Self-Drive Holidays
10 Nights
  • Fully customisable itinerary
  • Prices from: £1505 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 a hub for culture and creativity. Attractions include historic Edinburgh Castle, the picturesque Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the home of Scottish royal history.

Eilean Donan Castle
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“There can be only one” –  Eilean Donan is the stunning castle that Hollywood loves, situated on a small tidal island and surrounded by three great Scottish lochs – Loch Long, Loch Alsh and Loch Duich.

Atmospheric Glencoe
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Glencoe is Scotland’s most famous and mystical glen, site of the infamous massacre of Clan Macdonald. Enjoy the great outdoors and spectacular views of the mountains of Glencoe and revel in the landscape featured in James Bond’s Skyfall and the Harry Potter films.

Isle of Skye
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Visit the Isle of Skye and explore the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula, as featured in Stardust and Prometheus. The Isle of Skye is popular for its stunning and dramatic volcanic scenery, including the Cuillin mountain range, the iconic Storr and spectacular Quiraing.

West Sands Beach
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Run along the West Sands beach at St Andrews to the soundtrack of Chariots of Fire and explore the medieval town with its ruined castle and cathedral and picturesque cobbled streets.

Jacobite Steam Train
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The Jacobite Steam Train, regarded as one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World. Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter on the Hogwarts Express across the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

A Drive Around Scotland’s Most Famous Movie Locations

Scotland’s incredible scenery has caught the eye of many a movie scout and featured in popular film and TV shows, from James Bond and Harry Potter to Monty Python and Outlander. This journey will take you on a tour of some well known locations that you may just recognise from the big screen.

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Scotland has featured in a surprising number of films and TV series. The country’s proud, rich history and stunning landscapes have provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.

This tour of Scotland’s film and television highlights takes in a myriad of cinematic landscapes from the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town to the mountains of Glencoe and the vast seascapes from the Isle of Skye and St Andrews. 

The journey begins in Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city and explores the atmospheric Highlands, the scene of many classic films such as James Bond’s Skyfall and Rob Roy. 

Travel over the sea to Skye and enjoy exploring the magical and mysterious landscapes of Scotland’s most famous island, featured in films such as Highlander and Made of Honour. The Quiraing is a particularly iconic section of the Trotternish peninsula recognisable in Macbeth and Stardust. 

From Skye travel east to Scotland’s whisky region of Speyside and have a dram of whisky at the Macallan distillery – the favourite of a certain James Bond. Heading south again, the final stop takes you to the town of St Andrews where a visit to the home of golf is not complete without visiting West Sands Beach, made famous in Chariots of Fire. 

Visit heroic castles, marvel at jaw-dropping scenery, and follow in the footsteps of some movie legends as you recreate your own magical cinematic moments on our screen tour of Scotland. 


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, Scotland’s magnificent capital city, and the inspiration for The Illusionist (2010). Climb Arthur’s Seat, most recently featured in T2 Trainspotting (2017) and wonderfully captured in Chariots of Fire (1981).
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 2: Edinburgh Sightseeing
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Explore the capital’s iconic Old and New Towns and enjoy the rich associations with both film and TV from Trainspotting (1996) to Hallam Foe (2007) to Rebus (2000 onwards). Take the short journey to Rosslyn Chapel to see where The Da Vinci Code (2006) was filmed.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 3: Edinburgh to Fort William
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Complete your time in Edinburgh with a glance at the buildings that inspired Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, before making your way west. Visit Stirling, the real location of the historic events involving William Wallace that led to Braveheart (1995). For something completely different why not frolic with coconuts at Doune Castle, just like they did in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Follow in the wake of James Bond in Skyfall (2012) as you travel over wild Rannoch Moor, passing the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor and into Glencoe.
Overnight – Fort William

Day 4: The Hogwarts Express
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A full day to enjoy a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train (aka The Hogwarts Express) over the Glenfinnan viaduct, as seen in numerous Harry Potter films (2001 onwards). Close to Fort William you can also explore the delights of Glen Nevis, the location for many scenes in Braveheart and Rob Roy (1995).
Overnight – Fort William

Day 5: Fort William to the Isle of Skye
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Travel up the spectacular Great Glen and Glen Garry, towards the Kintail mountains. Enjoy the stunning drive through Glen Shiel before making your way to Kylerhea to take the world’s last hand operated turntable ferry over the sea to Skye. You may recognise the area from Made of Honour (2008).
Overnight – Isle of Skye

Day 6: Isle of Skye's Incredible Imagery
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Make your way to the Trotternish Peninsula, its dramatic ridge the longest inland cliff in Britain. Explore the Quiraing, as featured in Stardust (2007) and the opening scenes of Prometheus (2012). Take a walk to the Old Man of Storr before making your way to cinematic Dunvegan Castle. You will soon discover why Disney-Pixar felt so inspired to feature Scotland’s landscape in their hit animation Brave (2012).
Overnight – Isle of Skye

Day 7: Isle of Skye to Speyside
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Leave Skye behind and journey to the pretty village of Plockton, recognisable from The Wicker Man (1973) and Hamish Macbeth (1995 onwards), before making your way to Eilean Donan Castle. Possibly the most iconic Scottish castle, Eilean Donan featured in Highlander (1986), Entrapment (1999) and as the headquarters of MI6 in The World is Not Enough (1999), amongst many others. Continue your journey cross country to Speyside.
Overnight – Speyside


Day 8: Speyside Sightseeing
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Travel to Pennan and have your photo taken next to Local Hero’s (1983) distinctive red telephone box.  Make your way to Castle Fraser, the largest and most elaborate of Scottish castles built on the Z-plan design, and used during the filming of The Queen (2006). Finish your day with a tour of the Macallan Distillery and enjoy a dram of James Bond’s favourite whisky.
Overnight – Speyside 

Day 9: Speyside to St Andrews
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Leave whisky country behind and head to one of Scotland’s most famous towns. Situated on the east coast, and known as the Home of Golf, St Andrews has so much to offer.
Overnight – St Andrews

Day 10: St Andrews Sightseeing
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Whatever the weather, your tour of Scotland’s cinematic highlights is not complete without a run along the West Sands beach, humming the theme tune from the Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire.
Overnight – St Andrews

Day 11: St Andrews to Edinburgh or Glasgow and Depart
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Depart St Andrews and head south, visiting Dunfermline Abbey as you go, used in Macbeth (1997) and The Bruce (1996) and the resting place of many of Scotland’s finest kings and queens. View the iconic Forth Rail Bridge from Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935) before making your way back to Edinburgh or to Glasgow.

Glasgow has featured in recent Scottish film The Angel’s Share (2012) and was used in the filming of Brad Pitt’s blockbuster World War Z (2013).

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
  • Tickets for the Edinburgh City Sightseeing Tour
  • 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 £1505

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 £2025

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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