7 Day Iona, Skye, Highlands & Jacobite Steam Train Tour | Detail
Day 1 A fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape; exploring the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and the loch-side village of Inveraray with a visit to its famous Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. We then travel to Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles’, taking a ferry to the rugged Isle of Mull.
Day 2 we tour the north of the isle of Mull with its stunning mountain scenery, seascapes and abundant wildlife. We visit the town of Tobermory with its wonderful frontage of painted houses and varied shops, walk the white sand beach at Calgary Bay, and visit the home of one of Scotland’s oldest Clans.
Day 3 begins with a short ferry crossing to the small isle of Iona renowned for its tranquillity. A short and easy walk takes us to Iona Abbey which has been a centre of Christian worship since Columba arrived here in AD 563. Later we travel back to the mainland to view the iconic Glencoe landscape.
Day 4 takes us aboard the Jacobite steam train, now famous as the Harry Potter “Hogwarts Express”, which forms part of the West Highland Railway intended to help open up this remote part of the Scottish coast. After a lovely lunch in Mallaig we take the ferry “Over the Sea to Skye”.
Day 5 is a tour of the magical Island of Skye, passing the famous Cuillin Mountains and the town of Broadford to the Island capital, Portree. Heading north we take in the fabulous scenery and seascapes with Dunvegan Castle and other options a possibility.
Day 6 begins with a visit to iconic Eilean Donan Castle before travelling through Glen Shiel to the charming village of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness - look out for Nessie! We travel through the central Highlands to Pitlochry on the banks of the river Tummel, made popular by Queen Victoria.
Day 7 We now venture on toStirling with a tour of Stirling Castle to take in the castle's long and turbulent history and finishing the day with a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code. We then return to Edinburgh where we will day our goodbyes.