Take a spectacular journey through the Highlands and magical Isle of Skye. Venture through a range of classic Highland scenery; experience many local gems and be inspired by myths and legends. We've got mighty Glencoe, the option to ride the 'Hogwart Express' Jacobite Steam Train, whisky tasting and ruined castles galore. From start to finish, every part of this trip reveals a little more of Scotland's quintessential charm.
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"The countryside was absolutely beautiful and the itinerary was well planned out, but the best part about the trip, by far, was our tour guide, Heather, who was a wonderful historian that brought the whole country to life with her animated stories!"
Tour starts at 09:00 am. We head north to Stirling and the towering Wallace Monument with stunning views of the Castle. We enter the Highlands heading through wild Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and on to the fishing port of Oban. (Overnight: Oban)
Take the steam train from Fort William crossing the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies or travel the equally impressive 'Road to the Isles'. We take the ferry to Skye where we can explore Armadale Castle and Gardens, former home of the MacDonalds, before driving north to our overnight destination. (Overnight: Portree)
We explore more of the mysterious Isle of Skye with its awe-inspiring mountains, stunning coastline, myths and legends before returning to the mainland. On the way to Loch Ness we stop at the incedibly photogenic Eilean Donan Castle and wind our way along the Great Glen to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. (Overnight: Inverness)
Hunt for the elusive monster with a cruise on Loch Ness before turning northward and the stunning beauty of the north west Highlands. We take in the beautiful town of Beauly with its Priory dating back to 1230, then it's into the rugged and isolated mountains that secure Scotland's place as one of the last great wilderness in Europe. (Overnight: Inverness)
We explore Culloden Battlefield, scene of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat back in 1746 then the mysterious chamber cairns of Clava Cairns; which inspired the hit TV series Outlander. We turn southward to try the 'water of life' at Tomatin Whisky Distillery then on to the Highland Folk Museum before visiting Dunkeld with its mighty cathedral, on our wat back to Edinburgh. Returns approximately at 17:00.
Trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train (optional, approx. £40/pp)
Starting in Mallaig, the train travels on the west coast where you can see the ‘Small Isles’ of Rum, Eigg, Muck and the stunning white beaches used in films such as Local Hero and Highlander. The Jacobite then passes through Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard to begin his ill-fated claim to the throne in 1745. We then cross over 21 arches of the impressive Viaduct with amazing views down Loch Sheil before heading to Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The steam train was featured in a number of Harry Potter movies as the ‘Hogwart’s Express’ and is an outstanding way to take in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish west coast.
Loch Ness Cruise (optional, approx. £14/pp)
A cruise on the mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness is an unforgettable experience, offering you the chance to catch a glimpse of Nessie. The boat uses the very latest hi-tech colour sonar and underwater imaging systems to enhance the hunt. You can also relax with a coffee or beer in the on board bar. Reserve your cruise at time of booking to guarantee your seat.
Culloden Visitor Centre (optional, pay locally)
On 16th April 1746, Culloden was the site of the last pitched battle fought on the British mainland. Through an interpretive exhibition and a visit to the battlefield itself, you can learn why this hour long conflict changed Highland life and world history forever. With ongoing archaeological research and fresh historical interpretations, the story is far from over… More recently, the popular TV series Outlander has used the years prior to the Battle of Culloden as a backdrop.
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The Royal Mile
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In most cases you are staying with a family who let out rooms in their home to visitors. B&Bs are renowned for being warm and friendly and many people feel that they offer a more authentic way to experience Scotland. These are generally located within one mile of the centre of town, although during peak season, this distance may be slightly further. Most offer a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast.
Highland Hotels are smaller than typical Hotels ensuring a cosy and hospitable welcome. Facilities are more limited when compared with most Hotels situated in large cities, however, you can be assured of a comfortable stay within close proximity to the centre of town. They are usually family run and have their own individual style and character. They serve traditional Scottish breakfast and often offer a dinner option too.
One room with two separate beds suitable for one adult in each bed.
One room with one bed suitable for two adults.
One room with two separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and one bed suitable for one adult/child.
One room with three separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and two separate beds suitable for one adult/child in each.
One room with one bed suitable for one adult.
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