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This self-drive holiday takes you from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands and allows you to experience a range of activities lead by local guides while enjoying the comforts of luxury hotels.
Journey through UNESCO World Heritage site and Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh; explore the iconic landscape of Loch Lomond and finish off with a stay in a castle in Highland Perthshire.
This self-drive itinerary starts with a private tour in Scotland’s beautiful capital of Edinburgh, a site where river, sea, hill and volcano meets. From the city, we move onto the green heart of Scotland, a region rich with wildlife and breathtaking scenery. With a balanced itinerary of free time and guided activities, you get to discover some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes. In the evenings, indulge in Scotland’s extensive natural larder in the award-winning restaurants at your accommodation.
Today you’ll make your way to Edinburgh, where you will relax into the trip with a stay at the Balmoral Hotel. With a Michelin-star restaurant, kilted doormen and an in-house spa, the Balmoral Hotel is one of most prestigious places to stay in Scotland’s capital. Overnight at the 5-star Balmoral Hotel.
Enjoy a privately guided walking tour of Edinburgh, led by an expert local guide. Your walk will include iconic sites of this historic city such as Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town, Holyrood Palace and Arthur’s Seat. Overnight at the 5-star Balmoral Hotel. (B)
Passing Stirling Castle and Bannockburn make your way to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Stop off at Stirling for a guided tour of Deanston distillery, the only distillery in Scotland to be self-sufficient in electricity.
Later, enjoy a boat cruise on Loch Katrine, a beautiful freshwater loch in the heart of the park abundant with wildlife. In the afternoon perhaps hike along some of the various forest trails before retiring to Monachyle Mhor Hotel, one of Britain’s top foodie destinations. Overnight 4-star Monachyle Mhor Hotel. (B)
Our guide will meet you at the hotel after breakfast, allowing you to discuss options for your privately guided hike in the National Park. There are lots of great hikes for all abilities and fitness levels, both high and low level. Easy hikes could involve walks along the loch shore, or, for a more challenging hike, choose from one of the park’s 21 Munros (a mountain in Scotland above 3000 feet). After your hike, visit Rob Roy MacGregor’s grave before returning to the hotel. Overnight 4-star Monachyle Mhor Hotel. (B)
Travel east past Loch Tay to Highland Perthshire home to Britain’s oldest tree, Fortingall Yew, said to be 5,000 years old. Highland Perthshire is known for its wildlife and it’s a great area to spot Ospreys, Golden Eagles, Red Deer and Red Squirrels.
As with many regions of Scotland, there are countless great options for hikes, both low level and high level, so there is something to suit every choice and you can, with your guide’s help, select a suitable route on the day. This may involve exploring the Perthshire glens such as Glen Lyon – the longest enclosed glen in Scotland – or Munros such as Ben Lawers, the highest mountain in southern Scotland and the 10th highest mountain in Britain. Overnight at 5-star Fonab Castle. (B)
You have a choice of activities today. If you’re feeling adventurous enjoy a morning of white water rafting on the River Tay. Perfect for beginners, this trip covers the 6 mile stretch from Aberfeldy to Grandtully. Take in the beautiful Scottish scenery and learn the fundamentals of rafting before ending with the famous Grandtully Slalom Rapids to get your heart pumping.
For something more relaxing, a Highland Safari tour is the answer. Sit back and relax as you journey through the forests, mountains and moors of Highland Perthshire. Keep your eyes peeled for the varied wildlife often found in this area from Red deer to Golden Eagles.
You have a free afternoon to enjoy at your leisure. Choose to visit historic Blair Castle and enjoy a way-marked forest walk; or treat yourself to a treatment in the hotel’s spa. Overnight at 5-star Fonab Castle. (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, depart. (B)
PLEASE NOTE ‐ The itinerary is indicative only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guides with regard to weather conditions and other factors
Our deluxe self-drive holidays feature a range of 4 or 5-star country houses and hotels in locations across Scotland.
A warm welcome is assured and you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service in these. Accommodation is in double, twin or family bedrooms.
Please note that alternative accommodations may be offered when you book if availability at any of these is limited.
Breakfast is included each morning.
At all stages of your trip, you will be able to enjoy the finest of Scottish cuisine, enjoying delicious meals prepared from superb local ingredients.
Packed lunches are not included in the trip cost, but will be available from your hotel or a local cafe/ deli.
Rachael is a true gem and we regularly receive feedback thanking her for designing inspiring itineraries and for being such a pleasure to chat to. In many cases the people Rachael designs tailor-made trips for, actually become friends and she’s had more than one invite to far off lands as a result. Rachael believes in only the highest levels of customer experience and this trip has been carefully crafted.
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At Your Own Pace
On this adventure you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Scotland hiking guide for several days, who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of hikes from gentle low level rambles to challenging days visiting remote summits. Just let them know what type of hike you would like to do and they will be ready!
On the other days of the trip you will self guided and can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 review(s) of Self-Drive – Edinburgh to Highland Perthshire
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Reviewed on 04/07/2017
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The Bottom Line
Everything was wonderful. The guides were great. A special thanks to Howard Jeffs for making our kayaking especially nice!!
No improvement - Yes I love Haggis!
Howard Thank you thank you!
We would do it again and am thinking the 500 hundred mile the next time around.