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Overview

Self-Drive Holidays
7 Nights
  • Prices from: £595 per person
  • Availability: Any departure date
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)

Highlights

Fresh seafood
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Scotland’s West Coast is a must-visit destination for seafood lovers. Our natural larder is bursting with flavour – tuck into fresh oysters, lobster, mussels, scallops, langoustines, crab and salmon.

Cowal Peninsula
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Off the beaten track, the Cowal Peninsula is a hidden gem and mouth-watering introduction to the West Highlands. Here the hand-dived scallops and plump langoustines are served overlooking the romantic Kyles of Bute.

Waterside restaurants
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Visit some of the country’s finest waterside inns and restaurants on your culinary adventure around the West Coast. Enjoy the succulent seafood while admiring the spectacular views.

Oban
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Known as the hub of the southern Hebrides and the seafood capital of Scotland, Oban is home to the 5-star Oban Distillery and Visitor Centre overlooking the sea.

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 and home to many legendary restaurants.

Wester Ross
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The wilderness of Wester Ross offers some of the most diverse coastal scenery in the world. Here, local fishermen sell their catch straight off the boat.

A Seafood Lover’s Dream Tour

The Seafood Trail is a true culinary adventure along the beautiful West Coast of Scotland, allowing you to sample mouth-watering fare at the region’s top hotels and restaurants. Serving up an array of delicacies – often delivered straight from the sea by local fishermen – Scotland’s West Coast is a rich bounty for seafood lovers.

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This unique self-drive tour takes you by some of the most spectacular coastal scenery Scotland has to offer – where crystal clear waters combine with gorgeous mountain scenery and quaint waterside restaurants serve the sweetest, freshest, shellfish imaginable.

Begin your adventure in the undiscovered Cowal Peninsula before making your way to picturesque Oban – the seafood capital of Scotland. Continue north on Scotland’s stunning West Coast to Lochalsh and explore the volcanic Isle of Skye, before venturing into wild and glorious Wester Ross. 

This Scottish Seafood Trail really gets ‘off the beaten track’ and is a truly unforgettable journey through some of Scotland’s finest scenery and sights. Get ready to taste the best seafood in the world.

Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for our Scottish Seafood Trail. We design each itinerary around your interests, so think of this as a starting point which can be tailored into something completely unique to you.

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 Cowal Peninsula
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Travel west to the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond where a wonderfully scenic journey leads to the stunning coast of Argyll.

Enjoy lunch at the famous Oyster Bar on the shores of Loch Fyne and savour mouth-watering seafood and breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. Visit picturesque Inveraray before continuing to the Cowal Peninsula, home to charming villages, mighty mountain peaks and deep glacial lochs.

Dine at a waterside restaurant where hand-dived scallops and plump langoustines are served overlooking the romantic Kyles of Bute.
Overnight – Cowal Peninsula

Day 2: Cowal Peninsula to Oban
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A short ferry ride leads to the Kintyre Peninsula studded with quiet inns and hamlets. Spend the day discovering stunning beaches, charming shore-side villages and a land rich in history.

Your journey continues to the pretty village of Crinan, home of the Crinan Hotel where you’ll find one of Scotland’s finest seafood restaurants. This gastronomic jewel on Argyll’s west coast is a perfect haven in which to dine on jumbo prawns, crayfish, clams, lobster, mussels and oysters, freshly landed at the pier less than 50 yards from the restaurant’s kitchens.

Travel north to Oban, the beautiful hub of the southern Hebrides.
Overnight – Oban

Day 3: Oban Sightseeing
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Kilmartin Glen, the cradle of ancient Scotland and brooding Castle Stalker are short journeys from Oban. Cruise and experience the exceptional variety of wildlife on the West Coast, sample one of the classic malt’s at Oban Distillery or visit 13th century Dunstaffnage Castle, overlooking the entrance to Loch Etive.

Dine at one of Argyll’s best-kept secrets with views over Loch Linnhe. The oysters are hand-picked from the Lismore oyster beds; mussels and langoustines are harvested from Loch Linnhe and Loch Etive, and the lobsters and crab are kept mouth-wateringly fresh in creels at the end of the pier, just yards from the restaurant.
Overnight – Oban

Day 4: Oban to Lochalsh
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Travel on the beautiful coastal route between Oban and Fort William and into the heart of the Scottish Highlands. On the way visit Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous and atmospheric glen and pass by the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.

Your tour itinerary takes you up the Great Glen before it meets the sea at Loch Carron. Pass Eilean Donan, the most photographed of Scotland’s castles – your destination is a village arguably the prettiest in the West Highlands, where palm trees grow alongside the loch shore.
Overnight – Lochalsh area

Day 5: Lochalsh / Isle of Skye Sightseeing
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A full day on Skye to visit romantic Dunvegan Castle, sample fine island whiskies, enjoy a hike in the stunning surroundings, or climb aboard a fabulous boat cruise into the heart of the Cuillin mountains.

You’ll find one of Scotland’s very best restaurants on the shores of Loch Dunvegan. The seafood is collected off the boat as soon as it is landed and brought straight to the kitchen to be prepared, cooked and served. Prime white fish and shellfish of every kind arrive sparkling fresh from the cold, clear waters of Skye and feature on the menu.
Overnight – Lochalsh area

Day 6: Lochalsh to Wester Ross
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Travel through an idyllic corner of North West Scotland where picturesque fishing villages are scattered all along the coast. Discover the tranquil Applecross Peninsula and enjoy one of the most spectacular road trips in the British Isles; the views of the Cuillin Mountains of Skye are spectacular and the beauty and grandeur of this rugged coastline is just breathtaking.
Overnight – Gairloch area

Day 7: Wester Ross Sightseeing
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Visit famous Inverewe Gardens, walk along miles of deserted white beaches or explore ancient mountains and the magnificent splendour of Loch Maree. You could even try your hand at a spot of fishing or creeling in one of the nearby sea lochs or Highland rivers.

Spend the evening at a traditional Highland inn overlooking Gairloch harbour where guests return again and again to savour the renowned West Coast seafood, including locally caught lobster, crab, langoustine, mussels and scallops.
Overnight – Gairloch area

 

Day 8: Wester Ross to Glasgow
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Depart Gairloch and travel from the Highlands to the Lowlands, through spectacular Glencoe, across wild Rannoch Moor and back along the banks of Loch Lomond to Glasgow.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 7 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
  • 8 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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Budget Budget

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.

Category
Accommodation type
Price per person
Premium
Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Hotels
From £750

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.

Standard
4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels
From £650

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.

Budget
3* B&Bs and Guest Houses
From £595

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
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
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
  • Good for 2 people
  • Maximum of 4 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
  • Good for 2 – 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Intermediate
Volkswagen Passat or similar
  • Good for up to 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 3 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Fullsize
VW Sharan or similar
  • Good for 5 people
  • Maximum of 7 passengers
  • 3 – 4 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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Scottish Seafood Trail

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enquiries@absoluteescapes.com

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