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Since 2007 the region has been promoted as Lochaber Geopark (www.lochabergeopark.org.uk), an area of outstanding geology and scenery.

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$59.71 Day Trips & Excursions

West Highland Lochs and Castles Day Trip from Edinburgh

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Doune Castle, Doune, Stirling, ScotlandWe stop for an hour at Doune CastleDuration: 1 hourStop At: Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandWe stop at Inveraray for two hours, giving customers the option of visiting Inveraray Castle if they wishDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Luss Pier, Luss, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandWe stop at Luss for views across Loch LomondDuration: 15 minutes

$741.72 Cultural & Theme Tours

Iona, Mull, Isle of Skye Small Group 5-Day Tour from Edinburgh

ItineraryDay 1: Edinburgh - Trossachs National Park - ObanStop At: Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandOne of Scotland’s largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandYou venture through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands and the magnificent whitewashed 18th Century town of Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: ObanThis Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy. This will be your base for the next 2 nights.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Oban.Day 2: Oban - Isle of Mull - Iona (optional trip to Staffa & Fingal's Cave)Stop At: Fingal's Cave, The Hebrides, Scotland(optional boat trip) Volcanic rock columns are home to black guillemots, fulmars, puffins and the magical Fingal's Cave. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Isle of Staffa, Isle of Mull, The Hebrides, Scotland(optional boat trip)Felix Mendelssohn, who visited the uninhabited island of Staffa, off Mull, in 1829, was inspired to compose his 'Hebrides Overture' after hearing waves echoing in the impressive and cathedral-like Fingal’s Cave. The cave walls and surrounding cliffs are composed of vertical, hexagonal basalt columns that look like pillars (Staffa is Norse for ‘pillar island’). You can land on the island and walk into the cave via a causeway. Nearby Boat Cave can be seen from the causeway, but you can’t reach it on foot. Staffa also has a sizeable puffin colony, north of the landing place.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Iona Abbey and Nunnery, Isle of Iona, The Hebrides, ScotlandYou take the small ferry to Iona, birthplace of Celtic Christianity, and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here you can visit the historic abbey with its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard, or explore rocky headlands and sandy coves. ** Passengers may have less free time on Iona, if they opt for the Staffa boat trip.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Oban.Day 3: Oban - West Highlands - PlocktonStop At: Castle Stalker, Appin, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandLocated in one of Scotland's most beautiful spots and dramatically sited on a small island at the mouth of Loch Laich.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Glencoe Mountain, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe scenery of Glencoe is breathtakingly beautiful!From the spectacular 3 Sisters to the Majestic Buachailie Etive Mor, this has got to be one of the most beautiful places in Scotland!Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Plockton Harbour, Plockton, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe picturesque village of Plockton boasts an incomparable location on a sheltered bay of Loch Carron surrounded by a ring of hills.Plockton has a charming seaside setting and the road follows the bay with a chocolate-box row of neatly painted cottages arranged around the curve of a tiny harbour. The village is backed by a craggy landscape of heather and pine.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Plockton.* Please note that Friday departures will stay in Portree instead.Day 4: Touring around Isle of SkyeStop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandPicturesque observation point offering panoramic views of waterfalls, cliffs & sea.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland(optional)Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at award winning 5* Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.Built on a rock in an idyllic loch side setting, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Portree Harbour, Portree, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandSet round its natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, the town is a popular tourists’ holiday destination and the harbour continues to be used by fishing boats as well as pleasure craft.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Plockton.* Please note that Friday departures will stay in Portree instead.Day 5: Plockton - Loch Ness - Pitlochry - 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: Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandSituated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, this historic and scenic hamlet is a popular tourist destination.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$92.88 Day Trips & Excursions

Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William

Not only is Ben Nevis the highest point in the UK but it is home to some of the rarest plants in the UK and has always played a central role in the development of mountaineering across the world. Don't just climb Ben Nevis, discover more as you learn all about it's history, geology, flora and fauna!If you are reasonably fit and conditions are good you should be able to walk up Ben Nevis in a walk of six to eight hours - but you should never take it lightly. Good planning and preparation are vital - conditions can change dramatically even in the best weather.The Mountain Path starts in Glen Nevis and is around 16km (10 miles) there and back. It climbs 1,300m and is a full mountain walking experience which requires sturdy boots and good equipment. There can be snow patches on the route until July or August and the summit is regularly 9C colder than at sea level. So if it is a warm 18C in Fort William it might be a cold 9C on top with wind chill making it feel much colder.

$106.15 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Glenfinnan and Glencoe 8 Seater Tour from Inverness

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Happy Tours, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandMeet and Greet in front of the Columba Hotel for departure of all our toursMeet at 8:00am for leaving at 8:15amDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandCatch a glimpse of the Hogwarts Express steam train as it passes over the viaduct as seen in the Harry Potter movies.Well known as a film and television location Glenfinnan is where amid the stunning scenery the 1745 jacobite uprising beganDuration: 1 hourStop At: Old Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit the ruins of the old castle built in 1280 to command the southern end of the Great Glen.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Fort William VisitScotland iCentre, Fort William, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandLunch stop in the town of Fort William with a great selection of cafes and shops, all in the shadow of the UK's highest mountain peak Ben NevisDuration: 1 hourStop At: Glencoe Visitor Centre, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandSet in one of the most stunningly beautiful yet hauntingly emotive areas Glencoe is well known for the Massacre of the MacDonald Clan in 1692. Visit the monument to the Massacre, then venture into the heart of Glencoe and be immersed in the beauty an scerenity.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Commando Monument, Spean Bridge, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandUnveiled in 1952 this memorial is in remembrance of those who have served in the British Commandos Regiment, past and present.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWander along the lock gates of the Caledonian Canal built by Thomas Telford in the 19th century. Marvel at the vastness of Loch Ness from the mouth of the canal, admiring the view of the entirety of Loch Ness and maybe glimpse Nessie! Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandA brief stop to admire the views of the Castle and Loch Ness and a wonderful photo opportunityDuration: 15 minutes

$1136.93 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Scotland Winter mountaineering skills course - Glencoe & Ben Nevis

WINTER SKILLS COURSE GLENCOE & BEN NEVIS: SCOTLAND 17 to 22 February 2019 Some say that the Himalaya is good training for a Scottish winter. Join Entabeni in February 2019 for an introduction into winter skills in the area known as the home of Scottish mountaineering. Starting on Stob Coire nan Lochan and, weather dependent, ending on Ben Nevis, the highest point of the British Isles; this course provides the fundamentals to safely move through technical ground in winter mountainous environments. Aligned to the South African MDT Mountain Leader syllabus, participants will gain many of the skills and most of the logbook days required for the attainment of Mountain Leader Programme Outline The valley (glen) of Glencoe is iconic in winter mountaineering.  The mountains are reasonably accessible and almost always in  peak condition in February, so good winter climbing is almost  guaranteed. Participants will be collected in Glasgow (train station  or airport) and driven to Fort William. The next morning, we will  head into Broad Gully on Stob Coire nan Lochan, for an  introductory day covering the basics, including avalanche  awareness and self-arrest. There is an option of a Grade 1 winter  climb on Dorsal Arrête on this day. Day 2 – 5 will be based on  Glencoe, Ben Nevis (Carn Mor Dearg Arete), Ballachulish, and  other Munroes in the area, depending on conditions and  avalanche risk on the day. A typical day departs the accommodation at 07:00 to return at  about 18:00; both in the dark. Depending on the conditions, we  will spend a night in a snow-hole we have constructed. The days  are very physical, and a high level of fitness is required. Each  participant must provide their own equipment to the appropriate  standard and be able to manage themselves in a cold mountain  environment. Details & logistics: Dates: Collection 17 February, drop-off, 23 February Venue: Fort William, Scotland Costs: ZAR 15 600Included: Transport Glasgow to Glasgow (and to climbs),  Accommodation (shared rooms in B & B), breakfast, lunch, supper 17 – 23 Feb (snacks & trail food not provided), group equipment, training & materials. Not included: Drinks & beverages, personal equipment, additional activities, transport to & from Glasgow, flights, travel insurance, visas. Note: Dates can only be confirmed with a minimum  group size of 4. Contact: Samantha (sam@crossthedivide.co.za) or WhatsApp +27 82 301 763

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Steall Falls Guided Hike

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Steall Waterfall, Fort William, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe will make out way up through Steall Gorge to the meadows and take some time enjoying the views and the waterfall. Then we will take the hidden paths back through the glen visiting samuels cave along the way.Duration: 2 hours

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