Start Date: 10th June 2021
Duration: 6 nights
This 7 day journey is an incredible introduction to Scotland and the ancient Clan Lamont of Cowal. Explore and experience the many different aspects and the very best sights on offer; the fabulous scenery of our National Parks, the enchanting Isle of Skye, beautiful Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, the charming traditional communities of Inveraray, Pitlochry and Fort Augustus, historic Culloden Battlefield and Eilean Donan Castle.
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Day 1 This is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape as we explore Scotland’s first National Park. Enjoy a relaxing walk around the village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond before we travel into the Cowal Peninsula. Here, we’ll visit Kilfinan Church housing the Lamont vault containing interred remains of the clan’s chiefs, and the ruins of Ascog Castle (fitness and walking shoes required). Overnight Strachur.
Day 2 Today is spent soaking up the history of Clan Lamont of Cowal. We will seek to meet Mary Lamb, curator of The Clan Lamont Society museum at Inverchaolain Manse overlooking Loch Striven. We will also visit the ruins of the Lamont strongholds of Dunoon Castle and Toward Castle, which will help to string all the stories together. Overnight Strachur.
Day 3 We head west for the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous Castle. Later, we’ll visit Auchendrain village and enjoy an incredible archaeological treat to see Kilmartin Glen with its ancient standing stones and burial cairns, often referred to as the birthplace of Scotland. We spend the afternoon in the bustling seaside town of Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles’. Overnight Fort William.
Day 4 This morning you’ll step aboard the Jacobite steam train, now famous as the Harry Potter “Hogwarts Express”, and travel the West Highland Rail Line, intended to help open up this remote part of the Scottish coast. You will have wonderful views across the Sound of Arisaig to the Small Isles. After lunch at the fishing village of Mallaig we cross “Over the Sea to Skye”. Overnight nr Skye
Day 5 Today is a tour of the Isle of Skye, passing through Broadford and the Cuillin Mountains to the main settlement on the Island, Portree, with colourful houses and traditional harbour. Later, we explore the north of the island and admire the scenery and views at the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock Falls, Lealt Falls and the strange landscape of the Quiraing. Overnight nr Skye
Day 6 We head for 13th century Eilean Donan Castle for a visit before we tour east towards Inverness, ‘Capital of the Highlands’. On the way, we view the ‘Five Sisters of Kintail’ and iconic Loch Ness with fabulous scenery and picturesque villages. We’ll visit the village of Fort Augustus for lunch and then head for Inverness with an afternoon walk at the Falls of Foyers. Overnight nr Inverness.
Day 7 Today we begin with a visit to Culloden Battlefield which will provide a lasting image of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite Army of 1746 before we tour south to explore the Cairngorms National Park. We’ll visit Carrbridge for lunch and enjoy some free time in the Victorian tourist town of Pitlochry before making our return journey back to Edinburgh.