13 Day Grand Tour of Scotland | Detail
Day 1 begins with a leisurely visit to Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code, before we head to the Scottish borders for a relaxing wander around the enchanting grounds of Dryburgh Abbey and take in the panorama at “Scott’s View”.
Day 2 is a fabulous introduction to the natural landscape; exploring the mountains, glens, lochs and rivers of Scotland’s first National Park. Enjoy a relaxing walk around the village of Luss on the 'bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond before we head into the Argyll Forest Park.
Day 3 takes in the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous Castle, a visit to Oban, Gateway to the Isles and a distillery there, and an incredible archaeological treat to see Kilmartin Glen, often referred to as the birthplace of Scotland.
Day 4 begins with a tour through Glencoe, steeped in history with stunning scenery. Later we head for the village of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness before enjoying the journey towards iconic Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye on the rugged west coast.
Day 5 is a tour of the Island of Skye, passing through Broadford and on to the Island capital, Portree, with its colourful harbour front. Heading north we take in the fabulous scenery and seascapes with Dunvegan Castle and other options a possibility.
Day 6 is a spectacular trip over one of the highest roads in Scotland, the Bealach Na Ba, to the remote Applecross Peninsula. This is a beautiful and tranquil place on the rugged coast of Wester Ross with stunning scenery. We spend the afternoon enjoying the views of Loch Maree.
Day 7 begins with a gentle walk to Corrieshalloch Gorge and then a visit to the fishing harbour of Ullapool. We visit the ruins of Ardvreck Castle before heading to Lochinver for lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the most remote North West coast with views to Handa Island.
Day 8 we leave Durness taking in Smoo Caves, Britain's largest sea cave. We stop at the fascinating Strathnaver Museum before heading to the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the former holiday home of the late Queen Mother. Later we enjoy views out to Orkney and visit John O’Groats.
Day 9 is a journey southbound to Dunrobin Castle dating back to the early 1300s before making our way South through Easter Ross. After lunch we visit Glenmorangie Distillery for some much needed whisky tasting and then head down the road to the bustling capital of the Highlands.
Day 10 begins with a visit to Culloden Battlefield to learn about the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 before exploring the Cairngorm National Park, with towering mountain ranges and large tracts of the original Caledonian Pine Forest. Heading south, we take in the village of Carrbridge.
Day 11 allows time to enjoy highland Perthshire before we journey south via Dunkeld to explore Stirling Castle. An enjoyable visit to this royal court will reveal the castle's long and turbulent history with iconic figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
Day 12 explores the East Neuk of Fife with visits to St Andrews; the home of golf and also the home of Prince William while he attended the University here - one of the oldest in the world, and the quaint East Neuk fishing villages of Crail and Anstruther.
Day 13 takes us over the Forth Bridge to Edinburgh where we visit Edinburgh Castle and then enjoy some time out in the Royal Mile, with its charming medieval architecture and the opportunity to do some last minute speciality shopping.