With its stunning landscape and breathtaking choice of architecture and castles, Scotland is the real star of the big screen. Scotland looks beautiful on screen but the reality is even better as this 6 Day self drive tour demonstrates!
Scotland’s spectacular landscape has made it popular over the years with many filmmakers, with movies like 'Chariots of Fire', 'Highlander', 'Local Hero', 'Hamlet', and 'Greystoke', all being made on location in Scotland. Moreover, Hollywood blockbusters such as 'Braveheart', 'Rob Roy', 'Mrs Brown', 'Loch Ness' and 'Harry Potter' have demonstrated Scotland’s credentials for filming. 2012 saw Scotland’s unrivalled natural beauty used as the inspiration in Disney Pixar’s blockbuster, Brave! If there had been an Academy Award for Best Location it would undoubtedly have gone to Scotland!
Day 1 Edinburgh
Turn South East to Rosslyn Chapel, the actual place featured in Dan Brown’s blockbuster and used as a location for The Da Vinci Code movie itself. Continue to Edinburgh, where the gritty portrayal of Leith in Trainspotting is already movie history. The old seaport has had an extensive facelift and now offers a fine range of quality eating, drinking and shopping. Walking tours of Leith are on offer for a real insight into the character of the place. The Royal Mile in the Old town of Edinburgh is the backbone of the old quarter, running from the Palace of Holyrood House to Edinburgh castle. Here the movies Chariots of Fire, Mary Reilly featuring Julia Roberts, and Jekyll and Hyde were all filmed in these streets. Overnight in Edinburgh area.
Day 2 Edinburgh - Perth
After your first hearty Scottish breakfast, travel to the historic town of Stirling which played a major role in the history of Scotland's monarchy.
Braveheart, featuring Mel Gibson as William Wallace, was set in this region and highlights a key period in Scotland’s history with Stirling Castle as the focal point. The battles of Stirling Bridge and Falkirk are both featured in the film and took place on the plains around the Forth valley area. You can visit Stirling Castle which dominates the town from its 250 foot rock, and then continue to Wallace Monument perched high on the rock of Abbey Craig where William Wallace camped before the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. Leaving Stirling, continue into the Trossachs region and Roy Roy country! You can visit the Rob Roy Centre in Callander to learn more about Scotland's infamous villain turned hero. Overnight in Perth area.
Day 3 Perth – Fort William
Today you start the morning with a visit to Megginch Castle and Gardens. The courtyard of the castle was transformed into an 18th century marketplace for the filming of Rob Roy. Continue through Perthshire to Drummond Castle near Crieff, which doubled as the residence of the villainous Duke of Montrose, played by John Hurt, in Rob Roy. Several scenes were shot in the spectacular gardens, which boast a magnificent early Victorian parterre with fountains and terracing lay out in the form of the St Andrew’s cross. The sundial dates back from 1630. From Drummond Castle travel through Crieff, Comrie, and along Loch Earn following the twisting road up over the dramatic mountain pass of Glencoe. Here the bloody massacre in 1692 took place when the Campbells, at the bidding of the English, slaughtered the MacDonalds in their sleep. The bleak and dramatic landscape of Glencoe featured in both Braveheart and Highlander, and you will feel the eerie silence that pervades from the misty mountains as you drive through the glen. Continue to Fort William, a highland town nestling at the foot of Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain. Glen Nevis is easily accessible, behind Fort William, in the very shadow of Ben Nevis. Other easily accessible locations nearby include the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, which featured in ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’. If time permits, head south along Loch Linnhe for Oban on the A828, taking the A816 south for Crinan. Dramatic boat chase sequences complete with explosions and fire, in the James Bond film From Russia with Love once disturbed the peace here!
Overnight in Fort William area.
Day 4 Fort William - Inverness
Leaving Fort William you enter the North West Highlands. Travel through Glen Shiel to Loch Duich and visit Eileen Donan Castle on its small island connected by a bridge. This was the seat of the MacRaes, however it is probably better known as the principle fortress of Christopher Lambert’s character in the cult movie ‘Highlander’. The Castle was also visited by the Brave Production Crew, and elements of it can be seen in the movie. Return through Glen Shiel and on to Glen Morrison to arrive at the Caledonian Canal. The canal links the lochs of the Great Glen - Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness - and has been described as the most beautiful in Europe with its spectacular highland scenery of lochs, mountains and glens. Scenes from ‘Highlander’, ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Rob Roy’ were all shot here. You will then arrive at Loch Ness, known throughout the world for its famous inhabitant "Nessie", the Loch Ness monster. Following the banks of the loch you will arrive at Inverness, the capital of the highlands where you can enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. Overnight Inverness area.
Day 5 Inverness – Aberdeen
This morning you will follow the whisky trail! The Speyside region houses some of the oldest and most established whisky distilleries in Scotland and you can visit one of these distilleries to experience the whisky making process and have a chance to taste the true “Water of life”. You then enter the Grampian region and take the road over the hills through the village of Tomintoul, the highest village in Scotland. Coming down from the hills, we arrive at Ballater in Royal Deeside the favourite region of the Royal family. You can visit Balmoral castle, the summer residence of the royal family and you will see the magnificent colours of this beautiful countryside, which has figured so heavily in many blockbusters. Most recently in the film ‘Mrs Brown’ where Billy Connolly and Judy Dench spent so much time riding and climbing the hills of Lochnagar. We then continue to Aberdeen, the main fishing port of the North East coast. Overnight in Aberdeen area.
Day 6 Aberdeen - Edinburgh
Our first stop this morning is at the ruins of Dunnottar castle near Stonehaven where Mel Gibson spent several months filming scenes for ‘Hamlet’. Dunnottar is thought to be the inspiration for the DunBroch family castle in the Disney Pixar movie, Brave. The producers are said to have moved their fictional castle to a coastal setting after having visited Dunnottar. Follow the coast road south and cross the Firth of Tay at Dundee Bridge to arrive in the famous university town of St Andrews, better known as the "home of Golf". Here you will visit St Andrews Castle and Cathedral overlooking the bay. ‘Chariots of Fire’ had many sequences filmed here, the most famous being the athletes running along the beach preparing for the Olympics with the celebrated theme of Vangelis playing as background music. Leaving St Andrews you travel south once more to arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital.
- Car Hire
- Entrances detailed in itinerary
- Evening meals
- Personal Expenses
- 5 night’s accommodation in the your chosen type of accommodation, including Scottish breakfast
- Welcome Pack
Tour Vehicle TypeSelf-Driven
Duration of Tour6 days
Months of OperationApril, May, June, July, August, September, October
Rates & Dates
|Months||B&B||3 Star Hotel||Single Supp B&B||Single Supp Hotel|
|April and October||£235.00||£330.00||£105.00||£140.00|
|May, June and September||£235.00||£345.00||£105.00||£140.00|
|July and August||£245.00||£370.00||£105.00||£140.00|
Important: If your tour arrives in Aberdeen Monday through Thursday an additional supplement applies for the hotel package as follows: £30.00 per person per night sharing a twin or double; £45.00 per person per night for a single room.
The tour is available from 1st April to 31st October 2014. Simply enter your preferred start date during the booking process.
Please note that when a customer cancels any confirmed JAC Travel Tour, a standard charge of 10% of the booking
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