Start Date: 2nd May 2018
Duration: 7 nights
An exhilarating 8 day exploration of some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in Scotland with some light walking thrown in for the active traveller. Visit and experience the fabulous scenery of the rugged Isle of Mull, the enchanting Isle of Skye and the Applecross peninsula, explore charming traditional communities such as Inveraray, Portree, Pitlochry and Fort Augustus on Loch Ness, and tour the iconic sites of Eilean Donan Castle and Stirling Castle.*Walks require you to have the correct footwear, are unguided and will be weather dependant.
Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring Scotland’s first National Park & beautiful Loch Lomond, the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous Castle, then on to Oban, "Gateway to the Isles", for some free time in the town. Enjoy a 2hour hike to Dun na Cuaiche hill with amazing views over Loch Fyne. Overnight Mull
Day 2 we tour the rugged isle of Mull with its rugged mountain scenery and stunning seascapes. We visit home of one of Scotland’s oldest Clans, Duart Castle and the town of Tobermory with its colourful frontage of painted houses and walk the white sand beach at Calgary Bay. Overnight Mull
Day 3 we travel by ferry to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula by way of single-track road where the relics of ancient volcanic activity are conspicuous features. This is an area ideal for wildlife watching opportunities as we travel up the coast to take the ferry “Over the Sea to Skye”. Overnight nr. Skye
Day 4 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 head north to admire the scenery and views at the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock Falls. Enjoy approx. 1.5hours hiking the most famous walk on the Isle of Skye. Overnight nr Skye
Day 5 begins with a scenic trip over the “Bealach Na Ba” to the remote Applecross Peninsula; a beautiful and tranquil place on the rugged coast of Wester Ross with stunning scenery. The area is well known for its spectacular mountain scenery, especially the Torridon Hills. Take a relaxing way-marked forest walk to view the series of waterfalls on the Black Water, known as Rogie Falls. Overnight nr Inverness
Day 6 explores Culloden Battlefield which will provide a lasting image of heroic Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite Army. Later, we travel through the Cairngorms National Park with large tracts of Caledonian Pine Forest where we visit Carrbridge and the Highland Folk Museum. Enjoy an afternoon walk around Loch an Eilein with its 13th century island castle. Overnight Pitlochry
Day 7 we admire the “Queen’s View” and head out to visit a reconstructed Crannog roundhouse to discover how ancient loch dwellers lived 2,500 years ago. After lunch at Kenmore, we follow Loch Tay into the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park for a drive around “The Duke’s Pass”. Overnight Stirling
Day 8 begins with a leisurely visit to Stirling Castle for a full tour to take in the castle's long and turbulent history. When we are ready we head east for Edinburgh also known as “Auld Reekie” where you can enjoy some free time in the Royal Mile with its charming medieval architecture.