Discover the Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye with its outstanding natural beauty, Viking history, and ancient myths and legends. This is a journey packed with many of Scotland's most iconic sights and scenery, as well as one of the great train journeys of the world on the Jacobite Steam Train.
Leaving Edinburgh, past stunning views of the Forth Bridge, we enter the Highlands through Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers and mountains. We visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay. It’s then further north into the Highlands before we enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and a chance to spot Nessie. The journey continues to the famous Isle of Skye but first a stop at Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous icons. Our home for the night is the Isle of Skye, the ‘winged isle’. (Overnight: Isle of Skye)
You will spend the day exploring the dramatic Isle of Skye with its amazing scenery, myths and legends. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape against the backdrop of the jagged Cuillin Mountains. Highlights include the Quiraing with its spectacular cliffs, the mysterious rock formation of the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock with its cascading waterfall and ancient Dunvegan Castle. (Overnight: Isle of Skye)
We explore the Castle and Gardens of Clan Donald Skye, before taking the ferry to the west coast fishing village of Mallaig. Here you have the opportunity to board the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world (13 May to 12 October) or travel by coach along the spectacular coast. You’ll view the Glenfinnan Viaduct where a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign now stands. We head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, wild Rannoch Moor then the heart of Rob Roy country before arriving back in Edinburgh.
Highland Explorer Tours Office
60 High Street (The Royal Mile)
Please check in at 08.45 for tour departure at 09.00.
Tour returns at 20.30.