish cancel completely, you can do so within 5 days of receiving the accommodation details without incurring any costs

Payments

Payments

Payment is via Paypal in two tranches.

You will receive two invoices:

  • the first for your deposit payment which is 20% of the price after which we place bookings.
  • the second is payable three weeks before departure and is the balance of the booking.

Illnesses

Illnesses

If you are unable to travel because of sudden last minute illnesses or other circumstances, you should rely on your travel insurance for a refund of travel costs

We are unable to cover those on your behalf

Ipso Facto, we always recommend that travellers take out travel insurance

Some Places We Will Visit

  • Pitlochry

    Small Highland tour that is a frequent stopping place for coaches travelling along the A9. Somewhat a one road town of shops and cafes.

  • Aviemore

    Aviemore was once a sleepy village which was later developed into a ski and tourism resort and has fallen victim to profiteering developers who have scant regard for the local community here. However, Aviemore is great for the services being offered here for visitors.

  • Inverness

    The Highlands' largest town and enjoying a real renaissance over the past ten years as young professionals have moved to the city. The gateway to the far north and a fun night out if you stay.

  • Boat of Garten

    Eight miles northeast of Aviemore is the tiny village of Boat of Garten which suddenly shot to fame when a pair of ospreys, which had disappeared from these shores, reappeared on nearby Loch Garten, two miles east of the village. Now these beautiful birds of prey have established themselves here and elsewhere and there are thought be well over 100 pairs throughout the Highlands.

  • Ullapool

    The attractive little fishing port of Ullapool, on the shores of Loch Broom, is the largest settlement in Wester Ross.

  • Portree

    Skye's largest town and a charmingly friendly stop-off popular with all visitors.

  • Glencoe

    Dramatic landscape with a dramatic history. Few who visit the glen are unmoved by its majesty and power.

  • Fort William

    Fort William is the gateway to the Western Highlands and one of the country's main tourist centres. It stands at the head of Loch Linnhe, with the snow-topped mass of Ben Nevis towering behind.

  • Fort Augustus

    At the more scenic southern end of Loch Ness stands the village of Fort Augustus, originally set up as a garrison after the Jacobite rebellion of 1715, and headquarters of General Wade's campaign to pacify the Highlands. Today Fort Augustus is a busy little place; full of monster-hunting tourists and boats using the flight of five locks to enter or leave Loch Ness on their journey along the Caledonian Canal.

Castle Visited

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    One of the world's quintessential castles: Eilean Donan is familiar from films and stunning in its romantic location. Open daily.

  • Urquhart Castle

    Semi ruinous castle in strong position beside Loch Ness controlling the route North. Captured by Robert the Bruce by clever negotiation. Visitor centre open all year.

  • Dunvegan Castle

    The Clan MacLeod has had its family seat at Dunvegan Castle since about the 12th century. It remains the seat of the Clan and a castle well worth visiting for its history and excellent state of repair

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