• Taste of Scotland Car Tour

    Taste of Scotland Car Tour

    4 Day taster of Scotland enjoyed at your own speed. We book all the hotels and provide an itinerary and you do the oohing and awwing at the landscape of Scotland. Our most popular short car tour!
  • Edinburgh


    A day in this magical city before you start your tour. Reviewed by visitors as one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
  • Doune Castle

    Doune Castle

    Famous from Monty Python and many other films! You could stop for a renactment from the battlements. Outlander fans will certainly recognise.
  • Callander


    Gateway to the Highlands as well as being exceptionally pretty in its own right!
  • View across Loch Fyne

    View across Loch Fyne

    Stop for some chips or at the eponymous Oyster bar
  • Castle Stalker

    Castle Stalker

    Set in the middle of the loch, this is castle meets fairytale.
  • Glen Coe

    Glen Coe

    One of Scotland's most striking mountain ranges and site for the Campbell Massacre. We will drive along the road.
  • Ben Nevis

    Ben Nevis

    Britains highest mountain with an ascent from sea level. Wow: what a site from the road!
  • Loch Ness

    Loch Ness

    Possibly, the world's most famous lake with a mysterious unseen inhabitant.
  • Culloden Battlefield

    Culloden Battlefield

    The final battle in Scotland and the end to the dreams of the Stuarts. Culloden marked the end of a way of life and the start of a new Scotland...
  • Speyside & Whisky

    Speyside & Whisky

    You may be driving, but you won't want to miss the chance to explore the famous Speyside distilleries..
  • Balmoral Castle

    Balmoral Castle

    Take tea with the Queen at Balmoral Castle - her ancestral home on Royal Deeside. You can't take tea of course but you can take a look.
  • Forth Rail Bridge

    Forth Rail Bridge

    Masterpiece of Victorian Engineering that is still in use today. One of our last great sights on the voyage as you return to Edinburgh.

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About Sholto

sholto250Sholto is our tour expert and has information on something like 30 different tours around Scotland. If you don't want to browse around the site, try giving him a call for some advice.

(BTW: Sholto is ancient Scottish/Gaelic name that means the "sower of seeds" or propagator - people often ask)

Taste of Scotland 4 Day Car Tour

This 4 day car tour will provide you with a real taste of Scotland and the delights on offer. With a choice of accommodation in 3 beautiful areas of Scotland including Oban, Loch Ness and beautiful Perthshire, it'll make you want to come back for more! Now available all year!

Tour Highlights

One of our most popular self drive tours: 4 days and three nights that introduces you to the most beautiful areas of Scotland!

This tour operates on: Every Day

Day 1 Edinburgh/Glasgow - Oban area

On arrival in Edinburgh (or Glasgow) Airport, pick up your self-drive car and start your journey.

Route 1 - via Stirling Castle

You will drive through the area known as the Trossachs (2) in the heart of Scotland. Make a stop at Stirling Castle (1)– Stirling has many reminders of the famous William Wallace, star of the film 'Braveheart'. Continue on towards Callendar with a stop for coffee with Monty Python fans stopping on the way at Doune Castle. The road continues north zig-zagging through the mountains. Stop at the head of Loch Awe for a visit to Kilchurn Castle(3). From there you follow the A85 all the way to Oban.

Route 2  - via Loch Lomond (also for Glasgow Starters) [Purple Route]

Our alternative route takes us across the belt of Central Scotland the bottom of Loch Lomond from where travel up its west bank with a stop for tea in Luss (A). Continue around the scenic Loch Lomond and through the Argyll Forest one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland. Cross  the mountains through Glen Croe (B) and the evocatively named "Rest & Be Thankful" Pass. Make a stop at Inveraray(C) on the banks of Loch Fyne where you can visit Inveraray Castle or Inveraray Jail, which tells the tale of prison life in the 18th & 19th centuries.  At this point you can turn north to join route one or for a longer journey continue down Loch Fyne and then at Ardrishaig, turn north to explore the ancient ruins at Kilmartin Glen (D) and Dalriada. Then continue north to the Oban area for your first overnight stay.

Day 2 Oban - Fort William - Loch Ness - Inverness

After breakfast explore Oban making a visit to McCaigs Tower from where you can see the island of Mull and beyond on a clear day. Departing Oban journey north to Fort William via Appin passing on your way Castle Stalker set on its own island. Fort William nestles at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland. Take a trip on the Aonoch Mor Gondola and enjoy some magnificent views across to the West and East coasts of Scotland. From Fort William travel northeast through the Great Glen towards Inverness. En-route you will travel along the Caledonian Canal which links Fort William and Inverness and of which Loch Ness forms a part. Travel along the banks of this famous loch keeping an eye open for the famous monster 'Nessie'. Overnight in the Inverness area.

Day 3 Inverness - Royal Deeside - Perth

Start your day with a stop at Culloden Moor, site of the very last land battle on British soil when the Jacobites, lead by Bonnie Prince Charlie, were finally defeated by the English army. The excellent exhibition centre tells of the Jacobite rebellions in various languages and you can wander the Moor where you can still hear the battle cries of the Clans. Continue now into the heart of Speyside and whisky country. There are a large number of whisky distilleries in the area and you can visit many of them. Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Dallas Dhu and many others welcome visitors and are happy to give you a 'wee dram'. Continue following the River Spey well known also for its salmon fishing. Travel down to Braemar in the heart of Royal Deeside. During May, June and July you can visit Balmoral Castle where the Royal Family spend their annual summer holiday. Alternatively visit Braemar Castle. Journey south over the 'Spittal of Glenshee' a road affording dramatic views before continuing towards the Perthshire area for your overnight accommodation.

Day 4 Edinburgh/Glasgow Departure

Today, if time permits, visit St Andrew’s, named after Scotland's patron saint. Visit the impressive ruins of the cathedral, once the most magnificent in the country and St Andrews Castle where visitors can wander through damp, mossy tunnels to the dungeons. St Andrew's is also the famous home of golf, played on the Old Course since the 15th century. Continue along the coast via the small fishing villages of Elie and Pitenweem. Cross the Forth Road Bridge with its spectacular views of the Firth of Forth before returning your car to Edinburgh/Glasgow and joining your flight home.


  • 3 nights accommodation in the above style of accommodation sharing a twin/double room with facilities inclusive of Scottish breakfast.
  • Please note that with the mixed package you'll have 1 overnight in B&B, 1 overnight in a Hotel and 1 overnight in a Manor.
  • Welcome Pack
  • Service & VAT


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

The Little Details

  • Min Age: NA
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Self-Driven
  • Months of Operation: All Year
  • Duration of Tour: 4 days
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Duration of Tour: 4 days

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Rates & Dates

Package Prices per person for Winter 2015

MonthsB&BInn/2 Star3 StarMixedManor
April to March 2016 £150.00 £188.00 £220.00 £220.00 £290.00
Single Supplement £58.00 £75.00 £88.00 £88.00 £135.00

The Single Supplement applies to single rooms booked for the tour, so  for example, the price for the  tour for one person in a single room in a 3 star hotel would be £305.00

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

How to Book

Fill in the enquiry form so we can provide you with a quote for your dates. If you want to enquire about changes or additions to the tour, then simple add them into the extra info field so we can take them into account.

  • Send Request

    Start the booking process by sending in a request for a quotation. We will provide a detailed costing for the tour/break.
  • Ask Questions

    If you need to ask questions - go ahead! Some questions cannot be definatively answered before booking. For example, we use many smaller hotels and availability varies until a booking is made and we hold the rooms for you. That is why we describe a hotel as 3 star at this stage.
  • Book It!

    We will send you a deposit request/payment request which you can pay via Paypal either by credit card or using your paypal account if you have one. The full details of the tour with any vouchers required will be sent to you on completion of full payment.

    Cancellation Charges

    Please note that when a customer cancels any confirmed  JAC Travel Tour, a standard charge of 10% of the booking price will be made to cover administration costs. For cancellations more than 5 working days prior to the start date, full refund less 10% admin fee. For cancellations within 5 working days of the start date - no refund will be made.

    Some Places We Will Visit

    • Oban

      Our visitor guide to Oban, the main focal point in the northern part of Argyll in Scotland. A comprehensive list of information including what to see and do, self catering cottages in the area, travel information and history...

    • 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.

    • Perth

      The heritage of Perth is easy to trace owing to the number of interesting historical sites within walking distance of each other.

    • St Andrews

      St Andrews is not just about the golf, the place has a medieval charm with beautiful sights and also an ancient university where the rich and the famous study.

    Castle Visited

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