- 5-day Highlands and Isle of Skye trip from Edinburgh
- Scenic drive through Stirling and the wild Rannoch Moors
- See the legendary scenery including the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains
- Ride the famous Hogwarts Express (as seen in the Harry Potter films)
- Choice of B&B or hotel accommodation
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What You Can Expect
See 'Itinerary' below for full details of your 5-day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Scottish West Coast Tour.
Leaving Edinburgh we head north to the ancient capital of Stirling and the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Here there are stunning views towards the impressive Castle and towering Wallace Monument. Next stop is Doune with an optional visit to its Castle, famously featured in the movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. Get a picture with Hamish the Hairy Coo as we enter the Trossachs, where the Highlands begin. Our journey takes us through wild Rannoch Moor and into brooding Glencoe, site of the massacre of 1692. We head through some beautiful scenery, past the Isles of the Dead and onto Oban, a stunning west coast fishing port.
After driving along the west coast, we take the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig (voted by Wanderlust Magazine as the 'Top Rail Journey in the World’), crossing the Glenfinnan viaduct made famous in the Harry Potter films. This trip will pass Glenfinnan, where Bonne Prince Charlie raised his standard at the start of the failed Jacobite campaign. We take the ferry and cross the sea to the Isle of Skye full of awe-inspiring mountains, myths and legends. Here, we have the chance to explore the Clan Donald centre and gardens before driving north through stunning scenery to the island’s capital, Portree.
The start of the day is spent exploring Skye. Highlights include the mysterious Quiraing, Kilt Rock and some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery. Returning to the mainland, we cross the Skye Bridge and visit the most photographed castle in Scotland, the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle (used in the film "Highlander”). We wind our way into along the Great Glen to infamous Loch Ness, home of Nessie. Where you can look for the monster before we dock at Inverness, our home for the night.
The morning is free to explore Inverness, capital of the Highlands, with beautiful river views and shops to buy some unique Scottish souvenirs. Onward bound we head into the heart of the country and stop at a whisky distillery to discover how the ‘water of life’ is made. Here’s your chance to have a dram after an optional guided tour then it’s on to Beauly, with its 13th Century priory and numerous pubs and cafes for a spot of afternoon tea. We return to Inverness for our final night.
We explore the atmospheric Culloden Battlefield, scene of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat and the end of Jacobite Rebellion. After travelling through the Cairngorms National Park, we make a visit to the Museum of Highland Life to learn how Scotland’s clans lived and their traditional ways. Heading south into Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers and mountains, we stop at the quaint village of Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay and visit its stunning historic Cathedral. Finally, we return to Edinburgh with one last view of the Forth Bridge.
I had an absolutely lovely time on this trip. The weather was cooperating (only rained for about 5 minutes), we had a great driver, Keith, and the scenery was absolutely FANTASTIC. On Skye, I sat awestruck and teary-eyed most of the time, it was just so beautiful. We had booked the B and B accommodation and all of them were great. Close to the town centre, great hosts and spacious rooms.
There was a good mix of activities on this tour - castles, gardens, scenery, whiskey and the like. Keith talked a lot about Scottish history as we were driving along, but not too much. He also mixed it up with some great Scottish music - not just bagpipes. For me, time was never quite enough on any of the places where we stopped - I would have liked more time to both soak up the information, listen to audio guides and take (lots of!) pictures. At the same time I wouldn't have liked to miss any of the places we stopped at to have more time somewhere else, so it all comes out okay in the end. And I guess that just means that I have to come back later...=)
I highly recommend this tour!
The highlight of our trip to Scotalnd. Highly recommended!! Our guide was young, energetic and very knowledgable. He went out of his way to make sure we saw the sights and even took a few detours for us. The small coach was nice as we could get to places the big buses couldn't and our group was like a family when we were done. He made sure he know all our names, where we came from and what we expected from the tour.