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Overview

Self-Drive Holidays
7 Nights
  • Prices from: £650 per person
  • Availability: Any departure date
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)

Highlights

Kyles of Bute
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Explore the Kyles of Bute, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a romantic introduction to Scotland’s West Coast.

Secluded beaches
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Spend some quality time together enjoying glorious romantic walks and picnics on some of the country’s most beautiful and secluded beaches.

Mull and Iona
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Discover the magical Isles of Mull and Iona, famed for their rugged beauty, unique architecture and fine seafood. Explore colourful Tobermory, or take the ferry to Iona – the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. 

Wildlife
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Cruise the West Coast in search of Scotland’s vast array of marine wildlife, from dolphins and basking sharks to orcas and seabirds.

Loch Lomond
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Located near Glasgow, Loch Lomond is Scotland’s most romantic loch. Surrounded by enchanting forests, the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond inspired one of Scotland’s most iconic love songs. 

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar
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Enjoy lunch at the famous Oyster Bar on the shores of Loch Fyne, where you will be served the finest shellfish and salmon, sourced ethically from Loch Fyne itself.

A Romantic Self-Drive Tour on Scotland’s West Coast

This tour is a magical romantic journey by land and by sea around the stunning coastline of the West Coast of Scotland. This self-drive tour explores two island gems and the natural beauty of Argyllshire, before finishing on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

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Take a magical, romantic journey by land and by sea around the stunning coastline of the West Coast of Scotland. This truly breathtaking self-drive tour explores two island gems – the Isles of Mull and Iona – as well as the natural beauty of Argyllshire. Incredible scenery blends with unforgettable wildlife, golden beaches, ancient castles and pretty villages all complimented by wonderful loch-side and mountain scenery.

The Isle of Mull is packed full of exciting possibilities. This tour takes you to marvel at the colourful houses of Tobermory, and explore the independent shops the town so proudly boasts. The Isle of Mull also offers miles of stunning untouched coastline – perfect for taking long romantic strolls.

The Isle of Iona is equally enchanting, yet very different. Like the Isle of Mull, Iona boasts a multitude of beautiful sandy beaches and hosts a vast array of wildlife. However, the peaceful haven of Iona is known best for its spiritual legacy; it is the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. 

Your romantic tour ends by the shores of Loch Lomond after a truly unforgettable honeymoon.

Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for our West Coast Honeymoon self-drive tour. 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: Travel to the Cowal Peninsula
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Your romantic journey begins by travelling west to Loch Lomond and on to the stunning coast of Argyll. On the way, lunch at a famous Oyster Bar and visit 18th century Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll and Chief of the Campbell Clan. The road south of here is one of the most beautiful in Scotland, as it climbs to a viewpoint above the romantic Kyles of Bute.

Your destination is a mouth-watering introduction to the West Highlands, home to charming villages, mighty mountain peaks and deep glacial lochs.
Overnight – Cowal Peninsula

 

Day 2: Cowal Peninsula to the Isle of Arran
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Glorious romantic walks and shoreline picnic spots abound. Explore charming villages perched around bays. A short ferry ride away is the Isle of Bute, an emerald gem home to the gothic splendour of Mount Stuart – the scene of Stella McCartney’s wedding.

A short ferry crossing leads to the lively fishing village of Tarbert before your next ferry takes you across the water to Arran, known as “Scotland in Miniature.”
Overnight – Isle of Arran

Day 3: Isle of Arran Sightseeing
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The west coast of Arran is rugged with glorious beaches and provides great opportunities to spot wildlife. Arran Aromatics is worthy of a visit, as is the Island’s Distillery, home to the Arran Malt. Brodick Castle looms over the bay at the foot of Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak, and a climb to the top of this iconic mountain offers wonderful views.
Overnight – Isle of Arran

Day 4: Isle of Arran to Oban
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Depart Arran by morning ferry and your self-drive journey takes you north to Oban. As you drive along the western sea-board and through the heart of Argyll, explore Kilmartin Glen, the cradle of ancient Scotland.
Overnight – Oban area

Day 5: Oban Sightseeing
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Towards Appin, pass impregnable Castle Stalker rising out of the sea. Enjoy a cruise and experience the exceptional variety of wildlife on the West Coast of Scotland, and see one of the classic malt’s being made at Oban Distillery.
Overnight – Oban area

Day 6: Isle of Mull Sightseeing
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Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful island retreats in the world, and a day trip to the Isle of Mull is a must.

Stepping off the ferry those with a fascination for history can enjoy Duart Castle. Tobermory is the Island’s main village with its multi-coloured houses scattered around the peaceful harbour. Nearby, the island of Iona, known as ‘The Cradle of Christianity,’ is a special place with impossibly turquoise waters, dazzling beaches and secret coves.
Overnight – Oban area

Day 7: Oban to Loch Lomond
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Return following the stunning shores of Loch Awe and along the banks of Loch Lomond. Your final night will be spent in a quaint village which enjoys spectacular views across the loch.
Overnight – Loch Lomond

 

Day 8: Depart Glasgow
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Before you leave Loch Lomond enjoy a boat trip or a wonderful trip on a seaplane. Glasgow is less than a one hour journey away.

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 £935

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 £695

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 £650

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

Make an enquiry

West Coast Honeymoon

Need something more tailored?
Contact us via email:
enquiries@absoluteescapes.com

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