Day 1 - Border Country
We meet at the Scottish border and drive around 100 miles through the border country between England and Scotland, spending the night in Peebles. We will drive some green lanes on the Scottish border, near Hadrian's Roman wall, Kielder Water and Forest, crossing the border late morning. We will then explore some of the wild hill country in Selkirkshire on estate and farm tracks, spending some time at a 4x4 training centre before arriving at Peebles.
Day 2 - Crossing the Forth
After leaving Peebles, we will head over the hills north towards Edinburgh, cross the River Forth at Queensferry, viewing the famous Forth bridges on the way, through the county of Fife heading north-west towards Perthshire via Gleneagles and the start of the Scottish Highlands. You will arrive at your hotel for the evening near the ancient market town of Aberfeldy, having spent the afternoon exploring a large mountainous local estate led by the Land Rover Experience instructors and having some play time on their 4x4 course. Mileage for today will be in the order of 100 miles with the off-road content being that spent in the afternoon on the estate.
Day 3 - Aberfeldy to Laggan
Today, you will travel on mainly single track and estate roads, covering about 130 miles through some of Scotland's most remote areas and visiting estates for off-road driving. The route today leaves Aberfeldy, heading north through the mountains towards Loch Tay and Killin through Glen Lochay on rough roads and over into Glen Lyon, passing between numerous mountains over 1000m high. This area is the physical centre of Scotland with a massive amount of history, but don't expect it to be dry: rainfall here is around 2500mm per year! Once you are in Glen Lyon, there are only around 150 people living in the next 25 miles of driving. At Fortingall, which was an extreme northerly outpost of the Roman Empire, the route turns north past Schiehallion, Tummel and Trinafour through Drumochter Pass, stopping for a distillery visit and then to Laggan and your destination for the latter part of the afternoon. Here, there will be access to and touring on the 50,000 acre estate as well as time to test driving skills in a 4x4 area. The hotel for the evening will be near Laggan. Total mileage for the day will be 120 miles including 30-40 off-road miles.
Day 4 - Heading south to Loch Lomond
Today is the turning point of the trip as the route starts to head south on mostly public roads for 100+ miles, through stunning scenery. You will pass the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, via Fort William, Glen Coe, Rannoch Moor, Glen Orchy, Loch Awe to Inverary on Loch Fyne. This will be a day of the direct path being interrupted by various sea lochs where deep valleys run to the sea like the fjords of Norway’s west coast. Lochs Fyne and Long will cause the route to go inland via the Rest And Be Thankful Pass before finally arriving beside the sea again at Gareloch, home to the UK's atomic submarine fleet. Now, the route is only 20 miles from Scotland's biggest city, Glasgow and next to Scotland’s biggest inland loch, Loch Lomond. We will travel via the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to your hotel for the night near to Helensburgh.140 miles of exclusively tarmac, but much of it scenic and narrow.
Day 5 - Through the home of King Robert The Bruce to Galloway
This is a day of some main road driving to get from Loch Long south over the river Clyde to the west of Glasgow. Once across the river, we head through the home of King Robert the Bruce, Ayrshire and into Galloway. The route will lead us into the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere and Galloway Forest Park. Most of the afternoon will be spent off tarmac exploring the Galloway Highlands before arriving at your home for the next three nights in the scenic and historic old fishing port town of Kirkcudbright. Today, we’ll see one of the oldest Hydro Electric schemes, visit some remote abandoned shepherds' homes, drive up the track to the highest point accessible by vehicle in Galloway, through an area that is home to the Golden Eagle, meet Red Deer and Wild Goats - all the while in the shadow of the Galloway Highlands - finally heading to Kirkcudbright via the forest and an area frequented by Otters and Red Kites. 130+ miles today with around 50 off tarmac. On one of the next two evenings, there will be an introduction to Dark Skies and the concept of a Dark Sky Park with a view to a late-night trip into the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park when conditions allow.
Day 6 - Field Sports and Off-roading
Today, we are welcomed to a large private, 11,000 acre, multi-use estate, for a hands-on introduction to field sports and off-roading. In the morning, there will be an instruction to shooting with shotguns and rifles in one of the best shooting schools in the country, followed by lunch, al fresco or in a tent if it rains. In the afternoon, you’re free to explore the estate. This is an opportunity for more traditional off-road enjoyment, the idea for the afternoon being to collect some orienteering punches. This is not a competition, but there are some great locations for wildlife viewing and scenic photography, so by putting punches in these great places, we encourage you to visit them. Mileage is up to you, but there are about 50 miles of tracks on the estate, some of which are not for the faint-hearted.
Day 7 - From Lochs Skerrow and Fleet to the Mull of Galloway
We leave the hotel, heading west via the remote lochs Skerrow and Fleet, visiting the Machars of Galloway, the Cradle of Christianity in Scotland and the West Galloway Moors and move on to Scotland’s most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway, for a visit to the RSPB reserve and a trip up the lighthouse before a bite to eat in a restaurant built into a 400-foot cliff face. We then head north along the old abandoned Post Road, retracing our route east around the Fleet Estuary and back to the hotel for a farewell dinner.
We will meet you near the Scottish Border and guide you over the whole duration of the trip with our support vehicle. We will supply two-way radios and recovery to the public road in the event of breakdown. Prices include all land access charges, off-road driving, activities and visits and are based on two people sharing a room. Accommodation includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for 7 nights. All the above is based on minimum 3* accommodation with the focus on privately-owned hotels with good service and quality food, freshly cooked from local Scottish produce. The pricing includes everything except fuel and lunches on five days, refreshments during the day and drinks in the evening. The routes are suitable for any well maintained 4x4 vehicle with good ground clearance and are not a test of endurance or hard off-roading, but rather a tour of the Scottish Highlands using scenic routes and tracks on private estate, farm and forest tracks where possible. Hotels we have used in the past and will likely use again, subject to availability, are: parkpeebles.co.uk, glenspeanlodge.com, rossleahallhotel.co.uk, kenmorehotel.com, selkirkarmshotel.co.uk.
- £1,416 per person based on 2 persons in a car
- additional persons - £669 each.
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