Tour Only from £285
Tour with accommodation from £385
Mondays 6th April - 19th October
Thursdays 16th April & 7th May - 24th September
This is the ultimate Scottish experience. In five wonderful days, you will explore this beautiful country, discover its culture and history and meet its welcoming people. Your journey will take you through high mountain passes and across historic battlefields, along rugged coastlines and through misty glens.
Please note the dates of the Jacobite Train for 2021 are not yet confirmed.
The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history
Fascinating history & wonderful scenery
Scotland’s most beautiful castle
A day to explore the whole island
Historic battlefield and a dram of single malt
The Highland Experience’s Scottish Choice tour gives you the opportunity to explore the beauty of Scotland with the best local guides. On this tour, you will discover the diverse landscape of the Highlands, enjoy wonderful coastal scenery, fall in love with the magical Isle of Skye and, of course, experience an absolute bucket list activity in Scotland, the Jacobite Train (on certain dates). After the tour, you will understand why our wee country has been officially voted the most beautiful country in the world!
Then, we will have a scenic journey to the picturesque seaside town of Oban, home to Scotland’s best seafood! As we drive through it, your guide will provide you with an overview of the history of the town and its most famous sights. On our first evening, you have the opportunity to take part in a traditional Scottish Ceilidh! Use the code "HEX20" when booking for a small discount!
Then you will jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train*, and enjoy a truly magical experience certainly not to be missed! The Jacobite train is one of the world’s greatest train journeys and will take you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. You will 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
You’ll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye’s mysteries and landscape with your knowledgeable driver-guide, who will ensure you get the most out of your time on the island based on the weather and group. Stops 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, Portree. It’s the perfect Scottish experience giving you a chance to visit waterfalls, springs, historic sights and walk through some of the most beautiful landscapes.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
We’ll leave Skye and head straight to one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, Eilean Donan* which you’ll have ample time to explore. Eilean Donan is one of the greatest medieval castles in Scotland. With a history that dates back to the 13th century, this fortress will take you back in time to the bloodiest times of our past.
Overnight: Fort Augustus
Today you’ll head to visit the battlefield of Culloden* the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. We’ll also have time to explore the nearby Clava Cairns, a group of Prehistoric Burial Cairns – fans of Outlander will love this location due to its similarity to the fictitious stone circle, Craigh na Dun. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains. On your way south you can choose to enjoy a wee dram at a local whisky distillery* or explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry before arriving back in Edinburgh*.
Trip was exactly as advertised/described on the Highland Experience website. Guide takes you directly to sites indicated, and to lodging for the night (not all guests stay at the same place, depending on what option you booked). The tour is not fully guided, in that you are provided with very helpful information in each town for dinner, stores, etc. and have time each evening or for meals to do what you like, walk around, etc. without feeling like you are being pushed to have dinner at any particular place. Transportation was comfortable -- our group was 12 ppl, and mini bus had seats for 16 (though it would have been crowded if each seat was occupied, plus one seat back would not stay upright and kept reclining, so ppl avoided that one). Tour had everything I wanted, and a few additions that I would not necessarily have included in my own itinerary, but I enjoyed. Skye is really beautiful, and I really enjoyed the B&B there (right on the water).
In general, the places we visited were majestic. However, it would be a better experience if the time was reallocated differently. A major frustration was to go to Glencoe and be able to spend time only at the visitor centre because we did not have enough time to explore the trails. Daniel was ok (drives a little fast) but I would not consider him knowledgeable or engaged enough to be a guide. He was more of a driver. Accommodations in general were good except that where we stayed in when we were at the Isle of Skye (2 nights). I explicitly requested to stay in a hotel everywhere. I even sent emails asking if we could choose our hotels. I was told we could not but that I would be satisfied. Well, I wasn’t. In fact, I was upset. While at Skye we not only did not stay in a hotel. We stayed at a bed and breakfast that the only thing it had going for it was the view. The lady of the house was not welcoming. We had a CURFEW!!! as she would not go to bed until we were all in. SHE LOCKED US IN!!!! I am 61 years old. Never in my life have I been under curfews. Breakfast was strictly served at 8:00 am, not before not lager. This was inconvenient as we had to rush before being picked up by Daniel. It was a bare bones breakfast, only cold stuff, no eggs or anything resembling a hot meal. I feel deceived. You should let people know in advance of these changes and reimburse them when you don’t meet their expectations. The can as ok, seats too cramped for a five day trip
Your breathtakingly beautiful country and your charming storyteller of a tour guide, Andrew, made this a trip I will never forget. I am already telling all my friends to add this to the top of their bucket lists. Thank you, Highland Experience, for the holiday of a lifetime.
Like the geography, the tour had highs and lows. Highs; The Driver Stephen H who did his very best to keep the passengers entertained whilst very carefully driving on single roads and cliff edges. A very skilful driver! Lows: 1. We had an unfortunate incident with accommodation, which was sub standard. We are in our 70s and my husband is 188cm. We were confronted with a smaller than Double bed jammed up against a wall within a shoe box room, on a TWO night stay. Stephen rang your head office to explain that we were not satisfied to receive a reply that nothing could be done! Not good enough. We duly quickly found and paid for our own accomodation on those two nights. 2. A couple of long days getting in between 6 and 7pm. Too long. 3. Passengers should be asked to keep their seats for the full
The accomodation provided on Day 4 at Sona's bed and breakfast wasn't great, there was no bottled water. The room was small.
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