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From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

1. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

Embark on a 3-day guided tour of the Scottish Highlands and visit highlights, including Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye. Learn the history of this lush region from your guide and spend two nights in Inverness. Day 1: Departing Edinburgh, we will take our first short drive heading north and stop at the mysterious Kelpies. Scotland’s largest piece of outdoor art depicting mythical creatures of Scotland’s folklore that your driver will tell you all about. We’ll then continue on our journey and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Continuing north, into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal clan history of the Highlands. Discover beautiful Glencoe, the most famous valley in Scotland, and hear of its tragic history. Admire the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct then head north and arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness to get photos of the infamous monster Nessie! Stop for photos of Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you'll stay for 2 nights, choosing from a local guesthouse, hostel, or hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Inverness and drive across the Kessock Bridge to the Black Isle and marvel at the spectacular scenery of Achnasheen and Loch Carron. Arriving on the Isle of Skye, venture north to explore the highlights of the island, including; the Cuillin Mountains, Trotternish Peninsula, Portree, the Old Man Storr, Kilt Rock and the famous Quiraing. In late afternoon, stop for photographs of the most beautiful castle in Scotland, "Eilean Donan Castle." Backdrop to many famous films, such as 'Highlander' and 'Made of Honor', this castle is another must-see iconic landmark! A scenic drive through stunning Glen Shiel follows, returning to Inverness to stay your final night. The evening is free for you to do as you wish. Day 3: Visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last Jacobite Rising, then 'Clava Cairns', incredible 4,000-year-old, Bronze-Age standing stones. Travelling south, stop at the Highland Folk Museum. Here you'll experience highland life in the 17th century. See the buildings, the clothes and weapons, and how people lived 300 years ago. Then, drive through the dramatic Cairngorm National Park. You will have the chance to experience a Scotch Whiskey tasting before you visit the historic village of Pitlochry. Your journey back to Edinburgh takes you across the famous Forth Bridges. The expected arrival time back in Edinburgh is around 6:30 PM.

Loch Ness, Inverness and Highlands 2-Day Tour from Edinburgh

2. Loch Ness, Inverness and Highlands 2-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Get back to nature in the Scottish Highlands and go for gentle walks. Spend the night in the city of Inverness and avail of a flexible itinerary on day 2. Day 1: Depart Edinburgh and head west to Glasgow before visiting the pretty village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. Descend into Rannoch Moor and pass the Black Mount and Glencoe at the site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan. Go for a leisurely walk to soak up the atmosphere. Head north towards Fort William and get stunning views of Ben Nevis before traveling around Loch Ness after lunch. Pass historic Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, where you will spend the night. Day 2: Choose to visit the Culloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the Duke of Cumberland. Glimpse the ancient stones of Clava Cairns and taste the whisky at Dalwhinnie Distillery. Go to the old military garrison of Ruthven Barracks. Return via the Hermitage and stop for a gentle forest walk in idyllic woodlands (summer only) before crossing the Forth Bridge to arrive back in Edinburgh.

From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Inverness and Highlands 2-Day Tour

3. From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Inverness and Highlands 2-Day Tour

Day One: Visit the conservation village of Luss, on the banks of Loch Lomond. Descend into Rannoch Moor and pass the Black Mount. Walk through Glen Coe and take in its haunting atmosphere. View Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before stopping for lunch in Fort William. End the day by travelling to Inverness, after walking around Loch Ness.  Day Two: Visit the fascinating Culloden Battlefield and glimpse the ancient stones of the Neolithic Clava Clairns. Visit Dalwhinnie Distillery and take the opportunity to try their whisky. Stop for a gentle forest walk in a Scottish woodland after lunch (Only possible in the summer months). Cross the Forth Bridge and travel back to Edinburgh where you will be dropped off outside Edinburgh Waverley Train Station. Passengers that began the tour in Glasgow will be provided with a free train ticket to return to Glasgow.

From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Group Tour

4. From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Group Tour

Day 1 You head north through the Kingdom of Fife, to your first distillery; Lindores Abbey. This is a modern Scottish distillery built on the site of the first-ever recorded distiller in the country in 1494. Visit this site to discover the historic legacy of the area blended with innovation and sustainable practices all captured in their fine whisky. Continue north towards the UK's largest National Park, Cairngorms National Park. This will be a stunning drive, so keep your cameras ready. You stop in Braemar and have some time for lunch and a little explore. A bite to eat is a good idea though because your next stop is the Whisky Castle. This whisky emporium has been selling the finest malt whiskies for over 120 years and is stocking over 600 malts. Savour three Speyside whiskies to get familiar with a distinctive taste of this region. Once you’ve warmed with this dram of “the gentle spirit”, you continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown-on-Spey, your base for two nights. Day 2 Today you spend the whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. Your first stop is Cardhu Distillery*,which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. After lunch in nearby Aberlour, you travel along the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage**, where you see another aspect of the whisky making process. After a scenic drive towards the coast, you head to Glen Moray, where you can try whisky matured in a wide selection of casks. Time permitting, your driver-guide might stop in at Sueno's Stone for a quick photo, where you can admire this incredible Pictish standing stone. From here you travel back to Grantown-on-Spey. Day 3 In the morning get ready for a whisky and chocolate tasting at Dalwhinnie Distillery, set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. You then leave the Highlands and journey south to Perthshire. Lying in the heart of Scotland, Pitlochry is a beautiful little town with plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes. The time is yours to explore and have some lunch. Next, you stop for a walk among towering Douglas firs in the Hermitage, a lovely forest with a roaring waterfall. From here the route south takes you to the stunning wee village of Dunkeld, where you've got some time to explore before heading to your final whisky experience of the tour. You then over the Firth of Forth, take in the magnificent South Queensferry bridges, and head back into Edinburgh. *Itinerary and distillery visits are subject to change.

From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye & Highlands Private Tour

5. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye & Highlands Private Tour

We'll take you on an trip of lifetime to see the beautiful Scenery of The Scottish Highlands. With plenty of time to take in the Splendour of Glencoe. We visit the Hogwarts Express and the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct before crossing into the spectacular Isle of Skye. We will Travel around epic coastline of Skye to take in views that are not available anywhere else in World. On this 3 day private tour we will pick you up anywhere in or around Edinburgh. We'll take you to the most beautiful parts of Scotland and possibly the world. Day 1: Leaving Edinburgh, you have an option to visit Linlithgow Palace or Stirling Castle passing by the famous 30 meter high Sculpture of The Kelpies. Through the lovely town of Callander you'll then meet some Highland Cows (or Hairy coos) and you can even feed them. We'll then enter the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park where you'll have time for a walk along Loch Lubnaig before we head North to The Highlands. We'll spend some time taking in Glencoe's awesome Landscapes and photo ops while learning a bit about the history of the area. You can then decide between an array of options for an activity in Glencoe. Before moving onto Fort William for the night. Day 2. Starting the day with Stunning views of Ben Nevis from a little known stop, We'll swiftly move East to the World Famous Glenfinnan viaduct and try to catch a glimpse of the Howarth's Express crossing over it. We can also view the the Glenfinnan monument and learn about the Jacobite rebellion. Then it's up passed the beautiful Arisaig and into Malaig, where we catch the Ferry over to the Isle of Skye. Now It's time for a real adventure as we take Misty Isle Boat trip to Loch Coruisk for an 90 minute stay at the Loch before returning by both to Elgol. We will then embark on a magical tour around the Island stopping at some truly breath-taking sights including Old man of Storr, Kilt Rock and Sligachan waterfalls. We'll go to An Corran beach to see the Dinosaur footprints then view Unique sights of The Quiraing. The tour will take you to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens where we'll stop for awhile with the optional activity of a Seal trip - an exhilarating 25min boat trip to see the Loch Dunvegan seal colony and observe these playful sea mammals at close quarters. The Final attraction on day 2 will be Neist Point Lighthouse. There might even be opportunity to catch a Ceileigh in the evening night. Day 3: We'll start the day at The Fairy Pools and then we will explore Eileen Donan Castle standing by Kyle of Lochalsh. From there we can head over to look for Nessie on Loch Ness before heading South through The Cairngorms national park and there's an optional whisky distillery tour in the highest distillery in Scotland, Dalwhinnie distillery. Our final Stop is the pretty town of Pitlochry. From there we'll drop you off back at your accommodation, or wherever you wish, by approximately 8:30pm.

From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye & Highlands Private Tour

6. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye & Highlands Private Tour

Your Macleod Heilan Tours guide will pick your group up at your chosen location ready to make our way out of the city and into the Highlands. The Next 3 Days are broken down into a more detailed itinary which can be altered or adjusted if time permits. Please Note: When booking please let us know where your group have booked the two nights accommodation required and the prefered pick up/drop off location. Accommodation must be within a 10 mile radius of the village of Kyleakin at the South end of the island. This can include the villages of Kyle, Balmacara, Broadford, Breakish, Plockton and of course Kyleakin itself. We can go outwith these locations but an extra charge will be added. Day 1 Our first stop will be the beautiful conservation village of Luss on Loch Lomond. After refreshments and photos we will continue North going further into the Highlands & into Glencoe making photo stops as we pass through & take in the most photographed Mountain in Scotland "Buchaille Etive Mor" & the famous Three Sisters. Lunch will be in the Lochaber area before going out to see the Glenfinnan Viaduct. We will then make our way up to back to Fort William stopping for photos at the ruined Inverlochy Castle before driving up through Glen Shiel past the 5 Sisters of Kintail and "Over the Sea to Skye" via the Skye Bridge. Day 2 Today you will experience the magnificent Isle of Skye voted the 4th best island by National Geographic. What better way to enjoy it with a guide who grew up on the Island. We will have our first stop at Sligachan where we can marvel at the Black & Red Cuillin Mountains. Possibly wash our faces in the river Sligachan (Legend says its gives eternal beauty!) We will drive the short distance to the Fairy Pools where there is the option to hike up to the main pools and capture that spectacular photo. After a hike the best way to relax is with a "Wee Dram" so we can visit the famous Talisker Whisky Distillery before heading to the town of Portree for Lunch. After lunch we will complete the impressive Trotternish Ridge circuit taking in famous sights such as the Old Man of Storr, Mealt Falls an impressive Sea waterfall with Kilt Rock as its back drop, Lealt Falls, Britains largest landslide the Quiraing used for many movie locations and then end the day at the Fairy Glen. Day 3 We leave Skye behind & still have so much to see as we travel South. Our first stop of the day will be the "biscuit tin castle" Scotlands most photographed Castle Eilean Donan. From there we will then drive to Loch Ness where there is the option to enjoy the Loch from the water and also time to explore the village of Fort Augustus & the Caledonian Canal. After lunch we will then drive towards Spean Bridge and the Ben Nevis viewpoint (Commando Memorial) taking in the grandeur off the Nevis Range before heading East and South via the Lagoon road entering into the Cairngorm National Park. Gradually making our way through the Cairngorms down towards "Big Tree Country" Perthshire passing by Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery & Blair Castle. We will have a final stop of the tour in the beautiful town of Pitlochry which is the gateway between Highlands and Lowlands made famous through Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who would regularly visit. We will end the tour at your chosen drop off point.

Scottish Highlands 4-Day Castle Tour From Edinburgh

7. Scottish Highlands 4-Day Castle Tour From Edinburgh

Day 1 Embark from Edinburgh, journey north, and cross Queensferry Crossing to the historic Kingdom of Fife. Explore Falkland Palace, once a royal hunting lodge, where Mary Queen of Scots played tennis on the world's oldest court. Wander the medieval village seen in Outlander. Head to St Andrews for lunch and discovery of its cobblestone streets and ancient university. In the afternoon, venture further north to Dunnottar Castle, a majestic cliff-top ruin featured on travel magazine covers. Capture breathtaking views and sharpen your photography skills. You spend your night in Aberdeen. Day 2 Explore Royal Deeside, renowned for its castles. Begin at Castle Fraser, a grand Scottish tower house. Enjoy a stroll in the 18th-century walled garden. Head to Ballater, a royal-associated village, for lunch. Afternoon at Crathes Castle, a fairytale-like fortress with a haunted history. Wander freely through the house and gardens. Marvel at the June Borders for stunning castle views. You return to Aberdeen for another overnight. Day 3 Venture north to Fyvie Castle, dating to the 13th century, housing a remarkable collection of arms, armor, and 17th-century tapestries. Travel through scenic landscapes to Elgin for lunch. Explore the intricately carved Pictish stone at ruined Elgin Cathedral. Afternoon visit to Culloden Battlefield, the poignant end of the Jacobite Rising. Walk the tragic landscape, honoring those who fell in the last battle on British soil. You continue to Nairn for your overnight stay. Day 4 Travel south through Scotland's breathtaking landscapes. Visit Cardhu, the pioneering distillery by Helen Cumming. Pass Kingussie for a quick stop at Ruthven Barracks. Explore Blair Castle, rich in history and adorned with a ballroom featuring 175 antlers. Wander the 9-acre Georgian garden and enjoy lunch. Journey through Perthshire's lush woodlands, pausing in picturesque towns. Return to Edinburgh over the Firth of Forth in the evening.

From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

8. From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

Discover the ultimate tour for whisky lovers and get a real taste of life in the Highlands and Scottish countryside. Your driver, a Scottish whisky ambassador, will share their knowledge and stories with you along the way, and may even stop for an extra dram or 2 along the way. Begin your adventure by heading across the Forth River and heading up to the Highlands where you will stop at your first distillery, the world-famous Dalwhinnie Distillery, which was built in 1897 and is Scotland's highest distillery. Break for lunch at the famous House of Braur, where you can also pick up gifts and souvenirs from your time in Scotland. Afterward, head to your second distillery, Blair Atholl, which is the oldest working distillery in Scotland and was founded in 1798. If time permits, stop at one more distillery on the way back to your hotel for one final tasting.

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If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure through the majestic Scottish Highlands, look no further than William as your guide. He was an exceptional tour guide, and I can't sing his praises enough. It wasn't just his friendly nature that made him stand out—it was his unwavering dedication to ensuring every guest had the experience of a lifetime. William has an incredible wealth of knowledge about the Highlands' history and culture. With every twist and turn, he shared with us fascinating tales of Scottish lore, peppered with humor that kept us engaged and entertained throughout the journey. And let's not forget the fantastic music he curated for our listening pleasure, adding an extra layer of magic to an already enchanting experience. Thanks to his expertise and hospitality, my three days in the Highlands were nothing short of extraordinary. If you're lucky enough to join one of his tours, prepare to be amazed. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Highly recommended! I decided to book this tour as a 30th birthday present for my partner. To say we both thoroughly enjoyed it is an understatement! Scotland is such a beautiful place filled with picturesque landscapes and fascinating history, and this tour enabled us to explore the best of it and fall in love with the country. Our tour guide, Stephen, was super knowledgeable, funny, and very well-organized (not to mention his Spotify playlist - Red Hot Chili Pipers are on repeat for me 😄). We will be back for a 5-day tour soon!

Fraser's tour of the Scottish Highlands is an immersive journey through history and nature's majesty. With Fraser's expert guidance, each stop reveals the rich tapestry of Scotland's past, from ancient clans to breathtaking landscapes. His passion and knowledge breathe life into every moment, making this tour an unforgettable adventure. Prepare to be captivated and inspired by the magic of Scotland with Fraser as your guide.

Michael was a brilliant tour guide. The tourist spots covered were really beautiful. The stay was in inverness for 2 days which led to comparatively less time spend in each spot in Isle of Skye as it was a longer travel back. The tour can be split into one day stay in Inverness and one in Portree to give more time in the most beautiful isle of skye on the 2nd day of the tour.

Fraser was an excellent tour guide. He kept us entertained and taught us a lot about the history of Scotland. Isle of Skye was amazing!