Tour the beautiful and historic locations of Scotland in style with your personal chauffeur guide. Visit the locations of Fort William, Inverness, Pitlochry and St Andrews in 5 days.
Duration: 5 days (starting in Edinburgh or Glasgow).
Day 1: Edinburgh or Glasgow to Fort William - overnight Fort William
Day 2: Fort William to Inverness - overnight Inverness
Day 3: Inverness to Pitlochry - overnight Pitlochry
Day 4: Pitlochry to St Andrews - overnight St Andrews
Day 5: St Andrews to Edinburgh or Glasgow
Travel north to Stirling, once known as the 'Key to Scotland', with its imposing position in the centre of the country, to Stirling Castle. For centuries this was the most important castle in Scotland and the views from the top make it easy to see why. Soak up the history and stunning views from the Wallace Monument, perched high on the Abbey Craig around where Wallace camped before his heroic battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, built in 1869 to commemorate Scotland’s hero.
Continue north west towards Rannoch Moor and the most beautiful of all glens, Glencoe, stopping at the visitors centre. This area is steeped in history, and you will hear about the infamous 1692 massacre of Clan MacDonald. Travel over the Ballachulish bridge and on to Fort William to your overnight accommodation at the Inverlochy Castle nestling in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis. Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting where she wrote in her diaries 'I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot'.
This morning continuing your journey north, stop briefly at The Commando Memorial dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II for its stunning views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr. Travel towards Fort Augustus on the southern tip of Loch Ness, stopping to marvel at The Caledonian Canal and the flight of locks, Thomas Telford’s feat of engineering before you reach the Clansman Harbor for a Jacobite Cruise. Enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the loch and alight at Urquhart Castle where you will have the chance to explore.
Visit Culloden Battlefield where the last hand-to-hand battle was fought on British soil with the new visitor centre and interactive exhibition. Nearby visit Clava Cairns, or more correctly, Bulnaraun of Clava, one of the best preserved Bronze Age burial sites in Scotland and Culloden Viaduct, Scotland's longest masonry viaduct which was opened in 1898 and crosses the river Nairn at this point. Finally today, into the heart of Inverness to your hotel, The Rocpool Reserve, an elegant, boutique hotel a stone’s throw from the old Inverness Castle.
Today you will travel through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park to the House of Bruar, nestling at the side of the famous Bruar Falls, for a variety of shopping opportunities in Scotland's most prestigious country store. Travel through beautiful Blair Atholl to Blair Castle, home of the Clan Murray family, who hold the title of Duke of Atholl and weather dependent, visit Queens View, generally believed to be named after Queen Victoria who took tea here in 1866, the viewpoint actually commemorates Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce.
Continue through the Highland resort town of Pitlochry to Edradour, the smallest distillery and last of the original farm distilleries in Scotland and finally reach your overnight accommodation at Fonab Castle located on the banks of Loch Faskally and a short walk from the heart of the historic town of Pitlochry.
Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish Kings and is now the cherished family home of the Earl of Mansfield. In the extensive grounds of Scone Palace there is a replica of the Stone of Destiny and the chapel on Moot Hill where the coronations took place.
Into the Kingdom of Fife to spend a few hours touring the sights of St. Andrews. St. Andrews Cathedral ruins, the stunning St. Salvator's Chapel, the chapel is a rare and beautiful example of Late Gothic architecture, St. Andrews University, the educational location of the William and Kate,The Tower of Holy Trinity, a Category ‘A’ listed building, and the most historic church in St Andrews and last but certainly not least, The Old Course and The Swilken Bridge before reaching your overnight accommodation at The Fairmont Hotel, a luxury hotel situated in St Andrews Bay which boasts lavish rooms, luxurious Spa and sumptuous dining all set on a 520 acre estate with a unique coastal setting.
Your final day will take you along the scenic coastal route through the beautiful fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife where there are many galleries and arts and crafts shops. Anstruther for its famous fish shop, Pittenweem – a centre for arts and crafts and Crail – a visit to the harbour is a must. Make a stop at North Queensferry where you can view the iconic Forth Road Bridge.
Travel over the Forth Road Bridge and to the south of the city for your final destination of Rosslyn Chapel where the Da Vinci code was filmed. It took 40 years to build. Finally travel over the Forth Road Bridge to Dalhousie Castle a magnificent 13th century fortress set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the River Esk.
If you do not find the accommodations mentioned suitable then please do enquire about alternative choices.
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees unless stated, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.