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8 Day Natural Scotland Car Tour (self drive)

This tour will provide you with the chance to see some of the finest scenery and gardens throughout Scotland! Simply choose the date you want to start your tour (any date between April and October) and we'll book your accommodation for you!

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Highlights: Perthshire – Aberdeen – Speyside – Inverness – Loch Ness – Trossachs - Edinburgh

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Day 1 Arrival - Perthshire

Arrive at Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport and pick up your self-drive car. Europcar are committed to improving their green behaviour and as a result only offer cars no more than 5 months old, they also offer customers the option to offset their carbon emissions and help protect Scotland’s unrivalled natural beauty (of course you can also use your own 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 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, King of Scots. A visit to the palace would not be complete without a visit to its magnificent gardens. The unique Murray Star Maze comprises a mixture of beech tree, half copper and half green planted in a way to create a tartan effect. Continue through the Perthshire countryside in the direction of Pitlochry, a small Highland town. You may want to stop on route to see the Falls of Dochart close to Killin. In Pitlochry, 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. Continue towards Aberdeen for overnight in the area.

Day 3 Aberdeen – Cairngorms National Park

Take a trip into Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen is lovely and is where the university is based. See Kings College, a chapel famous for its rich woodwork dates from the 16th century. Visit Duthie Park and Winter Gardens – a beautifully laid out 50 acre park with floral displays in all seasons including a “rose mountain”. There are two boating ponds and many interesting sculptures and mountains. The Winter Gardens feature exotic plants, flowers, birds, fish and turtles. In the afternoon travel through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park which is the largest National Park in Britain. Why not stop the car and take a breath of fresh air? There are over 100km of marked trails in the Cairngorms. You may even have the chance to catch a glimpse (and a photograph!) of some rare animals such as mountain hares, red deer and golden eagles. Accommodation in the Aviemore area.

Day 4 Speyside - Inverness

Travel 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. Each gives an audio-visual 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. 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 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. 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. Return through the magnificent scenery of the Torridon area and past Loch Maree.
Return to the Inverness area for overnight.

Day 6 Inverness –Loch Ness – Glencoe – Trossachs

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 towards Fort William, which nestles beneath the highest mountain in Great Britain – Ben Nevis. From Fort William, start travelling south. Travel through the beautiful and mysterious Glencoe, which is great for walking and climbing and full of nature. 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”.
Overnight in the Trossachs area.

Day 7 Trossachs - Edinburgh
After enjoying breakfast set off and travel towards Edinburgh. After checking in to your accommodation enjoy the afternoon in Edinburgh. Walk down the Royal Mile – take time to explore the many “closes” which run off this street and which hold so many secrets. There are many restaurants, pubs & souvenir shops on the Royal Mile. In the afternoon, discover that Scotland’s natural beauty is not confined to the countryside, nature is abound in the capital city! Visit the world renowned Royal Botanic Gardens. Take a wander through over 70 acres of beautiful gardens; highlights include the Queen Mother Memorial Garden, the world famous rock garden and the Chinese hillside. Return to your overnight accommodation.

Day 8 Departure
Unfortunately it is time to leave Scotland. Return to the airport and leave your car.

Towns Visited on the Tour:

Edinburgh Royal Mile , Aberdeen, Pitlochry , Perth

Castle Visited

Scone Palace

Exclusions

  •  Car Hire 
  •  Entrances detailed in itinerary
  •  Lunches, dinners and drinks.
  •  Personal expenses.

Inclusions

  •  7 nights in the above style of accommodation sharing a twin/double room with facilities inclusive of Scottish breakfast.
  •  Please note with the mixed package you will have 3 overnights in B&B, 2 overnights in a Hotel and 2 overnights in a Manor.
  •  Welcome Pack
  •  Service & VAT

Min Age

NA

Tour Vehicle Type

Self-Driven

Departure Point

Edinburgh

Duration of Tour

8 days

Months of Operation

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Rates & Dates

Prices

Package Prices Per Person for 2014 - 1st April to 31st October
Accommodation Type April to October August Supplement Single Supplement
B&B £320.00 £50.00 £120.00
Inn/2 Star £410.00 £50.00 £160.00
3 Star Hotel £445.00 £55.00 £190.00
Mixed £425.00 £50.00 £180.00
Manor £610.00 £70.00 £270.00

Please note that with the mixed package you will have 3 overnights in B&Bs, 2 overnights in a hotel and 2 overnights in a Manor (4 star country house hotel).

Simply choose the date you'd like to start the tour and the type of accommodation you'd like, and our partners JAC Travel will book your accommodation for you.

Booking Notes

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.

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 10 days prior to the start date, full refund less 10% admin fee. For cancellations within 10 days of the start date - no refund will be made.