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A road leads here 25 winding miles from Shieldaig, but more spectacular (accessed from further south on the A896) is the magnificent Bealach na Bà (626m; Pass of the Cattle), the third-highest motor road in the UK, and the longest continuous climb. Originally built in 1822, it climbs steeply and hair-raisingly via hairpin bends perched over sheer drops, with gradients of up to 25%, then drops dramatically to the village with views of Skye.


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$662.11 Cultural & Theme Tours

Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye 5-Day Tour from Edinburgh

ItineraryDay 1: Edinburgh - Dunkeld - UllapoolStop At: bus stationCheck-in 15 mins prior to departure and meet with your driver guide.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandGaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks.Stop At: Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, ScotlandThis village is surrounded by luscious forest, and boasts an incredible ruined cathedral.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: UllapoolFrom here, you travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where you spend your first two nights' stay on tour.* Please note that the tours departing on 28th and 29th September 2019 stay two nights in Inverness instead of Ullapool.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Ullapool (tours departing on 28th & 29th September 2019 stay two nights in Inverness instead of Ullapool).Day 2: Ullapool - Ardveck Castle - Achmelvich Bay - LochinverStop At: Ardvreck Castle, Assynt, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandToday, you explore the far northwest Highlands and the mountains of Assynt. This area is famous as being the first crofting area to be bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters’ Trust.You’re immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Achmelvich Bay, Lochinver, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe day is full of amazing views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes, the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay, and the traditional fishing village of Lochinver.Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Ullapool (tours departing on 28th & 29th September 2019 stay two nights in Inverness instead of Ullapool).Day 3: Ullapool - Applecross - PortreeStop At: TorridonLooking for some serenity? This peaceful spot offers unblemished landscapes in their most natural state. After your lunch stop in Applecross, you take one of the highest and most exhilarating roads in Scotland, Bealach na Ba.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree.Day 4: Flexible day touring around the Isle of SkyeStop At: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandGreat photo stop at this iconic rock formation. This sharp pinnacle of rock bursts out the land and can be seen for miles around.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandPicturesque observation point offering panoramic views of waterfalls, cliffs & sea.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Neist Point, Glendale, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland(optional) Neist Point - the most westerly headland on Skye - is an iconic destination, with stunning cliff scenery, a fine lighthouse, an outlook to the Outer Hebrides, and the chance to watch for minke whales in the summer months. Alternatively, you may like to visit Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod (admission fee not included)Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in PortreeDay 5: Portree - Eilean Donan Castle - EdinburghStop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAn iconic and gorgeous 13th century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Buachaille Etive Mor, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandIn the afternoon, you explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.You then start your journey towards Edinburgh.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$54.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Applecross Peninsula Day Trip from Inverness

Set off from Inverness by luxury minibus and drive to the dramatic Applecross Peninsula, passing a scenic stretch of land known as the Black Isle. The journey takes a couple of hours, so you’ll stop on the way in the charismatic village of Lochcarron – one of the gems of the northwest highlands –to take a stroll around and explore.Continue on to Arndarroch village for breathtaking views of Loch Kishorn, and then climb the steep Bealach nam Ba (Pass of the Cattle) – Britain’s third highest road – in your minibus. Reaching 2,000 feet (610 meters) high, the summit of the pass boasts incredible views over to the Isle of Skye.At the heart of Applecross Peninsula is the beautiful village of Applecross, located on a sweeping bay. Here you’ll have time to spend at leisure; perhaps get some lunch, enjoy the spectacular seascape or learn about Highland history at the Applecross Heritage Centre (lunch and entrance fees at own expense). Wildlife is plentiful in the Applecross area, so watch out for red deer, otters and pine martens – one of the rarest British mammals.After discovering Applecross’s charms, meet your expert guide back on board your minibus for a drive along the banks of Loch Torridon to the town of Shieldaig, where you can walk around. Travel on through Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve – Britain’s oldest – where you can expect to see golden eagles soaring above the ancient pine woods. Return to Inverness, passing the picturesque Highland villages of Kinlochewe and Achnasheen. You’ll arrive back in Inverness in the early evening.

$51.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Inverness to Torridon, Applecross, Eilean Donan Full-Day Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAn iconic and gorgeous 13th-century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.Please note that Eilean Donan Castle will be closed from 31st December till 1st February 2019. It will also be closed on 2nd,5th,16th and 23rd February. During that time you will still stop for photos of the exterior but the visitor centre and castle will be closed. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Loch Ness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis loch holds more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. But does it hide the Loch Ness monster?Duration: 20 minutesStop At: ApplecrossThere's an ancient chapel here and a famous pub that serves delicious seafood.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$99.52 Tours & Sightseeing

Wester Ross coastal tour, last half of NC 500

Leaving Inverness at 08:00 pick up at Bank Street Inverness, heading straight into the mountains over the Black Isle and to Corrie Shallock Gorge, we will drive towards Gairloch, usually we see wild goats along the villages on the coastal road. Red deer are often spotted too and the odd eagle or two.  We don’t have designated stops. We have allowed for plenty of stops though and as a relaxed tour as is possible, we do stop for a hot chocolate at Gairloch, and also Loch Maree for lunch and a half hour hike or so. We provide a quality picnic lunch which can be eaten by the water or taken off on a hike of your own choosing.  We head towards Applecross on the single track roads, along the coastline and through the small villages, this is a tour that shows you how people in the Highlands really live.  We will see Highland cows larger than you have ever seen, beaches of every colour, maybe a seal or two. As we start to climb over the Bealach na Ba and reach the summit you will feel on top of the world. Looking out over to the Isle of Skye before we descend back toward Loch Carron, a  truly magnificent view as we go down the switch backs.  Returning back to Inverness at around 7pm. Drop off at Bank Street Inverness

$108.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Big Perth Day Tour

The Big Perth Day Tour begins at your hotel or designated pick up point in Perth City. A 9am start is normal but we can start as early as 7.30am in summer if you want to catch the beautiful morning light that Perth is famous for. The following list of locations is a broad summary of the day but can be adjusted if you have other interests. *Perths City Farm. A unique community space built on the original Perth Tram Workshops and contains historic buildings which are used for community events, music performances, conferences, and weddings. Features intensively cultivated fruit orchards, vegie beds, garden nursery and chickens. Cool street art and sculpture are everywhere - Great for kids, garden and street art lovers. *Heirisson Island. This beautiful space only 5 minutes from the city is home to a small family of female kangaroos which inhabit the parkland. Lakes,manicured grassy spaces and bushland provide a natural setting for the Kangaroos and they are a very chilled mob of ladies. Children of all ages will love the freedom to wander around and explore this beautiful space. *A series of inner city drive-bys including the Matagarup Bridge and the Optus stadium precinct. For kids there are awesome nature playgrounds with ziplines. *South Perth for a short historical stop at the Old Perth Mill and take in the cityscape views from the South Perth Foreshore.*Through the leafy suburbs of Como to old Canning Bridge, home to a pod of Pelicans which have secured "real-estate" on top of the bridge lights. There are excellent cafes in this area for tea, coffee or cakes if required. *From November to January, the streets of Applecross draw tourists for the mass of purple flowering Jacaranda trees. *Drive along the southern river foreshore for a look at a range of eclectic, affluent and outrageous architecture, the Point Walter sandbar and the beautiful secluded river cliff views at Blackwall Reach. *Fremantle offers a large range of options for lunch depending on your budget and tastebuds. There are galleries, maritime museums, heritage architecture and of coarse the Markets. Fremantle can easily consume a full day on its own so choosing what you want to do & see can be challenging. We'll guide you - dont panic! *North of the river after lunch we pass by the bustle of the shipping harbour to a range of destinations including iconic Cottesloe beach, the famous Blue Boat Shed and Kings Parks magnificent Botanical Gardens.This can be a very busy tour, or you can edit the selections for a more relaxed day.

$530.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Glory of Ross

Still very unspoiled and remote, Wester Ross is very often missed from the visitor’s itinerary, possibly through pressure of time.If there is one area of the Highlands that affords different and breathtaking views as another bend of the road unwinds, then it is this spectacular area. Mirrored, majestic mountains, heather hills, tree lined lochs and wildlife abound here.The songwriter, Dave Goulder, an Englishman who has made his home and living in the Highlands of Scotland, sums it up in his song,And, if I had a hundred homes,and could stay in each a while,I’d build them all along the coastfrom Sandwood down to Kyle.A day’s journey can encompass Achnasheen, Lochcarron and Applecross with its long association with Saint Maelrubha, who founded a monastery there. Maelrhuba later made his home on one of Loch Maree’s islands and gave the Loch its name. The mountain road, to Applecross, the Bealach Nam Bo, (Pass of the Cattle) rises a thousand feet in a mile and a half. Not for the faint hearted!On through the idyllic villages of Shieldaig and Torridon to Kinlochewe and spectacular views of Loch Maree. Ben Eighe and Torridon are a Nature Reserve. Through Gairloch and Aultbea we reach the world famous tropical gardens of Inverewe at Poolewe. The gardens are influenced by the warm current from the faraway Gulf Stream and were originally planted by Sir Osgood MacKenzie over 100 years ago. They are now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.Our homeward journey takes us past the Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach. A panoramic view from there is afforded of Loch Broom tempting the visitor to visit Ullapool, Achiltibuie and the Summer Isles.The beautiful county of Sutherland awaits for another day.

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