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Tour Scotland & Ireland in 14 Days

Welcome to our enchanting 2-week driver-guided private tour of Ireland and Scotland, where you will embark on a journey through the heart of Celtic heritage.

As you explore these two magical lands, you will be immersed in their rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and captivating cultures. From the bustling cities of Dublin and Edinburgh to the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the serene landscapes of the Irish countryside, this tour is designed to provide a comprehensive and unforgettable experience.

Our expert local guides will ensure that you receive personalized attention throughout your journey, sharing their in-depth knowledge of each destination’s history, culture, and unique attractions. Luxurious accommodations and fine dining experiences have been carefully selected to complement your journey, while our flexible itinerary allows for customization to cater to your interests and preferences.

Join us as we delve into the captivating world of Celtic heritage, unveiling the hidden treasures of Ireland and Scotland on this unforgettable 2-week driver-guided private tour.

Week 1: Exploring the Emerald Isle - Ireland

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the Emerald Isle during the first week of our 2-week driver-guided private tour of Ireland and Scotland. 

Discover Ireland’s rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and fascinating culture as you traverse its charming cities and countryside. Begin your adventure in the bustling city of Dublin before marveling at the stunning Cliffs of Moher and the Burren along the Wild Atlantic Way. 

Wander through the picturesque Ring of Kerry and explore the lush Killarney National Park. Experience the magic of Blarney Castle and relive history in Cobh with the Titanic Experience. 

Conclude the week by visiting the majestic Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny Castle. Throughout your journey, our expert local guides will ensure a personalized and unforgettable Irish experience.

Day 1: Arrival in Dublin - Welcome to Ireland

Dublin City, Ireland

Welcome to Ireland! On Day 1 of our 2-week driver-guided private tour, you will arrive in Dublin, the vibrant capital city steeped in history and charm.

Upon arrival, our expert local guide will greet you and escort you to your luxurious accommodations in the heart of the city. Settle in and relax after your journey, or take a stroll through the nearby streets to get a feel for the city’s unique atmosphere.

Dublin City Highlights and Traditional Irish Evening

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Dublin, exploring its historic streets, vibrant neighborhoods, and iconic landmarks. Our expert local guide will provide a captivating narrative, unveiling the city’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Dublin Walking Tour Highlights

Trinity College: Visit Ireland’s oldest university, home to the magnificent Old Library and the world-famous Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript dating back to the 9th century.

St. Stephen’s Green: Stroll through this beautiful Victorian park, a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling city.

Grafton Street: Wander along this lively pedestrian shopping street, where you’ll find a mix of high-street and luxury brands, street performers, and historic pubs.

Guided Tours of Dublins Heritage & Culture

Dublin Castle: Explore this historic complex, which has served as a fortress, royal residence, and government center throughout its 800-year history.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Step inside Ireland’s largest cathedral, a magnificent Gothic structure dating back to the 12th century and associated with the country’s patron saint, St. Patrick.

Guinness Storehouse: Discover the history and art of brewing Ireland’s most famous beer at this interactive museum, culminating in a tasting experience at the Gravity Bar, with panoramic views of the city.

Dublin In The Evening: Traditional Irish Night

As the evening of your second day of the itinerary begins, prepare for an unforgettable evening of Irish culture and entertainment.

We will give you our local expert recommendations for the best venues to enjoy a traditional Irish dinner accompanied by live music and a captivating performance of Irish dance.

Day 2: Galway

Galway, Ireland

The private transfer from Dublin to Galway is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on traffic.

This cross-country route takes you through the heart of Ireland, offering glimpses of the country’s diverse landscapes and picturesque towns.

Galway, often referred to as Ireland’s Cultural Heart, is a charming city famous for its vibrant lifestyle, rich history, and distinctive cultural scene. Known for its lively street life, the city hosts renowned festivals such as the Galway International Arts Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh, making it a hub for music, theatre, and film.

Galway City Museum

Your journey into the heart of Galway begins with a visit to the Galway City Museum. This contemporary museum houses a variety of exhibits reflecting the rich history, heritage, and culture of Galway and Ireland. A guided tour here provides an excellent overview of the city’s past and present.

Latin Quarter

After a brief insight into Galway’s history, take a walk through the Latin Quarter, Galway’s cultural heart. With its medieval buildings, vibrant street life, and colourful storefronts, it’s a great place to soak up the city’s atmosphere. Your guide will show you highlights like Lynch’s Castle and the Spanish Arch, explaining their historical significance.

Eyre Square

Post lunch, head to Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot filled with sculptures and surrounded by historical buildings. It’s also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, honouring the former US President’s visit to Galway in 1963.

Salthill Promenade

In the evening, visit the Salthill Promenade, which offers stunning views of Galway Bay and the distant hills of County Clare. It’s a great place to take a leisurely walk and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Day 3: The Wild Atlantic Way - Cliffs of Moher & the Burren

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing from Galway with your driver-guide. Today, you’ll journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s captivating coastal route, renowned for its dramatic landscapes, rugged cliffs, and picturesque villages.

Your first destination on the Wild Atlantic Way is the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic natural wonders.

Cliffs of Moher

Marvel at the sheer scale of these dramatic cliffs, which rise over 700 feet above the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Stroll along the cliff-top path, taking in the panoramic views and breathing in the fresh sea air.

Visit the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, where you can learn about the geological history, wildlife, and folklore associated with this remarkable landscape.

Lunch: Traditional Irish Meal in a Coastal Town

As you make your way along the Wild Atlantic Way, stop for lunch in a charming coastal town. Indulge in a delicious traditional Irish meal, featuring local ingredients such as fresh seafood and seasonal produce.

Exploring The Burren

Continue your journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, venturing into the unique landscape of the Burren, a vast limestone plateau renowned for its unusual flora and ancient monuments.

Discover the Burren’s fascinating mix of Mediterranean, Arctic, and Alpine plants, which thrive in this otherworldly environment. Explore the region’s rich archaeological heritage, including the ancient Poulnabrone Dolmen, a portal tomb dating back over 5,000 years.

Admire the stunning views of Galway Bay and the surrounding countryside, with its distinctive limestone pavements and terraced hills.

Arrive in Limerick and Leisure Time

Welcome to Limerick, a city steeped in history and vibrant culture on Ireland’s west coast. Upon arrival, you’ll have ample leisure time to immerse yourself in this charming city. Explore its ancient streets, brimming with traditional pubs, quaint cafes, and colourful shops.

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Day 4: Limerick

King John's Castle
King John's Castle, Ireland

Limerick, located in the heartland of Ireland, entices visitors with its compelling mix of rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and stunning riverside setting.

The city offers a unique blend of ancient castles, contemporary art galleries, and a lively food and drink scene, making it an appealing destination for a variety of tastes. Moreover, Limerick’s warm and friendly locals add to the charm, providing an inviting and welcoming atmosphere that visitors invariably fall in love with.

King John's Castle

A visit to Limerick wouldn’t be complete without exploring King John’s Castle, a 13th-century fortress on the ‘King’s Island’.

The castle’s interactive exhibition offers a captivating journey back through time, recounting the castle’s history and its role in shaping the region. The panoramic views of the city and the River Shannon from the castle’s towers are a bonus, providing great photo opportunities.

The Hunt Museum

Your private tour continues with a visit to The Hunt Museum, one of Ireland’s most distinguished private collections of art and antiquities.

Housed in the 18th-century Custom House, the museum displays over 2,000 original artifacts spanning from the Neolithic to the 20th Century, including pieces from Picasso and Renoir. A guided tour will help you delve deeper into the stories behind these fascinating exhibits.

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA)

Finally, visit the Limerick City Gallery of Art, one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Ireland.

The gallery hosts an impressive collection of Irish 18th to 21st-century art, alongside frequent temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Exploring the gallery, you’ll gain insights into Ireland’s artistic evolution and the vibrant current scene.

After your tour of Limerick, join your private driver for the evening as you make your way to Killarney in advance of tomorrow’s Ring of Kerry adventure.

Day 5: The Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park

Killarney Nationalpark
Killarney National Park, Ireland

After a delicious breakfast, bid farewell to Limerick as you and your driver-guide embark on a journey to the famed Ring of Kerry. This scenic route is renowned for its stunning landscapes, dramatic coastline, and charming villages.

Lunch: Local Cuisine in a Picturesque Village

Stop in a picturesque village along the Ring of Kerry for a leisurely lunch, where you can savor local dishes made from fresh, regional ingredients. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the Irish people and take in the charming surroundings.

The Ring of Kerry

Spend the afternoon exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Ring of Kerry, with its sweeping vistas, rugged coastline, and majestic mountains.

Highlights include:

Moll’s Gap: Admire the panoramic views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range and the lush valley below from this scenic viewpoint.

Ladies View: Take in the stunning vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and the surrounding National Park from this famous lookout point.

Skellig Michael: Catch a glimpse of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient monastic settlement perched on a rocky island off the coast.

Killarney National Park Tour

As the day progresses, venture into the enchanting landscape of Killarney National Park, Ireland’s first national park and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

Ross Castle: Explore this beautifully restored 15th-century tower house, which offers a fascinating glimpse into Ireland’s medieval past.

Muckross House and Gardens: Discover this elegant Victorian mansion and its beautifully manicured gardens, nestled on the shores of Muckross Lake.

Torc Waterfall: Take a leisurely walk to this cascading waterfall, surrounded by lush woodland and the soothing sounds of nature.

Evening: Overnight in Killarney

Your base for the evening will be the charming town of Killarney, your base for the night. Check into your luxurious accommodations and enjoy some leisure time to explore the town’s lively streets, traditional pubs, and vibrant music scene.

Choose from a diverse range of dining options, from rustic farm-to-table eateries to upscale gourmet establishments, or choose to relax at your hotel and prepare for the next day’s adventures in the Emerald Isle.

Day 6: Blarney Castle and Cobh - The Titanic Experience

Impression of the St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh near Cork, Ireland
Cobh, Ireland

Join your driver-guide in the morning as you leave Killarney behind and set off with your driver-guide toward the legendary Blarney Castle. This enchanting fortress dates back to the 15th century and is home to the famous Blarney Stone.

Blarney Castle

Explore the castle’s historic rooms, hidden passages, and lush gardens as you learn about its storied past from your expert guide.

Climb the narrow steps to the top of the castle and take part in the age-old tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone, said to bestow the gift of eloquence upon those who dare.

Wander through the beautiful castle grounds, including the enchanting Rock Close, where you’ll find mysterious ancient stones, druidic monuments, and serene water features.

Cobh and The Titanic Experience

Continue your journey to the picturesque coastal town of Cobh. This historic port played a significant role in Irish emigration and was the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.

Stroll through the colorful streets of Cobh, taking in the stunning views of the harbor and the grand architecture of its Victorian-era buildings.

Visit St. Colman’s Cathedral, a magnificent neo-Gothic structure that dominates the town’s skyline and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

The Titanic Experience

Step back in time at the Titanic Experience, an interactive museum located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office.

Learn about the 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic in Cobh, their stories, and the tragic fate that awaited them. Explore the museum’s immersive exhibits, including a recreation of the ship’s luxurious interiors and a poignant memorial to the lives lost in the disaster.

Evening: Arrival in Cork

Check into your luxurious accommodations and enjoy some leisure time to explore Cork’s lively streets, bustling pubs, and eclectic dining scene.

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Day 7: The Rock of Cashel & Kilkenny Castle

Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel, Ireland

On your final day in Ireland, our itinerary sees you leave Cork and set off for the iconic Rock of Cashel. This ancient fortress, perched dramatically on a limestone outcrop, was once the seat of the Kings of Munster and is steeped in history and legend.

The Rock of Cashel Tour

Explore the remarkable ruins of this historic site, including the 12th-century round tower, the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, and the beautifully preserved 15th-century Cormac’s Chapel.

Admire the intricate stone carvings and medieval frescoes that adorn the chapel’s walls, as well as the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside from the fortress.

Learn about the rich history of the site, including the legends of St. Patrick and the famous conversion of King Aengus, from your knowledgeable guide.

Guided Kilkenny Castle Tour

Discover the history of the castle, which dates back to the 12th century and was the principal residence of the powerful Butler family for nearly 600 years.

Take a guided tour of the castle’s lavishly decorated rooms, including the ornate Picture Gallery and the impressive Great Hall, which showcase a mix of architectural styles and period furnishings.

Stroll through the beautifully landscaped castle grounds, which include formal gardens, a rose garden, and a picturesque duck pond.

Kilkenny City Exploration

Spend some leisure time exploring the charming streets of Kilkenny, known for its vibrant arts scene, historic buildings, and lively pubs.

St. Canice’s Cathedral: Visit this stunning 13th-century Gothic cathedral, adorned with beautiful stained-glass windows and medieval tombs.

Rothe House and Garden: Explore this well-preserved 17th-century merchant’s house, featuring original furnishings and a delightful reconstructed period garden.

Return to Dublin

Before you leave Ireland behind, you’ll spend your last evening back in Dublin as you prepare to embark on the Scotland portion of your journey.

Week 2: Welcome to Scotland!

During the second week of your driver-guided tour, you will unveil the breathtaking beauty and rich history of Scotland.

Begin your journey in Edinburgh, Scotland’s vibrant capital, where you will explore its iconic landmarks and fascinating heritage. Traverse the dramatic landscapes of the Highlands, visiting legendary sites such as Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Isle of Skye. Marvel at the ancient castles that dot the region, including Eilean Donan and Urquhart Castle.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting culture of the Scottish Highlands, sampling local delicacies and experiencing traditional music and dance. Venture to the stunning Orkney Islands, discovering their unique archaeological treasures and rugged beauty.

Conclude your unforgettable tour in Glasgow, a dynamic city boasting a thriving arts scene and rich industrial heritage. Throughout your journey, savor the unforgettable sights and experiences that make Scotland a truly magical destination.

Day 8: Arrival in Edinburgh - Scotland's Capital

Edinburgh, Scotland

Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s vibrant and historic capital city, and check into your luxurious accommodations. Take some time to freshen up and settle in before embarking on an exploration of this captivating city.

Begin your Scottish adventure with a guided tour of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks and attractions.

Edinburgh City Highlights

Edinburgh Castle: Visit this imposing fortress perched atop Castle Rock, which offers stunning views of the city and houses the Scottish Crown Jewels.

Royal Mile: Stroll along this historic stretch, lined with museums, shops, and centuries-old buildings, as you make your way between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Palace of Holyroodhouse: Explore the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, featuring opulent state apartments and beautiful gardens.

Traditional Scottish Dinner

Conclude your first day in Scotland with a delicious traditional Scottish dinner at a local restaurant. Sample local specialties like haggis, neeps, and tatties, while enjoying the warm hospitality of the Scottish people.

Day 9: Exploring Edinburgh - Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Your day starts with a guided walking tour of the Royal Mile, the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. This famous stretch, lined with museums, shops, and centuries-old buildings, offers a fascinating glimpse into the city’s rich past.

Royal Mile Walking Tour Highlights

St. Giles’ Cathedral: Visit this stunning Gothic church, known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, which has been a focal point of worship and ceremony for over 900 years.

Scottish Parliament: Admire the modern architecture of the Scottish Parliament building, which contrasts with the historic surroundings of the Royal Mile.

The Real Mary King’s Close: Descend beneath the city’s streets and explore the hidden, preserved alleyways and tenements of this unique underground attraction.

Edinburgh Castle Tour

Spend the afternoon exploring the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which towers majestically above the city on the imposing Castle Rock.

Discover the rich history of this ancient fortress, which has been both a royal residence and a military stronghold throughout its 1,000-year history.

Visit the Crown Room, where the Scottish Crown Jewels are displayed, including the iconic Stone of Destiny.

Explore St. Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh, which dates back to the 12th century and offers a fascinating insight into the castle’s medieval past.

Admire the spectacular views of the city and the Firth of Forth from the castle’s ramparts, and learn about the many sieges and battles that have taken place here.

Enjoy some leisure time to further explore Edinburgh at your own pace. Browse the shops along the Royal Mile, visit a local art gallery, or relax in one of the city’s beautiful parks.

Traditional Scottish Pub Experience

Embrace the spirit of Scotland with a visit to a traditional Scottish pub. Savor a hearty meal of local specialties, such as Cullen skink or venison stew, while soaking up the lively atmosphere.

Enjoy live traditional music and perhaps try a wee dram of Scotland’s finest whisky to complete your authentic Scottish experience.

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Day 10: Stirling Castle & Fort William

Stirling Castle, Scotland

On day 10, make your way toward Stirling Castle with your driver-guide. This stunning fortress played a pivotal role in Scotland’s history and is considered one of the country’s most important castles.

Stirling Castle and Old Town

Your day begins with a visit to Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland.

Enjoy a guided tour of the castle’s grand halls, chapels, and historic rooms, while your guide brings the castle’s fascinating history to life. Don’t miss the stunning views over Stirling from the castle’s ramparts.

After your castle visit, take a stroll through Stirling’s Old Town, where you’ll find a collection of the city’s oldest buildings, like the Church of the Holy Rude and the Old Town Jail.

The National Wallace Monument

A short drive from Stirling Castle will bring you to the National Wallace Monument, a towering tribute to Scottish hero William Wallace.

Climb the 246 steps to the top for breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Explore the exhibits inside the monument, which reveal the life and legacy of Wallace.

Drive to Fort William through the Scottish Highlands and Glencoe

After lunch, your private driver will take you on a scenic journey through the Scottish Highlands, bound for Fort William. This drive, which takes about 2 hours, showcases some of the most stunning landscapes in Scotland.

As you drive through Glencoe, your first breath-taking sight is the dramatic Three Sisters, a trio of towering peaks that create a stunning backdrop against the verdant valley. Further down the road, the enchanting beauty of Loch Achtriochtan invites a pause, with its serene waters reflecting the rugged mountains around it.

Don’t miss the Meeting of the Three Waters, a spectacular waterfall where the confluence of streams creates an awe-inspiring roar amidst the tranquil highland landscape.

Evening Exploration of Fort William

Upon arrival in Fort William, embark on a walking tour of the town, visiting highlights like the West Highland Museum, where you’ll learn about the region’s rich history.

Take a stroll along the waterfront, enjoying views of Loch Linnhe and the surrounding mountains.

Day 11: The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

After breakfast, depart Fort William with your driver-guide and embark on a scenic drive towards the Isle of Skye, known for its dramatic landscapes and rugged beauty.

Continue your journey to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a picturesque fortress on a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet.

Eilean Donan Castle

Explore the castle’s historic rooms and corridors, which have been meticulously restored to their 1930s appearance. Learn about the castle’s turbulent history, including its destruction during the Jacobite Risings and subsequent reconstruction.

Admire the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape from the castle’s battlements, making for fantastic photo opportunities.

Arrival on the Isle of Skye

Cross the Skye Bridge and arrive on the enchanting Isle of Skye. Some of the most amazing highlights on this magical island include:

Fairy Pools: A series of crystal-clear pools and waterfalls located in the scenic Glen Brittle, offering picturesque views and opportunities for wild swimming or hiking in the surrounding Cuillin Mountains.

Old Man of Storr: An iconic, rocky pinnacle that stands tall over the Isle of Skye, providing a challenging hike with breathtaking panoramic views of the island’s dramatic landscape.

Neist Point Lighthouse: This stunning lighthouse is perched on the most westerly point of Skye. It offers dramatic cliffside vistas, excellent opportunities for birdwatching, and a great spot to catch the sunset or to spot whales and dolphins.

Evening: Exploring Portree

Spend the evening exploring the charming town of Portree, the largest settlement on the Isle of Skye.

As you enjoy the night in Portree, we suggest that you visit:

Portree Harbour: Stroll along the picturesque harbor, lined with colorful houses and fishing boats.

Aros Centre: Visit this cultural center to learn about Skye’s history, culture, and wildlife through interactive exhibits and multimedia displays.

Dinner: Local Delicacies

Indulge in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, where you can sample Skye’s culinary delights, such as fresh seafood, Highland game, and locally sourced produce.

Overnight in Portree on the Isle of Skye.

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Day 12: Inverness and the Legendary Loch Ness

Loch Ness, Scotland

Bid farewell to the Isle of Skye and continue your journey to Inverness, the bustling capital of the Highlands, passing through the legendary Loch Ness along the way.

Loch Ness

Take in the serene beauty of this famous loch, which stretches over 22 miles and is the purported home of the elusive Loch Ness Monster.

Stop at the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, which sit on the loch’s western shore and offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, where you can learn about the loch’s geology, wildlife, and the many sightings of “Nessie” throughout the years.

Arrival in Inverness and Leisure Time

Arrive in Inverness and check into your comfortable accommodations. Spend the evening exploring the city’s lively streets, historical sites, and diverse culinary scene.

Inverness Castle: Stroll along the banks of the River Ness and admire the exterior of this 19th-century red sandstone castle, which currently serves as a courthouse.

Inverness Cathedral: Visit this beautiful Gothic-style cathedral, adorned with intricate carvings and stunning stained-glass windows.

Victorian Market: Browse the charming boutiques and specialty shops housed in this historic covered market, which dates back to the 19th century.

Dinner: Highland Flavors

Savor a delicious dinner at one of Inverness’s many fine restaurants, where you can sample local delicacies like Highland beef, venison, or fresh-caught salmon.

Day 13: Speyside Whisky Trail & Cairngorms National Park

Macallan Distillery, Scotland

Set off on a journey through the Speyside Whisky Trail, which boasts the highest concentration of whisky distilleries in Scotland.

Highlights of the trail include:

Glenfiddich Distillery: Visit this iconic distillery, known for its distinctive triangular bottle and world-renowned single malt Scotch whisky.

The Macallan Distillery: Explore the state-of-the-art facility and learn about the exceptional craftsmanship behind this prestigious brand.

Aberlour Distillery: Discover the rich history and unique character of this distillery’s award-winning single malt whiskies.

Lunch: A Taste of Speyside

Stop for lunch at a local eatery or distillery, where you can enjoy traditional Scottish cuisine, including dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and a dram of Speyside whisky.

Cairngorms National Park

Continue your journey to Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the UK, which encompasses vast forests, tranquil lochs, and rugged mountains.

Cairngorm Mountain: Ascend the mountain via the funicular railway and marvel at the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape from the viewing platform.

Rothiemurchus Estate: Visit this historic estate, which offers a variety of outdoor activities, including guided nature walks, wildlife spotting, and fishing.

Loch an Eilein: Take a stroll around this picturesque loch, which is surrounded by ancient Caledonian pine forests and features a 13th-century island castle.

Late Afternoon: Exploring the Park

Spend the remainder of the afternoon discovering the diverse attractions of Cairngorms National Park at your own pace.


Highland Folk Museum: Step back in time at this open-air museum, which showcases the traditional way of life in the Scottish Highlands.

Balmoral Castle: Visit the royal family’s summer residence, which boasts stunning gardens and impressive architecture.

The Highland Wildlife Park: Encounter an array of native and exotic animals, including Scottish wildcats, European bison, and Amur tigers.

Spend the night in Pitlochry at the foot of the Cairngorms.

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Day 14: Pitlochry to Edinburgh

Old Course at St Andrews

Bid farewell to The Highlands and embark on your journey back to Edinburgh with your driver-guide.

Start your day early with a departure from Pitlochry. Your private driver will guide you through the scenic landscapes of Perthshire as you head towards St. Andrews.

Andrews Cathedral and St. Rule's Tower

Upon arrival in St Andrews, your first stop will be the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral, once the largest church in Scotland.

Explore the remnants of this grand medieval building and climb St Rule’s Tower for breathtaking views over the town and the coastline.

St Andrews Castle

Just a short walk from the Cathedral is St Andrews Castle, another must-visit historical site.

The ruins of this fortress, which dates back to the 13th century, have a rich and turbulent history. Explore the underground mine and counter-mine and check out the ‘bottle dungeon’, one of the most infamous castle prisons in Britain.

The Old Course at St Andrews

After lunch, it’s time to visit the Old Course at St Andrews, widely considered the “Home of Golf”.

While booking a round might be difficult due to high demand, you can still walk around the premises, visit the iconic Swilcan Bridge and take in the atmosphere of this legendary course. If you’re a golf fan, consider a visit to the British Golf Museum.

St Andrews Botanic Garden

Before leaving St Andrews, take a relaxing walk in the St Andrews Botanic Garden, a hidden gem with a vast array of plant species and beautiful themed gardens.

Evening Arrival in Edinburgh

After your day in St Andrews, your private driver will transport you to Edinburgh to complete your 14 day tour.

The drive takes about 1.5 hours, offering views of the scenic East Neuk of Fife and the iconic Forth Bridges. Once in Edinburgh, consider wrapping up your itinerary with a nice dinner in one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.

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