7 Day Private Tour of Scotland Itinerary
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The itineraries we offer on our site are a template, where we hope you can find out more about what you’d like to do and see in Scotland, before getting in touch with our expert travel planners to design you a fully customized and truly unforgettable private tour!
Day 1: Arrival - Loch Lomond - Luss - Inveraray Castle - Kilchurn Castle
This exciting week-long private tour of Scotland begins in Glasgow or Edinburgh airport, where your driver-guide will be waiting to collect you off your long flight, welcome you warmly to our bonnie wee shores, before whisking you away in a luxury vehicle for a truly unforgettable tour of Scotland.
Our first stop after leaving Glasgow or Edinburgh is the storied Loch Lomond. Your driver-guide will take you on a scenic drive around the southern edge of the loch before stopping at the charming town of Luss. You’ll take a short tour of the town, perhaps stopping at one of the local restaurants for lunch before you continue your journey up the stunning West Coast of Scotland, eventually reaching the town of Inveraray.
The main attraction of the town is its beautiful castle, complete with gorgeous gardens and grounds for you to explore. Following your guided tour of Inveraray Castle, the next stop is a mere 20 minutes north at Kilchurn Castle – stunning ruins seemingly floating off the treasured Loch Awe that had been originally constructed as far back as the mid-15th century.
Once you’ve finished your tour of the castle, your driver-guide will take you on another beautiful drive to the coastal town of Oban – where you’ll find your accommodation for the first night in Scotland.
Throughout the evening you may want to explore the town of Oban, which offers visitors a plethora of excellent traditional bars and restaurants to keep travelers entertained.
Day 2: Isle of Mull - Isle of Iona or Tobermory
On the second day of your tour of Scotland, we take a short ferry from Oban to the wonderful Isle of Mull.
Following a short tour of the island, you can choose between a day trip to the Isle of Iona – mainly known for Iona Abbey which was the center of Gaelic monasticism for three centuries – and a longer tour of the island with a visit to Tobermory – the island’s main town.
The Isle of Iona
The Isle of Iona is only able to boast a population of 35 but has become a popular destination for spiritual retreats, known for its tranquillity and natural environment. We’ll take a tour of the abbey and enjoy some nature walks around the island before catching the evening ferry back to Mull and to your accommodation for the night.
If you choose to explore Tobermory, we’ll begin with a guided tour of the town’s beautiful Main Street. The buildings here – predominantly shops and restaurants – are decorated with an array of bright colors which has led the town to become a popular source of inspiration for television programs such as ‘Balamory’ as well as numerous famous paintings.
Tobermory also features a great whisky distillery as well as an arts center, but to truly understand the beauty of the town, we recommend hiking some of the surrounding mountains for stunning views of both Tobermory and the Scottish Inner Hebrides.
Finally, after a long day of exploring, we’ll catch the ferry back to Oban and your accommodation.
We were on a 3 month sabbatical of Europe and worked with over ten different tour professionals as we toured throughout Europe. Braw Tours stood out over and above all the others. If you are going to Scotland you must use Braw tours! We enjoyed Scotland so much and saw a side of Scotland we would not have seen otherwise. He customized the itinerary to fit our style and likes and we enjoyed every minute of the two weeks. He knew which places would be less crowded and avoided tour buses. We felt like we were in our own private Scotland. He knew the history and tall tales of Scotland. All of it was told with a great sense of humor. We also were able to learn a little about the Scotch industry with many a tasting. He was the consummate professional, always on time, with water and wifi always available, and once showing up in full kilt attire. You will not regret this tour.
Day 3: Oban - Glencoe - Fort William
Day 4: Loch Ness Tour - Inverness
On the fourth day of your private tour of Scotland, your driver-guide will take you from Fort William to the self-proclaimed capital of the north: Inverness.
Before we reach the city, however, we’ll be taking a tour of the most famous loch of them all: Loch Ness. Your tour of Loch Ness will start with a scenic drive around the edge of the loch stopping at the ruins of Urquhart Castle – which dates back to the early 14th century. The castle sits on the edge of the loch, previously used as a strategic military fortress before later being destroyed in 1692 to prevent the Jacobite forces from claiming it.
Following your guided tour of the castle, you’ll be taken on a private cruise of Loch Ness itself where you’ll be treated to traditional food platters and whisky tastings.
Your driver-guide will then collect you off your boat and deliver your group to your accommodation in Inverness City. The center of Inverness is filled with excellent dining options for the evening as well as many a traditional bar to showcase your potentially newfound appreciation for Whisky (other drinks are also available… most of the time).
Hands down the best private tour available in Scotland. We just finished a two-week tour that was incredible. John is a knowledgeable, flexible tour guide and Heather was always accessible in planning our itinerary. Thank you Braw Tours for such a wonderful two-week experience.
Day 5: Blair Castle - Pitlochry - Dunkeld Cathedral
Day five of your private tour begins with a journey from Inverness through the center of Scotland to visit Blair Castle – the ancestral home of the Clan Murray – near the town of Blair Atholl. Your group can go on a private tour of the castle with your guide, learning about its fascinating history and historical significance before you continue your tour with a visit to the charming town of Pitlochry.
One of Scotland’s most beautiful and vibrant towns to visit, Pitlochry is largely a well-preserved Victorian-era town and offers visitors an incredible glance back in time. You’ll spend an hour or two exploring the town and its quaint shops and restaurants before your tour continues with a visit to Dunkeld Cathedral (founded back in 1260).
Once your group’s explored the cathedral and beautiful gardens, your driver-guide will take you back to Pitlochry where you’ll find your accommodation for the night.
Day 6: St Andrews & Forth Bridges or Stirling Castle & Falkirk Wheel
On the second last day of your tour with us, we thought we’d give you the choice of two fantastic days and let you choose between them:
Option 1: St Andrews & The Forth Bridges
The first option for day six is a tour of the historic ‘Home of Golf’: St Andrews.
You’ll begin your day with a visit to the Old Course – where it is said that the first game of Golf was played back in the 15th century – before exploring St Andrews Cathedral which was once the largest church in Scotland. Unfortunately, the cathedral is now largely ruins apart from St Rule’s Tower which offers visitors a wonderful view out to Scotland’s east coast.
If you have time in the day we’ll also stop at the town’s famous university before continuing our tour by crossing the famed Forth Road Bridges en route to Edinburgh – where you’ll spend the night ahead of your final day in Scotland!
Option 2: Stirling Castle & The Falkirk Wheel
The second choice for day six is a visit to the incredible Stirling Castle. Your driver-guide will take you on a fascinating tour of the castle, explaining some of its turbulent history and significance to the people of Scotland.
Notable nearby attractions – especially for any interested amateur historian – include the Wallace Monument and the Old Town Jail.
Following your tour of the Stirling Castle, your driver-guide will take you on a short drive to the Falkirk Wheel – an amazing rotating boat lift that connected two canals in central Scotland – before arriving at your accommodation in Edinburgh City Center.
We had the best experience with Braw on our recent family vacation to Scotland! Would absolutely refer them to anyone looking for the best tour guides for their trip. Can’t wait to come back soon!
Day 7: Edinburgh Castle - Holyrood Palace - New & Old Towns
On the final day of your tour of Scotland, we focus our attention on our country’s historic capital: Edinburgh.
With so much to see and do in Edinburgh, we waste no time in the morning of day seven, starting with a visit to the city’s famous castle. Your driver-guide will give you a private tour of Edinburgh Castle where you’ll learn more about the castle’s importance and fascinating history before we continue our journey with a tour of the impressive Holyrood Palace.
Located at the bottom of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace has served as the residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century – however, is now predominately used for special state occasions and official entertaining (as well as guided tours of course). Most notably, we’ll visit the 16th historic apartments of Mary Queen of Scots which are opened to the public throughout the year apart from when being occupied by members of the Royal Family.
Finally, we’ll take a short tour of the city’s old and new towns in your luxury vehicle – stopping to pick up any last-minute gifts or mementos from your time with us in Scotland – before you’re delivered to the airport in time for your flight and just as quickly as it started, your week-long private tour with us comes to a close.
Your driver-guide will accompany you to your check-in desk to ensure you make your flight before bidding you farewell, leaving you I’m sure with treasured memories of your time with us as well as a new Scottish friend in your driver-guide!
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