15 Day Private Scottish Tour Itinerary
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Before we look at the following itinerary, remember that all our custom tours and itineraries can be completely customized to suit you and your group!
The itineraries we offer on our site are a template, where we hope you can find out more about what you'd like to do and see in Scotland and Ireland, before getting in touch with our expert travel planners to design you a fully customized and truly unforgettable private tour!
The first day of your fifteen-day tour of Scotland starts by flying from Glasgow to the Isle of Barra. The airport at Barra is on the beach and is the only one of its kind in the world! Your private driver-guide will meet you coming off the plane where they will drive you to Kisimul Castle, the seat of Clan MacNeil.
Your accommodation for the night will be on the Isle of Barra at Polochar Inn.
From the beautiful Isle of Barra, you and your driver-guide will catch the ferry to the Isle of Eriskay stopping whenever you please to take in the magnificent views before getting another ferry to the Isle of Harris.
The Isle of Harris is famous for its astounding views, iconic Harris Tweet, and Harris Gin.
Your accommodation for day two will be on the Isle of Harris at the incredible Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate.
The morning of day three starts with a visit to Luskentyre beach, which was famously used as a filming destination in the movie Castaway starring Tom Hanks.
Next, we’ll visit Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis (Lewis and Harris are the same island), before visiting a trip to learn about how to world-famous Harris Tweed is made.
You will then return to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate for the night.
Day four starts by learning how people lived prior to the Highland clearances at the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, before traveling to Carloway Broch (showcasing how the community on the island lived in the Iron Ages.
In the afternoon, we’ll travel to visit the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse which has a range of fantastic walks and views from the cliffs, before returning to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate.
Today we’ll catch the ferry from Harris to the beautiful Isle of Skye. We’ll spend the day exploring the island, including visiting the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the charming little town of Portree.
Once you’re finished exploring the island, your driver-guide will take you to your accommodation for the night: Duisdale House Hotel.
Your second day on the Isle of Skye will start with a visit to Dunvegan Castle, before a short hike to the island’s famous Fairy Pools.
Next, you and your driver-guide will travel to Eilean Donan Castle (which is the most photographed castle in Scotland, and for good measure!), before returning to the Duisdale House Hotel for a good night’s sleep.
We end the first week of your tour of Scotland by taking a boat trip from the Isle of Skye to Loch Coruisk, where you will likely see some seals, before taking a delightful walk around the Loch and admiring the views with a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon, your driver-guide will take you for a leisurely walk around the town of Elgol before returning to Skye and the Duisdale House Hotel for the night.
Today we’ll catch the ferry from the Isle of Skye to Mallaig on the mainland. After a quick drive, you can board the famous Jacobite Express steam train that featured in the Harry Potter films all the way to Fort William, where your driver-guide will be waiting for you.
Next, you and your guide will drive to the scenic Glencoe mountain range, where you can take a short hike to take in the sublime views before traveling to Fort William to stay at Inverlochy Castle Hotel.
Following a drive to the famous Loch Ness (where if you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to see Nessie the Loch Ness Monster), you’ll board the Jacobite Cruise Ship and sail to Urquhart Castle.
Your driver-guide will be waiting for you at Urquhart Castle where you will have a chance to explore the ruins before driving to Inverness where you will spend the night.
Your accommodation for the night will be Loch Ness Lodge.
Day ten of your tour of Scotland will be based around Inverness and the numerous tourist attractions in the area. First, we can explore Clava Cairns (a 4000-year-old burial ground), Cawdor Castle and Culloden, before visiting Fort George (an 18th Century fortress which was built after the Jacobite Rising of 1745).
You and your driver-guide will then return to the Loch Ness Lodge for a well-earned rest.
Today we’ll visit the magnificent Dunrobin Castle, the home of the Duke of Sutherland where you will have the chance to witness an excellent falconry display before driving to the beautiful town of Dornoch.
You and your driver-guide will then travel to Pitlochry and stay the night at Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant.
After a well-earned rest at Knockendarroch Hotel, you and your driver-guide will start day twelve with a visit to Blair Castle before traveling to the charming town of Dunkeld.
In Dunkeld, you may want to stop for a spot of clay pigeon shooting in the Cairngorm National Park, or some shopping at the House of Bruar before returning to Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant for the evening.
Today we will visit Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother, before traveling to the ‘Home of Golf’, St. Andrews.
Here you’ll see the famous Swilcan Bridge at St Andrews Old Course, where so many of the old greats of golf have passed over towards the 18th hole.
We’ll spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful town of St. Andrews, including the famous university in which Royal Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge attended and met his future wife.
Your accommodation for the night will be the Old Course Hotel.
Day fourteen of your tour of Scotland starts with a visit to the historic Stirling Castle and Doune Castle before traveling to the Falkirk Wheel (a rotating boat lift which connects the Fourth Canal to the River Clyde and is the only one of its kind of the world).
Next, we’ll visit the Kelpies en route to the beautiful capital city Edinburgh, where you will stay at the incredible Balmoral Hotel: a victorian masterpiece situated in central Edinburgh, allowing you to browse the cities incredible bars, restaurants, and shopping.
On the final day of your tour of Scotland, we will explore the wonders of Edinburgh. We’ll spend the morning visiting Edinburgh Castle before stopping for lunch at one of the city’s fantastic restaurants before visiting Holyrood Palace and The Royal Yacht Britannia.
In the evening we’ll take a short hike up to Arthur’s Seat where you’ll catch the sun setting over Edinburgh; fittingly bringing your tour of Scotland to a close.