Drive the full length of Loch Ness, see Cairngorms National park and the stunning Glen Coe, and pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
- Adult ages 16-59
- Child aged 3 to 15 inclusive
- Senior Seniors(s) 60yrs+ / Students
See Eilean Donan Castle, Skye & Loch Ness
Stay, explore and travel like a local in one of Scotland’s most scenic locations: the Isle of Skye. Reaching from the historic city of Edinburgh, see the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle. We will bring the spirit of the landscape alive together.
- Culloden: Visit the historic battlefield
- Loch Ness: Monster spotting on a boat cruise (optional)
- Eilean Donan: Scotland’s most beautiful castle
- Skye: The Cuillins Hills and the Trotternish Peninsula
- Glen Coe: Wonderful scenery and fascinating history
A spectacular route north…
You’ll depart Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, or its largest city, Glasgow, and begin the journey north. Our route to Skye takes you via Loch Lomond via the Trossachs National Park. We’ll stop in a picturesque village, where you can relax over a cup of coffee or explore at your leisure. You’ll get stunning views of the UK’s largest expanse of fresh water, Loch Lomond. Your driver-guide will tell you the history and theories behind the ‘The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond’ song as you enjoy the stunning scenery of this area.
Cross the brooding expanse of Rannoch Moor and journey through Glen Coe…
As you continue further north into the Scottish Highlands, you’ll watch in awe as the landscape becomes more and more dramatic. Glen Coe is one of the most incredible places in Scotland. Learn the brutal story of the MacDonald Clan massacre and take in the weeping waterfalls that inhabit this incredible glen.
Fort William for lunch and Britain’s tallest mountain…
This highland town of Fort William marks the end of Scotland’s oldest and most popular long-distance walks, The West Highland Way. Here, you can take in views of Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest peak. Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, it is often known to both locals and visitors as simply ‘the Ben’.
Eilean Donan: Scotland’s most photographed castle…
As we near the coast, we pass Eilean Donan Castle*. Here you have the chance to take photographs and see the castle that featured in the film Highlander. Its stunning location, perched on its own little island overlooking the Isle of Skye, means it’s hard to get a bad shot of this castle. It’s often chosen as the feature for many shortbread tins and Scottish calendars. After a day of exploring, it’s now time to cross the Skye bridge to the Isle, our final resting stop of the day.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
A full day on the incredible Isle of Skye…
Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your day based on a variety of things such as the weather, your group and local events. You will enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains. The sharp peaks which rise up from the flatness of the surrounding terrain are the dominating feature of the island and can be seen from every other peninsula on Skye.
Lunch in Portree, Skye’s capital…
We will also include a stop at Portree, the colourful capital of Skye. Overlooking a sheltered bay, this scenic fishing village has a variety of food options, making it a perfect lunch spot.
Experience Skye’s dramatic landscapes…
We will also explore the Trotternish Peninsula. It is the most northerly of Skye’s peninsulas and it contains some of the most striking landscapes in Scotland. Here we will stop for photographs at The KiltRock, Mealt Waterfall and The Old Man of Storr.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Explore Urquhart Castle perched on the edge of Loch Ness…
We’ll say goodbye to Skye and begin our day by visiting the most famous loch in the entire world… Loch Ness. It’s also one of Scotland’s largest, so large that every other lake and river in England and Wales could fit in with room to spare. In fact, the entire population of the world could fit into Loch Ness, and it’s got a monster in it too!
Cruise on Loch Ness and look out for the famous monster Nessie…
You can then hop on a Jacobite Cruise* to Nessie spot on the loch itself. As well as being very large and deep, Loch Ness has heavy deposits of peat, making it difficult for instruments to locate Nessie in the cloudy water — a perfect hiding location for a huge water-dwelling monster.
Explore the famous battlefield of Culloden…
Our next stop is at Culloden Battlefield*, the site of the last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces on 16 April 1746. It was one of the most harrowing battles in British history. Jacobite supporters, seeking to re-establish the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones, joined together to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops. It was the final pitched battle on British soil and, in less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites. You can experience everything about the events leading up to, during and after the battle in the impressive visitor centre and interactive exhibition, as well as having the chance to wander the land where the battle itself took place.
Wander the picturesque Highland town of Pitlochry…
We’ll then continue south to Pitlochry; the geographical centre of Scotland and one of the gateways to the Highlands perched by the side of the River Tummel. Pitlochry has been a tourist centre since the 1860s thanks to Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott, who popularised the Highlands that boomed with the railways of the 1870s. We’ll then continue south to Edinburgh city centre, where our tour will end.
Q. How does our accommodation booking service work?
We can book your accommodation for you, or you can choose to book your own, as long as it is centrally located at the overnight stop location. Your driver-guide will drop you off and pick you up from the accommodation and you will pay direct to your hosts.
Q. How much will the accommodation cost?
Accommodation is not included in the tour price, below is an estimate of the costs per bed or room night.
- Hostel: Shared rooms from £18 to £28 per single bed per night
- Bed & Breakfast: From £80 – £110 per room per night
- Bed & Breakfast Ensuite: From £110 – £150 per room per night
- Hotel: From £150+ per room per night
- Ensuite: This means you will have your own private bathroom/toilet/shower
All accommodation costs depend on availability and season – so it may be more or less than estimated above. Also, please be advised that many smaller accommodation providers only accept cash payments, and do not accept debit/credit cards as method of payment.
Q. If I wish to book my own accommodation is there anything I need to know?
Once you’ve booked your accommodation, you’ll need to contact us at [email protected]
highlandexperience.com and let us know where you have booked to stay. Please, only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. If you’re unsure, please check with us first.
- No matter when you visit, the weather in Scotland can be “changeable”, to say the least. We suggest that you bring suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket (it has been known to rain in Scotland), sunglasses and plenty of layers.
- Ensure you bring shoes suitable for short walks, on rough or uneven terrain.
- Although most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, we would also recommend bringing cash with you.
- Don’t forget a camera to snap the fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!
- Please limit your luggage to 1 x small/medium piece per person (no more than 15kg), along with 1 x small handbag or daypack.