1. Day 1 Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument

    Landing in Glasgow or Edinburgh collect your vehicle and make the short journey north to historic Stirling. On route, you can stop at Falkirk home of engineering masterpiece the Falkirk Wheel which lifts canal boats over 100ft in the air between the Union and Forth & Clyde canals. Nearby you can gain magnificent views over the Stirlingshire countryside at the towering Wallace Monument erected in dedication to the Great Scottish Hero "Braveheart" William Wallace. Later explore Stirling itself, wander the cobbled old town and climb to Stirling Castle which, once the Royal Seat of Scotland, rivals that of Edinburgh for its historic significance and beauty. Finally make your way to your nearby historic castle hotel.

    Overnight: Airth Castle, near Stirling

    Journey details: 30 miles / 50 km, 30 minutes (approx.), if starting at Edinburgh Airport*

  2. Day 2 Loch Lomond, Inveraray and the Mull of Kintyre

    First stop today could be Doune Castle, which you may recognize from Monty Python's Life of Brian, before continuing through the raw natural beauty of the Highlands to the famous Mull of Kintyre. Pass around the southern edge of Loch Lomond and along her "Bonny Banks" before stopping in the historic town of Inveraray, perhaps viewing the opulent castle which featured as Duneagle Castle in television's Downton Abbey. Arriving in the remote landscapes of the Kintyre Peninsula explore stunning land and seascapes including deserted sandy coves and rugged cliffs battered by the North Atlantic Ocean. By evening, retire to your Baronial Manor hotel.

    Overnight: Stonefield Castle Hotel, Tarbert

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 120 miles / 195 km, 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)*

  3. Day 3 Scotland's West Coast, Oban and the Glenfinnan Viaduct

    Today pass north along the scenic West coast of Scotland and make your way to the charming town of Oban "Gateway to the Isles", where you can explore the pretty harbour town including Mccaig's Tower overlooking the docks and the famous Oban Whiskey Distillery. Continuing North you may stop at Dunstaffnage Castle on route to the lively port town of Fort William on the shores of Loch Linhe and at the foot of the magnificent Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak. Time-permitting you may choose to take a slight detour to Glenfinnan to view the Glenfinnan Monument and the viaduct made famous in the Harry Potter movies. Continue to your castle accommodation at the foot of the Great Glen.

    Overnight: Glengarry Castle Hotel, Glengarry near Fort William

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 120 miles / 195 km, 3 hours (approx.)*

  4. Day 4 Inverness City, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

    Today pass north and travel the length of the Great Glen. Make your way along the windswept banks of Loch Ness perhaps taking a boat ride to uncover the mysteries of the waters and try to find "Nessie"! Visit the weather-beaten ruin of Urquhart Castle perched on the shores of loch it offers and intriguing history and the perfect look-out. Arriving in Inverness, capital of the Highlands, explore the city and its hilltop castle and museum or the wealth of surrounding cultural sites including Culloden Moor, the standing stones of the Clava Cairns (inspiration for Outlander), and the 18th century Fort George.

    Overnight: Tulloch Castle Hotel or Newton House Hotel, near Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 60 miles / 95 km, 1 hour 40 minutes (approx.)*

  5. Day 5 The Grampian Highlands and Castles of Aberdeenshire

    Departing Inverness head East through the Grampian Highlands where you can visit the elegant Spynie Palace and nearby Elgin Cathedral. Arriving in Scotland's renowned Whisky country may want to stop at one of Speyside's famous single malt distilleries such as Cragganmore Distillery or Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery. Passing in to Aberdeenshire, renowned for its "castle trail" you can explore one or more of the beautiful forts and baronial manors including Huntly Castle, Leith Hall and Gardens or Balvenie Castle. Time-permitting you may decide to head in to Aberdeen itself; known the granite city Aberdeen displays a unique granite architecture and is home to much of Scotland's rich maritime heritage.

    Overnight: Ardoe House Hotel or Norwood Hall Hotel, Aberdeenshire

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 130 miles / 210 km, 3 hours (approx.)*

  6. Days 6 & 7 Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

    From Aberdeen follow the coastline south perhaps stopping at the spectacular ruin of Dunottar Castle dramatically perched on a cliff-top overlooking the north sea, or at the elegant Glamis Castle setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth and the favoured residence of the late Queen Mother. Arriving in Edinburgh explore this magnificent city from the winding streets of the cobbled old town to the wide avenues of the opulent Georgian new town before visiting the Queen's residence at the Palace of Holyrood House. You may choose to head for the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Docks before climbing the Royal Mile to the city's centrepiece at the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and St Margaret's Chapel.

    Overnight: Dalhousie Castle or Melville Castle, near Edinburgh (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 140 miles / 225 km, 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  7. Day 8 Return home

    Time permitting you may spend today continuing to explore Edinburgh and its magnificent surrounding sites or make your way to the airport to return your vehicle and for your return flight.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in Castle Hotel or Manor House Hotel accommodation as per the itinerary and listed below.
  • Full cooked Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • 7 days car rental (manual or automatic transmission) inclusive of all mandatory taxes and fees also includes complimentary GPS system as standard.
  • Attraction admission via the Historic Scotland Explorer Passes (7 day); passes offer admission to dozens of historic attractions throughout Scotland including those highlighted on the itinerary and to include iconic sites such as Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Urquhart Castle and Fort George.
  • Adeo travel suggested driving itinerary.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.

Suggested accommodations

  • Airth Castle Hotel, near Stirling x 1 night
  • Stonefield Castle Hotel, Tarbert, Argyll x 1 night
  • Glengarry Castle Hotel, Invergarry near Fort William x 1 night
  • Tulloch Castle Hotel or Newton House Hotel near Inverness x 1 night
  • Ardoe House Hotel or Norwood Hall Hotel, Aberdeenshire x 1 night
  • Dalhousie Castle or Melville Castle Hotel, near Edinburgh x 2 nights

As our self-drive tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc.

All accommodations are subject to availability for requested dates however adeo Travel will offer a comparable alternative when the above are unavailable.

Optional extras

  • Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening including dinner and entertainment in Edinburgh.
  • Add a City Sightseeing open-top bus tour of Edinburgh.
  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in Glasgow or Edinburgh before or after your trip.
  • Add rail travel to/from Scotland before or after your tour

Customize this tour!

  • Add an extra day to explore Glasgow and stay in a nearby 4* castle accommodation.
  • Add ferry crossings and a two-night stay on the remote Isles of Mull or Skye when exploring the West Coast of Scotland.
  • Enjoy a stay in the county of Fife near to explore St Andrews.
  • Add extra nights in any location to further explore the area.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain self-drive tours.

Departure Dates 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

Please note that some of the castle hotels do not remain open in the winter months (January/February and November/December) and if you wish to travel at this time we can make alternative suggestions.

Pricing 2017/18

From GBP£ 959 per person (based on two people travelling).

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (September) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.

Single supplement applies for solo-travellers – please ask for details.

Pricing Notes

  • As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Your quotation will be based on the suggested accommodations listed however please note that we may tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences. Please indicate these when you contact us.
  • Prices are calculated as per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room and one vehicle.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
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