Castles of Scotland

8 Day Classic Scotland Self Drive

The Historic Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William

8 Day Classic Scotland Self Drive

2 Nts Fort William • 2 Nts Inverness • 2 Nts Perthshire • 2 Nt Edinburgh

In Scotland you're never far from fantastic attractions, all set amongst some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. 

If you admire the detail and architecure of age-old castles or the serene beauty of green landscapes and winding lakes or maybe your a lover of the tales and stories of the Harry Potter movies, Scotland will leave you impressed. On this 'magical' journey you will experience stunning Scottish scenery featured in the famous Harry Potter movies, including the Jacobite Steam Train.

Rates start from R 7,200 per person

Itinerary

Day 1 - Glasgow to Fort William

Drive from Glasgow to Fort William, passing through dramatic landscapes used as backdrops in many Harry Potter films. (175 kilometres)

Day 2 - The Jacobite Steam Train, Fort William

Take a trip on the Hogwarts Express (known as the Jacobite Steam Train) which travels over the famous Glenfinnan viaduct towards the coastal town of Malliag.

Mallaig was founded in the 1840's when the owner of the North Morar Estate, Lord Lovat, divided up the farm on the coast here into a series of parcels of land and encouraged his tenants living around Loch Morar and Loch Nevis to resettle in what became Mallaig and establish a fishing village.

Today Mallaig is a busy fishing port and ferry terminal with services to Skye and the Small Isles. Arriving in Mallaig we have over an hour and a half to enjoy a walk round and take in the atmosphere: there are shops, bars, restaurants and plenty of fish and chips to be enjoyed during the lunchtime stopover.

Day 3 - Fort William to Loch Ness & Inverness

Travel north to the Inverness area and stop at Urquhart Castle located on the banks of Loch Ness and look for Nessie, the illusive monster.

Loch Ness and Inverness, is a hub of activity for adventure-seekers all year round, offering many amazing outdoor activities. From walking, fishing and kayaking, to golfing, mountain biking and paragliding, there is a multitude of wonderful things to do – all set against the breath-taking backdrop of the stunning Scottish Highlands.

Day 4 - Inverness

Spend the day at leisure exploring the highlands or visiting local attractions.

Day 5 - Inverness to Perthshire

On route to Perthshire explore the impressive Cairngorm Mountains and visit Aviemore Wildlife Safari Park, Blair Castle and the House of Bruar.

Known as the 'Big Tree Country', in Perthshire you are never far from a remarkable tree, whether that happens to be oldest living thing in Europe, the last descendant of Shakespeare's Birnam Wood or the widest conifer in Britain.

Day 6 - Perthshire to Edinburgh

Visit Perth, beautifully situated on the River Tay before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital.

Steeped in history, Edinburgh seamlessly blends old and new, providing locals with the perfect destination to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a diverse and vibrant city.

Day 7 - Alnwick Castle (England)

Visit Alnwick Castle which was featured as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies before you return to Edinburgh.

Day 8 - Edinburgh to Glasgow

Return to Glasgow airport to drop off the vehicle and depart for the airport for your return flight.

Day 9 - Departure from Edinburgh (B)

Enjoy the time you have left in Glasgow before you drive to the airport to return your car in time for your return flight.

Hotels & Guesthouses:

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Garadh Buidhe B&B

With a stay at Garadh Buidhe in Fort William, you'll be on a river and close to Leanachan Forest and Commando Memorial. This bed & breakfast is within the vicinity of Neptune's Staircase and Ben Nevis Distillery.

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Glen Mhor Apartments

Located in Inverness, The Glen Mhor Apartments is minutes from Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. This hotel is within close proximity of Inverness Castle and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

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The Fitzroy

Located in Perth, The Fitzroy is convenient to Perth Ice Rink and St. Ninian's Cathedral. This bed & breakfast is within close proximity of Black Watch Regimental Museum and North Inch Golf Course.

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Edinburgh Capital

Just west of Hillwood Park. Only a few minutes walk from the bus stops which run services to Princes Street and Haymarket Station.

Included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in 3 star hotels & guesthouses
  • Daily Scottish Breakfast
  • Return Trip
  • 9 day car rental in automatic air conditioned compact car
  • Room tax, service charges, airport departure tax and fuel surcharge

 

*Note that the Jacobite Steam train operates: Mondays to Fridays from 24th April to 27th October. Saturdays & Sundays from 17th June to 1st October.

Excluded:

  • Tickets for the Jacobite Steam Train
  • International Flights (can be added on request)
  • Travel Insurance (available on request)
  • Visas (required for South Afircan Passport holders)
  • Meals not specified
  • Optional excursions not specified
  • Items of personal nature

Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.