- From: £5750.00
- Duration: 7 days
- Group Size: 1-6
You could spend a lifetime exploring the Scottish Highlands but on this, our most popular tour of the Highlands, you will experience iconic castles, majestic mountains, and mysterious lochs; you’ll even have time to taste uisge-beatha, whisky, the water of life.
As we travel through the Highlands we’ll have time to discuss history and culture, sample food and drink, while appreciating the stunning and ever changing landscape.
We will collect you from your hotel and chart a course north over the iconic Forth Bridges to Scone Palace; enthronement site for the ancient Kings of Scotland. We will stop at the Blair Athol Distillery for a Highland Malt to start our Highland trip before finishing the day in the picturesque town of Pitlochry.
Day 2 will start with the short trip to Blair Castle, seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home to the only private army in Scotland before we continue north to Fort Augustus. Here we will wander on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, then drive the length of Loch Ness, taking a cruise en route, before arriving in the Highland Capital of Inverness.
Our third day we will spend exploring Inverness and the surrounding area, including the emotive Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns (made famous by Diana Gabaldon and Outlander) and Cawdor Castle with its beautiful walled gardens.
Day 4 will see us heading over the sea to Skye. For much of the route we will be following the spectacular North Coast 500 through Torridon, Applecross and Lochcarron. We will have a chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to Skye.
We will take an entire day to explore the Isle of Skye, the Inner Hebrides’ largest and most popular island. With so much to see, we will tailor the day to meet your specific interests. Kilt Rock, The Quiraing, Dunvegan Castle, Neist Point and the Cuillin Hills are all possibilities and they all give you a chance to wonder at Skye’s breathtaking scenery.
Day 6 sees us leaving Skye by the Mallaig Ferry in time to board West Coast Railways’ Jacobite steam train to Fort William. This is one of the most scenic train routes in Scotland but it is the crossing of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as featured in the Harry Potter movie franchise, for which this journey is most famous.
The last day of our Highland Exploration will take us through some of the best scenery in Scotland; Glencoe, The Trossachs, and Northern Perthshire. We will visit the beautifully formal Drummond Castle Gardens before the final leg of our journey through Gleneagles, with its famous golf courses, and the Ochil Hills to Edinburgh.