5-Day Grand Tour of Scotland in Small Group

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Key Details
5 days
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What You'll Do
  • Enjoy a woodland and waterfall walk at the stunning Hermitage
  • Tour the distillery and sample the famous "water of life" for yourself
  • Soak in the atmosphere of the pubs and restaurants in the bustling capital of the Highlands
  • Stroll along the stunning golden sands of Achmelvich beach
  • Travel back in time to the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge, a mile long box canyon with dizzying views
  • Learn about the bloody massacre of the MacDonalds at Glen Coe in 1692, one of the most notorious acts in Scotland’s long and violent history
  • Visit Eilean Donan Castle, an iconic image of Highland Scotland
This classic 5-day tour showcases the best of the Scottish Highlands. From dazzling white beaches to the dramatic mountain landscapes, this grand tour is unforgettable.
What to Expect
Day 1

The 5-day adventure begins in the picturesque village of Dunkeld. Stroll through quaint narrow streets and visit Dunkeld Cathedral. Dedicated to St Columba and located beside the River Tay, this historic church offers a impressive way to start the day. Take a short drive to the Hermitage, a riverside walk past one of the tallest trees in Britain to a spectacular waterfall and viewpoint.

Enjoy lunch in the picturesque Victorian Highland village of Pitlochry (with an optional visit to the Blair Athol Distillery) before continuing north into the Cairngorms National Park. Stop at Ruthven Barracks for sweeping views across the Spey Valley and the Central Highlands.

From there, visit one of Scotland's most evocative and sacred prehistoric sites, the 4,000-year-old stone circles and burial mounds at Clava Cairns. The final stop is Culloden Moor, where the Jacobites were finally defeated by government soldiers in 1746, the last battle to be fought on British soil. Walk on the battlefield and learn more about this tragic event that killed 700 Highland clansmen in 3 minutes. Stay in the Highland capital of Inverness.

Day 2

Experience the natural beauty encompassing hundreds of lochs, beautiful coastline and native woodlands all set against the stunning backdrop of mountains in Assynt and the Coigach peninsula.

Stop at the pretty fishing village of Ullapool for coffee, before continuing north-west to the unique landscape of Assynt and the Inverpolly Nature Reserve. Famous mountains such as Suilven and Stac Pollaidh are never far from view.

There can be few more scenic roads in the country than that from Badnagyle to Lochinver, where you will pause for lunch. Then onto stunning Achmelvich Beach to enjoy the wild coastline and beautiful sands. Drive to the ruins of 15th-century Ardvreck Castle on the shores of Loch Assynt, before finishing the day at the dramatic Corrieshalloch Gorge.

Day 3

Say goodbye to Inverness and head west to the Isle of Skye via the rugged mountains of Torridon. This area is well-known to climbers, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Mountains such as Liathach and Beinn Eighe rise steeply from the road and add to the drama of the Wester Ross scenery.

Drive alongside Loch Torridon (a sea loch or fjord) before turning onto one of the most famous roads in the country — the Bealach na Ba — a 2,000 foot mountain pass to the village of Applecross. Weather permitting, the views from here to Skye and the Outer Hebrides are sensational.

From Applecross, continue to the "tropical" village of Plockton where, bizarrely, palm trees line the main street due to the proximity of the Gulf Stream to this part of the Scottish coast.  From here, it’s only a short drive to the Skye Bridge and onward to Sligachan for a famous view of the Cuillin Mountains. Finally, stop at the island capital of Portree and stay for the next 2 nights.

Day 4

Tour the Isle of Skye and, depending on weather conditions, enjoy a flexible itinerary. Take a half-day scenic drive along the dramatic Trotternish Ridge with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations. Stops include Lealt Waterfall, Kilt Rock sea cliffs, the Old Man of Storr rock pinnacle and a walk at the Quiraing mountain pass.

Explore the Fairy Glen, a delightful miniature Highland landscape and legendary home of the "wee people!" Other highlights of the island include a drive to the most westerly point on Skye and a walk to Neist Point lighthouse for spectacular views to the Western Isles. 

Further south, the scenery changes somewhat to include the emerald green valley of Glen Brittle, nestled under the mighty Cuillin Mountains. Take a walk here to the enchanting Fairy Pools or stroll on the beautiful sandy beach. The 13th-century home of the Clan McLeod, Dunvegan Castle, is also a popular attraction and Talisker malt whisky distillery offers tours and a chance to taste the famous "water of life."

Day 5

After returning to the mainland, stop at what is perhaps the most famous Highland castle of all — Eilean Donan.  One of the most photographed in the land, this iconic castle is quintessentially Scottish.  It has been used extensively in movies.

Drive past the Five Sisters of Kintail — a high mountain ridge rising steeply from Glen Shiel — and continue toward Loch Ness. Scotland’s legendary lake is best known for sightings of Nessie, the loch’s monster!

Have lunch in Fort Augustus at the southerly tip of Loch Ness, then take the opportunity to walk by the shores of the loch or along the canal and lock system, built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800s. Continue through Fort William to the most famous of all Scotland’s glens — Glen Coe. This narrow valley is where the bloody massacre of the MacDonalds took place in 1692, one of the most notorious acts in Scotland’s long and violent history. 

Enjoy time for photos of the wild scenery before continuing to Tyndrum for a break. Approaching the Lowlands and Stirling, learn about Scotland’s great patriot William Wallace, whose name has resounded through British history for 700 years — a fitting conclusion to a 5-day Highland and island adventure.
What's Included
  • Guided tour
  • Transportation in comfortable mini-coach
What's Not Included
  • Accommodation
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Admissions
Meeting Point

Bus Stop ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ

What to Remember
• Cancellation policy:
A cancellation made more than 14 days before tour departure will receive a 100% refund. For a cancellation less than 14 days before tour departure, refunds are entirely at the discretion of the tour supplier but typically not given unless the seat(s) can be resold, in which case you will receive a 100% refund.

• The supplier reserves the right to cancel trips under exceptional circumstances. In such cases, participants will be promptly informed and offered either:
- a transfer to a substitute tour or an alternative tour provided either by Heart of Scotland Tours or another tour operator
- a full or partial refund of any monies paid

• Accommodation:
The cost of your accommodation is not included and you should budget for 2 nights accommodation on Skye.

Children under 5 can be accommodated only by arrangement.
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