Exploring the most dramatic and beautiful settings in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Edinburgh - 1 night
Skye - 2 nights
Stornoway / Lewis &
Harris - 2 nights
Inverness - 1 night
Edinburgh - 1 night
The Highlands is cloaked in a haunting air of mystery with an incredible mix of cultures. The region's turbulent history has left behind some beautiful and romantic castles and there is the most unparalleled scenery.
This spectacular 'Highlands and Islands tour' starts in Edinburgh, a dazzling capital and UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, traverse the haunting landscape of Glen Coe to Fort William and join the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig. Explore the Hebrides – the Isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis before travelling to Inverness, capital of the Highlands.
Skye is truly magical, the largest of the Inner Hebrides and home to some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes and majestic geological features; the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillins. Learn about historic feuds of rival clans, Jacobite battles and the devastation of crofting communities.
The beauty of the Outer Hebrides is world-renowned. Experience a different pace of life on these incredible islands. Explore untouched coasts of pristine white sands and vistas of beautiful blue waters. Discover ever-changing landscapes as you delve into the fascinating history and heritage of ancient sites, of standing stones and Iron Age brochs. Lewis, largest of the Outer Hebrides, is an island of exciting contrasts with a rich Norse history and strong Gaelic traditions that are still observed today.
Wildlife & Natural Wonders
First Class Jacobite Train
Local Expert Driver/Guide
Group Size: 8 – 16
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh. Check-in for your overnight at the 3-star Mecure Princes Street the heart of the Old Town, with time to explore the Old Town with its historical, medieval tenements and narrow wynds as well as the sweeping elegance of the Georgian New Town. At the bottom of the famous Royal Mile and you'll find the 17th century Palace of Holyroodhouse, the modern parliament building and the prehistoric extinct volcano famously known as Arthur's Seat. Meet with a local kilt maker and learn a little of their craft before we enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 Start an epic journey through Scotland, head to the Stirling district of central Scotland passing Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold with a striking 100ft gatehouse. Continue through the Trossachs National Park to Glen Coe to learn the brutal story of the MacDonald Clan massacre and take in the weeping waterfalls of Glen Coe. Stop in Fort William, dominated by Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest peak. Here join the Jacobite Steam Train, reputedly one of the world’s greatest train journeys, crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as featured in the Harry Potter films. Continue to the end of the line at Mallaig, a pretty and remote fishing port. There will be time for an early dinner, try the excellent seafood, before a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye. Transfer to the Kings Arms Hotel for two nights. (B)
Day 3 The Isle of Skye or ‘cloud island’, referring to the often-mist-enshrouded Cuillin Hills is just stunning, a 50-milelong patchwork of velvet moors, jagged mountains, sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs. Spend a full day exploring. Enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the outstandingly beautiful Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Iron Age Dun Beag Broch. Visit Dunvegan Castle and gardens, built on an idyllic loch side setting, it is the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Stop at the iconic Skeabost Hotel for afternoon tea, formerly a hunting lodge, the River Snizort runs through the grounds which has its own shoreline golf course. Evening at leisure, you may wish to try the array of different whiskies available. (B)
Day 4 Morning at leisure, you may wish to take an optional boat trip out on Portree Bay, sail towards Scarf Caves, here there is an abundance of birdlife including Shags, Cormorants, Black Guillemots and Rock Doves, sail on through the Sound of Raasay where we may encounter the White-Tailed Eagle and a seal colony. Afternoon ferry to Stornoway, transfer to the 3-star Caladh Inn for two nights. (B)
Day 5 Stornoway is the largest settlement in the Western Isles and our base for exploring the Isle of Lewis and Harris. We head to the far north of the island and the Butt of Lewis lighthouse (the windiest place in the UK). Continue to the ancient Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch, a well-preserved Iron Age structure above Loch an Duin. Visit a traditional weaver and learn about Harris Tweed cloth. (B)
Day 6 Visit the main port, Tarbert, then travel a little west to look across the beautiful Sound of Taransay. Here stroll along what is arguably Harris' most beautiful beach, Lusekentyre. Later take the ferry to the beautiful seaside town of Ullapool, then journey through the Sutherland area and Knockan Crag Nature National Reserve to Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Transfer to the Royal Highland close to the River Ness for an overnight stay. (B)
Day 7 Visit the battlefield of Culloden the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. We will also explore the nearby Clava Cairns, a group of Prehistoric Burial Cairns. Pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains as we travel south stopping at the home of the Famous Grouse, Glenturret, to enjoy a wee dram or two. Continue to Edinburgh for overnight and a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 8 Breakfast at leisure, check-out. (B)
Transportation throughout is by Mercedes Sprinter coach, USB charging and WiFi (limited) on board.
On occasion an alternative hotel of similar standard may be used.
Baggage is limited to 15kg per person.
Centrally located with views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens. The dining room has stunning views, there is a fine bar and 24-hour room service. Each room has TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi .
Close to the Skye Bridge in Kyleakin village, the Kings Arms dates back to the 1600s and has panoramic views across Kyle of Lochalsh to the mainland. The hotel is one of the oldest on the Isle of Skye and has retained many traditional features and gained modern, homely comforts. The hotel has restaurant and bar All rooms have TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi.
Caladh Inn Stornoway, features 24 hour front desk and breakfast room. There aer some fine restaurants a short walk from the hotel. Guest rooms have hairdryer, Tv, tea and coffee facilities and free WiFi.
The Royal Highland Hotel, the oldest in the centre of the Highland capital, Inverness was carefully restored, to its original character, associated with the bygone age. Boasting large lounges, nice bar and fine restaurant. In the foyer the grand staircase, the inspiration for the Titanic's staircase, leads to the 84 spacious bedrooms which each have TV, tea and coffee facilities and free WiFi.
per person in a double/twin room
Supplements per person
Single supplement £295
Flight & Rail Options
Return Rail Travel London to Edinburgh £60
Flight Gatwick or Heathrow to Edinburgh from £85
Arrival or departure transfer add £40
Extra Nights - Edinburgh
Mercure Princess Street
(per person) from £105
Single supplement from £65
Transportation from Edinburgh, coach travel, travel by ferry, journey in First Class on the Jacobite Steam Train, 7 nights’ hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, whisky tasting and an afternoon tea, itinerary as described, services of expert driver/guide and representative.
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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