8 Day Scotland Bucket List

Tour duration:

8 days

Tour starts:

Edinburgh Airport / Edinburgh City

Tour ends:

Edinburgh City / Edinburgh Airport

Trip Summary:

Tour price includes:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers 
  • Transport by Private Luxury Vehicle for 5 Days (8 hours per day) 
  • Services of Professional Driver Guide on those days 
  • Associated Expenses of Driver Guide & Vehicle 
  • 7 nights Hotel Accommodation  
  • Full breakfast daily (Except Day 1) 
  • Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – Edinburgh – 2 Day Ticket
  • Local Taxes 
  • AA Roadmap of Scotland 
  • JTI booking assistance  
  • JTI emergency contact available while in Scotland 
  • JTI Travel App 

Visits & Admissions included to:

  • Edinburgh Castle 
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse 
  • The Royal yacht Britannia 
  • Blair Athol Distillery 
  • Battle of Culloden Visitor Center 
  • Loch Ness Lake Cruise 
  • Urquhart Castle 
  • Dunvegan Castle 

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Tour Highlights

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Itinerary

On arrival into Edinburgh Airport, you will be met by your transfer driver in the Arrivals Terminal and transferred to your Edinburgh accommodation where you can drop off your luggage and start your Scottish adventureExplore Edinburgh City where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in a stunning setting. 

 

Edinburgh Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 2 Day Ticket 

You will enjoy a city tour on board the Edinburgh Hop on Hop Off Sight-seeing Tour Bus with a 48-hour ticket. The tour will help you compare Edinburgh’s Old Town to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end.  

 

Edinburgh Castle 

Visit Edinburgh Castle, see the Crown Jewels and learn about the battles and sieges fought at the castle. You will also learn about the royals who lived and died within its walls. From the castle, you will see the panoramic views over Edinburgh City. 

 

Accommodation: Edinburgh City Hotel – 2 Nights 

Full Scottish Breakfast 

 

Continue using your Hop on Hop off ticket to get around the city. 

 

Palace of Holyroodhouse 

Today you will visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse and discover the regal splendour of Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse complex with an entrance ticket to the Queen’s official Scottish residence. Explore the State Apartments, see Mary Queen of Scots’ historic chambers, the Throne Room and more.  

 

The Royal Yacht Britannia 

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. 

 

**Optional Extra** Scottish Dinner & Dance Show 

Traditional Scottish entertainment with music and dance accompanied by a great selection of quality Scottish food to delight your pallet. The resident band and traditional Scottish Dancers provide breath-taking performances for their audience and never fail to entertain. The show starts at 6.30pm and includes a 4-course meal. 

Full Scottish Breakfast 

 

Today you will meet your private driver at 9am at your hotel.  

You will depart Edinburgh and journey to Pitlochry via the East Neuk Coastline which is renowned for its picturesque beauty. You might like to stop for a quick photo opportunity. You will continue on via St Andrews before reaching Pitlochry. 

 

East Neuk Coast 

A visit to Fife isn’t complete without at least a glimpse of the sea. With beautiful beaches, quaint villages, a walk all the way around the coastline and superb views out across the water, the coast is truly a gem in Fife’s crown and a photographer’s dream. 

 

St. Andrews 

Standing proudly on the east coast of Scotland, the historic town of St Andrews is best known as the birthplace of golf. St. Andrews also has a castle and a university, which is the oldest in Scotland, founded in 1412. Prince William is perhaps the university’s most recent famous alumnus. The College Chapel contains the pulpit where John Knox preached, and in the grounds there is a thorn tree reputedly planted by Mary, Queen of Scots. The whole town is steeped in historic happenings. 

 

Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry 

Blair Athol Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. Set in open moorland south of the town, in the foothills of the Grampian mountains, Blair Athol’s ancient source of water – the Allt Dour – flows through the grounds from the slopes of Ben Vrackie, contributing to the whisky’s mellow quality and smooth finish. Today you will take a tour of the distillery to learn about the whiskey and how it’s made. 

 

Accommodation: Elegant Pitlochry Hotel – 1 Night 

Full Scottish Breakfast 

 

Meet your private driver at your hotel at 9am and begin the next part of your ‘Journey Through Scotland’.  

Today you will depart Pitlochry and journey to the fabulous city of Inverness. Stop off at the Cairngorms for a photo opportunity of the amazing views and then on to Loch Ness …don’t forget to keep an eye out for Nessie! 

 

The Cairngorms 

The Grampian Mountains occupy nearly half of the land area of Scotland and includes the Cairngorms and the two highest mountains in the United Kingdom; Ben Nevis (1,345m) in Fort William and Ben Macdui (1,309m) in the Cairngorms National Park. A great spot to stop for a beautiful scenic photo. 

 

Battle of Culloden 

Visit the Battle of Culloden Visitor Centre. You will learn about how the British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly named Bonnie Prince Charlie. It explains how events led to the conflict which ended the clan system in Scotland. You will also be able to walk around the moorland. 

 

Guided Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle Visit 

Cruise across the legendary Loch’s world-famous waters and keep an eye on the sonars for a blip that could be Nessie! Then explore the historic ruins of the once mighty stronghold of Urquhart Castle.  

 

Continue on to Inverness for the balance of the day. 

 

Accommodation: Elegant Inverness Hotel – 1 Night 

Full Scottish Breakfast 

 

Meet your private driver at 9am.  

Today you will depart Inverness and journey to the Kyle of Lochalsh. 

 

Kyle of Lochalsh 

Kyle of Lochalsh, the land of castles, hills and lochs, is a gateway to the Isle of Skye and the wonderful North West coast. The attractive collection of largely white-washed buildings is the main commercial centre of Kyle and other amenities including, a few shops and a bank.  

The town’s shoreline stretches far to the east beyond the pier and carries the railway station and its regular services to and from Inverness. 

 

 

“Optional Extra” Eilean Donan Castle  

This 13th Century Castle is in the Highlands of Scotland and by visiting here you will embark on a journey that takes you back through time and history. As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.  

 

Accommodation: Elegant Kyle of Lochalsh Hotel – 2 Nights 

Full Scottish Breakfast 

 

Meet your private driver at 9am. 

Today you will explore the magical Isle of Skye and visit the legendary Dunvegan Castle 

 

Isle of Skye 

Skye is a truly magical place. The largest of the Inner Hebrides, it is home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes. The island has countless ways to enchant you, with its mountain ranges, miles of dramatic coastline and captivating history. 

Driving around, you will see many of Skye’s most majestic geological features, such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillin. After a busy day of exploring, the island’s town and villages are welcoming places where you can try tasty local fare in restaurants, or relax with the tipple of your choice in charming pubs and bars. Perhaps you’ll try the local malt whisky, or maybe an island beer! 

 

Dunvegan Castle  

Visit Dunvegan Castle, which is located to the north of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, off the west coast of Scotland. Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rock in an idyllic loch side setting, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. 

 

Accommodation: Elegant Kyle of Lochalsh Hotel 

Full Scottish Breakfast 

 

Meet your private driver at 9am. 

Today you will depart the beautiful Highlands of Scotland and journey back to Edinburgh, with a stop off in Glencoe on the way. Stretch your legs and have a bite to eat before you continue on to Edinburgh for the remainder of the day. 

 

Glencoe 

You will stop at the breath-taking Glencoe, one of the most beautiful sites in all of Scotland. Glencoe village is picturesquely located between the banks of Loch Leven and the mouth of the famous glen, making it the perfect base for exploring the area of Lochaber, known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK. There are some shops and lovely local eateries in this area too, so maybe the perfect place for a bite to eat. It was also recently voted as Scotland’s most romantic glen!  

 

Continue onto Edinburgh and enjoy your last day in this amazing city, perhaps do a bit of last minute shopping or have a nice meal in one of Edinburgh’s gourmet restaurants.  

 

Accommodation: Edinburgh City Hotel – 1 Night 

Full Scottish Breakfast 

 

Today you will be transferred to Edinburgh Airport in good time to check-in for your flight home. 

 

Fly home with memories that will last a lifetime. 

 

Slán Leat!

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