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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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$51.92 Day Trips & Excursions

West Highland Lochs and Castles Day Trip from Edinburgh

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Doune CastleWe stop for an hour at Doune CastleDuration: 1 hourStop At: Inveraray CastleWe stop at Inveraray for two hours, giving customers the option of visiting Inveraray Castle if they wishDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Luss PierWe stop at Luss for views across Loch LomondDuration: 15 minutes

$724.56 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

Day 1: Edinburgh - Oban Visit Scotland's first National Park around Loch Lomond, stopping at the charming conservation village of Luss set on the Loch's banks. Travel through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands through the white-washed 18th-century town of Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll. Spend the afternoon in the heart of Argyll exploring the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada and the standing stones of Kilmartin before arriving in the beautiful fishing harbor town of Oban for the next two nights accommodation. Day 2: Oban Take the ferry to Mull to explore dramatic coastlines and wild beauty, before taking the small ferry to the peace and tranquility of Iona - birthplace of Celtic Christianity and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here you are at leisure to visit the historic Abbey with its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard or explore the rocky headlands. There is also an opportunity to take a small boat out to the island of Staffa and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalized by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture 'Fingal's Cave'. Return on the ferry to Oban for your second night. Day 3: Oban - Plockton** Today takes you to Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker and Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Pass through Fort William and travel to Mallaig to catch the ferry to Skye. Arrive in Portree. Spend the evening at leisure.  Day 4: Isle of Skye Spend the day at Skye at leisure, following recommendations from your guide.  Day 5: Plockton**- Edinburgh You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south to visit the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film  Highlander, set at the junction of three lochs as protection against Viking raiders. From here, continue east through Glen Sheil and Glen Moriston to Loch Ness, where you will stop in the small Highland village of Fort Augustus at the south end for your chance to try and spot the monster. There is a boat trip (summer only) available here that will get you that little bit closer! Continuing south now through the Grampian Mountains along Loch Laggan, made famous now as 'Monarch of the Glen Country' before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky distillery, and onwards into Highland Perthshire for a final walk and coffee break in the fresh northern air. Continue south past Blair Castle, returning back to Edinburgh via Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge. Arrive into Edinburgh in the early evening where the tour will conclude. **Important Information: The tour spends 2 nights in Oban and 2 nights in Plockton. All Friday departures may spend the last 2 nights in Portree instead of Plockton.

$90.73 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.

$103.84 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Glenfinnan and Glencoe 8 Seater Tour from Inverness

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Happy ToursMeet and Greet in front of the Columba Hotel for departure of all our toursDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Glenfinnan ViaductCatch 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: Fort William VisitScotland iCentreLunch 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 CentreSet 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 MonumentUnveiled 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 AugustusWander 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 CastleA brief stop to admire the views of the Castle and Loch Ness and a wonderful photo opportunityDuration: 15 minutes

$1131.90 Outdoor Activities

Scotland Winter mountaineering skills course - Glencoe & Ben Nevis

WINTER SKILLS COURSEGLENCOE & 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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