Self-Drive Holidays
8 Nights
  • Fully customisable itinerary
  • Prices from: £1035 per person
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)


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Charming and vibrant, Edinburgh is Scotland’s ancient capital city and the birthplace of Sir Sean Connery. Attractions include historic Edinburgh Castle and the picturesque Royal Mile. 

James Bond museums
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Visit Scotland’s largest collection of James Bond memorabilia and enjoy a unique cocktail at the 007 Bar.

The West Coast
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Tour Scotland’s stunning West Coast, including locations from The Spy Who Loved Me and From Russia With Love.

Dramatic Glencoe
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Retrace Bond’s steps through spectacular Glen Etive and Glencoe, dramatically featured in Skyfall as the backdrop to the legendary spy’s childhood home.

Macallan Distillery
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Visit the Macallan Distillery – producers of one of Scotland’s most famous single malt whiskies – and sample Bond’s favourite dram.

Eilean Donan Castle
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Situated where three sea lochs meet, this stunning 13th century ruined castle was the Scottish headquarters of MI6 in the film The World Is Not Enough.

A Bond-Themed Self-Drive Tour in Scotland

The James Bond Experience begins in Edinburgh, Scotland’s impressive capital city and travels west to visit several locations used in classic James Bond films. This tour visits Inveraray before going north to Glen Etive and Glencoe, and finishes in Speyside.

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The James Bond Experience begins in Edinburgh, Scotland’s impressive capital city and travels west to visit several locations used in classic James Bond films.

The tour begins by visiting Scotland’s largest collection of Bond memorabilia, including a BMW 750 used in Tomorrow Never Dies, before continuing over to the West Coast. The tour then visits the tranquil village of Crinan, used in the boat chase scenes in From Russia With Love. From there, take the stunning drive into Glen Etive and onwards to Glencoe to see the scenery used in the filming of Skyfall. You will then visit Eilean Donan Castle, the headquarters of MI6 from The World is Not Enough, which also happens to be one of the most scenic and iconic castles in Scotland. Complete your James Bond Experience with day in Speyside, including a tour of the famous Macallan Distillery where you can sample Bond’s favourite whisky.

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: Arrive in Edinburgh
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Arrive in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and the birthplace of Sir Sean Connery. Sample Bond’s favourite cocktail – shaken not stirred – on Edinburgh’s George Street.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 2: From Edinburgh (With Love)
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Spend the day exploring the former haunts of Sir Sean, including the school he used to deliver milk to – that also happens to be the same school Bond attended – and the Art College where he posed as a life model. Enjoy Edinburgh’s rich connections with the world of literature and film, as well as exploring its historical castle and Royal Mile.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 3: Edinburgh to the West Coast
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Head west and visit Scotland’s largest collection of Bond memorabilia, including a BMW 750 used in Tomorrow Never Dies. Have a snack at Miss Moneypenny’s Diner before continuing west with a scenic drive along the banks of Loch Lomond over to Faslane Naval Base, used in The Spy Who Loved Me.
Overnight – Inveraray

Day 4: A View to a Thrill
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Explore Scotland’s incredible West Coast, including the tranquil village of Crinan, used in the boat chase scenes in From Russia With Love. There are some impressive walks to enjoy in this area and you will also find some of the finest seafood in Scotland.
Overnight – Inveraray

Day 5: West Coast to Glencoe
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Travel north along the shores of Scotland’s longest loch before enjoying spectacular Glen Orchy. Continue into the wilderness of Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive, instantly recognisable from 2012’s Skyfall.
Overnight – Glencoe

Day 6: Drive Another Day
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After soaking up the spooky and atmospheric Glencoe, birthplace of Bond’s father, make your way to one of Scotland’s most photographed castles. Posing as the headquarters of MI6 in The World Is Not Enough, Eilean Donan Castle has a fascinating history well worth exploring.
Overnight – Glencoe

Day 7: Glencoe to Speyside
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Travel the length of the Great Glen, a stunning 75 mile drive along a geographical fault line. Keep your eye out for monsters as you travel alongside Loch Ness, or take the chance to explore the impressive ruin of Urquhart Castle. Complete your day by travelling into Speyside.
Overnight – Speyside

Day 8: Live and Let Dram
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Spend the day in Speyside and visit the Macallan Distillery, where you can enjoy a tour before sampling Bond’s favourite whisky. Explore Britain’s largest National Park, the Cairngorms.
Overnight – Speyside

Day 9: Speyside to Edinburgh and Depart
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Leave whisky country behind you and head south through the beauty of Highland Perthshire towards Edinburgh, where your James Bond Tour will end.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 8 nights including traditional Scottish breakfast
  • Comprehensive information pack and local visitor guidebooks
  • Personalised itinerary with our recommendations for the best places to eat and drink and sightseeing suggestions
  • Map of Scotland with our recommended driving route
  • 7 days rental of an Economy car (other vehicle categories available) including comprehensive insurance
  • Tour of the Macallan Whisky Distillery
  • 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
Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Hotels
From £1760

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.

4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels
From £1140

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.

3* B&Bs and Guest Houses
From £1035

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.

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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