TOUR SUMMARY:

Chauffeur Drive or Self-Drive
Tour the most beautiful areas in Scotland.
Luxury accommodation, excursions, fine dining, the full package.

Day 1
Inverness Airport
Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness
Accommodation: Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 2

Isle of Skye Day Tour
Fairy Pools
Dunvegan Castle
Lunch at Loch Bay
Old Man of Storr
The Quiraing
The Fairy Glen
Portree
Accommodation: Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.

Day 3
Eilean Donan Castle
Applecross
Accommodation: Torridon Hotel
Activities

Day 4
Ferry to Handa Island
Lunch at The Shorehouse Seafood Restaurant
Accommodation: Inver Lodge Hotel after your day on the island.

Day 5

 Smoo Cave
Accommodation: Forrs House Hotel, Thurso

Day 6
John O’Groats
Dunrobin Castle
Dornoch
Accommodation: Links House.


Day 7
Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain
Private Loch Ness Boat Tour
Clava Cairns
Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness

Day 8
Culloden Battlefield
Cawdor Castle
Lunch at Boath House
Benromach Distillery

Day 9
Departure from Inverness Airport

DAY 1

ACCOMMODATION: Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
Inverness Airport, Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness, Isle of Skye

Upon arrival in to Inverness airport you will be met by your private driver guide.
Out with the North Coast 500 Route you will spend the 1st two nights on the magical Isle of Skye.
When visiting the Scottish Highlands, this is a must visit and an extraordinary start to your Scottish vacation.

En-route to Skye you will stop at the small town of Drumnadrochit, over looking the banks of Loch Ness where you will visit Urquhart Castle.
Climb the iconic Grant tower and gaze at the awe-inspiring Loch in all of its glory.
You have officially arrived in Scotland!

As you cross the Skye Bridge you will soon arrive at your accommodation, Kinloch Lodge, a comfortable and discreetly luxurious hotel.
This is the perfect location to relax from your travels and take in the beautiful scenery.


You will enjoy some truly outstanding produce from Scotland’s seasonal larder as you dine in Kinloch Lodge’s fine dining restaurant.


DAY 2

ACCOMMODATION: Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye Day Tour: Fairy Pools, Dunvegan Castle, Lunch at Loch Bay, Old Man of Storr, The Quiraing, The Fairy Glen, Portree

As you awake in your beautiful surroundings with views across the Island, your driver will be waiting at reception.
Sit back in your executive vehicle as your driver takes you on the day tour of a lifetime.

You will visit the most famous sites in Skye in the morning:
Fairy Pools & Dunvegan Castle.

You will then lunch at the fabulous Michelin star restaurant, Loch Bay.

Onwards to the Fairy Glen, The Quiraing, The Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock.

Scottish Landscape
Before returning to your accommodation you will visit the picturesque town of Portree.

 


 

DAY 3

ACCOMMODATION: The Torridon Hotel,
Eilean Donan Castle, Applecross, Torridon Activities + Stargazing Experience

Get ready to embark on your North Coast 500 adventure.

As you depart the Isle of Skye your first stop will be to visit Eilean Donan Castle, possibly Scotland’s most picturesque Castle.

Routing through the stunning town of Applecross, you will stop at beautiful beaches and find yourself embracing this road like you are on the ‘edge of the world’.

From here you will be driven to the award-winning Torridon Hotel in Wester Ross. Set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a magnificent sea loch.
You will dine at the 3 Rosette 1887 Restaurant within The Torridon where you will indulge in a 5 course tasting menu.

Late that evening you will meet an expert astronomer who will share extensive knowledge of the night sky and then take you out on a stargazing experience in the surrounding highlands.

 


 

DAY 4

ACCOMMODATION: Inver Lodge Hotel, Lochinver
Ferry to Handa Island, Lunch at The Shorehouse Seafood Restaurant

In the morning you will be driven on one of Scotland’s most scenic roads, via Gairloch, Poolewe, Ullapool and Kylesku before arriving in to Scourie.

Here you will meet your captain at the jetty in Tarbert, who will take on his ferry over to Handa Island Wildlife Reserve.
Here there are magnificent sea cliffs and is the host of one of the largest seabird breeding colonies in North West Europe, with over 200,000 seabirds on its stunning cliffs.

Upon return from the island you will have the pleasure to eat in The Shorehouse Seafood Restaurant situated as right on the seafront.
Due to their produce being so fresh and dependent on season their menus change all year round and offer daily specials.

The chauffeur will drive you to Inver Lodge Hotel after your day exploring Handa Island.
The hotel is located on Scotlands rugged west coast and is an exclusive and restful retreat in Lochinver.

 


DAY 5

ACCOMMODATION: Forrs House
 Smoo Cave, Thurso

In the morning the driver will collect you and guide you along the most northeasterly tip of the British Mainland.
As you traverse this beautiful coastline it is the perfect spot to discover natural wonders, incredible attractions and exhilarating activities in the north of Scotland.

Stopping at Cape Wrath, you will partake in a private guided Sea Kayaking experience.


You will venture along the dramatic coastline until you reach Smoo Cave, in Durness. A wonderful, natural underground cave system complete with magnificent underground waterfalls.
Take a boat trip across the waterfall and into Smoo cave itself. Alongside its astonishing natural beauty there is evidence of the cave’s use by man, which dates back a remarkable 6000 years.

Once you reach the town of Thurso you will find the wonderful Forrs House Hotel.
This country house hotel was first constructed in the early 1800s and is set within 20 acres of manicured grounds and woodlands;
Forrs House takes its name from the Forrs River which winds its way through the picturesque estate.

 


DAY 6

ACCOMMODATION: Links House, Dornoch
John O’Groats, Dunrobin Castle, Dornoch

Departing Thurso this morning your driver will take you up to John O’Groats at the top of mainland Scotland.
John O’Groats is the most famed as the end of the road before making the trip to the northern isles.  Marked by a sign post and with views of Orkney it makes for a very interesting start to your day.

From here your driver will lead you south to the town of Golspie where you will find the beautiful, fairytale like Dunrobin Castle.
This almost French Chateux styled building dates back to the middle ages with the lands first purchased by Lord of Duffus in the early 1200’s.

Your will then journey south to the luxurious Links Hotel in Dornoch.
This award winning hotel offers outstanding accommodation and fine dining combined with charm, grace and elegance.
It is located overlooking the 1st tee at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club.


DAY 7

ACCOMMODATION: Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness
Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, Private Loch Ness Boat Tour, Clava Cairns, Inverness

You will depart Links House on this morning and cross the Dornoch Firth Bridge, arriving in to the town of Tain to visit the famed Glemorangie Distillery.
Here you will embark on an exquisite whisky tour and the learn techniques and history behind this famous dram and of course sampling a range of specialist whiskies.


From here you will be taken to Loch Ness where your captain will be waiting to take you on a private boat charter of the iconic Loch.
You may even catch a glimpse of Nessie, the loch ness monster if you are really lucky!

En-route back to Inverness you will stop off at the ancient Clava Cairns.
This 4,000 year old burial ground and group of Bronze Age standing stones and cairns will leave you inspired.

You will then arrive in to the city of Inverness where your hotel sits on the banks of the river ness, the 5 star Ness Walk hotel.

 


DAY 8

ACCOMMODATION: Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness
Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Lunch at Boath House, Benromach Distillery

On your final day trip you will enjoy two of the most iconic historical sites in the Highlands in Culloden Battlefield and Cawdor Castle.

After a morning of history and castles you will lunch at the prestigious 5 Star Boath House in the town of Nairn.

After lunch you will visit the the nearby, family run Benromach Distillery.
An exquisite whisky with a great story.

cawdor castle
You will return to Ness Walk hotel in Inverness for your final evening in Scotland.


DAY 9

DEPARTURE

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transport you to Inverness International Airport, where we must bid you a fond farewell.