Explore the Highland beauty of Scotland's west coast and the Isle of Skye on a 5-day excursion from Edinburgh. This in-depth tour of Scotland’s classic locations includes visits to Stirlingshire, the Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield, plus a ride on the ‘Jacobite Steam Train’ — a mode of transport made famous as ‘Hogwarts Express’ in the Harry Potter films. Choose from 3-star guesthouse or hotel accommodation with breakfasts in Oban, the Isle of Skye and Inverness.
ItineraryDay 1: Edinburgh to ObanStop At: National Wallace Monument, Stirling, ScotlandHead north to Stirling and the towering Wallace Monument with stunning views of the CastleDuration: 30 minutesStop At: The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandStop here for lunchDuration: 1 hourStop At: Glencoe Visitor Centre, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandOur route takes us through the stunning rugged landscape of Glencoe, once used as a backdrop in James Bond Skyfall and the Harry Potter movies and the scene for 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in the picturesque fishing port of Oban.Day 2: Oban to the Isle of SkyeStop At: Jacobite TrainTake the steam train from Fort William and discover why this spectacular trip has been voted the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust Magazine. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies and take in the sweeping views of Loch Shiel.Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesStop At: Mallaig Harbour AuthorityWe arrive in Mallaig and take the ferry ‘Over the Sea to Skye’.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles, Armadale, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandYou can explore Armadale Castle and Gardens, the former home of the MacDonalds, before driving north to our overnight destination.Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree, the main settlement on the Isle of SkyeDay 3: Isle of Skye to InvernessStop At: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandThe 'Old Man' is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Lealt FallsIn lush surrounds, this waterfall cascades into a gorge with nearby cliffs overlooking the sea.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandThe famous Kilt Rock is said to resemble a kilt, with vertical basalt columns to form the pleats and intruded sills of dolerite forming the pattern.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandEilean Donan Castle is one of the most easily recognised castles in Scotland and probably appears on more calendars than any other.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Invermoriston Falls, Invermoriston, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandComfort break in this lovely highland town.Duration: 15 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Inverness, the 'capital of the Highlands'.Day 4: Inverness & Highlands Stop At: Loch Ness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandHunt for the elusive monster with a cruise on Loch NessDuration: 1 hourStop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit the stunning Beauly Priory, built in the 1200s for an order of monks. Spend time in the town as well.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe try a dram of the 'water of life' at a Highland Whisky Distillery.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Spend a second night in InvernessDay 5: Inverness to Edinburgh Stop At: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising – the last and most harrowing pitched battle to be fought on British soil.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandDiscover one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sites – the exceptional remains of an ancient cemetery.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a real taste of Highland life from the past centuries.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, ScotlandVisit Dunkeld with its mighty cathedral.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.