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Highland Gateway Tour - 5 Days
Get a true taste of Scotland's Highland Landscape, Island scenery, ancient heritage and city life in just 5 days. Begin your exploration on the West Coast within Scotland's first National Park; The Gateway to the Highlands. Village stops include Luss, Inveraray, Tobermory and Oban. Visit the rugged Isle of Mull and then on to explore Callander, Stirling, and finally Edinburgh.
Argyll Forest Park & Loch Lomond
With rugged mountains, glens, great forests, moorland, lochs and rivers, Argyll Forest Park, along with Loch Lomond, is on the very edge of the Highland Boundary Fault, the great geological barrier that marks the line between the landscape of Lowland and Highland Scotland. There is no better introduction to the breathtaking landscape of Highland Scotland.
Ardnamuchan Peninsula
  Experience the historic communities of Argyll, from Neolithic times to the modern day.  Inveraray is the traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town, and Inveraray Castle, in 1745.  Oban is a bustling port producing one of Scotland's oldest malt whiskies and Kilmartin is an enthralling ancient settlement, known as the birthplace of Scotland.
The Isle of Mull
Arran is known as "Scotland in Miniature" because of the variety of its landscape; it really is like the highlands and lowlands in one place.  It  is a geologists paradise, including the finding of amethysts on the beaches.  It has many fascinating historic monuments;  Arran Heritage Museum is full of fascinating information and aspects of local life and Brodick Castle has very fine interiors and gardens
Stirling Castle & Wallace Monument
Stirling is very much associated with Scotland’s battle for freedom and a tour of Stirling Castle, sitting majestically on top of volcanic rock will reveal close connections with the great figures from Scotland’s past. The National Wallace Monument commemorates Scotland's greatest national hero, Sir William Wallace and the Bannockburn Heritage Centre tells the tale of Robert the Bruce.
Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel
Amazing  Rosslyn Chapel is en route to Edinburgh therefore a great opportunity to pay a visit.  Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, is famed for its architecture and the mediaeval Old Town and Georgian New Town are listed as World Heritage Sites.  Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline, a castle fortress with a history as a royal castle since the 12th century.  During a tour of the Castle you can view the Scottish Crown jewels
Highland Gateway Tour - 5 Days | Overview

Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring the mountains and glens of the Trossachs National Park & beautiful Loch Lomond, the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous castle with an inspiring journey through Glencoe.
Day 2 takes us west into the mountainous Ardnamurchan peninsula, known for being very unspoilt and undisturbed, its remoteness is accentuated by the main access route being a single track road for much of its length. A short ferry crossing takes us to the colourful harbour of Tobermory.
Day 3 allows the full day to explore the rugged Isle of Mull with it's spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife including whales, dolphins and the Scotland’s largest eagle population. This is an intersting island with a mountainous core and various peninsulas of moorland radiating from its centre.
Day 4 we leave Mull and travel to the bustling harbour town of Oban famous for its whisky, through Rob Roy country to Callender known as "The Gateway to the Highlands", view Doune castle which featured in the comedy film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", and on to Bannockburn to witness the battle of two opposing kings – Robert the Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England – whose tactics in 1314 changed the path of Scotland’s history forever.
Day 5 takes us over the Forth Bridge to the city of Edinburgh. On the way we pass through the pretty village of Culross on the River Forth to view the fascinating 16th century architecture before reaching spectacular Edinburgh Castle. A fitting end to the day is a walk down the Royal Mile, with its charming medieval architecture and the opportunity to do some last minute speciality shopping.

Highland Gateway Tour - 5 Days | Overview

Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring the mountains and glens of the Trossachs National Park & beautiful Loch Lomond, the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous castle with an inspiring journey through Glencoe.
Day 2 takes us west into the mountainous Ardnamurchan peninsula, known for being very unspoilt and undisturbed, its remoteness is accentuated by the main access route being a single track road for much of its length. A short ferry crossing takes us to the colourful harbour of Tobermory.
Day 3 allows the full day to explore the rugged Isle of Mull with it's spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife including whales, dolphins and the Scotland’s largest eagle population. This is an intersting island with a mountainous core and various peninsulas of moorland radiating from its centre.
Day 4 we leave Mull and travel to the bustling harbour town of Oban famous for its whisky, through Rob Roy country to Callender known as "The Gateway to the Highlands", view Doune castle which featured in the comedy film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", and on to Bannockburn to witness the battle of two opposing kings – Robert the Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England – whose tactics in 1314 changed the path of Scotland’s history forever.
Day 5 takes us over the Forth Bridge to the city of Edinburgh. On the way we pass through the pretty village of Culross on the River Forth to view the fascinating 16th century architecture before reaching spectacular Edinburgh Castle. A fitting end to the day is a walk down the Royal Mile, with its charming medieval architecture and the opportunity to do some last minute speciality shopping.

We enjoyed our trip so much and can't wait to have the opportunity to come again. Matthew is a superior guide and we will definitely be recommending your company to any of our friends planning to visit. Again, thank you so much and we really did have the best time. ”

Laura Kiscaden, USA, June 2011