Self Drive Itineraries

SCOTTISH COUNTRY HOUSE AND CASTLE BREAK - 7 DAY TOUR

This seven day holiday, based on two people sharing, is perfect for those who want a luxurious break, staying in two beautiful country houses in the Central Highlands and finishing in a magnificent, yet cosy castle on Scotland's west coast. It is also ideal for those interested in history and heritage, as well as the outdoors. For more information or to book this tour, please contact us.

Guide price: £684 per person (based on 2 people sharing)

Highlights include:

Forth Road and Rail Bridges Glen Lyon                       
Dunkeld Loch Lomond
Pitlochry Glencoe
Glamis Castle Oban
Castle Menzies Doune Castle
Edradour Whisky Distillery Stirling Castle

 

NB Visitor attractions are not included in the price but can be added on request

Included in your seven day holiday package are:

  • Six nights in our carefully selected accommodation
  • Breakfast every day
  • Top quality dinner at your hotel on one night
  • Seven day Scottish Heritage Pass, giving you entry to many of Scotland's famous historical monuments, castles and gardens
  • Personalised information package for your tour, including your detailed itinerary and what there is to see and do in each area depending on your areas of interest
  • A detailed map with your route marked and places of interest highlighted and directions to each accommodation with their contact details
  • 10% discount on car hire if you decide to use Europcar
  • The option of meeting with Archie on your first day near Perth at a location to suit you to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you may have

DAY 1

Edinburgh – Dunkeld Area

Distance: 64 miles - Travel Time: 1 hr 30 mins

You will head north from Edinburgh and over the Forth Road Bridge, with spectacular views over the Firth of Forth. You will then pass the popular town of Perth and go on up to Dunkeld, with its beautiful wooded hillsides, is seen as the entrance to the Highlands.

Accommodation

Country House Bed and Breakfast – 2 nights

You will be warmly welcomed into this magnificent 5 star country house bed and breakfast on the banks of the River Tay by your host, Shannon. The house offers luxurious en suite accommodation and has an excellent in-house chef who uses quality local ingredients. A three course set menu is available at an extra cost of £35 per person or, if you want to eat out, there are a number of options locally.

Uniquely Scotland Suggests

An ideal location for those into their country sports, we can organize salmon and trout fishing with a ghillie (guide) on the legendary River Tay itself or, if you want to try some clay pigeon shooting, that can also be arranged. There are also a number of beautiful walks in the area, not least in the property's lovely gardens. You can play croquet or tennis or perhaps just relax with your book in the amazing sitting room, depending on the weather.
 
The towns of Dunkeld, Perth and Pitlochry are all within easy reach of your accommodation. You can sample some local music in a well-known music pub in Dunkeld where musicians meet once a week for a session. The likes of Glamis Castle, Drummond Castle and Gardens amongst others are all within easy reach. There are also a number of whisky distilleries in the area.
 

DAY 3

Dunkeld – Loch Tay

Distance: 22 miles - Travel Time: 50 minutes

Only a short journey from your accommodation near Dunkeld, you will travel north west through Aberfeldy, home of the Black Watch Regiment, and on towards the beautiful Loch Tay.

Accommodation

Country House Hotel – 2 nights (includes dinner on first night)

This charming and very comfortable four-star country house hotel is close to Loch Tay and the beautiful Glen Lyon in Perthshire. You will be well looked after in this hotel, situated in a peaceful country hamlet. The hotel bar is very cosy and has a live music session once a week.
 
The restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes and uses locally sourced produce. The kitchen has a long history of producing high quality food, as well as its talented chefs.
 
Uniquely Scotland Suggests

There are a wide range of things to do and see in this part of the Central Highlands, with plenty on offer for the hill walker, including the beautiful Glen Lyon, which is very close to your accommodation. Perhaps a visit to Loch Lomond or Loch Katrine in The Trossachs National Park, a beautiful and charming loch with wonderful walks, and home to the famous steam ship the “Sir Walter Scott” if you fancy a cruise. You can explore the beautiful county of Perthshire, perhaps a visit to Drummond Castle and its spectacular gardens which were featured in the film, “Rob Roy”. You could also visit one of a number of whisky distilleries in the area, including Edradour, Scotland’s smallest distillery. Also in the area is the Famous Grouse Distillery and the lovely town of Crieff, home of well-known actor Ewan McGregor. The House of Bruar, one of Scotland’s most impressive and well known independent stores, is also close by if you fancy a bit of shopping for some quality Scottish produce.
 

DAY 5

Loch Tay – Oban

Distance: 70 miles - Travel Time: 2 hrs

This beautiful drive will take you across Rannoch Moor and through the dramatic Glencoe. You will then reach the Great Glen and Scotland’s stunning west coast.

Accommodation

B&B Castle accommodation – 2 nights

You will be very well looked after by your hosts, Ronnie and Liz, at this romantic and very luxurious ancient castle, dating back to the early 1600s, with stunning views over one of the west coast's many sea lochs. Your hosts will happily give you a tour of the castle and a background into its rich history.

Uniquely Scotland Suggests

Depending on your areas of interest, there is a wide range of things to do and see in the Oban area. You can do a day visit to one of the islands such as Mull, Iona or Lismore - to name a few. If you are keen on wildlife and fancy a bit of an adventure, why not take a trip on a dedicated wildlife RIB boat tour? This provides a unique combination of high adventure and pure exhilaration with the thrill of close encounters with Scotland's magnificent sea life and scenery, including the third largest whirlpool in the world, the infamous Gulf of Corryvreckan. There is a huge amount of wildlife to see, ranging from seals, dolphins, basking sharks and whales to sea eagles and otters to name just a few. Also, within easy reach of Oban, are Glencoe, Inveraray and Loch Fyne, famous for its seafood, and the Mull of Kintyre.

Oban is known as the seafood capital of Scotland with some excellent seafood restaurants. There are many things you can see and do if you don’t want to travel far and fancy exploring the town itself. 

DAY 7

Oban – Edinburgh

Distance: 125 miles - Travel Time: 2 hrs 45 mins

Your journey back to Edinburgh will take you past the spectacular Loch Awe - perhaps you can pop into the Inverawe Smokehouse and sample some fine smoked produce, such as salmon and trout, among other things. You can then head back via Invereray and Loch Fyne and over the pass, known as the “rest and be thankful”, to Loch Lomond, or via the Highland town of Crianlarich and down through the popular town of Callander and then to Doune. Doune is the location of Doune Castle, where some of Monty Python's Holy Grail was filmed. You will then pass Stirling, the location of the world famous Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, and then on to Edinburgh.

Rental Car Drop off: Edinburgh

You have the option to extend your stay to allow you to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh, we can advise you accordingly on request.

Please note that our example itineraries only provide a basic summary of your proposal; there is a significant amount of work behind each proposal, with attention to detail being very important. Please let us know if you have any questions in relation to your proposal and we will do what we can to help. For further information or to book a holiday with Uniquely Scotland please contact us.

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