Spectacular Scottish Highlands Driving Experience in 5* Luxury
18th-22nd October 2021
A stunning 5 day/5 night Driving Tour of the Scottish Highlands staying at 5 star luxury hotels. Scotland boasts some of the most spectacular scenery and roads in all of Europe, but don’t just take our word for it…
We have carefully designed a tour that takes you on the very best roads, avoiding some of the nightmares some routes take you on, at the best time of year (no midges). Five Days/Five Nights, 623 miles of unforgettable scenery, amazing roads & a lot of fun with great people.
The Tour includes Five carefully selected luxurious, high quality hotels including Inverlochy Castle, The Cromlix and Rocpool Reserve in Inverness along Specially chosen routes for you to enjoy the most incredible roads & scenery in Scotland.
Monday 18th October | Rendezvous at Crossbasket Castle near Glasgow
Our rendezvous will be at the Crossbasket Castle late afternoon. The wonderful 17th Century castle has been transformed into one of Scotland’s most luxurious 5* hotels & will host our welcome drinks reception and give you a chance to meet your fellow guests.
We then move through into our private area of the Albert and Michel Roux Jr restaurant for a 5-course dinner with paired wines. We recommend and early night, ready for the first day of driving heading up into the Highlands.
CROSSBASKET CASTLE (Glasgow)*****
Your Scottish Highland tour begins just south of Glasgow at the stunning Crossbasket Castle Hotel. This wonderful 17th Century castle has been transformed into one of Scotland’s most luxurious hotels.
Park your car in the Castle grounds and come inside for a welcome drinks reception where you will meet your fellow tour guests and tour managers, Simon & Tom.
We then move through into our private area of the Albert and Michel Roux Jr restaurant for a 5-course dinner with paired wines. We recommend and early night, ready for the first day of driving heading up to the highlands
A nice gentle start to the tour. After a hearty Scottish breakfast, our route takes us north along the shores of Loch Lomond to our lunch stop. Following lunch, we continue our drive along the banks of Loch Lomond & head toward towards Glencoe on the famous stretch of the A82 (James Bond’s Skyfall), camera’s at the ready!
The A82 through Glencoe…
On the shores of Loch Linnhe, you could take the Corran Ferry across Loch Linnhe for a cup of tea at the Inn at Ardgour. We should arrive at Inverlochy Castle late in the afternoon with plenty of time to explore this very special hotel and enjoy a drink or two by the log fire.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel, is a beautiful 19th century Scottish castle, near Fort William. You will enjoy a wonderful dinner and no doubt a few wee drams at this absolute jewel of a location.
Inverlochy Castle (Fort William)*****
Inverlochy Castle Hotel, a beautiful 19th century Scottish castle, near Fort William.
The area surrounding Inverlochy Castle is rich in landscape and history, to name but a few of these breath-taking places – the falls at Glen Nevis, the monument at Glenfinnan and the mountains of Glencoe.
During a trip to Balmoral in 1873, Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting where she wrote in her diaries ‘I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’. Nestling in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Castle sits amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery.
You will enjoy a wonderful dinner and no doubt a few wee drams in a bit of whiskey tasting at this absolute jewel of a location.
From Inverlochy Castle, we head north to Invergarry before heading west toward the Isle of Skye on the A87 – a fabulous road right through the heard of the Highlands. Morning coffee at the Cluanie Inn and lunch at the Kyle of Lochalsh before we cross the Skye Bridge.
We then head north on the Isle of Skye on a loop to the “Quiraing”, a single lane road across the Northern tip of Skye (plenty of passing points). As part of the Trotternish ridge it has been formed by a massive landslip which has created high cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of rock Bring your camera!
The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye…
Cuillin Hills (Isle of Skye)****
From the moment you arrive you cannot fail to appreciate the Highland setting of this hotel. Set within fifteen acres of mature private grounds overlooking Portree Bay with magnificent views over the Sound of Raasay to the Cuillin Mountain range.
The restaurant offers spectacular views. The quality of Skye and Scotland’s produce is fundamental to writing the menus. The chefs utilise wild produce from the surrounding hills and shorelines. Freshly caught scallops, langoustines, lobsters and crabs are delivered daily to the kitchen.
A cracking setting for us to enjoy our overnight stay on the Isle of Skye.
Get ready for a truly incredible day following another section of the NC500. We leave Skye and head north to Kinlochewe and along the shore of Loch Maree following the west coast. Stop for lunch in Poolewe or The Dundonnell. Follow the coastline before dropping down to the A835 to Inverness passing between the Highland peaks of Sgurr Mor & Beinn Dearg. Stop for refreshments at Aultguish Inn just past Loch Glascarnoch.
You will pass through some truly breath-taking scenery on this stage of the famous NC500. Happily we have another fantastic 5* Hotel, the Rocpool Reserve waiting to look after us this evening in Inverness.
The A832 down to Loch Maree
Rocpool Reserve Hotel (Inverness) *****
Rocpool Reserve will redefine the experience forever. It’s about elegance, not exhibitionism.
Glow, not glitter. Quality, not quantity. Our discreet boutique hotel, bar and restaurant offers 5 star luxury in the heart of Inverness – an invitation to come and indulge.
Located in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, this beautifully renovated Georgian mansion house has stunning views over the River Ness and is only a few minutes walk from Inverness Castle and city centre. Exclusive, modern and elegant with individually designed spacious bedrooms complete with spa style bathrooms, rainshowers and luxurious deep baths. Rocpool promises to deliver.
Final driving day, we leave Inverness heading east to Nairn (take time to visit Culloden if you wish) and pick up the A939 – the Old Military Road heading into the Cairngorms National Park. This is one of the most spectacular in Europe. A small detour and an opportunity to visit the famous Glenlivet distillery is an option.
The Old Military Road is the highest public road in the UK. The layout is fantastic with beautiful curves mixed with some rollercoaster-like ups and downs that makes you think you maybe should have skipped that piece of cake on your last coffee stop. A road that should not be missed out on! It takes you through the kind of scenery you would expect to see on your drive through Scotland and it is one of those roads that barely has any traffic at all, because most traffic will be on the highway that runs next to the national park.
Visit Balmoral if you wish, before lunch in Braemar. And on to the magnificent Cromlix House Hotel which is owned by local tennis star, Andy Murray.
The Old Military Road over the Cairngorms
Cromlix House (Dunblane)*****
When Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray acquired Cromlix, close to his hometown of Dunblane, it signalled not only a return to his roots but the chance to reinvent the glorious era of grand country house living.
The hotel, which opened in Spring 2014 following extensive refurbishment is situated in beautiful countryside, just three miles from Dunblane. Cromlix is set in 34 acres of secluded woodlands and garden grounds, with its own chapel and house loch.
The hotel boasts a Chez Roux restaurant, offering reasonable priced menus that focus on using seasonal locally sourced produce wherever possible – a perfect location for our Finale Dinner
After a fantastic few days, we will enjoy our final breakfast in the hotel. It brings an end to the tour and time for home. If you have a long journey ahead of you please do let us know if we can help with any recommendations on how best to break up the journey. Stay for an extra night or two at the Cromlix for the weekend or take the lovely drive and opportunity to visit Edinburgh from here for example.
“A brilliant couple of days…excellently organised! Well done to all concerned ….Thank you.” – Roy P.
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