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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.
A former gamekeeper’s cottage provides sumptuous and cosy accommodation in this prettiest of villages, in a fold of the Ochil Hills at the gateway to the Highlands. With just four beautifully appointed guest rooms you’ll feel a touch of exclusivity, while the locally sourced vegetarian breakfast (with eggs from hens roaming the garden) sets you up for a fabulous day on the road.
Today you tour further north through the heart of the highlands.
Once a Victorian Sporting Lodge, this charming luxury hotel is set amidst 10 beautiful acres of the best ‘Monarch of the Glen’ countryside within the Cairngorm National Park. Surrounded by forests and mountains, you can even glimpse an ancient castle as you stroll through the gardens or dine on the elevated garden terrace. Recently refurbished and updated the hotel is a wonderful blend of the traditional and modern, and has become an elegant yet informal country house where you immediately feel at home. Food is an important part of the experience here, with an emphasis on using the best local and seasonal produce.
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.
Today you cross the highlands, passing Loch Ness and Ben Nevis, before reaching your final stop in a stunning lochside location.
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).
Your return journey will take you through the majestic Glencoe valley and back via Perthshire to Edinburgh.
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.
£925 per person for April & October, £1075 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 – add £30 per person
1990 Morgan 4/4 – add £115 per person
1962 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 – add £115 per person
1966 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII – add £215 per person
1970 Jaguar E-type coupe – add £215 per person
2006 Aston Martin DB9 – add £375 per person
2016 (various) Mini Cooper S – deduct £180 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.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
A very good holiday that we will remember for a long time.Magnus & Annika, Uppsala, Sweden
We absolutely loved our trip. Everything was coordinated skillfully. The history and the scenery were humbling to someone from the States.Jim & Pamela, New Hampshire, USA
We've never had a holiday like this before, but I think we are guaranteed to do it again!Andrew & Isobel, Kent, England
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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