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Scotland: Self Drive and Hiking in the Highlands

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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Price: From £1,995
Trip Type: Ready to Book
Location: Scotland
Accommodation: Deluxe
Difficulty: Your Own Pace

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This ready to book, self-drive itinerary explores the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye, combining privately guided activities with the freedom to journey at your own pace. Take a boat trip on Loch Ness, visit history-filled castles, and enjoy privately guided hikes as you discover the history, landscapes and culture of the Scottish Highlands. Finish each day in special locations, relaxing in comfort in 4 star boutique hotels, with options for fine dining or relaxed gastro-pub meals in each location.

Price per person based on a minimum of 2 people travelling together and is commissionable for travel agents.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the freedom to explore the beautiful Scottish Highlands at your own pace on this self-drive journey.
  • Benefit from the expert knowledge of an experienced private guide as you explore some of the most spectacular hiking locations in the country with them.
  • Relax in characterful 4 and 5 star small hotels in beautiful locations, each handpicked for their warm Highland hospitality.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Loch Ness

Departing from Inverness, you’ll drive down the northern shore of Loch Ness. Along the way, stop to explore the mighty ruins of Urquhart Castle, overlooking the moody loch waters, once one of Scotland’s largest castles. Your destination tonight is the charming village of Fort Augustus, located at the southern tip of Loch Ness.

Overnight: 4 star | The Lovat | Fort Augustus.

Day 2 – Loch Ness and Glen Affric

Set out onto the water this morning with a scenic boat trip on Loch Ness. Keep an eye out for the infamous monster with the on-board sonar equipment or just enjoy the peace and beautiful views. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area at your own pace. Take a gentle stroll along the Caledonian Canal, watching yachts pass through its system of locks, or take a drive to wild Glen Affric, thought by many to be the most beautiful glen in Scotland.

Overnight: 4 star | The Lovat | Fort Augustus (B)

Day 3 – Over the Sea to Skye

Your route to the west coast is a feast for the eyes this morning, passing sweeping mountain glens and towering peaks. Our route notes will help you focus on some highlights. Pause at iconic Eilean Donan Castle, an elegant island castle amidst majestic scenery, or stretch your legs on a short walk on a grand estate in order to learn how local wildlife and traditional farm communities still flourish in rural Scotland. Cross the graceful arch of the Skye Bridge, head north to Portree and your hotel. On arrival, take a wander around the village or take a drive around the north of Skye to discover historic clan castles and outstanding mountain and coastal views.

Overnight: 4 star | Cuillin Hills Hotel | Isle of Skye (B)

Day 4 – Skye by Land and Sea

Start the day with a pleasant boat trip, which takes you out of Portree harbour to explore the intricate coastline of the Sound of Raasay. Look out for sea eagles, dolphins, seals and even whales, as well as the lively seabird communities – and of course the scenery too. Back on land, your private hiking guide will meet you in the early afternoon, and you have the rest of the day to explore on foot, perhaps taking in the Fairy Glen or a hike on the spectacular Quiraing. Keen hikers can choose to replace the morning boat trip and enjoy a full day’s hike with their guide, opening up many hiking options.

Overnight: 4 star | Cuillin Hills Hotel | Isle of Skye (B)

Day 5 – Guided Hike in the West Highlands

Leaving the Isle of Skye, drive up the west coast to the beautiful region of Torridon. On the way, you’ll meet your private guide again for a hike exploring the landscapes of Skye, Applecross or Torridon. Your guide will discuss options with you the previous day, and the choice is yours. You can enjoy an easy walk or a challenging hike to a summit. No matter where you choose to hike, you will enjoy a spectacular combination of mountain and sea views.

Overnight: 5 star | Torridon Hotel | Torridon (B)

Day 6 – Torridon

The final full day of your trip offers lots of choices. You might be tempted by the various activities offered at the hotel, such as archery, clays or sea kayaking. A drive through the mountain roads of this region will be tempting on a clear day. Or you might just sit back and enjoy your sumptuous surroundings at leisure … you’re on holiday after all!

Overnight: 5 star | Torridon Hotel | Torridon (B)

Day 7 – Depart

After a leisurely breakfast, depart the Torridon area for the 2 hour drive back to Inverness. (B)

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Accommodation Read More

Our deluxe self-drive holidays feature a range of 4 or 5 star country houses and hotels in locations across the UK and Ireland.

A warm welcome is assured and you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service in these properties.

Accommodation is in double, twin or family bedrooms. Breakfast is included each morning.

Please note that alternative accommodations may be offered when you book if availability at any of these is limited.

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  • 6 nights accommodation in 4 star boutique hotels, on a B&B basis
  • Day 2 – Loch Ness cruise (1 hour)
  • Day 4 – Portree Bay cruise (2 hour) & half day hike or full day hike
  • Day 5 – Full day privately guided hike
  • Day 6 – Selected activities at Torridon Hotel
  • Detailed trip notes, including our insider tips for cafes, restaurants and activities
  • Road map
  • 24/7 In-Country Support



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Optional Extras (prices on request):

There are many options to extend, upgrade or customise this trip to your personal preferences and we would love to discuss the options with you. Have a look at our following favourite suggestions for ideas:

  • Additional day(s) with private hiking guide
  • Private meeting with Scotland’s foremost Loch Ness Expert (Day 1 or Day 2)
  • Extend the trip with additional night(s) at any of the trip hotels
  • Pre and Post nights in Inverness
  • Car Hire

Upgrade options (prices on request)

  • Room upgrades are available at every hotel (subject to availability)

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