Voted the most beautiful country in the world, Scotland could also lay claim to being the most romantic. This tour plan crosses the Highlands at a relaxed pace so you have time to discover the people, history and landscapes that legends are made of.
Allow a minimum of 4 days to drive this tour route.
The guide contains extra day trip suggestions for extending the tour to 12+ days .
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Approximately 250 miles / 400 Km
4 to 12 Days
Discover Edinburgh -
Edinburgh is a compact city and easy to explore on foot. We provide directions for 3 walking routes that show you different sides of the Capital city;
Edinburgh boasts a great range of atmospheric old pubs and we steer you to a selection of our favourites.
Stopover in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Day Trips -
The guide also includes options for day trips around the surrounding area by bus or train.
If you wish to explore further afield, we provide a choice of driving day trips that cover:
Stopover in Edinburgh
Edinburgh to Pitlochry -
Heading north from Edinburgh, you cross the impressive new Queensferry Bridge and speed north to Perth. If you wish, the drive can be extended with a detour to the pretty village of Falkland where Mary Queen of Scots had her palatial country retreat. “Outlander” fans should recognise Falkland village from its appearances in the TV series.
From Perth to Pitlochry, we suggest a back road route that visits Scone Palace, the ancient crowning place of Scottish Kings, and the romantic ruins of Dunkeld Cathedral. The day ends in the Pitlochry area where you can take a whisky distillery tour, maybe catch a show at the Festival Theatre, or explore the woodlands of Scotland’s “Big Tree Country”.
Short tours around Pitlochry: If you arrive early in Pitlochry, or wish to stay for several nights, you will enjoy the 2 short tour options supplied in this guide. These tours cover the grand Blair castle and scenic Loch Tummel as well as less obvious places such as a deserted Blackhouse village and a stone circle that is easily missed.
Stopover in Pitlochry / Aberfeldy Area.
Pitlochry Day Trips -
We provide directions for a choice of day trips so you can take it easy, or explore further into the Highlands. The longer days trips cover:
~112 miles / 166 miles (if including a visit to Crathes)
~151 miles (if doing the full circuit)
Stopover in Pitlochry / Aberfeldy Area
Pitlochry to Loch Fyne -
There are faster routes, but we recommend that you take the very scenic tree lined road past Loch Tummel and then travel south west via Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and Loch Lomond. The journey has opportunities for stopping at waterfalls, picturesque villages, some unusual tourist attractions, a whisky distillery, a micro brewery and an excellent smokehouse restaurant where you might wish to reserve a table for a romantic dinner.. Your journey ends on the shores of Loch Fyne and you can choose between staying in the historical 18th century town of Inveraray with its ornate castle, or the active fishing village of Tarbert.
~102 miles (to Inveraray)
Stopover in Loch Fyne area.
Day Trips from Inveraray -
We provide directions for a choice of day trips that cover:
~62 miles to Oban / ~100 miles for the round trip
~92 miles to Oban / ~130 miles for the round trip
Stopover in Loch Fyne or Oban Area
Inveraray to Glasgow / Edinburgh -
We provide 2 route options for the drive back to Glasgow or Edinburgh.
The day ends in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, with its vibrant night life and strong sense of identity. Don’t worry if you need to get back to Edinburgh as it is just a 1 hour / 54 mile drive away.
Stopover in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
To help you book the best places to stay, we offer a guide to Recommended Accommodation along the route of this tour.
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