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On this tour, you drive the full length of Loch Ness, get the opportunity to cruise on the loch and explore Urquhart Castle, pass through Cairngorms National park and the stunning Glen Coe.
Have the ultimate Scottish experience on this tour that encapsulates the true spirit of Scotland, from Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, through the stunning Highlands landscapes of Loch Ness, Glen Coe and Glenfinnan, to the Isles of Skye and Lewis & Harris.
Through the Trossachs…
Our 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 have time 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.
Onwards to Oban…
From here, we will then enjoy a scenic journey to the picturesque seaside town of Oban, your overnight stop for day 1, home to some of Scotland’s most delicious and freshest seafood. As we drive through the town, your driver-guide will delve into the history of this seaside village and point out some iconic sights to explore before dropping you off at your overnight accommodation.
Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express…
Day two of this tour takes you 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. This tour will then include a one way journey on the Jacobite Steam Train, one of the most fantastic train journeys in the entire world. Part of this journey will involve travelling over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. We’ll continue to the end of the line, Mallaig, a pretty fishing port, bustling but remote. Here you will rejoin your driver-guide to take a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye, where you’ll spend your second night.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
A whole day to explore Skye…
You’ll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye’s mysteries and landscape with your driver-guide, visiting some of the best spots the island has to offer. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the Cuillin mountains, visit 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 beautiful beaches…
On this day, we’ll say goodbye to the Isle of Skye and head straight to one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, Eilean Donan* which you’ll have ample time to explore. From here we’ll then 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* ruins. Leaving Nessie behind, we’ll then travel along the shores of Loch Ness to Inverness, which will be our overnight stop for the day.
North to Lewis and Harris…
Say goodbye to the capital of the Highlands, and journey to Dunrobin Castle*, the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. Here you can also enjoy a falconry display and a walk in its beautiful gardens. Then you will discover Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve and learn about one of the oldest landscapes in Europe. Your journey through the Sutherland area will then take you on to the beautiful seaside town of Ullapool, where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Lewis and Harris.
Ancient history and traditional tweed…
Stornoway is the largest settlement in the Western Isles and your base for exploring the Isles of Lewis and Harris. We will visit the Arnol Black House, Carloway Broch, an exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age structure located above Loch an Duin, and the ancient Callanish Standing Stones. You’ll also have a chance to stroll along what is arguably the UKs’ most beautiful beach, Luskentyre. Harris is famous for Tweed cloth which you’ll learn more about during this tour.
Castaways and coastal splendour…
This morning, you’ll head to the far north of the island to visit the Butt of Lewis lighthouse (the windiest place in the UK). We’ll have a short walk here before returning to Stornoway for lunch. You’ll wave goodbye to the island and take the ferry back to mainland. A scenic journey takes you back to Inverness, where we’ll spend our 7th night.
Explore the famous battlefield of Culloden…
As we leave Inverness behind, our first stop of the day 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. You can experience 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.
The journey home begins…
We’ll begin our journey south by heading to a local distillery for a wee dram*. From here, we’ll then enjoy the stunning scenery as you travel through the spectacular wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park, the largest National Park in Scotland. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views before we arrive into the picturesque town of Pitlochry, the gateway to the highlands. Explore this quaint town before we head back to Edinburgh’s city centre.
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.
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]