Winter Wonders of Scotland

5 DAYS

Trip Info


Adult
from$719
Concession
from$695

Experience Scotland at a very special time of year, where mountains, lochs, and castles are brought alive by the magical winter atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands. Marvel at mystical rock formations on the Isle of Skye, wander along the serene shores of Loch Ness, and explore the historic city of Inverness. A one-of-a-kind winter tour of Scotland offering Highland hospitality at its warmest.

Highlights

  • Isle of Skye
  • The Kelpies
  • Glen Coe
  • Loch Ness cruise*
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Old Man of Storr
  • Highland Capital Inverness
  • Fishing Port of Oban
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct (as featured in Harry Potter)
  • Culloden Battlefield (as featured in Outlander)
  • Dundreggan Rewilding Centre (from November 1st 2024)

Inclusions

  • Passionate local Guide
  • 4 nights 3* B&B accommodation (see accommodation tab)
  • Whisky experience
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Clava Cairns
  • Dungreggan Rewilding Centre (from November 1st 2024)

Explore More

  • Loch Ness cruise* (reserve at time of booking)
  • Culloden Visitor Centre (pay locally)

*There are dates during the winter where the Loch Ness Cruise does not operate. Please check add-on availability at the time of booking or contact us for assistance.

 

Looking for a more budget friendly option? HAGGiS Adventures our sister company is the Wild Child of Scottish Adventures and offer backpacker tours with hostel shared-dorm accommodation.

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Itinerary


DAY 1: Edinburgh to Oban

Departing from Edinburgh, our journey takes us to the renowned Kelpies, the world’s tallest equine sculptures. Continuing northward, we pass by Stirling, enjoying panoramic views of both the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. A lunch break awaits before we venture into the Highlands, traversing the untamed landscapes of Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe, concluding our first day at the charming fishing town of Oban. (Overnight: Oban)

DAY 2: Oban to Isle of Skye 

Our day starts with a hearty Scottish breakfast to fuel up for our journey to the mystical Isle of Skye. Travel through some of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring landscapes on the way, taking in serene lochs, rugged scenery and waterfalls  flowing from great heights on the mountain ranges. For all the Harry Potter fans out there we will have a chance to view the Glenfinnan Viaduct. We cross the Skye Bridge to our enchanting island destination, where we will be spending the night in Portree. (Overnight: Portree)

DAY 3*: Isle of Skye to Inverness

Today, we delve deeper into the Isle of Skye’s local folklore as we meet Kilt Rock and the famous Old Man of Storr. Returning to the mainland, our journey includes a stop at the picturesque Eilean Donan, one of Scotland’s most iconic castles. Following the scenic route along the Great Glen, we make our way to Inverness*, where we get cosy in our accommodation for the next two nights. (Overnight: Inverness)

*From November 1st 2024, we will visit Dundreggan Rewilding Centre and learn about Scotland's ancient Caledonian Forest, before making our way to Inverness.

DAY 4: Inverness 

Look out for the elusive 'Nessie' as we embark on an optional cruise along the mysterious waters of Loch Ness before journeying north to the charming town of Beauly. We get the chance to explore the ruins of Beauly Priory, featured in the books of Outlander and with a history dating back to 1230AD.

Following lunch, our journey continues with a visit to Culloden Battlefield, the infamous scene of the last battle of the Jacobite Uprising, before returning to Inverness. (Overnight: Inverness)

DAY 5: Inverness to Edinburgh

Our final day begins with a visit to the mysterious chamber cairns and standing stones of Clava Cairns, said to have inspired the hit TV series Outlander. From here we head for a local whisky distillery and learn the secrets about Scotland’s ‘water of life’. We make our way back to Edinburgh, arriving in the early evening.

EXPLORE MORE

 

Loch Ness Cruise (optional, reserve at the time of booking)**

A cruise on the mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness is an unforgettable experience, offering you the chance to catch a glimpse of Nessie and soak up the scenery. The boat uses the very latest hi-tech colour sonar and underwater imaging systems to enhance the hunt. You can use on-board audio guides that will immerse you in the history and legends of this fascinating loch or just relax with a coffee or beer in the on-board bar. Reserve your cruise at the time of booking to guarantee your seat. Please note there are days during the winter that the cruise doesn't operate, please check add-on availability at time of booking.

**There are dates during the winter where the Loch Ness Cruise does not operate. Please check add-on availability at the time of booking or contact us for assistance.

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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Departure


Departure point

 

60 High Street (The Royal Mile)

Edinburgh

EH1 1TB

Scotland

 

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Departure Time

Check-in closes at 8.15am for tour departure at 8.30am.

We are unable to hold the bus or refund for any late arrivals. Please refer to your e-ticket for full departure details.

Return Time

Tour returns at 5.30pm.

 

Accommodation


3* Bed & Breakfast (B&B) / Guest House

In most cases you are staying in a B&B (Bed and Breakfast), which is renowned for offering visitors a warm Highland welcome. Most B&Bs offer a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast and is included in the price. On occasion, you are staying with a family who let out rooms in their home to visitors, giving you the opportunity of experiencing Scotland in a more authentic way. B&B’s and guest houses are both generally located within one mile of the centre of town, although during peak season, this distance may be slightly further.

ROOM TYPES

Twin Room
One room with two separate beds suitable for one adult in each bed.

Double Room
One room with one bed suitable for two adults.

Family 3
One room with two separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and one bed suitable for one adult/child.

 

Accessibility and Facilities
For more information, see our Accessibility Statement.