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Classic British Car Tours of Scotland

A heady combination: open roads, beautiful scenery, some great cars and cosy Scottish inns

As featured in the August 2009 issue of Classic Cars Magazine.

Want to see what an MGB, E-type Jaguar, or Morgan 4/4  can do?  We’ve sought out some of the best driving in Scotland – combining the thrill of the open road and some jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery.  It’s a heady combination, adding glamour and excitement to a remarkable journey to the highlands.  Other cars available include the classic Jaguar Mk2 saloon, Aston Martin DB9, Triumph TR6 as well as the latest Mini Cooper S  (saloon or cabrio).

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Apr - Oct

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Day One – Glendevon

Your first stop is around 90 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh, so if you are starting early you can take the time to explore. The gardens, beaches and golf courses of Fife, the historic town of St Andrews and the castles and country estates of Perthshire are all within easy reach.

Your Hotel

This 18th century drovers’ inn nestles in the heart of Glen Devon, one of the most beautiful glens in Perthshire.  The historic atmosphere is balanced by welcoming, modern touches and you’ll find an exceptional menu featuring the best Scottish produce, such as wild venison, hand-dived scallops and mouth-watering salmon.  The cosy bar offers a wide selection of Scottish ales and single malt whiskies, including local Edradour, which proudly boasts that it is the smallest distillery in Scotland (visitors welcome nonetheless)!

Day Two – Speyside

Today you tour further north through the heart of the highlands to a quiet hotel in Speyside, Scotland’s whisky heartland.

Your Hotel

Your elegant Georgian hotel is the perfect place to unwind in traditional highland surroundings, offering a warm welcome and a touch of style in the centre of an attractive Speyside village.  Close to several distilleries on the famous Whisky Trail, it offers a fine selection of single malts which you can sample in the evening as you relax in front of the sitting room’s crackling log fire.  The friendly bistro offers a daily changing menu featuring local meat and game, plus a mouthwatering variety of seafood.  The chef combines these and other fine local ingredients with fresh herbs and fruit from the hotel’s delightful walled garden, which you are welcome to explore on your evening stroll as you plan the following day’s route.

Day Three – Exploring

A day to tour the glens, rivers and coastline of Speyside and Morayshire, with plenty of suggestions for great driving routes. There are plenty of historic castles, and indeed distilleries to visit, as well as sandy beaches to the north, and you are just to the north of the Cairngorm National Park.

Day Four – The West Highlands

Today you cross the highlands, passing Loch Ness and Ben Nevis, before reaching your final stop in a stunning lochside location.

Your Hotel

Originally the home of Loch Linnhe’s Pier Master, this historic and now award-winning restaurant with its adjacent modern residence, really is a special place to contemplate the dramatic beauty of the west coast.  The views are stunning and the once prolific steam traffic has given way to the blissful sound of silence.  Mouthwatering langoustines and lobster are kept fresh off the end of the pier before being served to you by candlelight in the cosy conviviality of one of Argyll’s finest restaurants.  As you contemplate the sunset over the distant Morvern hills, you may be lucky enough to glimpse otters and seals.  Later, in the bar, the local ferryman might tempt you to board the morning boat to Lismore – an island well worth exploration either on foot or bike (available for hire locally).

Day Five – Return Home

Your return journey will take you through the majestic Glencoe valley and back via Perthshire to Edinburgh.


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Some cars are available in Edinburgh, others are collected near Stirling (we can include transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh). Your route brings you through Perthshire, further north to Speyside and finally to the west coast.


2016: £845 per person for April & October, £895 per person for May to September, based on 2 people sharing a double room, for 4 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

2017: £825 per person for April & October, £975 per person for May to September, based on 2 people sharing a double room, for 4 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

These prices include the hire of a  1974 MGB Roadster on an unlimited mileage basis for 5 days.

Supplements/reductions for other cars as follows:

1975 Triumph TR6 – same price as MGB

1990 Morgan 4/4 – add £160 per person

1970 Jaguar E-type coupe – add £160 per person

1962 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 – add £120 per person

2006 Aston Martin DB9 – add £350 per person

2013/14 (various) Mini Cooper S deduct £180 per person

2013/14 (various) Mini Cooper S convertiblededuct £160 per person.

* Note that an additional driver will incur a supplement of £20 per day. 

We would also be delighted to tailormake a tour for you.

All our touring holidays include a map of Scotland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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All cars are possible April to early October. For the winter months we can arrange this itinerary with a Mini Cooper or Aston Martin DB9.

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