Self-drive Holidays in Scotland

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, many places in Scotland have modified opening hours or reduced services. Some very few places are also closed. If you're travelling with us, we'll keep you up to date with the most recent information - and even if you're not travelling with us, we're always happy to give advice so you can enjoy your Scottish holiday to the full.

Here at The Tartan Road, we specialise in Scottish self-drive holidays. All of our self-drive tours are completely bespoke: we customise them to give you the perfect holiday.

Our self-drive packages include:

  • Car Hire if you need it - or bring your own car
  • All Accommodation - just turn up and enjoy your stay
  • A detailed itinerary pack with a day-by-day description of your self-drive itinerary, maps, ideas for things to see along the way
  • Any Experiences you want to pre-book - and also the freedom to explore on your own if you would prefer not to
  • Access to our Support Service - in the unlikely event of something going wrong, just call and we will sort it out

We can also pre-book restaurants, whisky tastings, private transfers and anything else you want to make your Scottish holiday perfect. Enquire now and let us build the perfect driving tour of Scotland for you.

Tailored Tours to Unmissable Places

We build tours for all budgets - from short trips staying B&Bs and 3-star hotels to multi-week holidays of a lifetime staying in luxury castles. No matter where you stay, you can rest assured that all of our accommodation providers are handpicked by us. Because all of our tours are customised, they work well for all group sizes - from solo travellers to friends and family

We think a self-drive holiday is one of the best ways of exploring Scotland. From the dramatic mountain scenery of the Highlands and the raw beauty of the Islands to the gentle hills of the Borders and the culture of the cities, this small country is easy to explore with a car.

Driving yourself gives you the freedom to explore off the beaten track and at your own pace. The roads in Scotland are sometimes quite narrow and winding, but don't let that put you off. Driving in Scotland is easy - there's not a lot of traffic and most of the time you'll be going slowly to enjoy the scenery!

Of course, not everyone wants to drive on their holiday - that's why we also offer Private Guided Tours. On a private guided tour, your guide will normally be your chauffeur as well.

Classic Road Trips

Scotland is road-trip country, but that doesn't mean you need to spend the whole day driving. Most of our itineraries keep each day's travelling down to about two hours. Even the famous North Coast 500 Itinerary has only about 80 miles (130km) each day. If you do want to drive the length of mainland Scotland in a day (it only takes about six and a half hours plus breaks), we can arrange that too!

Luxury self-drive tours are increasingly popular. Scotland's wide range of luxury accommodation, excellent food, rich history and culture, and incredible scenery is perfect for your holiday of a lifetime.

Our speciality holidays - whisky tours, food tours, history/archaeology tours and wildlife tours - all work well as self-drive itineraries, but for some of them, we do recommend a guide. Because your holiday is customised for you, we can be very flexible and even combine private guided and self-drive tours. Why not take a guide for a day or two to explore somewhere in more depth, but keep the freedom to explore at your own pace on other days?

Scotland Car Hire

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A car is, of course, one of the most important parts of a Scotland Self Drive Tour. Some of our guests bring their own cars, but for anyone travelling a longer distance to Scotland, we can arrange a wide variety of car hire options.

Until recently, electric vehicle hire was simply not an option in the remote parts of Scotland, but over the last few years a good charging infrastructure has built up and it's now a really practical way to visit. Apart from being great fun to drive, the environmental credentials of electric cars make a real difference in the remote Scottish Highlands and Islands. When its an option, we'll always suggest electric car hire for your Scottish holiday.

Classic cars are a popular option - there's something special about cruising through the glens in a vintage motor, with the top down and the open road ahead. We work with a handpicked range of local classic car hire companies to source the perfect vehicle for your holiday. Book early to avoid disappointment though!

We don't just offer car hire from the major airports - we can arrange it anywhere in Scotland and even offer drop-off and collection as far south as London.

We're also one of the few companies able to offer one-way hire in the Highlands and Islands. This makes hybrid itineraries possible. For instance, why not take the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, then hire a car to explore the Isle of Skye and the north-west Highlands, before leaving the car in Kyle of Lochalsh and taking the dramatic train route through the highlands back to Edinburgh or Glasgow?

Finally, we can offer car hire on many of the islands - even for day trips. This lets you take a car for a day or two to see the natural beauty of some of the bigger islands, without needing to drive long distances in-between.

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