Your Tour Itinerary - A Scottish Journey

Day 1 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Ballater

Old seafaring villages, mysterious ruins and a royal love story introduce us to Scotland. We begin by travelling through towering mountains and East Neuk fishing villages before we arrive in St Andrews, a tiny town with a big reputation for world-class golf and Scotland’s oldest university.
To end our day, we meet with Ballater and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner together. (D)

Day 2 Ballater - Cawdor Castle - Culloden - Inverness

Our day begins in a dramatic fashion as we travel on through the awe-inspiring scenery and arrive at the Cawdor Castle. After an insightful morning, we visit Clava Cairns and observe the historic tombs and the Culloden Visitor Centre before reaching our final destination, Inverness. (B,D)

Day 3 Inverness 

We’ve had an exciting start to the week! This morning we embark on a walking tour around Inverness with your Back-Roads Tour Leader, then the rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy. (B)

Day 4 Inverness – Loch Ness – Plockton – Isle of Skye

We can’t come here and not dip our toes in the Loch Ness legend. While we may not spy the eponymous ‘Loch Ness Monster’, we will discover the staggering sight of a deep, mirror-like loch. Our pre-lunch entertainment offers a visit to Plockton, where painted cottages are clustered around a little harbour. With our appetites for the outdoors whetted, we sit down to a seafood lunch in Kyle of Lochalsh, Wester Ross. Today’s final drive is to the Isle of Skye, where we’ll be for two nights. (B,L)

Day 5 Isle of Skye

Sensational landscapes, rare wildlife and imaginationfiring history – Skye delivers on every level. This is North Highland scenery on a grand scale and we immerse ourselves in its unique geology, including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr. Of course, no visit would be complete without a dram of island-made whisky, which we sip during a whisky talk and tasting at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 6 Isle of Skye – Fort William – Isle of Mull

Continuing our journey through soul-stirring Scottish scenery, we visit Fort William – a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Next, there’s just a short ferry ride to the Isle of Mull. (B)

Day 7 Isle of Mull - Isle of Iona - Isle of Mull

The best way to see the Hebrides is by island hopping, and today we do just that. From Mull’s little
village of Fionnphort we sail to Iona, a gem of an island with exquisite natural beauty. It’s a serene spot for a wander, which takes us to Iona Abbey and Nunnery. When we return to Mull we’ll have our history hats on and visit the Macquaries Museums and peek inside the Duart Castle which offers grand staterooms and empty dungeons. This craggy fortress, clinging to a coastal cliff is the oldest inhabited castle on the island. We then return to the warm welcome of our hotel and share a final group dinner together. (B,D)

Day 8 Isle of Mull – Stirling – Edinburgh

Taking to the sea once again we return to the mainland. It’s been a tour delving deep in Scotland’s heritage, so it’s only right we finish with a stop via Stirling. A walk through the old town brings us to the magnificent hilltop castle. As one of Scotland’s most impressive and important monuments, it’s the perfect end to our tour before we arrive back in Edinburgh. (B)

Departure Dates & Prices 2018 A Scottish Journey - Tour code SHF

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March 18



April 3, 12, 22



May 1, 6g, 10, 13g, 15, 17g



May 20g, 24g, 27g, 31



June 3, 7, 10g, 14g,  17g, 21g, 24, 28g



July 1g, 8, 12g, 15g, 19, 22g, 26g, 29g



Aug 5g, 9g, 12, 16g, 19g, 23g, 26g, 30



Sept 2g, 4, 6g, 9g, 13g, 



Sept 16g, 23g, 25, 27g, 30



Oct 7



g=guaranteed departure. Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown.

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Back-Roads Touring
A Scottish Journey

8 days / 7 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2375

Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic cliff-top castles and hideaway villages. Infamous battles and inexplicable legends. We journey up and down Scotland, from coastal cities to Hebridean Islands, seeking out its one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerising history and undeniable charm.

To book this scenic 8 day Scottish Journey tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 code T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Enjoy a private tour of some of Scotland’s most enigmatic castles

  • Enjoy an insightful whisky talk and tasting

  • Become an islander with two nights on the stunning Isle of Skye and the striking Isle of Mull

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights’ in boutique accommodation

  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader

  • Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Ferry crossings

  • Full Scottish breakfast daily (B)

  • 1 seafood lunch (L)

  •  4 evening meals (D)

  • Entrance included to: St Andrews University, Cawdor Castle, Clava Cairns, Culloden, Iona Abbey & Nunnery, Macquaries Mausoleum, Duart Castle and Stirling Castle

Small groups up to 18

With tour sizes of up to 18, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

Why Back-Roads Touring


On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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