4 Day Tour from Edinburgh that takes in the Northern Highlands, Skye, Eilean Donan, Cromarty, Loch Ness, Royal Deeside. 3 Nights accommodation included. Runs Wednesday & Thursday each week May - September
From Edinburgh travel to Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe. Travel through the Great Glen then stop at Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle and take a cruise on the loch. Stay in Inverness for 3 nights.
Today visit Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye. Spend time in colourful Portree.
Visit mysterious Clava Cairns and historic Cawdor Castle then tour through the Grampian Mountains. Visit Royal Lochnagar Malt Whisky Distillery and explore Royal Deeside.
Spend time in Beauly then explore historic Cromarty before dolphin-spotting by the Moray Firth. Return to Edinburgh by travelling through the Cairngorm National Park and Highland Perthshire.
- Visit Isle of Skye, Royal Deeside and Eilean Donan Castle* (*admission fees apply)
- Overnight accommodation over three nights in Inverness
- Depart from and return to Edinburgh
- Tour duration: 4 days/3 nights
- EVoucher: No need to print your voucher - just show it on your smartphone and go!
- Freestyle Mini Tour
Detailed Trip Description
From Edinburgh we will make our way to Rannoch Moor a wilderness that extends over 50 sq miles. Next we'll enter brooding Glen Coe and stop in the heart of the Glen so that you can enjoy our spectacular surroundings. Next we cross the Ballachulish Bridge and drive 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.
Leaving Inverness behind we make our way to Garve then on through Strath Bran to the remote village of Achnasheen. From there we strike out through picturesque Glen Carron, stopping to enjoy the panoramic views over Loch Carron.
We cross "over the sea to Skye” and follow the picturesque coastal route, enjoying the wonderful vista over the sea lochs to the Isle of Scalpay. There are grand views of the mighty Cuillin Hills too as we make our way to Portree, the island’s main town. We’ll make a stop here so you can discover the town on your own and enjoy time for lunch. The colourful houses that surround the harbour make a wonderful backdrop for an "I was there” selfie!
Returning to the mainland we stop to visit fairytale Eilean Donan Castle set on its little island on Loch Duich. There is time to explore this iconic castle before our return journey continues through Glen Shiel, where the Five Sisters of Kintail will come into view. These soaring peaks are each over 3,000 feet (914 m) high!
The final part of our journey takes us through Glen Moriston to the timeless beauty of Loch Ness and onwards to Inverness.
From Inverness we make the short journey to visit Clava Cairns, one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sites – the exceptional remains of an ancient cemetery, which dates back about 4,000 years.
Next it is on to fairy-tale Cawdor Castle*, a family home for over 600 years. Cawdor was made famous by William Shakespeare in his "Scottish Play” (Macbeth) and dates from the 14th Century.
We’ll make a stop for lunch in Tomintoul, an attractive 18th century planned village. After a relaxing break we travel along the Lecht road that crosses the spectacular Grampian Mountains. Look out for lonely Corgarff Castle, which was once a noble residence but later became an army base for hunting whisky smugglers.
Prince Albert bought the Balmoral Estate in 1852 and ever since this part of Scotland has been known as Royal Deeside. We’ll make a stop at little Crathie Kirk, where the Royal Family worship when staying at nearby Balmoral Castle.
This area of Scotland is famous for the production of Whisky so no visit would be complete without a visit to a whisky distillery*. We’ll stop at famous Royal Lochnagar Distillery where after hearing how "the water of life” is produced during our guided tour of the whisky stills we can sample a "wee dram” in the tasting room.
If time permits we’ll visit the pleasant little town of Ballater, once famous for its health-giving waters and now bristling with "By Royal Appointment” crests above the shops that overlook the town square.
Our return to Inverness will take us by way of Grantown on Spey then through picturesque Speyside to the charming village of Carrbridge.
Inverness to Edinburgh
After breakfast we make our way through Glen Convinth to reach Beauly. The monks who built a priory here in the 13th Century called it Beau Lieu or beautiful place. You'll soon discover why! On certain departures you’ll also have the opportunity of visiting the nearby Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery * to see how Scotland’s national drink is lovingly produced.
Our tour continues through the Black Isle where we will enjoy scenic views over the Cromarty Firth as we travel to the little fishing village of Cromarty. Our next stop is at Chanonry Point, a popular vantage point to spot the community of dolphins that live in the Moray Firth. On the outskirts of Inverness join your motorcoach for our tour south.
Our route southwards will take us into the spectacular Cairngorm National Park then through the dramatic scenery of the Drumochter Pass and onwards to Glen Garry. Look out for imposing Blair Castle, home to the Dukes of Atholl before we continue our journey through the rolling Perthshire countryside, known as "Big Tree Country". From Perth its homeward bound through the ancient Kingdom of Fife to journey's end in Edinburgh.