Overview

Edinburgh - 1 night
Skye - 2 nights
Stornoway For Lewis &
Harris - 2 nights
Inverness - 1 night
Edinburgh - 1 night

Caledonia Calling

Exploring the most dramatic and beautiful settings in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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, the 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.

Key Features

Scenic Landscapes
Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Exclusive Arrangement
Jacobite Steam Train
Local Expert Driver/Guide
Group Size: 8 – 18

Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh. Check-in for your overnight at the 4-star Voco Haymarket, 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. Afternoon panoramic tour, then meet with a local kilt maker and learn a little of their craft before enjoying a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 Start an epic journey through Scotland, head to the Stirling district of central Scotland, skirting the Trossachs National Park and Glencoe stopping 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 to explore before a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye. Transfer to the Kings Arms Hotel for two nights. (B, D)

Day 3 The Isle of Skye or ‘cloud island’, referring to the often-mist-enshrouded Cuillin Hills is just stunning, a 50-mile long 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, D)

Day 4 Morning at leisure to explore. Afternoon ferry to Tarbet for Stornoway, transfer to the Cabarfeidh Hotel (Caladh Inn on September 19 2023). (B, D)

Day 5 Stornoway is the largest settlement in the Western Isles and our base for exploring the Isle of Lewis and Harris. Enjoy a tour of the islands, with a visit to a traditional weaver to learn about Harris Tweed cloth. (B, D)

Day 6 We head to the far north of the island and the UK’s windiest corner to see the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. Continue to the ancient Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch, the well-preserved Iron Age structure above Loch an Duin. Later take the ferry to the beautiful seaside town of Ullapool, then journey via Loch Broom and Loch Glascarnoch to Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Overnight at the 3-star Royal Highland Hotel, close to the River Ness. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit the battlefield of Culloden the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Travel through the stunning Cairngorm National Park as we travel south stopping at Glenturret Distillery, home of the Famous Grouse, to enjoy a wee dram or two. Continue to Edinburgh for overnight at the 4-star Voco Haymarket and a traditional farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 8 Breakfast at leisure, check-out. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

On occasion an alternative hotel of similar standard may be used.

2023

Tuesdays
per person in a double/twin room

Date Price
May 2 £2185
September 19 £2195
October 10 £1995

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £375

Flight & Rail Options

Rail Travel from London to Edinburgh £115
First Class rail supplement £175
Flight from London Gatwick from £125
Arrival or departure transfer add £40

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Edinburgh
Voco Haymarket
(per night) £115
Single supplement £90

Price Includes
Transportation from Edinburgh, coach travel, travel by ferry, a journey on the Jacobite Steam Train, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 dinners, whisky tasting and an afternoon tea, itinerary as described, services of expert driver/ guide and representative.
Not Included
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Booking Form

Please complete this form and a member of our sales department will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your booking and take payment. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm

Caledonia Calling

Please enter all passenger details (names as per passport)

Please supply a first name Please supply a surname Please supply an email address Please supply an address Please supply a postcode
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please select a travel date
Please complete all mandatory fields.

Please consider Fitness to Travel, Disabilities and Mobility advice which we give for this tour and confirm that all members of your party are fit and able to take this tour. Please complete the ABTA checklist if you need to declare any disabilities or mobility issues.

  • Please accept the Terms and Conditions

To confirm your booking you will be asked to make a non-refundable deposit payment, or full payment if within 61 days of departure.

From time to time, we may send you details of Jules Verne products (including new brochures), services, and news that we believe will be of interest to you.