Start Date: 1st September 2023
Duration: 9 nights
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Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring
Scotland’s first National Park and the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond.
Later we visit the loch-side village of Inveraray with a visit to its famous
Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, and then tour through
beautiful Glencoe steeped in history with dramatic scenery. Overnight
Day 2 This morning we tour through Fort William before travelling west
on the spectacular “Road to the Isles” providing wonderful views across
the Sound of Arisaig to the Small Isles of Eigg and Rhum. Our journey
takes us past Neptune’s Staircase on our way to take the ferry “Over the
Sea to Skye”. Overnight Skye area.
Day 3 is a tour of the Isle of Skye, passing through Broadford and on to
the main settlement on the Island; Portree, with its colourful harbour
front and interesting shops. Heading west we visit the Old Man of Storr,
and Kilt Rock Falls with other options a possibility. This will most
definitely be a day to remember. Overnight Skye area
Day 4 we travel by ferry from Skye to the Outer Hebrides and spend the
afternoon exploring the dramatic beauty of the Isle of Harris. This is a
beautifully rugged island and highlights including the Golden Road, St.
Clements Church, a weaving demonstration and Harris Tweed
Exhibition. We end the day with a walk on stunning Luskentyre beach.
Day 5 we explore the rich history of Lewis which has been inhabited by
man for around 5000 years or more. We visit the ancient Calanais
Standing Stones - erected in the late Neolithic era and a focus for ritual
activity during the Bronze Age, Dun Carloway Broch, and a traditional
blackhouse village we will discover the ancient way of life. Overnight
Day 6 allows for a free morning to explore the town of Stornoway at your
leisure before we board the ferry and head back to the mainland past the
Summer Isles and venture through Wester Ross. This is a very old
landscape, and the area is well known for its spectacular mountain
scenery, especially the Torridon Hills. Overnight nr Inverness.
Day 7 we head into the "Capital of the Highlands"; Inverness to enjoy
some free-time exploring the city before we travel south along the banks
of Loch Ness with fabulous scenery and picturesque villages along the
way stopping at Fort Augustus before spending the afternoon at the
distillery for some much-needed whisky. Overnight nr Inverness.
Day 8 we travel to Culloden Battlefield to learn about the last battle to
be fought on British soil before making our way into the beautiful
Cairngorms National Park to visit the oldest pack-horse bridge in the
highlands at Carrbridge and explore the Rothiemurchus Estate with fine
views to the Cairngorm Mountains. Overnight Pitlochry.
Day 9 allows you to relax in highland Perthshire and enjoy a stroll through
the Victorian high street of Pitlochry to experience the array of
interesting shops and cafes. Soak up the Scottish culture and heritage of
Pitlochry Highland Games which has a unique and friendly atmosphere at
this stunning Highland location. Overnight Pitlochry.
Day 10 we tour south via Dunkeld with its ancient riverside Cathedral
then onto Edinburgh via the Forth Rail Bridge. Later we have a leisurely
visit to Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci
Code, will be enlightening before we enjoy a walk down the Royal Mile,
with its charming medieval architecture and the opportunity to do some
last minute speciality shopping.