This 7 day journey is an incredible introduction to Scotland. Explore and experience the many different aspects that Scotland has to offer; the fabulous scenery of our National Parks and enchanting Glencoe, beautiful Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, the charming traditional communities of Inveraray, Pitlochry and Fort Augustus, historic Culloden Battlefield and Eilean Donan Castle and the vibrant centres of Inverness, Stirling and Edinburgh.Customize this tour
Day 1 we begin with a visit to 15th century Rosslyn Chapel made famous by Dan Brown's book ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Later we visit historic Edinburgh Castle and enjoy a relaxing walk down the Royal Mile with the charming medieval architecture of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. You may wish the opportunity to do some speciality shopping in Scotland’s capital. Overnight Edinburgh.
Day 2 we head out to view the famous Forth Rail Bridge and then the rustic village of Culross in Fife (Cranesmuir, home to Geillis & Arthur Duncan) and impressive Culross Palace (Claire works in its herb garden at fictional Castle Leoch). After lunch we head for Stirling Castle and then Doune Castle near Callander (Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan). Overnight nr Stirling.
Day 3 takes us into the Highlands of Scotland as we visit Dunkeld and the charming Victorian town of Pitlochry. Later we visit beautiful Blair Castle, home to Europe’s only private army and spend the afternoon walking the battlegrounds at Culloden where you will learn more about the fate of the Jacobites that fought here in 1746, and then Inverness. Overnight Inverness.
Day 4 is a relaxing journey to the Isle of Skye via Loch Ness where we will stop at the charming village of Fort Augustus on the southern shores. After lunch we head through Glenshiel, admiring this stunning landscape. The scenery changes as we near the rugged west coast and we will spend the afternoon visiting iconic Eilean Donan Castle, long held by the Mackenzies of Kintail. Overnight nr Skye
Day 5 is a pleasant tour of the Isle of Skye; over the Skye Bridge and passing through Broadford and then on to the Island’s main settlement, Portree, with its colourful harbour front. Heading further north we take in the most fabulous scenery and seascapes including the Cuillin Mountains and visit Dunvegan Castle to make this a day to remember. Overnight nr Skye.
Day 6 takes us back to the mainland by ferry, arriving in the small fishing village of Mallaig before heading through Glenfinnan on our way to Fort William. At the head of Loch Shiel is the Glenfinnan Monument which marks the place where Prince Charles Edward Stuart, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’, raised his standard at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Overnight nr Glencoe.
Day 7 is a fabulous journey through the Scottish landscape, taking in the stunning scenery of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor to the beautiful lochside village of Inveraray with its famous castle. Later, we explore the mountains, glens and lochs of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and take in Linlithgow Palace (where Jamie is imprisoned in Outlander Season 1). End in Edinburgh