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The Scottish Highlands Essential Experience Tour
Tour Theme: Small and Medium Group Sightseeing Tours (Multi-days/ 5 to 30 people)
This tour starts from: Edinburgh or Glasgow
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
The Ultimate Scottish Experience - The Lowlands, Northern Highlands, and the most dramatic of the West Coast Islands. We do it all.
This is the ultimate Scottish experience. In five wonderful days you will explore this great land of ours, soak up its dramatic highland scenery, discover its turbulent past and get to know Scotland's warm and welcoming people. Your journey will take you through high mountain passes and across historic battlefield, along rugged and beautiful coastlines and through misty glens. You'll also spend two nights on one of the most beautiful islands in the world . the Isle of Skye.
Through the Trossachs to Oban...
This 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 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. Then it's on to the picturesque seaside town of Oban.
overnight stay at Oban
Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express..
Day two 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.
two-night stay at Skye
A Whole Day to explore Skye...
You'll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's beautiful landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the spectacular scenery of 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 and visit the capital of the island, Portree.
two-night stay at Skye
Castles, mountains and on to Loch Ness...
We’ll leave Skye and head straight to Scotland’s most photographed castle, Eilean Donan* which you’ll have ample time to explore. We'll
continue further north through Glen Carron and past Loch Carron towards Achnasheen. You’ll also experience the dramatic Glen Docherty which looks down towards Loch Maree, once visited by Queen Victoria and home to its very own “Nessie”: Muc-sheilche. Our lunch stop will be at Inverewe Garden*, well-known for its sub-tropical plants. You’ll also get to take in the incredible Gruinard Bay and the breath-taking Corrieshalloch Gorge and Rogie Falls, then on to your overnight stop by Loch Ness.
overnight stay at Loch Ness.
Monster hunting, historic battlefields and home...
Today you’ll have plenty of time to explore Loch Ness. Why not take a boat tour* over to Urquhart Castle or just monster hunt from the shore? You’ll then head to visit the battlefield of Culloden* the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. On your way south enjoy a wee dram at a local distillery*. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains and be able to explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry before arriving back in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
*Optional extra - subject to seasonal availability
Day by Day Itinerary:
Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban
The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history
Glen Coe & Loch Ness*
Fascinating history & wonderful scenery
Scotland’s most beautiful castle
Two days to explore the whole island
Culloden and whisky distillery*
Historic battlefield and a dram of single malt
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