Self-Drive Holidays
10 Nights
  • Fully customisable itinerary
  • Prices from: £1535 per person
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)


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Explore the myths and legends of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Attractions include historic Edinburgh Castle, the picturesque Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the home of Scottish royal history.

Historic castles
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Discover Scotland’s most iconic castles: Stirling Castle, Duart Castle, Eilean Donan, Urquhart Castle and Dunnottar Castle  – one of the most striking and romantic ruined castles in the country.

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.

Isle of Mull
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Enjoy the outstanding scenery of the Isle of Mull, home to magnificent sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, and mountains that rise 3,000 feet from the crystal clear sea. Mull is a wildlife heaven with soaring golden eagles and playful otters.

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, Old Man of Storr, spectacular Quiraing and magical Fairy Pools. Portree is its colourful capital.

Cairngorms National Park
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Experience the breathtaking scenery of the majestic Cairngorms National Park – the UK’s largest National Park with huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. Try your hand at archery or fishing in the wilderness.

Step Thousands of Years Back in Time

This spectacular Myths & Legends tour of Scotland begins in Edinburgh, Scotland’s inspiring capital city, and explores the stunning west coast and Outer Hebrides, packed with incredible castles, wild mountains and wonderful coastal scenery.

Discover extraordinary landscapes and dive into the cultural heritage of Scotland’s clans and castles, spotting wildlife as you go, and stepping back thousands of years into the past to visit ancient brochs and mysterious standing stones.

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Travel to Scotland’s longest and deepest lochs, highest mountain and fastest flowing river. Experience the wildlife and nature of the majestic Cairngorms National Park, visit Dunnottar Castle on Scotland’s east coast, and walk in the footsteps of Scotland’s legends.

You may be lucky enough to experience a Highland Games event during your time in Scotland. These impressive occasions celebrate Highland heritage and culture, and provide the opportunity to view some of the finest shows of strength in the world. When you enquire, we’ll advise you whether you’ll be able to attend a Highland Games during your trip.

This tour embraces the heart of Scottish culture and takes you to the most spectacular landscapes and historic locations. Scotland: the place where legends come to life.

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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Begin your Myths & Legends of Scotland Tour in Scotland’s mighty capital, Edinburgh. Discover the stories and legends of Edinburgh’s past by exploring its ‘closes’ and cobbled streets, and unlock the secrets of one of Europe’s most haunted cities.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 2: Myths & Legends of Edinburgh
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Visit Edinburgh Castle and marvel at the spectacular Great Hall, host to numerous fine banquets since 1511. Journey outside Edinburgh to captivating Rosslyn Chapel, said to contain the secrets of the Holy Grail.

The spirit of the clan is still alive and strong across Scotland – you may wish to trace your own Scottish roots at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 3: Edinburgh to Oban
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Travel west to stunning Stirling Castle with its magnificent 16th century Great Hall – home to feasts, dances and pageantry throughout the ages. Journey towards the west coast and take a picnic out to Kilchurn Castle, set spectacularly on the shores of Loch Awe, Scotland’s longest loch, and one of the most photographed and picturesque castles.
Overnight – Oban

Day 4: West Coast Wildlife & Nature
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Take a day trip across to the Isle of Mull and gaze in wonder from the ferry at mighty Duart Castle appearing before you. Enjoy a ranger-led trip to spot sea eagles and red deer, or take a boat trip to see whales and dolphins.
Overnight – Oban

Day 5: Oban to the Isle of Skye
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Detour to atmospheric Glencoe to uncover its turbulent history, before continuing up Scotland’s west coast to enjoy a stunning drive along the Road to the Isles. 

Take in the views of the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie on the shores of Loch Shiel, then take an afternoon ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye.
Overnight – Isle of Skye

Day 6: Castles & Clans on the Isle of Skye
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Spend a full day on the magical Isle of Skye. Venture to the island’s west and visit Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. 

Discover the stories of Clan Macleod, from the Fairy Flag to Rory Mor’s Horn. Enjoy the beautiful gardens or take a seal-spotting trip on Loch Dunvegan.
Overnight – Isle of Skye

Day 7: Isle of Skye to the Outer Hebrides
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Take a ferry from Skye across to Scotland’s largest island, Harris and Lewis. Spend an afternoon on a remote white sandy beach with crystal clear waters lapping at your feet. This is a breathtaking part of the world, remote and enchanting.
Overnight – Isle of Lewis

Day 8: Life on the Edge of Ancient Scotland
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Step back thousands of years and explore Scotland’s ancient past. Visit Dun Carloway Broch and Calanais Standing Stones, dating back 5,000 years. Walk amongst these prehistoric stones and take a moment to reflect on this archaeological wonder.
Overnight – Isle of Lewis

Day 9: Outer Hebrides to the Cairngorms
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Journey back to the mainland at Ullapool then travel through a beautiful Highland landscape to the Cairngorms National Park. There is no shortage of fantastic sightseeing opportunities today, including Corrieshalloch Gorge, the bustling city of Inverness with its iconic castle, and historic Culloden battlefield.
Overnight – Aviemore

Day 10: Landscapes & Forests of The Cairngorms
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Today you’ll head for the mountains, lochs, forests and glens of the Cairngorms National Park. Try your hand at archery or fishing on the Rothiemurchus Estate, or spot the elusive Scottish wildcat at the Highland Wildlife Park.

Drive east to Aberdeenshire’s Castle Trail, where Scotland’s turbulent past has left a lasting mark on the landscape in the shape of the many castles, fortresses and tower houses that pepper the countryside. Visit striking Dunnottar Castle, set dramatically on a cliff edge, and see how these imposing structures have the power to fire the imagination.
Overnight – Aviemore

Day 11: Depart Edinburgh
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Make your way south through beautiful Highland Perthshire, stopping to spot leaping salmon on the River Braan. Take a boat trip to Loch Leven Castle or Inchcolm Island under the impressive Forth Bridges before travelling back to Edinburgh, where your unforgettable Myth & Legends of Scotland tour will come to an end.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 10 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
  • 9 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 £1535

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 £2060

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
Please enquire

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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