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Self-Drive Tours of Scotland’s Fabled Highlands
            GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – With time to linger and a willingness to allow oneself to be sidetracked now and again, it is easy to see why many who vacation regularly in Scotland regard it as a country simply made to explore by car.  There is something new to see—usually, something very old—around virtually every corner.  
            Scotland Experience has the know-how and contacts to help you get the most out of your fly-drive tour of this rugged land north of the English border.  Along with its parent company, The Great Canadian Travel Company, Scotland Experience has spent more than a quarter century planning getaways for adventurous travelers to “the top of the world.” 
            Suggested itineraries for Scotland Experience’s “Fly-Drives” provide a big assist with the planning but also allow plenty of freedom to see the sights that most interest you.  Your package includes an eight-day car rental (with a detailed itinerary), seven nights’ accommodations and a hearty Scottish breakfast to get you started each day. 
            “The Classic Highlands” tour takes you to some of the most favored parts of Scotland, with an itinerary that ensures that each day’s drive will be no longer than four hours. Arriving in Glasgow or Edinburgh, you’ll pick up your car to drive north to iconic Loch Lomond. Onward, your tour will take you to Ullapool and to a delightful coastline with magical fishing villages. You’ll travel through some of the most dramatic scenery in Britain as you head to the north coast and then east to Scrabster. 
            Later, there’s time to visit Loch Ness or the battlefield of Culloden before heading south through the Highlands to Perth, the ancient capital of Scotland. Should you have extra time, you may consider allowing a couple of days to explore Glasgow—or take a day or two to discover the charms of the Royal City of Edinburgh.
            You might also consider adding a few days to take in the mystical Isle of Skye—or even add the short ferry ride to the Orkney Islands, home to some of Europe’s most astonishing archaeological sites. Name your personal “wish list” and an experienced vacation planner will help you put your trip together. 
            Cost for this eight-day/seven-night tour is from $879 per person (based on double occupancy in standard accommodations, at low-season rate) and including rental car and breakfast daily. This package is available year-round.
            “Highlands and Whisky Trail” takes travelers in search of liquid gold (aka  Scotch Whisky). This itinerary provides a chance to experience the best of the Highlands and includes a visit to Speyside, Scotland’s famous whisky producing area. 
            You’ll head over the mountains to Aberdeen, an ancient/modern city that has been a beneficiary of the North Sea oil industry. You’ll have a full day to visit distilleries of the Royal Deeside region before traveling the "Whisky Trail” to Inverness. You’ll drive back along the West Coast and then to famed Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and on to Edinburgh for a two-night stay.
            Cost for this eight-day/seven-night tour is from $859 per person (based on double occupancy in standard accommodations, at low-season rate) and including rental car and breakfast daily. It also is available year-round. 
            Reservations, copies of the full-color “Scotland” catalog and additional information are available from Scotland Experience, 333 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 712, Chicago, Illinois 60601, 800-661-3830,
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