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Scotland Self Drive Tour

Scotland Self Drive Tour

Discover Scotland: 8 Nights/9 Days – From Edinburgh to Glasgow


Day 1 | Edinburgh – Pick up your rental car
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Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and a World Heritage Site. Edinburgh is set on a series of volcanic hills, each giving a different vantage point from which to view this beautiful city with a past rich in history. There are many places to visit by foot – Princes Street lined with quality shops and Edinburgh’s impressive castle (probably the best known of Edinburgh’s views). It has been a royal residence since the 11th century, Whilst at the Castle, visit the Scottish Crown Jewels in the Crown Room. The 16th century Great Hall with its hammerbeam roof. The 15th century Palace containing the royal apartment are also well worth a visit, so too is Arthur’s Seat overlooking Holyrood Park.

Tourist Class: Holiday Inn Express Waterfront or similar (2 nights)

Day 2 | Edinburgh
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The Old Town is set on a ridge running down from the Castle Rock, contrasting with the New Town with its elegant Georgian streets and squares. Visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre – the best way to sample the local brew is on a pub crawl. The Outlook Tower and Camera Obscura affords a fascinating view of the City. Gladstone’s Land is a narrow six-storey tenement, typical of the buildings erected in the 17th century. The restored premises comprise of a shop with living quarters above, a good example of a 17th century town house with original painted ceilings and furnishings. The New Town (1767-1830) was laid out on a gridiron pattern, with vistas and focal points and the wealthy soon took up residence in its splendid squares (Charlotte Square where you can visit the refurbished Georgian House) and elegant streets as George Street.

Day 3 | Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Dundee – Aberdeen
207.6 km

Drive to St. Andrews (“home” of golf), with its imposing cathedral, castle and famous university founded in 1410. Drive on to Dundee, a busy seaport city with the Sidlaw Hills as its backdrop. A regional food specialty is its rich fruit Dundee cake. Visit Discovery Point, custom built in 1901 for scientific explorations and the pride of the city. Explore the main gun decks of the Frigate Unicorn and savor life in the Royal Navy in its golden age of sail. On to the dignified granite city of Aberdeen for your overnight stay. Walk through the medieval streets of Old Aberdeen; visit the Maritime Museum in the City Center, and the Art Gallery with its permanent Scottish Collection.

Tourist Class: Holiday Inn Express or similar

Day 4 | Aberdeen – Elgin – Inverness
168.98 km

From Aberdeen drive through the area of Moray to the market town of Elgin, on the banks of the Lossie, with its main street linking the mainstays of a medieval burgh, cathedral and castle. The capital of Scotland’s famous pure malt whisky, distilled according to age-old methods, is in Dufftown with its Dallas Dhu Distillery. Continue through Grampian, renowned for its Malt Whisky distilleries as well as its castles, quaint country shops and unique wildlife – which includes men in kilts! In the pleasant village of Glamis stands Glamis Castle – the epitome of Scottish castles with its towers, turrets, and conical roof. The ghost of Lady Glamis, burnt as a witch, has literary associations with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Glamis Castle has been the home of the Lyon family (forebears of the present Queen Elizabeth’s late mother) since 1372. Standing astride the River Ness flowing from Loch Ness, is the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness, where we have arranged a two-night stay.

Tourist Class: Ramada Encore or similar ( 2 nights)

Day 5 | Inverness
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From Inverness set out to explore the Highlands and enjoy its spectacular scenery of heather, mountains, cliffs, moorlands and fresh water lochs. The dramatic coastline gives way to lush undulating countryside cradling large country estates and old manor houses. There are many castles in the area including Cawdor Castle, built in the 14th century by the Thanes of Cawdor (written of by Shakespeare in Macbeth). Visit the dark waters of Loch Ness, renowned the world over as the home of the elusive Nessie monster. Scotland is proud of its regional food specialties of Scottish beef and lamb, venison and grouse, and of course whisky.

Day 6 | Inverness – Kyle of Lochalsh
183.46 km

From Inverness see some of the finest scenery in the region on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh, which is a busy ferry port for Skye, though many visitors now use the new road bridge. The hub of the local fishing industry, pleasure crafts also operate out of the harbor offering fishing trips and wildlife cruises. East of Kyle, on the north shore of Loch Duich, is EileanDonan Castle. Probably featured on more Scottish calendars than any other building, it is situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet and surrounded by majestic scenery. Explore the castle and enjoy a journey through the history of the area. Ample parking at the castle is available. Today’s journey ends in Kyle of Lochalsh, where we have arranged your two-night stay.

Tourist and First Class Kyle Hotel or similar (2 nights)

Day 7 | Kyle – Isle of Skye – Kyle
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This morning take the road bridge to the Isle of Skye and experience the mystery and enchantment of this Hebridean Isle. Crofting, tourism and forestry are the principal occupations of the islanders, the majority of whom are still Gaelic speakers. The scenic splendor of the Cuillins, a range of rocky mountains, are the island’s most famous feature. Portree is Skye’s pleasant little capital, arranged around a sheltered bay and a popular yachting center. At Kilmuir’s small churchyard, with lovely seascapes, stands a monument to Flora MacDonald who helped Bonnie Prince Charles escape (dressed as her maid) from the Hebrides to Portree, where he left for France as a lifelong exile.

Day 8 | Kyle of Lochalsh – The Trossachs – Loch Loman – Glasgow
299.34 km

Leave Skye for the Trossachs, which is one of Scotland’s most famous scenic areas, with rugged mountains and wooded slopes reflected in the waters of many lochs. From Callander and Loch Venachar in the east, to Loch Katrine and even to the shores of Loch Lomond in the west, the whole area of great scenic beauty is easily accessible. Freshwater Loch Lomond set amidst fantastic scenery, is the largest lake in mainland Britain and contains many islands. As a popular leisure destination it offers every kind of watercraft including kayaks, canoes, wind-surfers, jet skis, and cruisers. From Loch Loman it’s a short drive to Glasgow where we have arranged your overnight stay. Glasgow, an important industrial center and port, is now enjoying a growing reputation as a cultural center with many art galleries and museums worth a visit, as is Glasgow’s gothic Cathedral.

Tourist Class New Lanark Mill Hotel or similar

Day 9 | Glasgow
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No Of Pax2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax
Adult in Twin/Double1120972897853862862883860
Adult in Triple1068919844800840809830807
Child with bed in Triple 915839796836804825803
Child No Bed440364321360328349327


Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, The Trossachs, Scottish Lowlands, Aberdeen, Elgin, Inverness, Portree, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling, Glamis Castle, Loch Loman, Loch Ness, Royal and Ancient.

Your Tour Package Includes

08 Nights Hotel Accommodation as detailed in the Day by Day Itinerary as described below. Breakfast Daily, all Hotel Taxes and Service Charges. 09 Days Hertz CDMR Compact Manual Ford Focus or similar, Including Unlimited Mileage (UM), Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection (TP), Taxes and Airport Surcharges. Maps, Information, and Detailed Directions to your Hotels. Emergency telephone numbers accessible 24/7 in the unlikely event you have a problem with a hotel or the Hertz rental car.

Entrance Tickets Included


Vehicle Type

  • Upto 5 Pax: Citroen C4 or Similar
  • 6-7 Pax: Renault Espace or similar
  • 8-9 Pax: Renault Traffic or similar
  • Manual Transmission
  • Air Conditioning

Not Included

Fuel and Parking Charges. Admissions to Attractions unless otherwise stated.

Terms & Conditions

The Terms and Conditions will form the contract between European Voyages and the person making/paying for the booking. No contract exists until European Voyages has received payment and issued its confirmation invoice. Rates are subject to currency fluctuation and Government taxes and may be changed without notice. Rates are guaranteed upon acceptance of full payment.

Payment with a credit card is required to make a reservation. If a booking is made 60 or more days before departure, a non-refundable deposit is payable by Visa or MasterCard. The remaining balance will be collected approximately eight weeks prior to departure. For reservations made less than 60 days before departure, full payment will be due when hotels are confirmed.

Tour Deposit

DurationPrice Per Person
5 to 7 DaysEURO 125.00
8 to 10 DaysEURO 150.00
11 to 13 DaysEURO 175.00
14 to 16 DaysEURO 200.00
17 to 20 DaysEURO 250
21 Days & OverEURO 300.00

Travel Insurance
We highly recommend the purchase of a Travel Insurance protection plan.

Notice of cancellation must be made by e-mail directly to the Company

DurationCharge Per Person
60+ DaysDeposit Only
59-45 Days25%
44-30 Days50%
29-22 Days75%
21 to Day of Departure100%

Once the booking is confirmed, changes incur the following amendment fees: 60 + days — €50 per person, 59 days to day of departure — changes are treated as a cancellation and rebooking and cancellation charges as above apply. It is not possible to make refunds after departure date for any services not used including but not limited to hotels, and car rental.

It is your responsibility to thoroughly check your documents upon receipt and to inform European Voyages immediately if there is an error so that it can be corrected prior to departure. If European Voyages is not advised accordingly no liability on its part will be accepted. Also, it is your responsibility to ensure that you take all of the travel documents sent to you, including but not limited to Hotel, and Car Vouchers, explorer kit, etc. If you do not have your documents you will be expected to pay for service and will not be reimbursed by European Voyages.

Changes by the Company
On occasion it may be necessary to amend certain arrangements of your holiday, which we reserve the right to do at any time. If a major change occurs we will inform you as soon as possible. Major change is one that involves a change in location or offering a lower category hotel. In these instances we will offer an alternative subject to your acceptance and if the hotel originally booked is of a superior category and is substituted with a standard category, we will issue a refund to you Upon acceptance of the change no further claims for compensation or additional expenses will be accepted. In no case we will pay compensation or accept liability if change is due to force majeure; risk/threat of war; industrial disputes; riot; civil strife; terrorist activity; natural/nuclear disasters; fire or adverse weather conditions; technical problems to transport; closure or congestion of airports or ports; cancellations or changes of scheduled airlines and similar events beyond our control.

Driving Licenses
Renters must present a valid driving license, an International Driving Permit is strongly recommended. This is required for translation purposes to confirm the validity of the driver’s license for the safety of our renters and for Hertz. Note: A current valid foreign driving license must always be presented at the rental counter.

Travel Documents/Proof of Citizenship
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid machine readable passport and/or visa if required.

European Voyages strives to ensure accuracy of descriptions and information, however we are not able to control all holiday components and advertised facilities may bed withdrawn or changed. We cannot accept liability for loss of an advertised facility or withdrawal of free or discounted offers. Such offers are add value and are non-refundable if not provided or used. Prices specified herein do not reflect Value Added offers unless noted otherwise.

Responsibility and Limitations of Liability
European Voyages as the operator, is solely responsible for selecting the suppliers that provide the component parts (e.g. hotel accommodations, transfers, and car rental firms) for the vacations described on this website. These suppliers are independent contractors. European Voyages does not own, control, operate, nor is it an agent for any suppliers furnishing tour component parts, and therefore in the absence of its negligence, European Voyages cannot be held liable for loss or damage to property or injury to person, caused by reason of any act or omission, intentional negligence or otherwise by such third party supplier. European Voyages makes no implied or expressed warranties in the offering of any tour described on this website. European Voyages reserves the right to cancel or alter any itinerary at its sole discretion. The information and rates are accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change without notice.

By making final payment for any of the vacations, customer acknowledges and agrees to all of the terms and conditions, in particular, to the limitations of liability set forth above.

Should you or any member of your party suffer illness, personal injury or death through any misadventure arising out of an activity which does not form part of your holiday arrangements, we shall offer assistance such as we are able. Such assistance shall take the form of guidance and advice only without accepting any liability whatsoever.

Hotel Accommodation
European Voyages reserves the right to substitute alternative hotels to those featured, provided they are of comparable category or better. All properties are contracted on a ‘Run of House’ basis, which means you have a standard room from any part of the property unless otherwise advertised. Special accommodation requests, such as adjoining rooms, or twin beds are subject to the hotel availability and cannot be guaranteed. We cannot accept any booking that is conditional upon special requests being met.

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