Welcome to Northern Highlands & Islands

Stone tells stories throughout. The chambered cairns of Caithness and structures of the Western Isles are testament to the skills of prehistoric builders; cragtop castles and broken walls of abandoned crofts tell of the Highlands' turbulent history.

Outdoors is the place to be, whatever the weather; there’s nothing like comparing windburn or mud-ruined boots over a well-deserved dram by the crackling fire of a Highland pub. The landscape lends itself to activity, from woodland strolls to thrilling mountain-bike descents, from sea kayaking to Munro bagging, from beachcombing to birdwatching. Best are the locals, big-hearted and straight-talking; make it your business to get to know them.

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These are some of the highlights you will see: Fairy Pools We start on our journey with a drive to the Fairy Pools in the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains. The fairies regularly bathe here, in the crystal clear green pools of the River Brittle. Weather permitting, you can swim in the pools of the river, one of the UK’s best wild swimming spots. Talisker Distillery Talisker distillery produces a single malt Scotch with a very distinctive peaty-smoky taste. We shall go through the visitor centre (not on the tour) and if available sample a whisky. Neist Point or Dunvegan Castle 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. The Neist Point is the best place on the island to spot whales, dolphins and sharks. Come with us and see for yourself why Skye has been voted by National Geographic as the fourth greatest island visitor experience in the whole world! Alternatively, you can visit the ancient MacLeod clan castle, set in beautiful gardens, and see for yourself the flag from fairyland which is dated between the 4th and 7th centuries A.D. Fairy GlenThe charming Fairy Glen. 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! The Quiraing 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. Kilt Rock Kilt Rock with the distinctive pillars and beautiful waterfall with views across to the Torridon hills on the mainland. Jurassic Skye The Trotternish coastline is the most famous on Skye. It dates from the Mid-Jurassic period, formed 175 million years ago and is the dinosaur stamping ground of Scotland. The beaches are rich in fossils, the rocks are ancient and twisted. As part of the tour we will visit the dino museum has an internationally important collection of dinosaur fossils: here you can see their footprints embedded in stone, taken from the local beaches. The Old Man of Storr The Old Man of Storr is one of the iconic natural features of the dramatic Trotternish Ridge. 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 the Ridley Scott 2012 directed science fiction film Prometheus.