Welcome to West Highlands

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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$53.53 Day Trips & Excursions

West Highland Lochs and Castles Day Trip from Edinburgh

Leaving Edinburgh, your tour begins at Doune Castle in Stirlingshire. The castle is instantly recognisable from the film 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', and more recently in TV Series 'Game of Thrones' and 'Outlander'. Spend time exploring the castle (own expense) and take pictures before making your way back to the coach. You will then journey through the Highlands, past stunning Lochs, historic castles and glorious glens before you stop for lunch near Strathyre. Spend an hour at your leisure and appreciate your surroundings fully before continuing north to Kilchurn Castle. Kilchurn Castle, located on the banks of Loch Awe and surrounded by mountains, is one of Scotland's most picturesque castles. Enjoy time to pause for photos of the castle from across the Loch. We then continue on to the small highland village of Inveraray to visit Inveraray Castle (own expense). The Castle is home to the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell. Spend time exploring the Castle and its grounds, or alternatively visit the quaint town and its shops at your own pace, before returning to the coach to begin your return journey to Edinburgh. Travelling through the Arrochar Alps, we will make a brief stop at the Rest and be Thankful pass, with stunning views over the atmospheric highlands, before stopping at Loch Lomond. Take time for photos across the largest freshwater Loch in Scotland, before returning to Edinburgh's Royal Mile, where your West Highlands tour comes to an end.

$721.38 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

Day 1: Edinburgh - ObanVisit 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: ObanTake 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 - PortreeToday 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: PortreeSpend the day at Skye at leisure, following recommendations from your guide. Day 5: Portree - EdinburghYou will be collected from your accommodation and travel south passing by part of the magnificent Cuillin Hills, leaving the island via the Skye bridge. The tour then takes the 'Road to the Isles' through the splendor of the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass. Stop 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.

$93.69 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.

$93.69 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Glenfinnan and The Great Glen Way Tour from Inverness

The tour meets at 09:15am for a 09:30am start  from in front of the Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness. Meet the "Man in the Kilt", your driver and guide. Hop aboard a bus that seats 8 people, with heating and air-conditioning (no wifi or bathrooms ,but there are restroom stops along the way). Travel into the West Highlands of Scotland, steeped in history, myth, and legend. Journey along Loch Ness side to take in the fantastic view of the formidable Urquhart Castle (and perhaps see Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster), before continuing to Invermoriston, and learn the mysteries of St Columba's Well. At Fort Augustus, wander along the lock gates of the Caledonian Canal. At the mouth of the Canal, admire the view of the entirety of Loch Ness. Continue onto the Commando Memorial, unveiled in 1952, in remembrance of those who have served in the British Commandos regiment, before and since. Lochaber was initially used as a training ground after the establishment of this prestigious regiment in 1940. From here, there are spectacular views of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the United Kingdom. Enjoy wandering around the awe-inspiring mediaeval ruins of the mighty stronghold, Old Inverlochy Castle, that once stood as the protector to the entrance of the Great Glen. Less than a year before the Battle of Culloden, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) raised his father’s standard at Glenfinnan, on the banks of Loch Shiel, in August 1745. Here in the stunning scenery and beauty of Glenfinnan, the 1745 Jacobite uprising began, where Charles rallied the West Highland clans that supported his cause. In 1815, the 18m (54ft) Glenfinnan Monument tower was completed in this truly breath-taking place, where Bonnie Prince Charlie unfurled his banner. The statue of the lone highlander at the top of the tower serves as a memorial to the Highland Jacobites who gave their lives for the cause.  And last but by no means least, visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which stands about 100ft (30m) high and spans approximately 1000ft (304m), opened in 1901 as part of the Fort William to Mallaig train line. Today, the viaduct is a well-known television and film location, appearing in The Ring of Bright Water, Stone of Destiny and Monarch of the Glen. Of course, the Glenfinnan Viaduct also doubles as the “Bridge to Hogwarts” in the Harry Potter movies, where the Hogwarts Express (the Jacobite Steam Train) delivers would-be wizards and witches to school for their studies in magic. Who knows, perhaps watch the steam train might pass by.Your tour finishes back at the starting point in front of the Columba Hotel in Inverness.

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