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Expect the unexpected on this 16-day locally guided motorhome adventure around Scotland. Enjoy dramatic landscapes, spectacular castles, mesmerising lochs and charming highland villages as you savour a nation rich in culture, history and ancient treasures.

Duration: 16 days

Holiday Type:
Escorted Tours

Departure dates:

  • July 4, 2023
  • July 18, 2023

The tour operates in the reverse direction on this departure date.

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Highlights

  • Explore Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland
  • Drive the famed North Coast 500, regarded as one of the world’s great coastal road trips
  • Stop at key heritage sites including the Castle of Mey & Dunrobin Castle
  • Visit Scotland’s famous distilleries and historic battlegrounds
  • Optional side trip to the Orkney Islands
  • Cruise Loch Ness and travel on the Jacobite Steam Railway
  • Travel to the Isle of Skye and explore Eilean Donan Castle
  • Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park
  • Plenty of free time for you to explore at your leisure

Route Map

What's Included

  • Airport arrival & departure transfers in Edinburgh
  • Transfers to and from the motorhome depot
  • 2 nights B&B accommodation at a centrally located, 4-star hotel in the city centre
  • 1 nights B&B accommodation at a 4 star airport hotel
  • Locally guided by experienced Tour Hosts
  • Welcome or Farewell Dinner
  • 13 days Motorhome Rental including:
    • Unlimited mileage, roadside assistance & vehicle insurance (nil excess)
    • Fully equipped kitchen, towels and bed linen
    • TV & DVD Player, Wi-Fi (4G enabled) & Sat Nav
    • Washroom with shower, sink and toilet
    • Camping table and chairs, BBQ & toolkit
    • Additional drivers at no extra charge & gas bottles
  • 12 nights in pre-booked Campsites with electricity
  • Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle
  • Ride the Jacobite Steam Railway (as featured in the Harry Potter films)
  • Entry to Castle of Mey

Itinerary

Distance: 249km (155miles)

Collect your motorhome and travel over the Forth Bridge to the ‘Fair City’ of Perth, located on the banks of the River Tay. This gorgeous city was once the capital of Scotland and a picturesque playground for kings and queens. Continue north into the heart of the Scottish Highlands, skirting the Cairngorms National Park, Britain’s largest. Our campsite for the next 2 nights is Culloden Moor, where in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie and his clansmen allies met the end of their grand rebellion in battle. On day 4 enjoy a morning cruise on Loch Ness with an included visit to the 1000 year old ruins of Urquhart Castle. Be sure to keep an eye open for sightings of ‘Nessie’, the loch’s famous monster.

Distance: 209km (130miles)

We suggest stopping at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and is the family seat of Clan Sutherland. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Castle, which resembles a French chateau with its towering conical spires and boasts 189 rooms. You can also enjoy displays of the ancient art of walk amongst the formal gardens. Continue your journey through the village of John O’Groats to the Castle of Mey, purchased by HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in 1952 and enjoy a tour of the castle and wandering around the Walled Gardens. Your stay at Dunnet Head offers majestic views over the Pentland Firth and is the most northerly point of both Scotland and the island of Great Britain. On day 6 you have the option of taking a ferry trip to the nearby Orkney Islands with their special historic sites including Skara Brae Neolithic Village and the Ring of Brodgar stone circle.

Available Excursions:

Distance: 338km (210miles)

The tiny village of Durness is situated in the northwest highlands of Scotland in the traditional county of Sutherland. One of the most sparsely populated wilderness areas in Western Europe, the rugged terrain is one of mighty mountains, russet heathland and turquoise sea lochs. After our overnight stay beside the beach, we journey on to the small but pretty village of Kinlochewe close to the head of Loch Maree, a very strong contender for the title of Scotland’s most scenic loch.

Distance: 217km (135miles)

We recommend an early start this morning to make the most of our suggested visit to the Isle of Skye. It is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and is home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes. The island will enchant you with its mountain ranges, miles of dramatic coastline and captivating history. Portree, its largest town, overlooks a sheltered bay decorated by a picturesque string of brightly coloured houses. Be sure to explore Eilean Donan Castle as you drive on to Morvich. This 13th century castle is one of the most recognised in Scotland and has featured in numerous movies and television shows including the hit series ‘Outlander’.

Distance: 105km (65miles)

An easy drive this morning as we continue on to Fort William and Glen Nevis, our next destination. The surrounding area offers a fantastic range of outdoor activities and sightseeing opportunities. There is a multitude of walks and cycle tracks at your doorstep with the path up to the mighty Ben Nevis just a short walk away and there are many historical sites for you to explore. On day 12, we board ‘The Jacobite Steam Train’ for an 84-mile round trip described as one of the great railway journeys of the world.

Distance: 145km (90miles)

This mesmerising loch lies in the heart of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, surrounded by charming villages and rolling countryside. It offers some truly wonderful land and water-based activities … everything from golf, hiking, cycle and boat hire, cruises (including a waterbus ferry to several small islands within the loch), canoeing, Segway safaris, local distilleries to name just a few. And less than an hour away is Glasgow, easily accessible by bus or train.

Distance: 128km (80miles)

Sadly, your adventure ends today and it’s time to say goodbye to your newfound friends as you leave the main tour party and make your way back to Edinburgh to return your vehicle. A transfer is included from the depot to your airport hotel. Alternatively, if you would like to extend your stay in the city, please ask us for details.

At leisure until you are transferred to Edinburgh airport (or train station) for your onward journey.

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