Start Date: 10th September 2022
Duration: 5 nights
Immerse yourself in Scotland's stunning landscape on this 6-day tour of the highlands. Explore traditional highland villages, enjoy a tour of the Isle of Skye, and visit 3 of the best Whisky Distilleries. Begin your exploration taking in the royal castle at Stirling before travelling through the heart of Scotland exploring Scotland's first National Park and enchanting Glencoe. Enjoy a scenic journey aboard the World-Famous Jacobite Steam Train to the rugged Isle of Skye, finally taking in Loch Ness, Royal Deeside, Speyside Whisky & the Victorian town of Pitlochry.
Today we start with one of Scotland’s main highlights as we head for Stirling Castle, the favoured residence of Scotland’s Kings and Queens for a full tour to take in the castles' long and turbulent history. The onwards journey takes us west through the fabulous landscape of Scotland’s first National Park, and then north for a tour across Rannoch Moor before arriving at the dramatic scenery of Glencoe that is steeped in history. Overnight Glencoe.
Step aboard the Jacobite Steam Train, now famous as the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express, which travels along part of the West Highland Railway, built to help open up this remote part of the Scottish coast. The train journey provides wonderful views across the Sound of Arisaig to the Small Isles of Eigg and Rhum. After lunch in Mallaig we take the ferry “Over the Sea to Skye” and visit Armadale Castle & Gardens. Overnight Skye area.
After breakfast we begin on 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. After lunch we head north through the rugged Trotternish Peninsula and take in the views at Uig, the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock Falls before travelling back down the island for the evening. Other options are a possibility depending on the weather, but this will most definitely be a day to remember. Overnight Skye area.
Today begins with a leisurely visit to iconic Eilean Donan Castle before we travel through spectacular Glen Shiel to the charming village of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness - keep a look out for Nessie! Later we travel east to spend the afternoon at the Whisky distillery for some much-needed whisky before we travel through some glorious countryside as we tour into the Cairngorms National Park. Overnight Grantown-on-Spey.
After breakfast, we head out for a scenic trip through the Cairngorms National Park with a visit to the Speyside Cooperage and then onto the second Whisky distillery for some much-needed whisky in the heart of the Malt Whisky region. Later, we tour south to spend the afternoon in the heart of majestic Royal Deeside. Surrounded by glorious countryside, Ballater is a picturesque Victorian village on the River Dee. Overnight Grantown-on-Spey.
This morning we head out to Scotland’s highest Whisky distillery before enjoying a free morning relaxing in highland Perthshire as we take a stroll through Pitlochry high street to experience the array of interesting shops and cafes here. Later, we arrive at nearby Dunkeld village with its riverside setting on the banks of the Tay and historic Cathedral. Our journey south takes us to South Queensferry to view its famous rail bridge. Tour ends in Edinburgh.