Drive the full length of Loch Ness, see Cairngorms National park and the stunning Glen Coe, and pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
Orkney, Skye and the Far North
- Adult ages 16-59
- Child aged 3 to 15 inclusive
- Senior Seniors(s) 60yrs+ / Students
Highlands and Islands Tour
This wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you’ll be able to explore Scotland’s ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.
Please note the dates of the Jacobite Train for 2021 are not yet confirmed.
- Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban: The Trossachs & Western Highlands – A walk through history
- Skye & Eilean Donan: Scotland’s most beautiful castle
- Kirkwall: The Italian Chapel & Churchill Barriers
- Skara Brae, Maes Howe: And the Ring O’Brodgar
- Culloden Battlefield: And the Cairngorm Mountains
With so much to explore in Scotland, we’ve created this once-in-a-lifetime experience that combines all the sites we love the most. From the extraordinary natural wonders in the Isle of Skye to the mysterious Orkney archipelago, this tour is perfect for those seeking an unforgettable adventure.
Through the Trossachs to Oban…
Our wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here we will have the opportunity to explore Scotland’s ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before us, we will be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle. Then it’s on the picturesque seaside town of Oban, home to Scotland’s best seafood!
Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express…
Day two takes us over the Connel Bridge through Appin to the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan). We’ll stop in Fort William, a town dominated by Ben Nevis – the UK’s tallest peak, then we follow part of the route of the Jacobite Steam Train*, where we should see the train cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct. We’ll continue to the end of the line, Mallaig, a pretty fishing port, bustling but remote. We will have the opportunity to have an early dinner and enjoy some excellent seafood before taking a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye, where we will spend our second night.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
A whole day to explore Skye…
We will have the whole of the third day to explore Skye’s mysteries and landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the Cuillin Mountains, see the black houses, take in the spectacular scenery of the Kilt Rock Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr, and the Trotternish Peninsula, including a visit to the capital of the island, Portree.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Castles, lochs, and Nessie spotting…
We’ll leave Skye and head straight to Scotland’s most photographed castle, Eilean Donan* which we will have ample time to explore. We will stop at the pretty Lochside village of Drumnadrochit for lunch, before having the option to cruise* on Loch Ness, look out for Nessie and visit Urquhart Castle* ruin. We’ll then head to the south end of the Loch for our overnight stop in Fort Augustus.
Overnight: Fort Augustus
Over the sea to the Orkney Isles…
Today we head north via Inverness travelling through the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty Firths, and taking in some of Scotland’s most remarkable landscapes. Did you know the north coast of Scotland is well known for its incredible wildlife? Spotting dolphins is very easy all along the Moray Firth, as well as seals and even orcas! We will then drive up to Gills Bay, with a community-owned small port and a pier used as the terminal for Pentland Ferries. Soon we will be boarding the ferry where we can take some time to relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery in front of us, and gather strength to continue the memorable trip to the mysterious and magical Orkney Isles. This naturally beautiful and super photogenic land is awaiting to be soaked in and explored. We will first visit the lovely Italian Chapel*, a Roman Catholic chapel built by Italian prisoners during the Second World War. We will also visit the famous Churchill Barriers – a series of causeways that were constructed to protect the British naval fleet from submarines.
Exploring the ancient history of the Isles…
From your base in Kirkwall, you’ll spend the whole of day six exploring the Orkney. This is a land full of ancient history and you’ll be able to take in prehistoric marvels such as the Maeshowe* chambered cairn, the world-famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae* and the brooding stone circles of Stenness and the Ring o’Brodgar. The day will finish with a visit to the beautiful St Magnus Cathedral.
A visit to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness…
You will have a leisurely morning in Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to enjoy. In the late morning, we join the ferry ride back to the mainland. Your expert guide will ensure you get the best out of your journey to Inverness, exploring the dramatic, varied, and visually stunning coastline. On the way south we will have an opportunity to see Dunrobin Castle, the seat of the Duke of Sutherland, and the beautiful gardens which were inspired by the Palace of Versailles. From here, we will continue and reach our overnight stop, the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.
Home via Culloden and the Cairngorms…
As you head home, you’ll be able to visit the battlefield of Culloden*, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Here we will stop for a walk through the battlefield and tour the visitor centre, before we continue our journey and head along the stunning Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland’s largest National Park. Our last stop of the tour will be the picturesque town of Pitlochry, where we will have some time to explore before driving back to Edinburgh and say goodbye, hoping these days of exploring our exceptional scenery will stay with you forever.
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.