Ireland Tours & Scotland Vacations – Isle Inn Tours

Self-Drive Scotland

Explore Scotland’s richly diverse landscape of lochs and mountains, castles and ruins, and culture and heritage.

Experience Scotland

Scotland’s history over the last millennium is told through visitor centers, exhibitions, and tours bringing to life tales and stories of the past. Discover the people and places that have left their mark on Scotland’s history, from world famous figures such as Burns and Wallace, to everyday working people. Visit quaint tearooms, amazing castles, glorious gardens, cozy pubs, and experience the fascinating history, local flavor, and spectacular scenery of Scotland.

Vehicle Type (or similar)April, May, October JuneJuly, August, September
Manual economy$899$1,149$1,259
Manual compact$969$1,169$1,289
Automatic compact$1,069$1,239$1,359
Automatic intermediate$1,119$1,279$1,399
*Prices are land only, per person sharing and based on double occupancy.We will gladly customize your itinerary to suit your individual interests.

Self Drive Scotland Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Edinburgh Airport and take a taxi to your hotel; today is free to explore this iconic capital city.  You may choose to explore by foot or by one of the hop-on hop-off bus tours; either way, be sure to stroll the Royal Mile, which leads you to Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the Princess Street Gardens.  There are plenty of restaurants and pubs along the way to enjoy a leisurely dinner before turning in for a good night’s rest.  Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh 

Day 2

Following breakfast, visit the Grassmarket, Cowgate, and on to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the Queen in Scotland. The palace was home to Mary Queen of Scots for six years and houses beautiful tapestries and paintings.  You may wish to spend some time in Edinburgh’s many shops on the Royal Mile or go upmarket.  Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh (B)

 Day 3

Explore the Highlands.  You have a variety of options along the way; the Church of the Holy Rude, where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned Queen while still a baby and where her son was crowned King of Scotland; Stirling Castle; the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the scene of Wallace’s greatest triumph, and where the English forces suffered defeat;  Rannoch Moor and Glencoe, where a stop at the visitors center offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere; and then on to Fort William, passing Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Overnight: Alexandra Hotel, Fort William (B)

 Day 4

After breakfast travel to the Glenfinnan Monument, which overlooks the Glenfinnan viaduct (of recent fame from the Harry Potter films) en route to take a ferry to Skye.  Visit the Clan Donald Centre, the Old Man of Storr (a 160ft basalt pillar), and then on to scenic Mealt Waterfall, which falls 300 feet to the sea.  Enjoy a visit to the Skye Museum of Island Life, where a township of thatched cottages has been preserved since the close of the 19th century, before arriving your hotel for the evening. Overnight: Toravaig House, Skye (B)

Day 5

Return to the mainland via the Skye Bridge with a stop at Eilean Donan Castle, which is surrounded by majestic scenery and situated on an island where three great sea lochs meet.  As you journey along the west side of Loch Ness, you will have an opportunity to stop at the Culloden Battlefield, where the last hand-to-hand battle was fought on British soil, or visit Clava Cairns, one of the best preserved Bronze Age burial sites in Scotland. Overnight:  Glenmoriston Town House Hotel, Inverness (B)

 Day 6

Begin today’s journey with a cruise on Loch Ness, enjoy the stunning views from the loch and an opportunity to visit Urquhart Castle.  Once back on land, travel through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park and on to the famous Bruar Falls.  If the weather is favorable, visit Queens View, which commemorates Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce, the stunning view is one of the most famous in Scotland. Alternatively, travel through the Highland resort town of Pitlochry, with a visit to Edradour Distillery, the smallest and last of the original farm distilleries. Overnight: Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (B)

Day 7

The first suggested stop today is the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace.  The extensive grounds include a replica of the Stone of Destiny and the chapel on Moot Hill, where the coronations took place. Continue on to St. Andrews to visit the oldest university in Scotland, the legendary St. Andrews Golf Course, and the ruins of the abbey and chapel, or browse the many lovely shops in town center.  Travel the scenic coastal route through the beautiful fishing villages as you journey back to Edinburgh.  Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh (B)

 Day 8

Make your way to the airport for your return flight home. (B)


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