In three days we'll show you the highlights of Scotland - Glen Coe, Eilean Donan Castle, the Isle of Skye, The Cuillin Hills, Loch Ness, Inverness, Culloden Moor and much, much more. This tour runs 3 days a week throughout the year, plus Fridays from June to September. Your 2 night's accommodation is included in the ticket price.
Highlights: Stirling, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, The Great Glen, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Cullin Hills, Portree, Trotternish Peninsula, Loch Ness, Inverness, Culloden Moor, Cairngorm National Park and Pitlochry
Day One - Edinburgh - Glen Coe - Fort Augustus
Our journey starts with the short drive to Stirling, the gateway to the Highlands. We’ll enjoy wonderful views of Stirling Castle from the highway before making our way towards Callander and the beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Along the way we cross from the Lowlands and into the Highlands.
Our journey takes us into the Great Glen, which was formed many millions of years ago. The result of this activity has left us with an impressive landscape of lochs and mountains. We'll travel along the banks of Lochs Lochy and Oich to reach the village of Invergarry. As we drive through this small community watch out for the 'Well of the Seven Heads', a monument with a very bloody tale to tell!
At moody Loch Ness you’ll have the chance to enjoy a monster-spotting cruise* and experience wonderful views of Urquhart Castle. Later we make our way to Fort Augustus, our home for tonight, which is situated on the banks of this most enigmatic loch.
Overnight: Fort Augustus
Day Two - Fort Augustus - Eilean Donan Castle - Isle of Skye
After breakfast we start the day by travelling across Scotland and heading for the west coast. Glen Shiel is home to the 'Five Sisters', a range of five mountains of which 4 are over 3,000 feet high. Soon picturesque Eilean Donan Castle* will come into view. This is, without doubt, one of Scotland's most iconic sights. The castle stands on a little island situated at the confluence of Loch's Alsh and Duich. We'll have time to discover the castle for ourselves during our stop here
Soon we travel 'over the sea to Skye' by the modern road bridge. The towering Cuillin Hills give Skye its breathtaking beauty. Considered by many to be amongst the finest hills in Britain the Cuillins present a vista that is simply unforgettable.
The picturesque town of Portree, the island's largest community. The name of the town means the 'King's Port' following a visit by King James V in 1540. Today the pretty painted houses which surround the harbour give Portree an old fashioned appeal as we shall discover.
The next part of our excursion is to the famed Trotternish Peninsula. From Portree we travel northwards to the little port of Uig from where ferries sail to the Outer Hebrides. At little Kilmuir there is a monument to Flora MacDonald who, famously, assisted Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from the troops that were hunting him by sailing him 'over the sea to Skye' disguised as her maid.
We'll stop to explore The Quiraing, a dramatic terrain formed by a massive landslide. Here you can walk through a landscape that dates from Jurassic times and as you do see if you can identify the rock formations whose descriptions are the 'Needle', 'Table' and 'Prison'. A short drive brings us to Kilt Rock, so named because the basalt columns of this rock fall to resemble the pleats of a kilt - it's well worth the effort to snap an 'I was there' photograph!
Day Three - Isle of Skye - Culloden Moor - Edinburgh
We bid farewell to Skye and cross back to the mainland. As we travel through rugged Glen Moriston look out for the cairn to the memory of Roderick MacKenzie who, in 1746, allowed himself to be captured by the redcoats who were searching for Bonnie Prince Charlie. His sacrifice allowed the real Prince to evade capture and escape pursuit! In the pretty village of Invermoriston there’s time to make the short walk to view the Thomas Telford bridge, built in 1813, which crosses the spectacular River Moriston falls.
Bustling Inverness is known as the Capital of the Highlands. On the outskirts of this fast growing city lies notorious Culloden Moor*. It was here in 1746 that Bonnie Prince Charlie's dreams of capturing the Crown for the Stuart dynasty came to a bloody end. His Jacobite army was routed by the Government troops under the command of the Duke of Cumberland. The aftermath was particularly brutal such that it changed life in the Highlands forever.
Soon we pass remote Dalwhinnie then make our descent of the Drumochter Pass, which has linked the Highlands to the Lowlands since the earliest of times.
We'll stop in the Victorian tourist town of Pitlochry, which sits on the banks of the River Tummel. Queen Victoria stayed at nearby Blair Castle and enjoyed visiting Pitlochry very much. Her favourable comments ensured a steady flow of visitors who came to this charming town to see what pleased the Queen so much. Today Pitlochry retains much of its period atmosphere, as we will discover!
The last part of our time together will take us towards the 'fair city of Perth' then make our way to journey's end in Edinburgh.
* Admission fees extra.
· *Admission fees are extra
· Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
· Gratuity to your tour host
• 2 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
• Full Scottish breakfast (days 2&3)
• 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)
Min Age3 years
Tour Vehicle TypeMini Coach
Departure PointHighland Experience Tours @ Caffé Nero,1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
Departure TimeCheck In: 08.15 hrs Departure 08.30 hrs
Expected return Time18:00 (day 3)
Duration of Tour3 Days
Months of OperationAll Year
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Low Season (to 29th March 2015) Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays
Except 24 & 31 December
High Season (from 30th March 2015)
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