Self-Drive Holidays
8 Nights
  • Fully customisable itinerary
  • Prices from: £1240 per person
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)


Isles of Mull & Iona
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Awe-inspiring scenery and historic treasures await in these enchanting islands. Iona is home to an ancient abbey founded by St. Columba in the 6th century.

Kintyre Peninsula
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Unwind in the tranquil Kintyre Peninsula, a true hidden gem. Here, you’ll find charming inns, picturesque hamlets, and breathtaking beaches and coves to explore.

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Discover this bustling hub of the west coast. Visit Oban Distillery, sample local seafood, and enjoy the busy harbour with its stunning views across the Firth of Lorn and the Sound of Mull.

Glorious Glencoe
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Travel through Scotland’s most iconic and scenic Highland glen.

Iconic castles
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Step back in time at magical Scottish castles, including Inveraray, Skipness, Tarbert, Duart, and Eilean Donan.

Wonderful wildlife
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The west coast is a haven for unique wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for ‘Scotland’s Big Five’ – red deer, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels, and seals. You might also encounter beavers, sea eagles, dolphins, puffins, and other fascinating creatures.

An Unforgettable Adventure on Scotland’s Stunning West Coast

This perfectly-paced itinerary explores the best of the Scottish west coast, including some of our most captivating islands, villages, castles and beaches.

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Begin your holiday by travelling westwards into the delightful region of Kintyre. This tranquil peninsula is certainly off the beaten path and offers countless rewards, including rugged coves and idyllic fishing villages. Explore Campbeltown, once a whisky hub and now undergoing a revival, and tour one of the town’s distilleries. From Kintyre, you can day trip to the gorgeous Isle of Gigha or the rugged Isle of Arran – both a short ferry ride away.

Journey north to the charming coastal town of Oban, renowned as Scotland’s seafood capital and the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. The bustling port, with its constant stream of ferries to the Outer Hebrides and beyond, is utterly captivating – you could spend hours watching the comings and goings.

Hop on the ferry to the enchanting Isle of Mull, with its rugged landscapes and colourful capital, Tobermory. A further ferry will take you to the ‘Cradle of Christianity’, Iona. These islands are a wilderness awaiting discovery, a haven of peace and relaxation, and some of the finest places to spot wildlife in Europe.

Travel northward from Oban into the majestic Scottish Highlands. Drive through Glencoe, renowned as Scotland’s most dramatic valley, and pass Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Stop to explore Eilean Donan, one of our most iconic castles, and you’ll soon reach your destination near the road bridge to the Isle of Skye. The Gulf Stream warms this glorious region, allowing palm trees to grow along the lochsides.

Lochalsh is a great base to visit the Isle of Skye, where stunning natural landscapes and a thriving food and drink scene await. Alternatively, you could venture north into the rugged Applecross Peninsula to traverse one of Europe’s last great wildernesses.

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: Travel to Kintyre
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Today, you will drive into the enchanting region of Argyll in western Scotland. You could stop to explore the idyllic lochside town of Inveraray – home to the 18th-century Inveraray Castle, or Auchindrain – the most complete and well-preserved example of a Scottish Highland farm township.

Continue through sublime scenery to your destination in Kintyre. This charming region, cherished by Paul and Linda McCartney, is home to ancient castles, quaint villages, and inspiring landscapes.
Overnight – Kintyre

Day 2: Kintyre Sightseeing
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The natural beauty of this largely undiscovered corner of Scotland awaits. Explore Tarbert Castle, with its historic ties to Robert the Bruce, and take in the breathtaking views of the Isle of Arran from the majestic Skipness Castle. From here, drive down the rugged coast to remote Saddell Bay, immortalised in the music video for Paul McCartney & Wings Mull of Kintyre.

The bustling town of Campbeltown is well worth a visit. Once renowned as a whisky mecca, the town is now experiencing a revival. Don’t miss taking a tour of one of the three distilleries to learn more about Campbeltown’s rich whisky heritage.

The west coast of the peninsula is lined with gorgeous beaches, popular with surfers, and rugged coves waiting to be explored.
Overnight – Kintyre

Day 3: Kintyre sightseeing
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Today, you could take a ferry to the enchanting Isle of Gigha. Though tiny – just seven miles long and a mile and a half wide – Gigha is rich in history and community spirit. Discover ancient standing stones, ruined churches, the glorious Achamore Gardens, pristine sandy beaches, and a charming restaurant famous for its fresh lobster.

Alternatively, hop across to the Isle of Arran, which is also a short ferry journey away. This rugged island is an outdoor lover’s dream, with dramatic mountains, deep glens, and shimmering lochs.
Overnight – Kintyre

Day 4: Kintyre to Oban
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Leave Kintyre and journey north to the vibrant coastal town of Oban, fondly known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’.

Today’s drive offers a wealth of places to explore. Take a short detour to the scenic village of Crinan, celebrated for its pretty canal and one of Scotland’s finest seafood restaurants, or climb the rocky outcrop of Dunadd. This small hill offers magnificent views and was historically significant for the crowning ceremonies of the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada.

Continuing north, you’ll enter the remarkable Kilmartin Glen. This is one of Scotland’s most significant prehistoric landscapes, offering countless chambered cairns, standing stones, and rock carvings. Don’t miss the excellent Kilmartin Museum for an introduction to the area’s history.
Overnight – Oban

Day 5: Oban sightseeing
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In Oban, you’re spoiled for choice with countless sightseeing options. Sample the local whisky at Oban Distillery, dine on world-class seafood, or set sail on a sightseeing boat tour. Keep your eyes peeled for porpoises, seals, otters, and dolphins.

For a change of scenery, you could venture inland to the impressive Loch Awe. Here, you can visit Kilchurn Castle, one of our most photogenic ruins, and the impressively ornate St. Conan’s Kirk.
Overnight – Oban

Day 6: Isles of Mull & Iona sightseeing
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Scotland boasts some of the most beautiful islands in the world, and Mull and Iona are among the best. Renowned for their wildlife, you may encounter whales, otters, puffins, and basking sharks. Mull’s main village, Tobermory, features charming multi-coloured houses around a tranquil harbour.

Iona, known as ‘The Cradle of Christianity’, offers a special experience with its turquoise waters, dazzling beaches, and ancient monastery.
Overnight – Oban

Day 7: Oban to Lochalsh
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Travel along the magnificent coastal route from Oban to Fort William, immersing yourself in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Along the way, explore Glencoe, renowned as Scotland’s most famous and atmospheric glen, and pass Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain.

Continuing your tour, you’ll follow the Great Glen until it meets the sea at Loch Carron. Don’t miss the opportunity to stop at Eilean Donan Castle – one of Scotland’s most photographed landmarks.

Your destination is arguably the prettiest village in the West Highlands, where palm trees sway along the loch shore.
Overnight – Lochalsh area

Day 8: Lochalsh sightseeing
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From Lochalsh, it’s a short drive across the road bridge to the Isle of Skye, where famed natural landscapes await. Skye’s mystical waterfalls, mountains, lochs, and valleys are straight out of a fairytale.

Alternatively, you could venture north into the rugged Applecross Peninsula to discover one of Europe’s last great wildernesses. This area forms part of the North Coast 500 driving route, which would be an excellent extension to your journey.
Overnight – Lochalsh area

Day 9: Depart Lochalsh
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Today you will depart Lochalsh as your journey through Scotland’s celebrated west coast comes to an end.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 8 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 £1240

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 £1650

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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