Experience the best of the Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Skye in this 3 day tour departing from Edinburgh. Take in all the magnificent sights that make this country so special in people’s heart: breathtaking sceneries, mystical Lochs, Britain's highest mountains, and extinct volcanoes that shaped the landscape in spectacular ways.
ItineraryDay 1: Stirling, the Trossachs National Park, the Highlands with Glencoe, Fort William, the Highlands of ScotlandStop At: Stirling Castle, Stirling, ScotlandThe first stop on this journey is Stirling, once the Capital of Scotland. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Castle or to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the Old Town at your own pace. Our expert tour guides will tell you all about the dramatic past of this city and enthral you with the tales of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Mary Queen of Scots.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Trossachs Trail Loop, Trossachs, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandThe tour takes you to the Trossachs National Park. The first stop along the way is near Callander, where you come face to face with our national mascots: the Highland Cows, with their funny fringes and their kind nature.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Glencoe Lochan, Glencoe Village, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe landscape of the Highlands will be showing itself in all its glory from this moment onward: all around you’ll see dramatic valleys (that we call Glens and Straths), Lochs, mountains and what’s left of the Caledonian Forest. Next stop is beautiful Glencoe. This valley is as beautiful as it’s got the most tragic past you could ever imagine. No spoilers at this stage - just make sure to ask your tour guide on the day what happened there!Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Fort William VisitScotland iCentre, Fort William, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe tour then takes you to Fort William, where you’ll see the highest mountain of Britain and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express Train at the Train Station.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Fairy Pools, Talisker, Neist Point/Dunvegan Castle, Fairy Glen, Quiraing, Kilt Rock, Old Man of Storr, PortreeStop At: Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandWe begin our journey with a drive to the Fairy Pools in the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains. The pools are located in one of the most dramatic landscapes on Skye. The fairies are reputed to bathe here, in the crystal clear green pools of the River Brittle. Weather permitting, you can swim in the pools of the river.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandWe move on to Talisker Distillery based in Carbost, producing a lovely Peated Single Malt Scotch. Here you can enjoy a nose around the Visitor Centre and a taste a dram or 2 if you fancy, (There is No time to do the full tour).Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Neist Point, Glendale, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandAt this point of the journey, you have a choice of either going to Neist Point or being dropped off at Dunvegan Castle and we will pick you up on the way back from Neist Point.Neist Point is the best place on the island to spot whales, dolphins and sharks. In Dunvegan you could instead enjoy the visit of the castle belonging to one of the two main clans of the Isle of Skye, the Clan MacLeod.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandAt this point of the journey, you have a choice of either going to Neist Point or being dropped off at Dunvegan Castle and we will pick you up on the way back from Neist Point.Neist Point is the best place on the island to spot whales, dolphins and sharks. In Dunvegan you could instead enjoy the visit of the castle belonging to one of the two main clans of the Isle of Skye, the Clan MacLeod.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandAfter Neist Point we visit the charming Fairy Glen. Folklore goes that this is the most important meeting place of the fairies on Skye. Wander between countless conical mounds, known in the Highlands as fairy knowes; put your ears to the grass and listen for the fairies at work inside. Bend down to search for elves in the glen's miniature forests, take the twisted path to the top of the fairy castle, or walk the faun’s maze and have a wish granted!Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Quiraing, Portree, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandWe take the opportunity to drive right up to the Trotternish ridge at the Quiraing, lying in the far North of Skye. The Quiraing is a landscape used in many sci-fi films, known for its wonderful rock formations and stunning coastal views. This is a place like no other, part of the largest landslip in Europe.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandFrom the Quiraing we move towards Kilt Rock, home to the dinosaurs of Skye’s ancient past.Kilt Rock will take your breath away with its distinctive pillars and beautiful waterfall with views across to the Torridon Hills on the mainland.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandWe drive South and reach the Old Man of Storr, probably the most iconic natural feature of the Isle of Skye. The ridge is a mighty inland cliff, the longest in the UK, rising to a height of 720m. The Old Man is a 200ft stone pillar, which has detached itself from the highest point of the ridge, creating a fantastical landscape of twisted rocks, looming shadows and swirling mists, film location for, among others, Ridley Scott’s 2012 “Prometheus”.Duration: 15 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness & cruise, Pitlochry, Firth of Forth BridgesStop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe first visit of the day is the mighty Eilean Donan Castle, without any doubt, the most photographed castle of Scotland. Here you’ll learn all about the conflicts between the mainland Clans and the Lords of the Isles, as well as the adventures of Saint Donan.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Loch Ness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandFrom here we move to Loch Ness. Its reputation is such that we don’t feel like adding anything else as of yet. At Loch Ness you’ll have the opportunity to get your binoculars out of your rucksack and try to spot Nessie from the Loch’s banks, or hop on a boat for a scenic wee cruise. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Pitlochry Dam Power Station And Fish Ladder, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, ScotlandJourney continues to Pitlochry, in the heart of the Perthshire. Pitlochry is a quaint Victorian town where you can find plenty of shops and diner places, as well as a huge dam with Salmon ladder. Yes, you read it right, in the right season of the year, you can actually get to see salmon jumping up the ladder to go back where they were born to lay their eggs. No, don’t pack your fishing rod, please, lol.Duration: 45 minutesPass By: View Point, Forth Bridges, Newton, West Lothian, ScotlandWe drive South and before getting back to Edinburgh, you will be met with views of the three bridges that cross the Firth of Forth.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.