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Grand Tour of Scotland


The Grand Tour of Scotland itinerary takes you around the country in a 10 to 28 day trip taking in the Highlands, the Lowlands, cities, towns, villages, dramatic coastline and at least one island. The following is a sample itinerary for guidance only, I can make up a schedule incorporating the places you want to visit and the sights I think you should not miss! Remember tours can start and/or finish anywhere in Scotland or the UK, in the sample itinerary below I have used Edinburgh purely as an example. I recommend booking this tour well in advance as availability reduces quite early in the year.

Sample Outline Itinerary


Glasgow or Edinburgh  - Scottish Borders - Scott's View - Melrose Abbey - Jedburgh Abbey - Hadrian's Wall


Lanercost Priory - Gretna - Caerlaverock Castle - Scottish Riviera - Kirkcudbright (Scotland's Artists Town) - Galloway Forest Park


Wigtown ('Scotland's Book Town') - Isle of Whithorn (birthplace of Christianity in Scotland) - Mull of Galloway Lighthouse (most southerly point in Scotland) - Galloway and Ayrshire Coastal Route - Culzean Castle - Alloway (Robert Burns Birthplace Museum & Heritage Centre)


Glasgow - Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park - Inveraray Castle - Loch Awe (Kilchurn Castle & St Conan's Kirk)- Oban


Oban - Castle Stalker - Glencoe ('Valley of the Weeping') - Fort William (Old Inverlochy Castle, Aonach Mor Mountain Gondola cable car)  - Glenfinnan Viaduct - Morar - Mallaig - ferry to Armadale, Skye - Cuillin Mountains - Portree


Isle of Skye South (including some of the following; Armadale Castle Gardens & Museum of the Isles, Dunscaith Castle, Torabhaig Whisky Distillery, Sligachan Bridge, Talisker Whisky Distillry, the Oyster Shed, the Fairy Pools, Dun Beag Broch


Isle of Skye North (including some of thr following; Portree, Dunvegan Castle, Neist Point, Coral Beach, Stein Inn, Fairy Glen, the Quiraing, Museum of Island Life, Brother's Point, Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr


Skye Bridge - Eilean Donan Castle -Plockton - Attadale Gardens - Loch Carron - Bealach na Ba (Scotland's highest single track road) - Torridon - Shieldaig - Gairloch


Inverewe House & Gardens - Russian Convoy Museum - Corrieshalloch Gorge - Rogie Falls - Singleton of Glen Ord Whisky Distillery - Ullapool

DAY 10

Achiltibuie - the 'Wee Mad Road' - Kylesku - Wailing Widow Falls - Ardvreck Castle - Kylesku - Handa Island Nature Reserve - Smoo Cave - Scrabster - ferry to Orkney - Stromness

DAY 11

Orkney Mainland North (including some of the following; Skara Brae,Ring of Brodgar,

Maes Howe, St Magnus Cathedral, Brough of Birsay, Broch of Gurness, Bishop's Palace, Earl's Palace

DAY 12

Kirkwall - Italian PoW Chapel - Churchill Barriers - St Margarets Hope - ferry to Gills Bay - Dunnet Head (most northerly point on mainland Scotland) -John O'Groats - Duncansby Head sea stacks- Castle Girnigoe

Whaligoe Steps - Dunrobin Castle - Dalmore Whisky Distillery - Loch Fleet seal colony - Dornoch - Inverness

DAY 13

Inverness - Loch Ness - Culloden Battlefiled and Visitor Centre - Clava Cairns - Cawdor Castle - Nairn - Elgin

DAY 14

Elgin - Speyside Whisky Train - Cairngorm National Park - Balmoral - Braemar -

Glenshee (Cairnwell Pass, highest road in Scotland)

DAY 15

Pitlochry - Dunkeld - Perth - Scone Palace - Dundee - Tentsmuir Nature Reserve - St Andrews (cathedral & castle ruins, beach, golf museum)

DAY 16

Kingsbarns Whisky Distillery - Crail - East Neuk Of Fife fishing villages - Falkland Palace - Forth Bridges - Edinburgh or Glasgow

This sample itinerary can be lengthened or shortened to suit your own criteria. To shorten the itinerary I can remove certain days which can be leapfrogged and to lengthen it I can add in more islands to the schedule or one or two 'free days' (see below).

For every seven booked days (minimum) of touring I offer my clients the option of a free day - ideal if you want to spend a full day in a particular place, to explore on foot, take a boat trip, go shopping, or just to relax. This is effectively a day off for me, and there is no charge to you for this, other than my overnight expenses. Your free day can be taken anytime after the third day of a 7+ multi-day itinerary and the second free day can be taken anytime after the ninth day of a 14+ multi-day trip.

I can recommend and, if required book accommodation and restaurants for you at no extra cost.

Please email me at or fill out the enquiry form here for a no-obligation quote

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