Start Date: 2nd October 2021
Duration: 6 nights
This 7 day journey is an incredible introduction to Scotland and includes a trip over one of Scotland's highest roads. Explore and experience the many different aspects and the very best sights on offer; the fabulous scenery of our National Parks, enchanting Glencoe and the Isle of Skye, beautiful Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, the charming traditional communities of Applecross, Inveraray, Pitlochry and Fort Augustus, historic Culloden Battlefield and Eilean Donan Castle and the vibrant centres of Inverness and Stirling.
Day 1 Pick-up from Edinburgh and head west to the city of Stirling for a 2-hour tour of Stirling Castle to take in the castle's long and turbulent history; the monument to Sir William Wallace can be seen from the castle walls. Moving on, we travel north and visit the quaint highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the river Tay before making our way to the Victorian town of Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire. Overnight Pitlochry.
Day 2 This morning we head out and travel through the Cairngorms Mountain Range. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest of the UK’s national parks and encompasses mountains, valleys, un-spoilt countryside, and many different communities. Later, we visit Carrbridge and Culloden Battlefield which will provide a lasting image of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite Army of 1745. Overnight nr Inverness.
Day 3 Enjoy a relaxing morning of free time in the beautiful city of Inverness, the "Capital of the Highlands". When we are ready, we’ll head south along iconic Loch Ness with fabulous scenery and picturesque villages along the way. After an enjoyable lunch and look around the village of Fort Augustus, we make our way back and stop at the whisky distillery for a taste and tour. Overnight nr Inverness.
Day 4 We head west for the Torridon Hills. After a morning walk to Rogie Falls, we take in the fabulous seascapes and spectacular mountain scenery of Torridon. After lunch, we’ll take a scenic trip over the “Bealach Na Ba” from the remote Applecross Peninsula; a beautiful and tranquil place on the rugged coast of Wester Ross with stunning scenery. Overnight nr Skye.
Day 5 Today is a wonderful 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 This morning we visit Eilean Donan Castle dating from the 13th century before we take the ferry over to the mainland. After lunch, step aboard the Jacobite steam train, now famous as the Harry Potter “Hogwarts Express”, which forms part of the West Highland Railway intended to help open up this remote part of the Scottish coast. Overnight Fort William.
Day 7 We begin today with a fabulous journey through an area with stunning scenery – the Glencoe pass. Arriving in Scotland’s first National Park, we will view Loch Lomond and the views at the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ pass before taking in the beautiful lochside village of Inveraray with its famous castle. The journey west takes us to the bustling seaside town of Oban.