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Urquhart Castle by Loch Ness

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Urquhart Castle by Loch Ness

Edinburgh & Highlands Explorer

Best Time To Go

Jan - Dec

Why not...

upgrade to a castle stay in the Scottish highlands?

Prices From


No of Nights


A week-long trip showcasing the highlights and contrasts of Scotland, from major sights to hidden gems.

This week long touring holiday is designed to give visitors a perfect taste of the highlights of Scotland, while also experiencing some of our favourite hidden gems. It starts in Edinburgh, takes you to the heart of the Highlands, then on to a beautiful sea loch on the stunning west coast and finishes in a romantic glen. Once here, it won’t take you long to understand why this enchanting land inspired TV hit ‘Outlander’. You’ll be perfectly based to explore locations such as Culross – the fictional village of ‘Cranesmuir’ and Aberdour Castle – which doubles as Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery plus many more…

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Day One & Two – Edinburgh

Day Three – Journey to the Cairngorms

Day Four – The Cairngorms

Day Five – West Highlands

Day Six – Argyll

Day Seven – Southern Highlands

Day Eight


Start in Edinburgh then tours through the Highlands to the Cairngorms, then to the west coast and finally the Trossachs, Scotland’s lakeland.


£985 per person November 2023 to March 2024, £1255 per person for April to July & September to October, £1240 per person for August.

The above pricing does not include stays over Christmas or New Year from 23 December to 8 January . If you are interested in taking a holiday across these dates, please get in touch for a bespoke quote.

Prices for this self-drive holiday are based on two people sharing a room for seven nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

We can also offer a Scottish castle as part of this tour – for days five and six – for a supplement of £75 per person – ask us for more details.

The holiday also includes a 7 day Historic Scotland Explorer pass, offering free entry to Scotland’s major historic attractions, including Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart castles.

Car rental is not included, but we would be delighted to help arrange from a wide selection of vehicles on request.

Would you prefer a private driver-guide?

We would be delighted to arrange your own driver-guide for this holiday – please ask us for a quotation when you enquire.

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.

We work hard to make sure the unexpected doesn’t affect your trip. On rare occasions, changes or cancellations may occur, affecting accommodation, transport or excursions. We are committed to informing you of any such circumstances and will use our knowledge and resources to offer suitable alternatives wherever possible.

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This holiday can be arranged from January to December – though stays over the Christmas or New Year period from 23rd December to 8th January will require a bespoke quote.

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