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Highlands and Skye Tour

5 day example tour

Visit the famed Isle of Skye, ancient abbeys, the mysterious Loch Ness, Glencoe, Culloden, castles, palaces, and the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

What's Included?

Private transfer

Travel in the luxury and comfort of our Land Rover Discovery 4x4 dedicated solely to you for the duration of your trip.

Experienced Scottish guide by your side

Discover Scotland with an experienced Scottish guide by your side

Customizable

All itineraries can be modified to meet your needs

Overview

Scotland may look small on the map, but with over 10,000 km of coast line you will need a life time to see it all. With the wild Atlantic on our doorstep, fresh mountain waters, lush rolling hills, sparkling seas and white sandy beaches, not to mention our varied weather. It’s as if the landscape beckons you to explore its stunning scenery, rich history and a welcoming spirit.

Our passion is to ensure you have the trip of a life time, where you will learn of the history and culture of Scotland. Hear the myths and stories of mighty clashes of highland clans from centuries gone by. that will bring your tour alive. Visit ancient crumbling castles, steeped in magic, myth and history. Experience the finest cuisine and rest in welcoming accommodation.

With a temperate maritime climate, the weather can and does change at any time, but this makes Scotland even more beautiful. The warm gulfstream in the west makes for some amazing sub-tropical gardens to visit, the clouds and mist in the highland mountains make them look mysterious and haunting.

Highlights

Visit Scotland’s Ancient Capital

Your journey will start from the very moment we meet and greet you at the airport or your hotel. We start your highland adventure with a drive north over the River Forth, where you can admire the iconic Forth Rail Bridge, to the ancient capital of Scotland, Dunfermline. Here you will visit the Abbey which has been a worshiping community since 1072. Our most famous King, Robert the Bruce was buried here in 1329.

See Where Scottish Monarchs Were Crowned

On to highland Perthshire to the magnificent Scone Palace, originally built in the 12th century and rebuilt in 1802. From the 9th century this was the crowning place for the Kings of Scots. The real Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles the II number amongst the 38 kings of Scots who were inaugurated and crowned at Scone.

Explore One of the Best Preserved Historic Towns in Scotland

Stroll along the historic streets of Dunkeld, one of the best preserved historic towns in Scotland, before breathing the fresh clean air as you wander through the forest to the beautiful waterfalls at the Hermitage.

Over Night in a Victorian Town

Pitlochry is a beautiful Victorian town in the heart of Scotland. Before checking into your accomadation for the night, you can include a tour of the smallest traditional whisky distillery in Scotland, Edradour, which dates back to 1825.

Visit the Castle with the Only Private Army in Europe

Explore the wonderful Blair Castle, the ancestral seat of Clan Murray, with its baronial architecture and its beautiful gardens with their superb mountain back drop. This fantastic castle tour takes in some 30 rooms including the impressive ballroom. When Queen Victoria visited in 1844 she issued the right for the Duke of Atholl to have his own private army, the Atholl Highlanders. A tradition that continues to this day.

See how our Scottish Ancestors Once Lived

You may wish to visit the Highland Folk Museum, Britain’s first open air museum, where you will see how our ancestor’s once lived, before adventuring into the Cairngorm National Park, the largest National Park in the British Isles and home to four of the five highest mountains in the UK. The wildlife here is outstanding. It’s a stronghold for many rare and endangered species. Darting red squirrels and soaring ospreys. Majestic golden eagle, grouse, capercaillie, red deer to name but a few. Not to mention Britain’s only herd of free-ranging reindeer.

Walk the Fields of the Last Battle on British Soil

Respectfully wander around and learn the history of the last battle to be fought on British soil. In April 1746 the Battle of Culloden took place between the Jacobite army, lead by the Young Pretender to the throne, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the British Government troops, led by the Duke of Cumberland. What took place was a gruesome hand to hand battle that left up to 2,000 dead in under an hour. This historic event caused large scale emigration from the highlands of Scotland.

4,000-Year-Old Burial Cairns

Travel back in time to the bronze age and absorb the mystery and history of Clava Cairns, bronze age burial chambers. The inspiration for Diana Gabaldons popular Outlander novel, Clava Cairns is beautiful any time of the year, but are naturally enhanced during the Fall, when the ancient beech trees have turned to shades of gold, copper and bronze. Or on a clear Winter day, as the sun begins to set.

Capital of the Highlands

Visit the amazing 14th century Cawdor Castle and gardens. Shakespeare enthusiasts will know that Thane of Cawdor was the title promised by Shakespeare’s witches to Macbeth, and legend makes Cawdor Castle the place where Duncan was murdered. Find out about the ancient thorn trees in the cellars which give truth to an old legend. Overnight in the vibrant city Inverness, the Capital and cross-roads of the Highlands, sitting at the head of Loch Ness.

Nessie Hunting and Loch Side Castle

Keep a keen eye out for Nessie our monster as you travel alongside Loch Ness. She is known to break the surface twice a day. Usually 10 minutes before you arrive and again 10 minutes after you leave.

Explore the ancient ruins of Urquart Castle, which commands magnificent views over the Loch.

The Great Glen

Next, picture yourself travelling down the moody, brooding Great Glen, with plenty of photographic opportunity and time to stop and absorb the dramatic atmosphere. Onwards through dramatic mountain scenery to the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan, without doubt a Scottish icon. Strategically located on its own little Island, overlooking the Isle of Skye, at the point where 3 great sea-lochs meet and surrounded by the majestic splendour of forested mountains. Onwards then, over the sea to Skye. There is so much to tell you about Skye, but you just need to see it for yourself

Fairies and Castles

A spectacular 2 night stay on the Misty Isle. Skye is world renowned as a foodie destination, with local produce and the freshest, most delicious sea food and my favourite whisky distillery, Talisker. Skye is such a romantic island. For that special occasion you may choose to dine at a Michelin star restaurant.

After exploring the colourful capital of the romantic Isle of Skye, Portree, with its wonderful restaurants and galleries, you will head north where you will gasp at the beautiful landscapes as we venture into the Totternish peninsula, the most spectacular landscape on Skye. You have the opportunity for a short hike to the Old Man of Storr and around the amazing landscape of the Quariane. You will then learn of the history of Skye with a visit to the Museum of Island Life, before exploring the beautiful Fairy Glen.

Visit Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the Chief of Clan MacLeod. This is where the Fairy Flag is displayed. Learn of its history and the importance to the Clan MacLeod.

Stroll along the famous and beautiful Fairy Pools where, if you are brave enough, consider a dip in the ice cold mountain water. Are you brave enough? It will certainly make you feel alive! We can always warm you up again with a wee dram in the Talisker Whisky distillery.

Speed Bonnie Boat

Leaving the Misty Isle, Skye for the mainland on the ferry is not only romantic but it gives you great views of one of the last wilderness’s in Britain, the Knoydart Peninsula. Once ashore, enjoy a relaxing stroll along the white sandy beaches of Morar before we visit Glenfinnan. This is where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard to start the Jacobite uprising in 1745. It is also the location of the famous Railway viaduct which carries the steam train on one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world and made famous in the Harry Potter movies. Then overnight in the second largest settlement in the highlands, Fort William, which lies below the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis.

Last Day of your Epic Tour

Today we will travel through the Weeping Glen, Glencoe and learn of its bloody past. Travelling onto the most important castle in Scotland’s history, Stirling Castle. Your tour of the castle will inform you of its past from the 12th century up until the present day.

On the way back to Edinburgh we will stop to see the Kelpies. These magnificent 30-meter-high horses head sculptures, which celebrate the industrial heritage of the area.

It is now time to say our farewells as I return you, relaxed and refreshed, to Edinburgh.