Self-Guided Tours in Scotland – Summer Round-up 2022
This round-up of fantastic Spirit Journeys self-guided tours in Scotland for 2022 is sure to provide some real inspiration! To help you decide which Scottish tour to book, read on …
Self-guided tours in Scotland
The positive benefits of self-guided tours in Scotland are many. There’s flexibility to set your own schedule and pace and great scope for independent exploration. Travelling by bicycle provides daily fresh air and exercise. It allows you to experience the scenery and landscape at a slower and more intimate pace than by car or bus. Whichever method of transport you choose, there are infinite opportunities to meet your wildlife-spotting or photography goals with the ability to stop whenever you want to.
Choose from one of these special Spirit Journeys tours to make your summer holiday in 2022 your best trip yet!
Hebridean Way Cycle Tour
This 185-mile (297km) route from Vatersay in the south to the Butt of Lewis at the north spans over ten islands in the Hebridean archipelago. Over a week, you will ride mainly along quiet roads, immersed in the Hebridean landscape, wildlife and unique heritage. Under big skies and next to the most beautiful Atlantic coast beaches, this trip will quite literally take your breath away! Have a look at the full itinerary here.
Speyside and Moray Cycle Tour
Starting and finishing in Inverness, much of this 8-day self-guided cycling tour follows the River Spey, which is famed for salmon fishing and whisky production. You will ride through a wide range of landscapes with many historical, natural and cultural experiences along the way. There are plenty of opportunities to visit whisky distilleries, as well as the fantastic Whisky Castle shop in Tomintoul. The route also takes you into Strathspey and the Cairngorm National Park, where you’ll spot wildlife in its natural habitat. You’ll also have the chance to see wilder breeds in captivity at the famous Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig. See here for the full itinerary.
Loch Ness 360 Cycle Tour
Over 4 days you’ll ride a circuit of Scotland’s most famous loch. You’ll cover a distance of 85 miles/135km with plenty of time to explore and relax. This stunning ride along quiet country roads and off-road trails begins and ends in Inverness. It combines the South Loch Ness Trail and The Great Glen Way, with wonderful scenery along the way and the chance to spot Nessie as well as other wildlife such as deer and local birdlife. This revitalising trip also provides opportunities to explore ancient Urquhart Castle, take a cruise on Loch Ness and enjoy delicious local food while enjoying the spectacular views. Take a look at the full itinerary here.
Shetland Trip – self-drive
Travelling to Shetland in your own vehicle, this trip begins with the overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick. The Shetland islands are really a world apart, with distinct dialect, heritage and culture, and warm, friendly people. On this tour you will enjoy the craft and foodie delights of the islands, and the magical light and scenery – including if you are lucky the ‘mirrie dancers’ or Northern Lights. There’s ample opportunity to spot wildlife so bring your binoculars and camera! Shetland ponies, whales, seals, otters, puffins, gannets and warblers are just some of the species you might see. And watch out for the dive-bombing ‘bonxies’ (great skuas)! The full itinerary is here.
Private Tour of Orkney (guided)
Book this private tour with Spirit Journeys and let our guide do the hard work for you on this 6-night tour! After taking the ferry over to Orkney from Gill’s Bay in Caithness, you’ll stay in Kirkwall. It’s a lovely town with a harbourfront and many crafts and jewellery shops well worth exploring. With 5,000 years of human history, fascinating neo-lithic archaeological sites, spectacular scenery, beaches, wildlife, and the biggest skies you’ve ever seen, your next few days exploring Orkney will be wonderfully fascinating and rejuvenating. A trip to beautiful Westray is the icing on the cake! For the full itinerary, click here.
Self-drive the North Coast 500
This iconic journey is a bucket list trip for so many visitors to Scotland! Travelling 500 miles along the north and west coasts of northern Scotland from the starting point of Inverness, you will soon see why. It’s definitely one of the world’s most scenic coastal driving routes, taking in rugged wild landscapes, beautiful sandy beaches, fabulous wildlife, rich history, delicious local produce and more. We’ll provide your car or campervan hire, bed and breakfast accommodation, vehicle insurance as well as plenty of information to help you make the most of your tour. Take a look at the full itinerary here.