A spectacular adventure through the Highlands and magical Isle of Skye with stunning scenery, incredible history and some unique and unforgettable experiences. Go monster hunting on Loch Ness, hike in one of the last great wildernesses of Europe, ride the train which inspired Harry Potter's 'Hogwarts Express', hear tales of Scotland’s bloody history and soak up the culture with a wee dram after a day’s exploring. There’s also the chance to get into some traditional Scottish music and dance at a genuine Ceilidh to make this a proper Highland Fling!
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Edinburgh to Oban
Tour starts 8.30am. From Edinburgh, we head north to take in views of magnificent Stirling Castle and the mighty Wallace Monument. Crossing from the Lowlands into the Highlands, we pass the medieval strong hold of Doune Castle as seen in Outlander and Game of Thrones before eerie Glencoe, home to some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery and the setting of the infamous 1692 massacre.
Day 2: Oban to Skye
Heading north to Fort William we pass under the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. We take in Glenfinnan, the monument built in memory of Bonnie Prince Charlie's campaign to claim the throne of Scotland back in 1745. You have the chance to travel on the famous Jacobite Steam train or take the 'Road to the Isles' on the way to the Isle of Skye. (summer route).
Day 3: Isle of Skye
Today we explore the stunning Isle of Skye, also known as the ‘winged isle’ or ‘Isle of Mist’. Famous for its ruined castles, awesome scenery and legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans, you'll be immersed in Celtic myths and Viking legends, hear tales abound with faeries and fights and explore the windswept mountain terrain and rugged coastline before passing beautiful Eilean Donan Castle on return to the mainland.
Day 4: Skye to Loch Ness
We start the day with monster spotting as our journey north takes us to Loch Ness and past the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Then the eerie moor of lonely Culloden Battlefield awaits as we hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the tragedy of his defeat followed by mysterious and ancient Clava Cairns, both seen in Outlander. This afternoon we get the chance to taste a drop of the 'water of life' at a whisky distillery.
Day 5: Oban to Edinburgh
Our journey takes us from Loch Ness past the Commando Memorial southward to explore the forests and salmon packed rivers of Perthshire. We visit the heart of Macbeth country with the mighty Dunkeld cathedral and then take a hike into the beautiful woodlands and waterfalls of the Hermitage. Just before arriving back in Edinburgh we pass the famous Forth Bridge which has recently joined the list of Scotland's UNESCO sites. We return approximately 5.00pm.
(Some trips may run in reverse)
For departure details refer to the "Prices, Dates, and What's Included" Section...
>Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and North West Highlands Tour
Prices, Dates & What's Included:
Departure Point: 60 High Street, Edinburgh 8.30am (check-in from 08:15am)
Monday- October, November
Additional departures- December 10, 17
Monday- January to June and September to November
Monday and Saturday- July, August
Additional departures- January 2, April 20
Monday- January to March
Additional departures- January 2
Prices Per Person (including accommodation)
Adult Hostel from £388 to £450 (GBP)
Student Hostel from £378 to £440 (GBP)
Click Book This Tour to find pricing on specific dates
**children are not accepted. See below for more price notes
all bookings include a dormitory style room, please enquire for private room rates
Jacobite Steam train included only in months July and August**
- Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery
- Jacobite Steam Train as seen in Harry Potter (summer only)
- Visit a Highland whisky distillery
- Overnight on the banks of Loch Ness
- Stunning ferry trips in summer
- Ceilidh the night away in Oban
- Eerie Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’
- 'Outlander' sets Culloden and Clava Cairns
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Hermitage Forest walk
- Stay Wild and plant a tree in ‘HAGGiS Grove’ (selected trips only)
- Jacobite Steam Train (Summer only)
- Highland Whisky Distillery tour
- Loch Ness cruise (summer only)
- Legendary local HAGGiS Guide
- All transport including ferry charges
- Dunkeld Cathedral
- Hermitage Forest Walk
- Culloden Battlefield
- Clava Cairns
- Accommodation in Hostels
- All meals
- Entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
Awesome Accommodation. We know through over 15 years experience that good accommodation on tour is key to a great tour experience. Unlike others, we are not tied exclusively to any hostel chain, so are free to select the very best hostels. We choose places packed full of character, everything from rustic cottages and farms to castles and country houses.
The Best Hostels Guaranteed! The hostels we use on tours are graded either 3 or 4 stars by independent assessors from VisitScotland as we know that quality accommodation is important to you. Don't let a second rate hostel ruin your tour!
Dorm accommodation is guaranteed on all tours, simply pay as you go! We use only the best hostels. All have great facilities, provide free linen, (you don't need a sleeping bag), and have top quality self-catering kitchens, security, and laundry facilities.