On this 8 day tour you will be able to loose yourself in Scotland's stunning scenery, stay on two its most beautiful islands, walk along deserted beaches and visit historic towns, castles and battlefields.
What to Expect
Through the Trossachs to Oban. This wonderful, wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you’ll explore Scotland’s ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle. Then it’s on to the picturesque seaside town of Oban.
A day of high hills and history. Day two takes you through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan) past Ben Nevis (Britain’s tallest peak) and on, over the sea, to the magical Isle of Skye.
A whole day to explore Skype. You’ll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye’s beautiful landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so loose yourself amongst the spectacular scenery of the Cuillin Mountains, the slanting hills of Quiraing and the incredible Trotternish peninsula.
Castles, mountains and on to Loch Ness. Once you leave Skye the first stop is a visit to idyllic Eilean Donan Castle*. You then drive past the Torridon mountains and through the stunning scenery of Glen Affric. Here you can stroll up to a beautiful waterfall, surrounded by ancient Caledonian forest. Then it’s on to your bed, near the fabled shores of Loch Ness.
North to Lewis and Harris. Day five takes you first to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and then on to the beautiful seaside town of Ullapool, where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Lewis and Harris. Along the way you’ll stop off for two excursions. The first involves a short woodland walk to the impressive Rogie Falls, the second a visit to the
breathtaking Corrieshalloch Gorge. Standing on the footbridge above this deep chasm is a truly breathtaking experience.
Ancient history and traditional tweed. Picturesque Stornoway is the largest settlement in the Western Isles and your base for exploring the Isle of Lewis and Harris. After you’ve explored the town, you’ll head to the far north of the island to visit the Butt of Lewis lighthouse (the windiest place in the UK). The day also features visits to the ancient Callanish Standing Stones *and Carloway Broch*, an exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age structure located above Loch an Duin. You’ll also have a chance to stroll some of the island’s stunning beaches and find out more about Harris Tweed cloth when you visit a traditional weaver.
Castaways and coastal splendor. Day four gives you the chance to explore Harris, which is the southern part of the island. First you’ll visit the main port, Tarbert, then you’ll travel a little west to look across the beautiful Sound of Taransay to the island made famous by the BBC’s Castaway programme. Here you’ll have the chance to stroll along what is arguably Harris’ most beautiful beach, Lusekentyre. The day ends as you wave goodbye to the island and take the ferry back to mainland.
Historic battlefields and home.
As you head home from Inverness, you’ll be able to visit the battlefield of Culloden*, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. You’ll also pass the stunning Cairngorm mountains and explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry.
- English speaking guide
- Ferry crossing
- Accommodation in B&B
Know Before You Go
Price is per person in a shared twin room in a B&B. Single supplement applies. Please contact +44 131 226 1414 if you require any other accommodation arrangement.