Driver Guided tours
We like to keep our tour groups small with a maximum group size of 8 people, to provide an exclusive and personal service with a relaxed and informal feel. The small groups also allow you more freedom and flexibility on your trip. Our guides are friendly, passionate and knowledgeable and will enable you to get to know the real Scotland. Our bespoke tours are perfect for couples, families and small groups of friends looking for an informative, fun and relaxed trip around Scotland staying at some of Scotland’s finest and most unique hotels and B&Bs. Archie is also a keen bagpiper and if he is your guide, will happily bring his pipes along to give you a tune or two whilst on tour!
We can pick you up and drop you off from anywhere in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth, Aberdeen or Inverness, just let us know.
You will find some example tours at our driver guided tours section. Remember these are just examples and we will happily put a tour together based on your interests and requirements and we can organise visits to attractions, specific activities and events, a number of which are exclusive to Uniquely Scotland.
We also specialise in private driver guided whisky tours, more information on which you can find at our whisky tours page.
Prices for driver guided day tours are from £480 per day depending on the length of tour, number of passengers, time of year and distance travelled. This price includes the following:
- Uniquely Scotland driver and guide
- Comfortable vehicle and luggage space
- Fuel, parking and insurance
- Pick up and drop off at your accommodation (or location to suit)
- Itinerary planning and consultancy
For multi-day tours, prices are from £570 per day (subject to group size) which also includes guides accommodation and food costs. Unless specifically organised in advance as part of your itinerary, admission costs, ferry charges and refreshments are not included in the price. This allows you more flexibility to pick and choose what you wish to do on each day of your tour.
We specialise in self-drive holiday itineraries utilising our excellent local knowledge and contacts to take as much of the hassle away from you with the aim of giving you the holiday of a lifetime.
There is nothing quite like having a holiday under your own steam; avoid waiting for public transport, take a relatively large amount of luggage, simply put it in the boot of a car and off you go. You can travel at your own pace, and visit what you feel like at any particular time with the added advantage of using our local knowledge to give you a holiday that is perfect for you.
You will find a number of our example itineraries at our self-drive itineraries page. Remember these are just examples, we can tailor make the itinerary to suit your interests and requirements.
For more information about our simple booking procedure please visit our booking procedure page.
Travelling through Scotland by train is a fantastic way to see the variety of landscapes our country has to offer and we can put together an itinerary for you based entirely on train travel if you wish. This is perfect for those that perhaps are not so keen on driving on our roads but still want to do their own thing without a driver guide.
You can enjoy some of the most scenic train journeys you will find anywhere in the world here in Scotland, including the stunning West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig.
Please see our example train itineraries which includes the West Highland Line and the famous 'Jacobite Steam Train' amongst others.
Uniquely Scotland’s Top 5 train journeys in Scotland
For such a small country, Scotland has a remarkably diverse landscape and what better way to explore this landscape than from the comfort and unique viewpoint of a train.
There were a number of other journeys that could easily have made it into our top 5 such as the train from Glasgow to Stranraer or one of my favourites, Stirling to Perth, but they have just missed out on this occasion!
1. Glasgow to Mallaig (approx. 5 hrs)
Voted Top Rail Journey in the World by readers of Wanderlust magazine for three years running, this beautiful train journey had to come in at number 1. Without doubt this west Highland line passes through some of the most stunning and remote landscapes in the world including Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and on to Mallaig via Glenfinnan. The train from Fort William to Mallaig, famous for the Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen in the Harry Potter films, is probably the best route of all and the Jacobite Steam Train as seen in Harry Potter is well worth the trip for train enthusiasts. The route also takes you past the rugged and remote including some beautiful beaches around Arisaig, as seen in the film ‘Local Hero’.
2. Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh (approx. 2 hrs 30 mins)
Also known as ‘the Kyle line’, this is another stunning rail journey. It goes from Inverness on the east coast of Scotland through to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west. The journey starts in the rolling agricultural land around Inverness and Dingwall before you head into the dramatic landscapes of the west Highlands.
3. Perth to Inverness (approx. 2 hrs)
This is a popular train journey and includes a diverse range of landscapes including the low lying and picturesque agricultural land of Perthshire into the rugged landscapes of the Cairngorm National Park including a trip over the remote Drummochter Summit, one of the highest mountain passes in the UK. Like the other scenic rail journeys in Scotland, it is breath-taking in all seasons, but Perthshire is particularly lovely in the autumn when fiery shades ignite the countryside.
4. Inverness to Wick (approx. 4 hrs)
This is the most northerly line in the country and arguably its wildest. The journey takes about four hours and winds through some of the most remote and dramatic landscapes in Britain.
5. Edinburgh to Aberdeen (approx. 2hrs and 20 mins)
This route from Edinburgh to Aberdeen which runs through Fife, over the Tay Bridge and up the charming Angus coastline, is perfect for those who enjoy a sea view with picturesque agricultural landscapes. The journey has the added advantage of crossing the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge.
We have an agreement with Scotrail and will happily put together a tailor-made holiday for you, based on rail travel around Scotland, taking into account all your requirements and interests.
Please note all tours are subject to availability.
If you have any questions or want to make an enquiry, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you with your trip to Scotland.