Scotland’s Sights and Gastronomic Delights (Self-Drive 7 nights/8 days)

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From culinary experiences including cooking with a professional chef using top quality Scottish ingredients to visiting historical attractions, whisky distilleries and more, you’ll journey across some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.

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This is the ultimate combination break, where you open the doors and gain access to the very best that Scotland has to offer over 7 nights

This is the ultimate combination break, where you open the doors and gain access to the very best that Scotland has to offer.

From culinary experiences including cooking with a professional chef using top quality Scottish ingredients to visiting historical attractions, whisky distilleries and more, you’ll journey across some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.

With both casual and fine dining opportunities, including the chance to dine at ‘Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles’ highly coveted 2 Michelin Star restaurant, this is a taste of Scotland like no other.

Choose between 4 or 5 star accommodation including a castle stay, book a car using our reduced rate service and we’ll take care of the rest.

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DAY 1  WELCOME – Collect car in your arrival city/airport/station (Aberdeen, Glasgow or Edinburgh) • journey to your luxurious 4 star hotel or castle (your choice) or the iconic 5 star Gleneagles Hotel • time to relax before dinner at your hotel (upgrade option to dine in Scotland’s best restaurant also available)* • overnight 4 star or 5 star accommodation in lower highland Perthshire  (Night 1 of 2) 

DAY 2  LOWER HIGHLAND LUXURY – Scottish Breakfast • day experience (choose 1 of the following 2 options):

OPTION 1    WHISKY & CULTURE  Exclusive tour and tasting at the Famous Grouse/Glenturret Malt Whisky Distillery. Create your own Whisky blend, bottle it and take it home • Visit to the Battle of Bannockburn Heritage Centre or Stirling Castle (your choice).

OPTION 2    REST AND PLAY AT THE 5 STAR GLENEAGLES HOTEL  One introductory lesson of your choice from/at:  Falconry School, Gun Dog School or Equestrian Centre, Trout Fishing, Clay Pigeon or Air Rifle Shooting or Archery.  (Also available with a supplementary charge applied include: Spa treatments, a round of Golf or a Wildlife Photography experience. Deer Stalking or Game Bird Shooting for experienced shots is available in season).

  • Evening at leisure • overnight 4 star or 5 star accommodation in lower highland Perthshire (Night 2 of 2) 

DAY 3   HIGHLAND ADVENTURES – Scottish Breakfast  Choose 1 of the following 3 options:

OPTION 1   SMOKED SALMON AND THE HIGHLAND CAPITAL, INVERNESS Taste a range of smoked salmon at one of Scotland’s best smokehouses • Lunch at the ‘House of Bruar’, a mecca of Scottish fine foods and country clothing. Explore Inverness or journey a few miles to Loch Ness.

OPTION 2     HIGHLAND WILDLIFE SAFARI & LUNCH (Supplementary fee £55 pp) Private wildlife safari in a land rover with your own kilted ranger. Enjoy the glorious scenery and look out for Scotland’s native red deer, grouse and eagles • Lunch at the ‘House of Bruar’.

OPTION 3    DEWARS WORLD OF WHISKY & THE HIGHLAND CHOCOLATIER CONNOSIEURS EXPERIENCE (Monday to Friday only) (Supplementary fee £20 pp) Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Aberfeldy Distillery, producer of the single malt whisky, which lies at the heart of the Dewar’s blends • Meet your specialist guide at the Scottish Centre of Chocolate and indulge in the ‘Connoisseurs tour and tasting’.

  • Dinner in Inverness – Chez Rouz. Albert Roux, head of the famous cooking dynasty oversees your ‘Scottish ingredients with a French twist’ menu overnight 4 star or 5 star accommodation in Inverness  (Night 1 of 2) 

DAY 4   BARRELS TO BATTLEFIELDS – Scottish Breakfast Choose 1 of the following 3 options:

OPTION 1   SHORTBREAD AND CHIVAS IN SPEYSIDE  Visit a shortbread maker and learn more about Scotland’s national biscuit • Enjoy a tour and tasting at Strathisla Whisky Distillery, home of Chivas Regal.

OPTION 2   SPEYSIDE DISTILLERY AND BARREL MAKER (Monday to Friday only) Watch whisky barrels being made in a Speyside cooperage  • Enjoy a visit, tour and tasting at the Macallan malt whisky distillery.

OPTION 3   CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD, ANCIENT STANDING STONES AND BLACK ISLE COAST  Learn about the Jacobite revolution and the battle that changed Scottish history • Visit the bronze age Clava Cairns and standing stones.  Journey along the dolphin populated Black Isle coastline.

  • evening at leisure • overnight 4 star or 5 star accommodation in Inverness (Night 2 of 2) 

DAY 5   THE LOCHS AND A CHAMPAGNE CRUISE – Scottish Breakfast  Journey past Loch Ness and through some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery including the romantic and mystical Glencoe and Ben Nevis  •  Arrive in Loch Lomond, and board your luxury motor yacht for a Champagne cruise on the loch (1 hour)  •  Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland’s most welcoming city  relaxed dinner in Café Gandolfi; one of Glasgow’s most famous restaurants with delicious, traditional Scottish cuisine  • overnight 4 star or 5 star accommodation in Glasgow 

DAY 6   YES CHEF! CULINARY EXPERIENCE –  Scottish Breakfast  An entertaining and relaxed hands-on cooking class with a professional chef (lunch included)  Multi-course Special Tasting Menu Dinner in a 1 Michelin Star restaurant in Edinburgh • overnight 4 star or 5 star accommodation in Edinburgh (Night 1 of 2) 

DAY 7   CITY SIPPING OR COASTAL LIVING – Scottish Breakfast  Choose one of the following 2 options:

OPTION 1   A DAY IN OUR CAPITAL, EDINBURGH A private tasting at the world’s 1st liquid deli. Sample regional specialities from spirits to wines and oils to vinegars.  Enjoy time exploring the fascinating city of Edinburgh

Additional 3.5 hour  ‘Edinburgh Food & Drink Walking Tour’ also available as an alternative to lunch (supplementary fee £49 per person).

OPTION 2   A DAY IN HISTORIC ST ANDREWS  View the production and taste St Andrews local farmhouse cheese  • Visit the picturesque heritage fishing villages. (Fresh catch lunches available in the high season- charged as taken) • Explore St Andrews  • Enjoy a tour and craft ale tasting at a local brewery. (Top tip on where to try Gold medal haggis included!).

  • Final evening’s dinner in your hotel • overnight 4 star or 5 star accommodation in Edinburgh (Night 2 of 2) 

DAY 8  FAREWELL – Full Scottish Breakfast Car drop off at your Airport (or in the City Centre if preferred).

This tour is available on the following dates :

This experience is available on dates of your choosing all year round.

This tour includes

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation (4 or 5 red star – your choice)
  • 7 Scottish breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
  • 1 culinary class with a professional chef (inclusive of lunch).
  • All entrance fees, tours and tastings associated with planned itinerary, except where stated that supplementary charges apply. A detailed itinerary complete with timings and GPS navigation routes.
  • *Dining option upgrade (subject to availability) on Night 1 or 2 to sample either of the Tasting Menus below with/without matching wines in Scotland’s finest 2 Michelin Star restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. Supplementary charges apply (per person).
    • 7 course Du Marche with/without wines £105/40
    • 9 course Degustation with/without wines £155/70

Information on booking this tour

To book this experience, please choose your accommodation option and click the Book Now button! Or contact us quoting “Scotland’s Sights and Gastronomic Delights (Self Drive)”.

£1570 (4 star accommodation)
£2630 (5 star accommodation)

Prices are per person for 7 nights based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Airfare or personal expenses, including personal travel insurance, and drinks except any listed on the itinerary are not included.  Options: one choice to be selected for the whole party.

Take advantage of a discounted rate on your car rental from our partner AVIS International by using the exclusive link on our Tasting Scotland website.  (Standard or Prestige cars available).

Extend your trip to 10 nights and enjoy a day on the stunning Isle of Skye, extra time in Edinburgh and an unforgettable trip on a seafood creel boat lifting lobster pots with a Scottish fisherman.

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