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April — October

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See the highlights of Scotland on this express self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor. This road trip will take you from the capital Edinburgh into the Highlands and the Isle of Skye, passing by famous sights and local gems along the way.

This tour is the fast-paced version of our Classic itinerary around Scotland. It is designed to fit as many of the top sights as possible in six days. As it is a self-drive tour, you'll be able to stop whenever you want.

This tour includes a Scottish Heritage Pass so you can visit some of the country's most famous attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, the Battlefield of Culloden, and many more.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN EDINBURGH

Upon your arrival in Edinburgh, make your way to your hotel located in the city centre. For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking through the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old Town and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

Spend the night in Edinburgh.

DAY 2: INTO THE HIGHLANDS

Your road trip starts today! Pick up your rental car and head into the Scottish Highlands. On the way you can stop at the charming village of Dunkeld or to visit the 13th-century Blair Castle.

Arriving near Inverness, you could visit the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, to see where the last battle on British soil occurred in 1746, marking "the beginning of the end for the Highlands." Nearby you could also roam around Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones dating back roughly 4,000 years.

Spend the night in the Inverness area.

Driving distance: 251 km / 156 miles

DAY 3: LOCH NESS AND THE ISLE OF SKYE

Today, you journey to the Isle of Skye, passing by the mysterious Loch Ness. If there is time, you could go on a boat tour or explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins. Later, we recommend stopping for a photo at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Arriving on Skye, take some time to wander around the main town, Portree, with its colourful harbour and delicious seafood restaurants.

Spend the night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

Driving distance: 182 km / 113 miles  

DAY 4: TROTTERNISH PENINSULA AND GLENFINNAN

Start the day by exploring the Trotternish Peninsula where some of Skye's most famous sights are located. This includes the "Old Man of Storr," the Quiraing, Kilt Rock waterfall, and the Fairy Glen. You'll then drive south to hop on a ferry back to the mainland. Before you reach Fort William, stop by Glenfinnan where you can visit the Glenfinnan Monument and admire the famous viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films.

Spend the night in the Fort William area.

Ferry from Armadale to Mallaig: 30 minutes

Driving distance: 254 km / 157 miles

DAY 5: TRAVEL ALONG DRAMATIC GLENS

Today’s drive will take you through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park back to Edinburgh. You have the option to end your trip in Glasgow instead if you want to visit Scotland's largest city.

This morning, you'll drive through the scenic Glen Coe. Later on, for a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss Doune Castle, featured in many films and TV series. If time allows, you could also stop by Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top attractions, or at the Kelpies, two impressive horse-head sculptures.

Spend the night in Edinburgh.

Driving distance: 261 km / 162 miles

DAY 6: DEPARTURE FROM SCOTLAND

Today you say goodbye to Scotland. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may take your last few hours to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s many museums, or take one last stroll through the charming city centre.

Contact details

Nordic Visitor UK
139/2 George Street
Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh
Scotland
EH2 4JY
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre Edinburgh Airport
Length
6
Days
Transport
Self drive
Languages
English
Themes
Ancestry Architecture Castles Food and drink Landscapes

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  • £850 Per Adult
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Nordic Visitor UK

Nordic Visitor provides tailored tour packages in Scotland. Our travel experts are based in Edinburgh and will craft a personal itinerary for you based on your vacation or holiday needs. All our travel packages are tested by our consultants to ensure your Scottish getaway is everything you dreamed of and more. Choose from self-drive, small group or private tours. You'll also find a range of special interest packages including tours focusing on castles, whisky, cuisine, Outlander and more!

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Monday: 9am–5pm
Tuesday: 9am–5pm
Wednesday: 9am–5pm
Thursday: 9am–5pm
Friday: 9am–5pm
Office closed during local Edinburgh holidays.

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