Drive the full length of Loch Ness, see Cairngorms National park and the stunning Glen Coe, and pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
Skye & The Jacobite Train
A Special Highlands Adventure
Join us for four wonderful days, travelling through some of the most incredible places in our beautiful country, the sensational landscapes of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. You will be welcomed to discover more of the fascinating people, places and history that make Scotland and will enjoy the stunning journey through the West Highlands on the Jacobite Stream Train.
- Eilean Donan: Scotland’s most beautiful castle
- Skye: The Cuillins Hills and the Trotternish Peninsula
- Glen Coe: Wonderful scenery and fascinating history
- Jacobite Steam Train: Featuring the Glenfinnan Viaduct
- Loch Ness: Monster spotting from the shores of the Loch
North to the Cairngorms
Departing from the historic heart of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, we will begin our journey north, stopping to see the impressive Forth Railway Bridge. This UNESCO world heritage site is one the most famous images of Scotland and is a spectacular example of Victorian engineering.
We will then continue our journey to the quaint Victorian town of Pitlochry, traditionally considered to be one of the gateways to the Highlands, where you’ll have time to explore and grab a morning coffee if you choose to.
A chance to Nessie spot..
Our journey will continue through the imposing mountains of the Cairngorms National Park, home to many of Scotland’s highest mountains. We will then make our way to the pretty village of Fort Augustus for lunch. This village sits on the southern shores of Loch Ness, so you’ll have plenty of time and some fantastic vantage points to try to spot to the elusive monster, Nessie.
Through the western wilderness
Next, we shall pass through the dramatic landscapes of Glen Shiel to Eilean Donan Castle, which is one of the most iconic and picturesque castles in Scotland. Eilean Donan is famous due its spectacular location on Loch Duich, with the mountains of Kintail towering over the loch. You will be able explore the castle and it’s extraordinary surroundings, before continuing our short journey to cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye, where you will be staying for the first two nights of this tour.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
A whole day to explore Skye…
You’ll have the whole of the second day to explore Skye with your knowledgeable driver-guide, who will vary the exact itinerary for this day to ensure you are able to get the most out of your time on the island. Stops will often include the likes of Cuillin Mountains, Dun Beag Broch, the Black Houses, the Kilt Rock Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, and of course the capital of the island, the beautiful coastal town of Portree. It’s the perfect Scottish experience giving you a chance to visit waterfalls, springs and historic sights all set amongst some of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere in Scotland.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Further exploring of the Isle of Skye and the boat to Mallaig
On the third morning of the tour, we will continue to explore the Isle of Skye, taking in some of the highlights in the south of the island. We will then join a ferry from Armadale to the beautiful fishing village on Mallaig, located on the West Coast of the Scottish mainland, which will be our lunch stop for the day. There may also be an opportunity to join a Wildlife Cruise here.
A stunning journey of the Jacobite Steam Train
Later in the afternoon, we will join the Jacobite Steam Train (or Hogwarts Express!) and enjoy the stunning 2-hour train ride, which is often described as one of the world’s most scenic railway journeys. This trip will take you through the jaw-dropping views of the West Highlands, including passing over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, to the town of Fort William, which will be our overnight stop for this third and final night of the tour.
Overnight: Fort William
Dramatic Landscapes of Glen Coe
After a restful night in Fort William, we will start our journey south towards the impressive Glen Coe. We’ll have ample time to take in this stunning glen and explore the Glen Coe Visitor Centre. Whilst here, you will be able to learn more about the MacDonald clan, and the horrifying story of the massacre they suffered.
The beauty and history of the Lowlands
We will then continue our drive through the remote expanses of Rannoch Moor, some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland. If you want to experience the beauty of the Scottish Moor, this is the place! We will stop for lunch in Callander, situated on the River Teith, this is where we’ll say goodbye to the Highlands and continue into the Lowlands. We will stop to see the impressive Kelpies – 30-meter-high horse head sculptures of a mythical Scottish creature, which are said to hide in the lochs and rivers of Scotland, before returning to Edinburgh.
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. We will send you a payment link before the tour departs so you don’t have to worry about carrying cash or paying when you arrive each night. Your driver-guide will drop you off and pick you up from the accommodation during the tour.
Q. How much will the accommodation cost?
Accommodation is not included in the tour price, below is an estimate of the costs per room per night.
- Bed & Breakfast Ensuite: From £100 – £150 per room per night
- Ensuite: This means you will have your own private bathroom/toilet/shower
Accommodation costs depend on availability and season – so it may be more or less than estimated above.
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.