Specials Trip Finder Brochures Menu

A Scottish Journey Back Roads: Edinburgh to Edinburgh

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,039

With so much to offer beyond the two major cities, this Scotland Back Roads small group tour immerses you all that’s great about this beautiful and unique country. Discover historic castles, murky lochs, and the Isle of Skye before you return to Edinburgh.


Join one of our unique small group Back Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. Click here for all the EXCLUSIVE DIFFERENCES.

This 8-day Scotland tour takes in the best of the countryside on a round trip from Edinburgh, and is ideal for travellers wanting to experience the Highlands in detail.

Set out for the fishing villages of East Neuk on your way to St Andrews. Here, the cobblestone streets offer just a glimpse of historic sites to come. The first major one of these is Cawdor Castle, dating back to the 14th century. You’ll explore the castle and gardens, then delve even further into the past at Clava Cairns, a 4,000 year old burial site. Relive the battle of Culloden at the local museum, then settle overnight at Inverness.

A trip to the Kiltmaker Visitor Centre offers you a keen insight into the humble tartan’s proud history. Nearby of course is Loch Ness, Britain’s largest body of water, and home to the namesake Monster. Visit Plockton en route to the Isle of Skye, home to a blend of wildlife and geological formations. Cap off your sightseeing with a whisky tasting at Portree.

BRT

Pass through the dramatic scenery of the Highlands, including towering Ben Nevis, as you make your way to Glenfinnan and Fort William. Then catch your ferry to the Isle of Mull, famed for its red granite landscapes and clifftop Duart Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Another short ferry ride takes you to Iona, home to historic Iona Abbey and Nunnery.

Return to the mainland and go on to Stirling, where the Scottish Wars of Independence were fought. Explore the castle and historic town centre before returning to Edinburgh for departure.


Read More

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,039

Itinerary View Trip Map View Trip Special

Day 1

Edinburgh to St Andrews and Ballater

This tour commences from The Place (34-38 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3HU) at 8:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Old seafaring villages, mysterious ruins and a royal love story introduces us to Scotland. We begin by travelling through towering mountains and East Neuk fishing villages before we arrive in St Andrews, a tiny town with a big reputation for world-class golf and Scotland's oldest university. To end our day, we meet with Ballater and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner together.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Deeside Inn

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    The Deeside Inn



    The Deeside Inn is situated in the centre of Ballater which is a beautiful village in the heart of Royal Deeside. The panelled entrance and log fires instantly demonstrate its friendly, "home from home" atmosphere which can be enjoyed in the cosy lounge bar, traditional ...

    The Deeside Inn is situated in the centre of Ballater which is a beautiful village in the heart of Royal Deeside. The panelled entrance and log fires instantly demonstrate its friendly, "home from home" atmosphere which can be enjoyed in the cosy lounge bar, traditional restaurant and quiet lounge. Guests can take time to explore Royal Deeside including Balmoral Castle, Crathie Kirk or enjoy outdoor activities including golf, walking, fishing and cycling. The Deeside Inn sits in the centre of the picturesque Royal Deesdie village of Ballater, at the heart of the Grampian Highlands. The Deeside Inn is known for its traditional Scottish hospitality and lively music scene as much as it is for its homely lounge, open fires and welcoming bar with quality homemade food.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

    More Details

Day 2

Ballater to Cawdor Castle, Culloden and Inverness

Our day begins dramatically as we travel on through the awe-inspiring scenery and arrive at the Cawdor Castle. After an insightful morning, we visit Clava Cairns and observe the historic tombs and the Culloden Visitor Centre before reaching our final destination, Inverness.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Waterside Hotel

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Waterside Hotel



    The Waterside Hotel in Inverness is one of the best located hotels in Inverness. Situated on a tree lined avenue right on the river bank, opposite Eden Court Theatre and only a couple of minutes stroll from the city centre. The Waterside Hotel also has ...

    The Waterside Hotel in Inverness is one of the best located hotels in Inverness. Situated on a tree lined avenue right on the river bank, opposite Eden Court Theatre and only a couple of minutes stroll from the city centre. The Waterside Hotel also has plenty of free car parking which is a big bonus in central Inverness. The Waterside Hotel's Conservatory Restaurant allows guests to enjoy fine food, and appreciate the Waterside Hotels location in Inverness. The waters of the River Ness can be seen from all tables, and from time to time you can see salmon leaping and the occasional seal.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Conference Facilities
    • Restaurant

    More Details

Day 3

Inverness

We've had an exciting start to the week! This morning we embark on a walking tour around Inverness with your Back-Roads Tour Leader, then the rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Inverness, Loch Ness, Plockton and Isle of Skye

We can't come here and not dip our toes in the Loch Ness legend. While we may not spy the eponymous 'Loch Ness Monster', we will discover the staggering sight of a dark, mirror-like loch. Our pre-lunch entertainment offers a visit to Plockton, where painted cottages are clustered around a little harbour. With our appetites for the outdoors whetted, we sit down to a seafood lunch in Kyle of Lochalsh, Wester Ross. Today's final drive is to the Isle of Skye, where we'll be for two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Eilean Iarmain Hotel

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Eilean Iarmain Hotel



    This traditional hotel, in an idyllic setting, with spectacular views across the sound of Sleat to the Knoydart Hills, retains its old world charm giving each guest a truly genuine highland welcome from the moment of arrival. Hotel Eilean Iarmain on the beautiful Isle of ...

    This traditional hotel, in an idyllic setting, with spectacular views across the sound of Sleat to the Knoydart Hills, retains its old world charm giving each guest a truly genuine highland welcome from the moment of arrival. Hotel Eilean Iarmain on the beautiful Isle of Skye is small and privately owned, situated on a sheltered bay in the south of Skye, with expansive views over the Sound of Sleat to the hills of Knoydart on the mainland. People have been coming here for over a hundred years, drawn by a love for the landscape of this Hebridean island, its geology, botany, ornithology, history, culture and language.

    More Details

Day 5

Isle of Skye

Sensational landscapes, rare wildlife and imagination-firing history - Skye delivers on every level. It is North Highland scenery on a grand scale, and we immerse ourselves in its unique geology, including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr. Of course, no visit would be complete without a dram of island-made whisky, which we sip during a whisky talk and tasting at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Isle of Skye to Fort William and Isle of Mull

Continuing our journey through soul-stirring Scottish scenery, we visit Fort William - a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Next, there’s just a short ferry ride to the Isle of Mull.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Western Isles Hotel

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Western Isles Hotel



    The 26-bedroom Western Isles Hotel is beautifully situated on the Isle of Mull on a small hill overlooking the Tobermory Bay. The views are spectacular from the public rooms and many of the bedrooms. Tobermory Bay is a working harbour with ships and boats coming ...

    The 26-bedroom Western Isles Hotel is beautifully situated on the Isle of Mull on a small hill overlooking the Tobermory Bay. The views are spectacular from the public rooms and many of the bedrooms. Tobermory Bay is a working harbour with ships and boats coming in and out every day of the year. This is the perfect base for a West Coast holiday and the opportunity to sample the unspoilt nature of the Isle of Mull. The Hotel was designed and built specifically as a hotel in 1882. As it is late-Victorian many of the rooms are spacious with high ceilings, but there is no lift.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

    More Details

Day 7

Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona

The best way to see the Hebrides is by island hopping, and today we do just that. From Mull's little village of Fionnphort we sail to Iona, a gem of an island with exquisite natural beauty. It's a serene spot for a wander, which takes us to Iona Abbey and Nunnery. When we return to Mull, we’ll have our history hats on and visit the Macquaries Museums and peek inside the Duart Castle which offers grand staterooms and empty dungeons. This craggy fortress, clinging to a coastal cliff is the oldest inhabited castle on the island. We then return to the warm welcome of our hotel and share a final group dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Isle of Mull to Stirling and Edinburgh

Taking to the sea once again we return to the mainland. It's been a tour delving deep in Scotland's heritage, so it's only right we finish with a stop via Stirling. A walk through the old town brings us to the magnificent hilltop castle. As one of Scotland's most impressive and famous monuments, it's the perfect end to our tour before we arrive back in Edinburgh.

Drop-off 6:00pm at The Place (34-38 York Place Edinburgh, EH1 3HU). Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only - traffic can be unpredictable!

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2018: Mar 18; Apr 3, 12, 22; May 1, 6, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31; Jun 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28; Jul 1, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29; Aug 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30; Sep 2, 4, 6, 9, 13, 16, 23, 25, 27, 30; Oct 7

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 4 evening meals
  • A seafood lunch experience
  • Ferries to Mull and Iona
  • Entrance fees (Cawdor Castle, Culloden Museum, Iona Abbey, Duart Castle and Stirling Castle)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights, items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour

OTHER INFORMATION:

Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

TB BACKROAEDI18SG: SHF
15 Jan 2018
Trip Finder

What our travelers say

Goway Toolkit


Need help planning your holiday? Our toolkit is a great place to get started.