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$4969.24 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 5 Day tour to the Highlands & Islands

Day 1 Dunfermline to visit the 11th Century Abbey and Royal Palace, then through Highland Perthshire (Macbeth country). Back on the road we'll head up through the Grampian and Cairngorm mountains to Clava Cairns for a visit then up to Culloden Battlefield. Day 2 Depart our B&B for the Isle of Skye, through Glen Shiel to Eilean Donan Castle for a visit/comfort stop. Continuing we "drive across The Atlantic" on the Skye Bridge, time will dictate our programme on Skye. We then head for Armadale and take the 45 minute sailing back to the mainland, driving through Glenfinnan towards Fort William. Day 3 and South along the banks of Loch Linnhe and Glencoe for a photo stop and two nights in Oban. Day 4 spent on Mull & Iona. Day 5 Along the banks of Loch Long and into MacGregor country. Past Stirling Castle, the battlefields of Bannockburn and Linlithgow Palace and home to Edinburgh for around 5pm

$360 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-day Iona and Mull Islands tour from Edinburgh

Day 1At 8:30am, meet on Edinburgh's famous street, the Royal Mile, to make your way west to Glasgow. There, join the rest of your group and journey to the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest loch, dotted with 60 islands. Your driver/guide will ensure you have the best views.Continue into the Highlands and take in the landscapes as they become more dramatic. Travel through glens to the west cost town of Oban. Home to some of the freshest seafood in Scotland, try some from the famous Oban Seafood Hut whilst looking out towards the nearby islands. At the center of town is the Oban Distillery if you feel like joining a tour and tasting. Alternatively, take a walk up McCaig’s Tower for views over the town.Take the short ferry ride to Craignure, Mull, and be sure to look out for wildlife as you cross. Once on Mull, drive north to the fishing port of Tobermory, where you will stay for the next two nights. Day 2Start your second day with a stunning drive covering the length of the island to Fionnphort. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful viewpoints. Catch another ferry from here as a foot passenger to the island of Iona. Only three miles in length, this island is a delightful place to spend a peaceful time. Visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery, founded in 563 by St Columba, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. There are many excellent walks on Iona where you can admire the array of richly colored pebbles at St Columba’s Bay, especially the white and green Iona marble. Or walk up to Dun 1 to take in stunning views from the highest point on Iona. At the end of the day, return to Mull on the ferry and make your way back to Tobermony.Day 3Take a short ferry crossing from Fishnish to Lochaline. Driver through the remote Glen Gael as you pass the Sunart and LInhe lochs on your way to Ardgour. Then, another ferry ride over to Corran. Pass Ballachulish, surrounded by some of the most strikingly beautiful scenery in Scotland, and have time in Glen Coe to take pictures and learn the brutal story of the Massacre of that took place there in 1692. Further south, stop at Tyndrum before returning to Edinburgh by about 6pm.

$490.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Four-day Mull Iona and Highlands Tour (Small Group) from Edinburgh

Day 1Departing from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, we’ll head west to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group. You’ll then be able to experience the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond – Scotland’s largest loch. Next, we'll be able to enjoy stunning views at the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, before we make a quick stop at Inveraray to see the impressive Clan Campbell castle. Enjoy the grand entrance to the Highlands and watch the landscape begin to change as we drive comfortably north to Oban. This is the place to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Scotland. Oban Distillery* is perched right in the center of town if you’d like to join a tour and tasting. Or, you can take a walk up to McCaig’s Tower for views over the town and islands further afield. Following a few hours in Oban, we’ll jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull. Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins and even basking sharks. Once on Mull we’ll head north to the colourful fishing port of Tobermory.Day 2 Departing from Tobermory we’ll take a stunning drive, covering the length of the island to Fionnphort, enjoying some beautiful viewpoints along the way. We’ll catch the ferry from here as foot passengers to the tiny island of Iona. Just 3 miles from north to south, this sacred island is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peace and tranquillity. You can visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery*, founded by St Columba in 563, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. We’ll return to Mull on the ferry and make our way back to Tobermory for the evening.Day 3 On day three we’ll take a ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline, it’s a short crossing and the perfect opportunity to look out for sea eagles. We’ll drive through the remote Glen Geal and make our way past the stunning lochs Sunart and Linhe on our way to Ardgour, from here we’ll take another short ferry over to Corran. We’ll pass Ballachulish which is surrounded by some of the most strikingly beautiful scenery in Scotland and have time in Glen Coe to take pictures and learn the brutal story of the Massacre of that took place here in 1692. Please note at this point you will join a new group of traveling companions and meet your new driver-guide. Then take in the majestic sweep of the Great Glen and the stunning heights of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Your day ends at a beautiful welcoming village on the banks of Loch Ness.Day 4 After a delicious breakfast, explore the beautiful and tranquil Loch Ness. Why not take a boat tour* over to Urquhart Castle or just monster hunt from the shore? We then drive through Inverness to visit Culloden*, last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm mountains, stopping to visit a whisky distillery* and then you will be able to explore a picturesque Highland town before arriving back in Edinburgh. *Optional Extra Subject to Availability.

$700.35 Day Trips & Excursions

Five Day Mull Iona and Skye (Small Group) Tour from Edinburgh

Day 1 Departing from Edinburgh, we’ll head west to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group. You’ll then be able to experience Loch Lomond – Scotland’s largest loch. Next, we'll be able to enjoy stunning views at the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, before we make a quick stop at Inveraray to see the impressive Clan Campbell castle. Enjoy the grand entrance to the Highlands and watch the landscape begin to change as we drive north to Oban. Oban Distillery* is perched right in the center of town if you’d like to join a tour and tasting. Or, you can take a walk up to McCaig’s Tower for views over the town and islands further afield. Following a few hours in Oban, we’ll jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull. Once on Mull we’ll head north to the colourful fishing port of Tobermory.Day 2 Departing from Tobermory we’ll take a stunning drive, covering the length of the island to Fionnphort, enjoying some beautiful viewpoints along the way. We’ll catch the ferry from here as foot passengers to the tiny island of Iona. Just 3 miles from north to south, this sacred island is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peace and tranquillity. You can visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery*, founded by St Columba in 563, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. We’ll return to Mull on the ferry and make our way back to Tobermory for the evening.Day 3 On day three we’ll take a ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline. We’ll drive through the remote Glen Geal and make our way past the stunning lochs Sunart and Linhe on our way to Ardgour, from here we’ll take another short ferry over to Corran. We’ll pass Ballachulish which is surrounded by some of the most striking scenery in Scotland and have time in Glen Coe to take pictures and learn the brutal story of the Massacre of that took place here in 1692. Please note at this point you will join a new group of traveling companions and meet your new driver-guide. As our road nears the coast, it passes Eilean Donan Castle*. Here you have the chance to take photographs and explore the castle that featured in the film Highlander. Then it's time to cross the bridge to Skye.Day 4 Enjoy a full day exploring the Isle of Skye. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your day and enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the beautiful Trotternish Peninsula, The Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Iron Age Dun Beag Broch.  Day 5 You'll visit the most famous Loch in the entire world, Loch Ness. You can tour Urquhart Castle then hop on a Jacobite Cruise to Nessie spot on the loch itself. Our next stop is at Culloden battlefield, site of the last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces on 16 April 1746. We’ll then continue south to a pretty town perched next to the river Tummel before returning to your departure city. *Optional Extra Subject to Availability.

$1472.71 Day Trips & Excursions

Mull Iona Skye and The Northern Isles 9 Day Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

Departing from Edinburgh we go to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group, we then visit Loch Lomond and the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, before stopping at Inveraray to photograph the Clan Campbell castle. We drive north to Oban, home to some of the freshest seafood in Scotland. We’ll then jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull and then north to the colourful fishing port of Tobermory. We’ll take a stunning drive, covering the length of the island to Fionnphort. We’ll catch the ferry from here as foot passengers to the tiny island of Iona. Just 3 miles from north to south, this sacred island is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peace and tranquillity. You can visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery*, founded by St Columba in 563, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. Or take one of many excellent walks.  On day three we’ll take a ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline. We’ll drive through the remote Glen Geal and take another short ferry over to Corran. Have time in Glen Coe and join a new group of traveling companions and meet your new driver-guide. You will then get views of Ben Nevis and have time to visit Eilean Donan Castle, before crossing the bridge to Skye. Enjoy a full day exploring the Isle of Skye with your driver-guide and enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains, Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr and the Iron Age Dun Beag Broch. Portree is your lunch time stop. You will be able to try an array of different whiskies before returning to your overnight accommodation. Say goodbye to your group and have a day next to Loch Ness. You’ll have a full day to explore Fort Augustus. You’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise with Cruise Loch Ness and light lunch. On this day you will leave your Skye driver-guide and meet your new driver-guide on Day 6. Today you head north and board the ferry for a memorable trip to the mysterious and magical Orkney Isles. You’ll visit the beautiful Italian Chapel*, and see the famous Churchill Barriers – causeways that were constructed to protect the British naval fleet from submarines. From Kirkwall, you’ll spend the whole day exploring the islands. This is a land full of ancient history and you’ll be able to take in pre-historic marvels such as the Maeshowe* chambered cairn, the world-famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae* and the brooding stone circles of Stenness and the Ring o’Brodgar. The day will finish with a visit to beautiful St Magnus Cathedral and Bishop's and Earl's Palaces. The last day starts with an early ferry ride back to the mainland. Then you’ll pass through Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. As you head home, you’ll be able to visit the battlefield of Culloden*, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. You’ll also pass the stunning Cairngorm mountains and explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry. *Subject to Availability.

$1446.53 Day Trips & Excursions

Mull Skye and the Hebrides 9 day (Small Group) tour from Edinburgh

Departing from Edinburgh we go to Glasgow to meet the rest of our group, we then visit Loch Lomond and the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, before stopping at Inveraray to photograph the Clan Campbell castle. We drive north to Oban, home to some of the freshest seafood in Scotland. We’ll then jump aboard our ferry and take the short journey to Craignure, Mull and then north to the colourful fishing port of Tobermory. We’ll take a stunning drive, covering the length of the island to Fionnphort. We’ll catch the ferry from here as foot passengers to the tiny island of Iona. Just 3 miles from north to south, this sacred island is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peace and tranquillity. You can visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery*, founded by St Columba in 563, and its museum of Celtic heritage and history. Or take one of many excellent walks.  On day three we’ll take a ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline. We’ll drive through the remote Glen Geal and take another short ferry over to Corran. Have time in Glen Coe and join a new group of traveling companions and meet your new driver-guide. You will then get views of Ben Nevis and have time to visit Eilean Donan Castle, before crossing the bridge to Skye. Enjoy a full day exploring the Isle of Skye with your driver-guide and enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains, Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr and the Iron Age Dun Beag Broch. Portree is your lunch time stop. You will be able to try an array of different whiskies before returning to your overnight accommodation. Say goodbye to your group and have a day next to Loch Ness. You’ll have a full day to explore Fort Augustus. You’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise with Cruise Loch Ness and light lunch. On this day you will leave your Skye driver-guide and meet your new driver-guide on Day 6. Travel to Inverness then to Dunrobin Castle*, most northerly of Scotland's great houses. After you will discover Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve and learn about the oldest landscapes in Europe. Your journey will take on to the seaside town of Ullapool where you will ferry to the Isles of Lewis and Harris. Stornoway is your base for exploring Lewis and Harris. After you'll go to the north and visit the Butt of Lewis lighthouse before visiting the Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch.  Spend a day exploring Harris. You'll visit the main port Tarbert and travel west to look across the Sound of Taransay, then visit Harris' most famous beach Luskentyre. We'll leave at the end of the day back to the mainland. Head home from Inverness and visit the battlefield of Culloden*, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Enjoy a dram of whisky*. Finally pass through the Cairngorm mountains and explore the town of Pitlochry.

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