Start Date: 6th May 2019
Duration: 9 nights
Day 1 begins with a leisurely visit to 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code, before we venture west to explore the landscape of Scotland’s first National Park and the 'bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond. Explore the picturesque village of Luss on foot before we head into the Argyll Forest Park. Overnight Colintraive.
Day 2 takes in the lochside village of Inveraray with a visit to its famous Castle before we tour west to Kilmartin, often referred to as the birthplace of Scotland. Kilmartin Glen is rich with prehistoric remains and a 2hr walk takes in the most impressive cairns and standing stones. We end the day in the seaside town of Oban. Overnight Oban.
Day 3 begins with an easy 1hr walk that crosses the tidal marshes for a good viewpoint of Castle Stalker. We move on to tour through Glencoe, enjoying a walk that is steeped in history with stunning scenery, and then on to the rugged west coast to visit iconic Eilean Donan Castle set against the backdrop of the Isle of Skye. Overnight Skye area.
Day 4 is a tour of the Isle of Skye with fabulous scenery and seascapes, passing through Broadford to the Cuillin Mountains and the island capital, Portree, with its colourful harbour front. Enjoy a 2hr walk to the massive pinnacle of the Old Man of Storr with views out over the Sound of Raasay. Additional walks available if time permits. Overnight Skye area.
Day 5 is a trip over one of the highest roads in Scotland, the Bealach Na Ba, to the remote Applecross Peninsula; a beautiful and tranquil place on the rugged coast of Wester Ross with stunning scenery. The 1.5hr walk combines woodland, riverside, and seafront. Later, we travel east to the 'Capital of the Highlands' for the evening. Overnight Inverness.
Day 6 begins with a visit to nearby Culloden Battlefield to learn about the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. We explore the Cairngorm National Park with towering mountain ranges and large tracts of the original Caledonian Pine Forest and enjoy a spectacular 2hr walk around Loch an Eilein, reflecting the magnificent pines of the Rothiemurchus Forest. Overnight Pitlochry.
Day 7 allows for a relaxing morning taking in the interesting town of Pitlochry with a scenic circular route along the riverside. We journey south 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 and Robert the Bruce. Overnight Stirling.
Day 8 we head for the attractive seaside town of St Andrews, home to the British Golf Museum and the University of St. Andrews, founded in 1413. Billed as the Home of Golf, time can be given for some tee time at one of the seven courses with time out for lunch in the cobbled streets of St Andrews. Later, we travel over the Forth Bridge. Overnight Edinburgh.
Day 9 we head south for the Scottish Borders to admire the fine panoramic views from “Scott’s View” before moving on to nearby Dryburgh for walk along a varied circuit following the River Tweed. This 2hr way-marked path takes in the statue of William Wallace before returning for a visit to the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey. Overnight Edinburgh.
Day 10 begins with a visit to Scotland’s most popular attraction, Edinburgh Castle, before you enjoy some time out in the Royal Mile with its charming medieval architecture for the opportunity to do some last-minute speciality shopping and take a hike up to Arthurs Seat to admire the fine views over Scotland’s capital. End in Edinburgh.