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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
See it all on a grand five-day tour of the Highlands of Scotland by minivan - from the ancient Cairngorms and vibrant Inverness to the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye and awe-inspiring Glencoe. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this special five-day excursion to Scotland's Highlands.

Highlights

  • Five-day small group excursion from Edinburgh to Inverness, Isle of Skye and northern Highlands
  • Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands
  • Panoramic views of Loch Ness
  • Discount Card to use at local restaurants, shops and attractions
  • Four nights' accommodation with private facilities in a B&B or hotel
  • Choice of hotel or guesthouse accommodation
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (maximum 16 people)
  • Comfortable Mercedes minivan transport
  • Professional, knowledgeable and entertaining driver/guide

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What You Can Expect

5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Loch of Glencoul, Scotland

Highlights on your five-day small group excursion include:
  • Crossing the Forth Road Bridge
  • Cairngorm National Park and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus Estate
  • Loch Insh and taking a short forest walk to the ruins of Loch an Eilean Castle
  • Panoramic views of Loch Ness
  • Far north-west Highlands and the wild mountains of Assynt
  • Corrieshalloch Gorge
  • Fishing village of Ullapool
  • Ruins of Ardvreck Castle
  • Isle of Skye and overnight in Portree
Winner of the Inaugural Scottish Thistle Award for Sustainable Tourism, October 2007.

The Scottish Highlands and Islands are Europe's last great wilderness! This personalized tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of Scotland. Traveling in a small group means you can take lots of stops and reach "out of the way" places, giving you more time off the bus to discover the real Scotland.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Ullapool
Travel north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the river Tay. From here you head into the Cairngorm national park and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate. Lunchtime will be spent on the beautiful shores of Loch Insh before a short forest walk takes us to the ruins of Loch an Eilean Castle. You can enjoy panoramic views of Loch Ness as you travel down its famous banks to the village of Dores where you can do some "Nessie" spotting! Then its on to the fishing village of Ullapool where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 2: Northwest Highlands
Visit the far northwest Highlands and the expansive wildness and grandeur of the mountains of Assynt. Visit to the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, amazing views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes. Stop off in the small fishing village of Lochinver. With the chance of seeing wildlife such as eagles and red deer this is sure to be a memorable day.

Day 3: Portree
Leave Ullapool heading West past the mountains of Beinn Eighe national nature reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon. The tranquil setting of Applecross is your destination for lunch, then head-off for jaw-dropping views on one of Scotland's highest roads, Bealach nam Bo (meaning the Cattle Pass). In the afternoon you will stop in "tropical" Plockton where you can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take time to enjoy it's sheltered serenity. Then it's over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbor town of Portree with its friendly welcome.

Day 4: Skye
There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore in designing the best day out for you that particular day. For example: travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery. Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch you can go over to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse that is the furthest point west on Skye. Or go over to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. Talisker Distillery is also on Skye, as are the famous Cuillin Hills. Return to your accommodation in Portree in the early evening where you are free to explore the town yourselves at leisure.

Day 5: Skye - Edinburgh
Travel south from Skye stopping first at the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander", set at the head of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail including the splendor of the Five Sisters, drive down through Glen Garry past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then on to Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon you can explore spectacular, awe-inspiring Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, before stopping in Killin for refreshments beside the beautiful Falls of Dochart and returning to Edinburgh AT 19:30 approx.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The Rabbies five day Higland Explorer tour was first class. Emily the tour guide/ driver was brilliant and was extremely professional. The small group (10 passengers) were a friendly fun loving group and we all had a marvellous time. I thoroughly recommend this tour.

Leanne C
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The tour was with Rabbies and was fantastic! We haven't done an 'organised tour' in quite a while and were really happy with how this went as it enables you to still be relatively independent. We did the B and B option and were very happy with the standard of accommodation. We saw so much in the five days - the scenery was beautiful. Big thank you to Ross our driver/guide who was outstanding and has whetted our appetite for more travel to Scotland! Highly recommend this tour.

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