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Authentic Skye and Scottish Highlands

5 days

Visit the famed Isle of Skye, West Coast, Glencoe, 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

We understand that when you visit Scotland you want to see as much as you can in the valuable time that you have.

On this epic 5-day tour of the west coast, highlands and an island we will show you as much as possible whilst allowing you to actually take your time, breath and really explore the beauty of Scotland.

We will transport you to the magical, misty Isle of Skye where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Fairy Glen, Fairy Pools, The Old Man of Storr, The Quaraing, a castle, a distillery and more.

On the journey to and from Skye, absorb the beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Kilchurn Castle, the Wallace Monument, Glencoe, Eilean Donan Castle, indulge in some luxury highland retail therapy and much more. If that has whet your appetite, then we invite you to read on.

Itinerary

This itinerary lets you experience the truly breath taking area of Scotland. It can be readily altered each day if you wish, time-permitting. There will be stops along the way, where and when you wish, on each of the days.

 

Day 1

After collection from your hotel, we will make our way out of the city of Edinburgh to the Wallace Monument in the City of Stirling, a distinctive landmark, overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. This is a place where history is something you can touch and feel, as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr and Guardian of Scotland.

We then wind our way through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, to Kilchurn Castle on the banks of Loch Awe. Kilchurn Castle, built in the mid-1400s, was a fortress, a comfortable residence and later a garrison stronghold, and contains the oldest surviving barracks on the British mainland. After a leisurely drive north, we will arrive at your overnight accommodation in or around the seafood capital and gate way to the isles, Oban.

Day 2

Today starts with a visit to Glencoe. Probably one of the most famous glens in Scotland, Glencoe runs for about five miles. Five miles of awe inspiring views, haunted by a sorrowful past. Feel inspired by the sheer scale and grandeur of the surrounding mountains as you have the opportunity to blow away any cobweb’s with breath taking views of the Three Sisters of Glencoe, where the Clan MacDonald would hide their rustled cattle. We will drive through the Weeping Glen, Glencoe and hear of its troubled past.

 

Next, we will meander our way north, past the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, to the Skye Bridge, where we cross to the wonderful Misty isle, the Isle of Skye. Once on Skye, we head north to the Old Man of Storr. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that can be seen for miles around and one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. After a brisk walk up the steep hill to the Storr, to see the outstanding views, (weather and fitness permitting), of the island.

We will then head north along the shore road, we can stop at Kilt Rock along the way, and, if the tide is low enough, search for the dinosaur foot print.

 

Next stop at the Quiraing for a photo opportunity on the way. Here you will be blown away by the outstanding views of this landslip that created these mountains millions of years ago. Then we’ll drive across to the north west side of the island to the magical Fairy Glen with it’s other worldly feel.

A relaxing drive then takes you to Portree with its fabulous restaurants and bars and your evenings accommodation.

Day 3

Continuing your Skye adventure on your highland and island exploration, we will travel to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens (April – October), where you can explore the castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Amble around the glorious five acre gardens, and if you wish, take an exhilarating boat trip on Loch Dunvegan to see the seals. If your full scottish breakfast didn’t fill you up, there will be plenty of opportunity for delicious food, either in the castle or in the village of Dunvegan. The scones in The Oldest Bakery are the best.

From here we move to the far west of the island to the fabulous view point at Neist Point Light House. It is then time to experience the Fairy Pools where you can hike the length of the pools and river and admire the crystal clear waters and waterfalls at your leisure.

Before we return to Portee and your accommodation you may wish to visit Talisker Distillery and sample some single malt whisky.

Day 4

After breakfast we say farewell to the Isle of Skye to visit the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eileen Donan. This beautiful castle is built on a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet. 

 

From here you can relax and enjoy the outstanding highland scenery as we travel past the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range 

 

and head for the small village of Fort Augustus where you can wander to the south shore of Loch Ness. We then meander south past the highest distillery in Scotland, Dalwhine, before we stop for some retail therapy at the upmarket department store in the highland’s, House of Bruar. From country clothing and gifts to an amazing food hall, before a short drive to your evening stay in the Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry. 

Day 5

This morning we explore Perthshire.  We will head south to the Hermitage. Follow in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, Queen Victoria, Mendelssohn and JMW Turner, through a woodland of towering Douglas Firs, to the Folly of Ossian, from which you can get the best views of the thunderous Black Linn Falls. Look out for our native red squirrels as they dash from tree to tree. 

 

 

We then stop in Dunkeld, which is one of the best preserved historic towns in Scotland. We will wander around the grounds of the part derelict, part complete Cathedral, which began being built in 1260 and was completed in 1501. There is also plenty of opportunity to buy tasteful gifts here and, if you are hungry, yet another chance to indulge in some fine Scottish fayre.

 

The final stop of your tour is Scone Palace.  Although the current Palace is relatively modern, built between 1802-1812, the site is steeped in history. Scone was, for nearly 1,000 years, the crowning-place of Scottish kings and home of the Stone of Scone. In 1040 after Macbeth (the real Macbeth) defeated Duncan’s army, killing him in the process, Macbeth led his forces to Scone, the Scottish capital, and at the age of 35, was crowned king of Scotland. It is a site of immense historical significance. 


To end your wonderful Scottish tour, we will then cross the River Forth and return you to your hotel in Edinburgh.