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Key Features
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Tour feature: Spend four nights staying on Mull and Skye
Starting: Edinburgh or Glasgow
Ending: Edinburgh or Glasgow
Tour Highlights
Towns and Cities: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Portree
  1. Day 1 Journey to Arran

    This morning after landing into Edinburgh or Glasgow airport, collect your vehicle and make your way to the coastal port of Ardrossan. Hop on the ferry across to the Isle of Arran where you can find a little bit of everything you’d ever want from a Scottish island; an ever-changing coastline, dramatic mountain peaks, sheltered beaches, verdant forests, great cultural festivals and a wealth of tasty local produce. On top of the whisky, be sure to try the creamy liqueur Arran Gold.

    Overnight: Brodick, Isle of Arran

  2. Day 2 The Miniature Scotland

    Today is dedicated to exploring the unique landscapes and wildlife of Arran. Why not scale Goatfell, the largest mountain on Arran? It’s a Corbett sitting at 2,866 ft above sea level – a perfect place to search for red squirrels, deer, golden eagles, otters, seals, basking sharks. Arran is also home to many stone circles dating from the Neolithic period and the early Bronze Age, so after visiting Lochranza Castle, you can visit Machrie Moor and its six stone circles.

    Overnight: Brodick, Isle of Arran

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  3. Day 3 Mull of Kintyre Peninsula & K66 Route

    This morning catch the ferry to the other side of the mainland and travel along the coastal road to the charming fishing village of Tarbert. The village sits on the narrowest strip of land between the two bodies of water, forming a natural harbour. From here you can explore the Mull of Kintyre peninsula and the famed K66 route; 66 glorious miles shrouded in natural beauty, history and culture. Heading down the west coast enjoy thundering waves glimpses of the islands of Gigha, Cara, Jura and Islay. Stop off to see the ancient Ballochroy Standing Stones before heading to the southern tip to find the iconic Mull of Kintyre lighthouse nestled between Saint Columba’s footstep & clan massacre sights. Return up the East coast through the little villages such as Peninver, Carradale, Saddell and Grogport looking back over the Isle you have just stayed on.

    Overnight: Tarbert

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  4. Day 4 The Isle of Islay

    Today take the ferry over to the Isle of Islay. This stunning island spans 240 square miles, with an incredible 130 miles of coastline. The island is famous for its malt whiskys, so you may wish to visit one of the eight distilleries on the island. If “Water of Life” isn’t your thing, the wildlife and scenery are also a big draw to this unique island. Bird-watching is particularly popular with locals through the year. Remember though – don’t try to squeeze it in after a distillery tour or two – looking through binoculars has been known to make some people woozy, especially after all that whisky!

    Overnight: Isle of Islay

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  5. Day 5 Isle of Jura

    Today, from your base on the Isle of Islay, you may choose to take a boat trip over to the Isle of Jura, home to just 200 people but over 5,000 deer. This untamed island is one of the wildest places of Scotland and the long and narrow island is known for its jutting mountains, delectable whisky and its swirling whirlpool. This is a hikers and photographers paradise and it only takes a short car ferry to experience it yourself.

    Overnight: Isle of Islay

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  6. Day 6 Gateway to the Isles

    Today take the ferry back to the mainland to the “Gateway to the Isles”, Oban; your base for the night. Here you can explore the pretty harbour town including the grandiose folly of McCaig's Tower overlooking the docks and the famous Oban Whisky Distillery. Perhaps visit the historic town of Inveraray, stopping to view the Castle which was used in the filming of “Downton Abbey” season IV or the old Jail. Oban is renowned for its seafood and you will find a wealth of restaurants to excite the taste buds.

    Overnight: Oban

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  7. Day 7 Mull & Tobermory

    This morning, take the ferry from Oban to the romantic Isle of Mull. Here you can tour the wild and awe-inspiring landscapes, moorland and sweeping coastline of this remote island. Spend today exploring the north of the island and visit the contrasting castles around Duart Bay; Duart Castle is a 13th century ruin whilst nearby Torosay Castle is an elegant Baronial Manor house. Then onwards to the town of Tobermory a bustling natural port and fishing town famed for its quaint rows of pastel coloured cottages. Finish your day with one of the islands iconic artsy whisky or maybe try their new gin… or both!

    Overnight: Tobermory, Isle of Mull

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  8. Day 8 Isle of Iona and Iona Abbey

    Dedicate today to exploring the south of the Isle of Mull. Visit the imposing fortified tower at Moy Castle set against a dramatic mountain back-drop and wander the adjacent Lochbuie Stone circle. Then head for the most southerly tip of the island at Fionnphort where you can cross by foot passenger ferry to the tiny and peaceful Isle of Iona and the spiritual retreat of Iona Abbey. Perhaps enjoy a boat trip from the west of the island to Staffa and the Treshnish Islands to see Fingal’s Cave and an abundance of sea-life such as whales, porpoise and nesting puffins.

    Overnight: Tobermory, Isle of Mull

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  9. Day 9 The Road to Skye

    Depart the Isle of Mull by ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline on the mainland before taking the country roads north. Take the "Road to the Isles" to visit 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 onwards to the fishing town of Mallaig to catch the ferry to the Isle of Skye. You may choose to stop at Armadale Castle 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.

    Overnight: Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  10. Day 10 Old Man of Storr & Fairy Pools

    Dedicate a day 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” for breath-taking 360° views. Visit the famous Fairy Pools to brave the cold wild swimming in the sapphire 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: Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  11. Day 11 Eilean Donan Castle & Loch Ness

    This morning, cross back to the mainland via Skye Bridge and visit one of Scotland’s icons at Eilean Donan Castle spectacularly set at the meeting point of three lochs. Then cross the wilderness of Scottish Highlands heading for the shores of Loch Ness; a brief detour north along the windswept banks of the eerie Loch Ness will offer views of Urquhart Castle. Then return south to the lively port town of Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe; here you may choose to hike in the foothills of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, or visit the Ben Nevis Distillery.

    Overnight: Glencoe

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  12. Day 12 Glorious Glencoe

    A short journey South and you will be in Scotland’s most famous valley; Glencoe. Today is the perfect opportunity to explore the dramatic backdrops for movies including "Braveheart" and "Skyfall" as well as the inspiration for countless poets. The inspiration is easy to see with roaring falls, majestic wildlife and landscapes that were formed by a super volcano millions of years ago, then sculpted by massive glaciers in the last Ice Age. Be sure to visit the visitors centre to complete your experience.

    Overnight: Glencoe

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  13. Day 13 Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and Historic Stirling

    Begin today heading south through the barren moors and along the windswept bonny banks of Loch Lomond. Hiking, sailing, kayaking and much more is available from the shores of Scotland biggest land loch. Head to the historic cobbled town of Stirling and climb to the Castle which rivals that of Edinburgh for its historic significance and beauty - with beautiful gardens to unwind in, costumed performers who bring history to life and welcoming staff, the award-winning Stirling Castle is a must-see. Return your vehicle and explore the winding streets of Edinburgh by foot and public transport. Head to Leith docks to find the famous Royal Yacht Britannia and some world class restaurants.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  14. Day 14 Edinburgh, The Capital

    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 New town, Edinburgh holds a unique atmosphere. Visit Royal sites such as the Palace of Holyrood House and the Royal Mile connecting it to the city's centrepiece at the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. This city is like another world and it is easy to see the influence they have held over poets and authors such as J.K. Rowling. Perhaps step down into Edinburgh’s hidden history at Mary Kings Close and learn how the rich and poor lived during the black plague here. Round off your stay with a traditional Scottish dinner show full of music, dancing and traditional food. The perfect end to a prefect vacation.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  15. Day 15 Return Home

    Enjoy a final breakfast in your hotel before checking out. You may have a chance for some last-minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing (luggage can be stored at your hotel) before making your way back to Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports to check-in for your return flight to your home nation.

    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?

  • 14 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • 13 days car rental inclusive of all mandatory taxes, insurances and charges.
  • All ferry crossing as required including:
    • Ardrossan to Brodick ferry crossing.
    • Lochranza to Claonaig ferry crossing.
    • Kennacraig to Port Ellen ferry crossing.
    • Port Askaig to Oban ferry crossing.
    • Oban to Craignure ferry crossing.
    • Fishnish to Lochaline ferry crossing.
    • Mallaig to Armadale ferry crossing.
  • Historic Scotland Explorer sightseeing pass (14 day) – offers admission to a number of historic sites on your journey including Edinburgh Castle.
  • 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 Accommodations

  • Auchrannie Resort, Isle of Arran x 2 nights
  • Stonefield Castle, Tarbert x 1 night
  • The Machrie, Islay x 2 nights
  • Perle Oban, Oban x 1 night
  • Tobermory Hotel, Isle of Mull x 2 nights
  • Cuillin Hills Hotel, Isle of Skye x 2 nights
  • Glencoe House, Glencoe x 2 nights
  • The Bonham Hotel, 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. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

Optional Extras

  • 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 night on any isle to explore these islands further.
  • Add extra nights to explore Inverness capital of the Highlands, Glasgow or Edinburgh City.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy an upgrade to a luxury castle or manor hotel on one or more nights of your stay.

Exclusions

  • 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 2022

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 2022

From GBP £2,755 per person (based on two people travelling).

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (May/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.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (May/September). 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£ Sterling currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
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