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  New tour for 2020  

Key Features
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Tour feature: Drive the renowned NC500 and spend two nights ont he Isle of Orkney.
Starting: Edinburgh or Glasgow
Ending: Edinburgh or Glasgow
Tour Highlights
Towns and Cities: Fort William, Stirling
  1. Day 1 Loch Lomond and Glencoe

    Arriving in to Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, collect your rental vehicle and head North. You’ll get a taste for Scotland’s natural beauty and what’s to come in the Scottish Highlands as you pass firstly along the banks of Loch Lomond and through the scenery of the Trossachs National Park before crossing the desolate and awe-inspiring Rannoch Moor. Arriving in the West of Scotland make a potential stop at the Glencoe visitor centre which marks the place of the infamous clan battle. Then reaching the stunning west coast make your way to the lively port town of Fort William on the shores of Loch Linhe; here you may choose to hike in the foothills of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, or simply enjoy the Highland shopping or a tour of the Ben Nevis Distillery.

    Overnight: Glencoe or Fort William

    Meals: Breakfast included

  2. Day 2 Glenfinnan Viaduct and Eilean Donan Castle

    This morning, continue North of Fort William. You may choose to take a brief diversion and pass along a short stretch of the "Road to the Isles" to see the Glenfinnan Monument dedicated to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the magnificent Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter movies and the Hogwarts Express. Then onwards to the Great Glen to the Southern tip of Loch Ness before heading North passing shimmering lochs on route to the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle; this is a Scottish icon reaching out in the waters and the meeting point of three different lochs. A short onward drive brings you to the port town of Kyle of Lochalsh or the charming village of Plockton.

    Overnight: Kyle of Lochalsh or Plockton

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 The Applecross Peninsula & the Torridon Hills

    Today begin your ascent of Scotland’s north west coast, perhaps stopping in “tropical” Plockton where you can see palm trees growing in the sheltered bay on Loch before crossing the remote wilderness of the Northern Highlands spotting birds of prey in the skies and wild deer on the hillsides. Later venture to the unspoiled Applecross Peninsula, a world away from the noise and bustle of modern life. Continue to Torridon, home to some of Scotland’s most dramatic, mountainous landscapes. After your first taste of the NC500, make your way to your accommodation in the heart of Wester Ross.

    Overnight: Dundonnell or Ullapool

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 Ardvreck Castle, the Mountains of Assynt and Smoo Cave

    Continuing your journey on the NC500, today explore some of Europe’s oldest landscapes in the far remote far northwest Highlands. You may choose to visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt. Then its onwards passing the towering mountains of Assynt and their abundance of wildlife to include circling birds of prey and wild deer. On the far North coast visit the tiny village of Durness to walk the ancient path to Smoo Cave a uniquely formed sea cave shrouded in mystery and myth – a true hidden gem.

    Overnight: Tongue

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Sutherland, Castle Varrich & Thurso.

    This morning explore the hidden origins of Castle Varrich, an ancient relic perched atop a high rock overlooking the mountainous surroundings of Sutherland. You may choose to hike the neighbouring mountains of Ben Hope and Ben loyal before getting back on the NC500 road to the ancient Norse settlement of Thurso, the most northerly town on the British mainland. Make your way to the ferry departure and sail through the Pentland Firth and into the Orkney Archipelago.

    Overnight: Orkney

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 The Enchanting Isle of Orkney

    Explore this enchanting, ancient island; a land of contrasts where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by the turbulent waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site at Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old village which pre-dates even the Pyramids of Egypt, before journeying onward to the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones of Stenness. Visit the Viking Stronghold of Kirkwall and its magnificent cathedral before continuing to Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions waiting to be discovered.

    Overnight: Orkney

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Caithness, Dunrobin Castle & Inverness

    Cross back to the Scottish mainland and pass south through the remote Caithness, a large area of unspoilt and dramatic coastal scenery with high cliffs and offshore stacks. You may choose to stop at the magnificent Dunrobin Castle, home to the Dukes of Sutherland since the 1400s and resembling a glorious French chateau. Continuing south, make your way to Inverness, Capital of the Highlands where you can explore the hill-top castle and fort. Time permitting visit the nearby Culloden Moor and the standing stones of the Clava Cairns.

    Overnight: Inverness area

    Meals: Breakfast included

  8. Day 8 The Cairngorms, Pitlochry and Stirling

    Today make your way south through the heart of Scotland towards Edinburgh and Glasgow. On route south you may choose to stop in charming Victorian town of Pitlochry where you can visit the magnificent Blair Castle or tour the Blair Athol Scotch Malt Distillery. Later arrive in historic Stirling home of the towering Wallace Monument erected in dedication to the Great Scottish Hero "Braveheart" William Wallace; after exploring the cobbled old town climb to Stirling Castle which, once the Royal Seat of Scotland, rivals that of Edinburgh for its historic significance and beauty.

    Overnight: Stirling

    Meals: Breakfast included

  9. Day 9 Return Home

    Your Scottish adventure comes to an end. Enjoy your breakfast then after checking out of your hotel in Stirling make your way back to either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports. Return your vehicle and check-in for your return flight.

*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

  • 8 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • 9 days car rental inclusive of all mandatory taxes, insurances and charges.
  • Return ferry crossing to the Isle of Orkney.
  • Historic Scotland Explorer sightseeing pass (14 day).
  • adeo Travel suggested driving itinerary and travel documents pack.
  • 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 Accommdation

  • The Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe, x 1 night
  • Plockton Hotel, Plockton or Kyle Hotel, Kyle of Lochalsh x 1 night
  • Dundonnell Hotel, Wester Ross or Royal Hotel, Ullapool x 1 night
  • Tongue Hotel, Tongue x 1 night
  • The Merkister Hotel, Orkney x 2 nights
  • The Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness x 1 night
  • The Colessio Hotel, Stirling x 1 night

 

As our self-drive tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

Optional Extras

  • Include nights on the Isle of Skye for the ultimate experience of the north of Scotland.
  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in Glasgow or Edinburgh before or after your trip.
  • Upgrade your vehicle to GOLD package for reduced excess fee and include an additional driver.

Customize this Tour!

  • Extend your stay in any destination for a more relaxing pace.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain self-drive tours.
  • Stay in quaint family run B&Bs throughout your tour or on selected nights.

Departure Dates 2020

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!

Pricing 2020

From GBP £1065 per person (based on two people travelling).

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (April/October) 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.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April). As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are 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 other currencies please contact us for a quotation.
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