Scotland Tours

The Scottish Highlands Essential Experience Tour

Tour ID: 1094
Tour Theme: Small Group Sightseeing Tours (Multi-days)
This tour starts from: Edinburgh or
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
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Operated by: Highland Experience

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Tour Description:

The Essential Scottish Highlands Tour Experience

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. 

The Essential Scottish Highlands Tour ExperienceDay 1
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!
Overnight: Oban

Day 2
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

The Essential Scottish Highlands Tour ExperienceDay 3
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

Day 4
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

The Essential Scottish Highlands Tour ExperienceDay 5
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

Day by Day Itinerary:

Tour Highlights

Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban
The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history

Glen Coe & Loch Ness*
Fascinating history & wonderful scenery

Eilean Donan*
Scotland’s most beautiful castle

A day to explore the whole island

Culloden and whisky distillery*
Historic battlefield and a dram of single malt

Prices, Dates & What's Included:

Departs Edinburgh 08:30am  Glasgow 09:45am
Returns Edinburgh 19.00pm  Glasgow 19.00pm

**Please note-  Passengers returning to Glasgow will be issued with a complimentary train ticket and your guide will drop you off at Edinburgh Train Station.

Edinburgh Departure Point: Caffe Nero, 1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
Glasgow Departure Point: 266 George Street, Glasgow ( between North Frederick Street and John Street)

Monday and Thursday 1 April to 14 October

Departures 13 May - 26 August include the Jacobite Steam Train 

Departures 1 April - 12 May, 27 August- 14 October include Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle instead.

Prices Per Person (including accommodation)

B&B Double/Twin Room Price from £485 to £495 (GBP)
B&B Single Room Price from £565 to £575 (GBP)

Superior B&B Double/Twin Room Price from £585 to £595 (GBP)
Superior B&B Single Room Price from £665 to £675 (GBP)

Hotel Double/Twin Room Price from £635 to £645 (GBP)
Hotel Single Room Price from £715 to £725 (GBP)

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**children under 3 years of age and under are not accepted. See below for more price notes
** note: ensuite rooms guaranteed with Hotel and Superior B&B option

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Sorry this tour does not accept children age 3 and under
The tour price includes...
 - the services of a highly qualified driver guide that are passionate about Scotland eager to show off this beautiful country
 - 3 Star Accommodation based on the type that you select
 - Breakfast is only included with B&B and Hotel (Hostel does not include breakfast)
 Not included...
 - Lunch, Dinner, snacks, coffee or tea during duration of tour (there will be plenty of stops along the way, the guide will recommend restaurants, cafe, shops, etc...)
 - Admission to the monuments
 - Transfer to the departure point from place of accommodation or airport in Edinburgh

The type of vehicle employed on our tours varies depending on the number of passengers travelling on a particular departure. Generally tours are operated by 16 or 19 seat minibuses and 29 & 33 seat luxury mini-coaches. All vehicles are modern and specially built for comfortable touring. All vehicles have either forced-air ventilation or air-conditioning plus large panoramic windows to ensure the very best views. ABS, secondary breaking systems and a host of other safety features will ensure a safe trip.

Luggage Limit is Size: 55x40x20cm, Weight: 15kg
Whilst we are fully aware that guests may have larger items we will only be able to accept larger items subject to space available. Guests should check with their overnight accommodation provider who may be able to store luggage till their return. Alternatively there are left luggage facilities at Waverley Train Station and Edinburgh Bus Station. In Glasgow there are facilities at Queen Street Train Station and Buchanan Street Bus Station. In Inverness there are facilities at Inverness Train Station and also at Farraline Park Bus Station.
 - pick up from Edinburgh, drop off in Glasgow, or vise versa is possible. Just let us know at the time of booking in the comments section.
 - there is not discount for child staying in room with adult
 - it is advised to bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a jumper in case of chilly weather, and rain jacket/umbrella in case it rains. Weather in Scotland can be unpredictable, especially in the highlands, so it is wise to come prepared
 - don't forget your camera and a smile!!

When a passenger wishes to make a cancellation of a multi day tour the following charges apply:
- Within 7 days of the tour departure, no refund will be given.
- 7-14 days before the tour departure, a 50% refund of the tour price will be given.
- 14 days or more before the tour departure, a 90% refund of the tour price will be given.

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