Self-Drive Castles and Whisky
Pick up your car from the airport and start your journey facing the north. Ahead you will have 6 days to discover why, here in Scotland, the whisky is something else than a spirit. The distilleries locations allow you to enjoy the Scottish castle trail making this itinerary a the perfect balance between culture, nature and history.
Day 1 – Edinburgh
Arrival at Edinburgh airport. Collection of the rental car and arrival at the chosen Hotel. Depending on the arrival time, possibility of visiting the city. They will have the option of booking a guided tour in Spanish at 9.30am, lasting 3 hours (extra cost GBP 10.00 per person), or visiting the city on their own; Edinburgh Castle entrance included. If arrival time allows, it would take only 30 minutes by car to reach Linlithgow Palace (included in the package) or Rosslyn Chapel (extra cost £ 9.00 per person).
Bed and breakfast in Edinburgh.
Day 2 – Edinburgh – St Andrews – Aberdeen
They will leave Edinburgh and start their Scotland tours. Before crossing the forth river estuary, you will head towards South Queensferry. Here you will take a panoramic tour of the Forth Bridge, a World Heritage Site. You will have the option to continue to the seaside town of St Andrews, the birthplace of golf and home to Scotland’s oldest university, where you can visit the castle and cathedral ruins. (Ticket included in the package).
Continuing north and crossing the Tay Bridge, you can visit Glamis Castle, which was the birthplace of Queen Mother Elizabeth Boews Lyon, mother of the current Queen Elizabeth II of England (extra cost £ 12.50 per person), or you can visit Dunnottar Castle, one of the most impressive castles in Scotland (Extra cost £ 7.00 per person), all the way to Aberdeen.
Bed and breakfast in Aberdeen.
Day 3 – Aberdeen – Royal Deeside – Aberdeen
The whole day will be spent exploring Royal Deeside, a magnificent valley of the fiume Dee, filled with its castles, where the Highland residence of the Royal Family, Balmoral Castle, is located. They will be able to choose to visit the Castle, when the Royal family does not reside there (Extra cost £ 11.50 per person). Not far away is Corgaffe Castle, isolated in a small valley and with its star-shaped perimeter wall (entrance included in the package). As an alternative, you can visit other beautiful castles in the area. You can stroll through the colorful gardens of Crathes Castle (extra cost £ 13.00 per person), or explore the evocative villages of the Royal Deeside. It is an area of Scotland that even Queen Victoria fell in love with in the past, thanks to its typical mix of mountains, high cliffs, rivers, heaths and forests, where an almost unreal atmosphere is still breathed in the beautiful towns and cities of Deeside, Ballater and Braemar.
Braemar is known for her Highland Gathering, one of the best in Scotland. Deeside offers great opportunities for outdoor activities like walking, biking, and observing wildlife and uncontaminated nature.
Bed and breakfast in Aberdeen.
Day 4 – Aberdeen – Speyside – Inverness
Heading north in Scotland, before reaching Inverness, the first stop is one of the many distilleries in the Speyside area. They will only have the problem of not knowing which to choose between Glenfiddich, Macallan, The Glenlivet and many other famous distilleries along the Spey River. Visit of the historic Dallas Dhu distillery (included in the package).
The area is also home to impressive castles, such as the elegant Cawdor Castle, which is considered the most romantic castle in the Highlands (Extra cost £ 11.50 per person). The castle dates back to the end of the 14th century, it was built as a private fortress of the Thanes of Cawdor. It has an old medieval tower built around a legendary holly tree; Today it remains the residence of the Cawdor family and is carefully decorated with elegant furniture, refined portraits, intriguing objects, and wonderful tapestries. The castle has been developed for 600 years.
Alternatively, they can visit Brodie Castle (Extra cost £ 11.50 per person) where they can read the letter sent by Robert the Bruce to the Clan Chief Brodie, referring to discussions between the clan and the monks who lived nearby, and admire art collections – from the old Dutch masters to modern watercolors.
Bed and breakfast in Inverness.
Day 5 – Inverness – Loch Ness – Glasgow
Once you leave the hotel, you will have plenty of time for a panoramic visit of Inverness and later you will head towards the famous Loch Ness, which is wonderful thanks to its typical landscapes, but is best known for its legendary monster that prowls its waters . Here they will make a mini cruise and visit the ruins of the famous Urquhart castle. The castle dominates a wonderful landscape and offers stunning views of Loch Ness itself; It was looted on different occasions and rebuilt over the centuries. (Included in the package).
Crossing Fort William and the impressive Glencoe Valley, stop for photos – they will continue in the direction of Glasgow, with the possibility of stopping and visiting Dumbarton Castle (included in the package) where they can go up the White Tower Crag to admire impressive views, sometimes to the summit of Ben Lomond. You will be able to see the artillery fortifications and examples of military architecture from the early 18th century. You will enter the Governor’s House, an elegant Georgian residence that houses interesting artifacts.
Arrival in Glasgow in the afternoon, where you can enjoy the hectic nightlife.
Bed and breakfast in Glasgow.
Day 6 – Glasgow – Edinburgh, departure
Depending on the time of your return flight, you will be able to stop to visit Stirling Castle (included in the package), or spend free time on the last purchases, before heading to Edinburgh airport, where you will leave the rental car. Possibility of leaving the car at Glasgow airport or in the center with a supplement. End of our services.
- B&B/Guest House, Hotel 3*, Castillo/Country house.
- Edimburgo: Gifford House o similar – Hotel Ibis Royal Mile o similar – Dalhousie Castle o similar.
- Aberdeen: Sempre Arcadia o similar – Hotel Mercure Aberdeen o similar – Hotel Marcliffe & Spa o similar.
- Inverness: – Averon Guest House o similar – Glen Mhor Hotel o similar – Culloden House o similar.
- Glasgow: McLay’s Guest House o similar – Hotel Park Inn by radisson Glasgow City Centre o similar.
- Blythswood Square Hotel o similar.
Price per person in Guest House accommodation – From £ 498.00
Price per person in 3 * Hotel type accommodation – From £ 630.00
Price per person in Castle / Country House accommodation – From £ 870.00
* Please note that all prices are net, in sterling and must always be reconfirmed at the time of booking.
- 6 days
- Rental car
- What's Included
- 5 nights accommodation with breakfast.
- 6 days with group 2 rental car: Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, picked up and dropped off at Edinburgh Airport.
- Monuments Entrance / Historic Scotland Pass: Edinburgh Castle, Linlithgow Palace, St Andrews Cathedral and Castle, Corgaff Castle, Dallas Dhu Distillery, Loch Ness Mini Cruise and Urquhart Castle, Dumbarton Castle, Stirling Castle.
- What's No Included
- Meals – Drinks.