Discover the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this 5-day tour from Edinburgh. Traveling in a luxury minivan with a knowledgeable guide, see some of Scotland’s most iconic sights. Visit quintessential villages such as Dunkeld and Lochinver, and explore beauty spots like Cairngorms National Park, Loch Ness and Glencoe. You’ll also travel along the scenic Quiraing mountain pass for jaw-dropping views of rural Scotland. Relax with 2 nights’ accommodation in Ullapool and a 2-night stay in Portree in the Isle of Skye. Numbers limited to 16, ensuring a small-group experience.
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.