We have just returned to New Zealand after a 2 week driving tour of Scotland. Our Itinerary was organised by Secret Scotland Tours (www.secret-scotland.com). I just wanted to post my comments on this company, who are fantastic. There is no doubt that having this itinerary was a huge benefit to us.
Originally I supplied Secret Scotland with my own ideas, and preferences. They made a few suggestions about the proposed stopover locations, and how long to spend in different places. Once we had agreed on the overall tour, I paid a very reasonable fee and they supplied a detailed itinerary (over 100 pages) with route instructions, suggested detours, suggested places to eat, comments on what was worth seeing and what was not, as well as recommended accomodation in each location. They do not handle any of the bookings (you have to do that yourself), but their advice is invaluable.
Having now completed the tour, I can report that the itinerary was outstanding, and extremely good value for money. We visited many places, and drove on many back roads that we would not have even known about without their advice. We feel that we have seen the "real Scotland".
Although their route instructions are very detailed, we also had a GPS navigation device, which ensured we stayed on track with their instructions and certainly reduced the potential stress levels !!
I very highly recommend Secret Scotland to anybody. We have had one of the best holidays ever.