Discover all that Scotland has to offer
Enjoy some of the best driving in Scotland in style
Enjoy award-winning seafood at your Loch Linnhe hotel
Combine the thrill of the open road with some jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery
For some true sports touring, try a Lotus Elise
As featured in the August 2009 issue of Classic Cars Magazine.
Want to see what an MGB, E-type Jaguar, or Lotus Elise can do? We've sought out some of the best driving in Scotland - combining the thrill of the open road and some jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery. It's a heady combination, adding glamour and excitement to a remarkable journey to the highlands. Other cars available include the classic Jaguar Mk2 saloon, Aston Martin DB9, Triumph Stag, Morgan 4/4 as well as the latest Mini Cooper S (saloon or cabrio).
Day One - Glendevon
Your first stop is around 90 minutes' drive from Edinburgh, so if you are starting early you can take the time to explore. The gardens, beaches and golf courses of Fife, the historic town of St Andrews and the castles and country estates of Perthshire are all within easy reach.
This 18th century drovers’ inn nestles in the heart of Glen Devon, one of the most beautiful glens in Perthshire. The historic atmosphere is balanced by welcoming, modern touches and you’ll find an exceptional menu featuring the best Scottish produce, such as wild venison, hand-dived scallops and mouth-watering salmon. The cosy bar offers a wide selection of Scottish ales and single malt whiskies, including local Edradour, which proudly boasts that it is the smallest distillery in Scotland (visitors welcome nonetheless)!
Day Two - Speyside
Today you tour further north through the heart of the highlands to a quiet hotel in Speyside, Scotland's whisky heartland.
Your elegant Georgian hotel is the perfect place to unwind in traditional highland surroundings, offering a warm welcome and a touch of style in the centre of an attractive Speyside village. Close to several distilleries on the famous Whisky Trail, it offers a fine selection of single malts which you can sample in the evening as you relax in front of the sitting room's crackling log fire. The friendly bistro offers a daily changing menu featuring local meat and game, plus a mouthwatering variety of seafood. The chef combines these and other fine local ingredients with fresh herbs and fruit from the hotel's delightful walled garden, which you are welcome to explore on your evening stroll as you plan the following day's route.
Day Three - The West Highlands
Today you cross the highlands, passing Loch Ness and Ben Nevis, before reaching your final stop in a stunning lochside location.
Originally the home of Loch Linnhe's Pier Master, this historic and now award-winning restaurant with its adjacent modern residence, really is a special place to contemplate the dramatic beauty of the west coast. The views are stunning and the once prolific steam traffic has given way to the blissful sound of silence. Mouthwatering langoustines and lobster are kept fresh off the end of the pier before being served to you by candlelight in the cosy conviviality of one of Argyll's finest restaurants. As you contemplate the sunset over the distant Morvern hills, you may be lucky enough to glimpse otters and seals. Later, in the bar, the local ferryman might tempt you to board the morning boat to Lismore - an island well worth exploration either on foot or bike (available for hire locally).
Day Four - Return Home
Your return journey will take you through the majestic Glencoe valley and back via Perthshire to Edinburgh.
Some cars are available in Edinburgh, others are collected near Stirling (we can include transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh). Your route brings you through Perthshire, further north to Speyside and finally to the west coast.
£519 per person for March, April & October, £559 per person for May to September, based on 2 people sharing a double room, for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
These prices include the hire of a 1997 Lotus Elise Sport 160 on an unlimited mileage basis for 4 days.
Supplements/reductions for other cars as follows:
1974 MGB Roadster - add £45 per person
1972 Triumph Stag - add £100 per person
1990 Morgan 4/4 - add £115 per person
1970 Jaguar E-type coupe - add £125 per person
1962 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 - add £100 per person
2005 Aston Martin DB9 - add £500 per person
2013/4 (various) Mini Cooper S - deduct £140 per person
2013/14 (various) Mini Cooper S convertible - deduct £115 per person.
* Note that an additional driver will incur a supplement of £20 per day.
We would also be delighted to tailormake a tour for you.
All our touring holidays include a map of Scotland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
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All cars are possible Easter to early October. For the winter months we can arrange this itinerary with a Mini Cooper or Aston Martin DB9.
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Just a quick e.mail to let you know how much we enjoyed our recent tour of Scotland in the E-Type Jaguar. The hotels, food and scenery were superb and we were even blessed with some beautiful weather. Was the 50 year wait to drive an E-Type worth it? - It certainly was.
McKinlay Kidd were superb throughout the whole process. The pack was great and we ended up following quite a few of the suggested routes.
Very good holiday. We are already talking about doing it again.