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...
After journey to Scotland's biggest city Glasgow to meet the rest of the group*. Our 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 the picturesque seaside town of Oban, home to Scotland’s best seafood!
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.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
A Whole Day to explore Skye...
You’ll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye’s mysteries and landscape with your knowledgeable driver-guide, they will ensure you get the most out of your time on the island based on the weather and group. Stops often include the likes of Cuillin Mountains, Dun Beag Broch, the Black Houses, the Kilt Rock Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, and of course the capital of the island, Portree.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Beautiful Castles and Mysterious Lochs...
We’ll leave Skye and head straight to one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, Eilean Donan* which you’ll have ample time to explore. You’ll stop at the pretty Lochside village of Drumnadrochit for lunch, before having the option to cruise* on Loch Ness, look out for Nessie and visit Urquhart Castle* ruin. We’ll then head to the south end of the Loch for our overnight stop in Fort Augustus.
Overnight: Fort Augustus
Monster hunting, historic battlefields and home...
Today you’ll head to visit the battlefield of Culloden* the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. We’ll also have time to explore the nearby Clava Cairns, a group of Prehistoric Burial Cairns – fans of Outlander will love this location due to its similarity to the fictitious stone circle, Craigh na Dun. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains. On your way south you can choose to enjoy a wee dram at a local whisky distillery* or explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry before arriving back in Edinburgh**.
*Optional extra - subject to seasonal availability