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Historic Scotland

6 Days & 5 Nights
  • Discover Scotland's rich historical heritage on a self-drive tour
  • Ancient St Andrews, home to the oldest university in Scotland
  • Royal Deeside, home to historic Braemar and Balmoral Castles
  • The atmospheric valley of Glencoe, site of the famous Massacre of Glencoe
  • Explore the Trossachs, home to Scotland's most famous outlaw, Rob Roy
Discover Scotland's vibrant history, stretching back thousands of years, on a tour focusing on its historical sites, myths and legends. From the ancient Celts, to the Jacobite risings, to the infamous Highland clearances, Scotland's past is a colourful one. Explore some of the most famous sites and landmarks inextricably linked to the country's rich heritage, including famous castles, atmospheric battlegrounds and ancient towns. At the end of each day, pore over your carefully curated information pack filled with our local knowledge, and decide on the stopovers for the following day, as you perhaps enjoy a plate of tasty haggis and a dram of whisky. This is one history lesson you will never forget!

What To Expect

If you are an aspiring history buff, this tour is perfect for you as you can immerse yourself in the rich history of Scotland, focusing on its castles, battlegrounds, clans and ancient towns. Allow our local expertise to guide you on a hassle-free discovery of all the historical highlights and experience Scottish hospitality at it's finest.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Self-Drive Discovery

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Families, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys

Inspiration:

  • New

Navigation

Your information pack will include a day-by-day itinerary, with recommended driving routes between overnight stops, as well as recommended detours and must-see sights and attractions. You can use Google maps to navigate the route on your phone, or your car's sat-nav. If you are hiring a car we recommend adding on a sat-nav as internet signal in the Highlands isn't always reliable.

Accommodations

You will stay overnight in hand-picked small hotels, B&B's and guesthouses, all of which have been chosen to ensure you experience warm Scottish hospitality at its best!  We regularly use the below properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are unavailable. 

Single Rooms

This holiday is available to solo travellers but as all our tours are priced per person based on two sharing there is a single supplement payable to cover the additional costs. If you require single rooms within your party we will, of course, try to accommodate your request subject to availability.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning and normally consists of a continental buffet with tea and coffee, fresh fruits, yoghurt, cereals, eggs and bread with jams. Often also on the menu are cooked options like freshly made porridge, a traditional cooked Scottish breakfast and smoked fish with scrambled eggs. 

We don't include lunch and dinner so you are free to choose from the available options. Your information pack includes details and recommendations of convenient lunch stops, cosy cafes and restaurants along the way. A couple of decades ago the food scene in Scotland was somewhat lacking, but now you'll find a range of high quality, varied options with everything from award-winning fish and chips to intimate Michelin-listed dining experiences, and casual restaurant menus showcasing delicious locally-sourced produce. 

Additional Nights

You can add on additional nights wherever you please on the route. And of course we highly recommend additional nights in Edinburgh at the start/end of your trip!

 

Included
  • Overnight in 3 and 4* B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
  • Detailed information pack brimming with our local knowledge
  • Our daily recommendations for places to see and visit
  • Our daily recommendations for top places to eat and drink
  • 24/7 Emergency support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Car hire (available as an optional extra)
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Accommodation in Edinburgh before and after tour
Extras
  • Car hire
  • Additional nights

When To Go

You can start this tour on any day of the week from March to November, subject to availability. The busiest times of the year are around Easter and May when accommodations fill up quickly, so book as early as possible if you are planning to travel then. If you travel before Easter, and after mid-October it is worth noting that some attractions may either be closed, have limited access (i.e. castle interiors may be closed but the gardens open), or may open later and close a little earlier in the day. We always recommend checking the links in our information pack for up-to-date opening times to avoid disappointment. 

During the shoulder season - March to early April and after mid-October - the Scottish weather tends to be more unpredictable and is often colder and rainier. However, attractions and popular viewpoints will generally be quieter.

Getting to the Start

Your trip begins in the well-connected city of Edinburgh. If traveling in your own car from across the UK, or western Europe via the Channel Tunnel, you'll find the city is easily accessible and well-connected by the M8, M77, M74 and M6 motorways. If you are driving or traveling from further afield we recommend and extra night in Edinburgh at the start of your trip so you can make the most of your first day of sight-seeing. 

By Road: Edinburgh is served by an excellent motorway network. It's a 1h 15m drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh on the M8 motorway. Newcastle is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Edinburgh, and Manchester and Birmingham, 4 and 6 hours respectively. London is 7.5 hr (via the M1 and A1), and if arriving in Folkestone from France (via the Channel Tunnel) it's an 8-8.5 hour drive via the M20, M11, and A1 roads. 

Alternatively, if arriving in Edinburgh by public transport and renting a car please see the excellent Traveline Scotland website for timetables and fares and more information regarding public transport in Scotland. Edinburgh is well-linked across the UK, Europe and beyond by flying into either Glasgow or Edinburgh international airports. Glasgow and Edinburgh are just over an hour apart by road and it doesn't take much longer to travel between the two by an express bus or train service. 

By Air: Located 8 miles east of the city of Edinburgh, the international airport is served by routes from around the UK and the world. There are regular shuttle bus and tram services running from the airport into the city centre, with a journey time of around 30 minutes. There's also a taxi rank outside the airport to take people into the city centre. 

By Rail: Edinburgh is also connected to central Scotland and England by good rail links. See the Scot Rail website for Scottish locations and National Rail for UK-wide locations.

By Bus: Services from UK destinations are operated by National Express. Services from Scottish destinations are operated by Scottish Citylink

Car Rental 

We don't include car rental in the cost of our discovery tours to keep things flexible as we realise many people may wish to use their own car. If you decide to arrange car rental through us, we have a partnership with Europcar and can arrange this easily for you. As standard we would book an Economy category car (suitable for up to 4 people) with included comprehensive insurance and sat-nav. Prices are on a request basis, so please just add this on as an option if you would like to book car hire, and we will confirm the cost. 

General Information

On confirmation of your booking, you will receive a personalised itinerary and comprehensive information pack. This carefully curated pack, designed with our own local knowledge and expertise, will include driving directions, personal recommendations for places and attractions to stop at en route, and our recommendations for the best places to eat and drink.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Edinburgh to St Andrews Day 2 St Andrews to Royal Deeside Day 3 Royal Deeside to Inverness Day 4 Inverness to Glencoe Day 5 Glencoe to The Trossachs Day 6 Trossachs to Edinburgh and onward travel

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