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4 Day Best of the Highlands Coach Tour depart Edinburgh

This popular 4 day coach tour takes you through the variety of Scotland's moods and landscapes, covering the country roads from the far west to the far north. It's the perfect introduction to the beauty of Scotland! The tour runs Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from April to October. Price inc Accommodation.


  • 3 Nights in Inverness - capital of th Highlands
  • Day in Skye exploring the magical island
  • Visit to Far North Coast
  • Loch Ness, Glencoe & Rannoch Moor
  • Special Child Discounts for families
  • Dolphin spotting near Inverness

Includes

Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Beach combing, Cuillin Hills, Eilean Donan Castle, The Five Sisters, Pre-historic sites, John O'Groats, Duncansby Head, Wick, Beauly, Cromarty, Dolphin spotting, Spey Valley and Scenic Perthshire


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This tour operates on: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday

Day One - Edinburgh to Inverness (3 nights)

From Edinburgh we will make our way via lonely Rannoch Moor to the beauty of Glen Coe. There is a stop in the heart of the Glen where you can enjoy these spectacular surroundings. Our crossing of the Ballachulish Bridge will bring us to Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The majestic beauty of the Great Glen is next – Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and finally Loch Ness will provide wonderful views at every turn. We'll drive the entire length of Loch Ness stopping so you can visit Urquhart Castle* and take a monster spotting cruise *. Our tour is based in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, for the next three nights.
The stay in Inverness is unescorted.

Day Two - The Magical Isle of Skye

Today we enjoy a full day excursion to the beautiful island of Skye. Following our tour through picturesque Glen Carron we cross 'over the sea to Skye' and make our way to Sleat, the Garden of Skye. The gentle scenery that we see in this part of the island contrasts with the rugged beauty of the Cuillin Hills that we will discover later on our tour. We will make a visit to the Clan Donald Centre where there is time to explore the fabulous gardens. Later we will make a scenic drive and enjoy some beach combing. A real highlight is our stop to visit Eilean Donan Castle* (optional), perched on its island at the head of Loch Duich. You will marvel at the views when we stop at this most picturesque of castles. Our return to Inverness will take us through Glen Shiel to Invermoriston where we will make our final stop of the day.

Day Three - Caithness and John O'Groats

We leave Inverness and head across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth where, depending on tide conditions, we may see our first seals. We will make a stop in the town of Golspie. High above the town is an astonishing statue, 27m (90') high. This is of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Clearances in the Highlands during the 19th century. We'll hear more about this sad episode in the history of Scotland as we head North. There will be a stop in John O'Groats for that 'I was there' photograph before making our way to stunning Duncansby Head where, after a stroll along the cliff-top path, there are views of the dramatic sea stacks and seascapes to enjoy. Duncansby is rich in birdlife including Guillemot, Kittiwakes and, the most famous residents, Puffins (until late July). There are binoculars available on-board our mini-coach so you can get a 'close up' view.

After our visit to Duncansby we turn southwards for home. Our journey will take us through Wick and there will be a comfort stop along the way before we make journey's end in Inverness.

Day Four - Inverness to Edinburgh

After breakfast we make the short drive to the Black Isle where we will enjoy scenic views over the Cromarty Firth as we travel to the little fishing village of Cromarty. Next we stop at Chanonry Point, a popular vantage point to spot the community of dolphins that live in the Moray Firth. Our next visit is to Beauly. The monks who built a priory here in the 13th Century called it Beau Lieu or beautiful place. You'll soon discover why! There is a stop at the popular Loch Ness Exhibition and Centre * before you join your motorcoach for our tour south.

The route will take us into the spectacluar Cairngorm National Park and the Spey Valley, for the best views of the Cairngorm Mountains, then through the dramatic scenery of the Drumochter Pass and onwards to Glen Garry - watch out for imposing Blair Castle. We'll make a stop for afternoon tea before continuing through the rolling Perthshire countryside. From Perth its homeward bound to journey's end in Edinburgh.

The order in which excursions are operated may vary.

* Admission fees extra

Inclusions

· 3 nights accommodation** in twin rooms with private bath/shower
· Full Scottish breakfast (days 2, 3 & 4)
· Excursions as detailed in itinerary
· Transportation to/from Inverness by luxury touring coach
· Services of a tour host
· Service charges and taxes

**Accommodation is included in the price of the tour. Clients can select between conveniently located quality guest house accommodation and a superior tourist class hotel in the centre of Inverness. All rooms have en-suite facilities and other amenities. Full Scottish breakfast is included. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room - please note if you wish a single room, single supplements will apply.

Exclusions

· Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
· Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
· Gratuity to your driver/guide

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 3+
  • Min Age: 3 years
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Coach
  • Months of Operation: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Duration of Tour: 4 days
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh
  • Departure Point: 87 Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SG
  • Departure Time: Check in: 07:45 hrs Departure: 08:00 hrs
  • Expected return Time: 20:30 hrs (day 4)
  • Duration of Tour: 4 days

Rates & Dates

Tour (Per Person in GB Sterling )
Dates Type
  Package per person (Hotels) Package per person (Guesthouses)

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays
and Wednesdays

20 March to 25 October

Only Mondays 30th October to 27th November

Sharing a Twin or Double Room: £515.00
Single Room: £725
Sharing a Twin or Double Room: £405.00
Single room: £480.00

Booking Notes

  • Prices are quoted per person per tour based on two sharing
  • Customers must provide a valid credit card number.
  • Limited availability : advanced booking required.
  • This tour only operates on certain days of the week
  • Any booking is subject to our Booking Terms.

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Some Places We Will Visit

  • Glencoe

    Dramatic landscape with a dramatic history. Few who visit the glen are unmoved by its majesty and power.

  • Fort William

    Fort William is the gateway to the Western Highlands and one of the country's main tourist centres. It stands at the head of Loch Linnhe, with the snow-topped mass of Ben Nevis towering behind.

  • Inverness

    The Highlands' largest town and enjoying a real renaissance over the past ten years as young professionals have moved to the city. The gateway to the far north and a fun night out if you stay.

  • Elgol

    Beautiful seaside village that looks into the Cuillin heart as well as out to sea.

  • Kyle of Lochalsh

    Visitor guide to Kyle of Lochalsh in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. Includes info on the Road to the Isles, Eilean Donan Castle, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Arsaig & Morar and the best self catering cottages and hotels around the Kyle of Lochalsh.

  • Golspie

    Small town once home to the Dukes of Sutherland and home to one of the world's more laughably dishonest monuments. On the road north along the stunning NE coast.

  • John O'Groats

    If you still feel inclined to visit this old tourist trap, then that's your prerogative, but don't say we didn't warn you. It's kind of boring at best and pretty miserable most of the time. It gets its name from the Dutchman Jan de Groot, who was commissioned by King James IV to run a ferry service to Orkney in 1496. Ferries still operate from here to Burwick in Orkney (see Transport below). There's a Tourist Information Centre here (Tel. 611373, open April-October Monday-Saturday 0900-1700), as well as a post office, craft shops and a chippie.

  • Wick

    Visitor guide to Wick in the Scottish Highlands.  Includes what to see and do and great accommodation and eating options.

  • Beauly

    Beauly is located on the north bank of River Beauly 10 miles to the west of Inverness in Scotland. The main attraction is Beauly Priory or the Priory Church established in 1230 by John Bisset. This attractive town got its name from the French word “beau lieu” means beautiful place. It is also said that the name came from a comment made by Mary Queen of Scots when she visited here, she was much impressed by the place.

  • Cromarty

    Charming white harled village that is picture postcard pretty and features on many pictures postcards

Castle Visited

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