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
The Ultimate Scottish Experience
From the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to the Isle of Lewis and Harris, this tour encapsulates all that is Scotland. Loch Ness, Skye and the Callanish Standing Stones, and much more.
Please note the dates of the Jacobite Train for 2021 are not yet confirmed.
- Loch Lomond, Kilmartin & Oban: The Trossachs & Western Highlands – A walk through history
- Skye & Eilean Donan: Scotland’s most beautiful castle
- Callanish Standing Stones: & Carloway Broch. Explore pre-historic sites
- Harris Tweed Weaver: Discover the story of weaving
- Culloden battlefield: And the Whisky Distillery
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, then jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train. It’s one of the world’s greatest train journeys and will take you 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. You 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 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 head to the south end of Loch Ness for our overnight stop in Fort Augustus.
Overnight: Fort Augustus
North to Lewis and Harris…
Day five takes you further north, first to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and then 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 Isle of Lewis and Harris. After you’ve explored the town, you’ll head to the far north of the island to visit the Butt of Lewis lighthouse (the windiest place in the UK). The day also features visits to the ancient Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch, an exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age structure located above Loch an Duin. You’ll also have a chance to stroll some of the island’s stunning beaches and find out more about Harris Tweed cloth when you visit a traditional weaver*.
Castaways and coastal splendour…
Day seven gives you the chance to explore Harris, which is the southern part of the island. First, you’ll visit the main port, Tarbert, then you’ll travel a little west to look across the beautiful Sound of Taransay to the island made famous by the BBC’s Castaway programme. Here you’ll have the chance to stroll along what is arguably Harris’ most beautiful beach, Lusekentyre. The day ends as you wave goodbye to the island and take the ferry back to the mainland.
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.
* Departures 20th May – 9th September include the Jacobite Steam Train. Departures on 6th May and 23rd September include the Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle instead.
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.