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Self-drive wild Scotland & Ireland

8 days from $3,325pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Glasgow
  • Glencoe
  • Mallaig
  • Isle of Skye
  • Duisdealmor
  • Grantown-on-Spey
  • The Cairngorms
  • Edinburgh
  • Shannon
  • Ennis
  • Galway
  • Explore the mountainous Nevis Range and Glencoe

  • Taste a dram of whisky in a Scottish Castle

  • Wonder at the beauty of the Isle of Skye’s unique landscape

  • Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher where you can spot puffins

  • Explore the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park

Audley Country Specialist Jackie

What our specialists say...

This self-drive itinerary takes you along the west of the country to Glencoe where Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, can be found. From here you’ll continue onto the mystical Isle of Skye, famed for its unusual alluring landscape. Next you’ll head to the Cairngorms National Park, where you’ll have a chance to spot local wildlife. From here you’ll hop on a short flight to Ireland where you’ll visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher and explore the otherworldly landscape of the Burren, before finishing your trip in the spectacular Connemara National Park.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Glasgow
  • Glencoe
  • Mallaig
  • Isle of Skye
  • Duisdealmor
  • Isle of Skye
  • Duisdealmor
  • Isle of Skye
  • Grantown-on-Spey
  • The Cairngorms
  • Edinburgh
  • Shannon
  • Ennis
  • Galway

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Day 1 Glencoe

Glasgow , Glencoe

Upon arrival into Glasgow, you'll pick-up your rental car and embark on your trip to Glencoe. This is a beautiful journey whose landscape only gets better the deeper into the Highlands you travel. Spend the day exploring the dramatic scenery of the area, including ascending into the Nevis Range by mountain gondola and exploring Loch Leven and Glencoe.

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Day 2 Duisdealmor

Glencoe , Mallaig , Isle of Skye , Duisdealmor

This morning, you'll leave Glencoe and travel to Mallaig to catch the ferry to the Isle of Skye. The journey to Mallaig is a gorgeous one as you'll be driving next to the railway line which was used as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. Enjoy the brief ferry ride over to the Isle of Skye and take in the sights from the sea. The trip will take about half an hour. Upon arrival on Isle of Skye, you'll be met by your private driver-guide and driven along the northern coastal loop, stopping at the highlights including the town of Portree, Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr, and the Quiraing. This afternoon, you will visit Dunvegan Castle and gardens with a private guide, where you'll learn more about the MacLeod clan. After the tour, experience life as a MacLeod while enjoying a wee dram of whisky.

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Day 3 Duisdealmor

Isle of Skye , Duisdealmor

Today, enjoy a walk with a local guide to experience the natural beauty of Skye up close and personal.

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Day 4 Grantown-on-Spey

Isle of Skye , Grantown-on-Spey

This morning you will travel from the Isle of Skye to the Cairngorms. Along the way, make sure to stop in the picturesque seaside village of Plockton, visit Scotland's most iconic castle, Eilean Donan, and take in the views of Loch Ness.

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Day 5 Ennis

The Cairngorms , Edinburgh , Shannon , Ennis

This morning, hold on for a bumpy adventure as you explore the Rothiemurchus Estate by Land Rover with a private countryside ranger. Return your rental car at Edinburgh airport and check in for your flight to Shannon. Once you've cleared customs, you'll pick up your rental car and drive the short distance to Ennis.

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Day 6 Galway

Ennis , Galway

Today, you'll spend the day exploring the iconic Cliffs of Moher and the spectacular karst pavement scenery of the Burren, ending your day in Galway.

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Day 7 Galway

Galway

This morning, set out to explore Connemara National Park. Take in the wild and rugged scenery and enjoy all that natural Ireland has to offer.

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Day 8 Return home

Galway

Early this morning, you'll leave Galway and drive to Shannon airport for your return flight.

Audley Travel Country Specialist Emily
Audley Travel specialist Shannon

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The specialist who designs your trip to Scotland will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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