Island Hopping on the West Coast of Scotland - a Self Drive Adventure

This 6-night self-drive package allows you to independently explore the scenic west coast of Scotland.

Island Hopping on the West Coast of Scotland - a Self Drive Adventure

This 6-night self-drive package allows you to independently explore the scenic west coast of Scotland.

Island Hopping on the West Coast of Scotland - A self-drive adventure!

Your Tour Includes:
  • 6 Nights accommodations in 3-star properties, in rooms  with private facilities
  • Breakfast daily - Scottish or Continental - depending on the accommodation provider
  • Ferry crossings for passengers & car (2 pax to 1 car) as per program
  • Service charge & VAT at the current rate of 20%
  • Rental car for 6 days

Package does not include:
  • Entrances to attractions


Explore the islands of the West Coast of Scotland on this scenic self-drive tour

Day 01: Arrive Edinbrugh.

Arrival Edinburgh Airport and collect your hire car. Travel north from here and into the beautiful Trossachs region. On route, if time allows, you can visit Stirling Castle which towers high above the Forth Valley. Overnight in the Trossachs area.

Day 02:

You will continue this morning on beautiful windy roads via Aberfoyle towards the West. You could include a visit to Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s largest Loch’s with islands large and small dotted within it. Or alternatively you can head into Glasgow for some city sightseeing. In the afternoon continue on south west to Ardrossan where your ferry will leave at 18.00hr. You arrive on the Isle of Arran at 18.55hr and drive to your hotel. Overnight on Arran. (B)

Day 03:

You have your entire day to spend on this unique island, often refered as “Scotland in Miniature”. Visit grand Brodick Castle and spend some time in the country park. You can take a walk on some of the Arran Coastal Path. Alternatively you can take a scenic drive around the island and dazzle your senses with a visit at Arran Aromatics, the famous manufacturer of nature based toiletries. Or immerse yourself in the taste of Arran with a visit to Arran Brewery and Arran Island Cheese (The Cheese Shop). Overnight on Arran. (B)

Day 04:

Why not start the morning with a visit to Lochranza Distillery, Arran’s very own whisky distillery. Take the ferry from Lochranza-Claonaig to Kintyre early afternoon (at 13.15/14.30/15.45h), depending on time still spent on Arran. The ferry crossing only takes 30 minutes. Explore the southern part of the Kintyre peninsula or stroll through Tarbert in the afternoon. Tarbert has a range of excellent pubs and seafood restaurants which are worth a visit. You will then hop onto the ferry from Tarbert to Portavadie (15 minutes past the hour every hour from 10.15 with the last sailing at 18.15hr). The crossing is only 25 minutes. You arrive at Portavadie Marina for your next 2 overnights (B)

Day 05:

There are many options for outdoor activities at Portavadie Marina, from Mountain Bike Hire, to hiking, kayaking and more. You can explore the Cowal Peninsula by car, visit Benmore Botanic Garden and the seaside town of Dunoon. Or you can take a day trip to the Island of Islay and visit some of their famous 8 whisky distilleries. Overnight again at Portavadie Marina. (B)

Day 06:

It is time to leave Portavadie today but there is one more option to Island hop to the Isle of Bute. Head from Portavadie to Colintraive, which is a 45 minute drive. Here you will take the ferry, which takes only 5 minutes to Rhubodache on the Isle of Bute (10.00 – 13.30hr every 30 minutes). Visit Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute, a beautiful mansion house in a stunning setting. And finally it is time to head back to the mainland, leaving Bute early afternoon (14.00 or 15.00hr – 35 minute crossing) via Wemyss Bay and Glasgow, then on to Edinburgh. Your driving time to Edinburgh will be approximately 2 hours. Drop your car rental at the local Edinburgh office and check into your pre-booked hotel. Overnight Edinburgh. (B)

Day 07: Edinburgh - Edinburgh Airport.

A leisure transfer from your hotel to the airport is included. Bid farewell to Scotland with a promise to return. (B)

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Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

This tour does not include: 

  • Lunches
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Car Hire

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