Royal Scotland Self-drive Tour

From: Glasgow, Scotland
To: Glasgow, Scotland
Departing: Daily

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Walk in the footsteps of Great Britain’s Royals on this 9-day self-drive tour. Travel at your own pace across beautiful Scottish countryside as well as cultural centres such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews.

Tour Inclusions & Highlights

  • Visit Palace of Holyrood house and Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh
  • Travel through the ancient Kingdom of Fife
  • Visit iconic St Andrews, international capital of golf
  • Stop by Royal Family’s holiday home, Balmoral Castle
  • Explore the shores of famous Loch Ness and Loch Lomond
  • Drive along scenic ‘Road to the Isles’
  • 9 day car hire, 8 nights’ accommodation including daily breakfast
  • Detailed itinerary provided and 24-hour emergency helpline

Day 1 – Glasgow Airport & Edinburgh

Arrive at Glasgow Airport, pick up your car and drive to Edinburgh where you will spend your first night. Visit the Palace of Holyrood house, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen when she visits Scotland, or the Royal Yacht Britannia on which the royals have travelled across many generations.

Overnight: Edinburgh

Day 2 – Edinburgh (B)

Today continue to explore World Heritage-listed Edinburgh at your own pace. You will have so much to explore! Admire the city’s stunning Victorian and Georgian architecture, it’s winding medieval streets where you have so much to explore. With its stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, and winding medieval streets, or enjoy the many shopping opportunities.

Overnight: Edinburgh

Day 3 – Edinburgh > Perthshire Area (B)

Depart Edinburgh this morning and head over the Forth Road Bridge which was opened in 1964 by Queen Elizabeth II, into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Enjoy spectacular views of the “Forth Rail Bridge” and the “New Queensferry Crossing”. Continue on to St Andrews, also known as the birth place of golf, and more recently, the place where Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, met while attending St Andrews University. Later in the afternoon, continue on with your journey towards the North West, and enter Perthshire.

Overnight: Perthshire area

Day 4 – Glamis Castle > Braemar > Balmoral Castle (B)

Start the day with a visit to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes – Lyon, best known as Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. In the afternoon, follow the A93 road to Blairgowrie through the Royal Deeside area. You will enter the skiing grounds of Glenshee before reaching Braemar. Stop by Balmoral Castle, holiday home of the Royal Family when in Scotland, or visit Crathie church, where the Royal Family attends Sunday service when on holiday at Balmoral.

Overnight: Royal Deeside/Aberdeenshire area

Day 5 – Inverness Area (B)

Today drive through the Grampian Mountains, along the A939 and stop by Tomintoul, the Great Britain’s highest village. Continue on to Grantown on Spey, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the many distilleries. Later, head to the popular seaside resort of Nairn. Nairn is famous for its gold course and stunning sandy beaches. If time permits, visit Cawdor Castle, best known for its connections to William Shakespeare’s play – Macbeth – with the title character of the play being Thane of Cawdor.

Overnight: Inverness area

Day 6 – Loch Ness > Fort William  > Oban (B)

Today you will leave Inverness and drive south. Follow the shores of the Loch Ness, Scotland’s most famous loch! Opt for a stopover at Urquhart Castle along the shores of Loch Ness, and try to spot elusive Loch Ness monster, Nessie. Continue driving along the A82 to Fort Augustus and make a detour to Glenfinnan on the scenic ‘Road to the Isles’. Admire the Glenfinnan Monument set in the stunning highlands’ scenery. Continue on to Oban via Fort William and Loch Linnhe.

Overnight: Oban area

Day 7 – Oban > Kilmartin Glen > Loch Lomond (B)

Today leave Oban and travel south through Kilmartin Glen, home to more than 350 monuments, with 150 of them being prehistoric. Continue on through the Trossachs region to Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s largest and most beautiful lochs.

Overnight: Trossachs area

Day 8 – Trossachs Area > Glasgow (B)

Today drive to Glasgow where you will spend your last night. Once a poor industrialised area, Glasgow has gone through a large transformation into being an important art and cultural centre in Scotland. Explore the streets and the many shopping opportunities, galleries and museums.

Overnight: Glasgow

Day 9 – Glasgow (B)

Today after breakfast, drop the car off at the airport and continue with your own travel arrangements.

From AU$1,400 per person, based on twin share in BB/ guesthouse style accommodation and economy manual car category.

 

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