Start Date: 23rd September 2024
Duration: 3 nights
The Highlands and the west of Scotland have it all - historic castles, spectacular islands, abundant wildlife, towering mountains, and mystical lochs. Take a relaxing 4-day trip to experience the icons of Bonnie Scotland. Explore Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, mystical Glencoe, the Road to the Isles, the enchanting Isle of Skye, Cairngorms National Park, and experience the charming and picturesque settlements of Luss, Mallaig, Portree, Fort Augustus, Pitlochry, and Dunkeld.
Today is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape as we take in the mountains, glens, lochs and rivers of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We take in the charming village of Luss, admire the view when touring over the Rest and Be Thankful and explore the seaside town of Inveraray where we will have lunch. Later we travel over desolate Rannoch Moor before arriving at Glencoe to learn about the grim massacre of 1692. Overnight nr Glenfinnan.
After breakfast we travel west for the seaside village of Mallaig to board the ferry to take us “Over the Sea to Skye”. We enjoy a tour of the Isle of Skye, passing the famous Cuillin Mountains and through Broadford to the main settlement on the Island; Portree. Heading north we take in the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock Falls in the rugged north of the island. This is a magical afternoon on the “Misty Isle”. Overnight nr Skye.
Today begins with a visit to historic Eilean Donan Castle, sitting where three lochs meet. Later, we head for the Five Sisters of Kintail before travelling through beautiful Glenshiel to the village of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness. We spend the afternoon exploring the Cairngorms National Park with towering mountain ranges and large tracts of Caledonian Pine Forest, ending in the Victorian town of Pitlochry. Overnight Pitlochry.
Leaving Pitlochry, we explore highland Perthshire further as we visit the small village of Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay before we head south to Deanston Distillery for some much-needed whisky tasting. Stirling is our next stop with a tour of Stirling Castle to take in the castle's long and turbulent history. We now head for the famous Forth Rail Bridge and into Edinburgh to end the tour.