Key Features
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Tour feature: Unique Castle and Manor Accommodation
Starting: Edinburgh or Glasgow
Ending: Edinburgh or Glasgow
  1. Day 1 Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument

    Landing in Glasgow or Edinburgh collect your vehicle and travel north towards the nearby town of Stirling. On route enjoy possible stops at Falkirk home of engineering masterpiece the Falkirk Wheel or the magnificent sculpture of the Kelpies. Arriving in historic Stirling you can visit the towering Wallace Monument erected in dedication to the Great Scottish Hero Braveheart William Wallace or see the infamous battlefield at Bannockburn. Then to explore the cobbled town itself, climb to Stirling Castle which rivals that of Edinburgh for its historic significance and beauty.

    Overnight: Airth Castle (or similar), near Stirling

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

    Today pass west in to 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; stop to visit the town’s 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 (or similar), Tarbert, Mull of Kintyre

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Scotland’s West Coast, Oban and Fort William

    Today pass north along the scenic West coast of Scotland; first stop will be the charming port town of Oban known as the "Gateway to the Isles". Here you can you can explore the pretty harbour town including Mccaig's Tower overlooking the docks and the famous Oban Whiskey Distillery. You may stop at Dunstaffnage Castle on route to the lively port town of Fort William on the shores of Loch Linhe. Explore this coastal port or hike in the foothills of the magnificent Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak. By evening continue to your overnight accommodation located in the Great Glen.

    Overnight: Glencoe House Hotel, near Fort William

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 The Road to the Isles, Glenfinnan and Portree

    This morning, take the "Road to the Isles" stopping to see the Glenfinnan Monument dedicated to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the magnificent Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter movies and the Hogwarts Express. Then take the ferry to the stunning Isle of Skye; you may choose to stop at Armadale Castle and the Clan Donald Centre in the South of the island before passing the beautiful peaks of the Cuillin Hills on route to the island main town at Portree, and its bustling harbour of pastel fisherman's cottages.

    Overnight: Skeabost Country House Hotel, Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 The Isle of Skye

    Dedicate day five to exploring the breath-taking natural beauty of this peaceful island; from the quaint port town of Portree, tour the north of the island and the Trotternish Peninsula with its natural features such as “Kilt Rock” and “the Old Man of Storr” or visit the famous Fairy Pools. Wildlife is in abundance, in the coastal waters you can spot seabirds, dolphins and seals. Possible cultural visits include Dunvegan Castle, home of the Macleod Clan, the Museum of Island Life and nearby Flora Macdonald's Grave or the distillery of famed malt whisky Talisker.

    Overnight: Skeabost Country House Hotel (or similar), Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and Inverness

    Cross back to the mainland via Skye Bridge and visit one of Scotland’s icons at Eilean Donan Castle which stands at the point where three lochs meet. Then pass over the wild Highlands and in to the Great Glen. Passing along the windswept banks of the eerie Loch Ness keep an eye out for the renowned monster Nessie; perhaps take a boat ride on the loch to uncover the mysteries of the waters or make a visit to the weather-beaten ruin of Urquhart Castle perched overlooking the loch it offers the perfect look-out. Arriving in Inverness, capital of the Highlands, explore the city and its hilltop castle and museum.

    Overnight: Tulloch Castle (or similar), Dingwall near Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Culloden Moor, Cawdor Castle and Fort George

    Spend today to exploring the outlying Highlands surrounding Inverness; here you will find the eerie Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, site of the ancient battlefield where the Jacobites rose against the English. Also nearby are the intriguing standing stones of the Clava Cairns which inspired the Outlander series. Cultural sites you can visit include the contrasting castles of Cawdor Castle and Fort George; the former is a turreted, fairy-tale mansion romantically connected to Shakespeare's Macbeth whilst the latter demonstrates 18th century military engineering at its best.

    Overnight: Tulloch Castle (or similar), Dingwall near Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

  8. Day 8 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. Passing through the renowned Whisky country you can enjoy a tour of once or more of Speyside's famous single malt distilleries before arriving Aberdeenshire which is home to a host of beautiful castles and baronial manor houses such as Fyvie Castle or Leith Hall and Gardens. BY evening, see 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 / Norwood Hall Hotel (or similar), Aberdeenshire

    Meals: Breakfast included

  9. Day 9 Glamis Castle, St Andrews and Edinburgh

    From Aberdeen follow the coastline south; interesting stops include Dunottar Castle dramatically perched on a cliff-top overlooking the North Sea or the elegant Glamis Castle setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth and the favoured residence of the late Queen Mother. Then cross the Tay bridge in to the Kingdom of Fife to the historic town of St Andrews the charming university town, where Prince William met his future wife Kate Middleton. Visit the beautiful ruins of St Andrews Castle and Cathedral and of course be sure to visit the famous “Old Course” and the golfing museum. By evening continue to the Edinburgh area for your overnight stay.

    Overnight: Dalhousie Castle or Melville Castle (or similar), near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  10. Day 10 Edinburgh Sightseeing

    The final day of your trip can be spent discovering the magnificent city of Edinburgh. From the winding streets of the cobbled old town to the wide avenues of the opulent Georgian Edinburgh holds a unique atmosphere. Visit Royal sites such as the Palace of Holyrood House or the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Docks or view the modern Scottish Parliament building. The highlight of your day will be 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 (or similar), near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  11. Day 11 Return Home

    Time permitting you may spend today continuing to explore Edinburgh and its magnificent surrounding sites or make your way to the airport, return your vehicle and check-in for your home-bound 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

  • 10 nights’ in Castle Hotel or Manor House accommodation as per the itinerary (also listed below).
  • Full cooked Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • 11 days car rental inclusive of all mandatory taxes.
  • Ferry crossing to the Isle of Skye.
  • Historic Scotland Passes (7 days in 30) including admission to historic sites and castles across Scotland including Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle and Edinburgh Castle.
  • Shipment of your personal travel document and information pack containing all travel vouchers/tickets, printed copy of your itinerary, overview driving map and our own travel information and tips.
  • Toll-free calls (from USA and Canada) to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local out-of-hours number for use during travel.

Our Selected Lodging

  • Cromlix Hotel (or similar), Stirling x 1 night
  • Stonefield Castle Hotel (or similar), Tarbert, Mull of Kintyre x 1 night
  • Glencoe House Hotel (or similar), near Fort William x 1 night
  • Skeabost Country House Hotel (or similar), Isle of Skye x 2 nights
  • Tulloch Castle Hotel or Newton House Hotel (or similar), Dingwall near Inverness, x 2 nights
  • Ardoe House Hotel (or similar), near Aberdeen x 1 night
  • Dalhousie Castle (or similar), near Edinburgh x 2 nights

Wherever possible we select characterful accommodation representative of the destination where you're staying. We regularly personally visit and quality-check hotels across the country. The hotels listed are a representative selection of just some of the properties we work with, ask your consultant for their personal favourites and recommendations. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

Optional extras

  • Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening including dinner and entertainment in Edinburgh.
  • Include a guided day tour during your stay on the Isle of Skye.
  • 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 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.


  • Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
  • Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates 2023/2024

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 2023/2024

From GBP £2,745 per person (based on two people travelling).
Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.


Pricing above is representative pricing of this tour - this pricing is based on travel in shoulder-season (April/October) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in the sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. Our proposals are always based on live availability and pricing which may fluctuate based on a range of factors and inclusions. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on shoulder-season travel (April/October). 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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