With its iconic castle looming over the city, Edinburgh is truly one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Quaint independent shops and cosy pubs line the cobbled streets, while Edinburgh’s Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is home to Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, and the National Museum of Scotland.
The Victorian Spa town of Pitlochry, nestled amongst spectacular Highland scenery, is the perfect winter retreat. Pamper yourself at a luxury spa, browse local craft shops, or enjoy a show at the renowned Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
Sample Scotland’s national drink at the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh. Find your perfect dram and learn about the ancient process of whisky making.
The magical region of Highland Perthshire is home to opulent Highland castles and world-renowned whisky distilleries including Edradour and Dewar’s of Aberfeldy. Explore the delightful attractions while enjoying a backdrop of frosty forests and snow-covered mountains.
Experience the breathtaking and majestic Cairngorms National Park – the UK’s largest national park – with huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls and picturesque, snow-capped peaks.
Relax each evening in wonderful accommodations where it will be a pleasure to unwind and enjoy peaceful evenings with a book or a spot of stargazing out to clear Highland skies.
This cosy getaway combines a festive city break with a calming escape to the stunning Scottish countryside, the perfect formula for a relaxing winter holiday.
Scotland’s magical capital city comes alive in the winter months, while Highland Perthshire offers a warm Scottish welcome in the midst of beautiful rural tranquillity.
One of the world’s most spectacular capital cities, Edinburgh attracts visitors year-round to enjoy its thriving cultural and historical attractions. The winding cobbled streets of the Old Town and the wide, sweeping Georgian crescents of the New Town reveal a maze of cosy pubs, excellent restaurants and charming shops, perfect for exploring on your winter break.
The many city-centre sights include St Giles’ Cathedral, the Royal Mile, and the iconic Edinburgh Castle towering over it all. For a panoramic view, take a walk up Arthur’s Seat, the impressive extinct volcano which looks over the city and on to the Kingdom of Fife.
From here, travel north to Highland Perthshire, replacing bustling urban life with peaceful countryside. Enjoy a scenic journey through the rolling hills to your destination, the charming Victorian spa town of Pitlochry. Nestled amongst the pine forests on the River Tummel, this is the perfect base for exploring some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes.
Spend a day visiting the spectacular Cairngorms National Park, the UK’s largest National Park, with snow-capped mountains, expansive forests and an abundance of undisturbed wildlife. Finally, indulge in a wee dram of Scottish whisky and let this trip be a well-deserved pause from daily life.
This is our suggested itinerary for our Edinburgh & The Scottish Highlands in Winter self-drive tour. We design each itinerary around your interests, so think of this as a starting point which can be tailored into something completely unique to you.
We love the opportunity to use our first-hand knowledge and experience to design and deliver the perfect, bespoke holiday experience for you.
Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital city, and enjoy a City Sightseeing bus tour to get your bearings. Visit historic Edinburgh Castle and sample Scotland’s national drink at the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile. This truly is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Overnight – Edinburgh
Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former floating holiday home of Her Majesty The Queen, or hike up to the top of Arthur’s Seat – an extinct volcano which looms over the city – for breathtaking panoramic views.
Explore the Georgian grandeur of the New Town, or learn about Scotland’s turbulent and fascinating history at the award-winning National Museum of Scotland.
Overnight – Edinburgh
A wonderfully scenic journey takes you over the River Forth, through the Kingdom of Fife, and past the city of Perth on your way to the Scottish Highlands.
Your destination is the quaint Victorian spa town of Pitlochry, nestled peacefully amongst the picturesque forests and peaks of Perthshire. Popular with holiday-makers for over a hundred years, it is the ideal base for exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.
Overnight – Pitlochry
Spend the day exploring your surroundings, as Perthshire is home to stunning castles, vast lochs, delightful villages and beautiful, diverse scenery.
You may wish to visit one of Scotland’s famous distilleries, such as Glenturret Distillery in Crieff or Dewars World of Whisky in Aberfeldy, for a warming, wee dram of the ‘Water of Life.’
Overnight – Pitlochry
You may choose to visit the magnificent Cairngorms National Park just north of Pitlochry, the UK’s largest and wildest national park, with towering snow-capped peaks and ancient native trees. Winding mountain roads connect picturesque villages, with fresh Highland air and unspoilt flora and fauna making this an idyllic rural location.
Overnight – Pitlochry
After breakfast, you will make the scenic journey through Perthshire and Fife back to Edinburgh, where your winter escape will come to an end.
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We know that after a busy day of sightseeing an exceptional place to stay makes all the difference. That’s why all of the accommodation we select is hand-picked using our first-hand knowledge of the best places to stay.
Our discerning team has a wealth of experience, and we extensively research and regularly review all of the accommodation we select for our clients.
Please choose from one of our accommodation categories below. If you wish to combine these categories or perhaps upgrade for a special occasion let us know in your enquiry.
Our Premium category includes a unique collection of luxurious and stylish boutique Guest Houses and small 4* Hotels. These are wonderfully charming and intimate and run with great flair by their owners.
It also comprises larger 4* Hotels selected for their high standard of accommodation, exceptional service, and great location. These range from traditional luxury to contemporary Hotels.
A collection of quality 4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels often located in beautiful locations which provide an excellent standard of accommodation.
Tastefully decorated and furnished, these properties are generally owned and operated by locals who have a genuine passion for their region which they are keen to share with you. Their warm hospitality is sure to be a highlight of your Scottish experience.
A collection of 3* B&Bs and Guest Houses offering comfortable accommodation close to local attractions. Your accommodation is great for the little personal touches.
A chat with your warm and friendly hosts and fellow guests over breakfast will arm you with local knowledge and tips for the day ahead.
From award-winning luxury Hotels to unique country retreats, all of which offer exceptional accommodation with superb facilities and outstanding service.
These are truly magical places and amongst the best Scotland has to offer. The perfect choice when you would like somewhere really special which can be a treat for the night or for your entire holiday.
Our packages include car rental and comprehensive insurance for the duration of your holiday. Absolute Escapes has an excellent relationship with a number of car hire operators and we are able to offer quality vehicles and great value for money.
If you plan to bring your own vehicle, we are also able to offer this itinerary without a rental car.