7 Day Private Scottish City Tour Itinerary
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Are you ready to set off on an incredible journey through Scotland’s most beautiful, culturally significant and historic cities and towns?
Guided by your own private driver you can experience an authentic taste of both modern and traditional Scotland as you travel between destinations in our stylish and luxurious air conditioned vehicles.
Divided between the Medieval Old Town and the stylish and refined Georgian New Town, the Capital of Scotland will leave you swooning. What better way to begin your vacation than travelling directly to Edinburgh Castle - the most famous and significant in all of Scotland.
Upon exiting the castle you can begin to explore the historic Royal Mile the home of many notable sites such as the gorgeous St Giles’ Cathedral, the home of 15th century Puritan reformer John Knox, the Scottish Parliament building and ending at the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh - Holyroodhouse.
On Princes Street, the major high street and shopping district of the capital you can admire the Scott Monument - a towering tribute to the author Sir Walter Scott. If you are feeling in an athletic mood you can climb the 287 steps to the top of the monument to enjoy the quite literally breathtaking views of the city.
Fans of the Harry Potter books and films will have a special interest in Edinburgh as the city and many of its locations had a great influence on J.K Rowling and the novels. Sights include the cafe where the author first conceived of and wrote the books, and the real-life Diagon Alley which can be found on Victoria Street.
In the morning we will drive through to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and perhaps its most culturally vibrant. You can begin your day taking a stroll through Glasgow Green and arriving at the 12th Century Glasgow Cathedral with its high Gothic arches and ornate stained glass windows. Although it may initially sound rather morbid we would definitely recommend taking a walk through the attached Necropolis which is home to almost 4000 monuments and provides stunning views of the city.
You can then head towards the city centre and arrive at Buchanan Street one of the premier shopping destinations in all of Europe. You may want to stop for lunch or afternoon tea at the Willow Tea Rooms - inspired by the designs of one of the city’s most famous sons - the architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
In the afternoon your driver can take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city as you set off to spend some relaxing time in the tranquility and natural beauty of Loch Lomond. The Loch is just a 50 minute drive from the city centre so you can return to Glasgow in the early evening where you may wish to explore the innumerable dining and drinking options in the stylish Merchant City or fashionable West End.
A town full to the brim with intriguing history and fascinating legends. We will begin by showing you around the quaint old town before arriving at the famous Stirling castle - the site where many Kings and Queens were crowned - including the tragic Mary Queen of Scots.
From there we will set off to the site of the Wallace Monument, built in honour of William Wallace, the leader of the first Scottish War of Independence - and known to most as the inspiration behind the movie ‘Braveheart’. The monument itself is 220 feet high, and if you feel up to it you can climb to the top in order to bellow “Freeeeeeeeeedom” at the top of your lungs!
This will still leave us time to enjoy some local whiskey tasting at the nearby Deanston Distillery and take in the visitor centre that stands on the location of the Battle of bannockburn, a famous battleground where the Scots, lead by Robert the Bruce managed to secure their independence… for a while at least!
Those of you not into clan warfare and military history might be interested to visit the nearby Doune Castle which will be immediately recognisable to fans of Game of Thrones where it was used as a set for Winterfell and also to fans of the series ‘Outlander’ where it was featured prominantly as ‘Castle Leoch’.
Follow in the footsteps of Prince William as you tour the grounds of Scotland’s oldest academic institution, the University of St. Andrews where the Prince studied as a young man. While just a short walk away you can the relics of St Andrew Cathedral - formerly the headquarters of the Scottish medieval church.
In a country known as the home of golf there are few courses as iconic and storied as the old course at St Andrews. In fact the course is known as ‘The Home of Golf’ due to the fact that it is considered to be the oldest course in the world. You can find out all about it in the British Golf Museum just a few feet away from the course itself.
After a long day revelling in all that the picturesque little town of St Andrews has to offer then you can relax by taking a stroll along the beach - but watch out for any wayward golf balls!
A picturesque waterfront town on the west coast, Oban is the main gateway to the Hebridean Islands and makes for a terrific and fun filled stop on your city tour of Scotland.
We can start the day by getting up early to take in the sunrise from McCaigs Tower, a prominent landmark that sits atop battery hill overlooking the town and provides the most spectacular views that stretch across the harbour to the nearby Island of Mull and the isle of Kerrera.
You can then make your way down to the harbour where you might be interested in taking a boat trip into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on your interests you might want to take a wildlife, Puffin and Dolphin watching tour or take the boat out to visit some of the nearby islands.
In the evening we would strongly suggest that you taking a walk along the Esplanade and trying out some of the fresh seafood in one of the many independent cafes and restaurants to be found there.
Known locally as the capital of the highlands Inverness has much to offer, but the main event is undoubtedly getting out in the car to explore the exquisite natural beauty of Loch Ness and the surrounding area. We will begin our day trip by taking you to 5 star rated Loch Ness Exhibition Centre where you can learn all the associated myths and legends (and facts?) about the area and Nessie the monster.
After stopping off to appreciate the ruins of Urquhart Castle we will arrive at Fort Augustus at the southern end of the Loch. This is a small little village where you can join the locals for a spot of lunch before taking a cruise on the Loch.
Before taking you back to Inverness for the evening we will visit the Falls of Foyers, an exhilarating waterfall to behold with a gorgeous drop of 165 feet leading directly into Loch Ness itself.
Okay so we admit that this isn’t strictly a city, but it would be an enormous pity to come all this way and not explore the quaint, charming and picturesque town of Stornoway.
Just a short Ferry journey from the mainland our tour will give you an authentic taste of life on the island.
Unsurprisingly the Island has many remnants of its Neolithic past and we will make sure you visit sites such as the Callanish Stones and the Dun Carloway Brochs which were built and inhabited somewhere between 100 B.C to 100 A.D and are remarkably well preserved.