Self-Drive Holidays
5 Nights
  • Fully customisable itinerary
  • Prices from: £865 per person
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)


Isle of Skye
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The Isle of Skye is popular for its stunning and dramatic volcanic scenery, including the Cuillin Mountain Range, the iconic Storr and spectacular Quiraing. Portree is its colourful capital.

Breathtaking beaches
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The Outer Hebrides are home to some of the most stunning beaches in Europe, clear golden sands of the highest quality, with sparkling views over the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see.

Callanish Standing Stones
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Step back in time over 5,000 years and walk amongst the giant standing stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis. These massive stone structures hold great mystery and intrigue for many.

Legendary landscapes
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From beautiful beaches to majestic mountains, the diversity of these islands is truly astounding. Much of the east coast terrain of the Isle of Harris is lunar in appearance, with huge grey rocks across the landscape peppered with patches of grass.

North & South Uist
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Explore the walking, kayaking & wildlife-watching available on Benbecula and the Uists, home to white sandy beaches & sparkling sea lochs.

Romantic Dunvegan Castle
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The award-winning and picturesque Dunvegan Castle is perched on the banks of Loch Dunvegan, and has an iconic history and five acres of beautiful formal gardens to enjoy.

Discover Scotland’s Most Enchanting Islands

This island-hopping self-drive tour journeys to the edge of Europe to explore some of the most spectacular islands on Scotland’s west coast. Nowhere else will you find such diverse landscapes, wildlife, arts, crafts and music – these Scottish islands have an abundance of beautiful habitats which are peaceful, unspoilt and natural.

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Begin your holiday on the Road to the Isles before taking the ferry over to Skye, and watch as the striking landscape of this popular Scottish destination rises up before you. This magical island is a geologist’s dream, with the jaw-dropping Jurassic scenery of the Quiraing and the rocky spike of the Old Man of Storr. The island’s capital is the colourful town of Portree, with its pretty harbour and warm Highland hospitality.

As you travel on through these spectacular islands, you will come to the windswept beaches of Harris. Here, the sparkling seas, lunar landscapes and miles of tranquil white beaches will have you enthralled.

The Isle of Lewis offers a wealth of Gaelic culture, as well as the historic site of the Standing Stones at Callanish, dating back to around 3000 BC. Wildlife watchers will have their work cut out for them, with abundant seabirds, whales, dolphins and porpoises around the northern shores.

Suggested Itinerary

The holiday ideas on our website are just examples of the amazing trips we offer. Think of this itinerary as a starting point which can be tailored into something completely unique to you by our award-winning specialists.

We love the opportunity to use our first-hand knowledge and experience to design and deliver the perfect, bespoke holiday experience for you.

Day 1: Glasgow to the Isle of Skye
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Depart Glasgow and travel along the famous ‘Road to the Isles’ to Mallaig, where you’ll take a ferry over the sea to Skye. The Isle of Skye is, without doubt, one of the most magical destinations in Scotland. Here, the dramatic Cuillin Mountains and stunning seascapes combine with the warmest of Highland hospitality – truly one of the world’s must-visit destinations.
Overnight – Isle of Skye

Day 2: Isle of Skye Sightseeing
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Visit romantic Dunvegan Castle, sample some fine island whisky, or climb aboard a fabulous boat cruise into the heart of the Cuillin Mountains. Explore the pretty town of Portree with its attractive harbour, or enjoy a walk through the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and experience some of Skye’s extraordinary geological scenery.
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Day 3: Isle of Skye to Isle of Harris
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Depart Skye bound for the Island of Harris – your destination in the Outer Hebrides, and an island ready to exceed all expectations. Explore the lunar landscape of the Harris Hills and discover castles standing guard over deserted bays.

Take a tranquil journey through time surrounded by the most beautiful beaches imaginable, backed by the shell-sand pasture of the machair and its vivid display of late spring and summer flowers.
Overnight – Isle of Harris or Lewis

Day 4: Isles of Harris and Lewis Sightseeing
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The mountains of north Harris contrast with the rolling moors and lochans of Lewis to offer unrivalled opportunities for hillwalkers, birdwatchers and wildlife-lovers. Crafting and fishing villages are dotted along the north-west coast of Lewis where archaeology buffs will make a beeline to the famous Standing Stones at Callanish, a fascinating group of nearly 50 megaliths dating from around 3000 BC.

The west coast has brilliant beaches to relax and enjoy the solitude. The Butt of Lewis, the far northern tip of the island, is home to many seabirds and is an excellent spot for watching whales, dolphins and porpoises.
Overnight – Isle of Harris or Lewis

Day 5: North Uist Sightseeing
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Hop on the ferry to North Uist and discover a remarkable island covered with sparkling seas and freshwater lochs. From here visit Benbecula, Berneray and South Uist – ideal for walking, kayaking and wildlife-watching.
Overnight – Isle of Harris or Lewis

Day 6: Isle of Harris to the Isle of Skye
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Depart the Outer Hebrides by ferry and return to the village of Uig on the Isle of Skye, and begin your journey home.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 5 nights including traditional Scottish breakfast
  • Comprehensive information pack
  • Personalised itinerary with our recommendations for the best places to eat and drink and sightseeing suggestions
  • Map of Scotland with our recommended driving route
  • 6 days rental of an Economy car (other vehicle categories available) including comprehensive insurance
  • All ferry crossings (as per your itinerary)
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Lunches and evening meals

Accommodation & Prices

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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.

Accommodation type
Price per person
4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels
From £865

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.

Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Hotels
From £1045

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.

Special Places to Stay
Exceptional Hotels and luxury Resorts
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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.

Car Hire

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.

All our packages include:

  • Collision Damage Waiver
  • Super Damage Excess Waiver
  • Third Party Insurance
  • Theft Waiver
  • Tax
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
  • Good for 2 people
  • Maximum of 4 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Ford Focus or similar
  • Good for 2 – 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Volkswagen Passat or similar
  • Good for up to 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 3 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
VW Sharan or similar
  • Good for 5 people
  • Maximum of 7 passengers
  • 3 – 4 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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