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5 Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour

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January — December

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Five days of beautiful Lochs, stunning Glens, breath-taking Mountains and historic Castles!

Day 1 - Departing from Edinburgh we travel north over the Firth of Forth towards the Central Highlands. We explore the beautiful village of Dunkeld and its historic ruined cathedral before our drive northwards takes us to the Cairngorm National Park. Arriving near Inverness by the mid-afternoon we visit Culloden Battlefield followed by the Bronze Age Clava Cairns and Standing Stones before our overnight stop.

Day 2 - Departing from Inverness we journey along the banks of Loch Ness to explore the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle. We then tour west through Glen Shiel and past the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range towards the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. The late afternoon takes us across the bridge to the Isle of Skye and the base of the dramatic Black Cuillin mountain ridge before our arrival in Portree for our overnight stop.

Day 3 - Departing from Portree we have a full day to explore the Isle of Skye. We travel north to explore the Trotternish Peninsula including the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock before we take a drive up the old cattle pass road to the stunning Quiraing. After a visit to the Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir, the afternoon takes us across to Dunvegan Castle before our return to Portree for our overnight stop.

Day 4 - Departing from Portree we travel south to the Sleat Peninsula. One of the less explored areas of Skye, the Sleat Peninsula is home to a stunning coastline, heather-clad hills and plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. The afternoon takes us through Glengarry to join the Great Glen - the ancient geological fault line that cuts through the Highlands - on our way to Fort William for our overnight stop.

Day 5 - Departing from Fort William we travel south to explore the dramatic scenery (and dark history) of Glencoe. After a short detour down the breath-taking Glen Etive, the afternoon takes us through the haunting landscape of Rannoch Moor. A beautiful journey by the Trossachs leads us to our final stop at the imposing Stirling Castle where we take time to explore its fascinating history before our return to Edinburgh.

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The Hebridean Explorer

The Hebridean Explorer (John Alasdair Macdonald) is an independent tour guide specialising in private guided tours for small groups (up to 3) from Inverness and Edinburgh covering the Scottish Highlands and Islands including the Isle of Skye, the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland along with Scotch whisky, Highland clans and history tours.

Opening times

January to December, Monday to Sunday 8.30am to 7.30pm

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