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    Road to the Isles Coach Tour

    5 day tour of West Scotland & Skye including 2 nights on Skye. Includes your accommodation & Jacobite Steam Train

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5 Day Road to the Isles Coach Tour

A fantastic 5 day tour - this comprehensive tour of the Scottish Highlands is the probably the best way to explore the stunning scenery and amazing history of Scotland.  In just 5 days you'll get real insight into the nature, history and scenic beauty of Scotland. Runs every Monday from April to October. From Edinburgh & Glasgow. Includes Jacobite Steam Train journey


  • 2 Nights on Skye
  • Journey about "Hogwarts Express" Train
  • Visits to Oban & Argyll
  • Inverewe Tropical Gardens in North West
  • Includes accommodation in B&B in price

Tour Highlights: Loch Lomond, Inveraray, Kilmartin Glen, Oban, Glen Coe, The Great Glen, The Five Sisters, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills, Portree, Eilean Donan Castle, Torridon, Glen Affric, Inverness, Culloden Moor and Pitlochry.


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This tour operates on: Monday

Day One - Edinburgh - Inveraray -  Oban

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Loch Lomond

Departing from Edinburgh we travel westwards across Scotland to reach Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Soon we enter the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, a natural wonder that is just waiting to be discovered. The "bonnie, bonnie banks" of Loch Lomond is a real highlight. This is Britain's largest lake and one of Scotland's loveliest. It has 30 islands, including one inhabited by a colony of wallabies!

The Argyll Forest Park is famed for it’s ancient trees, tranquil lochs and mountains. Look out for Ben Arthur, affectionately known as "The Cobbler” - it’s one of Scotland’s most popular climbs.

Soon our coach starts our ascent of the "Rest and be Thankful” mountain pass. You’ll soon realise why this road has such an unusual name when you look down on General Wade's original road that winds its way through Glen Croe all the way to the summit!

The 3rd Duke of Argyll built the "new" town of Inveraray at the head of Loch Fyne. The town sits in the shadow of his castle and, as we will discover, this pleasant town retains much of its 18th Century charm.

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Rest & Be Thankful

From Lochgilphead we enter Kilmartin Glen. This mysterious Glen has one of the most concentrated areas of prehistoric sites in Scotland including a linear cemetery – a line of burial cairns that stretch for over 2 miles. Nearby is Dunadd, a hill fort that dates from the Iron Age. Dunadd was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada so this part of Argyll has played an important part in the creation of modern Scotland!

Soon we arrive in the bustling, beautiful port of Oban, our stop for tonight. Oban is the gateway to the isles so why not take a pre-dinner stroll and admire the views over the busy harbour.

Overnight: Oban

Day Two - Oban - Glen Coe -  Skye

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Glencoe

We bid farewell to Oban and make our way to the Connel Bridge. As we cross Loch Etive look out for the Falls of Lora below.

Glen Coe is arguably Scotland's most famous Glen partly because of it's awe-inspiring beauty and, more sinisterly, because of the infamous massacre that took place here in 1692. The sad tale will be told as we make a short diversion to explore this special place for ourselves.

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Ben Nevis Near Fort William

Fort William's glorious setting on the banks of Loch Linnhe has made it a popular tourist destination since the arrival of the steamships in the mid-1900's. The town sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, which, at 4,406 feet, is the tallest mountain in the UK. If the weather is kind to us we should hopefully get a good view of "The Ben" as we leave the town.

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Jacobite Steam TRain 

We now jump about the Jacobite Highlanders Steam Train for our journey to Mallaig and the sea crossing to Skye.  Fans of Harry Potter will know the train from the films and it is also an exciting way to see this landscape before you reach the coast at Mallaig. On arrival in Skye, you wil transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights.

Overnight: Kyleakin, Isle of Skye

Day Three  - Touring the Magical Isle

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SKye Trotternish Peninsula

After breakfast we board our coach for a wonderful day of exploration. From the little villages and gentle scenery of the southern part of the island the views will change dramatically as the Cuillin Hills come into sight. Considered by many to be amongst the finest hills in Britain the Cuillins present a vista that is simply unforgettable.

We will try to explore as much of the island as possible but there is simply so much to see. We focus on the natural wonders taking in the Cuillins if the weather is right and of course the Trotternish Peninsula, home to more natural and unusual wonders per square mile than anywhere on earth - the Old Man of Storr, the Quirang and Kilt Rock falls.

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Skye

Day Four - Eilean Donan- Inverewe– Loch Ness 

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Eilean Donan

We bid farewell to the Isle of Skye and return to the mainland. Our first stop is Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Shiel which is Scotland's most photographed castle and hero of many movies. After our visit, we head North and way from the crowds to take in the North Western wilderness as we head towards the unexpected Inverewe Gardens at Poolewe which are home to many sub-tropical species thanks to the warm currents of the Gulf Stream. Wildlife thrives in this part of Scotland so as we drive through this striking scenery keep a watch out for local residents such as red deer, golden eagles and pine martins. A relaxing drive brings a late afternoon arrival in Fort Augustus, which sits on the banks of Loch Ness.

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Loch Ness

Overnight: Fort Augustus

Day Five - Loch Ness - Culloden Moor - Edinburgh

After a hearty breakfast we head off to explore mysterious Loch Ness. After a drive along the banks of this famous loch why not mount a "Nessie" spotting cruise* of your own or enjoy wonderful views of the lake from the battlements of mighty Urquhart Castle?

A short drive will take us to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, and then on to desolate Culloden Moor * which was the site of the last battle ever fought on British soil. The Jacobite troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the British Army under the command of the Duke of Cumberland clashed here in a bloody battle. The Jacobites were routed and in the aftermath Highland life changed forever. We'll make a stop so that you can discover more about the battle and its dramatic consequences.

The Cairngorm National Park is an area of stunning natural beauty, as we will discover. As we journey through the Spey Valley the Cairngorm Mountains, which rise to over 4000 feet, provide a striking backdrop.

There are fine views of Blair Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Atholl – the only man allowed to have their own private army, The Atholl Highlanders. Wild mountain vistas surround us as we descend the Drumochter Pass, the main route into the highlands since the earliest of times. We’ll make a stop in the pretty town of Pitlochry a gloriously colourful and vibrant Victorian town surrounded by the most resplendent mountain scenery in Europe. Its fame as a holiday resort dates from the 1860s and was a popular destination with Queen Victoria. We’ll spend time here so you soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque little town.
The final part of our journey together takes us through the heart of Highland Perthshire. As we travel southwards past the twin villages of Dunkeld and Birnam you will discover why this part of Scotland is called "Big Tree Country”! From Perth we join the highway for the short journey to Edinburgh.

* Admission fees apply

Phenomenal Experience of the Highlands

We just came back from a 5 day tour of the Scottish Highlands with our driver Andrew. There were 29 of us on the trip, but Andrew made it seem as though it was a private tour. He was very informative on a wide array of topics related to history and had an intimate knowledge of each of the sites and villages we visited. His story telling made it easy to experience the historic battles in the Scottish struggle for independence.

The highlands are beautiful, very remote, and packed with historic sites and significance. The accommodations were rustic, but comfortable. Food was very good every where we went. The people were all very friendly and inviting.

The Jacobite Express train ride is an old steam engine that runs from Fort William to Mallaig, You will recognize the train and the journey from the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express. Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle, and Sterling Castle are not to be missed. We also stopped at the Culloden museum which is the site of the final battle that ended the Jacobite Uprising. This was a very moving and special experience.

The five days was packed with several stops interspersed with beautiful drives through the country side with some brief stops for pictures, We had a great time and heartily recommend the tour and Andrew.

Fabulous 5 Day Tour of the Highlands

This tour was a wonderful way to experience the Highlands, including 2 nights on Skye. We absolutely loved it, and the tour does a great job of packing lots of sightseeing in and covering lots of scenery. We were given ample time at major sites to photograph and enjoy, as well as to eat in the villages and get a bit of shopping done. Additionally, the tour was greatly enhanced by our guide Andrew who is a history buff and will regale the participants with personal anecdotes as well as providing a phenomenal amount of history appropriate to whichever place the bus is passing by. This tour provides a truly excellent overview of the Highlands and is an excellent value. I heartily recommend it.

Wonderful Tour

This is a 5 day excursion with Andrew, who is a wonderful tour guide. He is an amazing driver and tells such engaging stories about Scottish history and folklore. We all had such fun and highly recommend it to anyone wishing to see the beautiful sights in the Scottish highlands.

Trip of a Lifetime!

We took the five day Highlands tour. I will admit to being hesitant about a bus tour before we started, but our guide Andrew quickly won me over. The trip was absolutely amazing. Andrew made every moment in the coach engaging with his wit, knowledge, and humor. He knew just went to make us laugh, and when to leave us all be.

The trip was exquisitely managed, allowing time for photo stops, bathroom breaks, and engaging history. We arrived early at many of the more traditional tourist attractions and knew how to beat the crowds. We saw beautiful vistas across the Highlands and Islands, stayed in beautiful B&B's and made great friends.

I would highly recommend the trip and Andrew in particular to anyone interested in the Highlands.

Best Tour Yet

My husband and I just completed the 5 day Highlands (and Islands) tour with the incomparable Andrew. It exceeded every expectation I had. Not only did we get to visit historic landmarks (Glen Coe, Culloden, Urquart & Eilean Donan & Stirling castles, Bannockburn, Flora MacDonald's grave), we took in the breathtaking views on the Isle of Skye, the Great Glen, countless lochs, and spent the night and ate lunch in many quaint and idyllic towns (Portree, Oban, Fort Augustus, Pitlochry simply to name a few.)

This, by necessity, requires hours of traveling in the bus that went in the blink of an eye thanks to Andrew's engaging, entertaining, and enlightening storytelling. From history to mythology to modern day information Andrew made every bit educational and conversational. His wit, compassion, and personable attitude led to an exceptional week.

The B&B accommodations were excellent with wonderful breakfasts and comfortable rooms. A few times the bathroom/shower amenities were small, but that is to be expected in Europe. Overall I would highly recommend this company, this tour, and Andrew in particular to anyone who is interested in exploring the highlands and islands of Scotland.

Amazing five Day Tour

My mother and I went on the 5 Day Highland Experience Tour with our guide Andrew and it was truly amazing. If you can try and get Andrew as you guide, he was so knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt. He truly made the trip amazing. The tour is so worth the money and the places we stayed along the way we're great! If you want to get the most out of a few days in Scotland this is the only way to do it! Also if you go in peak season there will be more then 15 people on your tour but that is ok, the more the merrier! My only recommendation is that you do not bring more luggage than is allowed. You can store excess luggage at their offices. More luggage than the allowed amount will slow pick up and drop times.

Inclusions

• 4 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
• Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 - 5)
• Excursions as detailed in itinerary
• Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of a tour host
• Service charges and taxes

Luggage Allowance: One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 12 kilos)

Exclusions

• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

 

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 3+
  • Min Age: 3 years
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Coach
  • Months of Operation: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Duration of Tour: 5 days
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh
  • Departure Point: 1 Parliament Square Royal Mile/High Street Edinburgh EH1 1RF
  • Departure Time: Check in 08:15 hrs Departure 08:30 hrs
  • Expected return Time: 19:00 hrs (day 5)
  • Duration of Tour: 5 days

Rates & Dates

DatesType

Tour (Per Person in GB Sterling )
  Hotel Package B&B Package

Mondays
21st March to 17 - October, 2017

Sharing a Twin Room: £685.00
 
Single Room: £730.00
Sharing a Twin Room: £485.00
 
Single Room: £530.00

Booking Notes

  • Prices are quoted per person per tour
  • Customers must provide a valid credit card number.
  • Limited availability : advanced booking required.
  • Any booking is subject to our Booking Terms.

Some Places We Will Visit

  • Loch Lomond

    Britain's largest inland waterway, measuring 22 miles long and at certain points up to five miles wide, is Scotland's most famous (uninhabited!) loch, thanks to the Jacobite ballad about its "bonnie banks".

     

  • Oban

    Our visitor guide to Oban, the main focal point in the northern part of Argyll in Scotland. A comprehensive list of information including what to see and do, self catering cottages in the area, travel information and history...

  • 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.

  • Glencoe

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

  • Kyleakin

    Kyleakin is a village situated on the east coast of the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. The village is along the strait of Kyle Akin opposite the northwest Scottish mainland town of Kyle of Lochalsh.

  • Portree

    Skye's largest town and a charmingly friendly stop-off popular with all visitors.

  • Fort Augustus

    At the more scenic southern end of Loch Ness stands the village of Fort Augustus, originally set up as a garrison after the Jacobite rebellion of 1715, and headquarters of General Wade's campaign to pacify the Highlands. Today Fort Augustus is a busy little place; full of monster-hunting tourists and boats using the flight of five locks to enter or leave Loch Ness on their journey along the Caledonian Canal.

  • Culloden

    Guide to Culloden Battlefield to the East of Inverness.

  • Dunkeld

    Quick travel guide on Dunkeld in Perthshire offers information travellers needed to know on Dunkeld, which includes tourist information about Dunkeld and Birnam, attractions and Self- Catering Cottages in Dunkeld.

Castle Visited

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    One of the world's quintessential castles: Eilean Donan is familiar from films and stunning in its romantic location. Open daily.

  • Blair Castle

    Home to the Duke of Atholl who is the only person other than the monarch to raise a private army. The duke's army is ceremonial only. The castle is not a med