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Custom Driver Guided Tour

14 DAYS

Your personal driver awaits – relax and enjoy the ride as you are escorted through some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery.  Choose from the country’s finest, hotels, inns, b&b’s, self catering and even castles.  Or mix it up and enjoy some of each of these accommodation styles.  Unique accommodations, breathtaking surroundings,and exceptional service make this a holiday of a lifetime.

The great thing about a driver guided holiday is your comfort is assured.  You will miss nothing along the way, just sit back and relax as your own personal driver will look after everything.  It’s all planned and prepared according to your interests and wishes.  From the moment you clear customs until you return to the airport you are in the hands of a friendly, courteous and knowledgeable driver guide.  Best part departures any day – year round.

Arrive at Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport and taken by private transfer to Edinburgh with a panoramic tour of the city.  Drop bags off and check in time permitted.  Possibility to head out to take the Edinburgh Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour. This is a great way to acquaint yourself with the city. 

Enjoy at leisure the Royal Mile with its cobblestone streets, historic closes, shops, pubs and it’s old world charm if you can manage to keep yourself awake.

The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world.

Peppered with superb attractions such as The Real Mary King’s Close or the Scottish Storytelling Centre, historical sites including St Giles’ Cathedral, The Scotch Whisky Experience and some of the best eating and drinking spots in the city, as well as some great souvenir shopping. The Royal Mile offers much to see and do.


Overnight – Ten Hill Place or similar, Edinburgh
Breakfast included

Another day in Edinburgh exploring and visiting places you didn’t get a chance to visit yesterday

Tweeddale Court was used as one of the streets in 18th century Edinburgh. The World’s End is a pub which is mentioned in the third Outlander book, Voyager. Although a set was used for filming, there is a real pub of the same name. The World’s End is an iconic pub in Edinburgh. Where you could stop for a pint.  Or perhaps visit The Signet Library a unique and impressive Georgian building in the heart of Edinburgh. It is best known for the Colonnades at the Signet where you can enjoy lunch or a superb afternoon tea. The Signet Library played the part of the inside of the Governor’s mansion in Jamaica in the Outlander series 

Tonight Cook Traditional Scottish Classics & Supper Club in Georgian Edinburgh (included).  Are you visiting Scotland for the first time and would like to learn to cook traditional Scottish classics and enjoy a delicious dinner at the same time? Want to try haggis and not sure what it is and what it tastes like? Local host Nell welcomes you into her beautiful 200 year old home in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town for some traditional Scottish hospitality.

Overnight – Ten Hill Place or similar, Edinburgh
Breakfast includes

Today is an entire day focused on some of the beloved Outlander filming sites on the Classic Outlander private tour.   You will be travelling with Mary Meanders an award winning Outlander tour company who Diana Gabaldon has travelled with in the past.

During the Classic Outlander Tour, you will discover:

Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Deanston Distillery – opportunity for a tasting (no distillery tour) Culross Village (Cranesmuir & S2 locations) Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) (dependent on filming restrictions) Blackness Castle (Fort William)
If there is time at the end of the day you will have the opportunity to see Linlithgow Palace, Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and Outlander filming site for Wentworth Prison.

**All entrance fees at your own cost some can be entered with Historic Scotland Pass.

Overnight – Ten Hill Place or similar, Edinburgh
Breakfast includes

Today you will be picked up by your driver guide at your hotel and head out to explore beyond Edinburgh.

Aliens, Knights Templar, and spooky carvings. Discover the strangest mysteries, conspiracies, and secrets of Rosslyn Chapel (visit included) with a visit here first.

Next visit Craigmillar Castle (use Historic Scotland Pass to visit) a ruined medieval stronghold located three miles southeast of Edinburgh. Known for having provided Mary Queen of Scots refuge in the 1500s, it is also where Scottish nobles plotted, making a pact called the “Craigmillar Bond” to kill Mary’s second husband Lord Darnley.   This medieval castle appears as Ardsmuir Prison in episode 3, All Debts Paid, of Outlander season 3.

Continue your travels towards Stirling via the Kelpies. You may wish to take a short walk around the Kelpies, the largest equine sculpture in the world. Unveiled in April 2014, these 30-metre high horse-head sculptures are situated in Helix Park and are a monument to Scotland’s horse-powered industrial heritage.

Arriving in Stirling for the final part of your day with a possible visit to Stirling Castle (visit included with Historic Scotland Pass) one of Scotland’s most historically important sites and once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. Today you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life. Or time permitting perhaps you are a Braveheart fan and would enjoy a visit to the The National Wallace Monument .  The Monument is a 67 metre tower on the shoulder of the Abbey Craig, a hilltop overlooking Stirling in Scotland. It commemorates Sir William Wallace, a 13th- and 14th-century Scottish hero. (admission at your own cost)

OvernightThe Stirling Highland Hotel or similar, Stirling
Breakfast Included

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and then head to St. Andrews via a stop at the beautiful Drummond Castle Gardens (admission included). Regarded as “one of the finest formal gardens in Europe”, Drummond Castle Gardens were used in Outlander season 2 in the episode “Untimely Resurrection” as the Gardens of Versailles. While there, Claire and Jamie unexpectedly come across “Black Jack” Randall.

Time permitting a visit to Falkland may be fit into the schedule.  From the stunning views of Falkland Palace to the pretty centre where scenes from Outlander were filmed, the village’s beauty means Falkland is a must on any trip to Scotland. Visit Falkland Palace (visit with Historic Scotland Pass)  built in the 16th century, Falkland Palace is a prime example of French Renaissance architecture and was a favourite haunt of the Stuart kings and queens. Mary Queen of Scots was known to visit for hunting, hawking, and Real Tennis (the palace has the earliest surviving Real Tennis court in the world). The gardens are stunning and the state rooms equally impressive. From a wood-panelled library with a secret room to a gorgeous chapel and beds with enormous carved posts, it has all the elements of a royal residence. But there’s more to the village than just the palace, and a day out in Falkland wouldn’t be complete without a wander through the streets.

Your final stop today will be in St. Andrews where what better way to experience this city is on a food walking tour (included).  St Andrews is not only packed full of interesting history but also some great bars and restaurants. So take a food walking tour of St Andrews with a local who will not only talk about the history of the town, but take you into bars and restaurants to taste locally sourced food and drink.  Audio headsets included.  After the food tour you will drive to the picturesque town of Pitlochry for your overnight stay.

Overnight – Craigmhor Lodge & Guesthouse or similar, Pitlochry
Breakfast Included

Today you will make the journey through Big Tree Country and then into the Cairngorms National Park as you make your way to Inverness today.

First stop of the day Queen’s View Visitor Centre.Queen’s View lies at the heart of Highland Perthshire and is the area’s most popular visitor attraction. Just one look is enough to tell you why. When Queen Victoria visited in 1866, she assumed that the sweeping view west along Loch Tummel was named after her – but she was wrong. It is believed that the view was really named after Isabella, the first wife of Robert the Bruce, who lived more than 500 years earlier.

Next visit Blair Castle & Gardens (included visit) which has been the home of the Atholl family for over seven centuries. The castle has had a diverse history, witnessing both turbulent and peaceful times, enlarged and adapted over 750 years. Home to politicians, soldiers, agriculturalists and entrepreneurs, the family history is brought to life against a backdrop of fine 18th century interiors and Scots Baronial architecture, in 30 rooms.

Travelling into the Cairngorms National Park you will travel through the charming village of Newtonmore.  Visit the Highland Folk Museum (free but donation appreciated) where visitors get a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1950s. In the replica village of the 1700’s Outlander’s Season 1 episode “Rent” was filmed here. And the women who work here are happy to tell you all about the time they filmed there.

And save time for Loch An Eilein which is hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus. This beautiful place is one of the most loved in the UK. Take a gentle hike around Loch an Eilein (loch of the island) with its 13th century island castle.

Finish the day in Inverness the “Capitol of the Highlands”

Overnight – The Kingsmill Hotel or similar, Inverness
Breakfast Included

With your driver guide experiencing the Culloden Visitor Centre (visit included) and its atmospheric Battlefield this morning is a must.  Then onto Clava Cairns a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves; ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones in a beautiful setting. This is said to be the inspiration for Diana Gabaldon’s Craigh Na Dun.

Travel to see for yourself why Elgin Cathedral (use Historic Scotland Pass to enter) earned the name the ‘Lantern of the North’. Even as a ruin, the cathedral shines out as one of Scotland’s most ambitious and beautiful medieval buildings.

A little farther along the top north eastern coastline you will come to the spectacular natural stone sea arch known as Bow Fiddle Rock.  Take a lovely walk along the coastal path including great views of the rock and surrounding coastline. Travel back to Inverness through the Glenlivet Estate stopping for an experience at the distillery if you wish..

A Loch Ness Shore Dining Experience (included)
An experience with a local family. You will be picked up and brought here. You are welcomed with drinks and roaring fire pits on the shores of Loch Ness with stunning views! After a wee chat and getting to know each other you can sit in the outdoor eating area (covered if inclement weather) where you will enjoy a delicious 3 course meal using their amazing local suppliers and artisan producers. After dinner you will be regaled with stories of our Scottish life and culture. There is often Scottish folk music if there has been enough whisky tasting!! And you can leave when you’re ready! Transport to and from the bay will be arranged. Other things to note. This is an outdoor eating experience so please dress accordingly!!

Overnight – The Kingsmill Hotel or similar, Inverness
Breakfast Included

After breakfast travel with your driver guide today along the shores of Loch Ness on the lookout for “Nessie”.  You may wish to stop at Urquhart Castle.   Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history – Urquhart Castle (use Historic Scotland Pass to enter) offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. During your visit discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands.  

A visit to Fort Augustus home of the Caledonian Canal.  Stop at the Glengarry Viewpoint where you can see all of Scotland from – kind of. Stretching to the farthest area of Knoydart on the west coast with beautiful mountain ranges, the loch from this angle appears to take on the shape of mainland Scotland. 

Continue your travels to reach Eilean Donan Castle the most famous and photographed castle in Scotland. You can take you own photographs and even visit the castle if you wish.  Head over the bridge to the Isle of Skye.

So much to do and see on the Isle of Skye -so two days here exploring with your drivver.  Scenic walking in abundance here at the Old Man of Storr, The Quairang, Fairy Pools and Fairy Glen. The Neist Point Lighthouse.

You can also visit Dunvegan Castle, Kilt Rock, Portree, and take a distillery tour at Tallisker Distillery.

Croft Tour on the Isle of Skye (included)
Your tour will begin by introducing you to the animals, sheep, Highland cows and donkeys.You will receive a warm Highland welcome and will gain insight into the daily routines of crofting and the life of the sheep and how they produce ethical wool. You will enter the workshop where you will gain a brief history of fleece preparation, hand spinning, the reasons and history behind their uniquely hand knitted designs.

2 Overnights –  the Broadford Hotel or similar, Isle of Skye
Breakfast Included

This morning take the ferry (included) from Skye to Mallaig.  Leisure time in Mallaig before boarding the Jacobite steam train to Fort William.  Often described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes.  Travel in first class for the ultimate experience with a cream tea.(included)  Your driver guide will be waiting in Fort William to continue your travels with you through the magnificent Highlands to the atmospheric and breathtaking Glencoe with many photo stops along the route.

Overnight – Clachaig Inn or similar, Glencoe
Breakfast included

Enjoy a leisurely morning and then continue your journey through the Highlands.  A  side trip to Glen Etive and Loch Etive on a beautiful day is well worth the journey off the beaten path along the narrow winding roads with passing places along the route.  Absolutely incredible views along the way with James Bond’s famous drive scene in “Skyfall”being filmed along this road.  Continue your travels towards Oban via the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.  Enjoy a boat cruise on Loch Lomond. (included)

The highest point on the A83 is 803 ft above sea level and divides Glen Kinglas from Glen Croe is known as the rest and be thankful. From the viewpoint of this famous beauty spot you can see the old valley road, engineered by General Wade during the subjection of Scotland following the Jacobite rebellion.A stone was erected to commemorate the completion of this military road in 1750. Stop and enjoy this beautiful view.

A visit to Inveraray Castle (visit included) an 18th-century turreted castle, seat of the Clan Campbell and home to the Dukes of Argyll. Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne and in the majestic West Highlands of Scotland with formal gardens famous for their rhododendrons and azaleas. Also recognized as Downton Abbey’s ‘Duneagle Castle’ for fans of the show.

Arrive in Oban check into your accommodation.

Enjoy your afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight – The Ranald Hotel or similar, Oban
Breakfast included

Today take a private historical and ancestral tour from and around Oban with an expert from the area.  This can be arranged in more detail and custom built to suit your interests and the historically important locations for the Clan MacDougall and the clan roots once we have started the booking process.

Overnight – The Ranald Hotel or similar, Oban
Breakfast included

Today you will return to Glasgow or Edinburgh for your flight home the next day, but before that there is more to do and see including a Scottish seafood experience in Oban before heading back via Luss.  Explore the charming village of Luss.. Walk along the beach on the shores of Loch Lomond to the Luss Pier and village. The village though little is very picturesque. It has a row of early 19th century estate workers’ cottages that line the main street. The cottages run down from the centre of the village to the shore of Loch Lomond and Luss Pier. Made with sandstone and slate the beautiful cottages are made even more colourful because of the flower blooms. You can wander around the village and you will find small gift shops and tea rooms.

Stop at Duck Bay Loch Lomond set amidst the spectacular scenery of Scotland’s first National Park, The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Enjoy the remainder of the drive back to Glasgow or Edinburgh with your driver guide with other places to stop and visit as suggested by your driver guide.

Overnight – Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport, Paisley
Breafast included
or
Double Tree Hilton near the Edinburgh Airport
Breakfast included

Transfer to the airport for your flight home this morning.

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