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Stay in a Scottish Castle Tour (self-drive)

This beautiful individual 8 day car tour provides visitors with a unique experience to remember for a long time to come! Stay in some of Scotland's finest castles!

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 A unique chance to stay in some of Scotland's most romantic castles on this splendid 8 day self-drive tour, which includes a Historic Scotland pass for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, and a visit to the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Edinburgh.

Itinerary Summary

DayItineraryHotelLocationCategory
Day 1 Arrival Edinburgh Airth Castle near Edinburgh 4 star
Day 2 Edinburgh Airth Castle    
Day 3 Royal Deeside Pittodrie House Hotel Aberdeenshire 4 star
Day 4 Highlands Tulloch Castle Dingwall 4 star
Day 5 Highlands Tulloch Castle    
Day 6 West Coast Ballachulish Hotel near Fort William 3 star superior
Day 7 Edinburgh Airth Castle near Edinburgh 4 star
Day 8 Departure Edinburgh      

 

Tour Highlights

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Tour starts at Waverley Bridge (opposite main railway station). Departures every 15-20 minutes from 09.30 hrs–17.30. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour, but ticket is valid for 24hrs. Hop on and off the bus to visit Edinburgh’s attractions. Tour with taped commentary in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Russian, Mandarin Chinese & Japanese.

Mercat Ghost & Ghouls Walking Tour, Edinburgh This wonderful, dramatic tour combines the best story telling, the creepiest underground vaults and the most gruesome history to be found anywhere in Scotland! Spend a memorable evening in the company of Edinburgh's grisly past and entertaining hosts!

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Edinburgh Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Discover the stories behind maturation - the secret and magical ingredient of time. Explore Scotland’s diverse whisky regions and the flavours that the countryside imparts to its whiskies. Your guide will then allow you access to our vault containing the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection; the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies.

Edinburgh Castle The Royal Mile is the backbone of the old quarter, running from the Palace of Holyrood House to Edinburgh Castle. You will visit the Castle which dominates the city from its 400 foot rock where you will see the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, now back in Scotland where it belongs. You can also visit the private apartments of Mary Stuart and St Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building in the city that dates back to the 11th century.

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Your Itineraray

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive at Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport and pick up your self-drive car. Head on for your splendid Hotel in Edinburgh area. Enjoy the grandeur of this Hotel tonight or travel into Edinburgh.

Day 2 Edinburgh

Today is for Exploring Edinburgh and the surrounding area. Though its streets are steeped in history, Edinburgh is a thriving modern capital, elegant and exciting and truly one of Europe’s great cities. Edinburgh Castle dominates the city skyline and is full of history. Within the walls there is St Margaret’s Chapel, the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels to visit. Aside from the Castle there is the Old Town and Georgian New Town offering their contrasting Architecture, excellent Museums and Art Galleries; the Royal Yacht Britannia, Holyrood Palace and much more. If you want to escape the city then explore the delightful surrounding countryside, where you can play golf, visit Roslin Chapel, Linlithgow Palace or go for a walk along one of our beautiful beaches. Overnight Edinburgh area.

Day 3 Edinburgh - Highlands

After your Full Scottish Breakfast, depart Edinburgh heading north across the Forth Road Bridge with its dramatic views of the Victorian feet of engineering - the Forth Railway Bridge. Continuing north visit Perth and 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. 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 Inverness. You will take the very scenic & dramatic road over the Drummochter Pass, one of the highest roads in Scotland. Descend into Speyside, an area of Scotland famous for its whisky producing tradition. Overnight at MacDonald Pittodrie House Hotel.

Day 4 Inverness

Travel northwards towards Inverness. In the morning follow the Whisky
Trail and visit one of the many famous distilleries in the area including
Glenfiddich, Macallan, 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. 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 or watch the Ospreys at Loch Garten. Accommodation in Dingwall.

Day 5 Highlands (Sutherland)

Today begins with a visit to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, before heading for a day trip to the northern Highlands. Head for Kessock Bridge and the Black Isle, in reality a peninsula decked out in a thousand shades of green. A maze of quiet country roads and forest tracks, the area is a delight to explore. It is a naturalist paradise with attractions such as the bird reserves and Munlochy and Udale Bay and the famous dolphins that can be best viewed on cruises from Cromarty. Continue north visiting Dunrobin Castle and Gardens to discover the lives through the centuries of the Earls of Sutherland. Here you can enjoy a display of the ancient sport of falconry in the gardens of the castle. Return to Dingwall.

Day 6 Highlands – West Coast

Today travel South via Loch Ness. Loch Ness forms part of the Caledonian Canal, a feat of some great engineering by Thomas Telford linking East Scotland with the 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. If time allows, why not take a ride in a gondola at Anoch Mor for stunning views over the West Coast. From Fort William continue south to Ballachulish.

Day 7 West Coast - Edinburgh

You will drive through Glencoe, the dramatic and historic glen (valley), scene of the 1692 massacre of part of the MacDonald clan by soldiers of King William. Its steep sided mountains offer superb walking and climbing. Red deer, wildcat, golden eagle and rare arctic plants can be seen among the breathtaking peaks and spectacular waterfalls. Travel onto Stirling and visit Stirling Castle, magnificent both in its situation on a commanding rocky outcrop and in its architecture. Of outstanding interest are the Great Hall and the Gatehouse of James IV, the marvellous palace of James V, the Chapel Royal remodelled by James VI, and the artillery fortifications of the 16th and 18th centuries. The castle was a favourite royal residence and the birthplace of James II in 1430. From Stirling continue to Edinburgh.

Day 8 Departure

Sadly, it’s time to leave Scotland. Make your way to the airport to join your flight home.

Towns Visited on the Tour:

Ballachulish, Stirling, Fort William, Inverness, Pitlochry , Perth

Exclusions

  • Car Hire
  • Evening meals, lunches and drinks
  • Personal Expenses

Inclusions

  •  7 nights in the above accommodation including Scottish breakfast.
  •  7-day Historic Scotland Explorer Pass (valid over 14 days). Pass allows entrance to over 200 historic visitor attractions in Scotland including Edinburgh Castle, Urquhart Castle (Loch Ness/Highlands) and Stirling Castle.
  •  Ghost & Ghouls Walking Tour in Edinburgh (approx. 90 minutes).
  •  Entrance to the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh including guided tour and taste of blended whisky (approx. 1 hour).
  •  City Sightseeing Edinburgh Tour (approx. 1 hour, hop on/hop off, ticket valid for 24 hours).
  •  Welcome Pack.
  •  Service and 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

Tour Prices Per Person for April 2014 to October 2014 (based on 2 people sharing a room)
MonthsTwin or DoubleSingle
April  2014 £700.00 £1000.00
May or June  2014 £760.00 £1050.00
July or August 2014 £860.00 £1090.00
September 2014 £800.00 £1080.00
October 2014 £750.00 £1030.00

Child rates: A child 4-12 years, sharing with 2 adults: £140 per tour.

 

Simply choose the date you want the tour to start on during the booking process.

Booking Notes

Child Policy

Based on sharing a room with 2 adults (one child only):

  •  0-3 years free;
  • children 4 to 12 years: £140, paying all meals direct. 
  • Children 13+ or having their own room would be classed as adults.

 

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 30  days prior to the start date, full refund less 10% admin fee. For cancellations within 30 days of the start date - no refund will be made.

 

Online Booking

The tour is now available  throughout the year (excluding Christmas and New Year period). 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.