Scotland on Screen 2021

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Glasgow where you will be warmly welcomed by your Drumscot Driver. Travel north through the hills of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the stomping ground of local folk hero and outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor.

You could visit the stunning town of Inveraray with its imposing Inveraray Castle and Gardens, home to the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the powerful Clan Campbell of Massacre of Glencoe fame, and who fought on the Government side in the Jacobite Rebellion. The castle featured in the Downtown Abbey Christmas Special in 2012, when the Grantham Family travelled to the home of their cousins, the Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire in their fictitious Scottish home, ‘Duneagle Castle’.  

Travel through the brooding Rannoch Moor and drama of the Glencoe Pass, location for the dramatic ending of James Bond’s “Skyfall” and featured in the opening credits to “Outlander”.

Spend your first evening at Airds Hotel in the picturesque village of Port Appin.

Day 2

Travel on to Fort William to catch the Jacobite Express Steam Train, also known as Harry Potter’s “Hogwarts Express” to Mallaig following “The Road to the Isles” and passing Glenfinnan and Arisaig en route, experiencing true Jacobean country.

Take the ferry to the Isle of Skye with the magnificent Cuillin Mountains rising up to meet you. Carry on north, back onto the mainland, passing the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, featured in “Highlander” the movie with James Lambert and Sean Connery, and James Bond’s “The World is Not Enough”.

Continue north to the fabulously remote Torridon Hotel, an old, Victorian hunting lodge in the North-west Highlands where you will stay for the next two nights.

Day 3

Drive north, passing the mountainous Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Soak in the breathtaking views used in “Highlander” – the Movie when Ramirez and Connor frequently practiced their swordplay against a scenic backdrop!

Follow the dramatic coast line of secluded beaches of white sand and aquamarine water on one side and brooding mountains on the other. Enjoy a half-day whale and wildlife -watching on the Orca1 which sets sail from the pretty village of Gairloch.

The rest of the day can be spent immersing yourself in the many outdoor pursuits which this area offers such as sea-kayaking, hill-climbing, mountain biking and gorge-scrambling.

Day 4

Travel east to Inverness, where you can visit Culloden Battlefield and its fantastic Visitor Centre which brings to life the Jacobites’ bloody last stance. Outlander fans will remember hearing the sounds of the Battle of Culloden pounding in the background at the end of Season 2, as Jamie said good bye to Claire. She then returned to the battle site in the 60s to the grave stone marking the mass grave of Clan Fraser.

Long before the famous battle of Culloden, the nearby Clava Cairns were built. For over 5000 years this atmospheric site of burial cairns enclosed by stone circles has survived the vagaries of the Scottish weather. Fort George is still occupied by the British Army. The well curated collections give you an in-depth view of British military history from the Battle of Culloden to present day.

Enjoy spectacular views across the Moray Firth from the massive ramparts and chance a sighting of the resident bottlenose dolphins. In contrast, Cawdor Castle and its gorgeous gardens are a romantic interlude despite its dark connections to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Stay at Loch Ness Country House Hotel, with its picturesque views of the Highland countryside for the following 2 nights.

Day 5

Today you can explore the mysterious Loch Ness on a loch-cruise and engage in a spot of monster hunting and a trip to Urquhart Castle. The ruin was built on a rocky promontory and commands a panoramic view from Inverness to Fort Augustus. Will you catch a glimpse of the illusive prehistoric creature Nessie?

Day 6

Travel south through the great wilderness of the Cairngorm National Park. You can browse through the many collections of memorabilia at Blair Castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl and Scotland’s only private army and stock up on your Highland Dress at the charmingly old fashioned MacNaughton’s or at House of Bruar, a huge emporium selling all sorts of Scottish luxury goods.

Visit Edradour Whisky Distillery, the smallest and most romantic in Scotland by the picturesque town of Pitlochry. Continue south towards Edinburgh where you can visit Hopetoun House and Culross, both of which feature in the hit TV series Outlander.

Check into the Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh, a stylish boutique hotel ideally located in the city centre for your final 2 nights.

Day 7

Our historic Capital City awaits you today and the list of attractions is endless.

Dominating the skyline is Edinburgh Castle, with over one thousand years’ of history, sitting upon volcanic rock. Leading away from the castle is the Royal Mile, which acquired its name over the ages as Scottish and English kings and queens and other royalty have travelled to and fro between the Palace of Holyrood House (the Royal Family’s Edinburgh residence) and the Castle itself.

Located outside the city is the mysterious 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, founded by William Sinclair - 1st Earl of Caithness of the Scoto-Norman Sinclair Family. Since the late 1980s, the chapel has featured in speculative theories concerning a connection of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. It was prominently featured in the 2003 bestseller the Da Vinci Code and the subsequent movie starring Tom Hanks!

Day 8

Depart Homeward Bound.

COST PER PERSON based on 4 people travelling: £3169 UK POUNDS
(approximately $4246 USD based on £1 = $1.34 USD)

What’s included:

  • 7 nights accommodation sharing double room and full Scottish Breakfast
  • 1 dinner at Airds Hotel
  • First Class Train travel on the Jacobite Express
  • Ferry crossing to Skye
  • Half day Whale & Wildlife Cruise at Torridon
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Admission to Hopetoun House
  • Admission to Culross Palace
  • Admission to Rosslyn Chapel
  • Chauffer Driven Transport for all daytime requirements throughout

What’s not included:

  • Airport transfer on day of departure
  • Dinners
  • Lunches
  • Admissions (relatively small costs) to any Castles, Whisky Distilleries etc not mentioned above for ease of flexibility of the tour

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