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Self-Drive Scottish Islands

Approx. 12 days
From Edinburgh

architecture
architecture
History
History
landscapes
landscapes
Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Day 1 – Edinburgh
Arrival at Edinburgh airport. Pick up of the rental car and arrival at the chosen hotel.
Night and first breakfast in Edinburgh.

Day 2 – Edinburgh
Day dedicated to discovering Edinburgh. You will see what makes Edinburgh and Scotland special, from the urban structure of the closure (Alleys), to the evolution of the Kilt, the tartan, the whiskey and the haggis. At the end of this day, you have discovered that through the streets and neighborhoods of Edinburgh you have walked alongside Adam Smith, David Hume, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Bond, Dottor Jeckyll and Mister Hyde, Peter Higgs, Robert Burns, Maria Estuardo, Queen Victoria or Elisabetth II.

* If you wish, you can book our guided walking tour with a duration of 3 hours and with an extra cost of £ 10.00 per person.

What to expect about Edinburgh:

  • Discover the Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s main artery until the 18th century.
  • Climb to Edinburgh Castle. If you want to visit the Castle there is a guided tour or running most of the days or we can get you the ticket to skip the queue.
  • Enjoy the old Grassmarket area among the mythical pubs, rich in stories and legends.
  • Visit the Greyfriars cemetery and know the relation of this graveyard with Harry Potter and why is the territory of the famous dog Bobby.
  • The majestic Palace of Holyrood, one of the key points of the Old Town, the official summer residence of the British monarchy on Scottish territory.
  • The new Parliament building, in the eclectic style of Enric Mirallés and the Holyrood Park.

Day 3 – Edinburgh – Stirling – Glasgow
Leaving Edinburgh behind, they will head to Stirling to visit the city and its imposing castle, one of the most majestic and important in all of Scotland – at an extra package cost of £ 15.00 per person. Visit to the nearby William Wallace Monument and you will see one of the most important engineering works in the world: the Falkirk Wheel. Time to visit t photo. Arrival in Glasgow at dusk, visit of the city during the rest of the afternoon to squeeze the excitement into the nightlife, renowned typical restaurants and pubs. Night and first breakfast in Glasgow.

Day 4 – Glasgow – Oban
Leaving Glasgow behind, we will travel along the magnificent Loch Lomond, with a brief visit to the town of Luss, where they will have the time if they wish, to take a cruise on the lake – at an extra cost of from £ 11.00 per person. They will then reprimand the beautiful village of Invernaray, on the estuaries of Lake Fyne, time to visit the eponymous Castle – at an extra package cost of £ 11.00 per person. Free lunch. Arrival in Oban in the afternoon, visit of the city and its famous distillery. Night and first breakfast in Oban.

Day 5 – Oban – Isle of Mull and Iona – Oban
Day dedicated to the visit of these two beautiful islands. Roundtrip from Oban to Craignure, included in the package. The excursion to the Hebrides Islands leads us to discover the postcard landscapes, romantic and wild, that alternate Scottish rock and green hills, jungle plants, where the frozen wind and the narrow stairs. In Oban we go to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, for a tour to the end of Fionnphort and from here. Our suggestion is to visit the famous Tobermory distillery and Duart Castle, with a stop for lunch at the typical Cafe Fish that offers meals with local products. Return to Oban in the afternoon. Night and breakfast in Oban.

Day 6- Oban – Isle of Skye
Departure to the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Hebrides, is the protagonist of today with its impressive panoramas, the steep coasts, the fjords and towns with magic where Celtic traditions still resist. Passing through the beautiful Glencoe Valley that will give you a dream landscape, you will arrive in Malaig where you will start the journey to Armadale, included in the package. Island tour and arrival at the hotel. Night and first breakfast on the Isle of Skye.

Day 7 – Isle of Skye
Day dedicated to the visit of the Island. Departure, after breakfast, to Dunvegan Castle, home of the chief of the MacLeod clan, the Scottish castle that has been inhabited continuously for the longest time.
Visit the castle from whose walls you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape, at an additional package cost of £ 13.00 per person. Exit towards Portree. Lunch and free time to visit the city autonomously with the advice of our guide. Arrival at the Trotternish Peninsula, where you will stop to observe the famous rock formations of Old Man of Storr, Quiraing, the Kilt Rock cliff and the villages of Staffin and Uig. Back to the hotel. Night and breakfast at Skye.

Day 8 – Isle of Skye – Ullapool – Thurso
Leaving Skye and kyle of Lochalsh, you can stop to see the famous Eilean Donan Castle, the castle of the immortals – at an extra cost of £ 7.50 per person. They will continue north with a stop at the Corrieshallock Gorge and in the town of Ullapool above Loch Broom, we enter the wildest part of the West Highlands, dominated by an almost mystical silence. Here the environment has no counterparts anywhere else in the UK: forests, lakes, troubled terrain, sheep, fjords, some rare white cottage population… For free lunch we stop at Dumess, on a coastal insertion, then descend to the beach: the transparent water, the pink sand and surrounded by gray, green and pink granite rocks. We will drive at limited speed, stopping at a photographic point, the spectacular route that takes us to Thurso. Night and first breakfast in Thurso.

Day 9 – Thurso – Orkney Islands
Today they will visit the Orkney Islands, journey through Stromness, included in the package. The day will be dedicated to the excursion to the Orkney Islands, a UNESCO Heritage Site, paradise of nature’s blankets and scene of historical testimonies. After sailing an hour and a half we disembarked in Mainland, the largest island, for a Tour by bus that touches Stromness, with stone stairs and winding alleys, the Circle of Brodgar, group of Neolithic stones in the center of a Dopo a navigazione di un ‘ora e mezza sbarchiamo a Mainland, l’ isola più grande, per a tour in pullman che tocca Stromness, with strade di pietra e vicoli tortuosi, il Cerchio di Brodgar, gruppo di pietre neolitiche at the center of a bright green plain, Skara Brae, a Neolithic population emerged from the womb of the earth in 1850 after a violent storm, and Kirkwall, the island’s capital with St. Magnus Cathedral, the lively harbor and paved streets. Bed and breakfast in Kirkwall.

Day 10 – Orkney Islands – Thurso – Dunrobin – Loch Ness – Inverness
Leaving the Orkney Islands, they will tour the eastern coastline, visit Dunrobin Castle and its fairy interior, still the residence of the Dukes of Sutherland. Passing through Dornoch and Dingwall, you will reach the shores of the famous Loch Ness, where after lunch you can take a mini lake cruise, at an additional charge of £ 11.00 per person, and visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle. on a promontory on the lake, one of the most photographed corners of Scotland. Arrival in Inverness, capital of the Highlands, visit of the city. Bed and breakfast in Inverness.

Day 12 – Edinburgh
Free time for the last purchases before heading to the airport, issuing the car for rental and boarding for your return flight.
End of our services.

ACCOMMODATION – B&B, Guest House and Hotel

Edinburgh
Heriott Park Guest House or similar.
Hotel Haymarket Hub/ Travelodge or similar.

Glasgow
McLay’s Guest House or similar.
Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre or similar.

Oban
Blair Villa Guest House or similar.
Hotel Falls of Lora or similar.

Isle of Skye
Glennaroch Guest House or similar.
Hotel Mackinnon Country House or similar.

Thurso
Station Hotel or similar.
Pentland Hotel or similar.

Kirkwall
St Hola Hotel or similar.
The Shore Hotel or similar.

Inverness
Park Guest House or similar.
Crown Court Town House Hotel or similar.

* We remind you that all prices are net and expressed in pounds, always to be confirmed at the time of the firm reservation.

Duration
12 days
Travel
Rental car
Guide
Yes
What's Included
  • 11 nights in accommodation with breakfast.
  • 12 days group 2 car rental type Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, taken and returned to Edinburgh airport.
  • One-way ferry from Mallaig to Armadale for 2 people and car.
  • Round-trip ferry from Oban to Craignure for 2 people and car.
  • Scrabster roundtrip ferry to Stromness for 2 persons and car.
What's No Included
  • Drinks.
  • Tickets to monuments.
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